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This Week: Gig Roundup 29th June – 5th July

June 29, 2015 in News

On Wednesday we welcome much-hyped garage rock band Hidden Charms to The Sunflower Lounge following praise from the UK press, industry and music fans alike. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy, responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’. Friday sees another installment of Baddie’s Banquet, this time headed up by Broken Witt Rebels and SW4RM. And on Saturday we welcome off-kilter folk-popster Sea of Bees to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

Hidden Charms + Bad Girlfriend + The Hungry Ghosts @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hidden Charms – barely out of their teens – have fast created waves amongst the U.K press, industry and music fans since uploading their first track titled ‘Sunny Side’ onto their Soundcloud. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy (responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’) and will be released in mid-June on Deltasonic Records in the UK and B3SCI Records in the US. Drawing comparisons to Them and 13th Floor Elevators you don’t want to miss out on seeing this much hyped band live! Support comes from Bad Girlfriend and The Hungry Ghosts. 

Listen to ‘It’s Time’ below:

FRIDAY 3RD JULY

Broken Witt Rebels + SW4RM & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard and Cellar
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Headliners Broken Witt Rebels combine the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.

Watch the video for ‘Shake Me Down’ below:

SATURDAY 4TH JULY

Sea of Bees + Charlotte Carpenter + AC Thomas @ The Sunflower Lounge
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The extraordinarily talented Sacramento native Julie Ann Baenziger, better known as Sea of Bees, will be bringing her beautifully idiosyncratic and effortlessly moving vein of off-kilter folk to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun, released 29th June via 3 Loop Music. Sea of Bees gorgeous offbeat, emotive guitar pop, is as instantly infectious as it is deeply affecting. Stunning, concise, uplifting but with a roiling undertow – songs that are all the more potent when you see Sea of Bees live onstage. Support comes from Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter and Midlands-based acoustic-blues artist AC Thomas. 

Listen to new track ‘Test Yourself’ below:

SUNDAY 5TH JULY

Modest Mouse + Hippo Campus + Elle King @ The Institute
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Following the release of Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse’s first album in 8 years, the band have announced a string of headline dates across the UK, alongside slots at this year’s London Calling and T In The Park festivals. Modest Mouse’s 2007 studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank featuring The Smith’s Johnny Marr, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was released to rave reviews. Since playing Coachella in 2013, the group headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest and re-released their critically-acclaimed albums This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, and The Lonesome Crowded West, on Glacial Pace. Both earned “Best New Reissue” ratings from Pitchfork. 

Watch the video for ‘Lampshade on Fire’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 11th May – 17th May

May 11, 2015 in News

Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:

TUESDAY 12TH MAY

Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge 

The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY

Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow

The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke LiFlorence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:

THURSDAY 14TH MAY

David Ford @ The Rainbow

Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:

FRIDAY 15TH MAY

Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*

The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:

Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow

With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tour will be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:

SATURDAY 16TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club

An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.

Listen to ‘For Me’ below:

Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow

Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:

The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar

The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:

God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:

SUNDAY 17TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* JAWS @ Venue TBA

Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click here for more details on how to enter.

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below:

Interview: Youth Man

April 15, 2015 in News

We caught up with local noisemakers Youth Man ahead of their gig at The Sunflower Lounge to talk about their new EP, their upcoming tour and what to expect from their live show. Check out the interview below:

Your new EP Hill of Knives is released on the 27th April, what can we expect from the album and in what ways does it differ from Bad Weather?

Kaila Whyte (Guitar and vocals): It’s much more dynamic and varied than Bad Weather. It’s also the first set of songs we wrote with Miles. They’re less straightforward punky numbers, but it’s still noisy and heavy.

You announced a full UK tour in support of the EP which kicks off in May. Which dates are you most excited to play and why?

Marcus Perks (Drums): We love playing in Glasgow so that’ll be a fun one. The Scots seem to really dig us… We always come back with new friends. We’re looking forward to all of it though! There are loads of places we haven’t played yet so it’ll be cool to pop their cherries.

What tracks from the album are you most looking forward to playing?

MP: ‘Dead Weight’ is fun to play live. And ‘Skin’ is always a fun ride.

What are the influences behind the album?

MP: Musically, we were just trying to write good songs and experiment a bit. After Bad Weather everyone thought they had our sound figured out – and they kind of did. But we’re in a different place now. We always try and write stuff that’ll be fun to play live, above anything else. Lyrically, it’s mostly about how stupid people can be… I’d been reading a lot of biblical stuff at the time we wrote a lot of those songs too, so I was trying to create a really vivid, sinister ‘Old Testament’ kind of vibe.

The tour also sees you reunite with Sleaford Mods who you previously supported at the Hare & Hounds back in February. What was it like supporting them?

Miles Cocker (Bass): Yeah, we’ve played with them a couple of times. They’re interesting guys to be in the presence of.

You play an EP launch at The Sunflower Lounge on the 18th April along with To The Wall and Bad Girlfriend. Can you tell us more about the bands on the line up?

MP: To The Wall are comprised of some of the guys from Shapes and some of the guys from &u&i/Blakfish. They’ve not released any recordings yet but it’s gonna be awesome, judging by their track record.

MC: Bad Girlfriend are Connor Hemming’s new band. Anyone who’s seen Connor live will know what to expect… But now he has a band he has even more freedom to do crazy dumb shit.

Are there any bands you recommend we should be listening to at the moment?

MP: There’s a band called Flesh who we came across the other day – they’re supporting us at our London show. They look like Goldie Lookin Chain but sound like the Jesus and Mary Chain. Also, we’ve been listening to a band called Teef, who are friggin rad.

What can people expect from your show at The Sunflower Lounge?

KW: The usual. Loud noises, loose limbs, blood, sweat and beers. Marcus has a new drumkit. We’ll also have a bunch of new merch.

YOUTH MAN PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 18TH APRIL, WITH SUPPORT FROM TO THE WALL & BAD GIRLFRIEND. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE