Wolverhampton’s God Damn celebrate the release of their new album Everything Ever, following recent dates supporting Red Fang, Torche & Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.
Featuring recent single, ‘Sing This’, which launched as Daniel P Carter’s Rockest Record on BBC Radio 1, as well as album highlights ‘Ghost’, dubbed “louder than Black Sabbath having a screaming row with Nirvana” by the NME, and ‘Fake Prisons’, which DIY Magazine described as “a stomping introduction”, Everything Ever is a 13 track behemoth of artfully crafted noise-pop.
Picking up further praise from Kerrang!, Popmatters, Punktastic, Upset Magazine, Team Rock and more, the band have delivered a second album so smart, so irresistible, so made-for-radio, so slips-down-the-ears-so-easily-you-barely-notice-it’s-trying-to-slit-yer-throat that even your granny will be whistling the likes of ‘Dead To Me’ before Christmas.
Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton band God Damn have spent the last three years nailing audiences to the walls with their sonic blasts of glorious noise. Yet their debut album Vultures offers more than just machismo, bombast and bluster. There is nuance and melody. Purpose and meaning. Heartfelt intent. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece.
The duo came of age surfing that sonic wave of American noise that perhaps collectively represented the pinnacle of alternative rock music. After a clutch of singles they embarked upon much roadwork with the likes of Slaves, Funeral For A Friend, Eagulls, The Wytches, Hawk Eyes, Turbowolf and others. They signed to One Little Indian shortly afterwards and embarked upon makingVultures.
Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.”
We’ve got another busy week of gigs lined up this week, all starting with visits from bot hotly-tipped singer-songwriter Mike Dignam & New York indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Rainbow on Wednesday. Thursday we’re joined at The Rainbow by New York quintet The Felice Brothers for a very special intimate show following the release of their fifth album Favorite Waitress. On Friday local punk rock trio Lime take to the stage at The Rainbow where they will be joined by Piano Wire, featuring Sym and Andy from Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster. Saturday marks this year’s One Beat Festival at The MAC. Headlining this year’s event will be Black Country noise makers God Damn. Bringing it all to a close on Sunday, LA based garage rock singer-songwriter Colleen Green plays The Sunflower Lounge. For more info, check out the full listings below:
Mike Dignam, a singer-songwriter from the North-West of England, has been writing, recording and touring his own music for the past five years. He has supported many artists including JP Cooper, Lewis Watson &Gabrielle Aplin. Headline tours of the UK and tours of Universities have all contributed in making Mike an accomplished and commanding live performer and an artist worth experiencing in the live arena. 2015 will see Mike release his debut album, with all tracks written by solely by him, and continuing the next phase of his journey with a more mature sound.
Listen to ‘Addict’ below:
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Victories at Sea + Gleam @ The Rainbow Courtyard MORE INFO • BUY TICKETS
The New York pop idealists return with their long-awaiting third album Days of Abandon, following across the board acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork & The Guardian. Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine). Abandon is a bright and refreshing about-face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong. No longer content to simply be “loud” or “soft,” Abandon is a record that revels in nuance and grace. Support comes from highly acclaimed Birmingham electronic trio Victories at Sea and Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam.
New York quintet The Felice Brothers play a special intimate show at The Rainbow following the release of their fifth album Favorite Waitress last year. The band have been traveling the world for 8 years now, playing major festivals like Coachella to Midwestern dive bars to ancient churches in Bavarian Germany and and touring with the likes of The Killers, Mumford and Sons, and Bright Eyes. They are known for their wild and intense live shows and their sincere, intelligent song writing. Support comes from Australian twin brothers Pierce Brothers.
Watch the video for ‘Lion’ below:
FRIDAY 24TH JULY
Lime + Piano Wire (Ex-Eighties Matchbox) + MeMe Detroit + The Borgias @ The Rainbow Courtyard MORE INFO • BUY TICKETS
Lime are a hotly-tipped new three piece from the West Midlands that wear their sound on their sleeve. Bringing a certain raucousness and energy to their live shows, Lime are a band that combine exceptionally catchy hooks along with hard hitting riffs and a certain punk ethos. Support comes from Piano Wire, the new band from Sym and Andy, still smouldering from the wreckage of Eighties Matchbox B Line Disaster’s final uncontrolled detonation. The band have been tipped by the likes of The Quietus, Clash and Radio 1 and are making waves with their post-punk pop. Support also coming from MeMe Detroit and The Borgias.
Featuring the best new and breakthrough bands from the region and from across the UK, including God Damn fresh from supporting Foo Fighters and also The Magic Gang who are on tour with Wolf Alice and Swim Deep this year. Plus also playing Youth Man, Kioko, Jagaara, Cold Ocean Lies, Kagoule, Faux Palms, Field Harmonics and a special DJ set by Jaws.
The LA-based songwriter known for her DIY ethic undergoes a major sonic change with the release of her second album, enlisting help from Jake Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood). I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: ”Understanding is reached only after confrontation.” Support comes from local alternative rock quartet Frank and energetic duo Sonic The Comic.
Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:
TUESDAY 12TH MAY
Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge
The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.
Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:
WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY
Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow
The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke Li, Florence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.
Watchthe video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:
THURSDAY 14TH MAY
David Ford @ The Rainbow
Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:
FRIDAY 15TH MAY
Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*
The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.
Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:
Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow
With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tourwill be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:
SATURDAY 16TH MAY
*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club
An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.
Listen to ‘For Me’ below:
Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow
Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:
The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar
The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:
God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*
Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.
Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:
SUNDAY 17TH MAY
*FREE ENTRY* JAWS @ Venue TBA
Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click herefor more details on how to enter.
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’ast, Moistboyz 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 Roses, Charles Bradley, Dinosaur Jr, Kasabian 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 Shoulderwill be performing. We will also have soul-pop star Jessica Mary Yorkand local act Nix Dadry performing. Check out all the information for this FREE ENTRY show here.
With Jools Holland back on the telly, we’re once again blessed with the opportunity to check out some of the most fantastic music from around the world from the comfort of our own sofas.
If, however, you also like to venture out and to enjoy your music live, then this week we have five very different gigs at five very different venues across the city to whet your musical whistles.
On Tuesday, Essex four-piece, The Younger bring their blend of modern melodic pop and stadium rock to The Flapper. Supported by two midlands indie rock outfits, Of Kings and Captains and Friday Club, this one promises to get more than a little rock n roll. Tickets for this show are priced at just £5 advance, confirm you attendance to the Facebook Event and find all further information including links to the bands’ music over on the event page.
Listen to ‘Scream It Out’ by The Younger below:
On Friday, we welcome Northern blues / punk / rock duoWet Nuns to The Victoria. At the beginning of the week, Wet Nuns announced their split – this tour will be their last ever so make sure you don’t miss out on your final chance to see the completely frenetic pair. Support comes courtesy of Wolverhampton’s God Damn and noise rock trio Them Wolves. Tickets for the show are priced at £6 advance and there is a limited capacity so make sure to snap them up! RSVP to the Facebook Event and find out all further information & ticket links over on the event page.
Listen to ‘Hanging’ by Wet Nuns below:
China Rats play their first ever Birmingham headline show on Saturday at The Sunflower Lounge. A four piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Leeds, the boys release their debut EP, Don’t Play With Fire, on September 30 and will be treating audiences to live renditions of its highlights. With support from Walsall indie rock five-piece Modern Minds and Birmingham’s very own Paradise Circus, tickets to the event are priced at £5 advance and are available here. Check out the bands’ music and find further information over on the event page.
Listen to the latest China Rats single ‘N.O.M.O.N.E.Y’ below:
Round off your week with one of two special events. From 7pm, our free entry Sunday Social is live at The Yardbird, this week featuring a headline performance from midlands singer-songwriter,Shelly Quarmby who recorded her debut EP, Change, in Toronto. Performing a delicious blend of folk, pop and country with strikingly powerful vocals, Shelly Quarmby’s live performance is completely captivating. Support this week comes from Corey Young and Rob Moir. Find out more over on the event page.
Or, 2013 winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, RM Hubbert plays live at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. Performing a selection of songs from that debut, Thirteen Lost & Found, and its follow up, RM Hubbert is one not to be missed. Tickets for this show, with special guests to be announced, are priced at £7 advance and are available here. Find links to RM Hubbert’s music along with further information over on the event page.
Following the announcement of Them Wolves debut EP German for Duke, yesterday the Birmingham three-piece revealed they’ll be uploading a brand new track from the record for streaming each week until it’s release. The first track to be unveiled is the absolute belter ‘You’re More Like a Young Mary Bell’.
Spotted performing with the likes of F**ked Up, Trash Talk, Dope Body, Blacklisters & Bats before even officially releasing any music, and described as ‘Not just band, more a weapon of mass destruction’ by The Hearing Aid - expect relentlessly pummeling rhythms, caustic feedback-drenched guitar and alpha-male inadequacy.
“Further proof of their brain-frazzling credentials; a collection of songs so filthy-evil and filled to the brim with not-giving-a-fuck-ery, that it will kick your face clean off your skull then send you the bill to get it’s shoes repaired…a truly sterling record.” - Counteract Magazine
German for Duke is set for release on 24th June 2013 on limited edition screen-printed CD or digital download via It’s Just Noise & Distorted Tapes. Pre-order here.
THEM WOLVES PLAY SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 29TH JUNE 2013 WITH GOD DAMN & NEW ALASKA. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.
Stream new track ‘You’re More Like a Young Mary Bell’ below:
Very excited to announce we’re teaming up with Catapult Club to bring Fever Fever to the Birmingham Ballroom!
Norwich based three-piece Fever Fever have been busy making their mark on the last 12 months with BBC Introducing and SXSW appearances earning a string of 5 star reviews. Made up of Rosie, Ellie and Smit, their brand of ferocious art-punk is urgent and exhilarating, serving up pounding drums, molten guitar riffs and acerbic vocals that are precision-made to make DIY idealists lose their minds.
“A snarling beast that can distil 400mph punk rock fury into two & a half minutes of flailing brutality, breaking your jaw from twenty paces.”– Artrocker
“Sound and fury. Never a pause for breath. Always another space to be filled in. Guitars that ricochet back and forth like they understand what ‘Teenage Riot’ was when Sonic Youth turned spectacular.” - Everett True
Fever Fever play Birmingham Ballroom on Sunday 7th October 2012, with support from God Damn and The Enquiry.Tickets available here.