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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:

Introducing: Flyte

March 15, 2017 in News

Flyte are Will Taylor (vocals, lead guitar), Nick Hill (bass, vocals), Sam Berridge (keyboards, guitars, vocals) and Jon Supran (drums, vocals).

The band has spent the first months of 2017 in Australia putting the finishing touches to their debut album with Courtney Barnett producer Burke Reid, a collaboration that delves deep into new sonic territory to create a modernist but timeless sound that revels in coming-of-age nostalgia, cinematic synth melodies and prolific storytelling themes of life, love and death.

Last year, vocalist Will Taylor and keys player Sam Berridge got drunk and uploaded a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ to their Facebook page. The slap-dash DIY charm and heart-wrenching voices started a Flyte-movement. Racking up over 1 million streams, fans wanted more sessions, and Flyte began carefully curating covers in London landmarks with towering acoustics, earning a reputation for their trademark four-part harmonies, as well as their live sound. Pulling on all their resources, the band also started a successful sell-out club night Chasing Heaven, where friends were invited to play at intimate London venues.

Accomplished songwriters Will, Sam, Nick, and Jon have released a flurry of alternative-indie anthems including ‘We Are The Rain’, ‘Closer Together,’ and ‘Light Me Up’ over the past few years and have amassed over 1.5 million Spotify streams. Evolving together as a band and great friends.

Flyte Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Flyte play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 31st May 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Victoria Falls’ below:

Introducing: Joe Dolman

March 7, 2017 in Introducing, News

Joe Dolman is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa.

Praised for his relatable lyrics and emotive live performances, Joe has been attracting attention from the public more than ever before. With 2 independently released EP’s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays.

His first appearance on the big stage was at Hyde Park back in 2014, since then he has taken his music around not only the UK but overseas also – including festival appearances at Reeperbahn in Hamburg and house concert tours across America. New single ‘Addicted To You’ out now.

Joe Dolman Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Joe Dolman plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Thurs 9th March 2017, with support from Dahlia & Eve Pitt. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Addicted To You’ below:

Sound of the Sirens to play The Sunflower Lounge

February 28, 2017 in News

There’s a certain transcendent magic that happens when two contrasting voices coalesce in perfect harmony. Imperceptibly, they can raise you from the temporal to the spiritual in the breath of a song, and set you floating among the firmament infused with a sense of wonder – just like Sound of the Sirens.

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album, For All Our Sins, a beguiling acoustic pop collection replete with lyrical sensibility on tracks like the first single, ‘Smokescreen’ (“Living beyond the darkness others create for us, and growing into something positive”), ‘The Circus’ (“When everyone wants something from you, who can you trust?”) and ‘Mr Wilson’ (“The chemistry of a new relationship, unsure of where it is going, but knowing that you want more from it”).

Already championed by Chris Evans – who declared himself “blown away” when he heard Sound of the Sirens for the first time, and subsequently invited them to perform alongside U2 and Take That on TFI Friday last year – they’re certain to broaden a burgeoning fan base on the back of For All Our Sins. It’s a fan base built up not just over several sublime EP self-releases – but also through their live shows, which combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances predicated on energy, warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. They are touring in May around the release of the album which comes out on 5th May on DMF Records and will be available on CD, Vinyl and Digital and will be playing at festivals over the Summer.

Sound of the Sirens Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sound of the Sirens play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 21st May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Together Alone’ below:

Introducing: Gabriella Cohen

February 22, 2017 in Introducing, News

Talking about Gabriella Cohen requires a new adjective: when she tells you about a guitar tone she likes, an organ sound she’s looking for, or the opening bars of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Found a Reason’, she might tell you these things sound ‘pink’. She’s not describing a synesthetic or aesthetic connection with the colour — instead, it’s an adjective she’s coined. Luckily, after a spin through Cohen’s debut album Full Closure and No Details, we’ll all know what ‘pink’ sounds like: it sounds like this. It sounds like heartbreak and reckless abandon, like quiet reflection and raucous teamwork.

Following supports for Warpaint, Wooden Shjips, and a US tour with Foxygen, the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and the frontwoman of garage band the Furrs, embarks on her first UK headline tour in May, calling at The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on the 22nd.

Full Closure and No Details is available via Captured Tracks on 3rd March 2017.

Gabriella Cohen Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Gabriella Cohen plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 22nd May 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’ below: