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This Week: Gig Roundup 24th – 30th November

November 24, 2014 in News

This week kicks off with a bang with a fantastic four band bill at The Sunflower Lounge, headlined by Nottingham fine young things Huskies. This week also sees visits from Leeds noisemakers Pulled Apart By Horses, pioneers in electric-rock Silver Apples and Sunderland indie rockers Frankie & The Heartstrings.


Huskies + Pleasurehouse + Avenues + SLTP @ The Sunflower Lounge

Championed by the likes of NME, Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, Nottingham quartet Huskies are in for big things, and you can catch them live at The Sunflower Lounge this Monday, with support from bright young things Pleasurehouse, Avenues and SLTP. Tickets are available on the door.

Watch the video for ‘Beach’ below:


Pulled Apart By Horses + Menace Beach + Them Wolves @ The Institute 

The Leeds quartet formed in 2008 bring their suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses to Birmimgham’s Institute to celebrate the release of their third album Blood. The new album sees them embracing their love of psychedelic cinema and developing as a band whilst retaining the thrilling ‘Horses’ sound. It’s their most brilliantly fully-formed yet, a record that matches rhythmic stoner-rock propulsion with hollered hooks. Support comes from Menace Beach and Them Wolves. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lizard Baby’ below:


The Vaselines + Schwervon! @ Hare & Hounds

Legendary Scottish indie-pop duo The Vaselines favoured by Kurt Cobain play Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds this week, with support from Schwervon! The band, who rose to prominence in the late 80s, wrote the blueprint for modern indie-pop and are back with their latest album V for Vaselines, a celebration of the continued chemistry of Eugene and Frances. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sex with an X’ below:


Charlotte Carpenter @ Hare & Hounds

Having three previously self-released EP’s under her belt, and her most recent EP Whole climbing to No.10 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter who channels Laura Marling’s breathless insight with Daughter’s ambient indie. takes to the stage at the Hare & Hounds to showcase her more bluesy, rockier sound to prove why she’s been anointed ‘alts newest darling’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Whole’ below:

Silver Apples @ Hare & Hounds

Formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer, Silver Apples quickly gained a reputation as New York’s leading underground musical expression. Many years on, Simeon, working as a solo performer with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means, has continued the Silver Apples legacy with performances literally all over the world. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You and I’ below:


Sweet Baboo & Pictish Trail + Michael King (Boat To Row) @ The Glee Club

Two sonic stallions from the Moshi Moshi stable, Stephen Black, and Johnny Lynch (Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail, respectively), canter around the counties for a seasonal co-headline tour calling at Birmingham’s Glee Club. Lynch invited Black up to the island to help him record his latest Pictish opus, Secret Soundz Vol.2. For this special advent tour, the pair are reunited for a fortnight of song-swapping, thigh-slapping and local-ale gargling; expect folk-tinged winter hymns, lo-fi audio wizardry and sweet Eigg-nog kisses under the casio. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for Sweet Baboo’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ below:


Goodnight Lenin + The Travelling Band + Boat To Row (DJ Set) @ The Institute 

Birmingham’s Goodnight Lenin play their biggest headline performance to date to accompany the release of the band’s debut album, In The Fullness Of Time. The record, mixed by Jonathan Wilson, is the culmination of four years hard workThe band will be supported by Manchester folk-rock superhumans The Travelling Band who count Michael Eavis and Marc Riley amongst their fans and whose whimsical folk pop melodies are perfect for admirers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frightened Rabbit and Elbow. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You Were Always Waiting’ below:

Frankie & The Heartstrings + New Bays @ The Sunflower Lounge

The energetic Sunderland indie five-piece have toured with the likes of The Vaccines, Florence and The Machine and the Kaiser Chiefs whilst also starting their own record label Pop Sex Ltd. This week they arrive at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge playing songs from their two critically acclaimed albums, Hunger and The Days Run Away. Support comes from Buckinghamshire/Birmingham quartet New Bays. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Hunger’ below:

Coasts + Only Shadows @ The Institute *SOLD OUT*

Conceived in 2011 in the crypt of a church, the Bristol-born five piece’s non stop touring has quickly built a growing group of fans across the country and the quintet embark on another headline tour this November, stopping at The Institute this week. Citing Foals and Arctic Monkeys as their current favourite bands, COASTS’ anthem Oceans has now had over 2 million+ plays on Soundcloud. Catch them at a small venue while you still can…

Watch the video for ‘Oceans’ below:


The Xcerts + Kagoule @ The Sunflower Lounge

This week comes to close with a visit from Aberdeen/Exeter three piece The Xcerts, fresh from their US tour with Brand New. The tour coincides with the release of their hugely anticipated third studio album There Is Only You. Support comes from Nottingham grunge trio Kagoule who have played shows alongside the likes of Temples, Merchandise, Drenge, METZ and Iceage. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Shaking in the Water’ below:


October 25, 2013 in Interviews

Conceived almost a year ago in the chapel of their local church, Coasts have been making a name for themselves and their tropical pop sound from their hometown base in Bristol.

Releasing their debut single, ‘Oceans’, in February this year, they went on to release their Paradise EP which gained them a dedicated fanbase across the UK. Ahead of their full UK tour and Birmingham date on October 25, we chat to keyboardist Dave Goulbourn about life on tour and the recording process.


You’ve been together for about a year and a half now – how and where did that come about?

We all met at university in Bath before moving to Bristol and that’s where Coasts came about. We’d all been in bands before and stuff but decided that we should do something together.


You released your debut EP, Paradise, in April this year. Talk to me about that.

We recorded the EP with Duncan Mills and it was our first time working with a producer rather than just producing stuff ourselves so that was really good. The reaction to it has been awesome and something we never expected. We very nearly didn’t record ‘Oceans’ because it wasn’t one of the tracks originally slated for the EP but we came with it to Duncan at the last minute and said we had to record it.


Where was it recorded and who did the artwork?

It was recorded at Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch which is this great studio with really interesting interiors. It’s certainly got a vibe to it. A guy called Louis Labron-Johnson did all the artwork for the release and there’s some really interesting stuff there.


You’re from Bristol, which other Bristol bands should we be listening to right now?

There’s a band called The Bronze Medal who are really good and about to release their debut album.


Who are your separate and collective musical influences?

We’ve got a really broad range of musical influences within the band, it sounds cliché, but we really do listen to everything from pop to dance music to hardcore to rap. I think you need to have a pretty broad spectrum of influence because you can always pick up little bits of magic from everywhere. For example, one song we wrote was influenced by a Bring Me the Horizon song, but it sounds nothing like it.


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

That’s a tough question. It’s been a really good year in terms of playing live and going out to Europe for the first time was pretty ace. We played at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg a couple of weeks ago and our show there sold out, so for now it’s probably that.


How will you be getting about on the tour and where will you be staying?

We’ve got our own van so we’ll be driving around in that. It’s not the best van ever but we do have a TV and Xbox in it which makes the journeys more bearable. We’ll be staying in hotels for most of the tour or in cities where we have friends we’ll be crashing with them.


When you play Birmingham, you’ll be halfway through a three week tour. Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

We’re really looking forward to the Bristol date, because it’s our hometown show and it should be a real good one. Bath is always really good for us too and obviously the London show at The Shacklewell Arms should be good. It’s a really cool venue so hopefully it’ll be real nice.


Have you played in Birmingham before? What are you expecting from the show?

Yeah we played once before on our last tour. It was a bit of a weird gig as it was in a jazz bar, but it was still fun. We went to Snobs afterwards and that was a bit of a laugh. Hopefully this time it’ll be even better.


What three things is the show going to be?

Tropical. Fun. Danceable.


Do you have any plans for an album?

Yeah, we start pre-production for the album in December and then we begin recording at the turn of the year. We can’t wait to be honest, we never thought we’d get to make an album so it’s going to be really good.


What are you looking forward to most about getting home?

I think we all actually really like life on the road. You look forward to getting home, but once you’ve been there for a day or two you just want to get back out on tour.



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:

Coasts to play free show at The Yardbird

January 29, 2013 in News

We’re excited to announce the excellent tropical guitar sounds of Coasts will be heading to The Yardbird on Wed 6th March for a free entry show!

Conceived almost a year ago in the chapel of their local church, where the unique ‘shimmery trop-pop’ sound of Coasts took its first fledgling steps, this Bristol-born five-piece posses a wealth of musical knowledge and understanding.

The band have made swift progress, honing their sound through constant touring, where the bands’ exciting live show – back lit tropical tie-dye sheets made to ripple like water and vintage football games (played in reverse) projected onto huge backdrops are some examples – sees their fanbase continually grow. Though summery, upbeat and dance centred, their music incorporates a much darker, fuzzier, slacker-rock element.

Early demos ‘Stay’ and ‘Lions’ were leaked onto social networks where they picked up critical acclaim from the blogosphere, publications such as Artrocker and spins on Radio 1. This autumn sees the true arrival Coasts onto the music scene with a single campaign planned to promote the bands’ debut official release consisting of full UK tour including a free entry show at Birmingham’s very own The Yardbird.


Check out the video for ‘Oceans’ taken from their brand new ‘Paradise EP’ below: