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WATCH: MeMe Detroit – ‘How She Runs’

July 26, 2017 in News

Midlands artist MeMe Detroit releases new single; ‘How She Runs’ on July 28th via own label SoulRock Central Records.

The indie grunge girl draws inspiration from a reservoir of influences to produce a record of sparkling and energising quality. Having grown up with 90s grunge and Britpop high on the household playlist and a box full of hand me down 7” classics on repeat; The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Blondie to name but a few.

MeMe was approached by up and coming director Stephen Murphy to compose an ‘eighties feel’ track for his new feature film My Saviour. The single was recorded with engineer/ producer Alastair Jamieson (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Duran Duran) at Park Studios, Birmingham and mastered by Jon Astley at Close To The Edge (The Who, Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, The Rolling Stones, Stereophonics, Judas Priest).

The band consists of MeMe Detroit, vocals/guitar/synth, Lewis Smith bass and Barney Such on drums. MeMe and the lads have played over 200 gigs across the UK, including a live streamed show in a treehouse, O2 Academy and Jurassic Fields festival. This wealth of live experience shaped and moulded ‘How She Runs’ into a sonic force not to be missed.

‘How She Runs’ beautifully weaves a tale of lust, love and fear of rejection. Working as a DJ, MeMe took inspiration from witnessing the UK nightlife from outside/inside the DJ booth.

MeMe: “I see it all the time. That moment in the club when someone notices someone else, that instant attraction. Some just dive straight in, others (and I’ve been guilty of this in the past) take the whole night to pluck up the courage to speak to them and then sometimes never do, leaving them with just a dream of what could have been.”

MeMe Detroit Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

MeMe Detroit plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 28th July 2017, with support from Vamoosery, The Holy Men & Chloe Mogg. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘How She Runs’ below:

Son of Dave announces Birmingham show

July 19, 2017 in News

Son of Dave, the one and only harmonica and beatbox blues maverick is back for another season. Music For Cop Showsis classic S.o.D, loaded with instrumental hooks, original blues flavoured songs, irresistible grooves and sly madness. His music has appeared in Breaking BadBloodlinePreacher and other television crime dramas, which seems to have encouraged him to put the cart before the horse and create a loose cannon of ditties harking back to 1970′s cop shows. Or not. It’s typical Son of Dave messing with you, using ingredients only he can cook with. Fans know it well. It’s his eighth album, and he’s not made a weak one yet.

The artist himself on Music For Cop Shows: “I got the call from Mr. Big of Big Records, you know? They got another tune into yet another crime drama. They keep asking for more though. So I made this record for ‘em. ‘Stick that in your soundtrack’ I said.”

Son of Dave is fifty years old, and has lived for twenty-one years in the UK, hailing originally from Winnipeg Canada where he was steeped at a young age in the blues-bar tradition. His resumé is long, having had many other successes along the way. He plans to perform until his 80′s at least, pointing out that there is no pension plan for Bluesmen, and the whole live-fast-die-young game is for kids who can’t handle their booze, or their managers simply after publicity.

Son of Dave Links: Website | Facebook

Son of Dave plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sat 11th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Caledonian Street’ below:

Howie Payne to play Actress & Bishop

July 12, 2017 in News

Following on from the recent, well-received vinyl re-release of his 2009 debut solo album Bright Light BalladsHowie Payne has announced a headline tour – backed by a full band – plus a brand new box set from the still-much-loved band that brought him to the attention of the world: The Stands.

The Stands Recordings 2003 – 2005 set is a box set collection of 3 vinyl LPs, the first two featuring alternate, rare, remixed and unreleased versions of tracks spanning 2003 – 2005, while the third features a whole host of Howie Payne’s unreleased demos. Presented on coloured, heavyweight vinyl with new sleevenotes, written by Howie, which detail the incredible journey of his band.

Howie Payne (aka Howard Eliott Payne) is a solo artist, producer, songwriter and the driving force behind Liverpool group The Stands, which he formed in 2002, and with whom he scored four top 40 singles and two top 40 LPs in over just three years before disbanding in 2005.

After a whirlwind decade of near constant live performances that took him around the globe, Payne took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on songwriting and production, remaining in the public conscience through his music, with a host of artists recording and performing his songs while both The Stands LP’s, and Bright Light Ballads quickly achieved cult classic status.

Howie Payne Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Howie Payne plays with a full band at Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 20th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch a live video of ‘The Brightest Star’ below:

Baby In Vain announce Birmingham show

July 12, 2017 in News

Lola Hammerich (vocals/guitar), Andrea Thuesen (vocals/guitar) and Benedicte Pierleoni (drums) are a trio not to be messed with. Making rumbling rock and grimy grunge that’s as malevolent as a midnight knife fight, their sound is equal parts Kyuss and Sleater-Kinney, with a dash of Babes In Toyland for extra punch.

Baby In Vain are not your typical Scandinavian indie band. Drawing on the gang-mentality and bluesy swagger of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens Of The Stone Age, they’ve been together six years, but are still quite young. Their early material saw them producing their own twist on stoner-rock, but over the past five years they’ve branched out into much broader territory, pulling in the industrial menace of post-punk alongside fuzzy expeditions into the fringes of doom and garage punk.

The three met at a mutual friends’ prog-rock’n’roll gig in their native Copenhagen back in 2010 and formed the band on the spot, with Andrea naming the three-piece before they’d even left the venue. Their first rehearsal came a few days later, at a local afterschool youth centre. “Lola and me both wanted to be shredding some cool guitar solos,” explains Andrea of their decision not to enlist a bass player – something they’ve stuck by, instead achieving their booming deep end by cunning use of bass amps and layering guitar sounds. The pair also split the vocals, meaning there’s not one, but two dynamic frontwomen heading up Baby In Vain’s killer live show.

Baby In Vain Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Baby In Vain play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sat 14th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video ‘The Urge’ below:

My Baby live in Birmingham

July 5, 2017 in News

It hasn’t taken long for Amsterdam based psychedelic, shamanic trio My Baby’s swampy blues and funk-inflected sound to cast a formidable spell, taking the world by storm.

Over the past 3 years, Dutch brother-sister-duo Sheik (drums) and Cato van Dyck (vocals) and New Zealand guitarist Daniel “daFreez” Johnston have had their mojo working overtime and are now ready for the release of their third album Prehistoric Rhythm. With their new album, the band aim to channel a primal awareness amidst hypnotic beats, shimmering soulful vocals and psychedelic riffs on the back of rootsy blues and dubbed out funk.

First single ‘Love Dance’ is an African inspired trance-like evocation of a tribal ritual involving the search for identity, love and spirituality. The protagonist is at peace after transcending the desire to feel complete through the presence and appeasement of others.

My Baby Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

My Baby play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 6th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video ‘Love Dance’ below:

Juanita Stein (Howling Bells) announces Birmingham show

June 28, 2017 in News

She’s seen the world Americanize, gentrify and divide like a broken heart during a decade of touring the globe with her band Howling Bells, now Juanita Stein returns with America, her first solo collection of songs about a pre-apocalyptic America.

This isn’t the America of goofy teen movies, Twinkies and Trump, no Mam. It’s that shattered dreamland Hunter S. Thompson went looking for. It’s somewhere beyond the pines of Twin Peaks at a crossroads where Badlands met Paris, Texas. A dustball in a once great land, reimagined whilst daydreaming as the towns and plains filtered through the grainy dirt that is the tour bus window during laps of the USA with Coldplay and The Killers.

These are songs from a dark-hearted country, where the lights of Nashville twinkle in the distance as the siren song leads you into the eternal night.

Having supported the likes of Richard HawleyMichael KiwanukaWhite Buffalo and Thomas Dybdahl, Stein’s new single ‘Dark Horse’ was recently featured in The Sunday Times ’Hottest Tracks’.

Juanita Stein Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Juanita Stein plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sun 24th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Dark Horse’ below:

Trailer Trash Tracys to play Actress & Bishop

June 12, 2017 in News

Over the course of their lush, strange, defiantly unclassifiable sophomore album Althaea, London duo Trailer Trash Tracys condense a number of disparate styles into music that thrillingly broaches the void between figuration and abstraction. While undeniably beautiful and quite often infectious in parts, this is certainly not pop music by any traditional definition; rather, it appeals to the more intuitive of mind and wild at heart. More than simply becoming a philosophical exercise however, the result is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic body of work to date, one which operates at the very limits of what pop music can be.

Their debut, Ester, released in 2012, manifested the band’s approach to making music as a fine balance between chaos and order, laying out a dense and dreamlike ecosystem of Sufi poetry, Solfeggio scales and, floating above it all, Susanne Aztoria’s otherworldly yet emotionally charged vocals.

Initially conceived as a soundtrack for a film by esteemed cult Filipino director Raya Martin, Althaea, sees the band continue their investigations into the farther flung reaches of pop music, with stunning results. If their debut 2012 album Ester was adventurous and exploratory in nature, Althaea is its grown up and sophisticated older sister: having embarked on their singular artistic course, with the new album Trailer Trash Tracys consolidate their strikingly unique language and tonal style.

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Trailer Trash Tracys play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 22nd September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Eden Machine’ below:

LISTEN: Sløtface – ‘Nancy Drew’

June 2, 2017 in News

Sløtface’s new song “Nancy Drew” is inspired by a badass, feminist superhero, and is taken from Try Not to Freak Out, which arrives September 15th through Propeller Recordings.

Sløtface are looking to take down the patriarchy one slimy piece at a time through their punk-infused rock songs. They challenged our complacent society on one of the best songs of 2016, ‘Sponge State’; meanwhile, last month’s ‘Magazine’, the lead single off upcoming LP Try Not to Freak Out, railed against unfair body image standards.

The Norwegian outfit is again standing tall for what it believes in with new song ‘Nancy Drew’. Like the Scandinavian version of Sleater-Kinney, Sløtface deal out pointed guitar work and jarring melodies with a feminist fire. They sound nearly invincible on more than one occasion, which, it turns out, is exactly the kind of superhero swagger they were gunning for.

“For this song I wanted to create a kind of super hero savior, so I drew inspiration from Nancy Drew and tried to imagine a bad-ass super hero who crushes the music industries boys club and the patriarchy with one punch,” vocalist Haley Shea tells Consequence of Sound. Being a teenaged detective never sounded this freaking cool — watch out, Hardy Boys.

Sløtface Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sløtface play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 29th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Nancy Drew’ below:

Jim White to play Birmingham show

June 2, 2017 in News

Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums, he splits time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorizable albums plus another six even stranger side projects.

Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque ‘Word-Mule’ being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker ‘Crash Into The Sun’ appearing in Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.

Jim White Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jim White plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Thurs 23rd November 2017, with support from Cicada Rhythm. Tickets available here.

Watch a live performance of ‘A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes’ below:

Dan Owen announces show at Actress & Bishop

May 30, 2017 in News

Shrewsbury singer Dan Owen has announced the release of ‘Moonlight’, the first single to come since signing a major deal with Atlantic Records. A reworked version of the 2016 track, which featured on his Open Hands and Enemies EP, ‘Moonlight’ is a haunting love ballad and an intimate insight into Dan’s stunning songwriting and jaw-dropping vocal abilities. The song has been featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist in eight countries across Europe, including the UK, upon release today.

Dan has gained attention and critical acclaim across the world with his deep, soulful, blues-infected tones. At the end of last year he was a prominent figure in a number of high profile tips for 2017 including The Independent who said, “Dan Owen has the most incredible voice and a down-to-earth charm that’s proving a hit with fans.”

He has just completed a sold out headline tour across the UK and Europe following the release of his Open Hands and Enemies EP last year, which saw him enter the Top 40 iTunes Album Chart and top the Singer/Songwriter Chart upon release. Dan has quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most impressive new talents. Now having signed with Atlantic Records, and with a debut album due to follow, he is set to become an even more formidable and impressive musical figure.

Dan Owen Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Dan Owen plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sat 21st October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Moonlight’ below: