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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Watch the video for ‘Moonlight’ below:

H. Hawkline announces Birmingham show

May 22, 2017 in News

H.Hawkline (Huw Evans) has announced details of the release ‘Engineers’, the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming album, I Romanticize which is released on Heavenly Recordings.

Released on Friday June 2nd 2017, I Romanticize (like its predecessor and Heavenly Records debut, 2015’s In The Pink Of Condition) was recorded at Samur Khouja’s Seahorse Sound studio in Los Angeles with all the lyrics written and then vocals recorded in Narberth in west Wales. “Some words, as with their meaning, are unavoidable – ‘love’, ‘goodbye’, ‘time’, ‘you’, – but you can at least try and dress them up in some new clothes.”

Co-produced by Samur, Huw and Cate Le Bon, who also forms part of the quartet who appear on the record along with Josiah Steinbrick – LA composer and producer – and Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa. “They were the absolute best people for the job, and I also happen to be lucky enough to call them friends. Without their hands and ears the wet clay would have collapsed,” said Huw.

Having previously played with the likes of FoxygenGwenno and long-time cohort Cate le Bon, he has recently announced a run of shows with Devendra Banhart in June / July and a number of festival appearances over the summer.

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H. Hawkline plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 8th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Engineers’ below:

Matthew Logan Vasquez announces Birmingham show

May 15, 2017 in News

Delta Spirit frontman, Matthew Logan Vasquez announces his UK headline tour, preceded with four dates in the Netherlands, supporting both Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Old Crow Medicine Show. MLV brings with him a 3 piece band made up with musicians Brendan Bond and Judson Johnson, fresh off tour in the US, showcasing a unique brand of rowdy, Waits influenced Americana.

The tour announcement follows the release of MLV’s debut solo album Does What He Wants. As fans of Delta Spirit and Vasquez’s work with Middle Brother, the band he formed with Deertick’s John McCauley and Dawe’s Taylor Goldsmith, know well, Vasquez knows how to fuse passion with poetry in his writing and then ignite the combination with his staggeringly expressive vocals. In new single ‘Same’, Vasquez develops this well-established Americana sound, and infuses it with flourishes of groove and gospel.

Throughout Does What He Wants, vivid stories are juxtaposed with retro textures, helping piece together a narrative of the constantly self-aware and restlessly creative individual that is Matthew Logan Vasquez. This is a genuinely personal record that tackles universally relatable frustrations and miseries of life; impatient landlords, lack of stability and financial woes, whilst managing to remain ever hopeful and positive throughout.

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Matthew Logan Vasquez plays Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sat 8th July 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Red Fish’ below:

Little Barrie to play Actress & Bishop

May 12, 2017 in News

Little Barrie will release their highly anticipated 5th studio album Death Express on 7th July on Non Delux. Teaser single ‘Love or Love’ was released last December to critical acclaim. The forthcoming video has been directed by Douglas Hart (founding member of The Jesus & Mary Chainand video director for the likes of Paul WellerPrimal ScreamThe Horrors and Toy).

Made up of Barrie Cadogan (guitar/vocals), Lewis Wharton (bass) and Virgil Howe (drums), their fifth album packs a heavy punch, channelling the three members’ ferocious musical chops into a raw, DIY response to today’s atmosphere of confusion and division. There’s no political message, just lyrical food for thought, and some of the tautest, most incendiary grooves you’ll ever hear, enticing even dancefloor-shy listeners to hip-shake away their cares. High-octane meditations on surveillance paranoia (‘Copter’), devious policing at mass protests (‘Molotov Cop’) and greed (‘Vulture Swarm’) have rarely felt so irresistible to body movement.

The album’s genesis kick started, when Little Barrie were invited to provide incidental music for Better Call Saul, a spin-off series from hip TV phenomenon Breaking Bad, for which they’d already cut the theme tune. With no time to book a studio, they were forced to do it themselves, in their practice room. The response was favourable, and they began to feel that such DIY takes had a vibrant quality often lacking from ‘proper’ productions.

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Little Barrie play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sat 30th Sept 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Love Or Love’ below:

Introducing: Husky Loops

May 4, 2017 in News

Husky Loops are London’s next gripping new rock band, a sound that’s hard to pin down, even harder to pigeonhole.

Described as having a ‘sleazy, hot-footed noise’ where sharp, swerving riffs and unconventional arrangements are forged into strange shapes with an unorthodox delivery, Danio, Pietro and Tom first met at school in Bologna. Fast forward 15 years to a relocation to London to study at music college and the Royal College of Art, they put the finishing touches to their ultimate creation Husky Loops just over a year ago.

Since putting their debut track ‘Dead’ online at the start of 2016 they’ve already caught the attention of the very fine ears of NoiseyDIY, London in StereoThe Line Of Best FitHuw StephensApple MusicMusic Week and Amazing Radio where ‘Dead’ has been on the B List for several weeks.

And now, fresh from a hugely successful first tour support with Sunflower Bean, Husky Loops are about to embark on their first European support dates with Yak.

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Husky Loops play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 11th August 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Fighting Myself’ below:

This event is presented by Birmingham Promoters & Dork.

Dork is a music magazine, FYI. Across a monthly print title, website, social media, mobile apps and live events, it’s dedicated to finding the best, most exciting music around. From discovering the freshest new talent to blasting out brand new bangers, Dork is there to shout about what’s great, not stand at the back worrying about looking cool. Down with boring.

Electric Pyramid announce Birmingham show

May 4, 2017 in News

Electric Pyramid are a four-piece rock band born of a collective of musicians from the North London thriving music scene. Performing until early hours every Sunday at the Silver Bullet’s club night ‘Rock the Boat’, they have also been recording their debut album with engineer John Cornfield (MuseSupergrass) and producer Filippo Cimatti (Jeff BeckBones).

Their first single ‘All or Nothing’ is a high-energy guitar driven song with a hook to lose your mind to. “It was quite organic: we all play together, literally jamming, but the level is pretty high.” says guitarist Linda. “We all share a love for rock music”, with inspiration from Led ZeppelinNirvanaPearl JamFoo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age.

An international band of artists – Linda and Marco both from Italy, Emma from the UK and Ol is English “with a twist” – they all live around the corner from each other and, having recognised each other’s talent, began rehearsing on Ol’s boat. As a group, they have a varied musical history, and Linda is also an active figure on the ‘Women In Rock’’ scene in London and elsewhere. Now, they’ve become each other’s family. “If your family’s far away, then the people you’re surrounded with, spend most of your time with, they know everything about you.”

2016 was an exciting time for the band as they joined Queen on their Eastern European tour. “It really pushed us as a live act, watching and learning from the masters and progressing our sound and presence on stage”. Regardless of stage sizes they want to create the same feeling of community and creativity they started with in London clubs.

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Electric Pyramid play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Thurs 8th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Rome’ below:

The Lovely Eggs live at Actress & Bishop

May 3, 2017 in News

The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England. They have a fierce ethos that music should have no rules. For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times.

With 8/10 thumbs up from the NME and much support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One the band continues to sell out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support. With six BBC 6 Music sessions under their belt, as well as sessions for Radio One and XFM, The Lovely Eggs have enjoyed huge support from BBC 6 Music with airplay from DJs Marc RileySteve LamacqLauren LaverneChris HawkinsGideon CoeShaun Keavney and Radcliffe and Maconie.

Their songs have been produced by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), remixed by Tjinder Singh (Cornershop) and sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip. With releases in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, The Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs around the UK, USA and Europe.

With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big Muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit. They have produced four albums. The latest This Is Our Nowhere was self-recorded in an abandoned factory in their home town of Lancaster. Its title sums up their celebration and love of a scene which doesn’t exist in the eyes of the manufactured mainstream. The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands on the British underground music scene. Welcome to their world.

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The Lovely Eggs play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Sun 29th Oct 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Magic Onion’ below: