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Live Review: Our Girl at The Sunflower Lounge (12/10/18)

Our Girl are probably my favourite band around at the moment, their debut album "Stranger Today" is one of very few to ever receive a 10/10 from us which I think it fully deserves and it's been in constant rotation for me ever since. The dynamics on the album which perfectly utilise lead singer and guitarist, Soph Nathan's soft, harmonic vocals but also give her the opportunity to really stretch herself into a grungier, heavy rock voice which expertly intertwine with the phenomenal tunes like "Level", "Being Around" and "Boring".


The band announced on Twitter the day before the gig that they were doing a free instore show at Paul Smith in The Mailbox so obviously I had to go along to that... which also meant missing one of my lectures but hey, what's more important here? The band set up along some chairs in the shop and played an acoustic set containing songs like "I Really Like It", "Two Life" and "In My He…

Live Review: Spilt Milk Society at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham (14/10/18)

Spilt Milk Society are a band I've been watching with eagerness since seeing them obliterate The Sunflower Lounge when supporting Riscas earlier this year. Unfortunately, after that a few more members of the band left and that meant they took a short hiatus to realign themselves and get back to winning ways. This resulted in their comeback single "Turtleneck Boy" - which is admittedly a huge grower, I was a bit iffy on it at first but after 10 listens it really resonated and now it's been stuck in my head for about 3 weeks.
I only caught the second support act before the show which was Flares, unknowingly seeing a band twice in 2 days is not something I've ever done before but with these I'm kind of glad. They're very young but they have the stage presence, the talent and some absolutely belting tunes which may just carry them all the way. They bloody love a clap along as well, I'll give them that!

Then it was time for Spilly Milk. There were a few s…

Live Review: Oxjam Brum 2018 (13/10/18)

What after seems a long time in the running, Oxjam Brum 2018 has been gone now. And what a day it was, full of independent music at independent music in the heart of Digbeth, the creative quarter of Birmingham. The quirkiness and intimacy of the venues was what really made the day special though - so let me run you through who I saw and where I saw them!

Dig Brew Co. Dig Brew was my favourite venue of the day, not the best acoustics or set up - not for that reason at all. But because it was in a brewery, literally in the brewery and with some tables set up it was the best vibe in there as I bought one of the Oxjam Pale Ales and sat down to watch Robert Craig Oulten. He was phenomenal, a perfect opener to the day in a great venue, he reminded me very much of Willie J Healy with his laidback singing and stage presence which only added to the allure of listening to him. I'd love to hear more of him and his music and I'd also love to see some more gigs organised at Dig Brew!

Mockin…

Spilt Milk Society - Turtleneck Boy (Track Review)

Spilt Milk Society were a band originally made up of members from Birmingham, with the phenomenally talented Harry Handford at the helm. After the departure of the majority of the band to pursue other projects Spilly Milk took a little break. And now they're back, helming their attack on indie rock from the shores of Liverpool now. You may know them from blinding tune ssuch as Amsterdam, She Tastes Like Summer and Voices - tunes that made me fall in love with the band and converted my girlfriend into a Spiller (Can we call ourselves that? Spilt Milkers? Sounds wrong. Societers? Sounds formal, and it's not a word). 
And here we are. October 2018 sees the return of one of the most exciting bands to come from the underground in years, with their new tune "Turtleneck Boy" a departure from their very indie sound with their bopping guitars to a poppier tune which takes on the life and times of a hipster. Talking about "Wearing coats in the summer" and a "ch…

Oxjam Brum 2018 (Preview)

Oxjam are music festivals that give back, organised by volunteers with a deep and powerful love for music and Oxfam themselves it's a great cause to be a part of and it's wonderful to see something like this hitting Digbeth in Birmingham on the 13th October! What Oxjam does as well is give back to the music community as they hold their one day festival across 5 venues in which there's a plethora of unsigned and new musical talent on show.

This years Oxjam festival in Birmingham will be holding gigs atthe 100% eco club Suki10c, new brewery and taproom Dig Brew Co, quirky industrial space The Engine Room and The Mockingbird with live music in both the bar area and inside the cinema. Within these beautiful little venues will be live performances from immense brum talent such as Bryony Williams, Sunset Beach Hut, Real Cool, Bad Girlfriend, Love Bites and much much more.


When asked, Adam Pyzer, festival manager, said: “Oxjam Brum is going to be an unforgettable day of live mus…

Introducing... Future Fires

Future Fires are an indie rock band from Birmingham who have been quietly plugging away in the underground scene for a while now whilst releasing banger after banger - much like their new tune "Midnight Sky" which outlines their unique sound so comprehensively that if the charts equated to real music then it would definitely be charting! Check out the guys as they usually play at The Sunflower Lounge and take a read of my full interview with them below...
Question. Hey guys, so how did Future Fires form?
Future Fires:
 Your traditional fairy-tale story, girl imprisoned by dragon in the tallest tower, knight in shining armour....just kidding. Friends of friends, mutual interests and lots of beer turned into something beautiful.

Q. Where does the name Future Fires come from?
FF:
 There's no symbolic meaning behind the words per se, but we wanted the sound of the name to reflect the kind of music we love as a band and the crowd-pleasing, energetic style of music we want to make.