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Introducing: Parekh & Singh

April 21, 2017 in News

Parekh & Singh are a dream-pop duo from Kolkata, India. Nischay Parekh sings, plays guitar, keyboards and synths. Jivraj Singh plays drums, drum machines and effects. While Nischay has one foot in this world and the other in the realm of dreams, Jivraj is a student of math and logic and drawn to life’s darker recesses. Friends, enemies, neighbours and brothers – they wrestle, play table tennis, eat, think, argue, play chess and roam the streets. But, above all, they make music of whimsical, magical beauty and Ocean is their debut album.

These office dreamers have conjured nine glowing tracks of cosmic pop that shimmer like an Indian sunset. While undeniably sun-kissed, a darkness lurks within. Innocence is tempered by experience. The pill-popping oddity of ‘Hill’ plays like a ‘B’ movie trailer. With the latter stealing a line from Annie Hall, a shared love of Woody AllenDavid Lynch and Wes Anderson comes as no surprise.

Parekh & Singh Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Parekh & Singh play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Wed 24th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll’ below:

Champs announce show at Actress & Bishop

March 27, 2017 in News

Champs, brothers Michael and David Champion emerged from the Isle of Wight in 2014 clutching their debut album Down Like Gold. The siblings’ love of alt pop and melodic heartbreak combined with passionate and persuasive harmonies saw them beautifully out of sync in terms of what else was going on around them. Signed to Play It Again Sam, the album was showered with plaudits, picking up plenty of radio support, whilst accompanied by mutual musical friends, the brother’s made their first foray onto the London live circuit with series of what were to become all-too-rare live shows.

Keen to keep to their promise of releasing two albums in twelve months, Champs decamped to London in the Autumn of 2014 , hooking up with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (GoldfrappPlacebo) to write and record what was to evolve into VAMALA. A thus far definitive Champs record, beautifully rendered, racked with melancholy, undeniably personal and rooted in love.

The past twelve months has seen Champs lying low, spending time between London and the Isle of Wight, embarking on numerous surfing escapades including four months travelling throughout SE Asia whilst all the while writing new material. Looking to get into the studio to begin work in earnest as they prepare for chapter three, the brothers recently played a low-key London show flagging up several new tracks that certainly bodes well in the Champs camp for whatever materializes over the coming months.

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Champs play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Wed 31st May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Vamala’ below:

Dune Rats announce Birmingham show

March 15, 2017 in News

Making a punk record is easy. Just ask anyone. Well, anyone who hasn’t actually ever made one, that is. Behind the three chords and drug-soaked lyrics is a whole lot of hard work, planning and in the case of Dune Rats second album, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, a fair bit of self-reflection since their 2014 self-titled debut.

When Dune Rats wrote and recorded their first album they smashed out the songs in a month and gave themselves a week to record. It was a fast and furious mission steeped from a letter from Steve Albini to Nirvana that’s proposed they “bang out a record in a couple of days, with high quality but minimal production and no interference from the front office bulletheads”. With this method tried and tested, the boys decided the new album is a different beast. They would take their time, write and rewrite, build and pull apart, until the songs felt right.

The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit was written wherever Dune Rats hung their smoking devices: in various beach shacks along the east coast of Australia, in the middle of Joshua Tree and in a speeding RV along a US highway, and recorded at Head Gap in Melbourne.

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Dune Rats play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Friday 19th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Scott Green’ below: