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The Urban Voodoo Machine to play new Bham venue

March 30, 2017 in News

The Urban Voodoo Machine’s music would sound like a great night out in a dangerous part of town. From the get-go, The UVM fused junkyard blues and stinging rockabilly with mariachi horns, fiddles, sinister cabaret and punk rock tangos. “I wanted to play rock’n’roll music with a different instrumentation,” says Angel, “taking inspiration from everything from delta blues, latin and gypsy music without losing the spirit and attitude of punk.” His lyrics – part Lemmy, part Bob Dylan – made other (more acclaimed) songwriters sound totally. Fucking. Boring.

“We’re not Americana and were definitely not ‘retro’,” says Angel. “I write songs about living in London right now. Although having a shit time, no money, heartbreak, mental illness, addiction and suppression from the big guy is kinda universal and timeless, I guess…”

The Urban Voodoo Machine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Urban Voodoo Machine play new Birmingham venue The Castle and Falcon (formerly Ceol Castle) on Sat 1st April 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Rather You Shot Me Down’ below:

LISTEN: C Duncan – ‘Nothing At All’

March 28, 2017 in News

Glasgow-based composer/producer C Duncan is sharing ‘Nothing At All’, the B-side to new single ‘Like You Do’.

‘Like You Do’ is the latest slice of recent record The Midnight Sun to get a single release. It’s flipside is a woozy, opiate-warm rush of fantastical synthery and thick vox – it’s a blinding counterpoint that offers mysterious pleasure in spades.

‘Nothing At All’ sees Duncan conjure majestic textures and layers, whirling them all together in a heady haze of psychedlic electronic pop. Much like the classic 4AD releases he’s shown his love for, this is an all-compassing piece of music that whisks you into sparkling, spangly worlds.

C Duncan plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Mon 8th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Nothing At All’ 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.

Champs Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Champs play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Wed 31st May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Vamala’ below:

Lewis Watson to play O2 Institute Birmingham

March 27, 2017 in News

Oxford-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson recently returned with latest song ‘Little Light’ taken from his second album Midnight, released earlier this month through Cooking Vinyl. The 360-degree video, made in partnership with MelodyVR, shows Lewis and his band performing the track on an East London rooftop.

The dramatic new track is a beautiful return from the hugely acclaimed 25 year old. Rich with emotion, Lewis wears his heart on his sleeve in this gorgeous love song. The gleaming guitar lines, crystalline melodies and captivating vocals showcase Lewis at his best.

With Midnight Lewis has developed his much-adored acoustic-pop sound into something altogether more ambitious, yet even more affecting. Drawing upon inspiration from a disparate range of influences including Death Cab For CutieColdplay and Bon Iver, the album expands Lewis Watson’s musical world far beyond his debut. It also features a duet with Lucy Rose on the achingly emotional ‘slumber’.

Lewis Watson Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lewis Watson plays O2 Institute Birmingham on Wed 29th March 2017, with support from Slowlights. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Little Light’ below:

New Birmingham Venue: The Castle and Falcon

March 22, 2017 in News

The Castle And Falcon in Birmingham re-launches and reopens its doors on the 31st March as a live music venue and late night bar on Moseley Road. Performing on the opening night are old school rhythm, blues and soul nine piece, The Atlantic Players, raucous rockabilly and country from Harry & The Howlers alongside local legend and 6 music favourite DJ Sam Redmore.

Five years ago the venue was a staple amongst the live music scene in Birmingham with queues around the corner with bands from far and wide having played at the popular Brum night spot.

Owner Dominic Molloy said: “This pub has been in my family for many years and we are all really excited to show you the big changes we have made.”

The venue relaunches on the 31st March this spring with regular gigs and weekly club nights featuring some of Birmingham’s most popular DJ’s. The bar will be able to accommodate up to 250 people serving craft beers, pints from £2.50, cocktails and the venue has more plans for the future.

The new venue will include a new sound system, updated interior and boasts one of the biggest stages inside any Birmingham pub. At last this Birmingham boozer will bring its iconic history of live music back to life once again.

The Atlantic Players Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Atlantic Players play The Castle And Falcon Birmingham on Friday 31st March 2017, with support from Harry & The Howlers and DJ Sam Redmore. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Drowning On Dry Land’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 20th – 26th March

March 20, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham we have Glasgow synth-pop duo Prides at The Flapper on Monday. Thursday sees rhythm’n’blues band King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge, and on Friday Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds as the last stop on his debut UK tour. On Sunday fresh-faced Manchester four-piece Dantevilles play The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

Prides + Twin Wild + The Young @ The Flapper
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Glasgow-based duo Prides return with their latest single ‘Are You Ready’, continuing their natural move towards a well-rounded, guitar/drum led sound, complimented by elegant electronic touches. Prides have consistently proved themselves to be band with big songs, and equally big crowds. 2 years ago the band played the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1. Support comes from alternative rock four-piece Twin Wild and indie band The Young.

Listen to ‘Are You Ready’ below:


TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Club Drive + Idolising Nova + Idle Frets @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hailed as Britain’s very own answer to the likes of One Republic, Maroon 5 or The Script, Club Drive’s latest single is an unapologetic slice of pure pop brilliance. Already making a name for themselves across social media and with a fast-expanding – and very fervent – fanbase, the quartet have captured the interest of Radio 1’s BBC Introducing team where ‘Dangerous’ was featured across the Introducing network as ‘Track Of The Week’. Support comes from indie pop trio Idolising Nova and catchy indie rock band Idle Frets.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Dangerous’ below:


WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

Bad Sounds + Social State @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Bath-based five-piece Bad Sounds‘ single ‘Avalanche’ was selected by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac as her track of the week. Released in April 2016, the single was co-produced by Duncan Mills (Peace/Spector), fusing cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines and an undeniably addictive chorus, bringing sounds of the 70′s and 80′s into the 90′s Brit-Pop era, with a twist. Support comes from Birmingham duo Social State whose songs are a mix of various genres including indie, hip-hop and pop.

Watch the video for ‘Avalanche’ below:


THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

King Salami & The Cumberland Three + The Good Water + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge
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This is London’s greatest and most sensational rhythm’n’blues-punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when The Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers. Support comes from gritty rhythm & blues duo The Good Water and punk band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Tiger In My Tank’ below:


FRIDAY 24TH MARCH

Ed Geater + Bear + Dee Ajayi + Amy Louise Ellis + DJs til late @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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Ed Geater is back in 2017 with a headline show at the Hare & Hounds, serving as the last stop of his debut UK tour. The gig follows the success of his Unseen EP release launch at Mama Roux’s in October, which received rave reviews from CounteractBab Mag and Brum Radio. Ed will be playing material from both EPs released in 2016 by London label Music Mandi, plus some new songs, and is set to be joined by friends on stage for a host of collaborations. Support from acoustic hip-hop duo Bear, soulful singer-songwriter Dee Ajayi, singer-songwriter Amy Louise Ellis and DJs Jack Barber and The Deviant til late.

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:


SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

Mad Dog Mcrea + The Infusion @ Mama Roux’s
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Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support comes from bluesy rock band The Infusion.

Watch the video for ‘Almost Home’ below:

The Vryll Society + Violet + Grim Fiction @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Liverpool’s swaggering psychedelic outfit The Vryll Society have announced the release of their latest single ‘Sacred Flight’ via Deltasonic Records, kicking off what promises to be a very productive and exciting year culminating in the release of their widely anticipated debut album. The psych-pop quintet’s unique eclectic sound has already seen them heavily tipped by BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music). Support comes from Midlands indie five-piece Violet and psychedelic alternative band Grim Fiction.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:


SUNDAY 26TH MARCH

Dantevilles + Sacrifice & Bliss + The Mojo Filters + Shoot The Town @ The Sunflower Lounge
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A fresh-faced, four-piece band emitting new music from the home they call Manchester. Reimaging the sound of the red-brick capital of the North with their uplifting and soulful brand of indie pop, Dantevilles are as sharp as they are raw. Clean, canny guitars and dual captivating vocals never compete for space in their unshakable, off-the-wall arrangements. Support comes from synth-punk duo Sacrifice & Bliss, rock and roll soul band The Mojo Filters and indie band Shoot The Town.

Watch the video for ‘Perfect Place’ below:

Eyedress to play The Sunflower Lounge

March 20, 2017 in News

Eyedress is 26 year old Idris Vicuña from Manila, the Philippines. He presents his debut album proper – Manila Ice– out 12th May via Lex Records.

Manila Ice showcases his unique talent for lovesick composition and songwriting, and his DIY spirit. The album was recorded around the birth of his first child and represents the hopes and fears of a young parent as well as providing him an escape from the realities of his personal life and the dramatic political events unfolding in his home city. He recorded and produced the entire album from his bedroom studio at his parents house – playing lead and rhythm guitar, bass, synths, samplers, drums alongside singing and rapping.

Eyedress has been supported by Zane LoweAnnie MacHuw StevensLauren LaverneSteve LamacqTom RavenscroftSindenSteve AokiGhostpoetZed’s DeadCrookers.

He has previously collaborated with King Krule and supported Mac DemarcoJungleGrimes and How To Dress Well. His music is informed by the diverse influences of his early life in Phoenix, Arizona and San Clemente, California followed by his family’s return to The Philippines aged 15. Taking to sampling and beat making as much as traditional musicianship, his thirst for expression has seen him turn his unique voice to rap, punk, synth pop and lo-fi indie styles. On Manila Ice he strips his experimentation back to a more traditional songwriting, and brings a striking honesty to the narratives which weave through the record.

Eyedress Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Eyedress plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 10th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sofia Coppola’ below:

WATCH: The Vryll Society – ‘Sacred Flight’

March 17, 2017 in News

After a pretty barnstorming 2016, Liverpudlians The Vryll Society jetted off this year by unleashing their latest single ‘Sacred Flight.’

A swirl of catchy yet cosmic guitar licks and driving percussion topped off with a sing-along, anthemic chorus, ‘Sacred Flight’ gives the perfect glimpse into the band’s swaggering, contemporary take on classic psych-rock. Speaking of the track, frontman Mike Ellis said: “‘Sacred Flight’ is a motoric journey into cosmic space jolting atoms of sound from one galaxy to another before finally exploding into a jewel box of guitar frenzied litany!”

Well when it comes to the new video for the track, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves really. The clip itself is a cosmic explosion of kaleidoscopic images, as the band perform within a vortex of fractals, buildings and shapes. They seem pretty calm about their voyage considering they’re hurtling through what’s probably the fourth dimension at the speed of light.

The Vryll Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

The Vryll Society play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 25th March 2017, with support from Violet and Grim Fiction. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:

HVMM to play The Sunflower Lounge

March 16, 2017 in News

From the West Midlands rises the heavy-laced rock of HVMM. When was the last time you went to a gig and felt that teenage combination of fear and excitement? Picture a sepia-lit stage with four smartly garbed musicians staring out steely eyed. Collarless cotton, cravats, smoked chrome glinting on resting Fenders: the scene feels theatrical, anachronistic, subversive.

When the music starts, dark Victoriana bursts into apoplectic rock ’n’ roll, fizzing with a fun kind of fury. Guitarist Ebony Clay and bassist Jack Timmis smash out brawny, off-time riffs that evoke the darker moments of Led Zep IV. The space they and rampant drummer Sam Jenkins create offers singer Andy Teece’s room to spit rhythmic vocals that suggest a super-charged Tom Waits is front and center.

And then somehow, in the febrile chaos, there is sex and slick-back swagger, the sort of which you’ve seen in recent Arctic Monkeys. Take a minute to process the dark romance directing some of the lyrics and the comparison strengthens.

HVMM Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

HVMM play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 18th March 2017, with support from Dirty Jane, The Kontours and Juniper Wolf. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Modern Pussy’ below:

Saint Sister announce Ort show

March 16, 2017 in News

Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the new project from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.

Following their debut performance on Irish television, they opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in Whelan’s. April saw them support San Fermin (Downtown records), and tour Ireland with Dublin band Spies. In August, the band entered the studio for the first time to record their debut EP with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), which was released on November 13th on Trout Records. Over the coming weeks they commence two Irish tours with O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo. They finish 2015 with their first London showcase, and play their first US performance at SXSW 2016.

Saint Sister Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Saint Sister play Ort Birmingham on Wed 31st May 2017, with support from Rosie Carney. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Madrid’ below: