We have another jam packed week for you featuring some of the best local live acts in Birmingham! Kicking it all off on Wednesday, psych-pop troubadours Sky Children take to the stage at The Sunflower Lounge with support from Gleam and Lacura. Friday sees indie-rockers The Rubikons return to Birmingham where they play The Rainbow to celebrate the release of their debut EP. Whilst over at The Sunflower Lounge, hotly-tipped rockers Romans debut songs from their eagerly anticipated album - = + (Less is More). Check out the full listings below for more info:
WEDNESDAY 12th AUGUST
Sky Children + Lacura + Gleam @ The Sunflower Lounge MORE INFO • TICKETS ON THE DOOR
Cosmic pop troubadours from Birmingham, who create warped tunes out of comforting head trips and helter skelter choruses. After forming in January 2015, Sky Childrengained some momentum by releasing their heart thumping demos ‘Images’ and ‘In Hindsight’. They have since supported bands such as BBC introducing favourites Neon Waltz and Chilean Kraut-Rock band Follakzoid. Supportcomes from Birmingham shoegazers Gleam and East Midlands dream-poppers Lacura.
Listen to ‘Images’ below:
FRIDAY 14th AUGUST
The Rubikons + The Shanklins + Hankks + Handwaxx + Bad Penny @ The Rainbow Cellar MORE INFO • BUY TICKETS
After a brief taste of success in 2009 only to split a few months later, The Rubikons have been rejuvenated with their new 3 piece line-up. Previously described as ‘Stomping stadium indie with epic sweeping sounds’ the band are back with more tunes than a pharmacy counter. And with an arsenal of over 50 songs, The Rubikons released their debut EP Love, Faith & Fear on the 18th May 2015. Support comes from Cannock indie four-piece The Shanklins, Birmingham rock’n'roll quartet Hankks, psychedelic indie trio Handwaxx and hard rock three-piece Bad Penny.
Since the release of their EP turning heads at Kerrang! & Rock Sound, Romans have cemented themselves on the live circuit supporting Mallory Knox & Nothing But Thieves. Romans are itching to show the world what they’ve been working so hard on. A solid debut album from a quartet with heaps of potential, Romans are doing British rock proud and may soon become your new favourite band. Support comes from Birmingham alt-rock quintet Authors.
Watch the video for ‘Bet’ below:
SATURDAY 15th AUGUST
SLTP @ The Sunflower Lounge MORE INFO • TICKETS ON THE DOOR
Freaky fivesome from Birmingham SLTP are a fun-loving cry yourself to sleep alternative band. Inspired by old wave, new wave and no wave they stand on the fine line between “pop” and “what on earth am I listening to right now?
North London band Palace have had a rapid rise to fame since their debut EP Lost In The Night was released in 2014 winning fans in Radio 1′s Huw Stephens and picking up praise from NME and The Guardian. Now, signed to Fiction Records, they are giving their colourful indie track ‘Head Above The Water’ some abstract video treatment.
Director Oliver Hadlee Pearch says:
“When you are swept up by a wave, you are caught underwater. Not knowing which way is up or down left or right. This was sort of the starting point for this video. This idea of confusion. Concussion even. Dreams played a big part in this film. How many different scenes can sit side by side harmoniously. I wanted to try and create mini narratives which all lead the same way yet are completely removed from each other. Tied together. Across the video we want the audience to be hypnotized, drawn in yet not knowing why or how”
Palace’s Chase The Light EP is out now. ‘Head Above The Water’, a sensual, sun-streaked love song worthy of Jeff Buckley, will be released as a single on September 7th via Fiction Records.
This week kicks off with a visit from Boxed In, otherwise known as songwriter and producer Oli Bayston, who combines his love of Krautrock and house music in his critically acclaimed solo project. Wednesday is a busy day at The Rainbow, with celebrated folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad playing in The Rainbow Cellar, whilst rock’n'roll trio Little Barrie take to the stage in The Rainbow Courtyard. Friday sees the first of a series of events called Baddies Banquet, an event that delivers 3 rooms of music every Friday at The Rainbow. Headlined by the dynamic Birmingham indie/ska fusion band The Underclass, this event should be the first of many great nights! And bringing it all to a close on Saturday at The Glee Club, Birmingham troubadour Barnesy plays a much anticipated set as part of the weekly Acoustic Sessions events. Check out the full listings below and see if something takes your fancy!
Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. Boxed In brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. Inspired by the motorik rhythms of Can, Cluster and Neu! as well as house producers, like Pépé Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasises that the art of pop song writing is right at the heart of Boxed In. Support comes from London-based electronic-rock band Zola Blood and Birmingham’s Midnight Bonfires,a band who fuse folk sensitivity with rock and roll energy.
Watch the video for ‘Mystery’ below:
WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE
Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls + Ghosts of Dead Airplanes @ The Rainbow Cellar MORE INFO • BUY TICKETS
Andrew Jackson Jihad have always had a way with words. That’s pretty obvious from their near endless catalog of songs like ‘The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving’ and ‘Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus’ for example. But on their latest album, Christmas Island, the Phoenix folk-punk weirdos seem intent on upping their eccentric lyric game. Support on this show comes from Californian punk trio Hard Girls and energetic Birmingham quartet Ghosts of Dead Airplanes.
Following the release of their critically acclaimed album King Of The Waves, the rock ‘n’ roll trio return with latest album Shadow, recorded with Edwyn Collins. Recorded and mixed in just 17 days there is a relaxed urgency about Shadow inspired by having recently worked with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Damo Suzuki (Can), Andrew Weatherall and Pete Molinari. Support comes from Gil De Ray.
Watch the video for ‘Bonneville Ride’ below:
FRIDAY 12TH JUNE
Baddies Banquet: The Underclass + Bloom & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar MORE INFO • TICKETS ON THE DOOR
Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late.
This week features The Underclass, Savannah, Hope Street, Party Hardly, Bloom, Rituals, Fringe & Shooze!
SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
Acoustic Sessions: Barnesy + Mike Moloney @ The Glee Club Lounge MORE INFO • FREE ENTRY
2014 saw Barnesy make huge strides in the right direction, playing sets at Lunar & Moseley Folk Festivals, sharing stages with John McCullagh and James Walsh (Starsailor). Barnesy is currently recording in the studio following the release of his single ‘Blue Flashing Lights’, mastered by the legendary Pete Maher. Support comes from modern day crooner Mike Moloney.
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 Li, Florence 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.
Watchthe 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 tourwill 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 herefor more details on how to enter.
Recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, Irish duo ALL TVVINS have just released their debut single ‘Thank You’. Recently premiered by Zane Lowe, the track coincides with a headline tour which includes a show at The Rainbow Cellar Birmingham on Wed 3rd June 2015.
Produced by Jim Abbiss (Arcade Fire, Kasabian), ‘Thank You’ presents a snapshot of the ALL TVVINS sound. A live indie-rock band underpinned by a maelstrom of synths, their collision of disparate influences results in a sound akin to a melting pot of TV On The Radio’s art-pop twists with the leftfield psychedelic excursions of Animal Collective.
ALL TVVINS consists of two multi-instrumentalists in the shape of Conor Adams (primarily vocals and bass) and Lar Kaye (guitars) who first met on the Dublin underground scene. They first started working together in the summer of 2013, and have since opened for Arcade Fire and The Pixies at a gargantuan homecoming show at Dublin’s Marlay Park; earned the respect of new wave pioneers Blondie following a set at Electric Picnic; and played at the famous Olympia Theatre as guests to Editors.
The duo are currently working on sessions for their upcoming debut album with Jim Abbiss, Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar), Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club) and Matt Schwartz among those enlisted as their partners in sound.
The Bots recorded their first album together when they were just 15 and 12 years old. They self-released their first three EPs and completed two Vans Warped Tours, countless European festivals, and support tours with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Refused, and Bad Brains. This was all before releasing their EP, Sincerely Sorry, on FADER Label in 2013, which spurred The New York Times to predict, “They are on the cusp of stardom”.
The Bots’ debut full-length album, Pink Palms, was released in October 2014. The LA Times premiered the record and called it “a mash of frenetic garage rock and lush indie rock.” Zane Lowe premiered the first single, ‘All I Really Want’, on his BBC Radio 1 show, proclaiming, “The Bots make brilliant, weird rock & roll music. And the future – a big part of it – belongs to them.”
They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with their being 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’.