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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:

Denai Moore announces Birmingham show

June 16, 2017 in News

Denai Moore is pleased to share with you her exceptional and healing sophomore record We Used To Bloom, through Because Music. The album is a declaration of growth, a break-up letter to her demons and a love letter to the liberated self.

We Used To Bloom features acclaimed singles; ‘Trickle’ and ‘Does It Get Easier?’ plus the recently unveiled album track ‘All The Way’ feat. Kwabs. The album also features a sumptuous cover of Elliott Smith’s ‘Twilight’ within which Denai reveals a new depth to the song, through spacious production and the fragile strength of her voice.

The last couple of years have provided an intense and sometimes painful period of growth for Moore — an experience that she documents now with unflinching openness. The album reveals a young woman figuring out the world and her place in it, while also charting Moore’s evolving relationship with herself — with self-esteem, self-image and the crippling anxiety she once suffered and is now challenging head on through her songwriting. “I’ve never written about this before and it was a massive weight off my shoulders,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to write about it, and I think a lot of people can relate to it because people are more open now about mental health issues. I think it is empowering.” But she sings too of the triumph of this experience. On the sublime album opener ‘Let It Happen’ she’s revelling in “a celebration of myself” calling the song “a self-love anthem”.

Denai Moore Link: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Denai Moore plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Mon 2nd Oct 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Does It Get Easier?’ below:

Meadowlark announce show at The Sunflower Lounge

June 15, 2017 in News

Delicate, emotional, yet powerful songs, delivered beautifully from the minds of two incredible songwriters. Meadowlarkare nothing short of outstanding. Spine tingling live performances, not to be missed!

Meadowlark’s debut single ‘Eyes Wide’ in 2015 was added to BBC Radio 1’s Introducing playlist, XFM’s evening playlist and featured on Hype Machine’s Top 20. This lead to sessions on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, playing Glastonbury’s Introducing stage, as well as the Great EscapeMAMA festival in Paris, Dot to Dot (to name but a few!) This song also appeared on episodes of Vampire Diaries and Made in Chelsea.

In 2016 Meadowlark were embraced into the UK touring circuit to support the release of their 2nd EP Paraffin, and then later with their incredibly well received most recent single ‘Headlights’. Alongside this the band had another successful festival season which we are excited to build upon in 2017. Their summer Bushstock performance received a glowing review from Popped Music who said “their vocals never ever miss a note and you could hear a pin drop”.

With their debut album set for release later this year through Believe Records campaign, 2017 is already shaping up to be the best yet for Meadowlark.

Meadowlark Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Meadowlark play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 30th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Headlights’ below:

Charly Bliss announce Birmingham show

June 13, 2017 in News

If it’s true that listening to just the right record at just the right moment can psychically transport you to some other time and place, then Charly Bliss—an NYC band responsible for having crafted some of the finest guitar-crunched power pop this side of an old Weezer record with a blue cover—can pretty much turn any space into an adult-friendly version of your old teenage bedroom, a candy-scented safe space for extreme fits of happiness and angsty teen-level explosions of romantic ennui.

Though Charly Bliss has been a band for over half a decade, the path that led to their first full-length record, Guppy, has been anything but straightforward. As the story goes, the band officially started when frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox, both just 15, crossed paths at a Tokyo Police Club show in New York City, but the ties within the band go much deeper than that. “It’s kind of insane and hilarious,” says Eva, “Sam is my older brother, so obviously we’ve known each other our whole lives, but all of us have been connected to each other since we were little kids.”

After spending years playing shows in and around New York City, the band eventually released an EP (2014’s Soft Serve) and scored opening gigs for the likes of Glass AnimalsDarwin Deez, Tokyo Police Club, Sleater-Kinney, as well as a touring spot for their own musical forebears, Veruca Salt.

Charly Bliss Links: Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Charly Bliss play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 20th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Percolator’ below: