Fortuna POP! presents
Still Flyin + Allo Darlin’ + Gold Sounds
+ Music For Girls DJs
Tuesday 18th May 7:30pm
Barden’s Boudoir, 36 Stoke Newington Road, London?N16 7XJ???
Nearest overground: Dalston-Kingsland
Tel : 020 7249 9557
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
The San Francisco-based supergroup Still Flyin' was assembled in late 2004 by singer/songwriter Sean Rawls, ex of Masters of the Hemisphere and Je Suis France. After relocating to San Francisco, Rawls asked virtually everyone he knew in his new city to join his new project and the ever-changing collective now includes members of The Aislers Set, Love Is All, The Ladybug Transistor, Architecture In Helsinki, The Lucksmiths and Red Pony Clock. Mixing the melodies and DIY aesthetic of West Coast indie-pop with the loose grooves of 1960s rocksteady Still Flyin’ are a shot in the arm of unabashed West Coast sunshine and joy with the band's joyfully chaotic and infectious live shows more like huge parties than traditional gigs.
“Chaotically, inspiringly brilliant… like a particularly frantic Black Kids, full of choppy, funky guitar riffs, massed group vocals and joyous, singalong choruses… so danceable that you'll be hard-pressed to stay still just listening to them.” (MusicOMH)
Allo Darlin' are many things. They can turn a room in a famous punk venue into a joyous, jumping, sweaty, pop-mosh pit. Or bring a room of 500 to hushed silence with the few strums of a ukulele and a love song about cooking. Among the many shows they’ve played have been Indietracks, S?n and SXSW festivals. They’ve had glowing reviews in places such as the Metro, The Fly and The Guardian, the latter calling their "Henry Rollins" single "the best indiepop song for years", while their next single “The Polaroid Song” made it into the Drowned in Sound Top 50 Singles of 2009. They've also had airplay on BBC Radio 1 & 2, BBC 6music and XFM and were recently selected by Steve Lamacq as his personal choice for BBC Radio’s Introducing week. Their debut album will be released in June 2010.
“Allo Darlin' will, quite plainly, become, if not huge, then hugely popular with a great many people.” (SoundsXP)
With a name that points a less-than-subtle referential finger to their musical heroes Pavement, Gold Sounds play perfectly crafted classic pop songs that also nod a head to prime-period REM, with the odd Alisdair Roberts folk styling here and there.
“Optimistic, guitar-led, sunny day music… Gold Sounds come across uncannily like they were separated at birth from the Shins. If you like melodic pop music, then this band should interest you.” (Is This Music?)