DISCOVER BIRMINGHAM: SPILT MILK SOCIETY+ ODD SOUL + CHERRY CHERRY + AMY LOUISE ELLIS

2015 was a defining year for humanity; the blue and gold dress crisis, self-driving cars, Instagram becoming bigger than Twitter, and Josh Hyde being employed to decorate the kitchen of a certain Penny Handford. It was during this flirtation with painting that fate intended Josh to cross paths with Penny’s son, Harry. Josh was a guitar marvel, Harry had written a few songs about his feelings and before they knew it Spilt Milk Society had been born. They quickly established themselves as part of the thriving Birmingham music scene and gained attention from BBC Introducing; doing live sessions for WM and Shropshire whilst gaining airtime on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music. Further afield the milky boys have since been hand picked by Steve Lamacq to play on the BBC Introducing stage at the Great Escape Festival and have supported the likes of Superfood, Fickle Friends, Tender and Marsicans.

BBC Introducing’s Adam Crowther called Spilt Milk Society “the most exciting band we’ve championed years” and said that “they have a bold, energetic and instantly lovable sound to their music”. Fred Perry Sub Culture called them “one of Birmingham’s brightest future bands”.

The end of 2017 saw Spilt Milk hit a million streams on Spotify – a number that has now grown to over 3 million – and the band had now settled into a new home in Liverpool to focus purely on music. 2018 came around and they took a 6 month break to reorganise and spend time writing following the signing of their first contract with Believe Digital UK. With bigger production, a clearer direction and fan base averaging at 150,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Spilt Milk Society are set to release three singles in the coming months. The first, Turtleneck Boy, is to be complemented by a clothing range, named ‘TURTS’, and music video. October 2018 will see their first UK Tour accompanying Turtleneck Boy’s release.

Other projects they have completed during their break include Harry’s solo outlet strawberry milkshake, Josh’s Toxteth project, Freddie’s Boy, Yowstra, Rob’s nun, and an E.P featuring songs they’ve collaborated on with fellow Birmingham bands Sugarthief and Violet.

Spilt Milk Society Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video to ‘She Tastes Like Summer’ here:


Forged in Birmingham’s bubbling Selly Oak music scene, Odd Soul blend jazz, soul, post-rock and hip-hop to create a fresh, vibrant and intricate sound. Odd Soul take jazz and soul influences from the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote and Jordan Rakei, and fuse them with the stratospheric post-rock stylings of Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai, creating dramatic soundscapes punctuated with catchy melodies and the occasional musical firework.

The band are fronted by the dual vocals of Gabriella Liandu (voice) and Rohit Jepegnanam (voice, guitar), alongside the “impressive collective talents” (Ian Paget, Indie Midlands) of James Dickinson (keyboards, backing vocals), Olli Smith (drums), Seb Read (bass) and Simon Meikle (guitar).

Described by Counteract as “one of Birmingham’s most talented young acts”, Odd Soul have been entertaining audiences in their hometown and beyond since forming in 2017, including the sold-out launch of their debut EP Movies in Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge, a headline show at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and performing at Birmingham’s premier Neo Soul jam night, Neighbourhd.  “Odd Soul being in town is as good a reason as any to get your a*** out of the house and into whatever venue they’re packing out this time.” (Luke Charnley, Counteract)

Odd Soul Links: Facebook | Instagram | Spotify 

Listen to the official audio for ‘Movies’ here:


Cherry Cherry are a five-piece Alternative Pop band from the West Midlands. Despite having a traditional line up, their sound is modern with a heavily electronic character that has been likened to The 1975 and Billie Ellish.

Cherry Cherry Links: Instagram


Amy Louise Ellis is a singer-songwriter currently based in Birmingham with a regular connection to London, coming September. Amy currently takes influence from Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Sigrid, combining pop with interesting, honest lyrics and melodic, catchy vocals. After releasing her debut single ‘How It Goes’, she had to take a year out of music to focus on her health. Now bouncing back, with her debut EP ‘No New Messages’ out now, Amy plans to pick up where she left off.

Amy has played venues such as O2 Academy, The Hare and Hounds, and headlined The Sunflower Lounge. Amy has supported the likes of Joe Dolman, Jordan Mackampa, The Clause and Ed Geater.

Amy Louise Ellis Links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

Check out the official video for ‘Of Two Minds’ here: