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Banfi live at The Sunflower Lounge

June 19, 2017 in News

Making spiky, dramatic pop music, Banfi’s first official shot across the bows ‘Where We Part’ was posted on Soundcloud in April 2015, which led to the band signing with Communion Records. 2016 was spent in the studio recording their debut album with producer Richard Wilkinson (Bombay Bicycle ClubHonneKaiser Chiefs) and the first release from these sessions, ‘Happy When You Go’.

‘Happy When You Go’ is a delicious earworm of a debut single, with its layers of guitar-inflected pop blending with bittersweet straight-talking lyrics. Banfi’s irresistible hooks and choruses take influence from left-field pop acts including Alt-J and The Knife as well as the minimal mathletics of Foals and the huge stagecraft of The Police. “The energy of The Police that is found in their live performance it’s something we want to try and put across.” said Joe.

Joe first came to the attention of Communion in 2012 off the back of an unsolicited solo demo. He released two EPs in 2013 – championed by Zane LoweJohn Kennedy and Mary Anne Hobbs, these acclaimed EPs were a distinctive hybrid of Joe’s influences from Nick Drake to the Deftones. Emboldened by critical acclaim, Joe went away to write and develop as an artist, and along with bandmates Aaron and Chris, Banfi was born.

Banfi have performed support slots with Bear’s DenNathaniel Rateliff and Amber Run, as well as numerous festival appearances including CitadelGreat Escape and Bushstock.

Banfi Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Banfi play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 16th September 2017, with support from Bryde. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Rosedale House’ below:

Denai Moore announces Birmingham show

June 16, 2017 in News

Denai Moore is pleased to share with you her exceptional and healing sophomore record We Used To Bloom, through Because Music. The album is a declaration of growth, a break-up letter to her demons and a love letter to the liberated self.

We Used To Bloom features acclaimed singles; ‘Trickle’ and ‘Does It Get Easier?’ plus the recently unveiled album track ‘All The Way’ feat. Kwabs. The album also features a sumptuous cover of Elliott Smith’s ‘Twilight’ within which Denai reveals a new depth to the song, through spacious production and the fragile strength of her voice.

The last couple of years have provided an intense and sometimes painful period of growth for Moore — an experience that she documents now with unflinching openness. The album reveals a young woman figuring out the world and her place in it, while also charting Moore’s evolving relationship with herself — with self-esteem, self-image and the crippling anxiety she once suffered and is now challenging head on through her songwriting. “I’ve never written about this before and it was a massive weight off my shoulders,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to write about it, and I think a lot of people can relate to it because people are more open now about mental health issues. I think it is empowering.” But she sings too of the triumph of this experience. On the sublime album opener ‘Let It Happen’ she’s revelling in “a celebration of myself” calling the song “a self-love anthem”.

Denai Moore Link: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Denai Moore plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 2nd Oct 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Does It Get Easier?’ below:

Meadowlark announce show at The Sunflower Lounge

June 15, 2017 in News

Delicate, emotional, yet powerful songs, delivered beautifully from the minds of two incredible songwriters. Meadowlarkare nothing short of outstanding. Spine tingling live performances, not to be missed!

Meadowlark’s debut single ‘Eyes Wide’ in 2015 was added to BBC Radio 1’s Introducing playlist, XFM’s evening playlist and featured on Hype Machine’s Top 20. This lead to sessions on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, playing Glastonbury’s Introducing stage, as well as the Great EscapeMAMA festival in Paris, Dot to Dot (to name but a few!) This song also appeared on episodes of Vampire Diaries and Made in Chelsea.

In 2016 Meadowlark were embraced into the UK touring circuit to support the release of their 2nd EP Paraffin, and then later with their incredibly well received most recent single ‘Headlights’. Alongside this the band had another successful festival season which we are excited to build upon in 2017. Their summer Bushstock performance received a glowing review from Popped Music who said “their vocals never ever miss a note and you could hear a pin drop”.

With their debut album set for release later this year through Believe Records campaign, 2017 is already shaping up to be the best yet for Meadowlark.

Meadowlark Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Meadowlark play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 30th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Headlights’ below:

Charly Bliss announce Birmingham show

June 13, 2017 in News

If it’s true that listening to just the right record at just the right moment can psychically transport you to some other time and place, then Charly Bliss—an NYC band responsible for having crafted some of the finest guitar-crunched power pop this side of an old Weezer record with a blue cover—can pretty much turn any space into an adult-friendly version of your old teenage bedroom, a candy-scented safe space for extreme fits of happiness and angsty teen-level explosions of romantic ennui.

Though Charly Bliss has been a band for over half a decade, the path that led to their first full-length record, Guppy, has been anything but straightforward. As the story goes, the band officially started when frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox, both just 15, crossed paths at a Tokyo Police Club show in New York City, but the ties within the band go much deeper than that. “It’s kind of insane and hilarious,” says Eva, “Sam is my older brother, so obviously we’ve known each other our whole lives, but all of us have been connected to each other since we were little kids.”

After spending years playing shows in and around New York City, the band eventually released an EP (2014’s Soft Serve) and scored opening gigs for the likes of Glass AnimalsDarwin Deez, Tokyo Police Club, Sleater-Kinney, as well as a touring spot for their own musical forebears, Veruca Salt.

Charly Bliss Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Charly Bliss play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 20th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Percolator’ below:

Bootleg Rascal announce Birmingham show

June 12, 2017 in News

Ghetto-Dubsters Bootleg Rascal, from Sydney and Gold Coast, are masters of hip-hop infused jams and sonic brews: blending infectious alternative rhythms with exquisitely raspy vocals. The reprobates that make up Bootleg Rascal, as dodgy as the name suggests, include Carlos, Jimmy, and Jack.

The band have been touring since they formed in mid-2013 when the group of misfits first met in the back room of a seedy Sydney gig, bonding over their love of music and tacos and spreading/sharing tales of childish escapades (still to this day). Last year Bootleg Rascal toured Europe with their brothers in arms Sticky Fingers, playing to sell-out crowds in France, UK, Holland and Germany. Bootleg Rascal jetted off to North America with Sticky Fingers in April 2016 to join them on a month long tour.

With a couple of months down time back on home soil, the band are currently working on their second album. Their first single ‘Love Her Like I Love You’ is the first taste of what’s to come from their forthcoming second LP. A record that emphasizes their melodic knack, unique use of loops and explores a recent obsession for 80’s sounds and drum pads taking cues from Happy MondaysBowie and Peter Gabriel.

Bootleg Rascal Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Bootleg Rascal play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 31st August 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Love Her Like I Love You’ below:

Wesley Gonzalez announces Birmingham show

June 12, 2017 in News

Wesley Gonzalez has announced details of his debut solo record Excellent Musician, which will be released 30th June 2017 on Moshi Moshi Records.

To coincide, Gonzalez has shared new track ‘Exhibition Song’; an ode to the lethargy and laziness felt during the beginnings of a romantic relationship. With a close melodic harmony and an anguished vocal arrangement, which evokes early Todd Rundgren, the song melds delicate lyricism with punchy ferocity.

Gonzalez made a name for himself at an early age as the petulant frontman and creative force behind guitar-shredding pop-punk band Let’s Wrestle. The band, formed in 2005 when Gonzalez was only 15, was lauded for their no-fi DIY sound.

Wesley Gonzalez Links: Facebook | Twitter

Wesley Gonzalez plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 28th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Come Through And See Me’ below:

Tom Speight announces Birmingham show

June 9, 2017 in News

London-based artist Tom Speight recently released ‘The River’, the first single from Tom Speight’s new EP My My My.

Speaking on the track, Tom says: ‘I’ve always wanted to record ‘The River’ with Chris Bond. I knew that he would capture the mood of the song and layered atmospheric texture of it. The production uses a similar palette as ‘Willow Tree’ with its strings, female vocals and double bass. I’ve got fond memories of recording this track because we would always work on it at night because of its chilled nature. I was lucky enough to have Allie Moss feature on guest vocals, she has such a beautiful tone to her voice. I remember the first time I heard her on the BT TV advert I Shazam’d the song and messaged her on Twitter, asking if she would be up for singing on one of my tracks, thankfully she said yes.’

Having released 4 EP’s over the last year, Tom is set to release another quartet of EP’s in 2017 & 2018, the first of which ‘Willow Tree’ was released in Jan ‘17. The 2nd EP My My My follows in July, the 3rd and 4th in the Autumn of 2017 and early 2018.

2017 has also seen Tom signed to Kobalt (recording) and Cooking Vinyl (publishing). Radio 2 playlist support continues and Tom has reached an amazing 10m streams on Spotify.

Tom Speight Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Tom Speight plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 19th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘The River’ below:

Dead Pretties to play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham

June 7, 2017 in News

Beginning as the result of a chance, shoeless acid-trip chance meeting, Dead Pretties were soon to gravitate around their one common interest of making music. Dropping out of their respective musical colleges at 17 and instead adopting London’s smaller, more ramshackle venues as their musical institutions of choice, the three-piece soon set about making noise together wherever and whenever possible.

Clambering on to any stage that would have them, The Windmill in Brixton being somewhat unsurprisingly the most welcoming, the band soon enough began pricking (or perhaps perforating) the ears of soon-to-be-converted audiences with their volatile, guttural performances.

Support slots to the likes of DrengeHMLTD and The Orwells were soon offered, with the band showing they were more than capable of stirring larger audiences when called upon, and regular exhilarating performances alongside their South London contemporaries Goat GirlShame and Fish, proving the live setting is where the band truly thrive.

Whilst pulling inspiration from an assortment of artists, not exclusive to The CrampsJoni Mitchell, and The White Stripes – it’s the band’s essential biting of the fabric of contemporary culture that really isolates them as one of London’s most important and exciting new bands.

Dead Pretties Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Dead Pretties play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 4th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Social Experiment’ below:

Introducing: Estrons

June 6, 2017 in News

Rising Welsh alt. rock band Estrons have unveiled the brand new video for latest single ‘Strobe Lights’. Shot in one take at the band’s own rehearsal space in Cardiff – the video nods to the caustic track content: a reflection of jealousy and personal conflict.

In the short time the band have been performing, Estrons have achieved an immense amount off their own back, recently playing two fiery live shows at Brighton’s Bleach and Green Door Store for The Great Escape Festival. In 2016 alone, the band played dates at major festivals including Latitude and SXSW, racked up hundreds of thousands of Spotify streams and received incredible support at radio with ‘I’m Not Your Girl’, with repeated plays from the likes of Huw StephensPhil Taggart and Annie Mac at BBC Radio 1, as well reaching the playlists of Beats 1 and Radio X. Estrons were recently tipped by The Guardian as one of the best new independent artists in their ‘Future 50’ feature.

Estrons music is as melodic as it is hard-hitting, with each track containing cutting lyrical observations from singer Talisyn Källström. Honest and forthright, Tali’s lyrics are served with bite and a knowing, sardonic humor, while their blend of razor sharp post-punk with high-octane alt. rock has seen them earn plaudits from the likes NoiseyNME, Guardian and DIY.

Estrons Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Estrons play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Fri 6th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Strobe Lights’ below:

Island announce show at The Sunflower Lounge

June 6, 2017 in News

It’s been a lively ride for London 4 piece Island who announced themselves with debut EP Girl at the back end of 2015 which saw debut single ‘Stargazer’ hit no. 7 of the UK Spotify viral chart. After just a handful of shows, the band headlined 800 capacity Scala last November and more recently took the step up to Heaven, the target venue for the top crop of major label guitar acts launching their debut albums.

Island quite possibly might be the only indie UK act in recent times to hit this level of demand in the capital, and all before their attentions turned towards their debut LP which they are delighted to announce will be released through Frenchkiss(Diet CigDrownersThe Hold Steady).

Don’t be fooled however. If headlining Heaven was a right of passage the band have certainly put in the required groundwork to hit their stride. After extensive tours with Amber Run and Palace, the latter of which took them to Europe, Island are as assured being the stars as they are reaching for them. Their cerebral take on pop readies them to take the baton from groups like Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club well evidenced in their Heaven crowd who weren’t shy belting their hook-laden choruses back at them.

Island Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Island play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 8th November 2017, with support from Leif Erikson. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Dreaming Of’ below: