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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:

Sløtface announce Birmingham show

May 2, 2017 in News

It’s telling that Sløtface’s signature tune is called ‘Empire Records’, a song named after a 1990s film about workers at an independent record store rebelling against the news that they’re being bought out by a chain. For this is a band dedicated to fighting against the restrictions, clichés, prejudices and injustices of mainstream culture, both musical and political. They’re as angry about “boys with acoustic guitars” dominating the charts as they are about misogyny and political corruption, yet they have the nous to focus their furies into bright, melodic punk-pop roars.

They’ve been out to challenge conventions since day one, when singer Hayley Shea and guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad began writings songs together in Stavenger in Norway in 2012. Recruiting drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke and bassist Lasse Lokøy, they named their band, and 2013 debut EP, Slutface as a jibe against society’s expectations of female sexuality, and soon rammed headlong into their first barrier. After a second EP (2014’s We’re Just Okay) and signing to Propeller Records in 2015, they changed their name to Sløtface to bypass social media censorship, and the struggle was only beginning. For the lead track from 2016’s Sponge State EP, the band hoiked their gear up Norway’s Førde Fjord to play a gig for youth activists conducting a peaceful protest against the Nordic Mining company dumping 250 million tons of chemicals and waste into the fjord.

Their fourth EP Empire Records, with its hedonistic party punk anthems ‘Take Me Dancing’ and ‘Bright Lights’, shot them into the alt-rock limelight as part of the gnashing new wave of politicised guitar music.

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

Watch the video for ‘Bright Lights’ below:

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.

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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: