Th’Fika’s debut EP “HOME” is a collection of songs introducing the band for the first time. Their sound originally stemmed from an acoustic/folk background. With the addition of an electric guitar, synthesisers and a new drummer the band spent a lot of time songwriting; trying to find their sound. After years of collaborative practice and experimentation Th’Fika was nearly ready to record. They spent time with Jake Walsh and Who agencies preparing the 5 songs for the EP. With much anticipation and excitement Th’Fika team were ready to take the next step . The recording began with Jake Walsh at Plutonium Studios in Brisbane where Mitch Clark tracked drums and Lily Budiasa tracked Electric Guitar. Next Michael Cameron and Lily Budiasa tracked Vocals, Synth, Piano and electronic elements at Jake Walsh Studios in Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast. The raw final product was complete and it was time to head down to Sydney to do final tracking/final mixing at Alberts Studio with Wayne Connolly. The songs had come alive and were ready for mastering. The mastering was completed by Andrew Edgeson at 301 Studios in Sydney.
FIKA’ is Swedish for coffee break and is how TH’FIKA came to be. Colliding the worlds of ambience, folk, electronic and rock TH’FIKA have a magnetic familiarity. Like a quirky painting at your grandparent’s house their music is welcoming yet intriguing.
Lily Budiasa and Michael Cameron began writing together in Japan, (Hakuba) over the winter season in 2013. This was when the project truly began in between playing 6 nights a week for 4 months and is where the name comes from.
With the addition of drummer Mitch Clark, the original folk roots transitioned to an Alternative/ Pop Rock sound. A pivotal moment when they wrote their debut single ‘Stranger’ embracing the new sounds of Synths, electric guitar, drums and electronic elements. Drawing influences from such artists as The XX, London Grammar, The Naked and Famous and The Temper Trap, TH’FIKA eagerly await their debut EP release in June 2016.
“The Fika bring a big sound… with enigmatic front woman Lily Budiasa evoking Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes……. really getting the room moving… so cool that by the end of the track I am already following their Facebook page and looking out for the next show just to hear it again” – Samantha Armatys- howl&echoes.com \\ 26th June 2015