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This Week: Gig Roundup 6th – 12th April

April 7, 2015 in News

As touring season gets into full swing, we’ve got even more musical treats lined up for you with a show for every day of the week! The week kicks off with a visit from up-and-coming Scottish fuzz-pop duo Tuff Love, followed by a welcome return from New York noise-makers A Place To Bury Strangers, then a long-awaited hometown headline show from local heroes Superfood, plus Suburban Legends, Ekkah and Balthazar closing the week with a bang! The full week’s listings can be found below:

MONDAY 6th APRIL

Tuff Love + The Jacarandas + Jump The Shark @ The Sunflower Lounge

Glasgow two-piece Tuff Love are creators of hyper-infectious, fuzzed-up, lo-fi pop music that the city is so famous for. The band have previously supported the likes of Real Estate, Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Honeyblood & PAWS and have been championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens. Be sure to catch this band in a small venue while you can! Support comes from Birmingham indie-popsters The Jacarandas and Brit Award Winners Jump The Shark. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Groucho’ below:

TUESDAY 7th APRIL

A Place To Bury Strangers + September Girls + Fauxchisels @ The Rainbow

New York noise purveyors A Place to Bury Strangers returned with their fourth studio album Transfixiation, released on the 17th February 2015 via Dead Oceans. Catch them debut tracks from the critically acclaimed album when they play The Rainbow on Tuesday, joined by Irish all-female noise-pop five-piece September Girls and local racket-makers Fauxchisels. It’s gonna get loud… Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You Are the One’ below:

WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL

Bipolar Sunshine + Cape Cub + Shatter Effect @ The Institute 

After announcing festival slots including Longitude, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury, Bipolar Sunshine will once again make a hotly anticipated appearance at The Institute Birmingham. The solo project of Manchester based Adio Marchant, previously of Kid British fame, continues to impress and carve out his own singular path. Latest single ‘Daydreamer’, described as “a warm breeze of a song… that channels 1970′s Elton to dreamy effect” by  The Times, provides a teaser for his upcoming album. Support comes from much-talked-about solo artist Cape Cub and local electro rock act Shatter Effect. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ below:

Superfood + YAK + Black Honey @ Rainbow Warehouse 

The Birmingham indie quartet play their biggest hometown headline show to date following the sold out NME New Breed Tour and the release of their debut album Don’t Say That on 3rd November through Infectious Music. Originally touted as heralding a re-birth of cheeky, choppy indie guitar pop, Superfood dug deeper to record an album that’s energy, warmth, and wit was infectious. The Midlands four-piece have travelled well over the past twelve months, taking to the road alongside Wolf Alice and We Are Scientists, but now they take to the Rainbow Warehouse joined by London-based buzzband YAK and up-and-comers Black Honey. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Mood Bomb’ below:

THURSDAY 9th APRIL

Retox + Warsawwasraw + Opium Lord @ The Sunflower Lounge

Featuring Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City), Retox have emerged from the collective depths of San Diego & LA with their latest antagonistic effort, Beneath California. Varying styles and sonically experimenting, melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases, yet never settles on any one genre. Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student. Support comes from blistering avant-thrash punk duo Warsawwasraw and Opium Lord. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lets Not Keep In Touch’ below:

Suburban Legends & MC Lars + The Bottom Line @ The Rainbow

Third wave ska vets, Orange County’s Suburban Legends, return with their distinct blend of fizzy ska and sugary pop, with accents of disco and funk. The group’s latest EP, Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are (Rock Ridge Music), is a reverently played and imaginatively arranged collection of Disney classics. Suburban Legends have built an impressive live profile playing multiple tours throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Canada, undertaking successful runs with big names like Reel Big FishLess Then JakeBowling for Soup, and GoldfingerThe band are joined by MC Lars and The Bottom Line. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Kiss the Girl’ below:

FRIDAY 10th APRIL

The Assist + Fleece @ The Rainbow

The Assist are a 4 piece indie/alternative band from Walsall. The lads have a huge passion for real music, and their honest, hard hitting lyrics speak for themselves. It’s music that anyone can identify with from sing along anthems to infectious guitar riffs. They recently featured in the Itunes Alternative Chart with their track ‘Walsall FC Go To Wembley’, the official anthem for Walsall Football Club’s trip to the stadium. The band are joined by local indie four-piece Fleece. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘In Your Ear’ below:

SATURDAY 11th APRIL

Ekkah + Chartreuse @ The Sunflower Lounge

Hotly-tipped Birmingham duo EKKAH have announced they will return to The Sunflower Lounge this spring, following a triumphant headline show back in January. The pair recently released their much-anticipated debut EP Last Chance To Dance in November via new label Year One Recordings (UK) and Honeymoon (US). The band will be joined by local favourites Chartreuse. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Last Chance to Dance’:

SUNDAY 12th APRIL

Balthazar + CHAMPS @ The Sunflower Lounge

The Belgian indie-rock quintet return with their much-anticipated third album Thin Walls, released 30th March via Play It Again Sam, the follow up 2012′s acclaimed effort Rats. Having been holed up in the studio, the band emerge bearing new tracks, whetting appetites and their first live shows of 2015, including a show at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge. Balthazar are joined by folk-pop duo CHAMPS. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bunker’ below:

Ekkah to play The Sunflower Lounge

February 20, 2015 in News

Hotly-tipped Birmingham duo EKKAH have announced they will return to The Sunflower Lounge this spring, following a triumphant headline show back in January. The pair recently released their much-anticipated debut EP Last Chance To Dance in November via new label Year One Recordings (UK) and Honeymoon (US).

Last Chance To Dance EP presents three songs of modern dance-floor infatuation, united by intoxicating groove and emotive melody. The title track was produced by Adam Jaffrey in London, while the other two were self-produced by EKKAH in their home studio in Birmingham. From shimmering downtown exuberance (‘Last Chance To Dance’) to pulsating post-punk urgency (‘Holiday Blues’) to bittersweet bedroom boogie (‘Exchange’), it’s an invitation that even the most dance-floor averse will find hard to resist.

EKKAH Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

EKKAH PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY 11TH APRIL 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Last Chance to Dance’:

Introducing: EKKAH

December 4, 2014 in News

Hotly-tipped Birmingham duo EKKAH recently released their much-anticipated debut EP Last Chance To Dance on 24th November via new label Year One Recordings (UK) and Honeymoon(US).

Last Chance To Dance EP presents three songs of modern dance-floor infatuation, united by intoxicating groove and emotive melody.The title track was produced by Adam Jaffrey in London, while the other two were self-produced by EKKAH in their home studio in Birmingham. From shimmering downtown exuberance (‘Last Chance To Dance’) to pulsating post-punk urgency (‘Holiday Blues’) to bittersweet bedroom boogie (‘Exchange’), it’s an invitation that even the most dance-floor averse will find hard to resist.

Augmented as a five piece when playing live, EKKAH recently supported Jess Glynne on her UK tour, and are set to play their own headline show at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham this January.

EKKAH Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

EKKAH PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 17TH JANUARY 2015. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Last Chance to Dance’:

Big Deal to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

March 18, 2014 in News

Comprised of California-born Kacey Underwood and London’s Alice Costelloe, Big Deal’s bedroom-composed songs struck a pure and resonant chord with music fans and critics all over the world upon the release of their debut back in 2011. Built on the duo’s gilded melodies and just two guitars, it was this sparse set up which allowed their intensely honest and at times, shockingly intimate lyrics to take centre stage.

Meanwhile Big Deal’s live shows were unmissable affairs – the pair’s palpable chemistry inspiring audiences to lean in just that little bit closer. Were they sharing a secret? Or were you eavesdropping on a shared moment? Whatever the case, they cast a unique spell on those who discovered them.

Fast forward to present day, and Big Deal prepare to release their double a-side single ‘In Your Car / Catch Up’ on 24th March 2014. To celebrate, the pair will embark on a series of live dates, calling at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds on Thurs 3rd April 2014.

This is the latest single to be taken from the band’s second album, June Gloom, which was described by The Fly as “This is Big Deal 2-0 – loud, fierce and brilliantly dissonant.”

Big Deal Links: Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter

BIG DEAL WILL PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON  THURS 3RD APRIL 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM EKKAH. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘In Your Car’ below: