Category Archives: gigs

Our debut LP, “Nothing Isn’t Beautiful”, is out 19th May

We’re excited to say that our debut album is out on Friday 19th May, and we’ll be releasing it with a gig at London’s Betsey Trotwood that night. We’ll be joined by our friends Young Romance, Mondrian and Firestations; it’s going to be a great night! Tickets will be available on the door for £7, or you can click here to book in advance for just £5 (plus 57p booking fee).

The album will be available from our Bandcamp and all the usual download sites, we’ll also have a small number of hand-packaged CDs for sale, with screen-printed sleeves and illustrated lyric booklets.

If you can’t make it down to the gig, we’ll be keeping a few aside for mail order from our shop. You can pre-order now, and we’ll send them out on the 19th- you’ll get an immediate digital download when you order.

Tracks from the album have been getting some advance airplay and some nice praise from BBC 6Music DJs, including Gideon Coe and Jon Hillcock. As a sample of what’s to come, we’d like to offer you a free download of “The Café at Golders Green” for free and gratis.

It’s AAAHHLIVE! Festival, 26th – 28th August

It’s nearly that time again!

In late August we return to the old Bahnhof at Bralitz for four days of music, dancing, home cooked food and lake swimming.
This year we’re joined by our mates Firestations and Tom Hatfield from the UK, together with friends old and new from across the continent.
Tickets are a ridiculously reasonable €22 for the weekend, including camping; children go free. So join us!
If the good music, delicious food and sheer conviviality of it all isn’t enough, we’ve heard a rumour that there might be a water slide at the lake this year too….

Bralitz is about an hour’s journey time from Berlin. Trains every half hour from Berlin Hbf to Eberswalde Hbf, where a little branch line train runs to the nearest station at Bad Freienwalde. It’s a short taxi ride from there to the festival site.

Photo by Simon Bierwald


Join us for a free night of music, magic and optimism

From your pocket, to your town, to the planet, in 2015 life got tougher. You may be feeling a little bruised, maybe a little hopeless, but fear not, Those Unfortunates have a plan to make your 2016 much better.

From pub closures and rising rents to homogenous high streets and extreme weather, there’ve been a lot of debits on our lives. But for every debit, there’s a credit owing. On Saturday 23rd January, Those Unfortunates invite you to a night of music, magic and making 2016 good.




DISCOVER 10 practical ways you can make the city fairer and more fun in 2016 and SHARE your own ideas with us

MARVEL at the mirthful magic of Ian Saville, the Socialist Magician.

LOSE YOURSELF to the fuzzy dream-pop of Firestations

DANCE AROUND to the impish, punkoid, shoe shuffling sounds of hosts, Those Unfortunates

LEAVE ready for a happier, more hopeful 2016

So what’s all this ‘Own Double Entry’ about then? It sounds a bit… well, mucky?

In BS Johnson’s novel “Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry”, the titular accounts clerk applies the principles of double entry book-keeping to what he sees as the world’s injustices.

In his ledger, he records each offence (or debit) against his freedoms and happiness, and then takes an action (or credit) of equivalent value to restore the equilibrium.

This is our double entry, and it is yours – time to balance the books, remittance due in full.

Join us at the Big Pink Cake Christmas All-Dayer

The lights are up, the ads are on the telly and the department store santas are practicing their ho-ho-hos. Like it or not, that familiar corporate juggernaut is rolling inexorably towards us all, with its Big Pink Cakecargo of schmaltz and saccharine.

But before we’re crushed beneath its wheels, come and join us for a bit of actual festive FUN at Big Pink Cake’s Christmas Party All-Dayer, at the Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell.

It’s a brilliant line-up, with surprise guests still to be announced. The action starts at 2pm on Saturday 12th December and goes on until late, and then you’ve got all of Sunday to recover. Tickets are only £15 plus booking fee, which for eight or more bands is ridiculously good value. Capacity is limited though, so book quickly while you can.

Songs for swinging spectres

“Four more days ’til Hallowe’en, Silver Shamrock!”.

And four more days ’til Cigarette Burns Cinema’s All Hallows’ Eve All-Nighter at the Regent Street Cinema.

You’ve got your tickets and your costume, right?

Good. “But what,” we hear you tremulously murmur “are Those Unfortunates going to be playing, apart from a selection of their own songs that we love so much?”.

We’re glad you asked. In no particular order, you’ll be treated to:

Tell The World We’re Not In by The Pedlars

…as featured over the opening titles of 1970 Judy Geeson starring incestuous twin shocker Goodbye Gemini.

Scream and Scream Again by Amen Corner

…as featured in, er, Scream and Scream Again, the bonkers 1968 Christopher Lee/Vincent Price acid bath sci-fi horror vehicle.

Alligator Man by Stoneground

…as featured in Dracula A.D. 1972, in which Christopher Lee’s vampire hits swinging London’s King’s Road with cheesy results.

The Devil Rides Out by Icarus

…as NOT featured in the excellent film based on the Dennis Wheatley book of the same name . Though apparently the band were invited to the premiere, which was nice of them.

Monsters Rule OK by The Viewers

…from 1980’s likable, silly, cheapo Brit horror portmanteau The Monster Club.

And maybe a surprise if you’re very, very bad.

See you there.