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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:

William McCarthy (Augustines) announces Birmingham show

February 24, 2017 in News

In the spring of 2017 William McCarthy will embark on his second solo tour, titled Music For The People. McCarthy was the primary songwriter in New York City bands Pela and Augustines, and is also a writer, storyteller and visual artist. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

In January and February 2016, he toured Europe and the UK with his first ever one-man show Journals, Maps, Stories & Songs: An Evening with William McCarthy, received with great reviews and sold out venues.

“A jaw-dropping, knockabout odyssey” – The Independent

“McCarthy effectively seized gentle command of every iota of emotion in the room”, “His lyrical intimacy had struck a profound chord with each member of the audience” - Quays News

“He can take a room from engrossed silence to arms-in-the-air ecstasy in minutes” – Listen Up Manchester

William McCarthy Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

William McCarthy plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 3rd May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for his Patreon campaign below:

The Jesus and the Mary Chain live in Bham

December 15, 2016 in News

The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album Damage and Joy on March 24th on ADAWarner Music. The album is their first since Munki was released backed in the summer of 1998.

Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album Psychocandy – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.

The album commences with ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”

Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of ‘All Things Must Pass’ which previously featured in the TV show Heroes and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; the raw garage-rock of ‘Facing Up To The Facts’ which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”’; and the jagged power-pop that simmers in ‘The Two of Us’.

The Jesus and Mary Chain Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Jesus and Mary Chain play O2 Institute Birmingham on Fri 31st March 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Amputation’ below:

The Amazons to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

November 23, 2016 in News

Following their recent Q Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Act and dates supporting Jimmy Eat World, The Amazons’ upwards momentum continues with the news that their brand new track ‘Little Something’ has been chosen as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World. The quartet will embark on a UK tour this spring, calling at Birmingham’s newest venue Mama Roux’s on Tues 11th April 2017.

Produced by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals, The Vaccines), ‘Little Something’ elevates the clash of melody and aggression that simmered in The Amazons’ previous single ‘In My Mind’. It starts with an ominous air of moody atmospherics before erupting into a fiery ball of energy following a dynamic breakdown that inspires chaos when the band performs it live.

Still in their early twenties, the band hit upon their current sound after being inspired by a Foals gig at Alexandra Palace in 2014 which shifted their perception of what a contemporary rock band could be. They focused their energies on their early influences – Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin – and their music evolved to become heavy, loud and primal.

The Amazons Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Amazons play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Tues 11th April 2017. Tickets are available from 9am on Fri 25th November 2016 here.

Listen to ‘Little Something’ below:

Introducing: Guadalupe Plata

August 9, 2016 in News

If the Spanish town of Úbeda had its own rogues gallery honouring the misfits and outlaws whose boots had scuffed its dusty ground, three ‘Wanted’ posters would surely hang; a trio of mug shots simply referred to as Guadalupe Plata – the most deathly delta blues outfit to ever emerge from Andalusia.

Make no mistake – the music of Guadalupe Plata derives from the murkiest of depths. Channelling red hot passion for the blues into Hispanic roots, theirs is a sound that lingers in the sunset like a voodoo curse. Using flamenco terms, they describe their process as straining to be podrío; to be rotten, and talk of “involution,” “duende,” and “hechizo” – supernatural terms of invocation, and, well, goblins. But then again, that’s what you’d expect – concocted in a town famed as a location for Spaghetti Westerns, the band’s unique blues sits like a cowboy soundtrack pulled from a zombie’s grasp by the Mississippi Blues greats, Os Mutantes, and Jon Spencer.

Guadalupe Plata Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Guadalupe Plata play The Rainbow Birmingham on Fri 16th September 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Calle 24′ below:

Honeyblood to play The Rainbow Birmingham

August 1, 2016 in News

For Honeyblood frontwoman Stina Tweeddale, the title of her band’s second album came from somewhere close to her heart. Babes Never Die is not a shy motto, and one that’s triumphant sentiment rings throughout Honeyblood’s exceptional sophomore record.

Recorded during several candle-burning stints at London’s Fish Factory studio in the winter of 2016, Stina and Cat were joined by acclaimed producer James Dring, whose work with the likes of Jamie T and Gorillaz made him an intriguing choice for the Scottish duo.

Together they’ve managed to brilliantly capture then subtly refine and embellish the duo’s notorious live energy that over the past two years shared stages all round the globe with everyone from Belle And Sebastian and Foo Fighters to close comrades like Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice, a regime that’s bound to leave an impression.

Honeyblood Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

HONEYBLOOD play The Rainbow Birmingham on Sat 19th November 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ready For The Magic’ below:

Introducing: The Lapelles

July 22, 2016 in News

The Lapelles are a young five-piece band from East Kilbride, Glasgow.

After previous support slots with the likes of Baby Strange & DMA’s and radio play from Radio X & Huw Stephens at BBC Radio One, the band have made 2016 their own, playing alongside The View and The Last Shadow Puppets plus gathering widespread acclaim for their storming debut T In The Park set.

Developing their own sound within the famous Glasgow music scene, the band bring a unique mixture of guitar and synth sounds, which tend to leave a lasting impression on their audiences. Heavily influenced by bands such as Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, The Vaccines, Phoenix, The Cribs and everything released on cool Glasgow based independent record label Postcard Records, The Lapelles are certainly ones to watch this year.

The Lapelles Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 The Lapelles play The Rainbow Cellar Birmingham on Fri 14th October 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Grab Life By’ below:

The Front Bottoms to play O2 Institute Birmingham

June 29, 2016 in News

New Jersey quartet The Front Bottoms recently shared a new video for their song ‘Ginger’ via Pitchfork TV. ‘Ginger’ is from their 2015 critically acclaimed album, Back On Top, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes, White Stripes), and received widespread praise for its earnest sentiment and sing-along anthems.

The band made their network TV debut earlier this year, performing ‘West Virginia’ on Late Night with Seth MeyersRolling Stone called them one of the best 30 Best Things they saw at Coachella this year and NPR: All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen has hailed them as “one of the absolute ten best American bands in a live situation.”

The Front Bottoms have also announced tour dates in Europe and Australia, including a Birmingham show at O2 Institute on Wed 23rd November. With a string of sellout Birmingham shows already under their belts, we recommend picking up your tickets asap!

The Front Bottoms Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Front Bottoms play O2 Institute Birmingham on Friday 25th November 2016. Tickets available from 10am on Thurs 30th June here.

Watch the video for ‘Ginger’ below:

Muncie Girls to play The Rainbow Bham

June 21, 2016 in News

Born in punk shows and dive bars to three driven teenagers in 2012, Muncie Girls embodies the classic punk rock story in a modern context.

Fueled by discontent and anxiety, they eloquently address issues of modern living as a self-aware young adult. The result is an ambitious and poignant rebellion against social norms that touches on everything from politics to interpersonal relationships.

The band released their highly acclaimed debut album From Caplan To Belsize on 4th March, 2016 via Specialist Subject Records in the UK. Musically, the album is a dynamic and emotional exploration of punk and indie rock. The album’s bouncy catchiness is sure to be a hit with fans of Hop AlongLemuriaLatterman, and RVIVR, but one of the defining characteristics of Muncie Girls is their ability to explore outside their immediate influences.

Ultimately, what sets Muncie Girls apart is vocalist & bassist Lande Hekt’s unique perspective and its impact on her understated lyricism. Hekt’s dry, unembellished writing style is, in many ways, reminiscent of classic American literature – a trait exceptionally unusual for a punk rock band from Exeter.

Muncie Girls Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Muncie Girls play The Rainbow Birmingham on Friday 25th November 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Respect’ below:

Augustines to play The Rainbow Warehouse

April 28, 2016 in News

Augustines return with ‘When Things Fall Apart’, the new single taken from their upcoming album, This Is Your Life, on via Caroline International, on 10th June 2016. The group, fresh from their own sold out Electric Ballroom and Manchester shows, and dates with Noel Gallagher in Europe, will play selected festivals (including headlining Dot to Dot) over the summer. They will later return to the UK for a full headline tour that includes their biggest Birmingham show to date at The Rainbow Warehouse.

Recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles with long-time associate Peter Katis (The NationalInterpolFrightened Rabbit), This Is Your Life, the group’s third LP, follows 2014’s eponymous second album.

Ahead of the album’s release and the band’s recent shows, Augustines’ lead singer Billy McCarthy has also just completed a solo European tour, Journals, Maps, Stories and Songs, a mixture of (as its title suggests) autobiographical stories and songs from this charismatic and captivating frontman that was rightly hailed “a jaw-dropping, knockabout oddyssey” [The Independent *****”].

Augustines Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

AUGUSTINES PLAY THE RAINBOW WAREHOUSE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 20TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 9AM ON FRI 6TH MAY 2016 HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Are We Alive’ below: