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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:

FLING to play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham

June 28, 2017 in News

Bradford’s FLING provide the previously unsearched-for missing link between T-Rex and the Fat White Family. Forging together glam rock, punk, and psych with a solid sense of Northern irony and an ever-present aura of late night haziness FLING have created a sound which captivates, entertains and stands out from the crowd gaining support at Beats 16music, and a rapidly growing fanbase of ‘Flingers’.

Following a slew of home demos, and a run of their own ‘Get Flung’ night the band have teamed up with Lee Smith at Greenmount Studios (The Cribs / Pulled Apart By Horses) to record a number of new tracks to be released throughout late 2017 via Leeds indie label Dance to the Radio.

The infectious tracks take a psychedelic wander around the minds of the creators while keeping their pop sensibility firmly intact. FLING’s overwhelmingly laid-back sense of assurance in their own songwriting is clear for all to see – from the nonchalant percussion and inventive lyrical content to group whistles and lackadaisical guitar lines. The result is a sound full of character and depth which is sonically pleasing while holding a do it yourself ethic echoing The Flaming Lips and even the more drug-fuelled years of the Fab Four. As Live at Leeds and Sound City saw this year…played live it’s a kaleidoscopic riot.

FLING Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

FLING play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sun 15th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video ‘Lookin’ Outta My Window’ below:

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: