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Interview: Friday Club

December 19, 2013 in Interviews

Friday Club are a new band from the Midlands, combining punk infused garage rock’n’roll and undiluted melodies. We caught up with Josh and Doug ahead of their headline show at The Rainbow Birmingham this Friday, with support from Black Dollar Bills & Swerve.


What are your backgrounds in music and how did you come to be playing in Friday Club together?

Josh: We have all played in bands previously, some with national exposure; Timo played over in Finland with a band called Club De Lay (check them out). The line up has been a bit of an issue recently, but we feel that we have the balance right now and have recaptured the raw energy and power that makes Friday Club… Friday Club I suppose. I mean Timo (the new guitarist) came out of nowhere and has really stamped his mark on the sound.


What do you all do aside from playing in the band?

Josh: Well I like to travel a lot, Doug tends to be more of a recluse (he likes the dark), Kindo is a fan of sandwiches and Timo is a sound designer. I can only really speak for myself, in terms of hobbies; I’m a big Villa fan and I love having deep conversations with complete strangers.

Doug: Procrastinate.


If you had to create a genre for yourself, what would it be called?

Doug: Spunk Rock

Josh: I’d echo that


Describe your separate and collective musical influences.
Josh: I’m a fan of melody… Hence the pop hooks, but I’m also a fan of abrasive noise too; bands like Nirvana, The Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead provide that for me. Vocally, I’m turned on by soul; Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and more recently The Weeknd.

Doug: Rock ‘n’ roll.


What’s your favourite show you’ve ever played?

Doug: We played a gig in Finland a few weeks ago and it was a blast. Who knew Finland liked Friday Club?

Josh: Yeah it was a show in Lahti at a venue called Torvi. A guy called Teemu Leikas invited us over, his label, LOIVA, put our EP out. It was 150 Finnish people pogoing and they all ended up on top of me.


Any plans for any releases in 2014?

Doug: Yes as many as we can! We’ve just put a new track out and we’ll be putting a pretty chilled ska style song out in the new year cause it seems to go down pretty well live. It’s good to get your groove on to. We’ll be doing another E.P for about March time too, which will be more layered production wise, I’m a big Phil Spector fan…

Josh: We are a law unto ourselves… We write when we want, release what we want and we say what we want!


Tell me some more bands we should all be listening to.

Doug: Black Lips, Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Beach Boys, Born Ruffians, T Rex, Phil Spector’s Christmas Album! They all do something to the soul.

Josh: There is a band called Pet Cat they are pretty cool and get some Jimmy Cliff in your life.


You play a headline show for Birmingham Promoters this Friday at The Rainbow. You’ve played the venue before, what do you make of it?

Doug: It’s a good place, we watched the B-Town massive last Christmas and it was a fun night. Wide Eyed were the best.


Describe the show in three words.

Doug: Loud, jaunty and moving (in the move your feet way, not the emotional crying way).

Josh: Chaotic… No two shows are the same. Why is Tony Blair in that new Man United film?



Weekly Gig Roundup 22nd – 27th October

October 22, 2013 in News

With touring season well under way, take a read of the local and touring acts Birmingham Promoters bring to your city this week.



Take a couple of days off to prepare for Birmingham four-piece Black Dollar Bills who play The Sunflower Lounge on Thursday. Drawing comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Weather and The Vines, Black Dollar Bills promise a night of power and energy. With support from Brighton’s hottest new two-piece Royal Blood, plus locals Bad Moon & Curb, we expect this to be a busy one! Tickets are a bargain at £5 advance and are available over on the event page. And don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘House of Love’ by Black Dollar Bills below:


Alternatively, fresh from supporting Birmingham babes Swim Deep on their recent UK tour, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves are live at the Hare & Hounds for your viewing pleasure. With support from britpop / grunge revivalists Babypink and the industrial electronic sounds of The Grafham Water Sailing Club, entry to this one is a bargain at just £5 advance. Check out the Facebook Event and find more information about all acts over on the official event page. Oh and don’t forget to send your names over to raya [at] for special £3 guestlist!

Listen to ‘Get Away’ by Circa Waves below:



On Friday, Bristol trop-pop five-piece Coasts call into The Victoria as part of their UK tour. With support from off-kilter funk six-piece Venkman and dark pop West Midlands outfit Forest Life, tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Listen to Coasts’ brand new track ‘Stay’ below:



If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then West Yorkshire’s finest The Pigeon Detectives play live at The Slade Rooms. Showcasing the best of four albums-worth of material, this promises to be a lively ruckus of a show. Support on the evening comes courtesy of The Mexanines and The Dead Blues – tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Animal’ by The Pigeon Detectives below:


Alternatively, London folk-rock-pop five-piece Goldheart Assembly call in to The Sunflower Lounge to play a show with Cattle & Caine and Circles – find out further information including ticket prices and timings over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Stands to Reason’ by Goldheart Assembly below:


Mississippi alt. five-piece The Weeks are also live at The Institute, calling into Birmingham as part of their current UK tour. Playing highlights from their recent debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, make sure to pick up your tickets for this one from £8 advance via the official event page. Support comes courtesy of rock ‘n’ roll Hull four-piece Audio Subscene and the ever-popular Babypink.

Listen to ‘Brother in the Night’ by The Weeks below:



Round off your week in one of two ways when Birmingham old-school punk outfit The Nightingales (formerly The Perfects) and the shambolically entertaining The Courtesy Group play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are £7.50 advance, moren information over on the event page.

Alternatively, don’t forget Sunday Social at The Yardbird! This week we have performances from Less for Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson. Entry for this show is, as always, free – find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Mutton to Lamb’ by The Nightingales below:

Bad For Lazarus to play The Victoria

July 25, 2013 in News

Pitted as the South’s most bombastic and vicious live act, it’s a bold outfit that tries matching Bad For Lazarus’s attitudinal and aural sucker punch. The emerging five-piece are tacitly rescuing dispirited music lovers from a mire of one-dimensional pop vomit, half-baked rock cut outs and emo-goth have-a-goes that all too readily litter the floor of the UK’s music scene.

Nothing short of a super group, BFL casually boast ex-members of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line DisasterNine Inch Nails and UNKLE. Armed with these credentials, the boys cook up an alchemical audio storm, merging genres from the classic sound of Motown artists through to the gooey phlegm of punk. Throw in a splatter of psychobilly spook, unidentifiable piratical Victoriana and a spinal column of driven grunk, and there you have it: fuzzy but coherent, clean cut but generally irreverent, loud and mouthy but entirely melodic and accessible, Bad For Lazarus are 2013’s blister-inflicting hot rocks, bursting with ooh-ooh-rah onto stages, tour circuits and festivals.

Having already torn up their hometown of Brighton with their teeth, Bad For Lazarus continue to gawp-induce the remainder of the UK with a stream of appearances. Along the way, they’ve effortlessly attracted the attention of several industry heavy hitters including Craig CharlesHarvey GoldsmithNick CaveMichael Chugg and Chris Goss and played with hip bands such as Eighties Matchbox, Hawk EyesLiarsThe James Cleaver Quintet,Exit_InternationalWinnebago DealBlack Moth, and Baby Godzilla

New album Life’s A Carnival, Bang, Bang, Bang is set for release later on this year.

Bad For Lazarus Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘My Muddle’ below:

Deap Vally & Drenge play The Rainbow Birmingham

January 21, 2013 in News

Super excited to announce we’re hosting one of the hottest double-bills of the year: Deap Vally and Drenge headlining The Rainbow Birmingham!

Deap Vally return to our shores for their first confirmed tour dates of 2013 and the release of a new single. The LA duo, who recently completed UK and European dates as guests of The Vaccines and then Muse, will release ‘Lies’ on Communion / Island Records, and play nationwide dates, including a headline show at Birmingham’s The Rainbow.

Deap Vally break blues down to its simplest, most fundamental form: beat, melody, and meaning, while the duo’s scorching live shows are fast becoming the stuff of legend. Unlikely as it may seem, the pair did actually first meet at a needlework class, just last year – bonding over their crochet hooks with a love of the blues. Demos and videos of the girls’ live shows have been cropping up online with increasing frequency over the past few months, and Filter Magazine invited the band to perform at their Coachella party. The pair have even caught the ears of one Josh Homme, whose Eagles of Death Metal invited the girls to open for them in LA.

“Think a hippie Karen O fronting Black Sabbath and you’re somewhere in the caustic, blues-riffing ballpark as these Los Angelinos.  A hollerin’, howlin’, hell-raising duo” – NME

Drenge, a Sheffield-based two-piece composed of brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless, follow in the guitar/drum duo lineage well paved by the likes of The White Stripes.

Expect punchy breakbeats, thrashy riffs, and psychedelic bluesy rackets with awesome titles like ‘People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck’ and hints of Eagles of Death Metal, The Hives & QOTSA.

It’s all about feisty, unrestrained garage rock for the Loveless brothers and with dates supporting FIDLAR, Mystery Jets and Eagulls already under their belt Drenge are clearly making all the right (angry) noises.


Check out videos from both bands below:

Interview with Black Dollar Bills

September 14, 2012 in Interviews, News

We caught up with Black Dollar Bills for a quick chat ahead of their gig at the Birmingham Ballroom this Saturday supporting The Features.

BP: How has this year been building for you guys?

BDB: We have really been growing as band this year. I think we have found our sound and are adding new layers to our music. This gig will certainly be a highlight of the year following our last two headline shows at The Rainbow and our recent London gigs.

You looking forward to blowing The Features off the stage!?

Got a lot of time for The Features. Remember seeing them support Kings of Leon back in like 2008. Well, we will definitely be loud! Hopefully they are into what we do and the crowd is too. We will definitely be going out there to smash it and show everyone what we are about! I think they played some shows with the Black Keys so that’s not too far off our vibe.

What plans do the band have moving forward?

Think big. Play big. Sound big. This year has been great for Birmingham based bands breaking through with a definite indie sound, so it’s about time something alternative with a bit of balls came through! There’s a great selection of bands in our category that are on the cusp of something great. Hopefully the recognition arrives and then we can show what we have to offer!

Any plans for a Xmas show for the fans?

Sure yeah, why not! Got a few ideas in the pipeline! Watch this space…

Black Dollar Bills support The Features this Saturday 15th September at Birmingham Ballroom. Tickets available here.