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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:

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, 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:

Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) to play Hare & Hounds

June 15, 2016 in News

In following his musical horizon, Felix Riebl has sung, danced, hooted, hollered, loved, shouted, sweated and danced from hundreds of stages, in scores of countries. The lithe, charismatic, and gentle Melbournian has always exuded the joie de vivre and boundless love of music one associates with a life lived long, full and well.

As the co-founder and long-time front man of The Cat Empire, Riebl has spun the magic of his musical vision around the globe since his late teens, firmly establishing himself as one of our most passionate, durable, and genuinely engaging musical ambassadors.

But with the release of his second full solo album Paper Doors (following 2011’s well received, rock-oriented album Into the Rain) Felix makes the rare quiet spaces and simple still places add up to something rare and special. After years of navigating the surreal, body-trashing banality, and momentary bliss of tour life, he’s peering over his shoulder to re-glimpse the experience.

Felix Riebl Links: Website | Facebook

Felix Riebl plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Sat 26th November 2016, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Crocodiles’ 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


Watch the video for ‘Nolsey’ below:

Broken Hands to play Birmingham Hare & Hounds

February 22, 2016 in News

“Blending hints of Primal Scream with the alluring dirt of BRMC, it’s an oddly suave piece of modern rock’n'roll.” - Classic Rock Magazine

Following a stint supporting iconic British rock band The Cult through February & March, Canterbury quintet Broken Hands will headline Birmingham Hare & Hounds on Monday 25th April, following the release of their latest single ‘Four’ on 25th March.

‘Four’ – a two-and-a half-minute tour de force of dirty riffs and high octane urgency – is the latest single to be taken from the band’s acclaimed debut album Turbulence.

The album itself, produced by the award-winning Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke and Maccabees), recalls the superfuzz melodic rush of Queens Of The Stone Age or perhaps The Verve at their early, wigged-out best. The band count 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and XFM’s John Kennedy as champions of the band, and they have also received strong support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart.

Broken Hands have supported the likes of The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath, as well as playing various festivals, including BST in Hyde Park, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park and Sonisphere. They finished 2015 with an acclaimed performance at CMJ Festival in NYC and a hugely successful UK headline tour.

Broken Hands Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘Who Sent You’ below:

Ben Watt Band ft Bernard Butler in Birmingham

January 29, 2016 in News

In 2014 – after sixteen years and nine albums as songwriter-performer-producer with Tracey Thorn in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl, a further ten at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, a DJ residency on BBC 6Music, and two prize-nominated books – Ben Wattreturned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter. Hendra, his second album – arriving thirty-one years after his indie chart No. 1 debut – met with wide acclaim at home and abroad for its eloquent lyrics and stripped-back aesthetic and pipped Anna Calvi and Blood Orange to win Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album at AIM Independent Music Awards 2014.

Ben’s third solo outing, Fever Dream, is set for release on 8th April 2016.

“The music I heard in my teens – jazz, folk, art-rock – still cuts the deepest with me,” he says. “I recently spent over ten years exploring electronic music and clubland but have come back to language and that band-in-a-room spontaneity again. The human voice, unaffected words, pushing simple instruments to their limits – that is now what fascinates me.”

Ben Watt Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘Gradually’ below:

9Bach to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

October 2, 2015 in News

Birmingham Promoters are delighted to announce a new UK album tour from 9Bach in spring 2016. These special shows will coincide with the release of their second album on Real World Records, and the tour will call at Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Wednesday 4th May.

9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.

Tincian is an evocative and emotional hybrid of the folk tradition and contemporary influences. Building on a deepened, almost ambient sound-picture, the songs take you into the landscape of 9Bach’s home environment of Gerlan, North Wales and the emotions that evokes.

Ethereal female vocals, harp, guitar, electronics, dubby beats, smart arrangements and a pounding rhythm section – 9Bach’s songs are captivatingly original, inspirational and emotionally charged.

9Bach Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the session video of ‘Wedi Torri’ below: