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Trash Talk to play The Flapper

March 2, 2017 in News

Trash Talk are a hardcore punk four-piece from Los Angeles. The quartet bring their infamous live show back to Birmingham this spring, to celebrate the release of their latest EP Tangle, which is available as a free download via the band’s website.

The effort follows 2014’s No Peace LP and features five new tracks for your thrashing pleasure. As a press release puts it, the EP “is characteristically fast and loud — staying true to the band’s thrash roots while offering their their most accessible songs to date.”

Trash Talk came together in 2005, and in true hardcore band fashion they had a demo pressed and released as soon as they were playing their first shows. Their ferocious blend of hardcore punk and speed metal made them a live act to be raved about right from the word go, and netted them a record deal with Sell Our Souls Records, who released their demo tape within a year of the bands formation. After a few more releases on various California punk labels the band signed with Rumble Records to release their debut full length album in 2007. The band never stopped the whole time, fitting in studio time in the few weeks downtime they’d have in between tours, and in 2008, the band’s hard work paid off with self titled second album, produced by the legendary Steve Albini.

Through sheer force of perseverance and talent, they’ve become a hardcore band on a record label with a major label’s distribution behind them. For that, and their already legendary live shows, they come highly recommended.

Trash Talk Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Trash Talk play The Flapper Birmingham on Fri 3rd March 2017, with support from Youth Man, Golden Deathmask and Dead Hands. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Hole’ below:

God Damn, Johnny Foreigner & Youth Man Xmas Show

November 9, 2016 in News

Wolverhampton’s God Damn celebrate the release of their new album Everything Ever, following recent dates supporting Red FangTorche & Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes.

Featuring recent single, ‘Sing This’, which launched as Daniel P Carter’s Rockest Record on BBC Radio 1, as well as album highlights ‘Ghost’, dubbed “louder than Black Sabbath having a screaming row with Nirvana” by the NME, and ‘Fake Prisons’, which DIY Magazine described as “a stomping introduction”, Everything Ever is a 13 track behemoth of artfully crafted noise-pop.

Picking up further praise from Kerrang!, Popmatters, Punktastic, Upset Magazine, Team Rock and more, the band have delivered a second album so smart, so irresistible, so made-for-radio, so slips-down-the-ears-so-easily-you-barely-notice-it’s-trying-to-slit-yer-throat that even your granny will be whistling the likes of ‘Dead To Me’ before Christmas.

God Damn Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

God Damn play Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Fri 16th December 2016, with support from Johnny Foreigner, Youth Man, False Grails & Matters. Tickets available from 9am on Thurs 10th November here.

Watch the video for ‘Sing This’ below:

Youth Man release new EP Wax

July 2, 2016 in News

Brummie racket-makers Youth Man have released their new explosive EP Wax.

Arriving via VENN Records (a boutique label owned by members of Gallows), Wax is a 5-song explosion of angular, confrontational punk with plenty of hooks to go around and an urgency and rawness heightened by virtue of its being recorded in one overnight recording session.

The first taster of the EP boasts bedazzled jumpsuits, broken dreams, and inordinate quantities of alcohol. The band’s brand new video follows a disenchanted Elvis Presley impersonator as he shambles around a tiny, old pub downing endless lagers, watching Youth Man play to an empty room.

Youth Man Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for ‘Fat Dead Elvis’ below:


Listen: Tigercub – ‘Antiseptic’

October 29, 2015 in News

Brighton’s grunge-pop trio Tigercub have shared a new song, titled ‘Antiseptic’. It’s the second track from their upcoming EP Repressed Semantics, due for release November 27th via Venn Records.

The band describe the EP as, “a bi-polar mixture of songs that represent to us, a cocktail of aggression and restraint, bottled up frustration and an absolute rejection of ideals presented to us by a divorcee-generation of self medicated baby-boomers. The old rules no longer apply. You are your life and nothing else”.

After touring the UK with Royal Blood and becoming Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype” on Radio 1, Tigercub are on track to become one of 2015ʼs breakthrough acts.

Tigercub Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Listen to new track ‘Antiseptic’ below:

Tigercub & Youth Man to play The Rainbow

August 10, 2015 in News

After touring the UK with Royal Blood and becoming Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype” on Radio 1, Brighton’s grunge-pop trio Tigercub are on track to become one of 2015ʼs breakthrough acts.

2014 saw them make huge waves after being chosen as sole-support on Royal Blood’s sell out UK tour in February. Since then they have been playing to packed crowds up and down the UK supporting The Bronx, The Family Rain, Blood Red Shoes and Dinosaur Pile-Up. After the success of their debut single ‘Blue Bloodʼ Tigercub have begun to cement their own reputation as a fierce live proposition and are steadily building a fan base of hungry rock fans.

Out on August 7th via Too Pure, latest single ‘Destroy’ is an off kilter piece of alt rock which nods to the 90s while remaining perfectly happy with its place in 2015.

Tigercub Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Birmingham trio Youth Man create creepy, angry, feral music and storm through a venue like a bull in a china shop, levelling everything in sight. Their hyperactive take on post punk sounds like Pixies playing Minutemen covers whilst under the influence of Dead Kennedys and amphetamines. By the end of their brakeless juggernaut of a show – once the ringing in your ears has subsided – you’ll have plenty to talk about.

Youth Man Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the Tigercub video for ‘Destroy’ below:

Interview: Youth Man

April 15, 2015 in News

We caught up with local noisemakers Youth Man ahead of their gig at The Sunflower Lounge to talk about their new EP, their upcoming tour and what to expect from their live show. Check out the interview below:

Your new EP Hill of Knives is released on the 27th April, what can we expect from the album and in what ways does it differ from Bad Weather?

Kaila Whyte (Guitar and vocals): It’s much more dynamic and varied than Bad Weather. It’s also the first set of songs we wrote with Miles. They’re less straightforward punky numbers, but it’s still noisy and heavy.

You announced a full UK tour in support of the EP which kicks off in May. Which dates are you most excited to play and why?

Marcus Perks (Drums): We love playing in Glasgow so that’ll be a fun one. The Scots seem to really dig us… We always come back with new friends. We’re looking forward to all of it though! There are loads of places we haven’t played yet so it’ll be cool to pop their cherries.

What tracks from the album are you most looking forward to playing?

MP: ‘Dead Weight’ is fun to play live. And ‘Skin’ is always a fun ride.

What are the influences behind the album?

MP: Musically, we were just trying to write good songs and experiment a bit. After Bad Weather everyone thought they had our sound figured out – and they kind of did. But we’re in a different place now. We always try and write stuff that’ll be fun to play live, above anything else. Lyrically, it’s mostly about how stupid people can be… I’d been reading a lot of biblical stuff at the time we wrote a lot of those songs too, so I was trying to create a really vivid, sinister ‘Old Testament’ kind of vibe.

The tour also sees you reunite with Sleaford Mods who you previously supported at the Hare & Hounds back in February. What was it like supporting them?

Miles Cocker (Bass): Yeah, we’ve played with them a couple of times. They’re interesting guys to be in the presence of.

You play an EP launch at The Sunflower Lounge on the 18th April along with To The Wall and Bad Girlfriend. Can you tell us more about the bands on the line up?

MP: To The Wall are comprised of some of the guys from Shapes and some of the guys from &u&i/Blakfish. They’ve not released any recordings yet but it’s gonna be awesome, judging by their track record.

MC: Bad Girlfriend are Connor Hemming’s new band. Anyone who’s seen Connor live will know what to expect… But now he has a band he has even more freedom to do crazy dumb shit.

Are there any bands you recommend we should be listening to at the moment?

MP: There’s a band called Flesh who we came across the other day – they’re supporting us at our London show. They look like Goldie Lookin Chain but sound like the Jesus and Mary Chain. Also, we’ve been listening to a band called Teef, who are friggin rad.

What can people expect from your show at The Sunflower Lounge?

KW: The usual. Loud noises, loose limbs, blood, sweat and beers. Marcus has a new drumkit. We’ll also have a bunch of new merch.


Youth Man to play The Sunflower Lounge Bham

February 16, 2015 in News

Kaila Whyte plays guitar and sings. Miles Cocker plays bass guitar. Marcus Perks plays drums. Collectively, Youth Man storm through a venue like a bull in a china shop, levelling everything in sight. Their hyperactive take on post punk sounds like Pixies playing Minutemen covers whilst under the influence of Dead Kennedys and amphetamines. By the end of their brakeless juggernaut of a show – once the ringing in your ears has subsided – you’ll have plenty to talk about.

Youth Man Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


Watch the video for latest single ‘Skin’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 10th – 16th November

November 10, 2014 in News

We have another busy week of gigs coming up , including a sold out show from critically acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest, a performance from revived and re-energised rock quartet Solemn Sun and a visit from the ‘future of hip-hop’ Shabazz Palaces. Check out all the info below…


Shabazz Palaces + MoD + Leftfoot DJs @ Hare & Hounds

Described as “the future of hip-hop”, Shabazz Palaces are a Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz–hip hop group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire. With support from Birmingham’s very own MoD and Leftfoot DJs, this gig is not one to be missed! Get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘#CAKE’ below:


Simply Dylan @ The Glee Club 

Liverpool based artist John O’Connell will be taking Simply Dylan – his personal exploration and celebration of the rich and diverse work of Bob Dylan – along with band across the UK for the very first time this November. This is no ordinary interpretation of Bob Dylan, this is a remarkable and exceptional project which promises to delight Dylan fans young and old. Tickets are available here

Watch the video for ‘Precious Angel’ below:


The Lost Brothers + Lisa O’Neill + Franklin & Jones @ Hare & Hounds

Irish duo The Lost Brothers recently returned to Liverpool, the birthplace of the band, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral. Now heading out on a UK tour to celebrate, support comes from Domino’s Lisa O’Neill and locals Franklin & Jones. Get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Bird in A Cage’ below:

Solemn Sun + Youth Man + Lime @ The Sunflower Lounge

Earlier this year, folk-punks Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun found themselves at a junction, having released two full length albums under the moniker, the band opted to lay their previous works to rest and regroup, reinventing themselves as Solemn Sun, an ambitious rock outfit. The band play The Sunflower Lounge with strong support from two fantastic local bands: Youth Man and LimeTickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Josef’ below:


Marika Hackman + Howard James Kenny @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Having been described as “the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom” by NYLON and releasing a series of hugely revered singles and EPs over the last year, Marika Hackman calls at The Sunflower Lounge this November, her largest headline UK tour to date, with the addition of her newly formed live band. Tickets available here.

Watch Marika perform ‘Wolf’ live at Toe Rag Studios below:


Bad Grammar + Fauxchisels + Dong Fang + The Scribers @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Manchester’s Bad Grammar create fuzzy, riff infused pop jams. The two-piece consisting of Ben Forrester & Lucy Brown have recently released a new EP titled Forced Fun via Flatpack Records. The duo have had recent play on Radio 1 and features in NME Radar & Artrocker New Blood alongside being personally selected to play Y Not Festival by none other than Andrew W.K. With support coming from Fauxchisels, Dong Fang and The Scribers, this gig is not to be skipped on! Tickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Temper Temper’ below:


Kate Tempest @ Hare & Hounds *SOLD OUT*

Birmingham Promoters are delighted to announce they’ll be teaming up with Leftfoot to bring the wonderful Kate Tempest to the Hare & Hounds Birmingham. She started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering emcees to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her debut album Everybody Down has finally hit the shelves – real and virtual – to ubiquitous acclaim.

Watch the video for  ‘The Beigeness’ below:

Elephantine to play EP Launch show

September 18, 2014 in News

Fronted by the classically trained enigmatic Anna Palmer, who follows former student Laura Mvula straight out of the world renowned Birmingham Conservatoire. Her unique shrieking vocals and PJ Harvey-esque presence create something of a breath of fresh air in today’s somewhat stagnant music scene that can often be safety over substance. Backed by Guitarist Thomas Ford who has arrived back in his home town via Berkley, Boston and his old school friend Sebastian Maynard Francis on drums their time has come to unleash their heavy riffs on the world.

Influenced by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Kate Bush, Sonic Youth, Deerhoof and Weezer, Elephantine are a constant exploration which will continue to evolve and entertain.

Their debut EP Glimmer is the first release on _records, on 13th October. Released on limited edition vinyl and all digital formats.

Listen to ‘Porcelain’ below:



This Week: Gig Roundup 19th – 25th May

May 20, 2014 in News

Here we round up the next seven days worth of gigs we have to offer. With popular indie pop bands to punk-noise trios to B-town legends, spend this week seeing the diverse acts Birmingham has to offer at all the best venues in town.


Drowners + Cold Ocean Lies @ The Sunflower Lounge

Fresh from supporting fellow New Yorker’s SKATERS, we have Drowners returning to Birmingham for their own headline show at The Sunflower Lounge. They will be showcasing their garage pop tracks from latest eponymous album including ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ and ‘A Button on Your Blouse’. With support from local four piece Cold Ocean Lies, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ below:


Young Rebel Set + Empire Divide + Broken Witt Rebels @ The Sunflower Lounge

Experience a night of rebellion with our second offering this week – five piece Young Rebel Set. With upcoming performances at Tomorrow Festival, Weekender, Southside Festival, Hurricane Festival and Stockton Calling, as well as their UK tour, these folk infused indie boys have a busy few months ahead of them and we are delighted they will be stopping at The Sunflower Lounge in the midst of it all. With strong local support from Empire Divide and Broken Witt Rebels don’t miss out and get your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Tuned Transmission’ below:


Tiny Ruins @ The Glee Club

To celebrate their first signing with Bella Union, Tiny Ruins will be promoting their second album ‘Brightly Painted One’ on tour and will be stopping by The Glee Club on Thursday evening.  Based in New Zealand and previously a solo act, Tiny Ruins have supported artists such as Beach HouseJoanna NewsomFleet FoxesFather John MistyThe Handsome Family and Calexico we cannot wait to see what they bring in Brum. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Days Are Long, Nights Are Longer’ below:


The Struts + Friday Club + The Concept @ Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath

If indie rock reminiscent of a combination of The Libertines and Queen is more your thing, stop by Hare & Hounds and catch The Struts on Thursday night. Having recently gained recognition with their instantly addictive track ‘I Just Know’ which featured on a TV Denim campaign, the band will be sure to play tracks from the debut album which is set for release this Summer. Birmingham based support from Friday Club and The Concept, get your tickets now here.

Watch the video for ‘Matter Of Time’ below:


The Hoosiers + Ariana & The Rose + Capital Sun @ The Institute

The Hoosiers have made a come back with new album ‘The News From Nowhere’ and UK tour, including a show at The Institute. The self-produced and self-released album is said to be a true return to form. With support from the beautiful New York based Ariana & The Rose and local band Capital Sun, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Make or Break’ below:


Thumpers + Cut Ribbons + Field Harmonics + Arc Vel @ Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath

You can also catch Thumpers at Hare & Hounds performing on Friday night at Hare & Hounds. Ex-members of Pull Tiger Tail who have reformed into an unstoppable duo who were recently signed to mighty American Sup Pop Records. Having been tipped hotly by the likes of VEVOTransmitterThe Line of Best Fit,Independent on SundayFake DIY and Amazing Radio, Thumpers will showcase debut album ‘Galore’. Supported by Cut Ribbons, Field Harmonics and Arc Vel, grab your tickets here.

Watch the video for ‘Galore’ below:


Youth Man + Elephantine + Adore @ The Sunflower Lounge

With festival slots lined up at The Great EscapeLiverpool Sound City, 2000 Trees & Y Not Festival, trio Youth Man will be playing a warm up headline show at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday night. By the end of their brakeless juggernaut of a show – once the ringing in your ears has subsided – you’ll have plenty to talk about. With popular local support from Elephantine and Adore you don’t wanna miss this show, tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Wide Awake’ below:


Swim Deep + The Magic Gang + Juice @ The Oobelck

If you’re a B-Twon fan there’s nowhere else to be this Bank Holiday Saturday other than brand new venue The Oobleck at Alfie Birds in The Custrad Factory where Swim Deep will be playing. Taking a break from writing their much-anticipated second album, the Birmingham four-piece will join us for the launch weekend of of the venue. Due to popular demand we have released a limited amount of 14+ tickets for the show so don’t miss out and catch The Magic Gang and Juice supporting. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘King City’ below:


Joe Miles + Holly Aires + Connor Hemming + Wes Dance @ The Yardbird

If you’re city centre bound this Bank Holiday Sunday why not round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird, where singer/songwriter Joe Miles, acoustic act Holly Aires, folk rock act Connor Hemming and the mesmerising Wes Dance are playing. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Watch Joe’s cover of Michael Buble’s ‘Home’: