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Johnny Foreigner

You Thought You Saw A Shooting Star...

    Spit n’ polish-fresh and full of the poppy excitement usually reserved for big-eared puppies, UK indie rock champs Johnny Foreigner return with a brand new 6 track EP – ready to powerfully smash, then tenderly caress your ears. JoFo have teamed up with lovable indie label Alcopop to showcase their ravenous appetite for razor-sharp hooks, luscious melody and succulently raucous/gentle indie pop heroics. Previously splashed across every right-thinking indie magazine (including an Artrocker cover for their last full length) and sharing tours with the likes of Dananananaykroyd, Los Campesinos!, The Futureheads, The Subways and Sky Larkin – Johnny Foreigner probably need no introduction; but this is not just business as usual, with Alexei Berrow, Kelly Southern and Junior Elvis Washington Laidley busy exploring new sounds on some of these tracks whilst still keeping faithful to that signature JoFo ethos.

    Her Parents

    Happy Birthday / Physical Release

      After recording, releasing and touring their Pitchfork endorsed debut album in a month-long flurry last August – Her Parents, London’s most visceral punk quartet, have shacked up with adoring indie label Alcopop! Records (johnny foreigner, Fight Like Apes, Gunning for Tamar) to release another rad record. The various members of the eminently lovable quartet hail from Scotland, Australia, Iceland and Coventry and feature current/ex-members of Dananananaykroyd, Stairs to Korea and Internet Forever. Her Parents' new record is called Happy Birthday and has songs about a haunted brasserie, hollowing out a horse and the king of the babies. Like their previous album, Physical Release, it was recorded in a single session with no instrumental overdubs. Unlike said former album, this one will be released on 12” vinyl, and was preceded by an awesome, numbered limited edition single Why Don’t You Just Fuck Off (to 50 units) on hand-drawn-spray-painted CD, which cost the princely sum of one pence from www.ilovealcopop.co.uk. It sold out in under an hour. They are too punk for long songs though, so the B-side will contain their last album 'Physical Release' as a present for said anniversary. Yeah - happy fucking birthday to you.

      Tigercub

      Abstract Figures In The Dark

      Tigercub, a band sonically known for capturing an organic sound within a room, have taken strides forward to push the walls of their comfort zone. Abstract Figures In The Dark sees the band experimenting with drum loops, the addition of synths and even a full choir.

      Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Alex Newport (At The Drive In, Death Cab for Cutie, Melvins, Pissed Jeans) at Brighton Electric Studios and mastered by John Greenham (Death Grips, Weaves), the highly anticipated debut album follows Tigercub’s widely acclaimed EP, Repressed Semantics. The much loved EP was released via VENN Records last year (2015), and lead track, ‘Pictures Of You,’ saw praise from the likes of Annie Mac and Daniel P. Carter on their respective BBC Radio 1 shows, as well as Radio X, Amazing Radio, The Guardian, NME, Crack, DIY and more.

      Johnny Foreigner are back with their long awaited 5th album sounding more visceral and vital than ever before – it's unmistakably Johnny Foreigner, but there's a deep subtlety imbued within that twin barrel vocal barrage and something defiantly delicate within those churning riffs… This is tragic pop.

      But tragic pop that zips and fizzes as if everything depends upon it. Who knows? It probably does.

      "a powerful message put to a signature style that's beginning to seem defiantly timeless" – The Line of Best Fit

      "How they top this is beyond me." – Drowned In Sound

      "You Can Do Better is a perfect execution of a well thought out plan." – DIY

      "Johnny Foreigner are, thankfully, still showing no desire to slow down." - Clash

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        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        11 track compilation of rare and exclusive tracks from the cream of the UK indie labels, curated by Alcopop! – complete with 100s of extra tracks, videos and extras on the 1.5GB download card.

        Stagecoach is a pop rock band from the south of England, with a smashing debut album and UK tour coming in May. Huw Stephens span their single 'Map To The Freezer' exhaustively on both his Radio 1 shows. He then invited the band to play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds 2010, before naming Stagecoach one of his BBC Introducing acts of the year. In February 2011 the band recorded a live Radio One session at Maida Vale. You may have heard Stagecoach on BBC One's ‘Gavin and Stacey’ Christmas & New Year specials. Channel 4 also used them on season 2 of ‘Skins’. Two of the band’s tracks feature on the international trailer for this year’s breakout British comedy ‘Killing Bono’. The band recently toured with friends Johnny Foreigner, Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic and opened for Jimmy Eat World. With a handful of singles and ep's released through indie labels Alcopop! and This Is Fake DIY the first full length album (produced by Rory Attwell) is due early 2013.

        For fans of: Johnny Foreigner, Pavement, Fight Like Apes, Wilco, Los Campesinos, Prefab Sprout Big melodic gutsy slacker pop!

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        LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

        Johnny Foreigner return with their third album proper, “Johhny Foreigner vs. Everything”, released through Alcopop! on November 7th. Speaking about their new album, guitarist and singer Alexei says: "We are bursting with excitement to be able to start talking about our wonderful record. It was made this spring and summer in our hometown by our old friend Dominique James, and will be released november 7th on Alcopop. it's going to be called Johnny Foreigner vs Everything. "We started writing it two years ago, and staggered recording and mixing over 5 months. the title came first. This is the first full length record we've made without a grammy - nominated producer, without contracts and new york and professionals. the biggest challenge we've faced as a band, and the worst thing about leaving the world of corporate-funded labels, was knowing that sooner or later we'd come to this point; having to make a way better record for a way worse budget… and i'm beyond proud to say that i think thats exactly what us and dom have achieved. we've made the record that sounds like we do in our heads."

        A mix of their usual, frantic indie-rock, influenced by the likes of Pavement, Meneguar and Cap'n Jazz, and elsewhere the more reserved, hushed tones of Sparklehorse and Wilco, the album finds the band on arguably their finest form yet. Dynamically their most varied record, it's difficult to pick highlights on an album that is full of them. From the familiar noise-pop of “With Who”, “Electricity vs The Dead” and “Hulk Hoegaarden, Gin Kinsella, David Duvodkany etc.” to the more controlled melodies that drive first single “(Don't) show us your fangs”, the wonderful, horn driven “Jess, you got yr song, now leave” and the anthemic second half of “New Street, you can take it”, the record doesn't ever let up on the quality. “200x” brings to mind the likes of Minus The Bear and “Doesn't Believe In Angels” and “Johnny Foreigner vs You” are just, well, beautiful. Under the pressure of recording an album on a budget but with as supportive a fanbase as ever, “Johnny Foreigner vs. Everything” will more than satisfy those fans and hopefully make them many new ones. A tracklisting full of small victories, Johnny Foreigner might feel like they're at war, but right now they're only winning their battles.


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