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The Travelling Band announce Birmingham show

July 28, 2017 in News

Manchester’s The Travelling Band have announced their forthcoming album, SAILS, due 25th August 2017 via Sideways Saloon Records/Kartel. The first taste of SAILScomes in the shape of the single, ‘Into The Water, which serves as an introduction to a new, more expansive approach from the Manchester five-piece.

Focused around the songwriting talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as “Mancunian Americana”. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, with key album track ‘Last Night I Dreamt (of Killing You)’ and the grungy ‘Wasted Eyes’ highlighting the band’s love of American indie rock, but still with that Mancunian twist nodding to Elbow and I Am Kloot. ‘Mopping Forwards’ draws on their time spent in East Nashville and the almost Satie-like melancholic ballad ‘Loser’ belies the darker turn that Jo and Adam’s lyrics have taken.

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The Travelling Band play Hare & Hounds (Venue 2) Birmingham on Thurs 23rd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch a performance of ‘Into The Water’ below:

Sam Brookes to play Hare & Hounds

July 28, 2017 in News

London based songsmith Sam Brookes is one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets. His acclaimed 2014 album Kairoswas tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prizenomination, received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2 and granted Sam the opportunity to perform at Live In Hyde Park. Sam is currently writing and recording new material for a forthcoming album and will be performing at only a handful of shows in 2016 to road test new material and perform current favorites.

Sam’s singing career began at an early age, filling the rafters of Her Majesty the Queen’s private chapel, as a chorister. Now his unmistakable, soaring vocal combined with crafty arrangements, deft guitar-playing and arresting lyrics delivers an aural patchwork that has been positively likened to Wild BeastsBon IverNick Drake and Tim Buckley.

Sam is also the featured vocalist on the Basement Jaxx single ‘What A Difference Your Love Makes’ and has collaborated and toured with the likes of Lucy Rose and Newton Faulkner.

In 2017 Sam returned with the single ‘My Girl Drinks Coffee’, championed by BBC 6music. In September 2017, amidst extensive touring, Sam will release a new EP titled Ice Caps.

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Sam Brookes play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Wed 27th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘My Girl Drinks Coffee’ below:

Joe Fox announces Birmingham show

July 3, 2017 in News

Joe Fox, whose debut Blue Flowers EP Acoustic Alley Sessions introduced the young Londoner as one of the most singular of British talents, drops his first single proper ‘What’s The Word’, impact date Sept 8. The track was produced by Leon Michels, co-founder of the Truth & Soul production team/record label, and collaborator with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach in their band The Arcs. Mixed by Tom Elmhirst (AdeleDavid BowieAmy Winehouse) ‘What’s The Word’ finds Joe extending his musical reach to create a fuller, brass inflected, beat driven sound, exuding a loose limbed swagger, which hints at the direction his debut album is headed.

Acoustic Alley Sessions was a collection of raw, soulful, songs, that illustrated why A$AP Rocky chose Joe to co-write 5 songs on his #1 album At.Long.Last.A$AP, following a chance meeting on the streets of Soho. Joe’s strength as a songwriter lies in a total disregard for current trends and presents a special voice, sounding like no other in today’s musical landscape. A student of every great songwriter from the Beatles to Bob Marley, ‘What’s The Word’, and the new songs he has been recording for his debut album, coupled with his intimate and powerful live performances, present Joe Fox as a truly magnetic performer, and a writer and artist of unique talent.

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Joe Fox plays Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Thurs 12th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘What’s The Word’ below:

Skinny Living live at Hare & Hounds Birmingham

June 7, 2017 in News

Neither the Belfast-born singer nor the West Yorkshire-based band he fronts have had much time for glancing backwards. Skinny Living sold out venues across the country, landed a plum support slot with Jake Bugg at Leeds Arena (after a search for local talent) played festivals from The Secret Garden Party to the legendary Isle Of Wight and now landed a contract with RCA Victor, the label synonymous with David Bowie. In recent months, they’ve toured in the Philippines (where the locals had taken photos of the band from the internet and made them into huge posters), worked with some of the UK’s top producers and songwriters and are about to play to 65,000 Justin Bieber fans when they support the US star in Hyde Park.

However, their story isn’t one of rags to riches so much as one of grinding poverty, troubling situations and relentless hard graft. It’s also one of synchronicity, chance meetings, and unflinching belief that their glorious acoustic soul – with its echoes of Bill Withers, the Isley Brothers and Paolo Nutini – will out. As it is doing, with a timeless, gentle beauty and lyrical wisdom far beyond the band’s years.

New single ‘Why’ – which lead singer Ryan describes as “a really heartfelt ballad about a time in my personal life” has been given a more contemporary sheen by in demand producer/electronic artist LostBoy, who was able to recapture the “special feeling” of the band’s initial demo but make the song sound huge and modern. Another potential single, ‘Fade’, was co-written with and produced by Ivor Novello/Brit Award winner Steve Robson, whose lengthy track record of pop hits stretches from Cher to Busted to Westlife to One Direction to Olly Murs and Ed Sheeran.

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Skinny Living play Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Wed 25th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Only I’ below:

Spectres to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

April 13, 2017 in News

Noise rock quartet Spectres were formed in Barnstaple, North Devon in 2011.  After moving to Bristol a couple years later they self-released a few EPs and singles on their own Howling Owl label, before joining forces with Sonic Cathedral for 2015’s Dying, their incendiary debut that they promised would “snap people out of their comfort zones. We want our noise to smack the spoon out of their mouths that is feeding them the warm diarrhoea that is served by start-up PR companies”.

The resulting largely positive coverage everywhere from NME to Drowned In SoundThe Times and the Guardian to BBC Radio 1, comparisons to Sonic Youth and Loop – not to mention people fleeing their gigs, hands pressed tightly over bleeding ears – would suggest they went some way to achieving this aim.

Spectres latest album Condition was released 10th March 2017 via Sonic Cathedral.

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Spectres play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Tues 25th April 2017, with support from Mutes, Simple Eyyes & Ghosts of Dead Airplanes. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Dissolve’ below: