Are we a bit late on the bandwagon for the Game of Thrones references? Probably. However, we’re dead ahead of the curve with new music, and October and November are looking like two months you do not want to miss…
Kicking things off with a show that sold out almost straight away, whoever managed to bag tickets to see Jim Bob from Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – lucky you! The lead singer is now embarking on a solo tour, showcasing music from his eight solo albums at his Birmingham show on October 10th.
The next band firing on all cylinders are Dublin’s newest post punk prophets The Murder Capital. The bold, bolshy five piece have recently toured with the likes of Slaves, Shame and Fontaine’s D.C and now they’re about to embark on their biggest headline tour to date. Fans of the above bands and gritty, real punk, make sure to bag a ticket to The Murder Capital on October 12th.
Brand new band on the block Good Cop Bad Cop. Born and raised in Sheffield, Joe Carnall (Milburn) teamed up with Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders to create this brand new project, ‘residing somewhere between man and machine.’ With the release of their debut album in March, Good Cop Bad Cop have that perfect blend of vintage tinged electronic and melodies akin to the glory days of The Strokes. Catch them live on October 14th along with their brand new material.
The following weekend leaves no holds barred with two huge acts from other sides of the stratosphere. Australian indie-psychers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets crash land on October 18th, bringing along their third album ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’. The lead single, the erratic but infectious Bills Mandolin features Billy from Birmingham band Bad Girlfriend (Easter Hott Date), well worth checking out!
The day after we’re treated to one hell of powerful and soulful voice from Anastasia Walker of Bang Bang Romeo. Dubbed ‘this generation’s Amy Winehouse’ and hailed as having a ‘once in 20 years voice’, Bang Bang Romeo are a pop-rock force to be reckoned with and a champion voice for the LGBT+ community. Mark October 19th in your diaries as an unmissable date.
Closing off October we have Honeyblood, a once four piece gone solo and spearheaded by the genius that is Stina Tweedale. Her new album ‘In Plain Sight’ is making shockwaves through the indie charts and getting critics’ tongues wagging. With entrancing optical illusions at the forefront of the new album, you’ll easily get lost in Honeyblood’s sometimes gritty, often cryptic but always enticing blend of indie and rock. Catch Honeyblood live on October 25th.
Jumping straight into November feet first are Coventry band FEET, embarking on their biggest headline tour to date, rolling straight out of festival season and intense studio sessions to unveil their debut album… ‘What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham’. Expect weird, wonderful, funk tinged and contemporary indie on November 2nd.
Finally (for this list anyway) we’re lucky to host the return of Spector. Their debut ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ in 2012 shot straight to number 12 on the UK album charts, with similar success with 2015’s ‘Moth Boys’. Their upcoming album ‘I Won’t Wait’ has been highly anticipated by critics and media fans alike, as Spector’s amalgamation of The Strokes, Roxy Music, Pulp and Frank Sinatra has the world hooked. Join in the conversation on November 7th.
Let’s get one thing straight: We’re not messing about in May. We’re bringing you some of the newest bands everyone is dying to get ahold of, fresh from releasing brand spanking new material. Whether you’re into the indie bangers, melodic folk pop or… rock and roll preachers? We have you covered.
There’s not much to say about The Mysterines… mainly because this Northern trio keep their cards incredibly close to their chest. However, that doesn’t mean this indie punk trio don’t pack a punch, and their newest single ‘Gasoline‘ is living proof. This is one of those bands you wished you saw at an intimate venue before they smashed into the big time. Now’s your chance on Friday, May 3rd. Support by The Carousels.
If you’re after high octane, incredibly intricate guitars, look no further than the mighty Buck and Evans hitting up Birmingham on May 4th. Emotional soul and full bodied rock and roll entwine perfectly within this Cardiff based quartet, an unquestionably major talent debuting brand new tracks for the first time. Support hails from The Rainbreakers.
A band that have been bubbling away for some time, now bounding into the charts with their debut self titled album. Liverpool’s SPINN have gained quite a cult following with their addictive, bittersweet indie pop. Fans of Birmingham’s unforgettable B-Town bands by like Peace, Swim Deep and Superfood will fall head over heels for these lovable rogues on Thursday, May 16th. Support comes from Arcade Hearts and George Pannell.
Round up the pentecostal posse and get ready to repent in the name of Sexy Jesus… the one and only festival swingers and crowd pleasing winners Oh My God! It’s The Church are crash landing in Birmingham on Friday, May 17th. Expect games, stories and gospel covers of festival favourite hits, as well as their brand new single ‘Preachin’. We can promise you, you’ve never seen anything like this all singing, all dancing, all sinnin’ collective here to rinse your sins with the holy water of Absinthe.
Life At The Arcade, another band that need to be seen to be believed. If you’re a sucker for upbeat indie pop (much like Radio X and BBC 6 Music who have sung their praises) then this Liverpool band are for you. This year has seen Life At The Arcade release their new banger ‘Tabloids’, leading the way for a huge year for this brand new band. Catch them live in Birmingham on Friday, May 24th.
Closing off the monumental month we have one of Birmingham’s rising stars Ivory Wave bringing their stellar set up of Britpop infused beats and no-fuss indie as part of the first ever BBC Introducing West Midlands Showcase. They’re joined by Karkosa, the Birmingham enigma with a huge cult following in South Korea, driving indie force to be reckoned with La Dharma and loads more acts you need to know about. After supporting Marsicans and the hugely popular The DMA’s this year, Ivory Wave are on a collision course for success, catch them in an intimate setting for (what could be) the last time on Friday, May 31st.