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Roses Kings Castles (aka Adam Ficek, Babyshambles) debut solo single (news)


Adam Ficek, drummer with Babyshambles and one-man multi-talent musical force behind Roses Kings Castles, is unveiling his first solo single; the mercurial gutter-to-stars folk-pop lullaby, ‘Sparkling Bootz’.

Sparkling Bootz
Released 30th June

“…‘Sparkling Bootz’ is lovely – all dinky acoustic plinks, shronky Steptoe and Son swagger and Ficek's feather-soft croon…” – NME

While Tokyo-based label Alphaville Records will be releasing the track in Japan, UK fans will have the opportunity to send in an SAE and receive their own-signed copy of ‘Sparkling Bootz’ absolutely free, using information that can be found at (A limited number of 7” copies will also be available via Rough Trade, Pure Groove and Alphaville Records) Adam intends for this to be the start of a unique musical community that puts band and fan in direct contact, and will serve as the basis for further Roses Kings Castles releases, merchandise, mail-outs and members-only live exclusives.

The concept and music of Roses King Castles has always existed in one form or another, but it is only during the recent period of tabloid-documented Babyshambles inactivity that Mr. Ficek has been able to forge ahead with his ever-evolving musical vision and turn the fragments recorded onto Dictaphone during various sleepless nights into an effortlessly melodious and fully-formed collection of songs.

A wistful, hook-laden slice of jingling cup-and-saucer romanticism, ‘Sparkling Bootz’ is as concise a demonstration as any of why Roses Kings Castles are deserving of every last ounce of rapt attention you can muster. Adam’s is a genuinely fresh and compelling voice that will undoubtedly ensure his time on the Babyshambles drum stool is the least of what he’s remembered for. As the man himself says: “It’s an odd experience releasing a song on your own. I haven’t got anyone to hide behind; it’s total naked exposure. But, all said and done – it’s a summer twinkle of pop. Expect your postman to be whistling it over the next few months.”

Adam’s status as one the world’s most in-demand indie DJs has long since been assured, with deck-spinning duties regularly undertaken across the globe; from club launches in Dubai to exclusive parties in Germany, Ireland, Scotland and throughout England, his notoriously well-crafted sets are finding a place on the tip of every in-the-know tongue out there.