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Jesse Malin announces Mama Roux’s show

April 26, 2017 in News

Few in the modern musical landscape have reinvented themselves like Jesse Malin. Revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramoneand Jim Jarmusch, Malin’s writing is a fearless blend of gritty street poetry and incisive self-reflection. “His songs are so good they hurt my feelings,” Ryan Adams once said, and it’s little wonder considering Malin’s ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young.

Malin’s career began on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the age of 12, when founded the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack, which would go on to release the seminal God Is Dead 7-inch and play dates with Bad BrainsBlack Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and more.

His 2002 debut solo album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams, was stripped-down, acoustic, raw, and intimate, and it was an unqualified smash with press on both sides of the pond. Malin would spend the next decade-and-a-half blurring the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker. Malin returned with a bang in 2015, releasing a pair of albums within seven months of each other. Showcasing a newfound musical adventurousness that tipped its cap to the bass-driven grooves of The Clash and punchy brass of Motown, New York Before The War and Outsiders found Malin tying together all the disparate threads of his musical life like never before.

Jesse Malin Link: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jesse Malin plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 3rd July 2017, with support from Matthew Ryan. Tickets available here.

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Sam Brookes to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

April 26, 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 Prize nomination, received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2.

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 with the likes of Lucy Rose and Newton Faulkner.

Sam Brookes Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sam Brookes plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sun 30th April 2017, with support from Low Chimes & Eve Pitt. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Numb’ below:

WATCH: Gurr – ‘Ode To Oatmeal’

April 20, 2017 in News

Berlin garage-pop duo Gurr release video for the new single ‘Ode To Oatmeal’. Gurr embark on a joint headline tour with Brighton quartet Yonaka this spring.

Later this month the duo will release their new EP Furry Dream, a follow up to their last album In My Head, and have just dropped a bright, shimmying new song called ‘Ode To Oatmeal’, all about the glory of being able to live on cheap food.

Director Luis Krummenacher’s video has a charming and obvious concept: We see the band members singing while oatmeal (and, sometimes, milk) rains down on them.

Yonaka & Gurr play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 11th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ode To Oatmeal’ 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:

Yonaka & Gurr announce co-headline tour

March 9, 2017 in News

Brighton quartet Yonaka and Berlin duo Gurr embark on a joint headline tour this spring, calling at Mama Roux’s Birmingham on 11th May.

In the space of just one full single, Brighton quartet YONAKA have powered towards nationwide attention. The reaction after they uploaded their first track ‘Run’ to SoundCloud was phenomenal, as it was picked up for Radio 1 airplay without any promotion whatsoever. It was followed with their first full single ‘Ignorance’ which was released on Phil Taggart’s Hometown Records and continued to amplify the growing acclaim that has flowed their way. Shows alongside DrengeKilling Joke and Demob Happy, as well as festivals including Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Truck also helped to spread their gospel.

When two best friends start a band, songs get filled with inside jokes. In My Head takes the listener to a journey of Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee’s friendship, their life, and a step further into the world of GURR. ‘First Wave Gurrlcore’ they call their own genre, always with a slight and acknowledging nod to riot girl culture and yet stressing that they want to invent their own style – they pair straight-forward garage rock tunes with more psychedelic and wave elements on their debut album.

Yonaka & Gurr play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 11th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Yonaka Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter
GURR Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch Yonaka performing ‘Blue’ at Radio 1′s Big Weekend below:

Watch the GUUR video for ‘Moby Dick’ below:

Marika Hackman to play Mama Roux’s

March 3, 2017 in News

Marika Hackman’s hotly-anticipated new album I’m Not Your Man will be released on 2nd June 2017. To celebrate, she embarks on a UK headline tour this spring, calling at Mama Roux’s Birmingham on 29th May.

The english songwriter was once a craftsperson of mannered, progressive indie-folk. However, her new single, “Boyfriend,” is a swift left-turn—it loudly announces that she’s done playing nice. “I’ve got your boyfriend on my mind/I think you know she stayed with me last night,” she sighs, before twisting the knife: “I held his world in my hands/I threw it out to see where it would land.” Backed by London band the Big Moon, she’s found a muscular sound that feels a world away from the quiet of 2015’s We Slept At Last.

Marika Hackman Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Marika Hackman plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 29th May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Boyfriend’ below:

William McCarthy (Augustines) announces Birmingham show

February 24, 2017 in News

In the spring of 2017 William McCarthy will embark on his second solo tour, titled Music For The People. McCarthy was the primary songwriter in New York City bands Pela and Augustines, and is also a writer, storyteller and visual artist. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

In January and February 2016, he toured Europe and the UK with his first ever one-man show Journals, Maps, Stories & Songs: An Evening with William McCarthy, received with great reviews and sold out venues.

“A jaw-dropping, knockabout odyssey” – The Independent

“McCarthy effectively seized gentle command of every iota of emotion in the room”, “His lyrical intimacy had struck a profound chord with each member of the audience” - Quays News

“He can take a room from engrossed silence to arms-in-the-air ecstasy in minutes” – Listen Up Manchester

William McCarthy Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

William McCarthy plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 3rd May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for his Patreon campaign below:

Final tickets for Teleman’s Birmingham show

February 22, 2017 in News

“I don’t know if other bands do this,” says Tommy Sanders, Teleman’s singer and guitarist, “but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we’d write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We’ve got different colour pens and stuff. It’s very professional.”

The art of songwriting has been the driving force behind Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity: the process of crafting of the immaculate pop song, the dogged pursuit of the perfect hook. The result is an album that appears fastidiously and impeccably made, but also charged with joy.

Since their first album Breakfast, both the band and their songs have solidified. Now a four-piece made up of Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Amamiya on drums, and Pete Cattermoul on bass, the process of touring has honed them into a spectacular a live act, fleshing out those studio-forged tracks, so that by the end of the touring cycle, Sanders says, “We’d made up our minds that we wanted to record our next record in a very different way. Just us, in a room, playing together, to each other, in a very live and spontaneous way.”

Teleman links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Teleman play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 23rd February 2017, with support from Girl Ray. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘English Architecture’ 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:

Bry to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

February 7, 2017 in News

Following the announcement of landing the sole support of 21 Pilots sold out European tour, the eagerly awaited debut album from Bry is now available for pre order on iTunes and Google Play. The eponymous album Bry contains 10 tracks including the previously released ‘Don’t Go Alone’ and ‘You’re Alright’ which Bry released on his own strong following across social channels.

With the help of producer Greg Wells (who has also worked with AdelePharrell WilliamsCeline Dion and many more), singer-songwriter and part-time vlogger Bry created the album with upbeat tempos and affable melodies in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Bry’s story begins in down at heel Dublin pubs and clubs where he performed in a succession of bands before taking a notion to travel to every single country in the world. Setting up a YouTube channel (BriBryontour) to let family and friends know how he was getting on 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 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 Links: Youtube | Facebook | Twitter

Bry plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 15th February 2017, with support from Tessa Violet and Danny Gruff. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘You’re Alright’ below: