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Tigercub to play The Flapper Birmingham

August 8, 2017 in News

Brighton trio Tigercub, who have previously played with the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Demob Happy & Youth Man, return to Birmingham to celebrate the release of their brand new EP Evolve or Die. set for release on 29th September via Alcopop! Records.

From the start, Evolve or Die was the band’s mantra for the next step in their creative evolution, and would be the title of the record before they even set foot in the studio. As a release in the Tigercub canon, Evolve or Die is the latest leg of an introspective journey for a band transitioning into something entirely different, a path to somewhere new and exciting.

Evolve or Die is not a reincarnation, or a reinvention. Collectively, the band’s diverse tastes in music, the vast pool of inspiration between the three of them, their obsessive drive to learn, comprehend, even assimilate and re-interpret musical technique are deeply present within the band’s presentation of songs over their catalogue so far. It’s the latest adaptation for survival from a band who want their fans to expect the unexpected on each and every release.

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Tigerclub play The Flapper Birmingham on Sat 21st October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Divided States Of Us’ below:

MassMatiks to play The Flapper Birmingham

July 25, 2017 in News

This is a true band of the people, highlighting social injustice and oozing with raw honesty. Having a clear goal in their lyrics, MassMatiks‘ universal appeal lends itself to not just one band of fans, making them accessible to all. The heart of this quartet is undeniably the song writing, with lead singer George Peploe finding inspiration in the everyday trials of life, from false hard-nuts to ex-lovers. The brutality of life and the energetic nature of the songs equates to a band full of potential and brimming with ideas.

MassMatiks played over 60 shows in 2016, which included a 20-date sold out UK tour supporting Don Broco. In addition to this, the band sold over 800 tickets to their own headline tour, and successfully sold out a further two headline shows at The Garage and Camden Assembly (both London) – to round off what was a great year for the upcoming London predators. Their incendiary live shows have grown in numbers and drawn fans from across Europe to travel to their gigs. Following on from their latest single ‘Blank Wall,’ MassMatiks are set to break down barriers of what it takes to be a rock band in 2017.

“The energy and aggression they bring to their live show is second to none” – Rob Damiani, Don Broco

“They have a swagger and a substance that is missing from alot of new bands” – Louder Than War

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MassMatiks play The Flapper Birmingham on Wed 20th September 2017, with support from Youth Killed It. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ’4AM’ below:

The Xcerts announce Birmingham show

July 11, 2017 in News

Following their huge set at 2000trees Festival The Xcerts announce a full UK headline tour for Sept/Oct.

The Brighton based 3 piece had announced their long awaited return last week, with their brand new single ‘Feels Like Falling In Love’. The track received its debut on the Radio 1 Rock Show as The Rockest Record and is out now through Raygun Records. In a week it has now been placed on the Spotify Viral Chart at number 3 of 50, and has now been played over 240,000 times in 7 days.

‘Feels Like Falling In Love’ is an instant classic, fusing the heady euphoria production and stadium pomp of 80′s Springsteen and Tom Petty with the dry, sharp wit of Cheap Trick. A euphoric, exuberant anthem about falling in love written by a romantic realist, soundtracked like the hugest of 80′s movie anthems ever.

The single is their first new music since the much loved and critically lauded There Is Only You album was released in 2014, and follows on from 3 years touring and playing shows with the likes of Biffy ClyroNothing But ThievesBrand New, Deaf HavanaThe AmazonsYou Me At SixManchester Orchestra and more.

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The Xcerts play The Flapper Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Feels Like Falling In Love’ below:

WATCH: Stevie Parker – ‘Prey’

June 12, 2017 in News

As her eagerly-anticipated debut album The Cure is about to be unleashed, Stevie Parker presents a final preview for it in the shape of a brand new video for her current track ‘Prey’.

Directed by Bisbon (winner of Best Alternative Video at the UK MVAs for London Grammar’s ‘Wasting My Younger Years’) for the London production company Friend, the ‘Prey’ video symbolically charts an escape from the claustrophobia of a city and deep into woodland. Its dreamlike imagery contrasts an unnamed figure depicted in thermographic-styled colours with the stark monochrome of the backdrop.

“I really wanted something visually ambiguous and intriguing to accompany this song,” says Stevie Parker. “It was amazing to get Bisbon on board as I’m a big fan of his work and his style was such that the final product captures that stressful yet aesthetically beautiful look I was hoping for.”

“After listening to ‘Prey’, I took away this theme of revenge or retribution and wanted to really twist it,” adds Bisbon. “I showed Stevie this technique I had been working on using something called ‘Depth Maps’. They are a tool used in post-production and are never seen, but I thought they had their own inherent beauty. Everyone seemed to really like them so we created this little story of an abstract honey trap where Stevie lures this other girl to her before destroying her and everything around her. I had to ask for a lot of trust on this one as the final effect was so very different to what we were filming but Stevie was very brave and just let me crack on with it.”

The track utilises plaintive acoustic guitar and the full-range of Parker’s sublime vocal gift. Its breezy sound contrasts the dark heart of its subject matter – a howl of conflicting pleas and threats delivered in an impassioned attempt to stop a romantic connection drifting towards nothingness. Clash stated: “Languid, undulating synths underpins that pointed, visceral vocal, with ‘Prey’ seizing hold of you from the very first note.”

Stevie Parker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Stevie Parker plays The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 3rd October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Prey’ below:

Stevie Parker to play The Flapper Birmingham

May 31, 2017 in News

Bristol-based Stevie Parker delivers a unique take on ambient electronic pop. Having supported the likes of SOAKGeorgiaAlex G and Adam French, as well as playing a show for the famous fashion icon Markus Lupfer, Stevie is certainly already turning heads.

Sonically, Parker’s debut album The Cure stands out because of her raw talent: the 24-year-old’s smoky vocals (at times raspy, at times quite delicate) never fail to paint an evocative picture—of lost love, of longing, of the melancholic beauty of just living. Production-wise, pulsing synths (think: The xx) provide an atmospheric yet sleek backdrop. Under the guidance of her mentor, Rough Trade Records co-owner Jeannette Lee, Parker teamed up with Grammy Award-winning writer-producer Jimmy Hogarth for the majority of the LP, as well as producer David Wrench (The xx’s ‘I See You’, FKA Twigs, Caribou, Floating Points); Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and Seb Rochford of Polar Bear also contributed drums.

However, what truly sets The Cure apart is Parker’s self-awareness in her writing: the record is a deft yet frank examination of her strengths, her flaws, and her relationships with others, and with herself.

Stevie Parker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Stevie Parker plays The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 3rd October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch ‘Without You’ below: