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John Joseph Brill to play The Sunflower Lounge

July 24, 2017 in News

Having spent his early 20’s fronting London based heavy rock outfit Burning BeardJohn Joseph Brill established himself as a mainstay of the West London music scene.

The same musical community that bred The StavesLaura Marling and Bear’s Den heavily influenced Brill to explore a more confessional, honest form of songwriting and in 2013 he left his former band and the capital and moved to Liverpool. There he honed his craft as a solo artist, immersed in the oeuvre of Leonard CohenJason Molina and Neil Young he began writing and performing, in his unique baritone style, songs about everything from heartbreak to death and friendship.

The Pieces EP, (produced by Andrew Davie of Bear’s Den and Kristoffer Harris) laid a foundation at radio with support coming from Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio 2 and Radio X as well as in Europe.

The False Names, EP, spawned European support slots with Daughter and Bear’s Den, topped off with a sold out headline show at St Pancras Old Church and a support with Carole King at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time.

Latest EP I’m Not Alright was released in July.

John Joseph Brill Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

John Joseph Brill plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 9th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Muscle & Bone’ below:

Stillia announce Birmingham show

July 14, 2017 in News

St Helens indie rock flag-runners Stillia are rising fast. Fresh from announcing their second single ’4am’, they now set their sights on Birmingham as part of their UK Winter Tour.

Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since The La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In’, released via Manchester label Beautiful Noise.

“There’s no need to debate whether they are indie or pop, Stillia are a fresh and exciting new sound.” - Chris Hawkins BBC 6Music

Stillia Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Stilla play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 30th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Let Me In’ below:

Sälen announce show at The Sunflower Lounge

July 13, 2017 in News

Sälen today reveal their brand new video for ‘So Rude’ and announce their first ever UK headline tour this October. Directed by London-based Kent Hugo aka Hugonought, the video features CGI versions of the band in a vivid and hallucinatory 3G world. “Nothing turns us off more than a person with bad manners,” say Sälen. “But nothing turns us on more than airy whale sounds. We’re super excited for everyone to see the video”.

‘So Rude’ is the latest in a string of acerbic pop tracks by the east London trio of Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor and Simon Milner. They introduced themselves last year with the straight-talking ‘I’m In Love With My Best Friend’; ‘Diseasey’, which topped Spotify UK’s Viral 50 chart; the acclaimed ‘The Drwg’; and urban dictionary favourite ‘Copper Kiss’. Already in 2017 they’ve dropped the acclaimed, bittersweet ‘Heartbreak Diet’ and ‘Pretty, Fake’. The band have sold out headline shows at London’s Kamio and Electrowerkz, and appeared at Annie Mac’s AMP night at the Jazz Cafe and BBC Introducing’s event at the Roundhouse, as well as The Great Escape and Parklife festivals in recent weeks.

Sälen Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Sälen play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 19th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘So Rude’ below:

LISTEN: Spilt Milk Society – ‘She Tastes Like Summer’

July 12, 2017 in News

Following the release of ‘Voices’, the band follow up with their next single ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ released on HolyHowl.

Spilt Milk Society are a 5-piece band from the Midlands making indie/rock music. Starting out at house parties and building up an online presence of over 16,000 monthly listeners and half a million total streams; they have been described by the likes of Fred Perry Subculture as one of Birmingham’s brightest future bands. The Spilt Milk boys have done live sessions for Pirate StudiosBBC Introducing West Midlands and BBC Introducing Shropshire.

Past shows include sold out hometown headline performances at the O2 Institute, The Sunflower Lounge and The Rainbow Courtyard as well as appearing at The Great Escape Festival 2017, hand picked by Steve Lamaq to play on the BBC introducing Stage. Spilt Milk Society have supported the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club’s newest musical endeavour ToothlessTrudy and the RomanceThe Blinders and Ivory Wave.

Spilt Milk Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Spilt Milk Society play The Finsbury London Thurs 17th August, and support Tender at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 4th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ below:

Too Many T’s to play The Sunflower Lounge

July 11, 2017 in News

The UK hip-hop duo announces a huge UK tour to coincide with their debut album release this autumn.

Too Many T’s have built up a strong fan base with their electric performances and positive vibes stage shows, touring all over the UK over the last four years. They have supported some of hip-hop’s greats including Snoop DoggBig Daddy KaneDe La Soul and Public Enemy. But it’s now time for the T’s to step forward & take center stage.

September 2017 will see Too Many T’s long-awaited debut album released. Produced alongside Flux Pavilionand OdjboxSouth City is one of the freshest hip-hop albums to come out of the UK, with a high-energy sound that will appeal to music lovers around the globe.

The first exclusive elements of the album campaign to be revealed are the artwork and extensive UK tour dates. With brand new tracks, an even newer show, a ton of incredible videos and huge collaborations, these coming months will see the T’s cement themselves as one of the UK’s most electrifying acts.

Too Many T’s Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Too Many T’s play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 21st October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘God Save The T’s’ below:

Skinny Girl Diet announce Birmingham show

July 10, 2017 in News

“London’s most badass girl gang” – Dazed

Skinny Girl Diet are two sisters from North London who play raw, abrasive, in your face guitar music. Formed in 2011, when still young teenagers, their first gig was with the Slits‘ Viv Albertine. While a three piece, with their cousin Amelia on bass, they played around the London area initially, earning touring stripes with the likes of Fat White Family and Slaves.

Last year, they appeared alongside legends John Cooper Clarke and The Raincoats. Described by Iggy Pop as “people who just want to reach out and grab your ears” when he played them on his 6Music show, the band have also seen airplay from XFM’s Jon KennedyBBC Radio 6’s Marc RileyGideon Coe and Steve Lamaq, and BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank. They have graced the cover of Beat, can be spotted online and in magazines like Dazed and ConfusedViceVogueCrack and The Guardian.

The debut album Heavyflow was released in September 2016 to great reviews from Drowned in SoundThe Line of Best Fit  and Louder Than War.

Skinny Girl Diet: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Skinny Girl Diet play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 8th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bored’ below:

WATCH: Francobollo – ‘Worried Times’

July 5, 2017 in News

Francobollo are born in the surreal video for new single ‘Worried Times’.

With their debut Long Live Life out imminently on Square Leg Records, the band have already shared its recent single, ‘Worried Times’, which according to singer Simon Nilsson is “about claustrophobia, and the fear of being locked down, tied to, held up or forced by something or someone, and about the fine art of committing”. Now bassist Sam Bailey has stepped up to deliver a video for the single. And yep, it’s a little bit weird.

So, remember Laurent, who won that round of BingoLotto in the video for ‘Good Times’? Well, he’s back, having won an intimate performance by the band. Except, he didn’t bank on it being this intimate. Yep, Laurent is pregnant. Work that one out. Anyway, he goes to an antenatal class with a lot of happy couples and learns to embrace his baby bump, including by taking part in some “antenatal skydiving”. It all ends in the miracle of birthing a band. And Laurent seems very proud of his musically-gifted children.

The band explained a bit more about the video: “The video for ‘Worried Times’ continues on where ‘Good Times’ left us. It charts the movements of Laurent having won ‘An intimate performance from Francobollo’ on Swedish television’s bingo sensation show BingoLotto. Thrust into a world populated by characters from old Francobollo videos, we see what it means to have Francobollo inside of you: a new powersport, antenatal skydiving”.

Francobollo Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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

Watch the video for ‘Worried Times’ below:

Ottone Pesante announce Birmingham show

July 4, 2017 in News

One year after they released their first EP, which was the first step, the heavy brass metal trio Ottone Pesante released their first album Brassphemy Set In Stone.

Trumpet, trombone and drums can be together really heavy. Ottone Pesante makes a step beyond the traditional idea of extreme metal based on the sound of bass and guitar. They recorded the album after 90 gigs in the last year, playing all around Italy and in Europe.

Brassphemy Set In Stone is the evolution of Ottone Pesante. The music has become heavier, more extreme and more technical but also melodic at the same time. The album is very fast and brutal, really impressive especially for brass players. ‘Trombstone’ is the only exception, a doom track that lets the listener breath. ’Brutal’ is the first song, a symbol of the heavy brass metal. ‘Nights Blood’ is a melodic death metal track inspired by the Swedish metal band Dissection. ‘Bone Crushing’ is the chosen track for the video, recorded on high mountains, which demonstrates how physical Ottone Pesante’s music is.

Ottone Pesante Links: Website | Facebook

Ottone Pesante play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 29th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bone Crushing’ below:

Together Pangea announce Birmingham show

July 3, 2017 in News

On their latest full-length album, Bulls and RoostersTogether Pangea managed to hit a sweet spot between writing rock ‘n’ roll songs worthy of being hummed twenty years from now and maintaining the brash and ballsy bite fans know and love. The Los Angeles quartet—William Keegan [guitar, vocals], Danny Bengston [bass, vocals], Erik Jimenez [drums], and Roland Cosio [guitar]—essentially get louder by dialing the volume down.

Since they began jamming back in William’s Santa Clarita bedroom, Together Pangea have continually challenged themselves with each subsequent offering.

Jelly Jam [2010] poured the gasoline, Living Dummy [2011] struck the match, and Badillac [2014] lit the fire with its revved up nineties rock-inspired flames. Along the way the group received support from Consequence of SoundPitchforkMTVStereogum, and more.

Inspired by a John Baldessari painting named “Tips for Artists Who Want To Sell” Bulls and Roosters represents Together Pangea at their boldest, brightest, and best to date.

Together Pangea Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Together Pangea play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 11th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Better Find Out’ below:

Tender announce Birmingham show

June 28, 2017 in News

London duo Tender’s debut album, Modern Addiction, listens like catharsis. From orgasm, to break-up, to silence, the record breaths closure to a relationship that has intensified, shattered, and healed. It is young, cold, urban, lonely, and an intrinsically modern look at the irrepressible desire to maintain a love, be it destined or doomed.

James Cullen and Dan Cobb’s debut full length, due out later in 2017 out on Partisan Records, explores the phenomenon of comfort and compulsion that is addiction, via a pop record about a relationship. Cullen frames familiar feelings for us to relate to and digest, but simultaneously undermines their presence, leaving the listener holding the same hollow heart that he carried through his addiction. Cobb’s soaring synths and progressive percussion are waxed and shined by the album’s sleek club mix, and the juxtaposition with Cullen’s lyrics is heartbreaking.

Cullen and Cobb formed Tender in 2015, as the bedroom project of two flatmates tired of the design-by-committee nature of larger musical groups. Due to their intimate personal geography, Cobb was privy to the ’toxic’ relationship that gestated Cullen’s lyrics, and this record. Gladly enough, in regards to music-making with Cobb, “nothing seemed like a struggle. We never fought anything,” Cullen remembers. They self-released a few songs and ‘Armour’ wound up on the front page of Reddit a few hours later. Two years and three EPs later, Tender now have tens of millions of streams across Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube and have enjoyed Hype Machine‘s #1 spot several times with several different tracks.

Tender Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Tender play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 4th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Violence’ below: