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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:

Introducing: Rews

February 8, 2017 in News

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. ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Death Yawn’, ‘Shake Shake’ and now the chart banging ‘Miss You In The Dark’.

Across the summer Shauna & Collette have performed at a string of high profile festival performances including GlastonburyGreen Man & Kendal Calling to name but three.

Shauna was inspired to form REWS following a series of tours with previous bands and an inspirational artist retreat in late 2014. She met the fantastic Collette Williams in March 2015 and they have been a match made in heaven ever since. Rews are lining themselves up to break through in 2017, touring in the spring.

Rews aim is to inspire people to be who they are, dance, sing, have fun yet address those deep issues that people face in every day life. It might just be your medicine!

Rews Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rews play The Flapper Birmingham on Wed 15th February 2017, with support from Mutt and Ember Weir. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You In The Dark’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 13th July – 19th July

July 16, 2015 in News

We’ve got three fantastic shows lined up for you this week, starting on Friday where folk-rock troubadour Alex Rainsford celebrates the release of his single ‘Lighter Mind’ by headlining Baddie’s Banquet. On Saturday, folktronica duo Malpas play The Rainbow to coincide with the release of their debut album Rain, River, Sea, whilst Best Friends inflict their warped idea of garage-pop onto The Sunflower Lounge crowd. All the details can be found below:

FRIDAY 17TH JULY

Baddie’s Banquet: Alex Rainsford + Ethan Ash + Myrrh Room & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar
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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. After shows in Europe, a heavy 2014 festival season & playing tour support for artists such as Status Quo, Hudson Taylor and Dry The River, Alex Rainsford is  hitting 2015 hard to celebrate the continuing success of his 2nd EP, Gone Away and the release of his single ‘Lighter Mind’.

Listen to the Gone Away EP sampler below:

SATURDAY 18TH JULY

Malpas + Arc Vel + Tom Lenthall (Big Tent) @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Malpas announce a show at The Rainbow to coincide with the release their debut album Rain, River, Sea out on July 31st. Developed over a series of email correspondences between London and Birmingham, Malpas have created an entirely original sound, combining elements of folk music and electronic. Singer-songwriter Ali Forbes provides acoustic instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, while Andy Savours, a student of studio geniuses Alan Moulder and Flood adds electronic loops, drones, and samples of found percussion. Support comes from one of the most exciting sonic experimenters to come out of Birmingham Arc Vel, and a very special solo performance from Birmingham folk favourite, Big Tent’s Tom Lenthall.

Listen to ‘Where The River Runs’ below:

Best Friends + Birdskulls + Grim Disco + MUTT @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Emerging from a damp, airless basement rife with decay and broken equipment Best Friends set about inflicting their warped idea of garage pop on the public, hell bent on taking music back to a time when three minute pop songs transported you from your miserable maggot existence to a blissful state of nirvana. Support comes from Brighton’s Birdskulls, Birmingham post-punk quartet Grim Disco and feisty alt-rock four-piece MUTT.

Listen to ‘Cold Shapes’ below:

Introducing: Best Friends

June 30, 2015 in News

Emerging from a damp, airless basement rife with decay and broken equipment Best Friends set about inflicting their warped idea of garage pop on the public, hell bent on taking music back to a time when three minute pop songs transported you from your miserable maggot existence to a blissful state of nirvana, guitar tones fried your brain and hygiene was a dirty word.

Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of WWF, a full set of achievements on Mario Kart and several crates of beer, the band have been delving ever since to reach your most primal instincts

Best Friends Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

BEST FRIENDS PLAY THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 18TH JULY 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM BIRDSKULLS, GRIM DISCO & MUTT. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to ‘Cold Shapes’ below: