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Introducing: Joe Dolman

March 7, 2017 in Introducing, News

Joe Dolman is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa.

Praised for his relatable lyrics and emotive live performances, Joe has been attracting attention from the public more than ever before. With 2 independently released EP’s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays.

His first appearance on the big stage was at Hyde Park back in 2014, since then he has taken his music around not only the UK but overseas also – including festival appearances at Reeperbahn in Hamburg and house concert tours across America. New single ‘Addicted To You’ out now.

Joe Dolman Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Joe Dolman plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 9th March 2017, with support from Dahlia & Eve Pitt. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Addicted To You’ below:

Introducing: Gabriella Cohen

February 22, 2017 in Introducing, News

Talking about Gabriella Cohen requires a new adjective: when she tells you about a guitar tone she likes, an organ sound she’s looking for, or the opening bars of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Found a Reason’, she might tell you these things sound ‘pink’. She’s not describing a synesthetic or aesthetic connection with the colour — instead, it’s an adjective she’s coined. Luckily, after a spin through Cohen’s debut album Full Closure and No Details, we’ll all know what ‘pink’ sounds like: it sounds like this. It sounds like heartbreak and reckless abandon, like quiet reflection and raucous teamwork.

Following supports for Warpaint, Wooden Shjips, and a US tour with Foxygen, the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and the frontwoman of garage band the Furrs, embarks on her first UK headline tour in May, calling at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on the 22nd.

Full Closure and No Details is available via Captured Tracks on 3rd March 2017.

Gabriella Cohen Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Gabriella Cohen plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 22nd May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ below:

Introducing: Man & The Echo

November 25, 2016 in Introducing

Three years on from previous band Cheap Cuts, neither Gaz Roberts or his Warringon bandmates have had much time to ponder their brush with the pop scrapyard. With the name changed and the songs duly written, they’ve signed to James Endeacott’s hugely respected 1965 Records, been invited to play Billy Bragg’s leftfield stage at Glastonbury, enjoyed lots of airplay and had influential BBC DJ Steve Lamacq call Gaz “a great northern storyteller”, comparing him to Jarvis Cocker and their gigs to the first time he saw Pulp.

There is a bit of Sheffield’s finest’s era-defining mix of smart, observational pop and musical glam about Man & The Echo. But there’s also a bit of ABC, The Smiths, the Divine Comedy, Dexys, Super Furry Animals, blue eyed soul, 50s/60s crooning, literary references, social commentary, humour and much more, as they have arrived at a sound that isn’t retro so much as ricocheting through pop’s many decades and landing squarely in the post-Brexit, conflicted, chaotic UK of the here and now.

Man and the Echo Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Man & The Echo play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 5th March 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Operation Margarine’ below:

Introducing: Tom Grennan

October 19, 2016 in Introducing

Bedford singer-songwriter Tom Grennan is 21 years old and the newest signing to Sony ATV publishing & Sony’s new Insanity label.

Maturity isn’t measured by years but by character and Tom is an artist whose age has no reflection on the depth of his art and story telling. A bluesy, soulful tone balanced with an original flair, Tom is guaranteed to make a massive impact on the scene when his music is revealed to fans.

In the past year, Tom has topped Hype Machine, made it to #2 on Spotify’s UK Viral chart, supported The Libertines, been Clash Music’s ‘Track of the Day’, and featured on the Chase & Status track ‘All Goes Wrong’.

Tom Grennan Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Tom Grennan plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 8th February 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch a live performance of ‘Something in the Water’ below:

Introducing: Joe Fox

October 10, 2016 in Introducing

It’s his dedication to craft and a total disregard for trends that makes Joe Fox’s voice unique in the landscape of 2016. A student of every great songwriter from the Beatles to Bob Marley, he brings a classic structure to the mind’s eye of a listless and disenfranchised child of the inner city.

“Rewind to last year and Joe Fox was still best known (if known at all to some) for his vocal work on much of A$AP Rocky’s 2015 album At.Long.Last.A$AP, a collaboration that came about after A$AP himself discovered the talented musician busking on the streets of London.

Fast forward to 2016 and Joe Fox is now standing on his own two feet, showcasing his solo abilities through the release of two stunning singles. The first to drop was ‘Like Jesus’, a beautifully crafted guitar track accompanied by Fox’s soulful voice. In a matter of days, Joe Fox spoiled us again with his second single, ‘Autopilot’. The track stays true to Fox’s habitual stripped-back nature, consisting only of acoustic guitar and raw vocals. The simplicity of the track helps make it feel instantly familiar, which is testament to Fox’s ability to connect with the listener.” – The Line of Best Fit

Joe Fox Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Joe Fox plays Ort Cafe Birmingham on Thurs 13th October 2016, with support from Cosmo Pyke. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Autopilot’ below:

Introducing: October Drift

October 5, 2016 in Introducing

When October Drift appeared at the start of 2015 with their beefy yet melodic sound, they had the confidence to win over all audiences. Ever since then, from multiple sold out tours up and down the UK, to growing online hype around their sparse but eloquent releases, they’ve done just that, becoming a major success story on the independent circuit.

Despite the early success of their incendiary debut singles – receiving support from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy and Q Magazine to name but a few – and string of sold-out gigs, this band still remain something of an enigma.

October Drift’s music is similarly ambiguous, characterised by their signature wall of sound guitars, soaring, ponderous vocals and driving, urgent drums. The band’s irresistible combination of feedback and harmonies deserves to shake every room in the country, and the quartet have gained a reputation for delivering blistering, high-energy live shows.

With shows at BBC6 Music FestivalDot to DotTramlines and Camden Rocks already under their belts alongside a cult fan base spreading the word, and a focus too few peers in their position possess, the immediate future is very bright (and very loud).

October Drift Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

October Drift play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 10th October 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Losing My Touch’ below:

Introducing: Tax The Heat

September 30, 2015 in Introducing

“Tight, ferocious, crowd-pleasing, guitar-wielding, solo-humping, belting blues rock n roll band” - Altsounds.com

2015 has been an intense year for Bristol’s rising stars Tax The Heat. Following the release of two critically acclaimed singles (both of which were playlisted across rock radio), the band have cemented their live reputation by supporting the likes of Cadillac 3, Reef, The Graveltones, Black Star Riders, Masters Of Reality, Virginmarys and Thunder, alongside festival appearances at 2000 Trees and Download. The bands unique blend of classic blues driven rock with a modern alternative twist has won them a legion of fans along the way.

Newly signed to Nuclear Blast (home to acts such as Blues Pills, Black Star Riders & Crobot), the band are currently putting the finishing touches to their anticipated debut album, Fed To the Lions, which is due for release in March 2016.

Tax the Heat Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TAX THE HEAT PLAY THE RAINBOW CELLAR BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 1ST DECEMBER 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Highway Home’ below:

Sivu to play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham

December 15, 2014 in Introducing, News

Born in the sleepy town of St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, but moving to London to pursue music, 24-year-old James Page struggled to adapt to the capital. He worked as an administrator for a bailiff company, played a crash-course of depressing open mic nights, and then took up a permanent fixture in a call centre in Waterloo – the latter of which strengthened his work ethic, and the songwriting process itself.

Sivu’s luck began to change when, whilst playing bass for a friend’s band, he struck up a relationship with Charlie Andrew,who had just finished producing Alt J’s then to be Mercury winning An Awesome Wave. Charlie encouraged him to keep pursuing his own material, as James began to build strange sounds and textures around these dark yet ultimately hopeful songs. The MRI-machine video for ‘Better Man Than He’ went viral, and even more people began to take notice. At the end of 2013, after delaying the process for as long as humanly possible, Sivu finally handed in his notice at the call centre, signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and finished up his debut album Something On High which was released in October 2014.

“Heavenly…like one-man Wild Beasts” - The Guardian

“Heartswelling acoustic dexterity and glittering electronics…irresistible” - NME Radar

Sivu Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

SIVU PLAYS THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE ON THURSDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Better Man Than He’ below:

Introducing: Beech

July 1, 2014 in Introducing

The idea behind Beech is a true partnership where the musicians switch roles and blur the lines between musician and producer. Although Josh Beech writes all the lyrics, the rest of the music is created in tandem with Oliver Som. The group’s first release, an EP titled We Are The Masters of Our Fate, arrived in March of 2013, showcasing four of these collaborative tracks.

The EP, recorded in both London and LA, was released independently and the musicians focused on including songs that revealed their songwriting diversity. The tracks veer from an electronic-tinged indie rocker to an introspective acoustic folk number, presenting the various facets of Josh and Oliver’s musical sensibility.

Beech, who recently toured in Germany, are signed with Universal Germany and Virgin/EMI in the U.K. The pair plans to release their debut album later this year and will play select shows in the U.S. and Europe, including a show at Birmingham’s very own Hare & Hounds on Thurs 24th July 2014. The underlying idea behind both the recordings and the live performances is to urge an emotional response from the listener.

Beech Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BEECH PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY 24TH JULY 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Lovers’ below:

Introducing: The Ramona Flowers

September 13, 2013 in Introducing, News

Two years after embarking on their musical mission, The Ramona Flowers have arrived at a sound which is every bit as good as they wanted. Their music mixes electronica, rock, indie, singer Steve Bird’s incredible falsetto and a lot of emotion. It can sometimes seem as if bands are trying to stand out from the crowd by being the loudest, but The Ramona Flowers show that sometimes a gentler sound can shout loudest of all.

Other people think so, such as Clash magazine, who made the beautifully haunting ‘Lust And Lies’ single Track of the Month. The Ramona Flowers wowed audiences on the recent Bastille tour, Hot Chip and Ladytron have remixed them and NME describe the band’s textural sound as one that “could have feasibly fitted on Radiohead’s Kid A” while The Guardian liken their “sweetly sung emotional indie” to that of The Temper Trap.

The Lust and Lies EP is available now via iTunes.

The Ramona Flowers Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE RAMONA FLOWERS PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 19TH SEPTEMBER 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM COWBOY & THE BLUEBEAT ARKESTRA. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for title track ‘Lust and Lies’ below: