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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: