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 Booker, Hanni 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.
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:
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 BBCRadio 1 with their new single ‘Miss You In The Dark’, played on BBCRadio 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.
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.
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 Mind. WORHEAD 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.
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:
On Wednesday we welcome much-hyped garage rock band Hidden Charms to The Sunflower Lounge following praise from the UK press, industry and music fans alike. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy, responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’. Friday sees another installment of Baddie’s Banquet, this time headed up by Broken Witt Rebels and SW4RM. And on Saturday we welcome off-kilter folk-popster Sea of Bees to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun. Check out the full listings below:
Hidden Charms – barely out of their teens – have fast created waves amongst the U.K press, industry and music fans since uploading their first track titled ‘Sunny Side’ onto their Soundcloud. The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy (responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’) and will be released in mid-June on Deltasonic Records in the UK and B3SCI Records in the US. Drawing comparisons to Them and 13th Floor Elevators you don’t want to miss out on seeing this much hyped band live! Support comes from Bad Girlfriend and The Hungry Ghosts.
Listen to ‘It’s Time’ below:
FRIDAY 3RD JULY
Broken Witt Rebels + SW4RM & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard and Cellar MORE INFO • PAY ON THE DOOR
Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Headliners Broken Witt Rebels combine the power and intensity of classic rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues.
The extraordinarily talented Sacramento native Julie Ann Baenziger, better known as Sea of Bees, will be bringing her beautifully idiosyncratic and effortlessly moving vein of off-kilter folk to The Sunflower Lounge hot on the heels of her latest album Build a Boat to the Sun, released 29th June via 3 Loop Music. Sea of Bees gorgeous offbeat, emotive guitar pop, is as instantly infectious as it is deeply affecting. Stunning, concise, uplifting but with a roiling undertow – songs that are all the more potent when you see Sea of Bees live onstage. Support comes from Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter and Midlands-based acoustic-blues artist AC Thomas.
Following the release of Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse’s first album in 8 years, the band have announced a string of headline dates across the UK, alongside slots at this year’s London Calling and T In The Park festivals. Modest Mouse’s 2007 studio album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank featuring The Smith’s Johnny Marr, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was released to rave reviews. Since playing Coachella in 2013, the group headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest and re-released their critically-acclaimed albums This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, and The Lonesome Crowded West, on Glacial Pace. Both earned “Best New Reissue” ratings from Pitchfork.
“In a tradition of Van Morrison’s Them, Roky Erickson’s 13th Floor Elevators, or any cut off of Elektra Records’ 1972 Nuggets compilation, Hidden Charms’ gravelly vocals, fuzz bass, sparse angelic harmonies, and slick instrumentation possess garage rock chops certain to make their ancestors proud.” – Death and Taxes
Hidden Charms – barely out of their teens – have fast created waves amongst the UK press, industry and music fans since uploading their first track titled ‘Sunny Side’ (produced by Nick Waterhouse) onto their Soundcloud. Now, with radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, XFM & KCRW and blog coverage from Blah Blah Blah Science, Clash Music, & Mad Mackerel with the release of ‘It’s Time’.
The band’s debut 7” release ‘Dreaming Of Another Girl’ has been produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy (responsible for tracks such as The Who’s ‘My Generation’ and The Kinks’ ’You Really Got Me’) and will be released in mid-June on Deltasonic Records in the UK and B3SCI Records in the US.