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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: