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To Kill a King to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

September 12, 2017 in News

To Kill A King have been crafting melodic folk that’s packed full of love, loss and heartbreak since their debut Cannibals With Cutlery, but it was 2015’s self-titled LP that really struck a chord with fans and critics alike.

Receiving support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and publications like Shortlist and The Guardian, it was an album that led to comparisons with bands like The Maccabees and The National, and took them to a huge headline date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The band’s new single ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ also comes with announcement of a headline tour for January 2018, which will called at Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sat 20th. Described by singer Ralph Pelleymounter as “a bit of comfort for the long dark night of the soul,” ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ is To Kill A King at their irrepressible best. Marrying memorable, thought-provoking lyrics with dynamic production and outrageously catchy hooks, ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ grabs from the off and never lets up. ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ and recent single ‘‘The Good Old Days’ will feature on the To Kill A King’s third album due early 2018.

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To Kill a King play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sat 20th Jan 2018. Tickets available here from 10am on Fri 15th Sept 2017.

Watch the video for ‘The Good Old Days’ below:

LISTEN: Nick Mulvey – Wake Up Now

September 11, 2017 in News

Escaping to the isolation of the countryside led to Nick Mulvey reaching out musically for new album Wake Up Now, out now via Fiction Records.

“This is an album about celebrating life, when life is not just your circumstances, work and family, but the vitality of your being, your aliveness,” says Nick Mulvey of his upcoming second album, Wake Up Now. Since the release of 2014’s First Mind, the former Portico Quartet hang drum player and his wife Isadora have moved from East London to an artist’s community in Wiltshire. They’ve also had a baby son, Inka. Nick wrote the songs for Wake Up Now in parallel to his wife’s pregnancy. It’s no wonder he feels dizzy with the preciousness of life.

“When my son was born, everything was heightened,” he says. “Songs started to arrive however they wanted to arrive, and I was just as much writing them down as writing them myself,” he tells me. The result is an album which feels very present – not solely in its themes and lyrical content (although current events cannot help but slip in, as in stories of the refugee crisis in ‘Myela’) – but in its brightness and vivacity. “Oh my goodness me, I’m not ok!” sings Nick, leading a choir, on ‘Transform Your Game’. It’s an admittance of weakness, but sung with a celebratory instinct, because it is the realisation that matters. If ‘Wake Up Now’ isn’t simply concerned with recent political events, it instead touches on a more widespread “awakening of consciousness and opening up a new level of understanding,” in Nick’s words.

Nick is a humble man. He speaks calmly and thoughtfully, often pausing for seconds at a time to ensure he is wording his thoughts correctly. Several times throughout conversation, he’ll hold his hands into a prayer-like shape, and bow his head. The first thing he mentions when asked what he misses most since moving away from London? Local yoga classes. He admits he is speaking “freely” and “openly” today – and that he’s doing so because he is pleased to be able to talk about the world rather than just his personal life.

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Listen to Wake Up Now here.

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

Watch the video for ‘Mountain To Move’ below:

Starcrawler to play Actress & Bishop

September 7, 2017 in News

‘Let Her Be’ is the opening track on Starcrawler’s forthcoming, Ryan Adams-produced debut album, due out via Rough Trade in early 2018. Adams has described the four-piece as “the future of the rock ‘n’ roll legacy of bands like KISS, X, Sonic Youth and The Stooges”. Big words, but they’re being backed up by stuff like this.

The director of the ‘Let Her Be’ video, J. Casey Modderno, wanted to capture some of Starcrawler’s “amazing live presence” in the promo – “We decided to run with a super visceral and physical performance, full of motion, and tons of fun.”

“Losing my GD mind over this band Starcrawler,” is how My Chemical Romance’s founding frontman Gerard Way reacted to witnessing the breaking-through LA band for the first time. “A blend of almost all of my favourite stuff but completely new. Super refreshing to see this mix of 1970s theatricality and Stooges electricity. I want to buy the t-shirt. Check it out.”

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Starcrawler play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sat 4th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ants’ below:

Jared & The Mill to play Birmingham show

September 5, 2017 in News

Jared & The Mill is a southwestern indie rock band, formed in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. The band has spent the past few years touring extensively through the venues, dives, theatres, festivals, and arenas of the U.S. and Canada, playing alongside new burgeoning bands and established acts, and developing a strong and rooted fan base along the way. The band has multiple and successful independent releases, the most recent 2016, Orme Dugaswas recorded and produced by Ryan Hewitt in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Orme Dugas blurs lines to the point where the ambiguity becomes an asset unto itself, a record that sounds exactly like Jared & The Mill to the returning listener but a little more gray to a newcomer. It’s not rock, it’s not country, it’s not folk, but it’s not quite pop. So where do they fit? They’ve opened for the Zac Brown Band, the War on Drugs, Allen Stone, & The Killers, to name a few, and while it’s an impressive list, it’s a still a grab bag. Their undefinable nature is also their strongest weapon.” – K.C. Libman Phoenix New Times

As the band has stated, “Our music has been called, compared and regarded by a number of different names and genres, and we’ve been influenced and shaped by many different events and people, but more than anything, we’d like to think that some shred of the Southwest — of our home — can be found in the heart of our music.”

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Jared & The Mill play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Mon 30th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Keep Me Going’ below:

Model Aeroplanes announce Birmingham show

September 1, 2017 in News

Since forming in January 2013, Model Aeroplanes have released a string of singles that have seen them work their way into the nation’s pop psyche. After only eight gigs the band were hand picked to perform at their first T in the Park in 2013 and have since been on an epic rollercoaster of tours and festivals, gaining fans from around the country very early on in their career.

The band have been on a journey that has seen them support some of their favourite bands such as The ViewTwin AtlanticLittle Comets and hotly tipped newcomer Saint Raymond as well as their own sold out headline tour. The band have also been busy at other festivals winning crowds over at places like Dot-to-Dot, The Great Escape and Live at Leeds.

Having recently found a new home at Island Records, the rest of 2015 holds big things for Model Aeroplanes with a pile of further festival appearances as well as the release of their debut EP.

Model Aeroplanes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Model Aeroplanes play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 24th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’ below: