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LISTEN: Ed Geater – ‘If I’m Being Honest’

February 23, 2017 in News

Ed Geater announces the release of ’If I’m Being Honest’, the second single from his EP Unseen via Music Mandi, receiving support from BBC WM Introducing.

Ed Geater is back in 2017 with a headline show at the Hare & Hounds, serving as the last stop of his debut UK tour. The gig follows the success of his Unseen EP release launch at Mama Roux’s in October, which received rave reviews from CounteractBab Mag and Brum Radio.

Ed will be playing material from both EPs released in 2016 by London label Music Mandi, plus some new songs, and is set to be joined by friends on stage for a host of collaborations.

“If there is one thing we love to emphasize here at HumanBeatbox.com, it’s this: beatbox is music. Ed Geater is a perfect example of how beatbox can be used in magically creative ways.” – Human Beatbox

Ed Geater Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Friday 24th March 2017, with support from Bear, Dee Ajayi, Amy Louise Ellis and DJ sets from Jack Barber and The Deviant. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘If I’m Being Honest’ below:

Introducing: Gabriella Cohen

February 22, 2017 in Introducing, News

Talking about Gabriella Cohen requires a new adjective: when she tells you about a guitar tone she likes, an organ sound she’s looking for, or the opening bars of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Found a Reason’, she might tell you these things sound ‘pink’. She’s not describing a synesthetic or aesthetic connection with the colour — instead, it’s an adjective she’s coined. Luckily, after a spin through Cohen’s debut album Full Closure and No Details, we’ll all know what ‘pink’ sounds like: it sounds like this. It sounds like heartbreak and reckless abandon, like quiet reflection and raucous teamwork.

Following supports for Warpaint, Wooden Shjips, and a US tour with Foxygen, the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and the frontwoman of garage band the Furrs, embarks on her first UK headline tour in May, calling at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on the 22nd.

Full Closure and No Details is available via Captured Tracks on 3rd March 2017.

Gabriella Cohen Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Gabriella Cohen plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 22nd May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ below:

Final tickets for Teleman’s Birmingham show

February 22, 2017 in News

“I don’t know if other bands do this,” says Tommy Sanders, Teleman’s singer and guitarist, “but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we’d write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We’ve got different colour pens and stuff. It’s very professional.”

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity: the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

Since their first album Breakfast, both the band and their songs have solidified. Now a four-piece made up of Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Amamiya on drums, and Pete Cattermoul on bass, the process of touring has honed them into a spectacular a live act, fleshing out those studio-forged tracks, so that by the end of the touring cycle, Sanders says, “We’d made up our minds that we wanted to record our next record in a very different way. Just us, in a room, playing together, to each other, in a very live and spontaneous way.”

Teleman links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Teleman play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 23rd February 2017, with support from Girl Ray. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘English Architecture’ below:

Hannah Peel announces Birmingham show

February 20, 2017 in News

“A beautiful record – one of the albums of the year” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Rich, detailed and beguiling’ – The Irish Times ****

“A great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire” – The Observer

The Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer and member of the The Magnetic NorthHannah Peel released her new solo album Awake But Always Dreaming to great acclaim at the end of 2016, with Q Magazine describing the album as a ‘sublime electronic opus’ in their 4 star review.

Peel first came to recognition with her mesmerizing, hand-punched ‘music box’ EP Rebox, featuring covers of ‘80s bands Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, & New Order. Having released her critically lauded solo debut album The Broken Wave, Peel then formed The Magnetic North, a highly praised and expansive collaborative project with Simon Tong(The VerveGorillaz) and Erland Cooper (Erland & The Carnival).

2016 was Peel’s busiest year to date: in addition to her solo album, she collaborated with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris) on the singles ‘Diagram Girl’ and ‘Creation’ and her band The Magnetic North released their widely praised second album, Prospect Of Skelmersdale in March ’16.

Hannah Peel Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Hannah Peel plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 3rd April 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘All That Matters’ below:

Interview: Fufanu

February 16, 2017 in News

We caught up with Icelandic experimental-post-punk outfit Fufanu for a chat ahead of their show at The Flapper on Monday 20th February, with FEET & Veda.

Your new record Sports was released on Friday 3rd February 2017. What can we expect from the album?

Build up, tension, release, melancholy and happiness.

You started out as an experimental electronic duo called Captain Fufanu. How does the new record compare to LP Few More Days to Go both musically and lyrically?

The album is in many ways more confident and grown up compared to Few More Days to Go. We used more of our electronic soundscape and kept the soundscape really focused for each song. People have also told us that they feel a more positive vibe in it.

What was it like growing up in the music scene in Reykjavik, Iceland?

We can’t compare it to any other cities because we don’t have the experience of growing up anywhere else. But for us it was good… good access to music and it was easy if you had the will to start some project and play shows.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner was the producer on Sports. What impact did he have on the making of the record?

His biggest impact was pushing us to write more. There were songs and parts we had decided that were ready, but Nick got us to write more, different things perhaps, some worked some didn’t. He came in with a pair of fresh ears and managed to act like a director rather than a writer.

In what way did your Icelandic surroundings influence the new record?

That is for one of the genius out in the world to answer… You see, for us these surroundings are really normal. Schizophrenic weather, a lot of darkness vs. a lot of daylight, it’s just built in us. I think travelling and experience new parts of the world and be able to compare that to our home had more influence on us than being in Iceland.

Damon Albarn remixed the single ‘Ballerina in the Rain’ from Few More Days To Go. How did you come about to supporting him at London’s Albert Hall and also Blur?

Kaktus used to work with him on his first solo album Everyday Robots and touring that album with him as well. Kaktus played him some demos from that album and this idea came up that we would open for him in Royal Albert Hall. From that moment the Fufanu/Damon ball started to roll and one thing led to another.

What have you got planned for the rest of 2017?

More gigs in US and Europe… write more music and then write again, write more music.

And finally, what can people expect when they attend your show at The Flapper on Monday 20th February?

A decent live show filled with great energy from a group of Icelandic city boys.

FUFANU PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2017, WITH SUPPORT FROM FEET & VEDA. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Hidden Charms live at Hare & Hounds this Thurs

February 15, 2017 in News

South London based band Hidden Charms return with their intoxicating new single ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’, and new EP Harder From Here released 28th October via Deltasonic Records.

Mounting a strong case for the title of UK’s most exciting guitar band, the four-piece carefully hint at the psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock of their previous releases, but ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ is the sound of a band moving forward. Delivering propulsive, urgent rock n’ roll both on record and in their fierce live performances, the quartet have carved out something totally unique – the secret of which lies in their powerful bond as musicians, their youthful energy, and their tireless search for new ways to create the music they love.

Hidden Charms have gained a fierce reputation for their live shows with support slots for Benjamin BookerHanni El Khatib, X Ambassadors and YAK over the last 18 months alongside a co-headine tour with The Vryll Society. Having received widespread airplay from the likes of Zane Lowe (Beats 1), Annie Mac (Radio 1) and Huw Stephens (Radio 1), the new single looks set to propel them even further into the limelight.

Hidden Charms Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Hidden Charms play Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Thurs 16th February 2017, with support from The Bay Rays and The Lizards. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 13th – 19th Feb

February 13, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham; on Wednesday we have sassy, high energy, pop rock duo Rews at The Flapper, singer-songwriter come vlogger Bry at Mama Roux’s, and Northern five-piece Little Comets at O2 Institute. Thursday sees South London four-piece Hidden Charms bring their psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock to the Hare & Hounds. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

Rews + Mutt + Ember Weir @ The Flapper
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REWS are the sassy, high energy, pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams. Together they are creating a genuine buzz on the UK/Irish music scene following the release of their four recent singles. They were Huw Stephens‘ “Tip Of The Week” on BBC Radio 1 with their new single ‘Miss You In The Dark’, played on BBC Radio 6Music with Tom Robinson, as well as all 38 BBC Introducing shows. Support comes from raucous and melodic four-piece Mutt, and Birmingham band Ember Weir.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You In The Dark’ below:

Bry + Tessa Violet + Danny Gruff @ Mama Roux’s
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Setting up a YouTube channel (BriBryontour) to let family and friends know how he was getting on in his travels, one late night abroad he uploaded a video of himself playing one of his own songs and everything changed. Hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of new subscribers tuned in to hear his music. Forging a very real connection with his followers through personalised videos, question and answer web chats and specially curated online sessions, his confidence grew and his repertoire expanded. Bry landed the sole support of 21 Pilots’ sold out European tour last year. Support comes from vlogger Tessa Violet and singer-songwriter Danny Gruff.

Watch the video for ‘You’re Alright’ below:

Little Comets + Eliza And The Bear @ O2 Institute2
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Little Comets, the five-piece from the North East of England, are soon to release their fourth album WORHEAD on The Smallest Label, the follow up to 2015’s Hope Is A State of MindWORHEAD is the most brutally honest Little Comets album to date – acerbic, withering and uncomplimentary about the state of our time; yet woven together with great beauty and care, drenched in positive melody and the percussive thrust of an innocent mind. Support comes from the Essex quintet Eliza And The Bear.

Watch the video for ‘Salt’ below:


THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Hidden Charms + The Bay Rays + The Lizards @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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South London based band Hidden Charms return with their intoxicating new single ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’, and new EP Harder From Here released via Deltasonic Records. Mounting a strong case for the title of ‘UK’s most exciting guitar band’, the four-piece carefully hint at the psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock of their previous releases, but ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ is the sound of a band moving forward. Support comes from Kent three-piece The Bay Rays and psychedelic pop band The Lizards.

Watch the video for ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ below:

LISTEN: The Good Water – ‘Mansaid’

February 10, 2017 in News

The Good Water release their new single ‘Mansaid’ on Friday 10th February.

The new single from Birmingham based garage psych-rockers showcases psych-pop harmonies alongside frantic riffs and comes hot on the heels of their previous single ‘See Your Light’. This received airplay from Steve Lamacq, Mary-Anne Hobbes and Shaun Keaveny at BBC 6Music, as well as tastemakers at Amazing Radio and influential LA stations KROQ and Indie 1031.

Since forming in early 2015, The Good Water have been busy. The boys quickly picked up loyal support from Brum Radio with their drone-rock debut single ‘Everything Is’, gained new fans at raucous shows around the Midlands and blew away audiences supporting Mercury Rev, Super Furry Animals and Bill Ryder-Jones at Lunar Festival. The duo’s brand of psychedelic rock grooves, obscure lyrics and nimble riffs is streamlined into tight garage-pop frameworks. The press have been quick to spot their talents, with rave reviews from Soundsphere Magazine, Ear To The Ground Music, Slap Magazine, Diamond Deposits, Born Music Online and Mytacism Music amongst many others.

The Good Water Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Good Water will be supporting King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge Thurs 23rd March 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Mansaid’ below:

Introducing: Rews

February 8, 2017 in News

Rews are the sassy, high energy, pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams. Together they are creating a genuine buzz on the UK/Irish music scene following the release of their four recent singles. ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Death Yawn’, ‘Shake Shake’ and now the chart banging ‘Miss You In The Dark’.

Across the summer Shauna & Collette have performed at a string of high profile festival performances including GlastonburyGreen Man & Kendal Calling to name but three.

Shauna was inspired to form REWS following a series of tours with previous bands and an inspirational artist retreat in late 2014. She met the fantastic Collette Williams in March 2015 and they have been a match made in heaven ever since. Rews are lining themselves up to break through in 2017, touring in the spring.

Rews aim is to inspire people to be who they are, dance, sing, have fun yet address those deep issues that people face in every day life. It might just be your medicine!

Rews Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rews play The Flapper Birmingham on Wed 15th February 2017, with support from Mutt and Ember Weir. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You In The Dark’ below:

Bry to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

February 7, 2017 in News

Following the announcement of landing the sole support of 21 Pilots sold out European tour, the eagerly awaited debut album from Bry is now available for pre order on iTunes and Google Play. The eponymous album Bry contains 10 tracks including the previously released ‘Don’t Go Alone’ and ‘You’re Alright’ which Bry released on his own strong following across social channels.

With the help of producer Greg Wells (who has also worked with AdelePharrell WilliamsCeline Dion and many more), singer-songwriter and part-time vlogger Bry created the album with upbeat tempos and affable melodies in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Bry’s story begins in down at heel Dublin pubs and clubs where he performed in a succession of bands before taking a notion to travel to every single country in the world. Setting up a YouTube channel (BriBryontour) to let family and friends know how he was getting on his travels, one late night abroad he uploaded a video of himself playing one of his own songs and everything changed.

Hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands new subscribers tuned in to hear his music. Forging a very real connection with his followers through personalised videos, Question and Answer web chats and specially curated online sessions, his confidence grew and his repertoire expanded.

Bry Links: Youtube | Facebook | Twitter

Bry plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 15th February 2017, with support from Tessa Violet and Danny Gruff. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘You’re Alright’ below: