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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:

C Duncan to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

January 10, 2017 in News

Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his second album The Midnight Sun last October to critical acclaim.

Blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation, the follow up to his Mercury Prizenominated debut Architect won huge praise from the likes of The GuardianThe Sunday TimesMojoUncut and The Quietus.

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 Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Other Side’ below:

Ed Geater to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

December 23, 2016 in News

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 Counteract, Bab 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 plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Fri 24th March 2017, with support from Bear, Dee Ajayi, Amy Louise Ellis, followed by DJ sets from Jack Barber & The Deviant till 2am. Tickets available here.

Ed Geater Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:

Slow Club to play Birmingham Xmas show

December 1, 2016 in News

Slow Club have announced a string of Christmas UK live dates, which they will play as a two-piece, in support of their new Matthew E White produced album One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore (available now via Moshi Moshi Records).

From the cute indie-folk of their 2009 debut Yeah So, to the wonky-pop of its follow up Paradise, two years later, to the sophisticated, polished soul of 2014’s Complete Surrender, this is a band that have never stood still, going out of their way to present a new version of themselves on every release, while maintaining the spirit, the warmth and the chemistry that has marked their music since they formed in 2006.

At their heart Slow Club are still a pop band and One Day…contains some of the best melodies they’ve yet created. The duo’s knack for writing hooks and melody has, if anything, become stronger.

Slow Club Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Slow Club play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Thurs 15th December 2016, with support from Auld. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Silver Morning’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 14th – 20th November

November 14, 2016 in News

We’ve got a busy week of gigs lined up this week, including critically acclaimed Illinois singer-songwriter Ryley Walker at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday, and Danny Brown at The Rainbow Warehouse celebrating the release of his new album. Thursday brings a night of math-rock with Three Trapped Tigers shaking up The Flapper with their effect-laden guitars and glistening sci-fi synths. Saturday sees Glasgow duo Honeyblood take on Mama Roux’s following support slots with Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Is Bliss + Outlander @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Introducing Velvet Dreams EP, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, released on Club AC30 – a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential. The EP’s atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar­like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. The band have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf AliceTelescopes and Nine Black Alps. Support from Birmingham Mogwai-influenced Outlander.

Watch the video for ‘Ocean Blue’ below:


WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

Ryley Walker + Itasca @ Hare & Hounds
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With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras & an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, the Illinois singer-songwriter sets the bar high for the modern folk artist. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a string of sell-out British shows. A sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Support comes from Itasca, L.A.-based guitarist, singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen.

Watch the video for ‘The Roundabout’ below:

Danny Brown + Zelooperz @ The Rainbow Warehouse
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One of rap’s brightest lights Danny Brown celebrates the release of his 4th studio album Atrocity Exhibition with intricate wordplay, unmatched storytelling, and lyrical thoughtfulness. The album is the latest peak in a career full of highlights: over the last decade, he’s worked with a breadth of artists from Purity Ring and Rustie to Schoolboy QE-40, and Ghostface Killah. Support comes from 21-year-old Detroit rapper ZeelooperZ, member of Brown’s hip-hop collective Bruiser Brigade.

Watch the video for ‘When It Rain’ below:


THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band + Constant Waves @ The Flapper
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Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed – from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound. In full force the band feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic. Support comes from Brighton psychedelic math-rock trio The Physics House Band and West Midlands prog rock band Constant Waves.

Watch the video for ‘Engrams’ below:


FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

The Graveltones + Brandy Row @ The Flapper
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UK based Australian heavy blues rock and roll duo The Graveltones formed in late 2011, after the two members met in London’s Tin Pan Alley, brought together by a mutual love of artists as diverse as Captain BeefheartHowlin WolfJohn Lee Hooker and QOTSA. Their critically acclaimed debut album saw the band tour extensively with the likes of Rival SonsThe Temperance MovementBoss HossMonster TruckCadillac Three and a stunning set at Download Festival 2013. Support comes from blues rock and roll singer-songwriter Brandy Row.

Watch the video for ‘Bang Bang’ below:

Spotlight On: Alligator + Gloss + Nausea + Gasfoodlodging @ O2 Institute Blue Room
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Birmingham Promoters present a new weekly night at a brand new venue within the O2 InstituteThe Blue Room. Every week Birmingham Promoters will showcase the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands. Alligatr are not just your usual indie band from Leicester. Combining their influences of  jungle and dance with rock and jazz, they have created a unique vibe which makes their  songs sound far from the bland and the obvious. Support comes from indie post-punk band Gloss, Birmingham based Nausea and 3 piece alternative countrified/indie-fied Gasfoodlodging.

Listen to ‘Reminiscing’ below:


SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Weirds + Vulgarians + History Of Sex @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Weirds have been destroying venues across the UK for the past year with their blistering sonic assault of motorik­driven, druggy grunge. NME described their live show as “like a vulture ravaging a corpse”, but beneath the fuzz and sprawling, psycho­tropic breakdowns lies a knack for melody and structure. Support comes from Vulgarians with their unique brand of chilling post­punk noise, and Birmingham based garage noise band History Of Sex.

Watch the video for ‘Old World Blues’ below:

Honeyblood + Pins @ Mama Roux’s
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Glasgow duo Honeyblood have managed to brilliantly capture then subtly refine and embellish the duo’s notorious live energy that over the past two years shared stages all round the globe with everyone from Belle And Sebastian and Foo Fighters to close comrades like Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice. Support comes from Manchester band PINS crafting a blend of noise, texture and melody.

Watch the video for ‘Ready For The Magic’ below:


SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

And Yet It Moves + Bad Girlfriend @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Fronted by former Amazing Snakeheads frontman Dale Barclay, who has witnessed firsthand the banality of the music industry and came out battered but unbeaten, And Yet It Moves want to play music for the love of it. Live they enrapture crowds with a real natural chemistry, Barclay’s undeniably captivating aura and expansive, songs of sorrow mixed with themes of the heart. If you want freedom these are the guys for you, if not just go away. Support from Birmingham heavy garage rock band Bad Girlfriend.

Listen to ‘No Way Back To Lunch’ below:

God Damn, Johnny Foreigner & Youth Man Xmas Show

November 9, 2016 in News

Wolverhampton’s God Damn celebrate the release of their new album Everything Ever, following recent dates supporting Red FangTorche & 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.

God Damn Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

God Damn play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Fri 16th December 2016, with support from Johnny Foreigner, Youth Man, False Grails & Matters. Tickets available from 9am on Thurs 10th November here.

Watch the video for ‘Sing This’ below:

Martha Ffion to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

June 1, 2016 in News

Hot on the heels of releasing her third single ‘We Disappear’, Glasgow’s Martha Ffion has announced a full UK tour for October – her first ever.

Having released three singles over the last six months to widespread acclaim this tour will be the first she has done across England, Scotland and Wales. It will be also be accompanied by a new release – more details to follow. Meanwhile Martha Ffion will also appear at Latitude and End of The Road festivals over the summer and is currently working on her debut album scheduled for an early 2017 release.

Martha Ffion Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

MARTHA FFION PLAYS HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘We Disappear’ below:

Introducing: Sorority Noise

April 21, 2016 in News

“I don’t want to be in an emo band anymore,” proclaims Sorority Noise frontman Cameron Boucher. “But I have no problem with people calling us that, because in the strictest of senses, we are an emotionally driven band.”

That, is Sorority Noise in a nutshell: part of a movement, but also discrete and determined to break free from the pack. Truth be told, the Connecticut-based quartet have always operated a little differently than most of their peers. With the release of their Topshelf Records debut, Joy, Departed,Sorority Noise— named one of the 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2015 by Alternative Press—are poised to break out in a big way.

Boucher started Sorority Noise in late 2013 with friends as an outlet to explore musical styles outside his work in screamo band Old Gray. The group then recruited Ackerman and issued their debut full-length, Forgettable, in May 2014. Much buzz—and tours with rising stars Modern Baseball and The Hotelier—followed, as did a split 7” with Somos.

Sorority Noise Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

SORORITY NOISE PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 9TH OCTOBER 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE FROM 9AM FROM ON FRI 22ND APRIL 2016.

Watch the video for ‘Nolsey’ below: