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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:

Nell Bryden to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

May 19, 2017 in News

Nell Bryden is a singer-songwriter, New Yorker, adopted Brit, beloved album artist, Radio 2 favourite and broadcaster, and now wife and mother. In every sense, she’s come a long way to get here, and to see her career and her life blossom. No wonder her eagerly-awaited fifth album, due early in 2017, is going to be titled Bloom.

Those who’ve been lucky enough to hear the whole record, made in London with producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, are calling it a new creative peak. Full of elegant songs of mature reflection, it’s introduced, perhaps atypically, by the admirably angry single ‘What Is It You Want.’

Nell is accompanying the release, and introducing other songs from ‘Bloom,’ on an extensive British tour in October and November.

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Nell Bryden plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sun 15th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Thought I Was Meant For You’ below:

Francobollo announce Birmingham show

May 18, 2017 in News

Distorted, childlike, energetic, excitable, mischievous; quite simply Francobollo is everything you ever wanted for Christmas, but were too afraid to ask.

The members, who met at school in Lund, Sweden, have played and recorded as session musicians for bands such as Slow ClubLA Salami and members of Mystery Jets. Cutting their teeth in North London warehouse parties, the band are equally at home in intimate holes as they are on big festival stages; always oozing with joy; winning over audiences with ease.

Mercury Prize and Brit Award winning producer Charlie Andrew took great interest in the band after seeing them play live, making them the first signing to his newly established label Square Leg Records.

Long Live Life – Francobollo’s much anticipated debut album, to be released on Friday 14th July, was a test as to how to capture the band’s onstage spirit – which they’re now widely renowned for.

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Francobollo play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 2nd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Kinky Lola’ below:

Superfood to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

May 16, 2017 in News

Superfood are London via Birmingham duo, Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm. After spending the last couple of years in their studio exploring sounds and working on new music they started their new incarnation alongside Dirty Hit. Superfood’s second album will be released later this year and is born out of a new found freedom, enabling them to take their music to completely new and exciting places.

Free from outside influences, the record bursts with light but the album’s formation still wasn’t without its problems, “we had no money, no label and wanted to give up several times.” says frontman Dom. The band emerged through the struggles with a record that serves as a document to perseverance, while putting to bed any notion of a difficult second record and pointing to an exciting future for the band.

Superfood recently headlined the inaugural Dirty Hit tour, with further shows at Great Escape and Reading & Leeds to come.

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Superfood play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 11th October 2017. Tickets available from 10am on 19th May here.

Listen to ‘I Can’t See’ 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.

Matthew Logan Vasquez Links: Website | Facebook

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

Watch the video for ‘Red Fish’ below:

First Past The Post Tour live in Birmingham

May 15, 2017 in News

South London musician Matt Maltese has teamed up with one of the most promising and idiosyncratic new acts in the U.K., The Rhythm Method, for a joint ‘First Past The Post’ U.K. Tour in May and June – their own take on music and politics engagement movement Red Wedge updated for the 21st century. Tickets are on sale now – £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus UK – and a full list of dates can be found below. The bands said:

“There is a huge misrepresentation of the youth at the moment in politics, and we are once again at a crossroads that could change our long-term future. A landslide for the Tories seems depressingly inevitable and we want to use whatever voice we have to try and make some kind of a difference and encourage young people to turn up at the polling stations on June 8th. We can’t let our future once again be decided by the elderly just because we can’t be bothered to turn up and vote. This election is not about Brexit – something which Theresa May has cleverly banked on to steer clear of other issues in the UK – but more about choosing a better, more humane government. Not a party led by a sound bite queen that breaks the bank for nuclear warfare and privatises everything this side of the sun. But a party like Labour who want to politically address war torn countries such as Syria rather than bomb it, increase funding for schools and police, and actually address major injustices that have arisen in public industries thanks to privatisation. Politics can be serious, funny and stupidly complicated all at the same time. And this tour is about encompassing that and putting politics forward as something that isn’t complicated and, more importantly, isn’t reserved for the grannies and granddads. Like our shared musical philosophy, our politics is to be kinder, more honest and more hopeful. As the world caves in, we could take care of each other.”

20 year old Matt Maltese last week released his second track of 2017, ‘No One Won The War’ – a bruising and introspective ballad which finds Matt ruminating on the world being gripped by constant and cyclical discord. Produced by The Maccabees‘ Hugo White – The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones also plays guitar and organ on the track – ‘No One Won The War’ follows Matt’s acclaimed first single of this year, the crushingly romantic and sinisterly evocative ode to Theresa May and Donald Trump making love after triggering the nuclear apocalypse, ‘As The World Caves In’.

Matt has been lauded by BBC 6 Music‘s Lauren Laverne and BBC Radio 1’s Phil TaggartHuw StephensAnnie Mac and Mistajam alongside The FADERInterview MagazineThe GuardianWonderland, DIY Magazine and NME Magazine.

Matt Maltese Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Matt Maltese & The Rhythm Method play Ort Birmingham on Thurs 1st June 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘No One Won The War’ below:

LISTEN: Chloé Leone – ‘Comfortably Me’

May 15, 2017 in News

Chloé Leone debuts liberating new single ‘Comfortably Me’. Fresh on the scene – Midlands born, Dalston residing Chloé Leone is truly a breath of fresh air. With her unique blend of velvet melodies, pungent vocals and tongue-in-cheek wordplay; this newcomer debuts her first release of 2017, the feel-good and emancipating ‘Comfortably Me’.

Produced by Fred Cox (Janelle Monae, LionBabe), ‘Comfortably Me’ is Chloé’s personal ode to the world. Her take on the highs and lows of life as a young woman making her way in the world; dealing with relationships, purpose and hangovers; showing that it’s ok to be real, regardless of where you are from or what you have.

Standing as the first from a string of releases due out throughout 2017, Chloé is making a statement with her latest offering and is showcasing exactly why she is one of Britain’s most promising new artists.

“Laying the foundations of cementing her status as a world class act” – MTV

“A strong first musical impression with emotion and ease” - The 405

Chloé Leone Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Comfortably Me’ below:

Leif Vollebekk announces Birmingham show

May 12, 2017 in News

Some artists go on feeling like secrets long after they’ve started being told. Leif Vollebekk, who released his third album in February 2017, is one of these treasures. Born in Ottawa in 1985, he taught himself music using instruments inherited from his grandfather: harmonica, guitar, piano, an old fiddle.

Vollebekk’s latest, long overdue LP, Twin Solitude, is the product of everything that came before: the unending tours, the slow cover songs, the experience of seeing Prince, alone at a piano. At the end of Vollebekk’s twenties, his own songs didn’t sound right. He had spent an entire year on the road, playing almost 100 shows, but every night his favourite moment came only right at the end, covering a song by Ray Charles or Townes Van Zandt. Every time he got home from tour he took a hot shower and lay still under a window, listening to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, feeling saved, wondering why his own music didn’t give him that. Why the songs he had written himself always felt like so much work.

Yet in its heart, above all, Twin Solitude is a gesture back to Leif’s long nights under a pink moon, when a record was the only thing that could keep him company. Besides a wink to Hugh MacLennan’s novel Two Solitudes, this is the unlonely loneliness of the album’s title. “It isn’t a record I made for other people – it’s the one I made for myself,” Leif said. “It’s the album I wish I could have put on.”

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Leif Vollebekk plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 22nd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Elegy’ below:

Allmän Brown to play Ort Birmingham

May 12, 2017 in News

Allmän Brown is a London-based singer songwriter who announced himself back in 2013 with the wonderfully emotive and poignant single ‘Sons And Daughters’, a collaboration with fellow Londoner Liz Lawrence.

To date, the song remains the bedrock of Allmän Brown’s ever expanding catalogue, with over four million Spotify streams, half a million YouTube views, a number two placing on Hype Machine, numerous online cover versions and a raft of notable placements on US TV dramas, including the likes of ParenthoodReign and Beauty And The Beast.

2017 has seen Brown finally release his debut full-length album, entitled 1000 Years. The eleven-song record, a combination of old favourites and new songs (including latest viral single ‘Sweetest Thing’), represents an artist exploring his past, present and future with an ever expanding set of musical tools anchored by a beautiful, rich and distinctive voice. “This album represents and means a great deal to me. I hope that all those who listen will get a glimpse of the times and emotions it contains.”

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Allmän Brown plays Ort Birmingham on Fri 6th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ancient Light’ 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: