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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:

3 Daft Monkeys return to Birmingham

December 1, 2014 in News

Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible!

2013 saw the release of their sixth studio album Of Stones and Bones – their most story-led and theatrical to date; a compelling collection of songs that draws the listener into the bizarre and mysterious world of Cornish tales and superstitions, both ancient and modern.

3DM is the perfect band to engage with this mythic landscape, themselves icons of the underground counter-culture of the last decade. Following their rip-roaring set at the Hare & Hounds last year, the band return to Birmingham to play The Oobleck, in the heart of Digbeth’s Custard Factory, on Friday 19th December 2014.

3 Daft Monkeys Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

3 DAFT MONKEYS PLAY THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2014. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

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

Cold Ocean Lies headline The Oobleck Birmingham

October 29, 2014 in News


Birmingham four piece Cold Ocean Lies have announced the release their debut single through indie label Killing Moon. To celebrate, the quartet will play their biggest headline show to date on Sat 1st November at The Oobleck, in the heart of Digbeth’s Custard Factory.

The band, who have been together for 11 months are influenced by Smashing Pumpkins, Ride and Oasis and are making a splash in their hometown of Birmingham selling out their last headliners. Their sound captures 90s grunge rock with classic British influences which culminates in an exciting live show.

BBC Introducing West Midlands have already shown their support giving the band several plays. The blog world has also picked up on the band, including the likes of indie tastemakers Killing Moon and 7 Bit Arcade.

Cold Ocean Lies Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

COLD OCEAN LIES PLAY THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HEIST AND OCEANIA. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Listen to ‘Fade’ below:

The Struts to play The Oobleck Birmingham

October 28, 2014 in News

An invigorating breath of fresh air on a stagnant rock scene, indie rockers The Struts released their debut album Everybody Wants in July 2014.

A quintessentially English proposition, The Struts mix the flamboyance of Queen in their hard partying early 70’s pomp, with the supercharged wit and youthful energy of Supergrass or The Libertines. A band who proudly stand apart from the crowd and steadfastly refuse to chase the latest trends and fads, The Struts aren’t afraid to plough their own furrow and have the tunes to back it up. They’ve built their loyal fan base through fanatical word of mouth, blistering live shows and monstrous hooks that steadfastly refuse to leave your brain.

A combination of much-missed old-fashioned showmanship, stadium sized tunes and dazzling musicianship, The Struts are here to inject a rich shot of colour into UK guitar music’s currently grey landscape.

The Struts Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE STRUTS PLAY THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM ON WED 29TH OCT 2014, WITH SUPPORT FROM ELECTRIC AND CAPITAL SUN. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Put Your Money On Me’ below:

Listen: Superfood – ‘Mood Bomb’

September 16, 2014 in News


Superfood release their new single, ‘Mood Bomb’, on the 3rd November 2014. It is taken from their forthcoming debut album, Don’t Say That, also released 3rd November through Infectious Music.

Don’t Say That builds on all the band’s early promise from those initial EPs and singles (Bubbles/Melting/TV/Right On Satellite) with a fully-realised collection of melody-heavy, guitar-driven songs.  ‘Mood Bomb’ is an intelligently crafted indie-rock tune, stamped with Superfood’s natural ear for instant hooks but delivered with a force and depth that gives fair suggestion that this British band aren’t merely of the moment, but in it for the long haul.

“[Superfood] tug on a melodic thread that stretches from Blur right back to The Beatles” – The Guardian

SUPERFOOD & HONEYBLOOD PLAY THE OOBLECK BIRMINGHAM AS PART OF THE NME NEW BREED TOUR ON FRI 31ST OCTOBER 2014. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM  HERE.

Listen to ‘Mood Bomb’ below: