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WATCH: Francobollo – ‘Worried Times’

July 5, 2017 in News

Francobollo are born in the surreal video for new single ‘Worried Times’.

With their debut Long Live Life out imminently on Square Leg Records, the band have already shared its recent single, ‘Worried Times’, which according to singer Simon Nilsson is “about claustrophobia, and the fear of being locked down, tied to, held up or forced by something or someone, and about the fine art of committing”. Now bassist Sam Bailey has stepped up to deliver a video for the single. And yep, it’s a little bit weird.

So, remember Laurent, who won that round of BingoLotto in the video for ‘Good Times’? Well, he’s back, having won an intimate performance by the band. Except, he didn’t bank on it being this intimate. Yep, Laurent is pregnant. Work that one out. Anyway, he goes to an antenatal class with a lot of happy couples and learns to embrace his baby bump, including by taking part in some “antenatal skydiving”. It all ends in the miracle of birthing a band. And Laurent seems very proud of his musically-gifted children.

The band explained a bit more about the video: “The video for ‘Worried Times’ continues on where ‘Good Times’ left us. It charts the movements of Laurent having won ‘An intimate performance from Francobollo’ on Swedish television’s bingo sensation show BingoLotto. Thrust into a world populated by characters from old Francobollo videos, we see what it means to have Francobollo inside of you: a new powersport, antenatal skydiving”.

Francobollo Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Francobollo play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 2nd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Worried Times’ 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:

WATCH: Stevie Parker – ‘Without You’

February 7, 2017 in News

Stevie Parker has launched her stunning new single ‘Without You’ today, directed by Tom Ralph. The track was premiered on Huw StephensRadio 1 show last night.

Stevie Parker established herself as a striking new talent at the end of 2016 with her introductory tracks ‘Never Be’, ‘The Cure’ and her more recent debut EP Blue. Drawing comparisons with London Grammar and The xx, many critics praised the tender emotion of her inimitable vocal as well as her ability to craft tracks rich in both ambient atmosphere, haunting heartbreak and carefully nuanced touches.

Now the 24-year-old Bristol-based musician takes another bold step forward with the release of a brand new track ‘Without You’. The single sees Parker’s expressive vocal range exploring a cavalcade of emotions from yearning to spirited independence, while the track’s relentless rhythmic march gains in intensity before exploding into a dramatic crescendo. People will relate their own experiences to its central rallying cry “I’m doing alright with you”, but early line “Won’t take a breath boy if I’m breathing for you” expresses both pain and pride with poetic precision.

“With this video I really wanted to convey a sense of isolation, which is at odds with the theme of strength and independence evident in the lyrics.” Says Parker, adding “Kind of makes you wonder what the actual message is and I like that ambiguity! The variety in the locations and the number of them only furthers that, a sense of being just as lost in a sea of people as you are on your own.”

Directed by Thomas Ralph with Caviar Productions, the video for ‘Without You’ juxtaposes Parker’s femininity with a series of settings traditionally viewed as masculine, and also contrasts her solitude in places rammed with crowds. The video features many London locations including the recent Women’s March in Trafalgar Square, Billingsgate Fish Market, the Wansted Flats Sunday league football pitches and Hampstead Lido. The video’s memorable opening aerial tracking scene echoes the introduction to Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 classic The Conversation.

Stevie has just finished touring with Mercury Prize-nominated artist C Duncan, and embarks on her own headline tour this February.

Stevie Parker Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Stevie Parker plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 22nd February 2017, with support from Bryony Williams. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Without You’ below:

WATCH: Paper Buoys – ‘Sharp As Razors’

August 4, 2016 in News

In a particularly exciting time for West Midlands’ music, it’s rather hard to make yourself stand out. Step forward: Paper Buoys.

Having already been championed by BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, Paper Buoys have played shows with the likes of Beach Baby and Big Deal in their relatively short career so far – and there are no plans to slow down any time soon.

Their latest offering, ‘Sharp As Razors’ is a politically-fuelled, anger-driven track and is quite fittingly their heaviest track yet. The animated video, directed by Prodigy video director Oliver Jones (Better Feeling Films) portrays the recent hate shown towards the government and mainstream propaganda on social media.

As a result, the video features animations of David Cameron and Boris Johnson flying on pigs, Nigel Farage depicted as a liar, Rupert Murdoch’s animated newspaper “The Scum” and even George Osborne holding a bleeding red budget box. It’s well worth a watch.

Buckle up, as these Paper Buoys show no signs of sinking just yet.

Paper Buoys Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

PAPER BUOYS PLAY 02 INSTITUTE THE BLUE ROOM ON FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST 2016, ALONGSIDE  MOON SUGAR, ESCAPADE & BRAIN FOOD. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Sharp As Razors’ below:

Watch: Ed Geater – ‘Don’t Think’

January 25, 2016 in News

For Birmingham born singer-songwriter and beatboxer Ed Geater, rhythmical strength is complemented by lyrical prowess.

Influenced by his obsession with ambient electronic artists such as Bonobo, Boards of Canada and Four Tet, Ed set out to create the same vivid and textural musical landscapes, but all acoustically, without any live sampling.

Now under management, Ed quickly signed his first record deal in 2015 with independent London label, Music Mandi. After putting pen to paper, Ed immediately hit the studio. The results being eight fresh tracks recorded in one four day session, which will be released as a series of two EPs in 2016.

The first offering is Barriers EP, released on Monday 22nd February, spearheaded by lead single and debut music video ‘Don’t Think’.

Ed Geater Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

ED GEATER PLAYS THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 6TH MARCH 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM BEAR & HANNAH BROWN. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Think’ below:

Watch: Adam French – ‘Euthanasia’

January 18, 2016 in News

Last year, 23 year old Adam French released his stunning EP More to Life, swiftly followed by single ‘Silhouettes’ last April. This winter, he embarks on a UK headline tour, calling at Birmingham’s Ort Cafe on Sat 23rd January 2016.

The young Bowie look-a-like taught himself to play guitar at the age of 10 and was born and raised in Congleton, just outside Manchester where he worked in the local record store and cut his teeth on the northern gig circuit in various guises. Now French has established himself as a solo writer and producer capable of crafting flawless songs in his London home studio.

Having already gone down a storm playing the BBC Introducing stage at Leeds & Reading Festivals, as well as recent support slots with FrancesRat Boy and Jack Garratt, Adam sets out on his first headline tour in January 2016.

French has just released the video for new live track ‘Euthanasia’ which you can watch below.

Adam French Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

ADAM FRENCH PLAYS ORT CAFE BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM KATEGOES AND JAMES LEESE. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch Adam perform ‘Euthanasia’ below:

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.

Palace Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

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:

Watch: Brother & Bones – ‘Raining Stone’

July 8, 2015 in News

Brother & Bones unveil their powerful new live video for ‘Raining Stone’, taken from the band’s forthcoming self titled debut album, out August 28th. Directed by Luke Pilbeam, the footage was taken from their recent St Ives show in Cornwall.

Brother & Bones are five men that write songs with the artistry of folk troubadours, the energy of punks and the self-belief of stadium headliners. Hailing from Cornwall, their acoustic-led, alternative rock sound tips its hat to the likes of Pearl Jam and John Martyn.

Not only have the band strode across UK and Europe on their own headline tours, they have also opened tours for BRIT Award winners Ben Howard and Bastille, as well as The Temperance Movement and The Boxer Rebellion.

The autumn season looks set to be big for the powerhouse rock band with an exciting schedule of live dates confirmed and release of their debut album. Recorded at the prestigious East West Studios in Los Angeles, the album is an eclectic sound clash of tribal drumming and crushing guitars, which comes highly anticipated by their multitude of loyal fans.

“Devastatingly powerful” – The Independent
“Blending alt-rock and acoustic to rapturous acclaim” – Acoustic Magazine
“The new Pearl Jam” – Classic Rock

Brother & Bones Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BROTHER & BONES PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Raining Stone’ below:

Watch: Sweet Baboo – ‘Got to Hang on to You’

June 20, 2015 in News

Welsh singer-songwriter Sweet Baboo has just released the video to the track ‘Got To Hang On To You’, taken from his fifth album The Boombox Ballads. Premiering on DIY now, the video sees the Welsh pop wizard surrounded by mirrors – Sweet Baboo’s most reflective video yet!

The new album of personal love songs combine kitchen sink detail with universal appeal, and it shows a new side to Sweet Baboo aka Stephen Black: as the Harry Nilsson of Snowdonia. A gifted songwriter not above lending his dulcet tones to the words of others – Black covers fellow Welsh singer Cate Le Bon on the album, a close friend for whom Black plays bass.

Rich with string-laden arrangements, with lyrics culled from personal experience and resonating with domesticity but imagination and wit too, The Boombox Ballads is Sweet Baboo’s sophisticated pop album: celebratory, a little melancholic, free of cynicism.

SWEET BABOO PLAYS THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Got To Hang On To You’ below: