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Birmingham & Beyond Festival at Hare & Hounds

June 12, 2014 in News

Birmingham Promoters team up with Counteract Magazine to present the Friday of their inaugural Birmingham festival, bringing you then finest acts from Birmingham and beyond.

The line up for Friday includes headliners LIFE  – a Hull four-piece compared to the likes of Splashh, Best Friends and Parquet Courts. New single ‘Take Off With You’ is released via Birthday Records on 23rd June – pre-order it here via iTunes.

Joining them on the bill will be newly reformed Heavy Waves, along with fellow locals The Grafham Water Sailing Club, Curb, Mirrorhall, Byron Hare and Kin.

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Listen to ‘Take Off With You’ by LIFE below:


October 23, 2013 in Interviews

With just a handful of live shows to their name, Curb already find themselves sitting comfortably amongst the most low key and exciting new bands in Birmingham’s current musical repertoire. Fusing baggy Stone Roses with the extended grunge of Nirvana, these boys are creating raw and honest tunes with a dash of throwback britpop, and they’re doing it all pretty explosively. Ahead of their debut Birmingham Promoters show where they play with Black Dollar Bills, Royal Blood and Bad Moon this Thursday 24th October at The Sunflower Lounge (info & tickets here), we chat Frankenstein’s monster, avoiding pretenses and Scarlett Johansson with the boys.


Give us a bit of background to the band – how do you all know each other and how did you come to be making music together?

Tom [O’Ryan, vocals, guitar]: This time last year I wrote some songs and put them on SoundCloud. Lee [Booker, bass] messaged me shortly after and we went for a pint to discuss writing together, based on having similar influences and interests. He then introduced me to Joe [Booth, guitar] and Sam [Hunt, drums], who he’d known and jammed with previously, and we formed Curb.


There are elements of Stone Roses and Nirvana amongst others within your music. Do you draw influence from these?

Lee: I would say it depends on who’s writing the song and has the vision for the song as to where the influences come from – we all have very eclectic tastes. When I think of the influence Nirvana have on us, they are a reminder to not over complicate a song – they took that from early Beatles singles who took that from early rock n roll singles before them. I’d say we draw a far more British influence to our music than other new bands do at the moment though.

Tom: A lot of our songs are like Frankenstein’s monster, they’re a real mixture of influence and style all tied together with a layer of distortion. I think that’s what makes them unique.


Who else do you look to for inspiration?

Tom: Collectively, we have a very broad range of influences. I take inspiration from the bands I love but they span from 60’s beat bands through to punk and no wave to a lot of contemporary bands doing new and interesting things. It’s good to draw inspiration from a diverse selection. I try and look past music for inspiration too; film, art and TV enter my songwriting process as well. It’s good because it keeps things fresh.

Lee: I look to any artist that creates an interesting and memorable song. I can get the same kicks out of Slayer’s Angel of Death as I do Prince’s Alphabet Street.

Sam: For me it comes fairly subconsciously. If you listen to enough music for long enough, it stays in your brain and helps you create.


What kind of sound are you aiming to create?

Tom: We didn’t start out with a specific goal sonically. When I met Lee, the overlap in our taste told me that if we wrote songs together they would sound cool, but I didn’t know for sure about which direction they would take.

Lee: We don’t really like to state a guideline to aim for, I think that’s bad for creativity, we just write and jam and what comes out is the songs we play live.

Joe: Yeah, everyone’s individual influences push and pull the song in the right direction.


What local music are you listening to right now?

Lee: I’m always keeping my ears open for new bands from anywhere, not just the midlands. But in regards to midlands bands, I find that, besides the obvious artists, not many of these bands have albums out. Just a song here and there.


Your live shows have been getting a pretty rapturous response – why do you think that is?

Sam: I think both our music and live shows are pretty straight-up and forthright, and not in a forceful way.

Lee: There’s no bulls**t pretense and I think that’s what resonates with people. Every gig so far we’ve had a larger amount of people come to watch us than the last gig, it’s pretty f**king cool.


What makes a good live band?

Lee: I guess expanding from the last question, I think a good live band is a band that means it. I like a band with energy and a chemistry onstage when I watch them.

Joe: Spontaneity.


What has been your favourite show to date?

Tom: I’d say that we genuinely all loved our debut show because it was the first one. I think we would have given it to the Brum Notes gig at the Bull’s Head but Lee was ill during our set.


You have a pretty cool look – do you have any fashion icons?

Lee: We just wear what we like really, it was never really a thought out “look”. I think fashion is cool if it’s a part of a person’s honest expression but when it’s done out of a necessity to fit in, I think that’s pathetic.

Tom: Yeah we’re a band of different styles and tastes, we’re all pretty individual but it works as a whole.


What’s the plan for the near future?

Sam: Further songwriting and more gigs.

Lee: Attracting Scarlett Johansson.


Curb play with Black Dollar Bills, Royal Blood and Bad Moon at The Sunflower Lounge on Thurs 24th October. You can buy your tickets, priced at £5 advance, here.

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:

Weekly Gig Roundup 7th-13th October

October 7, 2013 in News

Take a scroll through what Birmingham Promoters has on offer for you this week….



On Tuesday, head to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath for the beautiful vocals of Nadine Shah. Influenced by Nina Simone and Maria Callas by way of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, you can expect a powerful and poignant evening indeed. Nadine calls into Birmingham as part of her extensive UK tour on which she is supported by London electro mood duo, Cloud Boat & Malpas. Tickets for this event are priced at £6 advance and you can purchase them over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Dreary Town’ by Nadine Shah below:



There’s a night of noise and rock to be had over at The Flapper on Wednesday when Cambridgeshire five-piece The First call into the second city. Having toured the UK and Europe for the last year and a half in support of their debut release, Swimming with Sharks, the boys return this year with the best of their second record, Take Courage. Support comes from the Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters-influenced The Crimson Star plus powerhouse trio, Enquiry. Tickets for this event are priced at £6 advance and can be found, along with further information about the acts, over on the event page. Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!



Then, on Thursday, laptop assisted indie pop solo artist, Active Child, arrives at the Hare & Hounds. Expect sounds from Bon Iver to James Blake to Radiohead from the incredibly talented Pat Grossi who is an old hand at touring. With special guests to be announced, this show is priced at £7 advance and tickets can be purchased over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Evening Ceremony’ by Active Child below:



It’s a busy day for Birmingham Promoters on Friday 11th when we orchestrate four shows encompassing an array of musical genres across the city.

If you’re into your garage rock and roll (and you respect the opinions of Jack White, Mick Jones, and Nick Lowe, all of whom count themselves amongst fans), The Jim Jones Revue and The Amazing Snakeheads play live at The Institute for the price of £12.50 advance. Check out music by both bands over on the event page.

Listen to ‘It’s Gotta Be About Me’ by The Jim Jones Revue below:


If you’re more inclined towards fresh electronica, then Berlin-based producer Seams plays The Bull’s Head in Moseley. Having toured with the likes of Gold Panda, Dam Mantle and I Break Horses amongst others, Seams has just signed to London label Full Time Hobby through whom he released his debut album, Quarters. With support from Prisms, Component #4 and James Brough, join Birmingham Promoters and Freestyle for a night of forward thinking electronica. Tickets for this event are priced at £4 advance and can be purchased from the event page.

Listen to Seams’ track ‘Rilo’ below:


Alternatively, ‘drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend’ Beans on Toast plays a set at The Rainbow which will encompass the best of his four album back catalogue. With support from London’s Gorgeous George, and the West Midlands’ David Young, join this musical jamboree for the price of just £6 advance – collect your tickets from the event page.

Listen to ‘Wave Goodbye to EMI’ by Beans on Toast below:


Or for your grunge fix, The Victoria hosts a night of local up and coming talent with Endorphins and Curb. Both young bands, these are completely explosive and come highly recommended. £5 tickets are available on the door. All further information is available over on the official event page.

Check out the delightfully titled ‘Blow Me’ by Endorphins below:



Round off your week on Sunday with our Sunday Social event at The Yardbird. This week we welcome the rather excellent Ethan Ash back to Birmingham, following his amazing Glee Club performance last September. Support comes from Emily Ewing, Carrick and Daniel Gates, and entry is completely free! Find out more about all of this week’s acts over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Don’t Regret Me’ by Ethan Ash below: