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LISTEN: Nick Mulvey – ‘Mountain To Move’

July 26, 2017 in News

Nick Mulvey is pleased to announce details of a new single. ‘Mountain To Move’ is lifted from Nick’s second album, Wake Up Now. The album is released on the 8th September 2017 through Fiction Records.

The track was produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Sampha), and received its first play as the Hottest Record In The World via Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.

‘Mountain To Move’ is arguably Nick Mulvey’s most accomplished song to date, and sits at the very heart of this extremely accomplished new record. The album’s title is repeated mantra like by Nick, as the song swells with a melody and a formidable groove. It acts as a call to arms, not only to the precociousness of this exquisite British artist’s songwriting, but to a public completely at odds with the world around them. It’s certainly timely too, in both the UK and America’s current political climate, but the song’s key messages translate universally to eras of the past and undoubtedly eras of the future.

Ultimately though, when you’ve part-analysed the lyrical content and gone headfirst with Nick on this kaleidoscopic journey of his, it’s one hell of a tune at its core.

Nick follows his standout performance on the Glastonbury Park Stage, with further festival performances at Womad and Bestival ahead of a full UK tour in September and October.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Nick Mulvey plays O2 Institute Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Mountain To Move’ below:

Nick Mulvey announces Birmingham show

June 27, 2017 in News

Nick Mulvey releases his second album Wake Up Now in September via Fiction Records. The second track from the album ‘Myela’ perfectly harnesses those two very distinct elements that Nick does so beautifully, sewing together electronics and off-kilter rhythms with his atmosphere-drenched, incisive songwriting. It’s capped by an undeniable groove to its mantra-like refrain and was written alongside one of Nick’s close friends and a new member of his band, Federico Bruno.

The song was born out of the refugee crisis, and a real desire to help in a heart-breaking situation. To report, not to preach. It came to life during final sessions with producer Dan Carey at his South London based studio. Nick is supporting Help Refugees UK with the track’s release, and will perform as part of the Give A Home For Human Rights Campaign on 20th September in association with Amnesty.

At a time of great uncertainty, it helps to surround yourself with those things you trust, and so marks the timely return of the reliably brilliant Nick Mulvey. His standout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. It was a record of opposing shades, all leftfield rhythms, and harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs. It was quite peerless, and translated to the stage alongside a fine collection of talented players that formed his band.

Nick Mulvey Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Nick Mulvey plays O2 Institute1 Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets on sale Friday here.

Watch the video for ‘Myela’ below:

JAWS announce Birmingham show

June 7, 2017 in News

Fabled Birmingham dream-pop trio JAWS have unfurled an unadulterated anthem of defiance ahead of a string of UK festival appearances and their newly announced 2017 headline tour.

‘Cast’ (released March 20th) is the final track to be taken from the band’s widely-lauded 2017 album Simplicity – a release laden with melodic hooks and daydream sensibilities – lionised as their most accomplished and realised offering to date.

A sonic manifestation of temerity ‘Cast’ – evokes a sense of self-determination and of overcoming inner turmoil. An official video comprised of live footage from the Simplicity Tour .

B-Town’s A-Team will be leading the charge at a succession of UK Festival slots that includes Y NotTruck and Neighbourhood.

JAWS Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

JAWS play O2 Institute Birmingham on Fri 1st December 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Cast’ below:

Fickle Friends to play O2 Institute Birmingham

May 11, 2017 in News

Fickle Friends have announced their biggest ever headline UK tour in October, calling at O2 Institute Birmingham on Sat 21st. This news comes fresh from supporting The Kooks on a sold-out headline tour in May and the release of their most ambitious single to date ‘Hello Hello’. The single is another perfectly crafted glittering pop gem and has seen significant Radio 1 support from the likes of Huw StephensGreg JamesMistajamAdeleAlice Levine and Cell Spellman.

Spring and summer will also see the band appear at Community Festival with Catfish and the Bottlemen in Finsbury Park in July, Secret Garden Party shortly after that and on to Reading & Leeds in August. With loads more to be confirmed soon, 2017 looks set to be Fickle Friends for the taking so stay tuned.

Fickle Friends Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Fickle Friends play O2 Institute Birmingham on Sat 21st Oct 2017. Tickets available from 9am on Mon 15th May here.

Watch the video for ‘Hello Hello’ below:

Lewis Watson to play O2 Institute Birmingham

March 27, 2017 in News

Oxford-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson recently returned with latest song ‘Little Light’ taken from his second album Midnight, released earlier this month through Cooking Vinyl. The 360-degree video, made in partnership with MelodyVR, shows Lewis and his band performing the track on an East London rooftop.

The dramatic new track is a beautiful return from the hugely acclaimed 25 year old. Rich with emotion, Lewis wears his heart on his sleeve in this gorgeous love song. The gleaming guitar lines, crystalline melodies and captivating vocals showcase Lewis at his best.

With Midnight Lewis has developed his much-adored acoustic-pop sound into something altogether more ambitious, yet even more affecting. Drawing upon inspiration from a disparate range of influences including Death Cab For CutieColdplay and Bon Iver, the album expands Lewis Watson’s musical world far beyond his debut. It also features a duet with Lucy Rose on the achingly emotional ‘slumber’.

Lewis Watson Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lewis Watson plays O2 Institute Birmingham on Wed 29th March 2017, with support from Slowlights. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Little Light’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 30th Jan – 5th Feb

January 30, 2017 in News

Coming up in Birmingham this week we have The Head and the Heart at the O2 Institute on Monday, following the release of their album Signs of Light. Wednesday sees singer-songwriter Tom Walker play a sold out show at The Sunflower Lounge. And after supporting the likes of Ryan AdamsFather John Misty and BeckKieran Leonard returns with his new band Saint Leonard’s Horses on Saturday at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full details below:

MONDAY 30TH JANUARY

The Head And The Heart + Cattle & Cane @ O2 Institute2
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The Head And The Heart‘s new release Signs Of Light, recorded in Nashville, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the the band’s finest work. Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal, with nods to classic Fleetwood Mac. Support comes from Cattle & Cane with their finely crafted indie-pop and mesmerising harmonies.

Watch the video for ‘All We Ever Knew’ below:


WEDNESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY

Tom Walker + Grafton Ash + Ryan Sparrow @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Recently signed to Sony’s Relentless RecordsTom Walker was born in Scotland and raised in Manchester on his father’s extensive record collection – drawn to artists like Ray CharlesThe Police and Bob Marley. His song ‘Play Dead’ immediately conjures comparisons with some of the UK’s brightest crossover singer-songwriters such as Finley QuayeHozier, and Paulo Nutini. Support comes from 4 piece pop/folk band Grafton Ash and Birmingham singer-songwriter Ryan Sparrow.

Listen to ‘Play Dead’ below:


SATURDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

Saint Leonard’s Horses + Joseph Hicklin + Jack Cooper And The Offshore @ The Sunflower Lounge
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After supporting the likes of Ryan Adams, Father John Misty and Beck, Kieran Leonard returns with his new band Saint Leonard’s Horses. Born out of a visit to Stanley Kubrick’s family estate in St Albans, Hertfordshire, the intention was to harness the creative forces at work in the Kubrick house and record new material as ‘live’ as possible with the five-piece band playing together in the same room, and even lead vocals being laid down live with each track. Support comes from singer-songwriter Joseph Hicklin, and Bob Dylan and Ben Howard inspired Jack Cooper And The Offshore.

Watch the video for ‘Spooky Lover’ below:

The Jesus and the Mary Chain live in Bham

December 15, 2016 in News

The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album Damage and Joy on March 24th on ADAWarner Music. The album is their first since Munki was released backed in the summer of 1998.

Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album Psychocandy – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.

The album commences with ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”

Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of ‘All Things Must Pass’ which previously featured in the TV show Heroes and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; the raw garage-rock of ‘Facing Up To The Facts’ which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”’; and the jagged power-pop that simmers in ‘The Two of Us’.

The Jesus and Mary Chain Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Jesus and Mary Chain play O2 Institute Birmingham on Fri 31st March 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Amputation’ 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:

Bry to play O2 Institute Birmingham

February 16, 2016 in News

Bry is an Irish singer/songwriter with a unique approach to life. Using social media as his vice, the young Irish man’s life goal is to travel to (and perform in) every single country in the world. Thus far, 59 countries have graciously been ticked off the list in just a few years.

Emboldened by the growth of his followers online, Bry (or BriBry as he was known until this year) saw the opportunity to take his music out of the online sphere and into the physical world. Operating without a manager, booking agent, or record label for 3 years, he booked trips overseas, tweeting his intention to be in a certain city at a set time, and then waiting with his guitar in tow to see who might show up.

In late 2014, a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend led Jonny Quinn, Snow Patrol drummer and co-founder of Polar Patrol Publishing, to check out the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel. In early 2015, Bry duly joined Belle and Sebastian, Johnny McDaid and more as the newest addition to the Polar Patrol stable. Bry is currently at work on his debut album.

Bry Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

BRY PLAYS O2 INSTITUTE3 BIRMINGHAM ON TUES 12TH APRIL 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE FROM FRI 19TH FEB AT 9AM.

Watch the video for ‘Care’ below:

Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson & Hannah Grace live

February 2, 2016 in News


“Effortlessly switching form sultry, hypnotic sounds to more upbeat jazz melodies, Gabrielle Aplin’s second album is exactly what we wanted to hear.” – 5/5, Glamour

Following the positive reception that greeted her new album Light Up The DarkGabrielle Aplin approaches a major UK and Ireland headline tour that includes a Birmingham show at O2 Institute!

Light Up The Dark adds a new chapter to a career that has already delivered 80 million Spotify streams, 90 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of single, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia over the course of her debut album English Rain. Her second album has already received extensive Radio 1 support with a playlist for the title track as well as Huw Stephens’ Hottest Record followed by a second playlist for the recent single ‘Sweet Nothing’.

The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s The Reminder. “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly,” says Aplin. “I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”

Gabrielle’s recent underplay show at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall sold-out in less than 24 hours. The Evening Standard’s review drew comparisons with Florence + The Machine and Feist, and concluded that it was “A mini-triumph; greater ones will come.”

Gabrielle Aplin Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

GABRIELLE APLIN PLAY THE INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 14TH FEBRUARY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM LEWIS WATSON & HANNAH GRACE. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Sweet Nothing’ below: