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Interview: Alex Moir

May 28, 2015 in News

We caught up with Birmingham singer-songwriter Alex Moir ahead of his headline show at The Glee Club Lounge on Sat 30th May, as part of our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions. Check out the full interview below:

Can you tell us about how you started out as a musician and what inspired you to begin a career in music?
I’ve always had an unexplainable attraction to music. I heard a guy at school who was the son of a teacher called “Jake Flowers” and he was the first reason why I started writing music. He was quite a bit older than me and I just thought he was doing something that was cool and unexpected. I wanted to be a part of that.

You released your debut EP The Numbers Game in April. Can you tell us more about the release?
It’s been a very long time coming. The 3 tracks were recorded over a 3 year period, so obviously there’s been some ups and downs along the way. I’m just relieved to be able to hold something physically that I can call my record. 

You launched the EP with a show at The Sunflower Lounge, how was it?
Incredible. I chose The Sunflower Lounge because it’s somewhere I’ve been going since I was 16. There’s been countless nights where I’ve fell in love with the place and I knew I had to released the EP there. It was a sold out show, so that’s given me reassurance about what I’m trying to do with music. 

You’re currently back in the studio recording your second EP. What can we expect from this release?
I’m attempting to strip everything back but also not rely on conventional instrumentation. I have to have music that lets my lyrics breathe but at the time isn’t bland and uninteresting.

Can you tell us more about where you find inspiration for your music?
Everyday there’s a different reason to write a song. I tend not to write about personal situations and rather about fictional scenarios. I hope people can find a reason to connect to the stories and relate it to their own lives rather than mine. 

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
I could give you a massive list here. I won’t. Elliott Smith is the most important musical figure to me. Musically and lyrically there is no-one like him. He was a great talent and it’s a devastating that he left us so soon.

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 30th May?
 It’s still a full band but we’re stripping it back quite a bit. Expect harmonies and hooks.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?
Elliott Smith. For all the reasons I listed before but also because I only want to work with people who care. People who will stay up all night trying to get a vocal take right. He definitely comes across as someone who fits that category. 

And finally, what’s your favourite thing to do when in Birmingham?
Aside from going to The Sunflower Lounge, I like The Electric Cinema, Snobs and talking to Basketball man.

ALEX MOIR PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 30TH MAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM JIMM ZORN & KATE ROBERTA. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

Interview: Sally Haines

May 22, 2015 in News

We caught up with Birmingham singer-songwriter Sally Haines to talk about her many career highlights, her musical influences and the Birmingham music scene ahead of her show at The Glee Club on Saturday 23rd May. Check out the full interview below:

Can you tell us about how you started writing and performing and what inspired you to begin a career in music?

My uncle was a musician, so it was part of my life from an early age. I remember him writing songs and I remember chipping in an idea. My family were great music lovers and I found it a great way to express myself. My first instrument was my voice but having a guitar and a keyboard helped my creative streak. Performing started at school with the choir and orchestra and I joined my first band in London when I was 21

You’re a vastly experienced artist who was worked with many musicians and performed across various genres. What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?

I’ve supported Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, done backing vocals on the Red Shoes album that included Fairport Convention and ELO members and have had my songs played on the BBC and local radio stations. However after years of just being the singer/front woman in bands, I think the moment that gives me the greatest satisfaction was going solo.

Can you tell us more about where you find inspiration for your music?

Life, death and love inspire my writing. It can be a personal experience or something I observe, or have heard – it has to strike a chord with me though.

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?

So many genres of music and artists have influenced me, too many to mention, however I love jazz, neo-soul, singer-songwriters, and strong female artists.

Are there any local acts you recommend we listen to?

In Birmingham there is so much talent, and everyone tends to help each other out. A few of the talented friends I have made on the scene and would recommend are Call me Unique, Kezia Soul, Sic-Nis – they have some great musicians that play with them too. Again there are too many too mention.

You’re a regular performer at Birmingham Pride Festival. Where can audiences catch you at this year’s festival and what have you got in store?

I’m at the Womens Arena (at The Fox) on Saturday 3.30pm. It’s always fun!

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 23rd May?

An insight into me and some nice guitar grooves but hopefully songs that they can relate too or feel.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?

This is a difficult one but I guess someone that could teach me on my instrument and tell me some great rock’n’roll stories, maybe someone like Bessie Smith or Janis Joplin from the past, but modern day would be Erykah Badu.

And finally, what’s your favourite thing to do when in Birmingham?

GIG of course and see all my friends play too. Birmingham has a great musical pool of talent! I love it!

SALLY HAINES HEADLINES THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS AT THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 23RD MAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM TARA, INTERIOR CASTLE & PATRICK BREWER. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

This Week: Gig Roundup 18th May – 24th May

May 21, 2015 in News

After a quiet start to the week, things get loud on Thursday with a visit from Philadelphia quartet  Creepoid who take to the stage at The Rainbow. Friday we welcome local folksters Boat To Row to The Rainbow for an eagerly awaited set. Saturday we invite you all to another Free Entry Acoustic Sessions event at The Glee Club where local songstress Sally Haines headlines. Saturday night sees Buckinghamshire/Birmingham based indie five-piece New Bays play The Sunflower Lounge following rave reviews from Clash. If any of the above takes your fancy then check out the full listings below for more info:

THURSDAY 21ST MAY

Creepoid + Gleam + Holy @ The Rainbow

Philadelphia quartet Creepoid have shared stages with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile and have been compared to everyone from Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Nirvana. They release their third album Cemetery Highrise Slum this summer following their two highly acclaimed albums Horse Heaven and Creepoid. Support comes from Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam and psych-rockers Holy. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘American Smile’ below:

FRIDAY 22ND MAY

Boat To Row + Alessi’s Ark + My Grey Horse @ The Rainbow

The Birmingham folk quintet have earned an outstanding live reputation after supporting the likes of Slow Club, Willy Mason and Johnny Flynn, plus crowd pleasing sets at Moseley Folk & Lunar. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. Expect an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments. Crossroads, Grassmarket and Loyal Light EPs have paved the way for new single ‘Tightrope’. Released on Nocturne Records, it has enjoyed BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music play. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

SATURDAY 23RD MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Sally Haines + Interior Castle + Patrick Brewer @ The Glee Club

The unstoppable Sally Haines has steadily nurtured her own solo career in many venues in and around Birmingham as well as being a familiar artist in Birmingham Pride. Her capacity for working in diverse music styles is quite remarkable. Even more outstanding is that she is successful in all of them. There can be few vocalists that work with blues, rn’b and soul bands who have also had personal citations from principal soloists at Covent Garden and Bucharest State Opera. Support comes from Interior Castle and Patrick Brewer. More info here.

Watch Sally live in session below:

New Bays + Fox Chapel + Institutes @ The Sunflower Lounge

Out on May 11th, the deeply independent outfit, who have performed alongside the likes of The Cribs, Kids in Glass Houses, Young Kato, released their latest EP Reckless on their own VersicRecords imprint. The title track is a breezy piece of fuzz pop with a nagging melancholic feel, and is currently streaming on Clash. Support comes from Fox Chapel and Institutes. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Reckless’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 11th May – 17th May

May 11, 2015 in News

Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:

TUESDAY 12TH MAY

Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge 

The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY

Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow

The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke LiFlorence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:

THURSDAY 14TH MAY

David Ford @ The Rainbow

Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:

FRIDAY 15TH MAY

Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*

The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:

Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow

With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tour will be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:

SATURDAY 16TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club

An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.

Listen to ‘For Me’ below:

Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow

Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:

The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar

The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:

God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:

SUNDAY 17TH MAY

*FREE ENTRY* JAWS @ Venue TBA

Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click here for more details on how to enter.

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below:

Interview: Lexis

May 6, 2015 in News

We caught up with award-winning Solihull born songstress Lexis ahead of her show at The Glee Club, to talk about her influences, plans for the future and her career highlights.

Can you tell us about how you started writing and performing and what inspired you to begin a career in music?
My parents had a big vinyl record collection so I grew up listening to their Queen and Carpenters records. I also learnt classical piano. It wasn’t until I was given my first guitar that I was able to play chords and come up with melodies. I found writing an easy way to express my emotions, and it felt really natural to put my words to music. In the beginning I wrote lots of songs in my bedroom and I didn’t even know if they were any good. 

Can you tell us more about the creative process behind your songs? Where does the inspiration for your lyrics come from?
Most of the lyrics are very personal and are about love. I find that the best lyrics come after an emotional experience. Sometimes however the inspiration will come out of the blue. Recently I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and I wrote a song called ‘Take The Night’ which is about following your dreams and I also wrote a song called ‘Oh Harry’, where the words were originally a poem written by a friend.

Are there any artists that you would say you are particularly influenced by?
I am influenced by Queen, The Carpenters, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald and classical music. I could go on!

You won the Shure Songwriting Award with your original song ‘Cupid’s Boy, can you tell us how the opportunity came about?
I was actually visiting a music school as I wanted to study music, and on my way out, I picked up this music magazine from the reception. On my way home, whilst reading the magazine, I noticed an ad for the competition which was going to be judged by KT Tunstall and the prize was a scholarship to study music at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London. Having never really played any of my songs in public at that time, I decided to take a chance and enter the competition so I recorded and uploaded a video of myself playing the song in my bedroom. A few months later, and to my disbelief, I received the call saying KT had picked me as the winner and she said she was most struck my lyrics. A few months after that I was at ICMP! I’m really glad I had visited that music school.

What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?
There have been many highlights but a more recent highlight is a gig I played at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham supporting artist Lotte Mullan. I had always wanted to play there and it lived up to its expectations! It’s such an intimate venue and the room was packed. The audience were completely silent for the whole set and they were listening to every word I was singing. It was also a real honour to have supported Lotte. She is a fantastic artist and I really enjoyed her set.

Are there any local acts you recommend we listen to?
Caballo Blanco are a great alternative rock band. They have a unique sound and I like that they play trumpet. I think they are working on an album and you can catch them at their gig at the Flapper on 23 May. I will be going!

You release your debut single ‘Flame’ this summer, can you tell us about the track?
I wrote the song about a year ago. It’s a song about the feeling of being in a relationship that when you are with that person everything seems fun and exciting and never wanting that to end but fearing it may. It’s got a cinematic/baroque pop feel which is the route I am going down with my tracks. For example the main instruments are drums and strings. I have been heavily involved in its production and we are just finalising the string arrangement at the moment. I can’t wait for the world to hear it!

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 9th May?
We will be playing a 45 minute acoustic set. I’ll be playing with my Birmingham based guitarist Karam. We’ll be playing a mixture of old and new songs including a few we haven’t played live before! We have also thrown in a cover which is a combination of Justin Timberlake and Ella Fitzgerald ‘Cry Me A River’ especially for the gig.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?
I’d love to collaborate with Fleetwood Mac. They have so many great songs. At some of my gigs I’ve had people approach me saying my voice reminds them of Stevie Nicks. I’ve been told it’s something about the vibrato, so I would love to write a song with Stevie.

LEXIS PLAYS A FREE ENTRY SHOW AT THE GLEE CLUB ON SAT 9TH MAY 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM ROBERT CRAIG OULTON, WOOD & NAILS AND RUMOURS OF SPRING. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

 

Interview: ViX & her MsChiefs

April 22, 2015 in News

We had a chat with front-woman ViX from ViX & her MsChiefs ahead of their show at The Glee Club Lounge Birmingham, where they kick off the first of our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions therre on Saturday 25th April!

You kick off the Glee Club Acoustic Sessions series on the 25th April, what can people expect from the show?

This show is the launch of our debut single, ‘Fame Is Your Driver’ from our EP Live at Magic Garden produced by Gavin Monaghan (Kings of Leon, Robert Plant, Paolo Nutini, Twang etc).We will be showing the music video too, which we’re all really excited about! I had a vision of doing a send-up of Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor etc, and I cast a really diverse bunch of amazing extras “The Wannabees” (mainly fans, friends, my music mentees etc!). The music video is directed by award-winning film director, Mark Pressdee. The cast and crew will all be at the Glee Club launch!

How did the band come about?

I just woke up one day and decided I was going to form another all-girl band, this time an Americana band; I knew what instruments I wanted, the personalities, the look of the band, and I wanted to do all this within a week! I put the word out and it was done in 6 days! (On the 7th day I rested! Ha ha!)

You were originally in the 80s all-female punk band Fuzzbox. How did you transition from the punk-rock of early Fuzzbox to ViX & her MsChiefs’ Americana sound?

There’s still a lot of ‘punk’ in me; I still like to put myself on the spot and be spontaneous with my music and performances. I do enjoy some of the more ‘rockabilly’ songs we do too – I couldn’t see myself just doing mellow music forevermore; I’d be sooo bored! We do a cool cover of ‘Pink Sunshine’ by Fuzzbox and even played our own version of ‘Rules and Regulations’ when we supported Lene Lovich recently!

The alternative scene was big in Brum at the time that ‘We’ve got a Fuzzbox and we’re gonna use it!!’  kicked off and as a 16 year old, I was into that. Even then I liked bands like The B-52s, The Cramps, The Sugar Cubes, Cocteau Twins and Buzzcocks, so not really hard core punk! Fuzzbox were punk-pop in the early days I’d say – punkettes!

That didn’t stop me from listening to Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Motown, Country etc  though – and of course ELVIS! I think you can hear those influences in many of the Fuzzbox songs, the chord patterns, melodies, harmonies etc. I feel like I’ve gone right back to my roots and I’m doing classic music I’ve always loved and always will, not just a passing trend.

What are the main influences of the band?

I love Americana music! My main influences are probably Emmylou Harris, Eva Cassidy, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Lonnie Donegan, Elvis Presley. I also like Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgrave and Gretchen Peters. 

You’ve been involved with the music industry since the 80’s, what are your greatest memories over the years?

Being on Top of the Pops was quite an achievement and headlining the John Peel stage at Glastonbury would rate pretty high up there! I loved touring The Far East too!

How important is it for you to represent females working within the music industry? What’s your opinion on how women are portrayed in the industry?

It felt like more of a talking point when I was in Fuzzbox, than nowadays in ViX & her MsChiefs. Journalists frequently asked ludicrous questions like “Why are you all girls?” and we constantly had to defend our sexuality and lack of musical virtuosity and prove our intellectual ability. However, on the whole we won people over and gained wide appeal, being on the front cover of Smash Hits and NME in the same week! Fuzzbox are still the UK’s most successful all-girl band to date. We found this out in 2010 so had a reunion to celebrate that accolade. I felt really proud, but I also felt quite annoyed that there weren’t more all-girl bands and female musicians out there!

You call yourself a ‘Brummy enthusiast’, what are your favourite things to do in the city?

The live music scene in Brum is great, so going to gigs is one of my fave things to do! I love Cannon Hill Park, the MAC, Custard Factory, Moseley Village cafes etc. I enjoy the various festivals and outdoor events in the city and of course the Balti triangle! I am really proud to be a Brummy! It is such a culturally diverse and friendly city!

You announced a crowd funding project in order to help with the release of your second EP Music and Mischief, how are things looking with the release?

It’s early days but we’re nearly half way there as we speak. I have songs written for the next EP, so it’s a case of raising the dosh and then we’ll record the Music and Mischief CD! It’s quite exciting, it feels like a very organic, ‘indie’ way of creating something really personal and unique that fans can be an intrinsic part of. We have loads of fab exclusives starting from £5, inc the EPs, hand-written lyrics, house party and artwork. (There are even a few rare Fuzzbox treats in there for Fuzzy fans!). 

VIX & HER MSCHIEFS PLAY A FREE ENTRY SHOW AT THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 25TH APRIL 2015, WITH SUPPORT FROM ROSE REDD, BENEVA & SCOTT HOWLAND. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd – 29th March

March 23, 2015 in News

We’ve got a ridiculously busy week this week with 7 fantastic shows lined up over 5 days! We’ve got something for everyone, kicking off with a visit from Irish indie rockers Raglans, shows from The Devil Makes Three, The Coronas, Lotte Mullan, Marika Hackman, Erros and finishing with a much-anticipated return from Manchester songstress Ren Harvieu. Phew! Check out the full listings for this week below:

MONDAY 23RD MARCH 

Raglans + Luke Wylde & the Japes @ The Rainbow

Indomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes and The Fray. The Dublin band return to the road for their second UK headline tour in March 2015, dates which coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Digging Holes’ below:

TUESDAY 24TH MARCH 

She Makes War + Louis Barabbas + Forgery Lit @ Ort Cafe

Bristol-based gloom-pop artist She Makes War has been championed by the likes of BBC6′s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Tom Robinson, follows on a high profile support slot with folk rockers The Levellers with her first UK headline tour. Her inimitable brand of melancholy, grungey rock with a modern twist has been likened to Blood Red Shoes, Throwing Muses and Bon Iver. Fellow Bristol rockers and collaborators Forgery Lit join her as the support act for many of these dates. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Puncture’ below:

The Devil Makes Three + Rhino & the Ranters @ The Rainbow

Laced elements of ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly, this trio recorded their latest album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and supported Willie Nelson & Trampled By Turtles. The band’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Stranger’ below:

WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 

The Coronas + Jimmy Weston @ O2 Academy 3, Birmingham 

Boasting 3 double platinum albums in their homeland of Ireland, The Coronas have sold out everywhere from Dublin’s 13,000 capacity o2 Arena to The Olympia Theatre, where they played a record-breaking six night run. They have supported Sir Paul McCartneyThe ScriptJustin Timberlake and Pink. New album The Long Way is released on 9th March 2015 on Island RecordsSupport comes from Coverntry-based singer-songwriter Jimmy Weston. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Just Like That’ below:

Lotte Mullan + Jazz Morley + Lexis @ Hare & Hounds

Dubbed as the female Bob Dylan, Lotte will be playing intimate versions of songs from her forthcoming album Love’s Bonfire, made out in Nashville with Band of Horses. Lotte is joined by fellow songstress Jazz Morley as special guest. The Dorset girl has been quietly touring the UK for the past 4 years, honing her skills and notching up over 500 shows in the process, including festival slots at Isle Of White, Guilfest, Redfest and The Great Escape. Support comes from Solihull-born songstress Lexis. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘I’m Still Here’ below:

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH 

Marika Hackman + Charlotte Carpenter @ The Sunflower Lounge

London folk songstress Marika Hackman returns to Birmingham to showcase songs from her debut album We Slept At Last, released 16th February via Dirty Hit. Described as the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom, We Slept At Last is an assured and endlessly intriguing debut album that rewards every repeated listen with new riches. Support comes from Northampton-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Drown’ below:

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 

Errors + Victories at Sea + Ubre Blanca @ The Rainbow

After support slots with Chvrches & The Twilight Sad, the Glasgow ‘post-electro’ trio play The Rainbow to mark the release of their new album ‘Lease of Life’.  The band were formed in 2004 as a bedroom-based electronic project. They were quickly signed to Rock Action Records, the label developed by fellow Glaswegians Mogwai. Support comes from Birmingham’s Victories at Sea and Glasgow duo Ubre Blanca. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Rotor’ below:

Ren Harvieu @ The Glee Club

The Manchester singer/songwriter formerly nominated for BBC Sound of 2012 returns following the success of her debut album Through The Night which reached No.5 in the UK charts. Currently working on her second album, join Ren for a very special night at The Glee Club. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Do Right By Me’ below:

Clare Maguire to play 3 nights at The Glee Club

March 16, 2015 in News

Birmingham-born songstress Clare Maguire is back and sounding more fierce than ever before.

She’s just shared the vintage-styled new video for her single ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’, a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop song that finds her snarling over retro, groovy percussion and brings to mind Amy Winehouse. It’s the title track from her new EP which drops on 13th April via Virgin/EMI, and she’s hard at work on her new album which is released later this year.

We’re delighted to announce that Clare will be playing a special three night residency at The Glee Club Birmingham, on the 1st, 8th and 15th May!

Clare Maguire Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

CLARE MAGUIRE PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON FRI 1ST, 8TH & 15TH MAY 2015. TICKETS FOR ALL THREE DATES AVAILABLE HERE.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd February – 1st March

February 24, 2015 in News

We have a very busy week of gigs this week with something for everyone, including a very special intimate show with Icelandic composer/performer Olafur Arnalds, a sold out show from folk-pop duo Slow Club, and fresh from supporting Twin Atlantic, a visit from Southend rockers Nothing But Thieves. Check out the full listings below for more info…

TUESDAY 24th FEBRUARY

Olafur Arnalds @ The Glee Club

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007, the Icelandic composer has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to create a unique musical language. Known for having his music featured in films such as Hunger Games and 300 – Rise Of An Empire, Arnalds recently provided the music to ITV thriller series Broadchurch, which went on to scoop a BAFTA for Best Music. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Only the Winds’ below:


WEDNESDAY 25th FEBRUARY

Leddra Chapman + Lee Broderick + Corrina Jane @ The Sunflower Lounge

The critically acclaimed folk-pop singer songwriter, favoured by Radio 2 and described as “pitch-perfect acoustic pop” by The Independent plays The Sunflower Lounge playing songs from her latest album Fidelity and Grace released January 2015. She will be joined by Liverpool singer-songwriter Lee Broderick and piano driven singer/songwriter Corinna Jane. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Playground’ below:


THURSDAY 26th FEBRUARY

Sivu + James Attwood @ The Sunflower Lounge

Described as a ‘one man Wild Beasts’ by The Guardian, London based Sivu aka James Page, first caught attention for the innovative MRI-machine video for his critically acclaimed single ‘Better Man Than He’ back in 2013. He released his debut album Something On High in October 2014. Support comes from Birmingham indie-acoustic artist James Attwood. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Better Man Than He’ below:


FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY

Slow Club + Happyness @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

The Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, released their career-defining album Complete Surrender last year to widespread critical acclaim. The record breaks away from the nu-folk sound heard in previous years, touching upon Motown and the output of Memphis’ Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The band are joined by much-hyped London trio Happyness. 

Watch the video for ‘Everything Is New’ below:


FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY

DELS + TrueMendous + Lady Sanity @ The Rainbow

London hip-hop artist, championed by Radio 1, makes a triumphant return with second album Petals Have Fallen, following his critically acclaimed debut GOB. The album is a stunning consolidation of everything that makes DELS great, a giant leap forward sonically and imaginatively, an ultra-modern hip-hop masterpiece. Support comes from Birmingham female hip-hop artists  TrueMendous and Lady Sanity. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Burning Beaches’ below:


SUNDAY 1st MARCH

Nothing But Thieves + Twin Wild + Romans @ The Sunflower Lounge

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves evoke the profound dynamics of music’s more creative imaginations. Drawing inspiration from the bombast of Muse, the playfulness of Kasabian, the unpredictability of Arcade Fire, the songs on debut EP Graveyard Whistling reimagine the majesty of rock and roll. Support comes from Twin Wild and Romans. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Wake Up Call’ below:

Ren Harvieu returns to The Glee Club Birmingham

January 21, 2015 in News

Ren Harvieu is an English singer/songwriter from Salford, Greater Manchester. While in sixth form college, she performed in musical theatre and entered several talent competitions before uploading some of her own recordings to MySpace.

As a result of these recordings, Ren was discovered by a local music manager. After being introduced to music producer Jimmy Hogarth, she began working on demos and was signed to Universal Music when she was 18.

Ren started recording an album but in May 2011, before it could be released, she broke her back in what she describes as a ‘freak accident’ After a 14-hour operation, Harvieu spent months recovering at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for their BBC Sounds of 2012 poll. After releasing the singles ‘Through the Night’ and ‘Open Up Your Arms’ her first album Through the Night was released on Island Records in May 2012, entering the UK album chart at No 5.

Ren is currently working on her second album.

Ren Harvieu Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter 

REN HARVIEU PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Do Right By Me’ below: