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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.”

Jared & The Mill Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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:

Kagoule announce show at Actress & Bishop

September 1, 2017 in News

From Nottingham, Kagoule have been slowly carving a name for themselves with a blend of post-punk, progressive indie, and ballistic originality. Getting their big break supporting Dog Is Dead, the trio recently played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and have toured with Kappa Gamma.

Fiercely independent and with a steadfast vision for the minutiae of every aspect of their presentation, Kagoule are band born out of the school-yard, the trio of Cai Burns, Lucy Hatter and Lawrence English coming together a half decade ago. “We represent the sound of boredom,” says Hatter, of the band’s inception. “The sound of three 15 year olds wanting to do something,” says Hatter.

Recorded while still in their teens, Kagoule’s debut album Urth draws on a wealth of unexpected influences – the best US underground obscurities of the 80s and 90s, the dark folk music of Pentangle and playing style of Bert Jansch, contemporary fantasy and sci-fiction literature, ancient wood-cut artwork and so much more. Sound-wise they recall the energy and ideas of Bikini Kill, the sugar-dusted grunge of Smashing Pumpkins and the angular rhythms and confrontational post-hardcore blueprint of FugaziSlint and fellow Nottingham band Bob Tilton, with a pedal rack (metaphorically) half-inched from Dinosaur Jr. But – crucially – perhaps only to those old enough to have heard those bands first time around.

Kagoule Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Kagoule play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 10th November 2017, with support from Catholic Action. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Magnified’ below:

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:

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: