Forming in August of 2014, Birmingham four-piece Semantics are a product of their individual combined styles, emotions and influences.

Their debut EP was released on the 1st July and was recorded and mixed over the course of 2015 with Ryan Pinson, with the artwork being contributed by Boston based artist Ash Rose. Upon its release it was described as being an “opaque, but inviting, listen, creating swathes of mystery” (Counteract) and one that “will shake those who seek ‘a different sound’ to their core” (Quays News).

After a successful bout of headline shows and support slots with bands such as The Vryll SocietyHoly Esque and Field Studies, Semantics are looking to release and write new material over the course of 2017.

“For those who still associate Birmingham with the bright colours of B-Town, Semantics will offer plenty of food for thought – be careful, though, their jagged rhythms might leave quite a lump in the throat” – Louder Than War

“Besides the tunefulness and impeccable execution (production and sound are topnotch as well), the four bring a presence to bear that can’t help but suggest a powerful future” – Stereo Embers Magazine

Semantics Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Listen to ‘My Detainer’ below:

Plus support from HANKKS

HANKKS are an indie/punk band consisting of Ben James and Jacob Evitts forming a song writing and vocal partnership with brothers James and Harry Davison adding their own thing to the mix. The band gets its name from a shared admiration of the fantastic music man that is Tom Hanks. Following the release of their debut EP Wilson and receiving radio play from the likes of BBC Introducing, Virgin Radio and Amazing Radio plus support slots with bands such as SKATERS and The Amazons, things are certainly looking promising for HANKKS.

HANKKS Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Amber Leaf’ below:

Plus support from QUINN

Rock music has rarely sounded as bittersweet and contradictory as when it’s in the hands of Sam Lambeth.

Something of an underground figurehead (Lambeth has spent years reviewing bands, putting on gigs, performing DJ sets and, of course, gigging in numerous groups), he has an unwavering ability to match up-tempo, sun-kissed tunes with more wistful, contemplative lyrics. The words make you remember, the music makes you forget. With Quinn’s second EP, Crush, Lambeth has got the measurements just right.

2016 was a great year for both Lambeth and Quinn. The band raised £300 for Teenage Cancer Trust with their debut EP, Seems Fine, which led to support slots with We Are Scientists, Evan Dando, Johnny Lloyd, INHEAVEN and Teleman, as well as radio play and solid reviews.

With its bear-hug guitars, summery harmonies and jangly riffs, Crush is more than just a fleeting romance. “Nostalgia is a compelling liar,” Lambeth says, “but revisiting my adolescence has hopefully made songs people can connect to.”

Crush is due for release on 4th August 2017.

Quinn Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Amanda Knocks’ below: