Lola Hammerich (vocals/guitar), Andrea Thuesen (vocals/guitar) and Benedicte Pierleoni (drums) are a trio not to be messed with. Making rumbling rock and grimy grunge that’s as malevolent as a midnight knife fight, their sound is equal parts Kyuss and Sleater-Kinney, with a dash of Babes In Toyland for extra punch.

Baby In Vain are not your typical Scandinavian indie band. Drawing on the gang-mentality and bluesy swagger of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens Of The Stone Age, they’ve been together six years, but are still quite young. Their early material saw them producing their own twist on stoner-rock, but over the past five years they’ve branched out into much broader territory, pulling in the industrial menace of post-punk alongside fuzzy expeditions into the fringes of doom and garage punk.

The three met at a mutual friends’ prog-rock’n’roll gig in their native Copenhagen back in 2010 and formed the band on the spot, with Andrea naming the three-piece before they’d even left the venue. Their first rehearsal came a few days later, at a local afterschool youth centre. “Lola and me both wanted to be shredding some cool guitar solos,” explains Andrea of their decision not to enlist a bass player – something they’ve stuck by, instead achieving their booming deep end by cunning use of bass amps and layering guitar sounds. The pair also split the vocals, meaning there’s not one, but two dynamic frontwomen heading up Baby In Vain’s killer live show.

Baby In Vain Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video ‘The Urge’ below:

Plus support from SEMANTICS

Forming in August of 2014, Birmingham four-piece Semantics are a product of their individual combined styles, emotions and influences, bringing together a sound that pulls from four corners creating a unified, fluctuating and topographical shape.

After the release of their debut EP in 2016 and a successful bout of headline shows (including support slots with bands such as The Vryll Society, Holy Esque and Field Studies) Semantics released their second EP Acid Test on the 9th of September 2017, recorded and mixed by Ryan Pinson.

”For those who still associate Birmingham with the bright colours of B-Town, Semantics will offer plenty of food for thought – be careful, though, their jagged rhythms might leave quite a lump in the throat.” – Louder Than War

”Don’t expect a barrel of pop frivolity with Semantics.” – Little Indie Blogs

Semantics Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Acid Test’ below: