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This Week: Gig Roundup 20th – 26th March

March 20, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham we have Glasgow synth-pop duo Prides at The Flapper on Monday. Thursday sees rhythm’n’blues band King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge, and on Friday Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds as the last stop on his debut UK tour. On Sunday fresh-faced Manchester four-piece Dantevilles play The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

Prides + Twin Wild + The Young @ The Flapper
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Glasgow-based duo Prides return with their latest single ‘Are You Ready’, continuing their natural move towards a well-rounded, guitar/drum led sound, complimented by elegant electronic touches. Prides have consistently proved themselves to be band with big songs, and equally big crowds. 2 years ago the band played the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1. Support comes from alternative rock four-piece Twin Wild and indie band The Young.

Listen to ‘Are You Ready’ below:


TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Club Drive + Idolising Nova + Idle Frets @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hailed as Britain’s very own answer to the likes of One Republic, Maroon 5 or The Script, Club Drive’s latest single is an unapologetic slice of pure pop brilliance. Already making a name for themselves across social media and with a fast-expanding – and very fervent – fanbase, the quartet have captured the interest of Radio 1’s BBC Introducing team where ‘Dangerous’ was featured across the Introducing network as ‘Track Of The Week’. Support comes from indie pop trio Idolising Nova and catchy indie rock band Idle Frets.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Dangerous’ below:


WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

Bad Sounds + Social State @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Bath-based five-piece Bad Sounds‘ single ‘Avalanche’ was selected by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac as her track of the week. Released in April 2016, the single was co-produced by Duncan Mills (Peace/Spector), fusing cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines and an undeniably addictive chorus, bringing sounds of the 70′s and 80′s into the 90′s Brit-Pop era, with a twist. Support comes from Birmingham duo Social State whose songs are a mix of various genres including indie, hip-hop and pop.

Watch the video for ‘Avalanche’ below:


THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

King Salami & The Cumberland Three + The Good Water + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge
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This is London’s greatest and most sensational rhythm’n’blues-punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when The Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers. Support comes from gritty rhythm & blues duo The Good Water and punk band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Tiger In My Tank’ below:


FRIDAY 24TH MARCH

Ed Geater + Bear + Dee Ajayi + Amy Louise Ellis + DJs til late @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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Ed Geater is back in 2017 with a headline show at the Hare & Hounds, serving as the last stop of his debut UK tour. The gig follows the success of his Unseen EP release launch at Mama Roux’s in October, which received rave reviews from CounteractBab Mag and Brum Radio. Ed will be playing material from both EPs released in 2016 by London label Music Mandi, plus some new songs, and is set to be joined by friends on stage for a host of collaborations. Support from acoustic hip-hop duo Bear, soulful singer-songwriter Dee Ajayi, singer-songwriter Amy Louise Ellis and DJs Jack Barber and The Deviant til late.

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:


SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

Mad Dog Mcrea + The Infusion @ Mama Roux’s
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Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support comes from bluesy rock band The Infusion.

Watch the video for ‘Almost Home’ below:

The Vryll Society + Violet + Grim Fiction @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Liverpool’s swaggering psychedelic outfit The Vryll Society have announced the release of their latest single ‘Sacred Flight’ via Deltasonic Records, kicking off what promises to be a very productive and exciting year culminating in the release of their widely anticipated debut album. The psych-pop quintet’s unique eclectic sound has already seen them heavily tipped by BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music). Support comes from Midlands indie five-piece Violet and psychedelic alternative band Grim Fiction.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:


SUNDAY 26TH MARCH

Dantevilles + Sacrifice & Bliss + The Mojo Filters + Shoot The Town @ The Sunflower Lounge
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A fresh-faced, four-piece band emitting new music from the home they call Manchester. Reimaging the sound of the red-brick capital of the North with their uplifting and soulful brand of indie pop, Dantevilles are as sharp as they are raw. Clean, canny guitars and dual captivating vocals never compete for space in their unshakable, off-the-wall arrangements. Support comes from synth-punk duo Sacrifice & Bliss, rock and roll soul band The Mojo Filters and indie band Shoot The Town.

Watch the video for ‘Perfect Place’ below:

Cattle & Cane to play The Flapper Birmingham

March 14, 2017 in News

Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Canerelease their brand new album Mirrors on Friday 28th April 2017, followed by a headline UK tour in May.

Produced by Luuk Cox at ICP Studios in Brussels and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade FireColdplaySnow Patrol) at Abbey Road Studios in London, Mirrors showcases Joe and Helen’s ability to shift even the hardest of hearts with their perfect, soaring harmonies.

2016 saw Cattle & Cane perform at acclaimed tastemaker events such as Reeperbahn FestivalLive At Leeds and Evolution Emerging, as well as at some of the UK’s finest boutique festivals including CornburyDeer Shed and Bingley Music Live. Early 2017 saw the band hit the road support The Head and the Heart, before heading out on their own UK tour this spring.

Cattle & Cane Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cattle & Cane play The Flapper Birmingham on Friday 5th May 2017 with support from Jamie Croft. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Come Home’ below:

Trash Talk to play The Flapper

March 2, 2017 in News

Trash Talk are a hardcore punk four-piece from Los Angeles. The quartet bring their infamous live show back to Birmingham this spring, to celebrate the release of their latest EP Tangle, which is available as a free download via the band’s website.

The effort follows 2014’s No Peace LP and features five new tracks for your thrashing pleasure. As a press release puts it, the EP “is characteristically fast and loud — staying true to the band’s thrash roots while offering their their most accessible songs to date.”

Trash Talk came together in 2005, and in true hardcore band fashion they had a demo pressed and released as soon as they were playing their first shows. Their ferocious blend of hardcore punk and speed metal made them a live act to be raved about right from the word go, and netted them a record deal with Sell Our Souls Records, who released their demo tape within a year of the bands formation. After a few more releases on various California punk labels the band signed with Rumble Records to release their debut full length album in 2007. The band never stopped the whole time, fitting in studio time in the few weeks downtime they’d have in between tours, and in 2008, the band’s hard work paid off with self titled second album, produced by the legendary Steve Albini.

Through sheer force of perseverance and talent, they’ve become a hardcore band on a record label with a major label’s distribution behind them. For that, and their already legendary live shows, they come highly recommended.

Trash Talk Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Trash Talk play The Flapper Birmingham on Fri 3rd March 2017, with support from Youth Man, Golden Deathmask and Dead Hands. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Hole’ below:

Interview: Fufanu

February 16, 2017 in News

We caught up with Icelandic experimental-post-punk outfit Fufanu for a chat ahead of their show at The Flapper on Monday 20th February, with FEET & Veda.

Your new record Sports was released on Friday 3rd February 2017. What can we expect from the album?

Build up, tension, release, melancholy and happiness.

You started out as an experimental electronic duo called Captain Fufanu. How does the new record compare to LP Few More Days to Go both musically and lyrically?

The album is in many ways more confident and grown up compared to Few More Days to Go. We used more of our electronic soundscape and kept the soundscape really focused for each song. People have also told us that they feel a more positive vibe in it.

What was it like growing up in the music scene in Reykjavik, Iceland?

We can’t compare it to any other cities because we don’t have the experience of growing up anywhere else. But for us it was good… good access to music and it was easy if you had the will to start some project and play shows.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner was the producer on Sports. What impact did he have on the making of the record?

His biggest impact was pushing us to write more. There were songs and parts we had decided that were ready, but Nick got us to write more, different things perhaps, some worked some didn’t. He came in with a pair of fresh ears and managed to act like a director rather than a writer.

In what way did your Icelandic surroundings influence the new record?

That is for one of the genius out in the world to answer… You see, for us these surroundings are really normal. Schizophrenic weather, a lot of darkness vs. a lot of daylight, it’s just built in us. I think travelling and experience new parts of the world and be able to compare that to our home had more influence on us than being in Iceland.

Damon Albarn remixed the single ‘Ballerina in the Rain’ from Few More Days To Go. How did you come about to supporting him at London’s Albert Hall and also Blur?

Kaktus used to work with him on his first solo album Everyday Robots and touring that album with him as well. Kaktus played him some demos from that album and this idea came up that we would open for him in Royal Albert Hall. From that moment the Fufanu/Damon ball started to roll and one thing led to another.

What have you got planned for the rest of 2017?

More gigs in US and Europe… write more music and then write again, write more music.

And finally, what can people expect when they attend your show at The Flapper on Monday 20th February?

A decent live show filled with great energy from a group of Icelandic city boys.

FUFANU PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2017, WITH SUPPORT FROM FEET & VEDA. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

This Week: Gig Roundup 13th – 19th Feb

February 13, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham; on Wednesday we have sassy, high energy, pop rock duo Rews at The Flapper, singer-songwriter come vlogger Bry at Mama Roux’s, and Northern five-piece Little Comets at O2 Institute. Thursday sees South London four-piece Hidden Charms bring their psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock to the Hare & Hounds. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

Rews + Mutt + Ember Weir @ The Flapper
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REWS are the sassy, high energy, pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams. Together they are creating a genuine buzz on the UK/Irish music scene following the release of their four recent singles. They were Huw Stephens‘ “Tip Of The Week” on BBC Radio 1 with their new single ‘Miss You In The Dark’, played on BBC Radio 6Music with Tom Robinson, as well as all 38 BBC Introducing shows. Support comes from raucous and melodic four-piece Mutt, and Birmingham band Ember Weir.

Watch the video for ‘Miss You In The Dark’ below:

Bry + Tessa Violet + Danny Gruff @ Mama Roux’s
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Setting up a YouTube channel (BriBryontour) to let family and friends know how he was getting on in his travels, one late night abroad he uploaded a video of himself playing one of his own songs and everything changed. Hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of new subscribers tuned in to hear his music. Forging a very real connection with his followers through personalised videos, question and answer web chats and specially curated online sessions, his confidence grew and his repertoire expanded. Bry landed the sole support of 21 Pilots’ sold out European tour last year. Support comes from vlogger Tessa Violet and singer-songwriter Danny Gruff.

Watch the video for ‘You’re Alright’ below:

Little Comets + Eliza And The Bear @ O2 Institute2
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Little Comets, the five-piece from the North East of England, are soon to release their fourth album WORHEAD on The Smallest Label, the follow up to 2015’s Hope Is A State of MindWORHEAD is the most brutally honest Little Comets album to date – acerbic, withering and uncomplimentary about the state of our time; yet woven together with great beauty and care, drenched in positive melody and the percussive thrust of an innocent mind. Support comes from the Essex quintet Eliza And The Bear.

Watch the video for ‘Salt’ below:


THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Hidden Charms + The Bay Rays + The Lizards @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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South London based band Hidden Charms return with their intoxicating new single ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’, and new EP Harder From Here released via Deltasonic Records. Mounting a strong case for the title of ‘UK’s most exciting guitar band’, the four-piece carefully hint at the psych-tinged, effervescent indie rock of their previous releases, but ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ is the sound of a band moving forward. Support comes from Kent three-piece The Bay Rays and psychedelic pop band The Lizards.

Watch the video for ‘I Just Wanna Be Left Alone’ below: