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Introducing: Sam Fender

December 5, 2017 in News

Sam Fender burst on to the scene with debut single ‘Play God’ in March 2017 and was hailed as one of Annie Mac’s New Names on Radio 1. Sam’s grit and fresh lyrical take on modern society stand him out from a busy genre and display an insight beyond his years.

He picked up the guitar at the age of 8 and the Newcastle native first made a name for himself on the live circuit some years later, securing support slots with some of the most well respected bands and songwriters on the planet (Catfish and the BottlemenHozierWilly MasonBen HowardDaughterMichael Kiwanuka). He’s toured with the likes of Nick MulveyVant and George Ezra and this year went across Europe alongside both Bear’s Den and Declan McKenna.

His first four singles have been embraced by Spotify, Apple Music and national radio alike gaining Tracks Of the Week accolades and playlisting alongside behemoths of modern music. With cutting and insightful social commentary Sam is uniquely bringing the venom back into indie hook laden songwriting. It’s not only his lyrics that have grabbed the headlines but his beyond powerful vocal that’s drawn comparisons with Springsteen. He’s said to carry the indie spirit of The Maccabees, the live energy of Foals and the lyrical prowess of Arctic Monkeys, 2018 looks to be the year of Sam Fender.

Sam Fender Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sam Fender plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 5th March 2018. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Greasy Spoon’ below:

Cabbage announce Birmingham show

November 10, 2017 in News

Cabbage are Manchester-based five-piece, serving up an idiosyncratic, satirical attack in the form of discordant neo post-punk.

Produced by James Skelly & Rich Turvey (Blossoms, She Drew The Gun) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, the Manchester five-piece’s current single ‘Kevin’ is available now on Infectious Music. Co-starring cult Manchester busking band The Piccadilly Rats, the song’s video was shot last month in Piccadilly Gardens and directed by Dom Foster.

With “the black humour of Buzzcocks, the surrealism of Happy Mondays, the haircuts of various Stone Roses” (i-D), Cabbage are a semi-controlled riot of tunes, energy and opinions. NME described their debut EP Le Chou as “five twisted post-punk slinkers stuffed with explicit lyrics and Jack White levels of rage” while The Guardian suggested that “they’re hell-bent on filling the current vacancy for rock’n’roll commentator on Brexit Britain.”

Cabbage’s new label Infectious Music have re-pressed Young, Dumb And Full Of…, the band’s debut long-player. Originally released for Record Store Day – and selling out immediately – the LP compiles the Manchester band’s three four-track EP’s released in late 2016.

Cabbage Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Cabbage play The Castle & Falcon Birmingham on Sat 17th February 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Kevin’ below:

Introducing: Fears Chella

November 3, 2017 in News

Fears Chella are an indie/grunge/pop quartet from Manchester & Stoke-on-Trent. They released their latest single ‘Lush’ through Supa Rouge on September 15th, and the track has built up over 20,000 streams. Since the release, the band have supported the likes of The Big Moon and Get Inuit and are now releasing the music video for ‘Lush’ along with the dates for their first UK headline tour in March 2018, which will stop in Birmingham on 2nd March.

Directed and shot by Jodie Canwell (who has previously worked with The Big Moon, Clean Cut Kid and Fickle Friends), the band commented: “We wanted to create something that felt raw and emotive. Jodie was a perfect choice for us to work with. Her creative vision is inspiring and it meant we could embrace all the ideas we had”

Fears Chella Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Fears Chella play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 2nd March 2018. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lush’ below:

Kerri Watt to play Ort Birmingham

October 16, 2017 in News

Scottish born, but having spent her formative years between California and Glasgow, Kerri Watt has a distinct style that has truly been influenced by such contrasting locations.

Citing Sheryl CrowJohn Mayer and The Rolling Stones all as influences that have contributed to her sound, Kerri has found her music being regularly played on Radio 2, finding success with singles ‘Long Way Home’ and ‘The Wild’.

Alongside this she has also had the opportunity to spend time touring across the UK, Europe and US, with the likes of Ward ThomasEmbraceNina Nesbitt and Mike & The Mechanics, amongst others. Adding to her touring profile, she has also performed at UK festivals Isle Of WightGlastonbury and Secret Garden Party.

Hungry for further success in the UK, and having already achieved great in herearly career, Kerri has proved to be a blossoming young artist with an exciting future ahead of her.

Kerri Watt Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kerri Watt plays Ort Birmingham on Sat 11th November 2017. Tickets available here

Watch the video for ‘Long Way Home’ below:

LISTEN: Violet – ‘Feel’

September 22, 2017 in News

Midlands up-and-comers Violet have dropped their debut single.

‘FEEL’ – out on 15th September via HolyHowl – is a properly infectious guitar-pop banger that’s influenced by the very best of 90s Britpop and grunge; it’ll hit you right in the feels.

“’Feel’ was written in an existential daze before getting a flight, I went to our lock up and recorded a really rough demo incase I didn’t make it home,” says guitarist Luke Brickett.

“The song is quite bleak, but quite close to me, it questions the subject of what happens after our time is up on planet earth and the limbo like state that we seem to be in.

“Anyway, I made it home and showed the guys and by iteration reached pretty much what it is now.”

Violet Links: Facebook | Twitter

Violet play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Fri 29th September 2017, with support from Grim Fiction and Yung Jimmy’s Big Ideas. Tickets available here.

You can also catch the band on tour around the UK in September:

08 The 27 Club, Liverpool
21 The Finsbury, London
22 The Cookie, Leicester
25 Kasbah, Coventry
29 The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
30 The Loft, Southampton

‘FEEL’ is available to pre-order today from iTunes here.

Listen to ‘FEEL’ below: