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To Kill a King to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

September 12, 2017 in News

To Kill A King have been crafting melodic folk that’s packed full of love, loss and heartbreak since their debut Cannibals With Cutlery, but it was 2015′s self-titled LP that really struck a chord with fans and critics alike.

Receiving support from BBC Radio 1′s Huw Stephens and publications like Shortlist and The Guardian, it was an album that led to comparisons with bands like The Maccabees and The National, and took them to a huge headline date at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The band’s new single ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ also comes with announcement of a headline tour for January 2018, which will called at Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sat 20th. Described by singer Ralph Pelleymounter as “a bit of comfort for the long dark night of the soul,” ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ is To Kill A King at their irrepressible best. Marrying memorable, thought-provoking lyrics with dynamic production and outrageously catchy hooks, ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ grabs from the off and never lets up. ‘Spiritual Dark Age’ and recent single ‘‘The Good Old Days’ will feature on the To Kill A King’s third album due early 2018.

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To Kill a King play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sat 20th Jan 2018. Tickets available here from 10am on Fri 15th Sept 2017.

Watch the video for ‘The Good Old Days’ below:

Dr. Dog announce show at Mama Roux’s Birmingham

June 12, 2017 in News

Philadelphia-based folk-rock/Americana six-piece Dr. Dog are part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic ’60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and an apparent disregard for current trends.

The group began as a part-time offshoot of the more traditional indie rock act Raccoon. Over the course of several years, guitarist Toby Leaman and drummer Scott McMicken found enough free time to record the casual, sprawling, 35-track set The Psychedelic Swamp in a basement rehearsal space, finally self-releasing it in 2001. As Raccoon ended, McMicken and Leaman transformed Dr. Dog into a proper band, with McMicken on guitar and Leaman on bass (the two shared songwriting and vocals), as well as guitarist Doug O’Donnell, keyboard player Zach Miller, and drummer Juston Stens.

The band’s latest album Abandoned Mansion was released in December 2016, with 100% of the proceeds from the first month of sales going to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dr. Dog Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Dr. Dog play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Tues 27th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bring My Baby Back’ below:

Ulrich Schnauss live at Mama Roux’s Birmingham

June 12, 2017 in News

At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Ulrich Schnauss combines multi-layered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality. As Schnauss explains, “I’ve always used making and listening to music as a way to escape – putting on headphones is a great way to leave reality behind for a while, reminding yourself why it still makes sense to carry on.”

Today, his work expresses a renewed interest in more direct electronic sounds, and aims to substitute traditional verse-chorus-verse structures for more freeform atmospherics. Schnauss is also a talented remixer who has produced re-workings for the likes of Depeche ModePet Shop BoysTodd TerjeBryan Ferry and Matryoshka.

The live show is a live collaboration with Nat Urazmetova, a London-based visual artist who integrates the cross-disciplinary approach and lens media in her work. Nat is a University of the Arts BA Photography and Goldsmiths MA Digital Media graduate.

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Ulrich Schnauss plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 26th October 2017 featuring a live collaboration with Nat Urazmetova. Tickets available here.

Watch Ulrich Schnauss perform at Norwich Sound & Vision Festival below:

Kyla La Grange to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

June 9, 2017 in News

Kyla La Grange isn’t new to the game. The Cambridge graduated, self-taught singer-songwriter-producer already has two critically acclaimed albums, a worldwide hit with Kygo and a burgeoning global fan-base under her belt and she’s now back with a series of singles that showcase her constantly evolving sound.

Much more than just a vocalist, Kyla represents a new generation of smart, strong-minded, innovative female pop artists who self-produce much of their music, speak out passionately about the issues close to their heart and captivate all they encounter.

Since the success of her first two albums Ashes, 2012 and Cut Your Teeth, 2014 Kyla has collaborated with JakwobBen Pearce and The Artful Dodger amongst others and released a series of distinguished electronic pop singles, cementing her position as a darling of the blogosphere.

Her next releases showcase influences from a wide range of genres, from garage, to pop, to trap and electronica, and reveal an artist willing to constantly explore and move with whatever inspires her at the time. Having recently completed two global tours with dance music pioneers Faithless, and a series of exciting releases lined up, Kyla is poised to introduce her sound to a whole new audience and galvanise on support among those who are already fans on her own headline run throughout June.

Kyla La Grange Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kyla La Grange plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 12th June 2017, with support from FOURS. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Justify’ below:

Inheaven to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

June 7, 2017 in News

INHEAVEN want to be the kind of band you’d have patched onto your bag at school. There’re shades of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine on the nostalgic, cinematic ‘Regeneration’ – the first song Taylor wrote – though there’s a little more melody and a little more bite than the ‘90s shoegazers. Naming themselves after the infamous lady in the radiator scene from David Lynch’s Eraserhead, INHEAVEN wasted no time getting the word out – though in their own, unique way. They set up a mysterious website with hidden videos, made fanzines, produced their own artwork on Microsoft Word, and sent their songs to blogs around the world.

One of those to pick it up was The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. “Rory Atwell, who mixed our first EP, forwarded me this email from Cult Records,” says Taylor, “and it said, ‘Us and Julian are loving these songs. Who are they? Where can we get a hold of them?” After a handful of correspondences, Casablancas’ label released INHEAVEN’s first single in America, and “from that point on it started rolling out of control.”

In a good way, that is. Now, after gaining support from NMEQThe Independent and DIY, accumulating several hundred thousand YouTube views and Spotify streams, and – more importantly – accruing a loyal cult following, the band are opening for Circa Waves on tour. The band’s new single, ‘Vultures’, the video for which comprises crackling television screens, flashing up images of Theresa May and Donald Trump, demonic pigs, the US flag, Mickey Mouse, crossed out swastikas, and a woman with a gun to her head, on an endless loop.

Inheaven Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Inheaven play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Vultures’ below:

This event is presented by Birmingham Promoters and This Is Tmrw.

Ryley Walker announces Birmingham show

June 6, 2017 in News

Ryley Walker‘s show at The Empire, Coventry has been moved to Mama Roux’s, Birmingham.

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker from Rockford, Illinois released his fourth album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung on Dead Oceans last year. Sunny and shimmering, this record’s not unlike its cover, nor is it unlike a warm Chicago evening. Produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Chicagoan) LeRoy BachGolden Sings That Have Been Sung is very much born of the windy city. ‘The Roundabout’ calls out Ryley’s favourite local watering hole, a handful of Chicago players appear on the record.

While tethered to this place he calls home, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung carves out its own microcosm. As The New York Times aptly put it, “his songs are rooms to poke around in, rustling the curtains.”

Back in 2015, Walker’s second album Primrose Green emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPRVillage VoiceUncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a British tour.

Ryley Walker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Ryley Walker plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Thurs 31st August 2017, with support from Bill MacKay. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Roundabout’ below:

The Coronas announce Birmingham show

May 30, 2017 in News

The Coronas’ extraordinary fifth album, released on their own label So Far So Good Records, may surprise their army of fans. A sonic leap-on from its predecessors, Trust the Wire sees the award-winning, arena-conquering Irish band fuse their arms-aloft melodic pop with lush electronics, spine-tingling atmospherics and a new-found sense of adventure.

From its tightrope-walking title to the content of its lyrics to its bold production, Trust the Wire brims with self-belief. Written on the quartet’s return to their native Dublin after almost four years away, it captures the focus they found in leaving home, the fresh perspective it gave them and a soaring maturity in their songwriting.

A decade on from their debut, having toured the world, topped the charts and surpassed their teenage dreams, it’s no surprise that The Coronas are surer of their strengths and readier to take risks. Trust the Wire fizzes with ambition, often in ways you wouldn’t expect from a band famed for their sing-alongs. Acoustic guitars still feature, but take a back seat to synths and organs. There’s both a subtlety and a stately grandeur to songs that now swell in size and scope, rather than bound straight to big. The album’s second single, ‘Real Feel’, is a rousing, festival-ready summer anthem, while ‘Gut Feeling’ is a piano-driven, sunshine-soaked ode to trusting your instincts.

The Coronas Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Coronas play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 16th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Real Feel’ below:

Nell Bryden to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

May 19, 2017 in News

Nell Bryden is a singer-songwriter, New Yorker, adopted Brit, beloved album artist, Radio 2 favourite and broadcaster, and now wife and mother. In every sense, she’s come a long way to get here, and to see her career and her life blossom. No wonder her eagerly-awaited fifth album, due early in 2017, is going to be titled Bloom.

Those who’ve been lucky enough to hear the whole record, made in London with producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, are calling it a new creative peak. Full of elegant songs of mature reflection, it’s introduced, perhaps atypically, by the admirably angry single ‘What Is It You Want.’

Nell is accompanying the release, and introducing other songs from ‘Bloom,’ on an extensive British tour in October and November.

Nell Bryden Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Nell Bryden plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Sun 15th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Thought I Was Meant For You’ below:

Superfood to play Mama Roux’s Birmingham

May 16, 2017 in News

Superfood are London via Birmingham duo, Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm. After spending the last couple of years in their studio exploring sounds and working on new music they started their new incarnation alongside Dirty Hit. Superfood’s second album will be released later this year and is born out of a new found freedom, enabling them to take their music to completely new and exciting places.

Free from outside influences, the record bursts with light but the album’s formation still wasn’t without its problems, “we had no money, no label and wanted to give up several times.” says frontman Dom. The band emerged through the struggles with a record that serves as a document to perseverance, while putting to bed any notion of a difficult second record and pointing to an exciting future for the band.

Superfood recently headlined the inaugural Dirty Hit tour, with further shows at Great Escape and Reading & Leeds to come.

Superfood Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Superfood play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 11th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘I Can’t See’ below:

The Warlocks announce Birmingham show

May 4, 2017 in News

Having emerged from the same Californian psychedelic scene as The Brian Jonestown Massacre 18 years ago, it’s been a rocky road for The Warlocks and their one constant member, Bobby Hecksher, with numerous line-up changes along the way. Frontman Hecksher grew up in the swamps of Tampa Bay, Florida where he was practically raised at a radio station owned by his Grandfather and where his mum also worked as a secretary. As a result Bobby was soon eating and breathing rock’n’roll on a daily basis.

Bobby recalls, “My granddad was an inspiration. He created the radio station out of thin air. And from it all these nuggets of rock’n’roll came toward me”. At sixteen his family left the swamps and moved to LA where Bobby soon found kindred spirits. He jammed with Beck, playing bass on ‘Stereopathetic Soul Manure’; he hung out in the in the decadent atmosphere of the Mad Hatter club and moonlighted in the Brian Jonestown Massacre whilst also attending parties with legendary acid guru Timothy Leary, a potent cultural and creative mix that led to the formation of The Warlocks.

Songs from the Pale Eclipse (2016), the band’s seventh collection to date, Hecksher and co have taken an entirely different route to their previous releases. Instead of embarking on the arduous process of writing new material, they’ve gone back through vaults of demos recorded over their long standing career before selecting ten songs initially recorded at various stages of the band’s career. Having reworked and re-recorded each piece, they conjured up an album that’s up there alongside some of their finest.

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The Warlocks play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Wed 28th June 2017, with support from Violet. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Only You’ below: