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JAWS debut album ‘Be Slowly’ out now + Free Entry JAWS afterhow at The Sunflower Lounge

September 16, 2014 in News


After an impressive string of hook-laden and immersive hazy garage-pop singles, JAWS‘ debut album, Be Slowly, is finally here and available now through iTunes. To celebrate its release, JAWS will be playing a sold out show at The Oobleck Birmingham on Saturday 20th September with support from Fickle Friends and Milk Teeth.

The Offical JAWS Aftershow will immediately follow and be held at The Sunflower Lounge. It’s a completely FREE ENTRY event and will include live sets from BP faves The Grafham Water Sailing Club and Dumb, plus DJ sets from JAWS, Juice, Jacky P, Pink Violence and Zombie Prom DJs.

Jaws Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Think Too Much Feel Too Little’ below:

 

Watch: Dumb – ‘Still I’m Stuck’

August 12, 2014 in News

Birmingham four-piece Dumb have revealed a new video, shot by Viceroy Shoots, for ‘Still I’m Stuck’ – the lead track to be taken from the quartet’s forthcoming EP Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out.

Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out is due for release on 18th August on 12-inch vinyl and digital download, pre-order it here. To celebrate Dumb play an intimate headline show at The Sunflower Lounge on Thurs 14th August with support from Modern Minds and The Oddysee.

“Another ridiculously talented band from Birmingham. We love them” – BBC Radio 1 (Phil Taggart/Alice Levine)

Dumb Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

DUMB, MODERN MINDS & THE ODDYSEE PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 14TH AUGUST 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Still I’m Stuck’ below:

Dumb to headline The Sunflower Lounge Bham

August 6, 2014 in News

As 2013 got under way four childhood friends were given a wake-up call by the spotlight on the music scene in their native Birmingham and decided to build on their formative years of gigging and songwriting and take their music seriously to form Dumb. For their first ever gig the band went straight to the prestigious stage of London’s KOKO and the legendary Club NME night before returning home to headline Birmingham’s O2 Academy. Influenced by Pixies and cult American indie rock heroes Built To Spill, the quartet create a bold and brash combination of self-assured swagger, slick melodies and Dylan’s rasping vocals, which has frequently caught the attention of the likes of NME and BBC Radio 1.

This August the quartet return for an intimate headline show at The Sunflower Lounge on Thurs 14th August, to celebrate the release of forthcoming EP Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out. The EP scheduled for release on 12-inch vinyl and download on 18th August, and can be pre-ordered here.

“Another ridiculously talented band from Birmingham. We love them” – BBC Radio 1 (Phil Taggart/Alice Levine)

Dumb Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

DUMB PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON THURS 14TH AUGUST, WITH SUPPORT FROM MODERN MINDS & THE ODDYSEE. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to the EP’s lead track ‘Still I’m Stuck’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 2nd – 8th June

June 2, 2014 in News

We have a many a musical treat for you all this week. Catch two massive bands both born out of Glasgow appearing at The Sunflower Lounge. As well as local heroes playing their first hometown show in Wolverhampton for 18 months and a living legend who has previously played for Kyuss and Queens on the Stone Age. Have a gander below and see which takes your fancy.

MONDAY 2ND JUNE

Baby Strange + Dumb + Juice @ The Sunflower Lounge

After slots at Radio 1 Big Weekend in their hometown of Glasgow, T in the Park and The Great Escape as well as support slots with Palma Violets and The Vaccines, Baby Strange will be stopping by The Sunflower Lounge on Monday night. Having earned a reputation for a raucous live show and with strong local support from Dumb and Juice, make sure to get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Pure Evil’ below:


TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

Paws + Virals + Furrow @ The Sunflower Lounge

We are hooking up with Counteract Magazine to present Galswegion three piece Paws at The Sunflower Lounge this Tuesday night. The band have an impressive support slot list featuring  Japandroids, Bleached, We Are Scientists, The Cribs, Mates Of State, No Age, Wavves and Ty Segall. Make sure to catch them showcasing tracks from new album ‘Youth Culture Forever’, with support from Virals and Furrow; tickets available here

Watch the video for ‘Tongues’ below:

 

Howling Bells + Climbing Boys @ Hare & Hounds

If you are headed King’s Heath way Tuesday night instead, be sure to catch the stunning Australian four-piece Howling Bells at Hare & Hounds. They be sure to play tracks from new album ‘Heartstrings’ set for release on June 2nd. This hotly anticipated record comes after the group severed ties with old record label and began to work with Catherine J Marks and Alan Moulder on a new ‘fuller and grungier’ sound. Catch them with support from East London four-piece Climbing Boys and get your tickets here.

Check out a preview of the band’s new album below:


FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

Forest + Only Shadows + Holy @ Hare & Hounds

If you are looking for a fun way to spend your Friday night, why not head to Hare & Hounds and catch indie Cambridge lads Forest. After the release of acclaimed EP ‘Wisdom Tusk’ in March, this five piece have been causing a stir appearing in many ‘Ones To watch’ list as well as praise from The Guardian. This young group are set for a busy Summer, make sure you don’t miss out and see them at the start of it all in King’s Heath. With local support from Only Shadows and Holy, get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Coaster’ below:


SATURDAY 7TH JUNE

God Damn + Women + Weatherbird + The Scribers @ The Slade Rooms

Birmingham Promoters are teaming up with Brum Notes to present God Damn in their hometown Wolverhampton at The Slade Rooms on Saturday night. Having recently signed to One Little Indian Records and the release of latest single ‘Shoe Prints in the Dust’, the boys want to celebrate with a local show to remember. Come and feel the noise, with support from Women, Weatherbird and The Scribers, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Shoe Prints in the Dust’ below:

 

Nick Oliveri @ The Bull’s Head, Moseley

Former member Kyuss and Queens on the Stone Age, and a current member for Mondo Generator,Bl’astMoistboyz and The Dwarves, Nick Oliveri will be playing a solo acoustic set at The Institute this Saturday. He will be showcasing songs from both old albums and new record ‘Leave Me Alone’, which featured guitar solos from the likes of  Phil Campbell (Motorhead), Dean Ween (Ween/Moistboyz) and Stephen Haas (Moistboyz). Tickets available here.

Watch this live session performance of ‘Green Machine’ below:

 

Little Barrie + Gil De Ray @ The Sunflower Lounge

If a blend of rock, blues, garage and soul is more your thing, head down to The Sunflower Lounge for Little Barrie. They will be playing songs from new album ‘Shadow’. Shortly before recording the record, the band supported the likes of The Stone RosesCharles BradleyDinosaur JrKasabian and Primal Scream. Now they set out on the road this summer with their own UK headline tour. Catch them with support from Gil De Ray and get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Tip It Over’ below:


SUNDAY 8TH JUNE

Peter Shoulder + Jessica Mary York + Nix Dadry @ The Yardbird

If you are around the city centre on Sunday, why not round off your week with our Sunday Social at The Yardbird, where The Union lead singer Peter Shoulder will be performing. We will also have soul-pop star Jessica Mary York and local act Nix Dadry performing. Check out all the information for this FREE ENTRY show here.

Watch this performance of ‘Dust to Dust’ below:

Dumb to replace Babypink as Jaws support

March 21, 2014 in News

It is with heavy hearts we announce that BP favourites Babypink have sadly called it a day. The four-piece announced the news via twitter, much to fan’s dismay, and Birmingham DJ extraordinaire Jacky P swiftly followed the statement with a tribute to the quartet via Amazing Radio (which you can read here).

It’s not all gloom at the Birmingham Promoters HQ however, as fellow Brummie favourites Dumb have been confirmed to replace Babypink in the much-coveted support slot for JAWS at their biggest hometown headline show to date – taking place Saturday 19th April at The Institute.

Dumb are fresh from releasing their impressive double A side ‘Super Sonic Love Toy’ / ‘Two Bottles’, and their own sell-out headline show at the Hare & Hounds, so its with much excitement we welcome them to this hefty line up which already features Brighton’s The Magic Gang.

JAWS, DUMB & THE MAGIC GANG PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 19TH APRIL 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Super Sonic Love Toy’ below:

DUMB to headline The Victoria

July 9, 2013 in News

As 2013 got under way, four childhood friends were given a wake-up call by the spotlight on the music scene in their native Birmingham, and decided to build on their formative years of gigging and songwriting to form Dumb.

If anything, Dumb’s first months in existence have backed up that new found belief that being successful musicians is within the realms of possibility. For their first ever gig the band went straight to the prestigious stage of London’s KOKO and the legendary Club NME night before returning home to headline Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3.

Meanwhile, their debut single ‘Dive’ set out their stall in April, distinguishing the band from the rest of what their hometown was offering. Influenced by Pixies and cult American indie rock heroes Built To Spill, its bold and brash combination of self-assured swagger, slick melodies and singer Dylan Williams’s rasping vocals caught the attention of the likes of NME and BBC Radio 1.

Next single ‘Retina’ continues that mission statement, an explosive riot of squalling guitars and cocksure attitude. Out Autumn 2013, the third single in Dumb’s triptych, ‘Still I’m Stuck’, marks further progression still as the rhythm section of drummer Jacob McQue and bassist Adam Pyzer provide the driving force for the track.

Diligent, hard-working and musically dexterous, Dumb are about to establish themselves as one of the country’s most promising new bands.

Dumb Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

DUMB HEADLINE THE VICTORIA BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 9TH AUGUST 2013. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to latest single ‘Retina’ below:

Skaters, Dumb & George Barnett to play The Rainbow

May 16, 2013 in News

SKATERS formed in late 2011 after singer Michael Cummings and Noah Rubin (The Dead Trees, Adam Green, Little Joy) spent a year trading demos back and forth from Los Angeles to London with guitarist Joshua Hubbard (The Paddingtons, Dirty Pretty Things).

The three met in the middle to record an EP in a Manhattan loft, and never left the city. The result is a smart, dynamic punk band drawing inspiration from obscure genres and cultures. And, a live band featuring a growing cast of young energetic musicians of the Boston and NYC music scenes.

“Skaters know just how to encapsulate that classic lo-fi garage pop sound that many can only hope to achieve.” – Indie Shuffle

Skaters Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Exploding out of Birmingham early in 2013, Dumb have been forging their own path and released their debut single, ‘Dive’ independently which went on to become a favourite on BBC Radio 1’s evening shows. They appeared in the NME and have featured across many blog sites in the UK and America such as recording a live session for Daytrotter, Record of the Day on Spinner.com and had their video premiered on Consequence of Sound amongst many others

Early in their career the band played the NME Club Night at Koko and sold out the O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham for the ‘Dive’ single launch.

The band has a classic balance at its core, disrupted by sonically intense but melodically mature guitar playing, and manic rapid-fire vocals, backed by a solid yet explosive rhythm section.

Dumb Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

George Barnett is a 19 year old emerging artist from the Midlands. The former Young Drummer Of The Year (2008) embarked on a journey of genre hopping which led to his 2012 album release 17 Days.

All 13 songs on the album were written, played, sung, recorded and produced by this one super talent. The video for lead single ‘Lone Rose’ drew worldwide attention resulting in over 100,000 youtube views in its first week. George and his live band supported Bastille last year at The Rainbow, and likewise with the highly acclaimed The Milk. He also headlined The Clapham Grand on July 13th 2012,  and made the BBC Radio 1 playlist in June 2012.

On 29th December, George released the Where The Devil Sleeps EP. The video for the title track reached over 110,000 views in its first week. A big year is expected from this bright new star.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

SKATERS, DUMB & GEORGE BARNETT PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 19TH MAY 2013. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Check out the Skaters video for ‘Schemers’ below: