The next BBC Introducing West Midlands Showcase is here!
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.
With support from Flares:
Hailing from Birmingham, FLARES are an up and coming band with a sound described as ‘chirpy indie rock with influences of pop and grunge. After playing their first gig in a dodgy garage, the band have worked their way into finer establishments like The Sunflower Lounge, Hare and Hounds and O2 Academy. This year FLARES have been busy playing festivals such as Y Not Festival and Camper Calling, selling out headliners and supporting the likes of Fickle Friends, Rose Dive and FEET.
FLARES released their debut single, ‘Tunnel Vision // Castle of Cards’ on Jan 3rd 2019. Since then they have followed up with another two singles, ‘Keep It’ and ‘Lightning’ (which were coincided with their first mini tour). All tracks were received well and gained airtime on BBC Introducing WM.
The band deliver an energetic performance by combining indie melodies, catchy choruses and strong vocal harmonies with intricate guitar riffs and powerhouse drumming.
“Don’t let their youthfulness deceive you. These young indie rockers know their way around a harmony and a chord progression.” – Indie Midlands
“A true pleasure to witness.” – Native Magazine
“They’ve somehow channeled the Pixies skewed pop, (bassist Edie like a young Kim Deal), welded it to Nirvana’s intensity, (Guitarist Leo channeling Cobain, hurling himself around like it’s life or death) and then added an infectious Pop charm all of their own.” – Louder Than War
“Their catchy, guitar heavy tunes have the growing crowd clapping and swaying along in no time.” – Counteract Magazine
“Too loud.” – Leo’s mum
Plus The Verse
Formed in 2017, The Verse are a four piece independent band from the Midlands. They play an unapologetically anthemic Indie rock style music delivered with a full throttle, audience engaging performance. Their most recent release ‘Whatever You Ask’ was described by a local music blog as ‘sounding like a Catfish And The Bottlemen B Side’ which was taken as a compliment!
The Verse are a band that are constantly aiming to be playing gigs. 2018 saw the band play over 30 gigs in 14 different cities, with two headline shows in the Midlands and in Scotland.
Plus BBC Uploader Act Jessie Dipper
Award-nominated, emerging and unsigned indie singer-songwriter, Jessie Dipper, (currently Birmingham based) released her debut album ‘Audience of One’ in the spring of 2019. In a few short years, Jessie has successfully released two EPs, gigged up and down the UK and toured Melbourne (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand) in 2018 as well as included Uganda (2015), Sri Lanka (2016), Romania (2018) and The Netherlands (2018) in her performance repertoire. Showcasing her unique musicianship of with grit to falsetto vocal abilities and rock/jazz/funk-inspired acoustic and electric guitar capabilities, with a persona to captivate an audience with her quirky, and conversational demeanour and stage presence, complete with odd socks.
Her new album speaks of her story speckled with grief and joy, entwined with the wonder of all that life can become, in her communicate the more-ness of life through the music she makes. With the aim to facilitate the listener in sharing their own stories to spark the conversation of who we are and what life is to us.
Recorded in several different places around the country, this record echoes the twists and turns of living in so many environments, and what it has become to ‘belong’ in the world but not of it. It’s dynamic, acoustically rooted, alternative rock/jazz influences, give it an unconventional prowess, establishing Jessie’s zeal for what she does and who she is through both the perplexities and simplicities of this project.
Described as “a female version of Ed Sheeran”, “Bjork and Lily Allen on acid”, and “crossing the Mark Knofler line of rhythmic fingerpicking”. Alex Nobel from BBC WM introducing (having been featured on their show a number of times) has described her as “telling a story with every track, a genuine and honest person, really clever with how she makes (the messaging of her songs) work”. Industry professionals have recognised her tenacious guitar abilities, vocal ingenuity and songwriting artistry after 4 years of beginning this journey.
Having continued to take opportunities to seek out more people and their stories across the world, and travelled to Abuja, Nigeria in March of this year, as well as Dubai in April to work with teams based in the Middle East working in local communities, Jessie seeks to build the relationships formed across the world in working towards being an influence within the western world were she was originally born. In sharing the perplexities of joy and sorrows in life from the Nations to the Nation. Whilst being based in Birmingham to grow roots within her local fan base, and developing as an artist over the bridge of London to Brum (where connections have also blossomed).