Fortuna POP! presents
MAGIC KIDS + ALLO DARLIN’ + TIGERCATS
Guest DJ: Paul Richards (Scared To Dance)
Friday 1st October, Doors 7pm
49 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AN
Nearest tubes : Camden / Chalk Farm
Tel : 0844 847 2424
Advance: £7.50 from We Got Tickets / £9 Door
In 2009, a troupe of Tennessean teenagers named Magic Kids dished up one of the year's best pop-songs. Channeling the Beach Boys by way of the Langley Schools Music Project, "Hey Boy" delivered 135 seconds of pure pop bliss: cascading vocal harmonies, Spector-esque wall-of-sound production, tinkling xylophone, blasting saxophone, and sweeping string parts. Now signed to Matador Records and with their debut album "Memphis" ready for release we're super excited to be presenting Magic Kids' first UK show! ??
"With Magic Kids' debut album 'Memphis' they fully realize the sounds hinted at with their first singles - massive, intelligent and ecstatic pop music. There are hints of late 80's Britpop, The Del-phonics' heartbreaking harmonies, ELO's grandeur and Belle and Sebastian's intimacy. Ultimately though the music is all theirs, a collection of eleven instant classics, a glimpse into Magic Kids' incredible world. It's classic, beautiful, and eternal pop music." (Rough Trade)
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.
“Terrific, witty and heartfelt, like a less moody Belle & Sebastian” (The New York Times)
Tigercats are Duncan, Giles, Jonny and Stefan. Figuratively, they are made of Violent Femmes, Chic, Buzzcocks, Feelies, Hefner, Lonnie Donegan, and Life Without Buildings. Literally they are made of Esiotrot and Hexicon. They live in east London and make noisy music of open-hearted joy and sparkly-eyed adventure. If you like songs that start with intimate confession and end in furious vegetarianism, or studies of Konnie Huq's easily-forgotten role in the Beijing Olympics, you'll love Tigercats! Tigercats have two singles available through Haircut records.
“Loose in a wonky-pavement-esque way with fragile melodies that are somewhere between Pete Shelley and Marc Bolan and a slightly off kilter rhythm” (Subba-Cultcha)