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The Hosts & The Traps live in Birmingham

May 17, 2016 in News

“The Hosts’ output is redolent of Roy Orbison crooning mournfully yet manfully over mountain-high rhapsodies worthy of Spector.” – The Guardian

Sheffield quartet The Hosts released their debut album called Softly, Softly back in February 2014. Now,  two years later, they have announced the release of the follow-up, entitled Moon.

‘Baby Move On’ was the first single to be taken from Moon, and sets the velveteen stage perfectly with its raucous wall-of-sound lushness and gigantically ace key changes which garnered playlist action from BBC 6Music, Single Of The Week on Absolute, and stacks of plays from John Kennedy at Radio X and Janice Long over at Radio 2. Next was second single. ‘Make My Heart Turn Blue’ (released on April 22nd), which is an exuberantly odd take on classic rock’n’roll melodramatics, slightly like David Lynch rewriting the Grease screenplay.

The Hosts have previously spooked the masses playing with the likes of Richard Hawley, The Walkmen, Paul Weller, Suede, Cold War Kids and Cherry Ghost.

The Hosts will be supported by London/Birmingham four-piece The Traps, who celebrate the recent release of their second album Wild Escape, via Speech Fewapy Recordings and Label Fandango. A record of expansive sound and ambition, it’s an explosion of melody that signifies a real step-on in the band’s abilities. Littered with the infectious hooks and ethereal harmonies, Wild Escape marks an exciting new dawn for The Traps in 2016.

The Hosts Links: Facebook | Twitter
The Traps Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE HOSTS & THE TRAPS PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 20TH MAY 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch The Hosts perform ‘September Song’ below:

Introducing: The Carnabys

March 23, 2016 in News

Based in Twickenham since 2011, The Carnabys are an explosive, in your face live band: honing their craft in pubs, clubs and venues they broke into a wider consciousness in 2012 with London and German festival appearances.

Since then they have opened for Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon, Lenny Kravitz, Black Crowes, Alabama Shakes, supported Blondie (numerous times), Patti Smith, Imagine Dragons, Palma Violets, AllusonDrugs, StarSailor, The Coronas.

Having released their debut album No Money On The Moon in late 2014 on Hard Rock Records, The Carnabys have achieved Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio plays and many more. The Carnabys are going to become one of the new generation of UK bands recognised for delivering powerful, explosive and energetic live shows. 2016 is starting with a national UK tour, calling at The Flapper Birmingham on Sat 26th March 2016.

The Carnabys Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE CARNABYS PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY 26TH MARCH 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HUBBARDS. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch ‘Peaches and Bleach’ below:

White Lung to play The Flapper Birmingham

February 26, 2016 in News

After the critically acclaimed release Deep Fantasy (2014), White Lung return with their fourth studio album Paradise, due out 6th May via Domino. Coming in at a succinct yet powerful 28 minutes, the album simmers with desire and pain, love and beauty, and a seething urgency, hurtling towards the album closer and title track ‘Paradise’ at signature breakneck speed.

In addition to the album announcement, White Lung are pleased to share the video for first single ‘Hungry’, which was scripted by Mish Barber-Way and Justin Gradin, directed by Gradin, and stars Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants, The Ring, 127 Hours, House).

For the making of Paradise, the band reconnected in Los Angeles to work with producer Lars Stalfors (HEALTH, Cold War Kids, Alice Glass). Bringing all the energy, unique guitar work and lyrical prowess the band are known for to the studio, White Lung curated their songs with a new pop sensibility, focusing in on making a record for the present. Mixed by Stalfors and later mastered by Joe LaPorta, Paradise is their smartest, brightest songwriting yet.

“While previous White Lung tracks often balanced a slowly burgeoning pop sensibility against messy, screamy, unbridled aggression, ‘Hungry’ leans heavily on the former—a three-minute contained explosion of darkly melodic power pop that favors finesse over noise” – Pitchfork

White Lung Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

WHITE LUNG PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 27TH MAY 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Hungry’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 15th – 21st December

December 15, 2014 in News

Christmas is a time for giving and we’ve certainly not failed in lining up some fantastic musical treats for you this week! We’ve got a sold out farewell gig from Suffolk rockers Canterbury, a headline show from local noisemakers Hyena and a musical showcase from the superbly talented Mahalia! Check out the listings below for all the info:

WEDNESDAY 17th DECEMBER 

Canterbury + The Young @ The Flapper *SOLD OUT*

After 7 successful years, Suffolk rock quartet Canterbury have decided to call it a day, embarking on a farewell UK tour which calls at The Flapper this Wednesday. Fantastic album reviews from the likes of Kerrang (KKKK) and Rocksound (9/10)  helped build the band’s popularity through 2012/13, plus their own sold out UK tours and support slots with You Me At SixThe Blackout and Deaf Havana. This very special night will be a celebration of the band’s achievements to date and should not be missed! Support comes from local four-piece The Young. 

Watch the video for ‘Think It Over’ below:


FRIDAY 19th DECEMBER 

Hyena + The Mighty Young + Electric @ The Sunflower Lounge

Telford based Hyena, formerly known as Weatherbird, released their impressive debut single ‘Mental Home’ under their new guise in November. The single, issued by Red Venom was produced by Royal Blood producer Tom Dalgety who focused on the band’s Nirvana-esque surging dynamic and hoarse power to mesmeric effect. The band, who have recently toured with Aussie thrashpop group DZ Deathrays, have been compared to the likes of Darlia and Drenge and are sure to follow in their footsteps. Support comes from garage rock duo The Mighty Young  and local racketmakers Electric. More info available here.

Listen to ‘Mental Home’ below:

3 Daft Monkeys @ The Oobleck

Following their rip-roaring set at the Hare & Hounds last year, the Cornish gypsy-folk band return to Birmingham to play The Oobleck. 2013 saw the release of their sixth studio album Of Stones and Bones, their most story-led and theatrical to date, sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘World on its Head’ below:


SUNDAY 21st DECEMBER 

Mahalia + Joel Baker + Interior Castle @ The Sunflower Lounge

Mahalia and Birmingham Promoters team up to bring you the first in a very special series of events we’re calling ‘Mahalia Presents’ in which the Leicester songstress invites her dearest and favourite artists to the stage for a most excellent night of music! After two years spent supporting the likes of Ed SheeranEmeli SandeNick MulveyLaura Mvula and Kate Tempest,  Mahalia has grown into an exciting, soulful and vibrant performer. For this night, she brings with her Nottingham born songsmith Joel Baker and Australian/English female duo Interior Castle. Tickets available here.

Watch Mahalia and Ed Sheeran performing ‘Goldrush’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 14th – 20th October

October 14, 2013 in News

If you’ve managed to recover from the musical jamboree that was last week’s offering of live music events, then here’s another set of killer performances brought to you by Birmingham Promoters straight into the heart of your city.

 

MONDAY 14TH

Start your week off with a bang and a dousing of rock when Midlands four-piece Max Raptor play The Flapper with support from Haze and The Broken Oak Duet. With infectious riffs and hooks aplenty, expect a night of raw energy at this one which is priced at £7 advance. Find out more information and pick up tickets for the show over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Breakers’ below:

 

TUESDAY 15TH

On Tuesday, London band of the moment Spector call into the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath as part of their UK tour. In the last run of shows before the recording and release of their second record, catch them now while you can. Support comes courtesy of their tour support (and Birmingham’s very own) sun-kissed beach pop-ers JAWS, plus some good old-fashioned pedal-powered grunge / britpop from young upstarts, Babypink. Tickets for this are £10 advance and are available over on the event page. Don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Never Fade Away’ below

 


WEDNESDAY 16TH

Wednesday welcomes Newcastle cinematic indie-folk quintet Lanterns on the Lake to the Hare & Hounds. Celebrating the release of their second full length album with a full UK tour, expect something very special indeed from this performance, with support from Birmingham’s own Oh Stockholm! Tickets for this are priced at £8 advance and are available over on the event page.

Check out Lanterns on the Lake’s BBC Radio 6 Music session where they played live in the studio for Lauren Laverne earlier this week.

Listen to ‘Another Tale From Another English Town’ below:

 

Alternatively, Leeds piano-driven folk five-piece Dancing Years play a special free entry show at The Yardbird with special guests to be announced. With complex instrumentation and delicate vocals, expect a beautiful performance of juxtapositions – find out more, here.

Listen to ‘Here’s to my Old Friends’ by Dancing Years, below:

 

FRIDAY 18TH

On Friday, the platinum-selling Liverpool quintet, Space, call in to The Institute in Digbeth. Made famous by hit singles ‘Female of the Species’, ‘Neighbourhood’ and ‘The Ballad of Tom Jones’ in the mid-90s, the band released four studio albums before calling it a day in 2005. Back this year with a full tour to mark their 20th anniversary, make sure to catch them for a very special performance indeed. Support comes courtesy of alt-electro-rock trio Rebellious Jukebox and tickets are priced at £11 advance – find out more about both artists and pick up those tickets over on the event page.

Watch the video for ‘Avenging Angels’ below:

 

SUNDAY 20TH

Then, round off your week with the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features a selection of acoustic performances from Rose Redd, St Malo and Che. For the perfect way to relax amongst some beautiful sounds for free, make sure you’re there to take your seats from 7pm – find out more, here.

Listen to a teaser from Rose Redd’s ‘Perfectly Useless’, below:

The First to play The Flapper

October 9, 2013 in News

The First are a melodic rock band from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire with a refreshingly powerful and mature sound. Their instantly memorable choruses, vicious guitar lines and progressive rhythmic patterns blend with The First’s ability to tear up stages to create a blisteringly energetic live show.

After touring the UK and Europe for the last year and a half in support of their debut release Swimming with Sharks; the band return is 2013 with their much-anticipated second album Take Courage. The first two singles from the record, ‘Take It Back’ and ‘Love. Regret. Forgive. Forget’, have already been well received by critics and fans alike.

Second album Take Courage is available to buy now from iTunes.

The First Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE FIRST PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON WED 9TH OCTOBER 2013, WITH SUPPORT FROM ENQUIRY. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Love. Regret. Forgive. Forget.’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 7th-13th October

October 7, 2013 in News

Take a scroll through what Birmingham Promoters has on offer for you this week….

 

TUESDAY 8TH

On Tuesday, head to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath for the beautiful vocals of Nadine Shah. Influenced by Nina Simone and Maria Callas by way of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, you can expect a powerful and poignant evening indeed. Nadine calls into Birmingham as part of her extensive UK tour on which she is supported by London electro mood duo, Cloud Boat & Malpas. Tickets for this event are priced at £6 advance and you can purchase them over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Dreary Town’ by Nadine Shah below:

 

WEDNESDAY 9TH

There’s a night of noise and rock to be had over at The Flapper on Wednesday when Cambridgeshire five-piece The First call into the second city. Having toured the UK and Europe for the last year and a half in support of their debut release, Swimming with Sharks, the boys return this year with the best of their second record, Take Courage. Support comes from the Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters-influenced The Crimson Star plus powerhouse trio, Enquiry. Tickets for this event are priced at £6 advance and can be found, along with further information about the acts, over on the event page. Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

 

THURSDAY 10TH

Then, on Thursday, laptop assisted indie pop solo artist, Active Child, arrives at the Hare & Hounds. Expect sounds from Bon Iver to James Blake to Radiohead from the incredibly talented Pat Grossi who is an old hand at touring. With special guests to be announced, this show is priced at £7 advance and tickets can be purchased over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Evening Ceremony’ by Active Child below:

 

FRIDAY 11TH

It’s a busy day for Birmingham Promoters on Friday 11th when we orchestrate four shows encompassing an array of musical genres across the city.

If you’re into your garage rock and roll (and you respect the opinions of Jack White, Mick Jones, and Nick Lowe, all of whom count themselves amongst fans), The Jim Jones Revue and The Amazing Snakeheads play live at The Institute for the price of £12.50 advance. Check out music by both bands over on the event page.

Listen to ‘It’s Gotta Be About Me’ by The Jim Jones Revue below:

 

If you’re more inclined towards fresh electronica, then Berlin-based producer Seams plays The Bull’s Head in Moseley. Having toured with the likes of Gold Panda, Dam Mantle and I Break Horses amongst others, Seams has just signed to London label Full Time Hobby through whom he released his debut album, Quarters. With support from Prisms, Component #4 and James Brough, join Birmingham Promoters and Freestyle for a night of forward thinking electronica. Tickets for this event are priced at £4 advance and can be purchased from the event page.

Listen to Seams’ track ‘Rilo’ below:

 

Alternatively, ‘drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend’ Beans on Toast plays a set at The Rainbow which will encompass the best of his four album back catalogue. With support from London’s Gorgeous George, and the West Midlands’ David Young, join this musical jamboree for the price of just £6 advance – collect your tickets from the event page.

Listen to ‘Wave Goodbye to EMI’ by Beans on Toast below:

 

Or for your grunge fix, The Victoria hosts a night of local up and coming talent with Endorphins and Curb. Both young bands, these are completely explosive and come highly recommended. £5 tickets are available on the door. All further information is available over on the official event page.

Check out the delightfully titled ‘Blow Me’ by Endorphins below:

 

SUNDAY 13TH

Round off your week on Sunday with our Sunday Social event at The Yardbird. This week we welcome the rather excellent Ethan Ash back to Birmingham, following his amazing Glee Club performance last September. Support comes from Emily Ewing, Carrick and Daniel Gates, and entry is completely free! Find out more about all of this week’s acts over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Don’t Regret Me’ by Ethan Ash below:

Interview: The Younger

October 1, 2013 in Interviews

Combining modern melodic pop with atmospheric and grandiose stadium rock, The Younger are a four-piece from Essex creating steadfast tunes which exude optimism and positivity. Having already received impressive radio coverage and about to release their debut commercial EP, Have Hope, we catch up with the boys before their date at The Flapper to chat style icons, appealing to the masses and the good old Birmingham nightlife.

 

How did you all meet and come to be in a band together?

Very organically, we’ve been friends for years in different bands around the scene and finally ended up forming the band after we realised our aspirations sound-wise were the same.

 

Who are your separate and collective musical influences?

U2, Kings of Leon, The Script, Jimmy Eat World, Imagine Dragons and many more.

 

You’re from Essex. Does this influence your sound and do you think you’d sound different if you were based elsewhere?

I’m sure we would but that’s a very difficult question to answer as we wouldn’t know unless we moved! People seem to have a fixation on where we come from as a band because it’s Essex, but in terms of influence, we take our cues from artists who are nowhere near our county.

 

Are you listening to any other Essex-based music at the moment?

Not really, we like bands like We are the Ocean, but again our taste lies further afield.

 

Your debut commercial EP is entitled Have Hope. Talk to me about it.

The EP is a very positive record which we hope will fit in a commercial sense – we see ourselves as crossover artists. Have Hope is titled as such because it’s a message we’d like to convey. Our first single, ‘Say My Name’, and another track, Eyes, are very indicative of the way we sound, big driving melody and rhythm with large stadium-sized choruses. Artwork-wise, our branding is four stripes over a half male, half female face, which symbolises our want to be a band that can speak to anyone, no matter what your background. It was important for us not to sound like just another angst recession band, and I think we’ve achieved that with this EP and more.

 

You’re pretty well-dressed gents. Do you have any style icons?

We like to shape up strong, generally mid 80s band style, with vintage distressed elements.  As a whole, we all dress similarly, so to lock in a band ‘style’ wasn’t that hard – no-one was swimming against the current as such.

 

You play The Flapper in Birmingham on 1st October. You haven’t played in Birmingham before so do you have any expectations or preconceptions?

We are very much looking forward to it – Birmingham is a city with its own pulse and style, and we think The Younger could find a good foothold there with our sound. We don’t have any preconceptions as such – I know it’s a great city with a good nightlife and we hope that people bring energy to the gig.

 

What do you make of Friday Club and Of Kings and Captains, the bans who’ll be supporting you?

Both our support bands look and sound great, we love listening to new music and playing with new bands, so it should be a really good night.

 

What are your plans for the near future?

After this tour and EP campaign, we have a little while off to start on our next plans, which as a band we like to keep tight to our chest. Suffice to say, if you keep up with us socially on Facebook and Twitter (@theyoungeruk), we keep everyone very up to date and release new things all the time.

 

The Younger’s new EP, Have Hope, will be available on iTunes and Spotify from the September 30. They play The Flapper Birmingham on Tues 1st October with Of Kings and Captains and Friday Club, purchase tickets here.

Weekly Gig Roundup 30th Sept-6th Oct

October 1, 2013 in News

With Jools Holland back on the telly, we’re once again blessed with the opportunity to check out some of the most fantastic music from around the world from the comfort of our own sofas.

If, however, you also like to venture out and to enjoy your music live, then this week we have five very different gigs at five very different venues across the city to whet your musical whistles.

 

TUESDAY 1ST

On Tuesday, Essex four-piece, The Younger bring their blend of modern melodic pop and stadium rock to The Flapper. Supported by two midlands indie rock outfits, Of Kings and Captains and Friday Club, this one promises to get more than a little rock n roll. Tickets for this show are priced at just £5 advance, confirm you attendance to the Facebook Event and find all further information including links to the bands’ music over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Scream It Out’ by The Younger below:

 

FRIDAY 4TH

On Friday, we welcome Northern blues / punk / rock duo Wet Nuns to The Victoria. At the beginning of the week, Wet Nuns announced their split – this tour will be their last ever so make sure you don’t miss out on your final chance to see the completely frenetic pair. Support comes courtesy of Wolverhampton’s God Damn and noise rock trio Them Wolves. Tickets for the show are priced at £6 advance and there is a limited capacity so make sure to snap them up! RSVP to the Facebook Event and find out all further information & ticket links over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Hanging’ by Wet Nuns below:

 

SATURDAY 5TH

China Rats play their first ever Birmingham headline show on Saturday at The Sunflower Lounge. A four piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Leeds, the boys release their debut EP, Don’t Play With Fire, on September 30 and will be treating audiences to live renditions of its highlights. With support from Walsall indie rock five-piece Modern Minds and Birmingham’s very own Paradise Circus, tickets to the event are priced at £5 advance and are available here. Check out the bands’ music and find further information over on the event page.

Listen to the latest China Rats single ‘N.O.M.O.N.E.Y’ below:

 

SUNDAY 6TH

Round off your week with one of two special events. From 7pm, our free entry Sunday Social is live at The Yardbird, this week featuring a headline performance from midlands singer-songwriter, Shelly Quarmby who recorded her debut EP, Change, in Toronto. Performing a delicious blend of folk, pop and country with strikingly powerful vocals, Shelly Quarmby’s live performance is completely captivating. Support this week comes from Corey Young and Rob Moir. Find out more over on the event page.

Or, 2013 winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, RM Hubbert plays live at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. Performing a selection of songs from that debut, Thirteen Lost & Found, and its follow up, RM Hubbert is one not to be missed. Tickets for this show, with special guests to be announced, are priced at £7 advance and are available here. Find links to RM Hubbert’s music along with further information over on the event page.

Listen RM Hubbert’s ‘For Joe’ below:

The JCQ to play The Flapper

August 14, 2013 in News

From turning heads on the underground with their scratchy, chaotic debut EP Ten Stages of a Make Up in 2010 to 2011’s critically-acclaimed debut album, That Was Then, This is Now, the band formally known as The James Cleaver Quintet have experienced more set-backs, breakthroughs and Lucozade adverts than most.

Recorded over 18 days in Sweden with producer Pelle Henricsson (RefusedPoison The Well), new album Mechanical Young is the next step in their unique evolution.

Recorded live in the studio for maximum authenticity, Mechanical Young packs the best of their oddball imagination and desire to do something different into its 10 tracks and 43 minutes. Sonically, it eschews the hard and fast approach of old and takes its inspiration from eclectic influences such as surf rock pioneer Dick Dale, prog masters and modern rock greats such as Queens of the Stone Age.

The JCQ Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE JCQ PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON SUN 8TH SEPTEMBER 2013. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Ghosts Diffuse’ below: