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Cold Ocean Lies headline The Oobleck Birmingham

October 29, 2014 in News


Birmingham four piece Cold Ocean Lies have announced the release their debut single through indie label Killing Moon. To celebrate, the quartet will play their biggest headline show to date on Sat 1st November at The Oobleck, in the heart of Digbeth’s Custard Factory.

The band, who have been together for 11 months are influenced by Smashing Pumpkins, Ride and Oasis and are making a splash in their hometown of Birmingham selling out their last headliners. Their sound captures 90s grunge rock with classic British influences which culminates in an exciting live show.

BBC Introducing West Midlands have already shown their support giving the band several plays. The blog world has also picked up on the band, including the likes of indie tastemakers Killing Moon and 7 Bit Arcade.

Cold Ocean Lies Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

COLD OCEAN LIES PLAY THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HEIST AND OCEANIA. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Listen to ‘Fade’ below:

Superfood to headline NME New Breed Tour

September 1, 2014 in News

Superfood are very pleased to announce details of their debut album, and a full UK headline tour to coincide. The Birmingham band release Don’t Say That on 3rd November through Infectious Music. To celebrate the quartet will headline the NME New Breed Tour this autumn, supported by Honeyblood. The nine dates kick off on 31st October at The Oobleck in the heart of Birmingham’s Custard Factory.

Following previous supports with the likes of Peace, slots at Glastonbury and and their own sell out headline show at The Rainbow, we recommend picking up your tickets asap!

Pre-order the album here, and instantly receive a free download of ‘Lily For Your Pad To Rest On’ and ‘Right On Satellite’.

Superfood Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

SUPERFOOD & HONEYBLOOD PLAY THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM AS PART OF THE NME NEW BREED TOUR ON FRI 31ST OCTOBER 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 9AM ON FRI 5TH SEPTEMBER HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Right On Satellite’ below:

Black Lips announce Birmingham gig

July 18, 2014 in News

If Black Lips’ bipolarity runs on a touring vs. recording-an-album spectrum, then the previous year was the mother of all manic spells. After a spring and summer running the usual festival circuit in North America and Europe, the Lips embarked on a two-month fall tour of the Middle East. They were tailed by Georgia rock-doc royalty Bill Cody, of Athens, GA – Inside/Out fame, who filmed the band playing for kids in Tunis and Cairo who had just overthrown their government, kids in Iraq who barely have a government, and kids in Dubai whose government is richer than God (and might control a genie).

Recording for new album, Underneath the Rainbow,  was split between New York with Thomas Brenneck and Nashville with the the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney. Early internet conjecture, based around on the album’s lead single ‘Boys in the Wood’, Carney’s choice of a country studio in Nashville, and an offhand reference to roots music, pegged Underneath the Rainbow’s sound as a blend of southern rock with throwback C&W and blues. Which is a weird description for a record containing the first Black Lips’ song with a prominent synth (“Funny”), and even less apt for an overall album that owes just as much to the kiwi pop of New Zealand’s South Island and the Chicago South Side’s Crucial Conflict as it does the standard American South. “They got it all wrong,” says Jared, “they were asking ‘Is there a “radical departure” or “new direction” on this album?’ so I said, no it’s still roots music, which is what we’ve been doing from the start and which all rock and pop music derives from.”

“Although this is a new direction as far as it having more of a commercial sound,” adds Cole.

“Honestly, that synth getting in there was a fluke.”

Black Lips Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BLACK LIPS PLAY THE OOBLECK, IN THE HEART OF BIRMINGHAM’S CUSTARD FACTORY, ON SUN 26TH OCTOBER 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Boys in the Wood’ below:

Fickle Friends to support JAWS at The Oobleck

June 16, 2014 in News

Birmingham Promoters are excited to announce Fickle Friends will be joining the line up for JAWS‘ triumphant hometown show on Sat 20th September at Birmingham’s newest venue – The Oobleck, part of Alfie Birds, in the heart of Digbeth’s Custard Factory.

Both playful & upbeat, 2014 looks set to shine brightly on Brighton’s Fickle Friends. The five-piece’s first single ‘SWIM’ (released on January 2, 2014) featured on the Killing Moon/Ally Mccrae ‘New Moons’ compilation. It reached over 200,000 plays on Soundcloud and saw them become one of HypeMachine’s most blogged about artists in January.

Since the release of ‘SWIM’ the band have featured been on BBC Radio 1, The Line Of Best Fit, Pitchfork, District MTV and have even been bigged up by Jamie Oliver.

Fickle Friends Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

FICKLE FRIENDS SUPPORT JAWS AT THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 20TH SEPTEMBER 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to latest single ‘PLAY’ below:

Birmingham Weekly Gig Roundup 12th – 18th May

May 14, 2014 in News

What a week! We roundup the next seven days worth of gigs – from synth pop to indie folk to anthemic tracks which will stick in your head long after the week is over, take a look at what we have to offer and ignore the post bank holiday blues!

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

We Were Evergeen @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

On Tuesday, London synth-pop trio We Were Evergreen stop by Hare & Hounds as part of their latest UK headline tour. Having previous support slots with the likes of London Grammar and Little Dragon, We Were Evergreen produce an exciting amalgamation of beats and rhythms from across the world, warm vocals and electronic-pop melodies. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Daughters’ below:


WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY

Teleman + Gentlemen + Babe @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Hare & Hounds will play host to one of BBC 6 Music favourite four-pieces, Teleman. Having the unique comparison of Pet Shop Boys meets The Velvet Underground, the boys’ debut album Breakfast is set for release on June 2nd, which will feature popular tracks ‘Cristina’, ’23 Floors Up’ and new release ‘Lady Low’. They will be supported by fellow Moshi Moshi pals Gentleman and Babe, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Steam Train Girl’ below:


FRIDAY 16TH MAY

Augustines + Empire Divide @ The Institute

We have a busy Friday this week, the first to kick things off being the mighty Augustines who are playing at The Institute as part of their ‘Walkabout Tour’. They will be sure to play a host of tracks from new self-titled album recorded with co-producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened RabbitInterpol) at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut, as well as hits from their much loved Rise Ye Sunken Ships LP.  With support from London based Empire Divide, pick up your tickets for mere £10 here.

Watch the video for ‘Nothing To Lose But Your Head’ below:

 

Lotte Mullan + Robert Lane @ The Glee Club

Our second offering takes the shape of the lovely Lotte Mullan performing at The Glee Club. Following support slots with the likes of Scott MatthewsNewton Faulker and Albert Hammond, plus a triumphant headline tour last year, Lotte will be showcasing her new album produced in Nashville with Band of Horses. With comparisons to Laura Marling and music featured in a Ridley Scott Productions short film, stop by The Glee Club for a night of indie infused folk pop. Support comes from Robert Lane, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Valentine Song’ below:

 

Beaty Heart + Deaf Inspector + Mutes @ Hare & Hounds

Last but not least on Friday will be Peckham trio Beaty Heart who are performing at Hare & Hounds. Having been championed by Radio 1’s Huw StephensPhil Taggart & Alice LavineRob Da Bank,  6Music’s Radcliff & MaconieXFM and Amazing Radio and fresh from their support slot with Jungle, we are delighted to welcome the three-piece to Birmingham. With support from Deaf Inspector and Mutes be sure to get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Slush Puppy’ below:


SATURDAY 17TH MAY

Black Market Empire + New Bays @ Alfie Birds, Custard Factory

A bittersweet night as we see Black Market Empire perform their last ever gig for our first ever show at brand new venue Alfie Birds at The Custard Factory. Having been compared to everyone from The Kinks and The BeatlesThe Buzzcocks and The Clash,The StrokesThe LibertinesPulp and Suede and having played with the likes of The Temper TrapBombay Bicycle ClubViva BrotherThe BluetonesNine Black Alps, Black Market Empire have sadly decided to call it a day. With support from New Bays, tickets are £5 on the door, more info here

Watch the video for ‘Sally Anne’ below:


SUNDAY 18TH MAY

Courtney Barnett + Honeyblood @ Hare & Hounds

Melbourne based Courtney Barnett will be playing for us at Hare & Hounds to top off our week. Described as a remarkable hybrid of Kimya Dawson and Kurt Cobain, Courtney played knockout performance at Coachella and has recently announced a forthcoming slot at Glastonbury. Courtney will be supported by Glaswegian two piece Honeyblood, final few tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Avant Gardener’ below:

 

French For Rabbits + Chris Bicknell @ The Yardbird

Alternatively, if you’re city centre bound, why not round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird where haunting dream folk duo French For Rabbits and singer/songwriter Chris Bicknell are playing. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Watch the video for ‘Goat’ below: