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Francobollo announce Birmingham show

May 18, 2017 in News

Distorted, childlike, energetic, excitable, mischievous; quite simply Francobollo is everything you ever wanted for Christmas, but were too afraid to ask.

The members, who met at school in Lund, Sweden, have played and recorded as session musicians for bands such as Slow ClubLA Salami and members of Mystery Jets. Cutting their teeth in North London warehouse parties, the band are equally at home in intimate holes as they are on big festival stages; always oozing with joy; winning over audiences with ease.

Mercury Prize and Brit Award winning producer Charlie Andrew took great interest in the band after seeing them play live, making them the first signing to his newly established label Square Leg Records.

Long Live Life – Francobollo’s much anticipated debut album, to be released on Friday 14th July, was a test as to how to capture the band’s onstage spirit – which they’re now widely renowned for.

Francobollo Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Francobollo play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 2nd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Kinky Lola’ below:

Leif Vollebekk announces Birmingham show

May 12, 2017 in News

Some artists go on feeling like secrets long after they’ve started being told. Leif Vollebekk, who released his third album in February 2017, is one of these treasures. Born in Ottawa in 1985, he taught himself music using instruments inherited from his grandfather: harmonica, guitar, piano, an old fiddle.

Vollebekk’s latest, long overdue LP, Twin Solitude, is the product of everything that came before: the unending tours, the slow cover songs, the experience of seeing Prince, alone at a piano. At the end of Vollebekk’s twenties, his own songs didn’t sound right. He had spent an entire year on the road, playing almost 100 shows, but every night his favourite moment came only right at the end, covering a song by Ray Charles or Townes Van Zandt. Every time he got home from tour he took a hot shower and lay still under a window, listening to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, feeling saved, wondering why his own music didn’t give him that. Why the songs he had written himself always felt like so much work.

Yet in its heart, above all, Twin Solitude is a gesture back to Leif’s long nights under a pink moon, when a record was the only thing that could keep him company. Besides a wink to Hugh MacLennan’s novel Two Solitudes, this is the unlonely loneliness of the album’s title. “It isn’t a record I made for other people – it’s the one I made for myself,” Leif said. “It’s the album I wish I could have put on.”

Leif Vollebekk Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Leif Vollebekk plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 22nd November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Elegy’ below:

Bellevue Days to play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham

May 11, 2017 in News

Croydon’s Bellevue Days recalls The Xcerts at their most boisterous, Manchester Orchestra at their most anthemic, and Weezer at their perfect-pop-crunch best. The self-proclaimed “sludge-pop” four-piece have plans to release new material before the summer, and they’re hoping that their new songs – the follow-up to last year’s Sad Boy EP – will give them enough momentum to justify plenty of time on tour. Unsurprisingly, given the EP’s name, there’s a hefty amount of emo on show on Sad Boy, but it’s laced with pop hooks and lashings of indie coolness which make the band stick-out from the UK’s burgeoning DIY scene.

Bellevue Days have been riding the crest of a wave for the past twelve months, and when asked why they think their music is connecting with people, the band reckon it’s their hard to pin-down sound that helps. “There are a lot of indie bands out there right now,” Dan claims, “and maybe we’re a bit different; a bit rockier, and filling a different niche.” Bellevue Days’ tunes share as much, if not more, with Nirvana as they do with The Strokes.

As 2017 rolls on and Bellevue Days release more new music, it’s likely their stock will rise even higher. The band are already confirmed to play 2000trees in the summer. With tunes as good as they’ve got and a burning ambition driving them, you wouldn’t bet against this being the year that Bellevue Days well and truly deliver on the hype.

Bellevue Days Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Bellevue Days play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 3rd August 2017, with support from Patrons. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ripped Jeans’ below:

The Sundowners to play Sunflower Lounge Birmingham

May 2, 2017 in News

Warped guitars, groove-bodied bass, hypnotic drums and emphatic dual vocals collectively spanning a layered cinematic soundscape – this is the majestic sound of The Sundowners. Made up of Niamh Rowe (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Fiona Skelly (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Alfie Skelly (Lead Guitar), Tim Cunningham (Bass) and Jim Sharrock (Drums) the Liverpool quintet are all set to announce details of their second album, the keenly anticipated follow-up to their lauded self-titled debut, appearing on Skeleton Key Records.

Following a busy 18 months touring in support of debut album Sundowners – spanning a UK tour, dates alongside The Coral and festival performances at Isle of Wight FestivalFestival No.6 and Liverpool Sound City adding to a festival résumé that already boasted an impressive Glastonbury set to a packed tent in 2013, The Sundowners reconvened at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios at various points throughout 2016 to build, experiment and ultimately polish album two.

Working alongside debut album production team James Skelly and Rich Turvey (The Coral, BlossomsShe Drew The Gun) and added influences and production from Andy Votel. Inspired by an eclectic range of sounds and wide- ranging record collections the fivesome are constantly honing and evolving their sound with refreshing innovative touches from driving riffs and cinematic sequences to swirling organs and stellar harmonies from the ethereal voices of Skelly and Rowe. All beautifully showcased in new lead single ‘Great Beauty’, which received radio play from BBC 6 Music and Radio X upon release and was labelled “utterly majestic” by This Feeling.

The Sundowners Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Sundowners play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 4th May 2017, with support from Edgar Jones & The New Joneses and Cut Glass Kings. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Into The Light’ below:

Kevin Devine announces show at The Sunflower Lounge

April 20, 2017 in News


Kevin Devine is used to living life in the gray. For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has oscillated between As and Bs: intimate acoustic moments and bombastic rock songs; deeply introspective lyrics and sociopolitical charges; the storm cloud and its silver lining.

Produced by John Agnello (Sonic YouthDinosaur Jr.) and released via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitorslabel, Instigator is Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of a busy few years. In addition to recording two albums with Bad Books (the indie-rock supergroup he formed with members of Manchester Orchestra), he released the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection Bubblegum and Bulldozerin 2013 along with the wildly ambitious 2015 Devinyl Splits 7” series with the likes of Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, Perfect Pussy‘s Meredith Graves and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws.

Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues Instigator – from the biting power-pop of ‘Both Ways’ and ‘No Why’ to the angular, Nirvana-esque ‘Guard Your Gates’ and gorgeously finger-picked ‘No One Says You Have To’ – with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring. Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself.

Kevin Devine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kevin Devine plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 12th July 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Instigator’ below:

Kite Base announce Birmingham show

April 3, 2017 in News

Kite Base, a two-piece band consisting of bass guitarists Ayse Hassan (Savages) and Kendra Frost, have announced details of a headline U.K. tour in June. The band previously announced a run of shows supporting Thor & Friends (Thor Harris of Swans / Shearwater) and an appearance at this year’s Field Day Festival.

The band also recently played a sold-out show at London’s Kamio, bagged a double-page spread in Loud & Quiet and picked their top-5 albums for London in Stereo.

They recently released ‘Transition’, which was accompanied by a visually stunning video based around live footage taken from the band’s sold-out show at London’s Electrowerkz at the end of last year and directed by Simone Pellegrini & Giorgio Testi. The track is a taster from their forthcoming debut album, Latent Whispers, which is released on Friday May 26th 2017.

“There are traces of everything from Stereolab’s urban sophistication to PJ Harvey’s ferocity to Radiohead’s artful darkness to Sufjan Stevens’ childlike singsong in this music” – Stereogum

Kite Base Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kite Base play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Tues 13th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Transition’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 20th – 26th March

March 20, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham we have Glasgow synth-pop duo Prides at The Flapper on Monday. Thursday sees rhythm’n’blues band King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge, and on Friday Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds as the last stop on his debut UK tour. On Sunday fresh-faced Manchester four-piece Dantevilles play The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

Prides + Twin Wild + The Young @ The Flapper
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Glasgow-based duo Prides return with their latest single ‘Are You Ready’, continuing their natural move towards a well-rounded, guitar/drum led sound, complimented by elegant electronic touches. Prides have consistently proved themselves to be band with big songs, and equally big crowds. 2 years ago the band played the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1. Support comes from alternative rock four-piece Twin Wild and indie band The Young.

Listen to ‘Are You Ready’ below:


TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Club Drive + Idolising Nova + Idle Frets @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hailed as Britain’s very own answer to the likes of One Republic, Maroon 5 or The Script, Club Drive’s latest single is an unapologetic slice of pure pop brilliance. Already making a name for themselves across social media and with a fast-expanding – and very fervent – fanbase, the quartet have captured the interest of Radio 1’s BBC Introducing team where ‘Dangerous’ was featured across the Introducing network as ‘Track Of The Week’. Support comes from indie pop trio Idolising Nova and catchy indie rock band Idle Frets.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Dangerous’ below:


WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

Bad Sounds + Social State @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Bath-based five-piece Bad Sounds‘ single ‘Avalanche’ was selected by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac as her track of the week. Released in April 2016, the single was co-produced by Duncan Mills (Peace/Spector), fusing cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines and an undeniably addictive chorus, bringing sounds of the 70′s and 80′s into the 90′s Brit-Pop era, with a twist. Support comes from Birmingham duo Social State whose songs are a mix of various genres including indie, hip-hop and pop.

Watch the video for ‘Avalanche’ below:


THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

King Salami & The Cumberland Three + The Good Water + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge
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This is London’s greatest and most sensational rhythm’n’blues-punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when The Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers. Support comes from gritty rhythm & blues duo The Good Water and punk band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Tiger In My Tank’ below:


FRIDAY 24TH MARCH

Ed Geater + Bear + Dee Ajayi + Amy Louise Ellis + DJs til late @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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Ed Geater is back in 2017 with a headline show at the Hare & Hounds, serving as the last stop of his debut UK tour. The gig follows the success of his Unseen EP release launch at Mama Roux’s in October, which received rave reviews from CounteractBab Mag and Brum Radio. Ed will be playing material from both EPs released in 2016 by London label Music Mandi, plus some new songs, and is set to be joined by friends on stage for a host of collaborations. Support from acoustic hip-hop duo Bear, soulful singer-songwriter Dee Ajayi, singer-songwriter Amy Louise Ellis and DJs Jack Barber and The Deviant til late.

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:


SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

Mad Dog Mcrea + The Infusion @ Mama Roux’s
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Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support comes from bluesy rock band The Infusion.

Watch the video for ‘Almost Home’ below:

The Vryll Society + Violet + Grim Fiction @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Liverpool’s swaggering psychedelic outfit The Vryll Society have announced the release of their latest single ‘Sacred Flight’ via Deltasonic Records, kicking off what promises to be a very productive and exciting year culminating in the release of their widely anticipated debut album. The psych-pop quintet’s unique eclectic sound has already seen them heavily tipped by BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music). Support comes from Midlands indie five-piece Violet and psychedelic alternative band Grim Fiction.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:


SUNDAY 26TH MARCH

Dantevilles + Sacrifice & Bliss + The Mojo Filters + Shoot The Town @ The Sunflower Lounge
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A fresh-faced, four-piece band emitting new music from the home they call Manchester. Reimaging the sound of the red-brick capital of the North with their uplifting and soulful brand of indie pop, Dantevilles are as sharp as they are raw. Clean, canny guitars and dual captivating vocals never compete for space in their unshakable, off-the-wall arrangements. Support comes from synth-punk duo Sacrifice & Bliss, rock and roll soul band The Mojo Filters and indie band Shoot The Town.

Watch the video for ‘Perfect Place’ below:

Eyedress to play The Sunflower Lounge

March 20, 2017 in News

Eyedress is 26 year old Idris Vicuña from Manila, the Philippines. He presents his debut album proper – Manila Ice– out 12th May via Lex Records.

Manila Ice showcases his unique talent for lovesick composition and songwriting, and his DIY spirit. The album was recorded around the birth of his first child and represents the hopes and fears of a young parent as well as providing him an escape from the realities of his personal life and the dramatic political events unfolding in his home city. He recorded and produced the entire album from his bedroom studio at his parents house – playing lead and rhythm guitar, bass, synths, samplers, drums alongside singing and rapping.

Eyedress has been supported by Zane LoweAnnie MacHuw StevensLauren LaverneSteve LamacqTom RavenscroftSindenSteve AokiGhostpoetZed’s DeadCrookers.

He has previously collaborated with King Krule and supported Mac DemarcoJungleGrimes and How To Dress Well. His music is informed by the diverse influences of his early life in Phoenix, Arizona and San Clemente, California followed by his family’s return to The Philippines aged 15. Taking to sampling and beat making as much as traditional musicianship, his thirst for expression has seen him turn his unique voice to rap, punk, synth pop and lo-fi indie styles. On Manila Ice he strips his experimentation back to a more traditional songwriting, and brings a striking honesty to the narratives which weave through the record.

Eyedress Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Eyedress plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 10th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sofia Coppola’ below:

WATCH: The Vryll Society – ‘Sacred Flight’

March 17, 2017 in News

After a pretty barnstorming 2016, Liverpudlians The Vryll Society jetted off this year by unleashing their latest single ‘Sacred Flight.’

A swirl of catchy yet cosmic guitar licks and driving percussion topped off with a sing-along, anthemic chorus, ‘Sacred Flight’ gives the perfect glimpse into the band’s swaggering, contemporary take on classic psych-rock. Speaking of the track, frontman Mike Ellis said: “‘Sacred Flight’ is a motoric journey into cosmic space jolting atoms of sound from one galaxy to another before finally exploding into a jewel box of guitar frenzied litany!”

Well when it comes to the new video for the track, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves really. The clip itself is a cosmic explosion of kaleidoscopic images, as the band perform within a vortex of fractals, buildings and shapes. They seem pretty calm about their voyage considering they’re hurtling through what’s probably the fourth dimension at the speed of light.

The Vryll Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

The Vryll Society play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 25th March 2017, with support from Violet and Grim Fiction. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:

HVMM to play The Sunflower Lounge

March 16, 2017 in News

From the West Midlands rises the heavy-laced rock of HVMM. When was the last time you went to a gig and felt that teenage combination of fear and excitement? Picture a sepia-lit stage with four smartly garbed musicians staring out steely eyed. Collarless cotton, cravats, smoked chrome glinting on resting Fenders: the scene feels theatrical, anachronistic, subversive.

When the music starts, dark Victoriana bursts into apoplectic rock ’n’ roll, fizzing with a fun kind of fury. Guitarist Ebony Clay and bassist Jack Timmis smash out brawny, off-time riffs that evoke the darker moments of Led Zep IV. The space they and rampant drummer Sam Jenkins create offers singer Andy Teece’s room to spit rhythmic vocals that suggest a super-charged Tom Waits is front and center.

And then somehow, in the febrile chaos, there is sex and slick-back swagger, the sort of which you’ve seen in recent Arctic Monkeys. Take a minute to process the dark romance directing some of the lyrics and the comparison strengthens.

HVMM Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

HVMM play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 18th March 2017, with support from Dirty Jane, The Kontours and Juniper Wolf. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Modern Pussy’ below: