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WATCH: Palace – ‘Head Above The Water ‘

July 28, 2015 in News

North London band Palace have had a rapid rise to fame since their debut EP Lost In The Night was released in 2014 winning fans in Radio 1′s Huw Stephens and picking up praise from NME and The Guardian. Now, signed to Fiction Records, they are giving their colourful indie track ‘Head Above The Water’ some abstract video treatment.

Director Oliver Hadlee Pearch says:

“When you are swept up by a wave, you are caught underwater. Not knowing which way is up or down left or right. This was sort of the starting point for this video. This idea of confusion. Concussion even. Dreams played a big part in this film. How many different scenes can sit side by side harmoniously. I wanted to try and create mini narratives which all lead the same way yet are completely removed from each other. Tied together. Across the video we want the audience to be hypnotized, drawn in yet not knowing why or how”

Palace’s Chase The Light EP is out now. ‘Head Above The Water’, a sensual, sun-streaked love song worthy of Jeff Buckley, will be released as a single on September 7th via Fiction Records.

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PALACE PLAY THE RAINBOW CELLAR  BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2015 WITH SUPPORT FROM NEW BAYS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Head Above the Water’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 18th May – 24th May

May 21, 2015 in News

After a quiet start to the week, things get loud on Thursday with a visit from Philadelphia quartet  Creepoid who take to the stage at The Rainbow. Friday we welcome local folksters Boat To Row to The Rainbow for an eagerly awaited set. Saturday we invite you all to another Free Entry Acoustic Sessions event at The Glee Club where local songstress Sally Haines headlines. Saturday night sees Buckinghamshire/Birmingham based indie five-piece New Bays play The Sunflower Lounge following rave reviews from Clash. If any of the above takes your fancy then check out the full listings below for more info:

THURSDAY 21ST MAY

Creepoid + Gleam + Holy @ The Rainbow

Philadelphia quartet Creepoid have shared stages with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile and have been compared to everyone from Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Nirvana. They release their third album Cemetery Highrise Slum this summer following their two highly acclaimed albums Horse Heaven and Creepoid. Support comes from Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam and psych-rockers Holy. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘American Smile’ below:

FRIDAY 22ND MAY

Boat To Row + Alessi’s Ark + My Grey Horse @ The Rainbow

The Birmingham folk quintet have earned an outstanding live reputation after supporting the likes of Slow Club, Willy Mason and Johnny Flynn, plus crowd pleasing sets at Moseley Folk & Lunar. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. Expect an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments. Crossroads, Grassmarket and Loyal Light EPs have paved the way for new single ‘Tightrope’. Released on Nocturne Records, it has enjoyed BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music play. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

SATURDAY 23RD MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Sally Haines + Interior Castle + Patrick Brewer @ The Glee Club

The unstoppable Sally Haines has steadily nurtured her own solo career in many venues in and around Birmingham as well as being a familiar artist in Birmingham Pride. Her capacity for working in diverse music styles is quite remarkable. Even more outstanding is that she is successful in all of them. There can be few vocalists that work with blues, rn’b and soul bands who have also had personal citations from principal soloists at Covent Garden and Bucharest State Opera. Support comes from Interior Castle and Patrick Brewer. More info here.

Watch Sally live in session below:

New Bays + Fox Chapel + Institutes @ The Sunflower Lounge

Out on May 11th, the deeply independent outfit, who have performed alongside the likes of The Cribs, Kids in Glass Houses, Young Kato, released their latest EP Reckless on their own VersicRecords imprint. The title track is a breezy piece of fuzz pop with a nagging melancholic feel, and is currently streaming on Clash. Support comes from Fox Chapel and Institutes. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Reckless’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 24th – 30th November

November 24, 2014 in News

This week kicks off with a bang with a fantastic four band bill at The Sunflower Lounge, headlined by Nottingham fine young things Huskies. This week also sees visits from Leeds noisemakers Pulled Apart By Horses, pioneers in electric-rock Silver Apples and Sunderland indie rockers Frankie & The Heartstrings.

MONDAY 24th NOVEMBER 

Huskies + Pleasurehouse + Avenues + SLTP @ The Sunflower Lounge

Championed by the likes of NME, Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, Nottingham quartet Huskies are in for big things, and you can catch them live at The Sunflower Lounge this Monday, with support from bright young things Pleasurehouse, Avenues and SLTP. Tickets are available on the door.

Watch the video for ‘Beach’ below:


TUESDAY 25th NOVEMBER 

Pulled Apart By Horses + Menace Beach + Them Wolves @ The Institute 

The Leeds quartet formed in 2008 bring their suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses to Birmimgham’s Institute to celebrate the release of their third album Blood. The new album sees them embracing their love of psychedelic cinema and developing as a band whilst retaining the thrilling ‘Horses’ sound. It’s their most brilliantly fully-formed yet, a record that matches rhythmic stoner-rock propulsion with hollered hooks. Support comes from Menace Beach and Them Wolves. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lizard Baby’ below:


WEDNESDAY 26th NOVEMBER 

The Vaselines + Schwervon! @ Hare & Hounds

Legendary Scottish indie-pop duo The Vaselines favoured by Kurt Cobain play Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds this week, with support from Schwervon! The band, who rose to prominence in the late 80s, wrote the blueprint for modern indie-pop and are back with their latest album V for Vaselines, a celebration of the continued chemistry of Eugene and Frances. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sex with an X’ below:


THURSDAY 27th NOVEMBER 

Charlotte Carpenter @ Hare & Hounds

Having three previously self-released EP’s under her belt, and her most recent EP Whole climbing to No.10 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, Northampton songstress Charlotte Carpenter who channels Laura Marling’s breathless insight with Daughter’s ambient indie. takes to the stage at the Hare & Hounds to showcase her more bluesy, rockier sound to prove why she’s been anointed ‘alts newest darling’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Whole’ below:

Silver Apples @ Hare & Hounds

Formed in 1967 as an electronic rock duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer, Silver Apples quickly gained a reputation as New York’s leading underground musical expression. Many years on, Simeon, working as a solo performer with Danny’s drum sounds recreated by electronic means, has continued the Silver Apples legacy with performances literally all over the world. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You and I’ below:


FRIDAY 28th NOVEMBER 

Sweet Baboo & Pictish Trail + Michael King (Boat To Row) @ The Glee Club

Two sonic stallions from the Moshi Moshi stable, Stephen Black, and Johnny Lynch (Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail, respectively), canter around the counties for a seasonal co-headline tour calling at Birmingham’s Glee Club. Lynch invited Black up to the island to help him record his latest Pictish opus, Secret Soundz Vol.2. For this special advent tour, the pair are reunited for a fortnight of song-swapping, thigh-slapping and local-ale gargling; expect folk-tinged winter hymns, lo-fi audio wizardry and sweet Eigg-nog kisses under the casio. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for Sweet Baboo’s ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ below:


SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER 

Goodnight Lenin + The Travelling Band + Boat To Row (DJ Set) @ The Institute 

Birmingham’s Goodnight Lenin play their biggest headline performance to date to accompany the release of the band’s debut album, In The Fullness Of Time. The record, mixed by Jonathan Wilson, is the culmination of four years hard workThe band will be supported by Manchester folk-rock superhumans The Travelling Band who count Michael Eavis and Marc Riley amongst their fans and whose whimsical folk pop melodies are perfect for admirers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frightened Rabbit and Elbow. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You Were Always Waiting’ below:

Frankie & The Heartstrings + New Bays @ The Sunflower Lounge

The energetic Sunderland indie five-piece have toured with the likes of The Vaccines, Florence and The Machine and the Kaiser Chiefs whilst also starting their own record label Pop Sex Ltd. This week they arrive at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge playing songs from their two critically acclaimed albums, Hunger and The Days Run Away. Support comes from Buckinghamshire/Birmingham quartet New Bays. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Hunger’ below:

Coasts + Only Shadows @ The Institute *SOLD OUT*

Conceived in 2011 in the crypt of a church, the Bristol-born five piece’s non stop touring has quickly built a growing group of fans across the country and the quintet embark on another headline tour this November, stopping at The Institute this week. Citing Foals and Arctic Monkeys as their current favourite bands, COASTS’ anthem Oceans has now had over 2 million+ plays on Soundcloud. Catch them at a small venue while you still can…

Watch the video for ‘Oceans’ below:


SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER 

The Xcerts + Kagoule @ The Sunflower Lounge

This week comes to close with a visit from Aberdeen/Exeter three piece The Xcerts, fresh from their US tour with Brand New. The tour coincides with the release of their hugely anticipated third studio album There Is Only You. Support comes from Nottingham grunge trio Kagoule who have played shows alongside the likes of Temples, Merchandise, Drenge, METZ and Iceage. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Shaking in the Water’ below:

Birmingham Weekly Gig Roundup 12th – 18th May

May 14, 2014 in News

What a week! We roundup the next seven days worth of gigs – from synth pop to indie folk to anthemic tracks which will stick in your head long after the week is over, take a look at what we have to offer and ignore the post bank holiday blues!

TUESDAY 13TH MAY

We Were Evergeen @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

On Tuesday, London synth-pop trio We Were Evergreen stop by Hare & Hounds as part of their latest UK headline tour. Having previous support slots with the likes of London Grammar and Little Dragon, We Were Evergreen produce an exciting amalgamation of beats and rhythms from across the world, warm vocals and electronic-pop melodies. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Daughters’ below:


WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY

Teleman + Gentlemen + Babe @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Hare & Hounds will play host to one of BBC 6 Music favourite four-pieces, Teleman. Having the unique comparison of Pet Shop Boys meets The Velvet Underground, the boys’ debut album Breakfast is set for release on June 2nd, which will feature popular tracks ‘Cristina’, ’23 Floors Up’ and new release ‘Lady Low’. They will be supported by fellow Moshi Moshi pals Gentleman and Babe, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Steam Train Girl’ below:


FRIDAY 16TH MAY

Augustines + Empire Divide @ The Institute

We have a busy Friday this week, the first to kick things off being the mighty Augustines who are playing at The Institute as part of their ‘Walkabout Tour’. They will be sure to play a host of tracks from new self-titled album recorded with co-producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened RabbitInterpol) at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut, as well as hits from their much loved Rise Ye Sunken Ships LP.  With support from London based Empire Divide, pick up your tickets for mere £10 here.

Watch the video for ‘Nothing To Lose But Your Head’ below:

 

Lotte Mullan + Robert Lane @ The Glee Club

Our second offering takes the shape of the lovely Lotte Mullan performing at The Glee Club. Following support slots with the likes of Scott MatthewsNewton Faulker and Albert Hammond, plus a triumphant headline tour last year, Lotte will be showcasing her new album produced in Nashville with Band of Horses. With comparisons to Laura Marling and music featured in a Ridley Scott Productions short film, stop by The Glee Club for a night of indie infused folk pop. Support comes from Robert Lane, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Valentine Song’ below:

 

Beaty Heart + Deaf Inspector + Mutes @ Hare & Hounds

Last but not least on Friday will be Peckham trio Beaty Heart who are performing at Hare & Hounds. Having been championed by Radio 1’s Huw StephensPhil Taggart & Alice LavineRob Da Bank,  6Music’s Radcliff & MaconieXFM and Amazing Radio and fresh from their support slot with Jungle, we are delighted to welcome the three-piece to Birmingham. With support from Deaf Inspector and Mutes be sure to get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Slush Puppy’ below:


SATURDAY 17TH MAY

Black Market Empire + New Bays @ Alfie Birds, Custard Factory

A bittersweet night as we see Black Market Empire perform their last ever gig for our first ever show at brand new venue Alfie Birds at The Custard Factory. Having been compared to everyone from The Kinks and The BeatlesThe Buzzcocks and The Clash,The StrokesThe LibertinesPulp and Suede and having played with the likes of The Temper TrapBombay Bicycle ClubViva BrotherThe BluetonesNine Black Alps, Black Market Empire have sadly decided to call it a day. With support from New Bays, tickets are £5 on the door, more info here

Watch the video for ‘Sally Anne’ below:


SUNDAY 18TH MAY

Courtney Barnett + Honeyblood @ Hare & Hounds

Melbourne based Courtney Barnett will be playing for us at Hare & Hounds to top off our week. Described as a remarkable hybrid of Kimya Dawson and Kurt Cobain, Courtney played knockout performance at Coachella and has recently announced a forthcoming slot at Glastonbury. Courtney will be supported by Glaswegian two piece Honeyblood, final few tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Avant Gardener’ below:

 

French For Rabbits + Chris Bicknell @ The Yardbird

Alternatively, if you’re city centre bound, why not round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird where haunting dream folk duo French For Rabbits and singer/songwriter Chris Bicknell are playing. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Watch the video for ‘Goat’ below:

As Elephants Are reveal new track ‘Hand Prints’

February 16, 2014 in News

On 31st March, As Elephants Are will follow last October’s release of the ‘Crystal’ single (BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe ‘Next Hype’), with the brand new 4-track Hand Prints EP and their first fully fledged UK tour the same month. The 11-date tour will call at Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds on Fri 14th March.

With past releases being described as everything from “sinister” (This Is Fake DIY), to “life affirming” and “magical” (The 405) to “wonderfully dreamy” (Time Out London), EP title track ‘Hand Prints’ develops further the band’s ability to write nagging melodies wrapped in barbed wire rhythms.

On the live front, 2013 saw As Elephants Are play their debut slot at Reading and Leeds Festival on the BBC Introducing stage as well as appearing at Bushstock and Southsea Festival and supporting Half Moon Run. A summer of festival appearances beckons in 2014.

“A sharp mix of jangly guitars, kinetic rhythms and an overwhelmingly catchy chorus hook, all tied up in a shimmery atmosphere of dream-pop romanticism.” – 10/10, blahblahblahscience.com

AS ELEPHANTS ARE PLAY HARE & HOUNDS BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 14TH MARCH 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM LIME & NEW BAYS. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Listen to new track ‘Hand Prints’ below: