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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: