SUGARTHIEF+ VIOLET + MASS HOUSE + PHIL MADELEY

Unsigned Birmingham band Sugarthief are showing no signs of slowing down in 2018 after a successful 2017, which lead to a Winter tour with The Twang – playing to massive audiences in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Oxford.

The Twang front-man Phil Ethridge saw Sugarthief sharing a stage with fellow Birmingham bands Ocean Colour Scene, Editors, Jaws and Superfood at the inaugural Beyond the Tracks Festival and invited them on tour there and then. This marked the end of a fine Summer for the band which also saw them open the main stage at YNot Festival, before playing Kendal Calling the same weekend.

The young four-piece document modern teenage experiences via jangly guitars, pop-ridden basslines and hook laden lyrics. “All the songs are really about my view of a pretty screwed up world”, says front-man Jordi. “Some people call our sound Indie rock/pop – I’m not sure about that… we just make the music and let others worry about pigeon holes”

They continue to build their ever growing audience by supporting touring acts such as: The Night Cafe, Willie J Healy, King No-one, High Tyde, Airways and Cosmo Pyke and have sold out their last 7 headline gigs in Birmingham.

With major festival appearances due to be announce and a mini UK tour in the Autumn to celebrate the release of their debut EP, there is a very good chance you’ll be seeing and hearing more about these young, hard working Brummies in 2018 and beyond.

Sugarthief Links: Facebook | Instagram | Spotify

Watch the video to ‘Joy Affair’ here:


Midlands 5 piece Violet come drenched in big sounds with an indie spark, combining infuences that draw from 90s Grunge to Britpop. Pedal immersed guitars entwined with intricate drums and powerful basslines come together to create a unique ethereal, yet captivating sound. The band are likened to the ambiance of Slowdive, the mystique of The Horrors and the melancholy of Suede

Following on from their 2017 debut single release ‘Feel’ which received acclaim on Clash and Dork amongst others the band are set to release their follow up single ‘Jaded’ on March 16th out on ‘HolyHowl’ Records. Luke Brickett Haycock, “Jaded felt special, it was written in a trance like state where it all just kind of blossomed from out of nowhere one night. It’s about that feeling when something, whatever it is, gets ingrained and stuck in your head but you just want it gone and it doesn’t leave”.

Violet Links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Watch the video to ‘Feel’ below:


Mass House are Dylan and Tom (Ex-Dumb), they opened up the recent sold-out show with Ivory Wave alongside Violet and are recording their debut singles in the coming weeks

Mass House Links: Facebook 


On the back of a successful couple of years of gigging around the country which included support at sold-out Rainbow Birmingham and London shows, Phil Madeley’s attention has turned to the studio. Having recorded with the likes of Chris Hayden (Florence+The Machine) and George Genn (Sympathiser) at the production helm, new music is expected very soon to follow up his debut single, ‘Banker For The Day’, blink and you’ll miss it. From Springsteen to Young and onto Bowie and The Strokes, Madeley’s sonic expedition draws from his forefathers to form a perfectly balanced storm of influence and sharp originality. With a voice that can cut through leather and melt glass, the near future looks bright for Phil Madeley.

Phil Madeley Links: Facebook | Instagram | SoundCloud