Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee + The Lodger
+ The Bobby McGees + Allo Darlin’
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk, 60s psych and northern soul
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
HAYMAN, WATKINS, TROUT & LEE
Hayman, Watkins, Trout and Lee are a country, bluegrass band from East London. They don’t sing in American accents and their songs feature tube trains, Bethnal Green, sick days, flat lemonade and unmade beds. HWT&L perform weary singalongs; fragile and flawed ballads that wipe a tear and force you to smile. Darren Hayman (ex-Hefner, electric bass/vocals) formed the band with Dave Watkins (banjo) in 2005, and Dave Tattersall (The Wave Pictures, guitar/vocals), with a whole repertoire of blues and country songs as well as his own fantastic ballads, and Dan Mayfield (violin) joined in 2007. Their debut album was, in the spirit of Big Pink, The Basement Tapes and the first McCartney album, recorded in two days at Darren’s house, with a bunch of battered microphones, a fresh pot of tea, and some fruitcake. Released through Fortuna POP! on May 12th it has already had a 4-star Guardian review. Hayman, Watkins, Trout and Lee let you peer though the cracks of their kitchen, and hit nearly all the right notes in the process. Let them give you a warm handshake.
"The best bluegrass band ever” (The Lipster)
The Lodger was formed inside the mind of Ben Siddall inside an Leeds bedsit. After 3 sold-out limited 7s and touring around the UK and Europe with bands such as The Long Blondes and The Research, the group released their debut album “Grown-Ups”, produced by Alan Smyth and James Ford, in June 2007 on Angular Records in the UK, Slumberland Records in the US, Fabtone in Japan and Speak N Spell in Australia. Critical acclaim for the album followed, particularly on the blogs; the band have featured heavily on the elbo.ws charts since the release along with heavy rotation on US college radio and other stations worldwide. The album was voted as 62nd best of 2007 on www.amazon.com and 95th in Woxy.com’s Top 97 of ’07. The Lodger recently completed their first tour of the USA in October 2007 and then entered the studio to record their 2nd album in November. The 2nd album "Life Is Sweet" will be released in May 2008.
“Evoking the spirit of Belle and Sebastian, The Sundays and The Smiths, The Lodger inhabit that peculiarly British world of bedsit indie" (Drowned In Sound)
THE BOBBY MCGEES
Brighton anti-folkers Jimmy & El' are on the run from El's evil father. He had kept her locked, alone in her bedroom for years. Jimmy used to throw stones at the window to catch her attention, but it was not until he met his Guru & Mentor "Duke Marmapants" that he was trained in the ways of the Ukulele and used his new found powers to rescue her. Now they roam the Galaxy together with their trusty techbots, G RO55 and Tallulah (Gosh!), saving people wherever they go from the evils of Shite Music....always just one step ahead of El's Evil Father..... May the Uke be with you....wherever you go! Added to which they release records on the Cherryade label and played last year’s Bestival.
"Dosteovsky doing Lonnie Donnigan" (Everett True, Plan B)
Elizabeth Darlings troupe of uke-wielding indie-folksters playing their finely wrought, witty pop tunes, including their downtrodden reworking of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”. Indisputable girl-pop masterpieces akin to the self-deprecating writings of Kirsty Macoll. EP out on WeePop.
“If I don’t get to hear a whole album soon, I might just explode.” (RetroLofi)