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First Past The Post Tour live in Birmingham

May 15, 2017 in News

South London musician Matt Maltese has teamed up with one of the most promising and idiosyncratic new acts in the U.K., The Rhythm Method, for a joint ‘First Past The Post’ U.K. Tour in May and June – their own take on music and politics engagement movement Red Wedge updated for the 21st century. Tickets are on sale now – £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus UK – and a full list of dates can be found below. The bands said:

“There is a huge misrepresentation of the youth at the moment in politics, and we are once again at a crossroads that could change our long-term future. A landslide for the Tories seems depressingly inevitable and we want to use whatever voice we have to try and make some kind of a difference and encourage young people to turn up at the polling stations on June 8th. We can’t let our future once again be decided by the elderly just because we can’t be bothered to turn up and vote. This election is not about Brexit – something which Theresa May has cleverly banked on to steer clear of other issues in the UK – but more about choosing a better, more humane government. Not a party led by a sound bite queen that breaks the bank for nuclear warfare and privatises everything this side of the sun. But a party like Labour who want to politically address war torn countries such as Syria rather than bomb it, increase funding for schools and police, and actually address major injustices that have arisen in public industries thanks to privatisation. Politics can be serious, funny and stupidly complicated all at the same time. And this tour is about encompassing that and putting politics forward as something that isn’t complicated and, more importantly, isn’t reserved for the grannies and granddads. Like our shared musical philosophy, our politics is to be kinder, more honest and more hopeful. As the world caves in, we could take care of each other.”

20 year old Matt Maltese last week released his second track of 2017, ‘No One Won The War’ – a bruising and introspective ballad which finds Matt ruminating on the world being gripped by constant and cyclical discord. Produced by The Maccabees‘ Hugo White – The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones also plays guitar and organ on the track – ‘No One Won The War’ follows Matt’s acclaimed first single of this year, the crushingly romantic and sinisterly evocative ode to Theresa May and Donald Trump making love after triggering the nuclear apocalypse, ‘As The World Caves In’.

Matt has been lauded by BBC 6 Music‘s Lauren Laverne and BBC Radio 1’s Phil TaggartHuw StephensAnnie Mac and Mistajam alongside The FADERInterview MagazineThe GuardianWonderland, DIY Magazine and NME Magazine.

Matt Maltese Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Matt Maltese & The Rhythm Method play Ort Birmingham on Thurs 1st June 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘No One Won The War’ below:

Allmän Brown to play Ort Birmingham

May 12, 2017 in News

Allmän Brown is a London-based singer songwriter who announced himself back in 2013 with the wonderfully emotive and poignant single ‘Sons And Daughters’, a collaboration with fellow Londoner Liz Lawrence.

To date, the song remains the bedrock of Allmän Brown’s ever expanding catalogue, with over four million Spotify streams, half a million YouTube views, a number two placing on Hype Machine, numerous online cover versions and a raft of notable placements on US TV dramas, including the likes of ParenthoodReign and Beauty And The Beast.

2017 has seen Brown finally release his debut full-length album, entitled 1000 Years. The eleven-song record, a combination of old favourites and new songs (including latest viral single ‘Sweetest Thing’), represents an artist exploring his past, present and future with an ever expanding set of musical tools anchored by a beautiful, rich and distinctive voice. “This album represents and means a great deal to me. I hope that all those who listen will get a glimpse of the times and emotions it contains.”

Allmän Brown Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Allmän Brown plays Ort Birmingham on Fri 6th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ancient Light’ below:

LISTEN: Jordan Mackampa – ‘Battlecry’

May 3, 2017 in News

Coventry-based singer-songwriter Jordan Mackampa shares the gorgeously soulful ‘Battlecry’ ahead of a new EP.

The Democratic Republic Of The Congo-born artist is following up ‘Saint’, which arrived when he announced new short-player Tales From The Broken.

‘Battlecry’ is a thumping, rallying cry that snowballs into a huge, foot-stomping anthem. Mackampa piles on layers of sound, harmonies multiplying until it’s a cacophonous congregation belting out the track’s mantra: “Can you hear the people marching louder than the drums? Can you hear the people coming louder than the drums?”

“‘Battlecry’ is a reflection of the times,” Mackampa explains. “It’s about standing up for what you believe in, refusing to be silenced and coming together. It was written to make people feel powerful in the face of adversity, comforted in times of isolation and brave in the face of change.”

Jordan Mackampa plays Ort Birmingham on Sat 20th May 2017, with support from Ryan Sparrow and Amy Louise Ellis. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Battlecry’ below:

Charlie Straw to play Ort

April 5, 2017 in News

Charlie Straw doesn’t know when to stop. He’s relentless in his artistry, a perfectionist who’s dedication has taken him across the country several times over. Debut single ‘St. Ives’ was an explosive online success, quickly racking up more than a quarter of a million streams. Setting out on the road, Charlie Straw couch-surfed his way across the UK, playing a total of 30 dates in 30 days.

Originally from the Wirral and now based between Leeds and London, Charlie’s music sits somewhere between Blues and Folk. Taking inspiration from artists including Justin Vernon and Jeff Buckley right through to Howlin’ Wolf and Etta James, his sets consist of calming songs mixed with a dark, soulful edge.

Alongside sessions for BBC Leeds and BBC Introducing, he has supported artists such as James Morrison, James Bay, Nathaniel Rateliffe and Marika Hackman, as well as numerous UK festivals.

Charlie Straw Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Charlie Straw plays Ort Birmingham on Thurs 13th April 2017, with support from Ryan Sparrow, Matt Millard and Lucy Shaw. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘St Ives’ below:

Saint Sister announce Ort show

March 16, 2017 in News

Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the new project from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.

Following their debut performance on Irish television, they opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in Whelan’s. April saw them support San Fermin (Downtown records), and tour Ireland with Dublin band Spies. In August, the band entered the studio for the first time to record their debut EP with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), which was released on November 13th on Trout Records. Over the coming weeks they commence two Irish tours with O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo. They finish 2015 with their first London showcase, and play their first US performance at SXSW 2016.

Saint Sister Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Saint Sister play Ort Birmingham on Wed 31st May 2017, with support from Rosie Carney. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Madrid’ below: