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LISTEN: Violet – ‘Feel’

September 22, 2017 in News

Midlands up-and-comers Violet have dropped their debut single.

‘FEEL’ – out on 15th September via HolyHowl – is a properly infectious guitar-pop banger that’s influenced by the very best of 90s Britpop and grunge; it’ll hit you right in the feels.

“’Feel’ was written in an existential daze before getting a flight, I went to our lock up and recorded a really rough demo incase I didn’t make it home,” says guitarist Luke Brickett.

“The song is quite bleak, but quite close to me, it questions the subject of what happens after our time is up on planet earth and the limbo like state that we seem to be in.

“Anyway, I made it home and showed the guys and by iteration reached pretty much what it is now.”

Violet Links: Facebook | Twitter

Violet play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Fri 29th September 2017, with support from Grim Fiction and Yung Jimmy’s Big Ideas. Tickets available here.

You can also catch the band on tour around the UK in September:

08 The 27 Club, Liverpool
21 The Finsbury, London
22 The Cookie, Leicester
25 Kasbah, Coventry
29 The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
30 The Loft, Southampton

‘FEEL’ is available to pre-order today from iTunes here.

Listen to ‘FEEL’ below:

Freya Ridings announces Birmingham show

September 1, 2017 in News

23 year-old Londoner Freya Ridings released her debut single ‘Blackout’ in May 2017. Produced by Rich Costey, it has flown past 1m Spotify streams. Her latest single, ‘Maps’ (a breathtaking version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahsoriginal song) is already proving to do the same as word begins to spread of this young talent.

Fast forward a few months and she has secured numerous summer festival bookings, sold-out her first headline show at St. Pancras Church in London and now she will be playing a bigger London show on the 29th October at St Giles on the Field; both shows promoted by Communion. This is just the start for Freya Ridings.

Freya Ridings Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Freya Ridings plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 18th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Maps’ below:

Brooke Bentham to play Birmingham show

September 1, 2017 in News

They say it’s grim up North and one listen of breakthrough singer-songwriter Brooke Bentham’s opening salvo in 2017 might reinforce that sentiment. “It’s funny how small things can wreck away at your life, when you’re not doing anything but living inside,” she sings on the opening track of her debut EP The Room Swayed.

The swells and plummets of the track – titled ‘Nowhere Near Sense’ – possess the epic alt rock journeying of War On Drugs or Ryan Adams with the added emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. That all this is the fruits of a 21-year-old from South Shields outside of Newcastle might take you by surprise. It carries the weight of someone who’s lived a hundred lives already.

A huge fan of Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Morby and Bon Iver, she continued to mine her own creative voice to try and develop something similarly ground-breaking. Eventually her first taste of success – a song called ‘Oliver’ – was a turn in the road. That tune brought her the sonic direction she was working towards. Her first proper show was at local legendary rock venue The Cluny back in Newcastle. By chance, the sound guy that night also did sound for successful performer James Bay and a connection sparked with Communion, the label part-owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons.

Brooke Bentham Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Brooke Bentham plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 21st February 2018. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘I Need Your Body’ below:

Watch: Tender – ‘Machine’

August 3, 2017 in News

London indie-electro-pop duo Tender have revealed the video for the next track to be taken from their debut album Modern Addiction, new single ‘Machine’.

“We wanted to put together a more abstract video for this song made up of video clips and visuals rather than an orthodox music video. I’d been watching some great documentaries by Adam Curtis a few weeks before and I’d cite ‘Hypernormalism’ as an influence on this. We felt that the lyrics covered quite a lot of different themes, but in the end all eluded to the same feeling of people not having control of their habits and the way they live their lives, ultimately. The song is about consumerism, entertainment, advances in technology and blind addictions. It’s a look into a dark world that feels like a simulation, where our real job now as humans, is shopping” says Cobb.

Tender’s debut full length is due for release 1st September 2017 via Partisan Records, pre-order it here.

Tender play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 4th September 2017, with support from Spilt Milk Society and Sound & City. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Machine’ below:

Bloody Knees to play The Sunflower Lounge

July 28, 2017 in News

Bloody Knees have returned with ‘Not Done’, the first single from their forthcoming EP Maybe It’s Easy, released 13 October via Distiller.

After taking some time off to collect their thoughts and hone a new direction, ‘Not Done’ is the four piece’s most visceral track to date. A single that builds upon the definitive sound they have developed so far, it takes Bloody Knees to glorious new heights, whilst still maintaining their gritty core.

The band announce a run of UK dates, following their forthcoming all dayer at The Sebright Arms in London on Saturday 29th July.

Bloody Knees Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Bloody Knees play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Fri 27th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Not Done’ below: