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Rosie Carney & Henry Jamison to play Birmingham show

July 24, 2017 in News

Rosie Carney and Henry Jamison embark on a joint headline tour.

20 year old Donegal based singer-songwriter Rosie Carney was born in Hampshire, UK in 1997 before moving to Ireland when she was 10 in 2007. Instantly inspired by the vast, rugged, picturesque landscapes of her hometown, Downings, Rosie started to play music. Rosie signed a major recording contract with Universals Polydor when she was just 16 where she made contact and co-wrote with people such as Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs), Angelo Petragalia (Kings Of Leon), Charlie Fink (Noah and The Whale), Turin Brakes, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, to name but a few. In January 2015, due to unforeseen circumstances, Rosie was released (freed) from her contract with Polydor. Although seen as the recipe for disaster, Rosie didn’t stop making and playing music. Things soon took a turn when, in early December, Rosie was invited to Austin, TX by SXSW to showcase her music. After making it onto NPR’s top 100 song list, she made contact with Stevie McMin, founder and head man of independent and home to Phoria label, X Novo Records.

With his stunning debut album The Wilds Henry Jamison is ready to claim his place as the latest in a long line of remarkable storytellers. Blending delicate acoustic guitar and banjo with programmed percussion loops and synthesizers, the Vermont songwriter grapples with the jarring dissonances of contemporary life in his music as he struggles to reconcile the clashes between our inner and outer selves, the natural world and our fabricated society. Jamison is a solitary artist, writing, recording, and arranging everything himself on the album including the string arrangements, and he pens his lyrics with cinematic precision, conjuring vivid scenes and fully realized characters wrestling with existential crises and modern malaise. His dazzling way with words and keen ear for memorable hooks at once calls to mind the baroque pop of Sufjan Stevens and the unflinching emotional honesty of Frightened Rabbit, but the delivery is uniquely his own, understated yet devastating.

Rosie Carney Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Henry Jamison Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rosie Carney & Henry Jamison play Ort Birmingham on Sat 7th October 2017. Tickets available here.

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John Joseph Brill to play The Sunflower Lounge

July 24, 2017 in News

Having spent his early 20’s fronting London based heavy rock outfit Burning BeardJohn Joseph Brill established himself as a mainstay of the West London music scene.

The same musical community that bred The StavesLaura Marling and Bear’s Den heavily influenced Brill to explore a more confessional, honest form of songwriting and in 2013 he left his former band and the capital and moved to Liverpool. There he honed his craft as a solo artist, immersed in the oeuvre of Leonard CohenJason Molina and Neil Young he began writing and performing, in his unique baritone style, songs about everything from heartbreak to death and friendship.

The Pieces EP, (produced by Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den and Kristoffer Harris) laid a foundation at radio with support coming from Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio 2 and Radio X as well as in Europe.

The False Names, EP, spawned European support slots with Daughter and Bear’s Den, topped off with a sold out headline show at St Pancras Old Church and a support with Carole King at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time.

Latest EP I’m Not Alright was released in July.

John Joseph Brill Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

John Joseph Brill plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 9th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Muscle & Bone’ below:

River Matthews announces Birmingham show

July 24, 2017 in News

Despite his youthful years, the music of River Matthews flows from a uniquely timeless place. His distinctive voice, reminiscent of artists like Jeff Buckley and Sixto ‘Sugarman’ Rodriguez, creaks and rasps with wisdom and experience. His patient, personal blend of soul and folk effortlessly transcends eras and genres.

River met a fellow musician, songwriter and kindred spirit, Mike Needle, who introduced him to Jamie Scott, the singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with everyone from Michael Kiwanuka to One DirectionRon Sexsmith to Jessie Ware.

Jamie has now produced the debut EP Feels Like Morningand has been involved creatively along the way.

The EP in question features ‘Catherine’ and ‘Over’ – two beautiful ballads capable of bringing giants to their knees – as well as the poetic ‘Stars’, which was inspired by observing a clear night sky during an overnight stay outside of Inverness, and was written about his family. The title track, the soaring, upbeat ‘Feels Like Morning’ also started out as a slow song but took on a life and tempo of its own when he realized it was all about new beginnings; a perfect soundtrack for kickstarting a new career, you might say.

River Matthews Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

River Matthews plays Ort Birmingham on Fri 10th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch an acoustic version of ‘Feels Like Morning’ 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:

Sebastian Tree to play The Cuban Embassy

July 19, 2017 in News

Sebastian Tree is the latest hit on the indie music scene to bring a mixture of talent and superstar qualities to the mainstream. With the likes of Zoe Ball on Radio 2 and ELO singing his praises this singer/songwriter is sure to open your eyes and ears to a new genre of rock ‘n’ roll.

Influences such as Queen and Fleetwood Mac have ensured Sebastian’s ability to recreate this rock n roll passion into his live gigs.

Whilst having eclectic old school influences he ensures there is a platform for his love of modern music incorporated into his sounds. Inspiration from the likes of Kings of Leon and Haim can be noted when listening to his latest single ‘Worry’, which will truly give anyone an insight into the artist’s drive and love for music. There is no other voice like this on the scene currently.

Sebastian Tree Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sebastian Tree plays The Cuban Embassy Birmingham on Fri 8th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Worry’ below:

Stillia announce Birmingham show

July 14, 2017 in News

St Helens indie rock flag-runners Stillia are rising fast. Fresh from announcing their second single ’4am’, they now set their sights on Birmingham as part of their UK Winter Tour.

Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since The La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In’, released via Manchester label Beautiful Noise.

“There’s no need to debate whether they are indie or pop, Stillia are a fresh and exciting new sound.” - Chris Hawkins BBC 6Music

Stillia Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Stilla play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 30th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Let Me In’ below:

Sälen announce show at The Sunflower Lounge

July 13, 2017 in News

Sälen today reveal their brand new video for ‘So Rude’ and announce their first ever UK headline tour this October. Directed by London-based Kent Hugo aka Hugonought, the video features CGI versions of the band in a vivid and hallucinatory 3G world. “Nothing turns us off more than a person with bad manners,” say Sälen. “But nothing turns us on more than airy whale sounds. We’re super excited for everyone to see the video”.

‘So Rude’ is the latest in a string of acerbic pop tracks by the east London trio of Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor and Simon Milner. They introduced themselves last year with the straight-talking ‘I’m In Love With My Best Friend’; ‘Diseasey’, which topped Spotify UK’s Viral 50 chart; the acclaimed ‘The Drwg’; and urban dictionary favourite ‘Copper Kiss’. Already in 2017 they’ve dropped the acclaimed, bittersweet ‘Heartbreak Diet’ and ‘Pretty, Fake’. The band have sold out headline shows at London’s Kamio and Electrowerkz, and appeared at Annie Mac’s AMP night at the Jazz Cafe and BBC Introducing’s event at the Roundhouse, as well as The Great Escape and Parklife festivals in recent weeks.

Sälen Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Sälen play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 19th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘So Rude’ 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:

LISTEN: Spilt Milk Society – ‘She Tastes Like Summer’

July 12, 2017 in News

Following the release of ‘Voices’, the band follow up with their next single ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ released on HolyHowl.

Spilt Milk Society are a 5-piece band from the Midlands making indie/rock music. Starting out at house parties and building up an online presence of over 16,000 monthly listeners and half a million total streams; they have been described by the likes of Fred Perry Subculture as one of Birmingham’s brightest future bands. The Spilt Milk boys have done live sessions for Pirate StudiosBBC Introducing West Midlands and BBC Introducing Shropshire.

Past shows include sold out hometown headline performances at the O2 Institute, The Sunflower Lounge and The Rainbow Courtyard as well as appearing at The Great Escape Festival 2017, hand picked by Steve Lamaq to play on the BBC introducing Stage. Spilt Milk Society have supported the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club’s newest musical endeavour ToothlessTrudy and the RomanceThe Blinders and Ivory Wave.

Spilt Milk Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Spilt Milk Society play The Finsbury London Thurs 17th August, and support Tender at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 4th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ 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: