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King Kong Company live at Actress & Bishop

August 30, 2017 in News

King Kong Company occupy a vital space in the realm of the Irish music scene. In what can sometimes seem like a sea of acoustic, unflavoured bedwetters, their sinister, rhythmic beats and blistering live sets offer a breath of fresh air.

The 90s dance revivalists have gone from reliable cult act to perennial festival favourites since they made the decision to re-emerge in the last few years.

King Kong Company Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

King Kong Company play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 3rd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Donkey Jaw’ below:

Lail Arad & JF Robitaille announce Birmingham show

August 29, 2017 in News

Lail Arad & JF Robitaille will be hitting the road this Autumn for a 40-date tour across 8 countries! From Italy to India, Luxembourg to London, this intimate duo tour will celebrate the pair’s recent collaboration ‘We Got It Coming’, as well as feature brand new songs and favourites from their respective solo albums.

London-born singer-songwriter Lail Arad’s second album The Onion displays more layers than 2010 debut Someone New. It is a far more coherent whole, both stylistically – a sparse acoustic three-piece setup with scattered solo pieces – and in theme, revolving around love, loss and the creeping suspicion that we’re not getting any younger.

Montreal-bred songwriter JF Robitaille is no stranger to lofty expectations. Yes, he’s long been celebrated as one of the most engaging songwriters North of the 49—a fact evident even in his earliest days, when he fronted indie-rock outfit the Social Register in the aughts—but with 2013’s Rival Hearts, the world began to take notice. After the album charted in Germany, he found himself playing for large crowds at Hamburg’s fabled Reeperbahn Festival along with several other gigs throughout that country. Robitaille’s international rep began to resemble his accolades in Canada. Here, a troubadour cut from the same cloth as Leonard Cohen. Or Nick Drake. Or Bob Dylan.

Lail Arad Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

JF Robitaille Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lail Arad & JF Robitaille play Ort Birmingham on Sat 2nd December 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘We Got It Coming’ below:

Muncie Girls to play Castle & Falcon Birmingham

August 24, 2017 in News

Born in punk shows and dive bars to three driven teenagers in 2012, Muncie Girls embodies the classic punk rock story in a modern context.

Fueled by discontent and anxiety, they eloquently address issues of modern living as a self-aware young adult. The result is an ambitious and poignant rebellion against social norms that touches on everything from politics to interpersonal relationships.

The band released their highly acclaimed debut album From Caplan To Belsize on 4th March, 2016 via Specialist Subject Records in the UK. Musically, the album is a dynamic and emotional exploration of punk and indie rock. The album’s bouncy catchiness is sure to be a hit with fans of Hop AlongLemuriaLatterman, and RVIVR, but one of the defining characteristics of Muncie Girls is their ability to explore outside their immediate influences.

Ultimately, what sets Muncie Girls apart is vocalist & bassist Lande Hekt’s unique perspective and its impact on her understated lyricism. Hekt’s dry, unembellished writing style is, in many ways, reminiscent of classic American literature – a trait exceptionally unusual for a punk rock band from Exeter.

Muncie Girls Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Muncie Girls play Castle & Falcon Birmingham on Sat 2nd September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Respect’ below:

Tigercub to play The Flapper Birmingham

August 8, 2017 in News

Brighton trio Tigercub, who have previously played with the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Demob Happy & Youth Man, return to Birmingham to celebrate the release of their brand new EP Evolve or Die. set for release on 29th September via Alcopop! Records.

From the start, Evolve or Die was the band’s mantra for the next step in their creative evolution, and would be the title of the record before they even set foot in the studio. As a release in the Tigercub canon, Evolve or Die is the latest leg of an introspective journey for a band transitioning into something entirely different, a path to somewhere new and exciting.

Evolve or Die is not a reincarnation, or a reinvention. Collectively, the band’s diverse tastes in music, the vast pool of inspiration between the three of them, their obsessive drive to learn, comprehend, even assimilate and re-interpret musical technique are deeply present within the band’s presentation of songs over their catalogue so far. It’s the latest adaptation for survival from a band who want their fans to expect the unexpected on each and every release.

Tigercub Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Tigerclub play The Flapper Birmingham on Sat 21st October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Divided States Of Us’ below:

Watch: Tender – ‘Machine’

August 3, 2017 in News

London indie-electro-pop duo Tender have revealed the video for the next track to be taken from their debut album Modern Addiction, new single ‘Machine’.

“We wanted to put together a more abstract video for this song made up of video clips and visuals rather than an orthodox music video. I’d been watching some great documentaries by Adam Curtis a few weeks before and I’d cite ‘Hypernormalism’ as an influence on this. We felt that the lyrics covered quite a lot of different themes, but in the end all eluded to the same feeling of people not having control of their habits and the way they live their lives, ultimately. The song is about consumerism, entertainment, advances in technology and blind addictions. It’s a look into a dark world that feels like a simulation, where our real job now as humans, is shopping” says Cobb.

Tender’s debut full length is due for release 1st September 2017 via Partisan Records, pre-order it here.

Tender play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 4th September 2017, with support from Spilt Milk Society and Sound & City. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Machine’ below:

Bloody Knees to play The Sunflower Lounge

July 28, 2017 in News

Bloody Knees have returned with ‘Not Done’, the first single from their forthcoming EP Maybe It’s Easy, released 13 October via Distiller.

After taking some time off to collect their thoughts and hone a new direction, ‘Not Done’ is the four piece’s most visceral track to date. A single that builds upon the definitive sound they have developed so far, it takes Bloody Knees to glorious new heights, whilst still maintaining their gritty core.

The band announce a run of UK dates, following their forthcoming all dayer at The Sebright Arms in London on Saturday 29th July.

Bloody Knees Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Bloody Knees play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Fri 27th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Not Done’ below:

The Travelling Band announce Birmingham show

July 28, 2017 in News

Manchester’s The Travelling Band have announced their forthcoming album, SAILS, due 25th August 2017 via Sideways Saloon Records/Kartel. The first taste of SAILScomes in the shape of the single, ‘Into The Water, which serves as an introduction to a new, more expansive approach from the Manchester five-piece.

Focused around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as “Mancunian Americana”. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, with key album track ‘Last Night I Dreamt (of Killing You)’ and the grungy ‘Wasted Eyes’ highlighting the band’s love of American indie rock, but still with that Mancunian twist nodding to Elbow and I Am Kloot. ‘Mopping Forwards’ draws on their time spent in East Nashville and the almost Satie-like melancholic ballad ‘Loser’ belies the darker turn that Jo and Adam’s lyrics have taken.

The Travelling Band Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Travelling Band play Hare & Hounds (Venue 2) Birmingham on Thurs 23rd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch a performance of ‘Into The Water’ below:

Sam Brookes to play Hare & Hounds

July 28, 2017 in News

London based songsmith Sam Brookes is one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets. His acclaimed 2014 album Kairoswas tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prizenomination, received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2 and granted Sam the opportunity to perform at Live In Hyde Park. Sam is currently writing and recording new material for a forthcoming album and will be performing at only a handful of shows in 2016 to road test new material and perform current favorites.

Sam’s singing career began at an early age, filling the rafters of Her Majesty the Queen’s private chapel, as a chorister. Now his unmistakable, soaring vocal combined with crafty arrangements, deft guitar-playing and arresting lyrics delivers an aural patchwork that has been positively likened to Wild BeastsBon IverNick Drake and Tim Buckley.

Sam is also the featured vocalist on the Basement Jaxx single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ and has collaborated and toured with the likes of Lucy Rose and Newton Faulkner.

In 2017 Sam returned with the single ‘My Girl Drinks Coffee’, championed by BBC 6music. In September 2017, amidst extensive touring, Sam will release a new EP titled Ice Caps.

Sam Brookes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sam Brookes play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Wed 27th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘My Girl Drinks Coffee’ below:

HAWK announce Birmingham show

July 27, 2017 in News

HAWK are back with another truly majestic release, combining an abrasive edge with celestial vocals and activism at its core. Their forthcoming single ‘Sin’ is out on Veta Records.

‘Sin’ addresses the need to embrace female sexuality and autonomy, instead of demonising it or ignoring it full stop. The track is propelled forwards by front woman Julie Hawk’s poignant, crystal-clear vocals and twinkling hooks, oozing a sweeping grandeur throughout. Filled with an empowering grace, ‘Sin’ asserts that we should be proud of being sexual and recognise the power of consent. It’s about stepping out of an age old framework that women should be ashamed of promiscuity or expressing self-love. Julie explains “it’s shouting about embracing our feelings, our cravings, our pasts, and even our mistakes, as we define them. We wear them on our skin and let them empower us as women”.

HAWK originally formed in London in 2014 to hone their unique style of grunge-filled indie, before relocating to Berlin in 2016 where they now produce all music themselves. They have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound.

Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as ‘Take It Away’, ‘Mirror Maze’ and ‘Once Told’, HAWK have received support from NoiseyStereogumWonderlandDIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Their music covers a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups whilst still managing to exude a dreamy, haunting elegance with each offering.

HAWK Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

HAWK play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 23rd September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Sin’ below:

LISTEN: Nick Mulvey – ‘Mountain To Move’

July 26, 2017 in News

Nick Mulvey is pleased to announce details of a new single. ‘Mountain To Move’ is lifted from Nick’s second album, Wake Up Now. The album is released on the 8th September 2017 through Fiction Records.

The track was produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Sampha), and received its first play as the Hottest Record In The World via Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.

‘Mountain To Move’ is arguably Nick Mulvey’s most accomplished song to date, and sits at the very heart of this extremely accomplished new record. The album’s title is repeated mantra like by Nick, as the song swells with a melody and a formidable groove. It acts as a call to arms, not only to the precociousness of this exquisite British artist’s songwriting, but to a public completely at odds with the world around them. It’s certainly timely too, in both the UK and America’s current political climate, but the song’s key messages translate universally to eras of the past and undoubtedly eras of the future.

Ultimately though, when you’ve part-analysed the lyrical content and gone headfirst with Nick on this kaleidoscopic journey of his, it’s one hell of a tune at its core.

Nick follows his standout performance on the Glastonbury Park Stage, with further festival performances at Womad and Bestival ahead of a full UK tour in September and October.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Nick Mulvey plays O2 Institute Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Mountain To Move’ below: