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Gabriel Bruce to play The Rainbow Birmingham

August 16, 2016 in News

“The returning London musician is on fighting form” – NME

Following the release of his immersive second album Come All Sufferers earlier this year, singer/songwriter Gabriel Bruce announces a UK headline tour for this October.

The London based performer has earned his reputation as one of the country’s most captivating live acts. Melding a diverse selection of influences from Nick Cave to Kanye West, the music combines everything from loose funk laced rhythms to intense southern blues, and nihilistic noise rock. Bruce himself moves between the lurid sexiness of a lounge singer to the screaming intensity of a Baptist street preacher in the blink of an eye.

With Come All Sufferers his most complete work to date this tour is set to be one of the must see live events of the year.

Gabriel Bruce Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘Metal Soul’ below:

Ed Geater to play The Rainbow

August 11, 2016 in News

Birmingham singer-songwriter and beatboxer, Ed Geater has announced details of a new EP release and its accompanying live launch.

Unseen (released October 10th via Music Mandi) is the follow-up EP to his last extended player, Barriers, which featured the drum and bass infused ‘Don’t Think’.

Ed, who is massively influenced by minimalist and ambient electronic artists such as Bonobo and Four Tet has developed a truly unique sound over the last couple of years, and will be looking to continue his mission of taking Birmingham by storm following the success of his Barriers EP.

Not only is Ed one of the city’s finest songwriting talents – he’s also a pretty mean beatboxer too. His forthcoming single, ‘Symmetry’ showcases this perfectly with a blend of intricate guitar work floating amongst Ed’s dulcet tones and beatboxed backing; it’s a real toe-tapper. Keep an eye out for the ‘Symmetry’ single and video, both of which are set to drop in September.

Set to take place at the Rainbow Courtyard in Digbeth on October 27th, the EP launch will be a great chance to see Ed in an intimate setting before he, inevitably, catapults in to stardom.

His last EP launch at the Sunflower Lounge was packed out – so we’d advise picking up your tickets as soon as possible.

Local artists Lady Sanity and Alex Rainsford will be special guests on the night.

Ed Geater Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

ED GEATER plays The Rainbow Birmingham on Thurs 27th October 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Think’ below:

Introducing: Guadalupe Plata

August 9, 2016 in News

If the Spanish town of Úbeda had its own rogues gallery honouring the misfits and outlaws whose boots had scuffed its dusty ground, three ‘Wanted’ posters would surely hang; a trio of mug shots simply referred to as Guadalupe Plata – the most deathly delta blues outfit to ever emerge from Andalusia.

Make no mistake – the music of Guadalupe Plata derives from the murkiest of depths. Channelling red hot passion for the blues into Hispanic roots, theirs is a sound that lingers in the sunset like a voodoo curse. Using flamenco terms, they describe their process as straining to be podrío; to be rotten, and talk of “involution,” “duende,” and “hechizo” – supernatural terms of invocation, and, well, goblins. But then again, that’s what you’d expect – concocted in a town famed as a location for Spaghetti Westerns, the band’s unique blues sits like a cowboy soundtrack pulled from a zombie’s grasp by the Mississippi Blues greats, Os Mutantes, and Jon Spencer.

Guadalupe Plata Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Guadalupe Plata play The Rainbow Birmingham on Fri 16th September 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Calle 24′ below:

Introducing: Asylums

August 2, 2016 in News

Written and recorded in the post-social networking malaise, Asylums’ debut album Killer Brain Waves is the sound of discontent right now.

From the very first demo to this very album, the band have done it all on their own fiercely DIY terms. And right now, doing everything their own way has meant that current single ‘Necessary Appliances’, is being championed by BBC Radio 1, 6Music, and Radio X, and a whole bunch of gigs beckons over Summer, including slots at Bestival and other prestigious festivals.

Asylums have created a snapshot of a band and country in a state of change. They may have killer pop hooks, but there’s no bubblegum here – songs about the death of high street retail, austerity, and rampant consumerism, sit cheek by jowl next to tales of sex, outsider culture, and gender equality. With a social media blackout for the first three singles, Killer Brain Waves is the culmination of a two year slow burn – all this in the time that has seen other bands get themselves signed and disappear off the face of the Earth. A new song every three months, each with a new DIY video on a new theme, on their own Cool Thing Records label run out of a spare bedroom in Southend-on-Sea. And it’s not just for Asylums – this album has secured Cool Thing a distribution deal with Brighton’s Republic Of Music, meaning that they can now give other bands a platform.

Some of the songs you’ll know. After all, five of the tracks on Killer Brain Waves went straight onto Radio 1, and the band have been playing the length and breadth of Britain supporting the likes of The Vaselines, Killing Joke, Ash and Nothing But Thieves.

Asylums Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Missing Persons’ below:

Honeyblood to play The Rainbow Birmingham

August 1, 2016 in News

For Honeyblood frontwoman Stina Tweeddale, the title of her band’s second album came from somewhere close to her heart. Babes Never Die is not a shy motto, and one that’s triumphant sentiment rings throughout Honeyblood’s exceptional sophomore record.

Recorded during several candle-burning stints at London’s Fish Factory studio in the winter of 2016, Stina and Cat were joined by acclaimed producer James Dring, whose work with the likes of Jamie T and Gorillaz made him an intriguing choice for the Scottish duo.

Together they’ve 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, a regime that’s bound to leave an impression.

Honeyblood Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

HONEYBLOOD play The Rainbow Birmingham on Sat 19th November 2016. Tickets available here.

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

Introducing: The Lapelles

July 22, 2016 in News

The Lapelles are a young five-piece band from East Kilbride, Glasgow.

After previous support slots with the likes of Baby Strange & DMA’s and radio play from Radio X & Huw Stephens at BBC Radio One, the band have made 2016 their own, playing alongside The View and The Last Shadow Puppets plus gathering widespread acclaim for their storming debut T In The Park set.

Developing their own sound within the famous Glasgow music scene, the band bring a unique mixture of guitar and synth sounds, which tend to leave a lasting impression on their audiences. Heavily influenced by bands such as Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, The Vaccines, Phoenix, The Cribs and everything released on cool Glasgow based independent record label Postcard Records, The Lapelles are certainly ones to watch this year.

The Lapelles Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 The Lapelles play The Rainbow Cellar Birmingham on Fri 14th October 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Grab Life By’ below:

Muncie Girls to play The Rainbow Bham

June 21, 2016 in News

Born in punk shows and dive bars to three driven teenagers in 2012, Muncie Girls embodies the classic punk rock story in a modern context.

Fueled by discontent and anxiety, they eloquently address issues of modern living as a self-aware young adult. The result is an ambitious and poignant rebellion against social norms that touches on everything from politics to interpersonal relationships.

The band released their highly acclaimed debut album From Caplan To Belsize on 4th March, 2016 via Specialist Subject Records in the UK. Musically, the album is a dynamic and emotional exploration of punk and indie rock. The album’s bouncy catchiness is sure to be a hit with fans of Hop AlongLemuriaLatterman, and RVIVR, but one of the defining characteristics of Muncie Girls is their ability to explore outside their immediate influences.

Ultimately, what sets Muncie Girls apart is vocalist & bassist Lande Hekt’s unique perspective and its impact on her understated lyricism. Hekt’s dry, unembellished writing style is, in many ways, reminiscent of classic American literature – a trait exceptionally unusual for a punk rock band from Exeter.

Muncie Girls Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Muncie Girls play The Rainbow Birmingham on Friday 25th November 2016. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Respect’ below:

Ben Caplan returns to play The Rainbow Birmingham

June 1, 2016 in News

A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing.

His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you’ve not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His latest album release, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world.

It was listed on CBC Radio’s 50 Best Canadian Albums of 2015, reached #1 on Earshot’s National Folk/Roots/Blues chart, and was accepted into the Baker & Taylor NPR Discover Songs library. It’s all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It’s uncharted territory, and Caplan’s leading the way.

Ben Caplan Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘Birds With Broken Wings’ below:

Fickle Friends to play The Rainbow Birmingham

March 7, 2016 in News

Brighton five-piece Fickle Friends first caught people’s attention in 2014 when their debut single ‘SWIM’ amassed over 750,000 Soundcloud plays. After becoming HypeMachine’s 25th most blogged artist of 2014, the band also received acclaim from Zane LoweBillboard & BBC Introducing.

The quintet’s upbeat summertime synth-pop has made them a firm festival favourite, seen them support Birmingham garage-pop stalwarts JAWS, and had them playlisted at Radio 1.

Following a sold out show at The Sunflower Lounge last year, Fickle Friends return to Birmingham on Wed 9th March 2016 to headline The Rainbow.

“They’re masters of crafting joyful pop tunes with darker messages.” - The 405

“Fickle Friends have something of Haim’s magical ability to write a bouncy pop song.” - MTV District

Fickle Friends Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘Say No More’ below:

Introducing: White

February 29, 2016 in News

Glasgow quintet WHITE are set to headline The Rainbow Cellar Birmingham on Thurs 3rd March 2016.

The dates come off the back of a breakthrough year for the five-piece. They have featured in the likes of the Guardian, Clash, NME, Q and Mixmag, whilst being on the In New Music We Trust playlist on BBC Radio 1. They’ve received support from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, as well as Zane Lowe and Elton John on Beats Music. Radio X have also been strong supporters so far. Most recently they appeared on BBC Introducing Live alongside Frances and Dan Bettridge.

Taking their lead from the adventurous, art-pop of Roxy Music and LCD Soundsystem with a heavy dose of the Associates and the funk guitar of the likes of Nile Rodgers, WHITE will continue to defy convention and tread their own musical path into the new year and beyond.

White Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Future Pleasures’ below: