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Introducing: Rews

February 8, 2017 in News

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. ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Death Yawn’, ‘Shake Shake’ and now the chart banging ‘Miss You In The Dark’.

Across the summer Shauna & Collette have performed at a string of high profile festival performances including GlastonburyGreen Man & Kendal Calling to name but three.

Shauna was inspired to form REWS following a series of tours with previous bands and an inspirational artist retreat in late 2014. She met the fantastic Collette Williams in March 2015 and they have been a match made in heaven ever since. Rews are lining themselves up to break through in 2017, touring in the spring.

Rews aim is to inspire people to be who they are, dance, sing, have fun yet address those deep issues that people face in every day life. It might just be your medicine!

Rews Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rews play The Flapper Birmingham on Wed 15th February 2017, with support from Mutt and Ember Weir. Tickets available here.

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

This Week: Gig Roundup 14th – 20th November

November 14, 2016 in News

We’ve got a busy week of gigs lined up this week, including critically acclaimed Illinois singer-songwriter Ryley Walker at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday, and Danny Brown at The Rainbow Warehouse celebrating the release of his new album. Thursday brings a night of math-rock with Three Trapped Tigers shaking up The Flapper with their effect-laden guitars and glistening sci-fi synths. Saturday sees Glasgow duo Honeyblood take on Mama Roux’s following support slots with Foo Fighters and Wolf Alice. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Is Bliss + Outlander @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Introducing Velvet Dreams EP, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, released on Club AC30 – a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential. The EP’s atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar­like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. The band have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf AliceTelescopes and Nine Black Alps. Support from Birmingham Mogwai-influenced Outlander.

Watch the video for ‘Ocean Blue’ below:


WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

Ryley Walker + Itasca @ Hare & Hounds
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With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras & an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, the Illinois singer-songwriter sets the bar high for the modern folk artist. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a string of sell-out British shows. A sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Support comes from Itasca, L.A.-based guitarist, singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen.

Watch the video for ‘The Roundabout’ below:

Danny Brown + Zelooperz @ The Rainbow Warehouse
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One of rap’s brightest lights Danny Brown celebrates the release of his 4th studio album Atrocity Exhibition with intricate wordplay, unmatched storytelling, and lyrical thoughtfulness. The album is the latest peak in a career full of highlights: over the last decade, he’s worked with a breadth of artists from Purity Ring and Rustie to Schoolboy QE-40, and Ghostface Killah. Support comes from 21-year-old Detroit rapper ZeelooperZ, member of Brown’s hip-hop collective Bruiser Brigade.

Watch the video for ‘When It Rain’ below:


THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band + Constant Waves @ The Flapper
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Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed – from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound. In full force the band feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic. Support comes from Brighton psychedelic math-rock trio The Physics House Band and West Midlands prog rock band Constant Waves.

Watch the video for ‘Engrams’ below:


FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

The Graveltones + Brandy Row @ The Flapper
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UK based Australian heavy blues rock and roll duo The Graveltones formed in late 2011, after the two members met in London’s Tin Pan Alley, brought together by a mutual love of artists as diverse as Captain BeefheartHowlin WolfJohn Lee Hooker and QOTSA. Their critically acclaimed debut album saw the band tour extensively with the likes of Rival SonsThe Temperance MovementBoss HossMonster TruckCadillac Three and a stunning set at Download Festival 2013. Support comes from blues rock and roll singer-songwriter Brandy Row.

Watch the video for ‘Bang Bang’ below:

Spotlight On: Alligator + Gloss + Nausea + Gasfoodlodging @ O2 Institute Blue Room
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Birmingham Promoters present a new weekly night at a brand new venue within the O2 InstituteThe Blue Room. Every week Birmingham Promoters will showcase the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands. Alligatr are not just your usual indie band from Leicester. Combining their influences of  jungle and dance with rock and jazz, they have created a unique vibe which makes their  songs sound far from the bland and the obvious. Support comes from indie post-punk band Gloss, Birmingham based Nausea and 3 piece alternative countrified/indie-fied Gasfoodlodging.

Listen to ‘Reminiscing’ below:


SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Weirds + Vulgarians + History Of Sex @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Weirds have been destroying venues across the UK for the past year with their blistering sonic assault of motorik­driven, druggy grunge. NME described their live show as “like a vulture ravaging a corpse”, but beneath the fuzz and sprawling, psycho­tropic breakdowns lies a knack for melody and structure. Support comes from Vulgarians with their unique brand of chilling post­punk noise, and Birmingham based garage noise band History Of Sex.

Watch the video for ‘Old World Blues’ below:

Honeyblood + Pins @ Mama Roux’s
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Glasgow duo Honeyblood have managed to brilliantly capture then subtly refine and embellish the duo’s notorious live energy that over the past two years shared stages all round the globe with everyone from Belle And Sebastian and Foo Fighters to close comrades like Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice. Support comes from Manchester band PINS crafting a blend of noise, texture and melody.

Watch the video for ‘Ready For The Magic’ below:


SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

And Yet It Moves + Bad Girlfriend @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Fronted by former Amazing Snakeheads frontman Dale Barclay, who has witnessed firsthand the banality of the music industry and came out battered but unbeaten, And Yet It Moves want to play music for the love of it. Live they enrapture crowds with a real natural chemistry, Barclay’s undeniably captivating aura and expansive, songs of sorrow mixed with themes of the heart. If you want freedom these are the guys for you, if not just go away. Support from Birmingham heavy garage rock band Bad Girlfriend.

Listen to ‘No Way Back To Lunch’ below:

Introducing: Fufanu

October 30, 2016 in News

Widely acclaimed Icelandic experimental-post-punk outfit Fufanu have shared the second track taken from their forthcoming second LP Sports – agitated, dark, brooding single ‘Bad Rockets’. The ground-breaking band have also revealed that their highly anticipated sophomore album will be released on 3rd February 2017, supported by a UK tour throughout February.

Produced in Iceland by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Bad Rockets’ along with first single ‘Sports’ sees Fufanu return with a palpable sense of urgency and a fresh spin on their dark, new-wave-esq electronic-driven post-punk.

Launching the band at 2014’s Iceland Airwaves, in the space of just one week Fufanu became a hotly-tipped emerging band, made their UK live debut at the capital’s JaJaJa night and supported Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall – winning the approval of Brian Eno into the bargain. The band were praised by the press, who compared them to Neu!Joy Division and Bauhaus.

2015 saw the band sign to One Little Indian, before going on to support The Vaccines on their sold out March/April tour in the UK – also slipping in a memorable two-night stand with Bo Ningen at Hoxton Bar & Grill. In June things once again dramatically shifted up a gear when the band played to an enormous audience, supporting Blur at Hyde Park.

Fufanu Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Fufanu play The Flapper Birmingham on Mon 20th February 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sports’ below:

Future of The Left to play The Flapper

August 10, 2016 in News

Future of The Left are once again contractually obliged to tell you that their new album The Peace and Truce of Future of The Left will be released on 8th April 2016 through their label Prescriptions.

Recorded by Anthony Chapman at Monnow Valley studios in Monmouth it contains thirteen songs and is, once again, their best one yet, obeying the universal law that the new album is always the best one, otherwise it wouldn’t be released in the first place. The album (and, once again, an accompanying mini album which was recorded at the same time) will be available earlier to anybody who contributed to the Pledgemusic campaign, which was launched in December 2015 and reached its funding target within 3 and a half hours (beating the 5 hours it took to fund the previous album How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident).

Future of the Left Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FUTURE OF THE LEFT PLAY THE FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Listen to ‘The Limits of Battleships’ below:

Three Trapped Tigers to play The Flapper

August 2, 2016 in News

Three Trapped Tigers are a band for which genres and labels struggle to keep up; they move - often at breakneck speed -  from screeching, effect-laden guitars, an arsenal of glistening sci-fi synths, pummelling sub-bass, colossal riffs and audacious drum patterns that both underpin and define their unique sound.

As anyone who has seen their incendiary live shows will know, trying to pinpoint what makes the group such a force is a difficult thing to do. On stage they are something of a vortex, creating a swirling mass of layered sounds that sucks one in, possessing that rare ability of managing to sound complex and fluid whilst eschewing any feelings of pomposity or sterility – in full force Three Trapped Tigers feel both gracefully intelligent and wildly primal, gargantuan yet melodic.

“Music without fear, and such audacity should only ever be celebrated” – BBC

“A living experiment in how to wring maximum joy from the synth-rock format” – Uncut

Three Trapped Tigers Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THREE TRAPPED TIGERS PLAY THE FLAPPER ON THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE FROM 9AM FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST. 

Watch the video for ‘Engrams’ below:

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: