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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.

Skinny Living Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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.

Spectres Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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:

WATCH: C Duncan – ‘Like You Do’

March 31, 2017 in News

Fresh from supporting Elbow on their recent tour, Glasgow-based songwriter/producer C Duncan has shared his new video for ‘Like You Do’.

The Helen Plumb-directed clip keeps things simple and focusses on the delicate presence of Duncan himself. Here’s what the director has to say about her work:

“The lyrics in ‘Like You Do’ are very powerful and intimate and we wanted the video to be simple enough that C Duncan could tell the story himself. We distorted the image throughout the video to convey uncertainty and confusion and captured his image in short bursts to represent the feeling of being stuck in a loop.”

With a brand new and bigger live show in tow, C Duncan has blossomed into a fully accomplished live artist. Having fast-tracked from playing basement venues alone to selling out 900 cap venues within a year, his live show has come along hugely. Now joined by a four-piece band, they provide the perfect backdrop for his hushed vocals and help execute the plentiful harmonies with mesmerising precision.

C Duncan plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Mon 8th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Like You Do’ below:

LISTEN: C Duncan – ‘Nothing At All’

March 28, 2017 in News

Glasgow-based composer/producer C Duncan is sharing ‘Nothing At All’, the B-side to new single ‘Like You Do’.

‘Like You Do’ is the latest slice of recent record The Midnight Sun to get a single release. It’s flipside is a woozy, opiate-warm rush of fantastical synthery and thick vox – it’s a blinding counterpoint that offers mysterious pleasure in spades.

‘Nothing At All’ sees Duncan conjure majestic textures and layers, whirling them all together in a heady haze of psychedlic electronic pop. Much like the classic 4AD releases he’s shown his love for, this is an all-compassing piece of music that whisks you into sparkling, spangly worlds.

C Duncan plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Mon 8th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Nothing At All’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 20th – 26th March

March 20, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham we have Glasgow synth-pop duo Prides at The Flapper on Monday. Thursday sees rhythm’n’blues band King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge, and on Friday Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds as the last stop on his debut UK tour. On Sunday fresh-faced Manchester four-piece Dantevilles play The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

Prides + Twin Wild + The Young @ The Flapper
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Glasgow-based duo Prides return with their latest single ‘Are You Ready’, continuing their natural move towards a well-rounded, guitar/drum led sound, complimented by elegant electronic touches. Prides have consistently proved themselves to be band with big songs, and equally big crowds. 2 years ago the band played the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1. Support comes from alternative rock four-piece Twin Wild and indie band The Young.

Listen to ‘Are You Ready’ below:


TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Club Drive + Idolising Nova + Idle Frets @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hailed as Britain’s very own answer to the likes of One Republic, Maroon 5 or The Script, Club Drive’s latest single is an unapologetic slice of pure pop brilliance. Already making a name for themselves across social media and with a fast-expanding – and very fervent – fanbase, the quartet have captured the interest of Radio 1’s BBC Introducing team where ‘Dangerous’ was featured across the Introducing network as ‘Track Of The Week’. Support comes from indie pop trio Idolising Nova and catchy indie rock band Idle Frets.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Dangerous’ below:


WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

Bad Sounds + Social State @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Bath-based five-piece Bad Sounds‘ single ‘Avalanche’ was selected by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac as her track of the week. Released in April 2016, the single was co-produced by Duncan Mills (Peace/Spector), fusing cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines and an undeniably addictive chorus, bringing sounds of the 70′s and 80′s into the 90′s Brit-Pop era, with a twist. Support comes from Birmingham duo Social State whose songs are a mix of various genres including indie, hip-hop and pop.

Watch the video for ‘Avalanche’ below:


THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

King Salami & The Cumberland Three + The Good Water + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge
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This is London’s greatest and most sensational rhythm’n’blues-punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when The Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers. Support comes from gritty rhythm & blues duo The Good Water and punk band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Tiger In My Tank’ below:


FRIDAY 24TH MARCH

Ed Geater + Bear + Dee Ajayi + Amy Louise Ellis + DJs til late @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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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. Support from acoustic hip-hop duo Bear, soulful singer-songwriter Dee Ajayi, singer-songwriter Amy Louise Ellis and DJs Jack Barber and The Deviant til late.

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:


SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

Mad Dog Mcrea + The Infusion @ Mama Roux’s
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Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support comes from bluesy rock band The Infusion.

Watch the video for ‘Almost Home’ below:

The Vryll Society + Violet + Grim Fiction @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Liverpool’s swaggering psychedelic outfit The Vryll Society have announced the release of their latest single ‘Sacred Flight’ via Deltasonic Records, kicking off what promises to be a very productive and exciting year culminating in the release of their widely anticipated debut album. The psych-pop quintet’s unique eclectic sound has already seen them heavily tipped by BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music). Support comes from Midlands indie five-piece Violet and psychedelic alternative band Grim Fiction.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:


SUNDAY 26TH MARCH

Dantevilles + Sacrifice & Bliss + The Mojo Filters + Shoot The Town @ The Sunflower Lounge
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A fresh-faced, four-piece band emitting new music from the home they call Manchester. Reimaging the sound of the red-brick capital of the North with their uplifting and soulful brand of indie pop, Dantevilles are as sharp as they are raw. Clean, canny guitars and dual captivating vocals never compete for space in their unshakable, off-the-wall arrangements. Support comes from synth-punk duo Sacrifice & Bliss, rock and roll soul band The Mojo Filters and indie band Shoot The Town.

Watch the video for ‘Perfect Place’ below:

Introducing: The Seshen

March 1, 2017 in News

The Seshen (Tru Thoughts Records) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music.

St. Juste and Ehara are joined by five remarkable bandmates to create their multidimensional music. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their individual influences range from recognizable artists (Erykah BaduJai PaulJames BlakeRadiohead, and Broadcast) to genres and eras that don’t initially appear to fit together (hip hop, indie rock, early electronica, and 70’s dub). Their unique alchemy of seemingly disparate sounds has led fans and critics alike to describe the band as defying categorization.

The Seshen Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Seshen play Hare & Hounds (Venue 2) Birmingham on Monday 6th March 2017, with support from Brother & Wolf. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Distant Heart’ below:

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:

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:

Howie Payne to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

January 31, 2017 in News

Howie Payne (aka Howard Eliott Payne) is a solo artist, producer, songwriter and the driving force behind Liverpool group The Stands, which he formed in 2002, and with whom he scored four top 40 singles and two top 40 LPs in over just three years before disbanding in 2005.

Following The Stands, Payne teamed up with legendary producer Ethan Johns and recorded his highly influential debut so lo LP Bright Light Ballads, which initially released as a digital download only, reached No 13 in the iTunes Album chart.

After a whirlwind decade of near constant live performances that took him around the globe, Payne took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on songwriting and production, remaining in the public conscience through his music, with a host of artists recording and performing his songs while both The Stands LP’s, and Bright Light Ballads quickly achieved cult classic status.

September 2016 saw Payne tour the UK for the first time in 3 years, and on October 23rd he released, High Times, Home Recordings, a free 10 track download LP, recorded at his home in the late summer/early autumn 2016. High Times, Home Recordings features outtakes taken from the writing sessions for his next LP, which will be released in 2017.

Howie Payne Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Howie Payne plays The Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Tues 7th February 2017, with support from Matt Millard & Patrick Brewer. Tickets available here.

Watch a live video of ‘The Brightest Star’ below: