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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 Mon 20th November 2017. 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:

HAWK announce Birmingham show

July 27, 2017 in News

HAWK are back with another truly majestic release, combining an abrasive edge with celestial vocals and activism at its core. Their forthcoming single ‘Sin’ is out on Veta Records.

‘Sin’ addresses the need to embrace female sexuality and autonomy, instead of demonising it or ignoring it full stop. The track is propelled forwards by front woman Julie Hawk’s poignant, crystal-clear vocals and twinkling hooks, oozing a sweeping grandeur throughout. Filled with an empowering grace, ‘Sin’ asserts that we should be proud of being sexual and recognise the power of consent. It’s about stepping out of an age old framework that women should be ashamed of promiscuity or expressing self-love. Julie explains “it’s shouting about embracing our feelings, our cravings, our pasts, and even our mistakes, as we define them. We wear them on our skin and let them empower us as women”.

HAWK originally formed in London in 2014 to hone their unique style of grunge-filled indie, before relocating to Berlin in 2016 where they now produce all music themselves. They have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound.

Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as ‘Take It Away’, ‘Mirror Maze’ and ‘Once Told’, HAWK have received support from NoiseyStereogumWonderlandDIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Their music covers a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups whilst still managing to exude a dreamy, haunting elegance with each offering.

HAWK Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

HAWK play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 23rd September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Sin’ below:

Saint PHNX announce Birmingham show

July 25, 2017 in News

Glaswegian two-piece Saint PHNX have just announced a headline tour for September/October.

Showing no sign of slowing down, the pop-rock brothers will also be playing a slew of festivals including BoardmastersReading and Leeds Festival in August, and Tenement Trail in their hometown on 30th September.

Saint PHNX supported Las Vegas titans Imagine Dragons at their London show the legendary Roundhouse recently. The band also joined Catfish & The Bottlemen and The Wombats at Community Festival in Finsbury Park earlier this month.

The band’s latest track ‘King’ has surpassed 7 million streams on Spotify, and was recently featured on the Rock This Spotify playlist.

Stay tuned for new single ‘Magic’ out on Friday July 28th.

Saint PHNX Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Saint PHNX play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 1st October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘King’ below:

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:

LISTEN: Together Pangea – ‘Money On It’

July 17, 2017 in News

Sometimes waiting for things to change is nothing more than beating your head against a wall. You sit there hoping for something different, but all along you know it’s going to take some actual action on your part. Together Pangea recognize this truism and confront it on their new single, ‘Money On It’.

Coming from their forthcoming Bulls and Roosters via NETTWERK, the track finds singer William Keegan surveying a problematic relationship and finally deciding to address it head on. Despite the trying theme, it actually finds hope in honesty: “I put my money on it/ I put my money on you/ We can talk until we talk it out/ Or we can work until, yeah baby, until we work it out.”

Musically, ‘Money On It’ is a far janglier Together Pangea than fans have heard before, something that was only hinted at on previous single ‘Better Find Out’. There’s an almost beach sway in the rhythm that the guitars stroll lightly across. The rich vibes mixed with scratchy vocals show more of the continued evolution the band has been undergoing through 2014’s Badillac and 2015’s The Phage EP. That’s because, as Keegan explains to Consequence of Sound, Together Pangea made a concerted effort to not let themselves be crippled by waiting for things to change.

Together Pangea Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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

Listen to ‘Money On It’ 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: