Indieterria review Brain Food – Brain Food EP

Dear Readers,

We are absolutely gutted that we can only review this EP good three weeks after its release (came out on March 13th 2020) but the world has been in chaos lately. Maybe you noticed… However social isolation has good sides  – you can sit on your ass and listen to a lot of music. We will not complain too much about being four weeks into a self imposed exile then. After all this is what music scouts do anyway if not attending gigs: typing away mountains of text about artists they seen or are about to see.  Plus, the fridge is stocked and we have 24 pieces of toilet roll…So without any more ado, here is the record we will be ranting about on this blog today. Meet the band.

Brain Food:
Liam Mckeown (vox, guitar)
Jakob Cusp (guitar, keys)
William S Carrott (bass)
Connor Doyle (drums, percussion)

Official bio:

Brain Food are a four-piece cosmic psych outfit originally hailing from the suburbs of East Birmingham. Forming in the dying embers of 2017, the band have been making waves with their energetic, spaced-out and shimmering live set. In their brief history they have supported the likes of Insecure Men, Froth, Stonefield, Boy Azooga, Frankie & The Witch Fingers, Dead Coast, Man of Moon and Public Access TV. August 2018 saw the release of debut EP “Get One On”, a DIY project of five tracks recorded, mixed and produced by the band, on their own makeshift record label, Room 15 Records.

Birmingham is known nationally (and internationally if you ever poked your nose outside the disunited kingdom) for having a vibrant psychedelic and garage scene. If you are local we don’t necessarily have to introduce you to the likes of DOXA, Table Scraps, Cherry Pickles, The Cosmics or The Lizards. Chances are you drink with members of those bands more often at The Sunny than we do. However if you don’t hang around Digbeth too often, Second City may be uncharted musical waters. Then you are cordially invited to have a look at this BLOG we did for the scene and check out the playlists. It`s worth it – we will tell you this much.

Brain Food – photography by Psychedelic Eye
https://www.facebook.com/psychedelic.eye.photography

Brain Food are part of the vibrant Brummie scene and their new, self -titled EP is exceptional, in many regards. It is first time in aeons that we had a pleasure to listen to a space psychedelia record. For those who are not into musical genres: space psychedelia (also known as “space rock”) originated in the late 1960`s and is recognised by lengthy compositions with distorted, other-worldly vocals. Hypnotic drums and keyboards often accommodate poetic, mystic and science-fiction themed lyrics. This sub-genre of psychedelic and progressive rock came to prove itself to be very influential, inspiring every musical movement from the 80s onward: grunge, stone rock, shoe gaze to post rock. Early enthusiasts of the space sound were Jimmy Hendrix, Marc Bolan, The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The ground breaking “wah wah” sound was born out of the genre. But we digress…

The band sticks to a very traditional definition of space psychedelia – this record is full of wonderful riffs, mellow if minimal drumming, ethereal vocals and lyrics that evoke emotional and  spiritual sides of humanity. It`s 27 minutes that should be spent lying in the grass on a summer day with your eyes closed and  enjoying the sun on one`s face.

The Brain Food EP cover

Opening the record  is “Poseidon” – although not a leading single – it is a perfect introduction to the EP. The song greets us with a powerful riff and the words “Wake Up – what do you see?”. The low bass and heavy drums giving this track such a groovy, trippy feeling.

Then comes “Canyon Crawler” with its oriental theme and deep, echo like effects. The song changes tempo several times over the course of seven minutes but does not feel too dragging or boring. It is very Beatles-que in nature (meant in the best way possible).

“That Feeling” could give Pink Floyd a good run for their money had Brain Food been born few decades into the past. For some reason we love how the vocals sound  – there is no indication that they have been reinforced but it feels like there is more than one voice singing.

“Cosmic Jones” starts with a wah wah motif to explode into a distorted, quietly beautiful love song. It may be a strange observation but this is the only song that brings outthe fact that Brain Food are a British band. You can hear the strong West Midland accent clearer than on other compositions. Though out  the record you can`t place where the band comes from – they could easily pose for American quartet or  anywhere else in the world. Which adds to the charm of the EP – anyone from any corner of the world could relate. But on “Cosmic Jones”  the band is undisputedly  British. Also its our favourite track from the record. Not related to the fact that we are Anglophiles.

The EP ends with “Forbidden Tongue”. What we really love about this track are those long  guitar solos that are the central part of  composition. Vocals are here relocated to the back seat and treated  alongside with other instruments. Very clever idea.

It`s hard to rate this record. Brain Food do not reinvent the wheel. But  it`s such a strong  space psychedelic release in all its classical glory. And we have a soft spot for all things psychedelic!

This is a kick ass* release and if you can get your hand on it – do so. Hopefully we will get a physical release sooner than later.

*Kick ass is equivalent of at least 4.5 out of 5.

You can follow Brain Food on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/brainfoodofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/brainfoodofficial/
https://brainfoood.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/brain-food-650656456
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6TgF0ITsxJjDf3MuNMJKg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4HqwUXaBaTJafihMSgeRsQ?si=JJ7P8nqqTFqjR5j9Dp6QeA

There is so much happening on the Brum scene we need to possibly consider a larger piece. Brain Food is one of those bands that you need to know if you want to know what`s hot on the indie circuit.

Big thank you to Sophie Hack (Bread Birmingham) for helping us with this review. Apologies for the delay.

M/R

Indieterria meets Chloe Mogg

Dear Readers

Chloe Mogg had a very busy period – despite all the incredible things happening lately. She released her new single “Judgement Day” to rave reviews, played three online gigs to thousands of views, given interviews to BBC while also reviving music of other artists for several musical publications. It was a high time that Vanadian Avenue would sit down with Chloe to speak to her about her music, keeping busy while in isolation, fighting for the rights of artists with disabilities and her achievements.

 We are happy to tell you that despite her hectic schedule Chloe found time to answer our questions.

Chloe Mogg
Photo by Taff Rimages
https://www.facebook.com/taff.rednot.3

 Signature rainbow hair and an unique vocal range earned  you  a nick name “a bird of paradise” and recognition of gig goers in West Midlands. Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.

Chloe Mogg: (laughs) Thanks! I’m Chloe Mogg, a singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist and music journalist with a passion for creating, finding new music and being as colourful as possible! Thanks for running this interview with me!

Your started to draw attention very early on. In 2016 you were voted Wyre Forest Young Musician of The Year – alongside with Hannah Law as “Wyldwood”. At that time you were still in college. In music business with great talent comes big pressure.  Is it easy to deal with expectations of audience and press?

Chloe Mogg:  Expectations and pressure used to really get to me, to the extent of not knowing what path to go in. I think the best advice to stick by is, if you’re enjoying your own music that you’ve created, then you’ve got to be doing something right. If everyone else likes what you’re doing, then that’s a bigger bonus. I must be doing something right because I’m gaining a strong following now!

One review called you a music critics` worst nightmare – you cite Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding and Nora Jones as your inspirations. On top of that you are known for your own version of Status Quo’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” . We won`t even try to squeeze you into one musical genre – but how important is having a broad knowledge of music and different techniques for a performer?

Chloe Mogg:  Being a music journalist, I listen to A LOT of genres. My go to music is dream-pop, trip-hop, jazz fusion and acoustic folk. I think it’s important to have a broad knowledge just like an artist would use different colours to paint on a canvas. As a musician, you have all these colours (genres) to experiment with.

In 2019 you released your debut EP “Thalamus” earning airplays from BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music. The latter happened after somebody handed your CD to Steve Lamacq at a gig.  He also described you as a powerful musical figure. That must have been quite a proud moment for you as an artist.

Chloe Mogg:  Definitely one of the highlights of my career so far! Still haven’t come down from that cloud yet and don’t think I ever will!

Besides your musical career, you are also a journalist championing young and upcoming acts though reviews and press articles and you run a series of gigs Female Voices Night at the iconic Birmingham venue Tower of Song. You put a lot of effort to support other artists.

Chloe Mogg:  Yeah for sure. I support independent artists looking for more coverage in the industry. Female Voices Night has really blossomed into supporting females across the country (even touring artists) to have a platform where they can showcase their songwriting and storytelling. I think us unsigned artists must stick together because it’s a tough industry to break into, plus, I just love helping others out.

You are very vocal about your struggles with health issues, especially ME. There is no cure at this moment for the illness and the pain and fatigue can severely impact your ability to perform. Musicians with long term disabilities are facing many obstacles in the music industry. If you could propose any changes or improvements that could be introduced to help them, what would they be?

Chloe Mogg: I’ve been quite lucky so far with gigging and also cancelling gigs before, due to my health, because people have understood. There was one time though when mid set at a show last year I had a flare up with M.E and Fibromyalgia, causing anxiety to spark. So I went outside to catch a breath and to compose myself to going back inside and finishing my show off, only for the manager of the venue to come outside and call me a ‘disappointment’ and that I should go back inside and tell everyone I’m not playing anymore. I repeatedly told him what was wrong and he wasn’t having any of it. He was very rude and horrible, causing me to have a full blown panic attack. Anyway, the change and improvement that I’ve always dreamt of is for people to fully understand invisible illnesses. It bugs me that you can’t “see” what’s wrong, but I can tell you now, it’s THERE.

Your newest single is called “Judgement Day” and was released on 14th of March. It signals a brand new direction for you – more electronic, trip-hop like. Is it just one time experiment or are you planning to properly investigate this new path?

Chloe Mogg: Trip-hop has always been a passion of mine and one of the main music styles I listen too. I’m trying to incorporate that style into my studio work more, for example; creating groovy drums to sit behind my main music. “Judgement Day” came out more electronic based than I had hoped, but I’m still really proud of it. It was more of an experiment that came out well and I decided to release it. I have other tracks in the pipeline that are more “true” to my style. I’m definitely still sticking with my alt-rock/folk-grunge sound, but I feel that I’m just evolving that little bit more now.  (laughs)

Your friendly neighbourhood ass kicking singer songwriter – Chloe Mogg

During the lockdown caused by the Corona virus outbreak, you came up with idea of organizing a online concert for your fans. The first gig took place on March 21st and another one on 28th of March. What do you think about streaming your shows online? Did you enjoy the experience? 

Chloe Mogg: I absolutely LOVE it! I’ve never streamed shows like that before and decided to start during the lockdown otherwise I would have lost my mind. I really enjoyed it and definitely was a nerve-wracking experience too. People of the world are so generous and supportive and I wouldn’t be where I am now without my fans.

Tell us more about your brand new initiative called The 7 Arts Still Exist. What is it?

Chloe Mogg: The 7 Arts Still Exist is a group where creatives can show their talents. It’s also a platform where lovers of creativity can get inspiration and check out other peoples work. During the outbreak, my best friend Amy Crouch and I saw a lot of groups aimed mainly at musicians sharing their songwriting or covers, and noticed there was a community for artists, photographers, dancers, film-makers. Hence why we created the group.

Once the national quarantine is over and things return to normal, you will be back to touring. Are you planning something special to celebrate?

Chloe Mogg: I definitely want to put on a show with an awesome line up to celebrate. Obviously, we’re not sure when the national quarantine will be over and everything will resume back to normal, but I’ve definitely got things in the pipeline for a return!

We try to keep the last questions fun at Indieterria. Let’s imagine you can duet with Jeff Buckley and he leaves the song of choice to you. What is the audience gathered at the legendary Sine going to hear?

Chloe Mogg: Well, firstly…I’d probably be star-struck and be doing goldfish impressions while listening to Jeff. I think the song would have to be “Bloom” by Nick Harper with added harmonies for a duet arrangement. Nick is joint first place with Jeff as my main influences. Check Nick Harper out, underrated artist who is an amazing songwriter.

You can follow  Chloe Mogg on socials:

https://www.facebook.com/chloemoggmusic
https://twitter.com/ChloeMogg
https://www.instagram.com/chloemogg/
https://chloemogg.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/chloe-mogg
https://www.youtube.com/user/EpicBlondieMogg
http://chloemogg.wixsite.com/chloemoggmusic
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XvJ26er6tjMnGruJ9DE9w?si=bjjse9ZuSYKp0eMflHtgkg

You can also check Chloe`s music blog – MoggBlog

https://moggblog.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MoggBlog/
https://twitter.com/MoggBlog
https://www.instagram.com/MoggBlog/

And finally, you may want to support her via Patreon. She does incredible work on the circuit.

https://www.patreon.com/chloemogg?

Chloe Mogg is just starting to spread her wings and her songs across the land and we will be reporting on her achievements.

We keep saying that the talent on the Birmingham scene is incredible so all your pluggers, music scouts and labels – once the lock downs are done send your people in. We will be very loud in Second City you will not miss it. What you may find is a ton of musical gems ready to be signed. We mean – how can you NOT want to sign Chloe Mogg on the spot?

M/R

Indieterria presents ultimate Birmingham scene playlist

Dear Readers,

The COVID -19 outbreak is hitting entertainment industry very hard. Gigs, tours and even Glasto have been cancelled or postponed. To cover loses and to reach the audiences, bands and performers flock to the Internet to perform.  There are hundreds streams and home concerts being organized and available to watch from home if you find yourself in isolation. You can stream music, buy merch or albums to support musicians though this time.

The reason for this blog post is very simple. At Vanadian Avenue we work with many young and upcoming artists, who may not have large audiences or visibility online to attract large crowd. We want to change that – and bring some new people to  their socials.

Below you will find a list of artists from Birmingham scene and links to their pages. We hope this blog will not only helps you to purchase some goods, new music or tees – but maybe it will lead you on a whole discovery of new music, bands and  scenes.

We will be profiling other towns as well but let us start closer to home.

In no alphabetic order, all equally cool. This blog lists only killer acts.

 

Table Scraps

Table Scraps by Meg Lavender https://www.facebook.com/meg.lavender.1

https://www.facebook.com/tablescrapshq/
https://twitter.com/TableScrapsBand
https://www.instagram.com/table_scraps/
https://table-scraps.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/table-scraps-1
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChFw0Lv7eMvylKWfXdyuZ7Q
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/table-scraps/895152266
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2XJCKq9y1PSlw5wHm2ZewW?si=YHFtCJ7CTpKuvFET1hokrw

The Cosmics

https://www.facebook.com/thecosmicsband/
https://twitter.com/thecosmicsband
https://www.instagram.com/thecosmicsuk/
https://thecosmicsuk.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/user-838453312
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx3KjGaX2RJvXI5e7nljvGA
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/the-cosmics/334961676
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0aocL5HcJzJlZJtAZH6caL?si=Fh-GZNd0Qb2jBXmB_-nQuw

Karkosa

Karkosa

http://www.karkosa.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/officialkarkosa/
https://twitter.com/officialkarkosa
https://www.instagram.com/officialkarkosa/
https://officialkarkosa.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/karkosa
https://www.youtube.com/user/U5ual5u5pect5TheBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3TRdZPlrAv2yGajZ7XzCXP?si=kWXASkCkQz-xlcPeMjJ0yw

The Novus

Picture by Jessie Rose Photography https://www.facebook.com/jessierosephoto

http://www.thenovus.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/thenovusband/
https://twitter.com/TheNovusBand
https://www.instagram.com/thenovusband/
https://thenovus.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/thenovusband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8zW4wRWOwJbEwoZCeiieqQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3mPpz1sdOXNi3vLokDVbHm?si=j_C-ON4RQG6FK_RMybbvDA

Chloe Mogg

Chloe Mogg

https://www.facebook.com/chloemoggmusic/
https://twitter.com/ChloeMogg
https://www.instagram.com/chloemogg/
https://chloemogg.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/chloe-mogg
https://www.youtube.com/user/EpicBlondieMogg
https://www.patreon.com/chloemogg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XvJ26er6tjMnGruJ9DE9w?si=752zFDueTn-r0j52reChZA

Ellie Williams (Redwood)

Picture by Weronika Joanna Visuals https://www.instagram.com/weronika_joanna_visuals/

https://www.redwoodsongs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/redwoodsongsuk/
https://www.instagram.com/redwoodsongs/
https://redwoodsongs.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/redwoodsongs
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLO9xlYDb27Uo-oTsyVUgmQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5oHppFxloYgPJdvuRHCwB9?si=slgTZlO-RAqly_IEOEBdXg

The Earnest Spears

Picture by Jessie Rose Photography https://www.facebook.com/jessierosephoto

https://www.facebook.com/theearnestspears/
https://twitter.com/earnest_spears
https://www.instagram.com/theearnestspears/
https://soundcloud.com/the_earnest_spears
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWKDM63Bxu0-ILKfB8D0bw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lPuAguSYl13EUcU72RlfM?si=sFaVYi56Qdipf8wUrHXINQ

Kick The Clown

Picture by Georgie Wallis https://www.instagram.com/g.wallis._/

https://www.facebook.com/KickTheClownOfficial/
https://twitter.com/KickTheClown_
https://www.instagram.com/kicktheclown_/
https://soundcloud.com/user-482189138
https://kicktheclown.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_uY65cmGkTSFVgnQWwrEOQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Rv196qnVMHlW1RMaa1k6Q?si=dt8OPHVES72sRU4kKXvlqQ

The Americas

https://www.facebook.com/theamericasyeah/
https://twitter.com/TheAmericasYeah
https://www.instagram.com/theamericasyeah/
https://soundcloud.com/theamericasyeah
https://www.youtube.com/theamericas
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-americas/287718531
https://theamericasyeah.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1QxPYzki5ME5mHztKXbEir?si=iB1ScCxuQ5q3NN5Yx_TKew

Brain Food

Picture by Psychedelic Eye Photography https://www.facebook.com/psychedelic.eye.photography/

https://www.facebook.com/brainfoodofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/brainfoodofficia
https://soundcloud.com/brain-food-650656456
https://music.apple.com/gb/album/brain-food-ep/1491984371
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6TgF0ITsxJjDf3MuNMJKg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4HqwUXaBaTJafihMSgeRsQ?si=BJ_n6dc1TEG3chUHHy9f6Q

The VHTs

The VHT’s

https://www.facebook.com/thevhts/
https://twitter.com/thevhts
https://www.instagram.com/thevhts/
https://thevhts.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6SQoJbE41asFPJfja0VTBA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6g7bEz98oK1y0hO6SMCYkT?si=qOjlTqhhSoS43t84gtrymw

Cherry Pickles

https://www.facebook.com/cherrypicklesband/
https://twitter.com/pickles_cherry
https://www.instagram.com/cherrypicklesband/
https://cherrypickles.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNGo3LCslVhEFwS1hq7ZoQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3dIfGgzwaWbsCHA0OhE2mK?si=qWVCwTtOSRenk67vAhWIAw

Pretty Vile

Pretty Vile

https://www.facebook.com/PrettyVileMusic/
https://twitter.com/PrettyVileUK
https://www.instagram.com/prettyvilemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/prettyvile
https://prettyvile.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb6ui5ACqFIIAF2cF4ddTbw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Yh27rfCowqKiM3nKRRjUO?si=SEKL2enUTyeOwmIuwyxv-w

Hannah Law

Picture by Allan Mellor

https://www.facebook.com/hannahlawmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/hannahlawmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/user-879188213

Sugarthief

Sugarthief

https://www.facebook.com/sugarthiefuk/
https://twitter.com/sugarthiefuk
https://www.instagram.com/sugarthiefuk/
https://soundcloud.com/sugarthiefuk
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4ONk2wOhXr7UsZr1sU7GA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3nvnlJyJuJUKTaRrf7tJZQ?si=zurLZcSRTX-d7c3V5edZBw

VIOLET

Picture by Scarlett Stevens https://www.instagram.com/scarlettstvns/

https://www.facebook.com/VIOLETTHEBAND/
https://twitter.com/violetsrblue_
https://www.instagram.com/violetrblue/
https://soundcloud.com/violets-r-blue
https://violetrblue.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4GP3dDOkMobjaaEj0X3K6Q
https://www.musicglue.com/violetsrblue/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Vs0ileVVFdoXykYuByl7q?si=4pGXqHQNRGKlIEAFKLY5Cg

The Pagans S.O.H

The Pagans S.O.H.

https://www.facebook.com/thepagansband/
https://twitter.com/the_pagans
https://www.instagram.com/thepaganssoh/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFckjuYHgUocduUo9T3rH5Q
https://open.spotify.com/artist/30gl20FK32swAdP8HBfN9y?si=q_Vw5Ha0Qd-WCALumqeQnA

HÜDS

HÜDS

https://www.facebook.com/HUDSBABY/
https://twitter.com/_HUDSBABY
https://www.instagram.com/hudsbaby/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYT395DPCtIN9sLu2VI4yRQ

The Lightweights

The Lightweights

https://www.facebook.com/TheLightweightsBand/
https://twitter.com/_Lightweights_
https://www.instagram.com/thelightweightsband/
https://soundcloud.com/user-266993202
https://thelightweightsband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtOC1Y8DtH4s91iakC_zLBg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oXpMI35Tz4XGiphsVq5rT?si=uBwU-MGLRVyFx4F-_bJ2kg

The Assist

The Assist

https://www.facebook.com/TheAssistBand/
https://twitter.com/TheAssistBand
https://www.instagram.com/theassistband/
https://soundcloud.com/the-assist
https://www.youtube.com/user/theassistband
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO6bPS0yAUPm3jjm1aitC?si=ecSBmuHFQr6-tEQmLujr-g

MeMe Detroit

https://www.facebook.com/MeMeDetroitofficial/
https://twitter.com/memedetroit
https://www.instagram.com/memedetroit/
https://soundcloud.com/memedetroit
https://memedetroit.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChkEcOL6QDPW8yiau9XVQYg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7g5I0NVNGr5FaI4e7Xke6X?si=MEsfNf6VSjuSOHRPcq5OXA

F.F. Ivanovski

F. F. Ivanovski

https://www.facebook.com/f.f.ivanovski/
https://twitter.com/FF_IVANOVSKI
https://www.instagram.com/f.f.ivanovski/
https://soundcloud.com/ff_ivanovski
https://ff-ivanovski.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeYCGSqnOMFvb1Mua5wkLtg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/43JerKVFkjYaPECl6suTb3?si=uf089YjCS4Kt0Xp_q_fB5Q

nth cave

nth cave

https://www.facebook.com/nthcave/
https://twitter.com/nthcave
https://www.instagram.com/nthcave/
https://soundcloud.com/nthcave
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQF6RDhhqlhOkAhuE9lr7ww

RISCAS

Riscas

https://www.facebook.com/riscasuk/
https://twitter.com/RISCASUK
https://www.instagram.com/riscas_uk/
https://soundcloud.com/riscasuk
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClvWJtRHDWbxIx1zE8kjA6g
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/riscas/1185515368
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6C6cCRdINVR9zbGmuYaRij?si=_mH3h4FzTTOoB6JoC1zSRA

Marston

Marstone

https://www.facebook.com/wearemarstone/
https://twitter.com/wearemarstone
https://www.instagram.com/wearemarstone/
https://soundcloud.com/wearemarstone
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5kv23QwXK5749UonmvmZqw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4a4SEUKiK3fjo19H5mdZML?si=8VI38r9NTG2pNM11gNUuyA

Lauren Hoyle

Lauren Hoyle

https://www.facebook.com/laurenhoylemusic/
https://www.instagram.com/laurenhoylemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/laurenhoyle
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuUxePKmwIxsfjPkqUO1FgQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2oQc6M3rCsCT7B9ibaX1eU?si=HcdRxEoRT7OBxc5qdi15DQ

Lycio

https://www.facebook.com/lyciomusic/
https://twitter.com/lyciomusic
https://www.instagram.com/lyciomusic/
https://soundcloud.com/lyciomusic
https://lyciomusic.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpN9rBftfYUeCjvuKjafrLQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3E6PwsYQH7PGgFn8YSA2i3?si=Vhw3ThPTR0WBbaep8wOb0w

The Sunset Beach Hut

https://sunsetbeachhut.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sunsetbeachhut/
https://www.instagram.com/sunsetbeachhut/
https://soundcloud.com/sunsetbeachhut
https://thesunsetbeachhut.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCODeTr1_siFmIIzmOiKuUVA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/65rwdFbmIDi2MzzMLLQgqe?si=20cdsPR0Sne8xI2lGBCuqw

Bryony Williams

https://www.facebook.com/bryonywilliamsmusic
https://twitter.com/bryonywmusic
https://twitter.com/bryonywmusic
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/bryony-williams/482770701
https://soundcloud.com/bryony-williams
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnuBLe8KPfxvdV4qZoolKw
https://bryonywilliams.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/42Iz8Et0WUSJarxvGatP1q?si=ddRc1qAGR360Ah8ZAD8m6Q

The Clause

The Clause

https://www.facebook.com/theclausebrum/
https://twitter.com/theclausebrum
https://www.instagram.com/theclause_birmingham/
https://soundcloud.com/theclause
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt67eHe_NOt3XHCbhzo9x3Q
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7KpYPnMoADYtIMt1XPvmzZ?si=I6HGeQKTSDGuYi5gusoTGQ

Paper Buoys

Picture by Psychedelic Eye Photography https://www.facebook.com/psychedelic.eye.photography/

https://www.paper-buoys.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PaperBuoys/
https://twitter.com/PaperBuoysBand
https://www.instagram.com/paperbuoys
https://soundcloud.com/paper-buoys
https://music.apple.com/gb/album/paper-buoys/1316240779
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUrSivJaOA-u5yrJ1Ltcw7A
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5l5Usgu9diA1GF71o2Do0S?si=_hl_n-NIQz6nZX06J0QjMw

The Arosa

The Arosa

https://www.facebook.com/thearosaband/
https://twitter.com/the_arosa
https://www.instagram.com/thearosaband/
https://soundcloud.com/the-arosa
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmSy11B5RVFl-0OD6ObCRWA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2flTByGgaX6A34EafnbbCF?si=GWSLm2KkTSe23F9ItzhE7A

Herbals

Herbals

https://www.facebook.com/herbalsband/
https://www.instagram.com/herbalsband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_6BP_SojbNhiSXOfhWhlw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5tm8TBRXpjdhybnJcYRkAK?si=C-47AjpkRvSJED8b8Man-g

 Alex Ohm

Alex Ohm with his band

https://www.alexohm.com/
https://twitter.com/AlexOhmmusic
https://www.instagram.com/alexohm/
https://soundcloud.com/alexohm
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM0E10EDdbz8gzvjdUQEfAw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1TjGms6N64hiaWrvVDpQ4q?si=k40seRE5RfivFME1lznyeg

Ivory Wave

https://ivorywaveuk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ivorywaveuk/
https://twitter.com/IVORYWAVEUK
https://www.instagram.com/ivorywaveuk/
https://soundcloud.com/ivory-wave
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbEaJZ0E38tBKO_zjFiqAg
https://ivorywaveukstore.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/42T2AYtDajSQNqgtF52zXA?si=HkRv5JbNSFOmm16iRwg8Dw

Chevy Chase Stole My Wife/Emma Howett

https://www.facebook.com/ChevyChaseStoleMyWife/
https://www.facebook.com/emmahowettmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/chevychasestolemywife/
https://soundcloud.com/chevy-chase-stole-my-wife
https://chevychasestolemywife.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbPjdyRciukI8jjatAQvdA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ys7EV4lBwQveTnXNKtdt6?si=okKM1ZnVT0OVDbulwl1iqQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bebnQIc7stwlceWUcr7g9?si=OkA6DynsRBWQtOU8rQqjIA

Inwards

Inwards

https://www.facebook.com/inwardsuk/
https://twitter.com/inwards_
https://www.instagram.com/inwards_92/
https://soundcloud.com/inwardsuk
https://inwards.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj42Gao5RF_p1UTR-9ReF0Q
https://open.spotify.com/artist/542nHHjo4wRmP3AbeJWkse?si=INc3Pp18RwuClrWi7TTBlA

Harry Jordan

Picture by Claire Seville https://www.facebook.com/ClaireSeville/

https://www.facebook.com/ITSHARRYJORDAN/
https://twitter.com/ITSHARRYJORDAN
https://www.instagram.com/itsharryjordan/
https://soundcloud.com/user-713381194
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiFUQHUMcG4hC48nJ8ouQIw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0hcwceXJNynA6U24EprBn5?si=D_KFRoQsTB6UalXtxgqXEQ

Esther Turner

Esther Turner

http://www.estherturner.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/esthertmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/esthertmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/esthertmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/EstherTurnerMusic
https://open.spotify.com/artist/15OyXbDfx6mKZuSc8ALnNP?si=eKtJu2PhT5KEC9uiJI4mxQ

The Lizards

Picture by Ellie Koepke Photography
https://www.facebook.com/elliekoepkephotography/

https://www.facebook.com/TheLizzzards/
https://twitter.com/TheLizzzards
https://www.instagram.com/thelizzzards/
https://soundcloud.com/allyourfriendsarelizards
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrvvt5AXotvw9SrXQyh_bRQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6tnWbhP0UnkU9mwYXfyHSx?si=zc1WaU0HS_alkbUFbOzUWw

Luna Rosa

Luna Rosa

https://www.facebook.com/Lunarosapinkmoon/
https://twitter.com/lunarosax
https://www.instagram.com/lunarosaband/
https://soundcloud.com/luna-rosa-3
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOxv0toL86uoDrMGQhkItiQ
https://lunarosa.bandcamp.com/
https://www.musicglue.com/luna-rosa
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5tBIpe6b4WNOLFMnZsvuGL?si=ZgE9srhkScqr6sY2gj_4Qg

Hey Jester

Picture by Roy Smiljanic
https://twitter.com/roy_smiljanic

https://www.facebook.com/HeyJesterBand/
https://twitter.com/HeyJesterBand
https://www.instagram.com/heyjesterband/
https://soundcloud.com/heyjesterband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0OL33n4AGRCUPNLwSHfdAg
https://music.amazon.co.uk/artists/B07V39Z3XH
https://heyjester.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/12QwKN5xztxh5zhYEROOtl?si=u4m_OHHAReKWQTLFbt-QUQ

The New Righteous Mood

The New Righteous Mood

https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRighteousMood/
https://twitter.com/RighteousMood
https://www.instagram.com/thenewrighteousmood/
https://soundcloud.com/thenewrighteousmood
https://thenewrighteousmood.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcxHhb5KrnJXhODsWxlb3IA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0VqrDY0H0KU2iPu6aA7qys?si=sW1ey7bDQG-8HWqdJfdLPQ

Cave Girl

Picture by Frank Wood

https://www.facebook.com/cavegirlband/
https://www.instagram.com/cavegirluk/
https://soundcloud.com/cave-girl-319763791
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYivlekZ4HS91PbgCYkKCqg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3p4kzjwtJ4xxI7UcukZ099?si=YheI-8suTzSW8arqe2g5Iw

Dead Dads Club

Dead Dads Club

https://www.facebook.com/officialdeaddadsclub/
https://twitter.com/deaddadsclub1
https://www.instagram.com/deaddadsclubmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/user-615022085
https://www.youtube.com/user/leeroyswayze

Giant and The Georges

Giant and the Georges

https://www.giantandthegeorges.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/GiantandtheGeorges/
https://twitter.com/GiantGeorges
https://www.instagram.com/giantandthegeorges
https://giantandthegeorges.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/giantandthegeorges
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdq8dtJvUZ83pmouxV-rLw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gPEZejcjhs0kGMMd31Z7W?si=n9YMQvTbRhKF4P6UqQPtKQ

Lower Loveday

Lower Loveday

https://www.lowerloveday.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lowerloveday/
https://twitter.com/lower_loveday
https://www.instagram.com/lowerloveday/
https://soundcloud.com/lowerloveday
https://lowerloveday.bandcamp.com/
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/lower-loveday/1300122903
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClGDR9XIPOo96KRox090yTg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/32uwvjulWxUc90gc7bPXMz?si=S8Nv9StVQ-qyYByNVmxbeA

Mutes

Picture by Megan Lewis

https://www.facebook.com/mutesuk/
https://twitter.com/mutesmutesmutes
https://www.instagram.com/mutesmutesmutes/
https://soundcloud.com/mutes-1
https://mutesuk.bandcamp.com/
https://mutesuk.bigcartel.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/MutesMutesMutes
https://open.spotify.com/artist/52mqrsNlDf6CVhB6XJ6LHf?si=2MQUH8uPQrGmswS4exjFYg

Zilch.

Picture by Adam Chandler Photography
https://www.facebook.com/adchandlerphotography

https://www.facebook.com/Zilch.Band.UK/
https://www.instagram.com/zilch.band.uk/
https://zilchuk.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/54iIM7vYDPUmc6MNyLrvwk?si=Pz6o41l0QMCVoaSVnyn3RA

11:57

11:57

https://www.facebook.com/1157uk/
https://twitter.com/1157_uk
https://www.instagram.com/1157_uk/
https://soundcloud.com/user-866116570
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxrPVfALvVwyVAUsajRCHIg

Jess Silk

Picture by Stephen Bennett

https://www.facebook.com/JessSilkMusic/
https://twitter.com/silkj1
https://www.instagram.com/jess_silk/
https://soundcloud.com/jesssilk
https://jesssilk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Jess92Silk
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tfDbxwJHFbWWEkW60so31?si=l2nTWdsaRJC3dEOM1edCfg

FAITH

FAITH

https://www.facebook.com/weareFAITHx/
https://twitter.com/wearefaithx
https://www.instagram.com/wearefaithx/
https://soundcloud.com/wearefaithx
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChHD3MPdGgL70bA_lRLGE6g
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2tHwkN6Fujn5pcCi1uiind?si=L2Bjyxm4Q3mfOaEGBVfxKQ

By Devices

By Devices

https://bydevices.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mybydevices/
https://twitter.com/bydevicesband
https://www.instagram.com/by_devices/
https://soundcloud.com/user-559003227-175448304
https://www.youtube.com/user/bydevices
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MAGyTFq9ijDVqieIvQOSQ?si=SM1SrpLISBmu1h3aXZr1jQ

The Butters Aliens

https://www.facebook.com/thebuttersaliens/
https://www.instagram.com/thebuttersaliens/
https://soundcloud.com/user-962957102
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt7PcQPZOFktJ-nhRnfS1CA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5M468y42fAJYIPEg1HqLhx?si=3qCVRtBKQMq8p5hHehaw3g

NONSUCH

NONSUCH

https://www.facebook.com/NONSUCHBANDD/
https://www.instagram.com/n0nsuch_/
https://twitter.com/NONSUCHBAND
https://soundcloud.com/nonsuchofficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvMiqICcKe5BWBo4HcTLNtA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/05xcN47VQfMAJF2iYY6u1h

QCH (Quentin Clarke Hill)

QCH

https://www.facebook.com/QCHXXL/
https://twitter.com/QCHXXL
https://www.instagram.com/quentinclarkehill/
https://soundcloud.com/user-559263718
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtM6wDgGwwu94x8fPTQGMYw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4geA89M1OdkqADcsNsStly?si=Lr4RQLVYTCazFvZ5Fqi9wA

Jack Catterell

Jack Cattell

https://www.facebook.com/jackcattellmusic/
https://twitter.com/JCattellMusic
https://www.instagram.com/jackcattellmusic/
https://jackcattellmusic.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/jackcattellmusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP-4VYYObKUuz8rrDsw9pCg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ZIThq6dnvUy9jhG8TtoGZ?si=-kZsLgIkSlWKlL4epnyFkw

Twelve Twelve

Twelve Twelve 

https://www.facebook.com/twelvetwelve.band/
https://www.instagram.com/twelvetwelve.band/
https://soundcloud.com/user-417982032
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBKUWDRcRIgcsSq_2w2plQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0fAyL6a6gVJPVZh5cWpbdA?si=YfRS9Pn6T9eFnty4CsUS0A

The Jack Fletchers Band

The Jack Fletcher Band 

https://www.facebook.com/jackfletcherband/
https://twitter.com/jackfband
https://www.instagram.com/thejackfletcherband/
https://www.musicglue.com/jackfletcherband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC81Xd2zyhx0Xkju36Q5Geug
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5lj178O5G0Wrmt01riJYD4?si=MtTfQDoIQIajY8JE_g_PCw

Graywave

https://www.facebook.com/Graywave-560506674419907/
https://twitter.com/Graywaveuk
https://www.instagram.com/graywaveuk/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAwuDNk9sTgYu6sFgv0X9nQ
https://graywaveuk.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4jN7TcBXppAcw0mc7yn9xR?si=zQJk0D-HSPW52yCd_fuX5A

Slow Tapes

Slow Tapes

https://www.facebook.com/slowtapes/
https://twitter.com/SlowTapesband
https://www.instagram.com/slowtapesband/
https://soundcloud.com/slowtapes
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwkZ9ylgsED8HlkNqLWEmKQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4UaCVB0CHEPXOXztPiITsz?si=lGFHhmnuQPCgkH6tVNmgIQ

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir
Photo by Michelle Martin
https://www.facebook.com/michelle.martin.10420321

https://www.facebook.com/TheGorsteyLeaStreetChoir
https://twitter.com/clapham_michael
https://www.instagram.com/thegorsteyleastreetchoir/
https://500broadcast.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBSnmQLTE8DaTVZHQG-6Zg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/19YNwhd2isI2Vm9melbdRk?si=7ZIux6BqRjmYo4zD8jT1hQ

DOXA

DOXA

https://www.facebook.com/doxxxa/
https://www.instagram.com/doxabandmusic/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/57J6QBBzdb1XDpDy4Qu9s3
https://ditto.fm/thoughts-and-prayers-doxa

The Vanilla Pods

The Vanilla Pods

https://www.facebook.com/thevanillapodsmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thevanillapods/
https://thevanillapods.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/60v605yf6hY8EMMQS8qkmb
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd6EKRdIbnsdcEX_wnznlDg

Hotplate

Picture by Chris Bentley https://www.facebook.com/chrisfwaa

https://www.facebook.com/Hotplateee/
https://soundcloud.com/hotplateee
https://twitter.com/HOTPLATEEE
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6KrWmI5aYLDwkWv4jrDmzc

Village Bully

Village Bully

https://www.facebook.com/villagebullllly/
https://www.instagram.com/villagebullllly
https://villagebully.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/aigeaneyhomas
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClttF0KBedqd0rwkdaBkr9g
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0CIwoE5SZDuM0qqEYA8YJD

This list will be updated as we go along so please come and check it often. Birmingham rules if you haven’t noticed. Well you did now!
You can listen to our hand crafted playlists as well. Streaming the music gives artists more exposure, so please feel free to share them with your friends.

Soundcloud playlist:

 

Spotify playlist:

 

YouTube playlist:

In the next couple of days, we will compose a similar post for our friends in Manchester, so stick around!

Support your scene
Rita and Mal

Indieterria meets The Assist

Dear Readers,

Here`s a short message to everyone for 2020 – The Birmingham scene is rocking. We are in full swing and every band is gearing to release their best music yet. Nothing will stop us. We begin January interviewing one of the best local bands that have been on our radars for the last three years. In such a short period of time, they went from playing  tiny venues to being on big, renowned stages, from hanging out in tiny green rooms to travelling Europe and Russia.

Please meet The Assist – a band that you need to have in your lives. No need to thank us, we are just humble music scouts. It`s not our fault we know the best music around!

The Assist are:
Mikey Stanton
Ryan Stanton
Jorge Poole
Ben Faulkner
Luke Jones

Official bio: Formed between Walsall and Birmingham in 2014, The Assist quickly made themselves a staple of the Birmingham music scene, selling out shows at some of the city’s biggest and most iconic venues such as the O2 Academy and the O2 Institute. Their infectious energetic pop has led them to share the stage with NME Award winning act Rat Boy, Manchester chart toppers Blossoms, Happy Monday’s front-man Shaun Ryder and they’ve even ventured into Europe with Black Honey. The band have performed at a range of well-known festivals including Leeds & Reading, Isle of Wight, TRNSMT, YNot, Kendal Calling and even a special in store performance for Dr Martens at Live at Leeds. They even had an appearance on Sky’s Soccer AM and have been backed by the likes of Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6.

The Assist are well known in the West Midlands, but Indieterria attracts readers from all over Europe. Please introduce yourselves to those who haven’t heard about you before.

Ryan Stanton: We’re The Assist, 5 lads from Walsall, who love playing music and having a laugh. We write indie/pop tunes about things going on around us and in our lives. We thrive on making friends and taking all our mates on the journey with us that’s so far taken us from our local pub to the biggest festivals in the country.

The name of the band is truly unique. Would you mind explaining the meaning behind it?

Ryan Stanton: The name sort of grew. We all love football so we started off thinking of football terms, nothing really fit (the free kicks or the penalties). The Assist is also about us helping everyone out with our music, we’ve always got open ears for people who need a chat and everyone can lose themselves and forget about their problems having a dance at our gigs.

The group formed in 2014 and within a year you were considered as one of the leading talents on the Birmingham music scene. Do you remember when you realised that there was something extraordinary in The Assist or were you just wanting to play music you wanted to hear?

Ryan Stanton:
It all happened quite fast we never knew a thing about the industry and we came into this with no expectations. We loved the early gigs so much we could never say no to a gig and ended up playing everywhere. It was definitely us just focusing on enjoying ourselves that attracted the attention, it’s so obvious when bands are manufactured and trying to be something.

For many years you existed as a quartet but recently you expanded into a five piece. Please introduce your newest member.

Ryan Stanton: Luke Jones has been our best mate forever. Hes been documenting the band the last few years as our photographer and videographer. The band was just as much his as it is ours so it was a perfect fit. He’d been helping us out with band decisions and guitar parts in the studio for ages so it was a natural progression. We think hes added loads to our sound and live show and we cant wait to show everyone.

The Assist have impressive CV: appearances at biggest festivals, being invited to Soccer Am, touring with This Feeling, sharing stages with Blossoms, Jaws and Shaun Ryder – you must be being stopped in the streets by now and asked for autographs! Jokes aside, but are there any goals or challenges that you still haven’t achieved?

Ryan Stanton: Its been amazing to play shows with some of our heroes but we still feel our music needs to achieve more. A massive goal and challenge for us is the debut album! (laughing)

2019 was a very special year for the band. You managed to accomplish something that no other band on the indie scene have done so far – a trip to Russia. The band appeared at several concerts entertaining large crowds. How do you remember the trip and are you planning to come back?

Ryan Stanton: The trip was a complete blur we did 6 gigs in 5 days and it was literally the best time ever. We met so many amazing people and the gigs were out this world. No words can really do it justice I’m just glad we’ve got a great tour video of it to remember forever. We’d love to go back to Russia but this year might be out the question with recording commitments.

We have to ask about another international trip you have made – this time to Paris. You have played at the famous club “Supersonic” to a full house. Any good memories from that gig? We heard that you had a lot of the fancy French red wine on the rider!

Ryan Stanton: This was our first away gig and will take some beating. A lot of our mates made the trip with us, think there was around 20 Walsall lads. Hugo the promoter there is a legend and he spent just as much effort organising the after party as he did the gig!

Your new single “I Don’t Care” is catching the attention of the big names in London: John Kennedy at Radio X, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson at the BBC6 Music among many others. Where was it recorded?

Ryan Stanton: It was recorded at RML in Wolverhampton by Ryan Pinson. Hes done all our releases to date. We cant speak highly enough of him. It’s so great when a band and producer connect and get the best out of each other.

There is a word on the street that you are working on new music to be released in the summer but you are being surprisingly quiet about it. Not a single mention on your social media or in the interviews. Can you shine a bit of a light on the matter?

Ryan Stanton: Is it a new EP or are you putting finishing touches to your debut album? We’ve always been lethargic with releasing new music and now we feel is the time to really knuckle down and get a solid debut album down. We wont rush out so there`s no timescale at the moment unfortunately.

Let’s talk about the upcoming “Discover Birmingham 2020” showcase. On January 11th you will perform alongside Karkosa, Roma Cove and The New Consistent at the Sunflower Lounge. What exactly is this project? How did you become a part of it?

Ryan Stanton: Discover has sort of been born out the Birmingham music scene doing so well. A lot of eyes in the press are on Birmingham so it feels right to start the year with all the best local acts playing the best local venue. We were asked by Birmingham Promoters who put us on the Spinn support a few months ago!

With packed performances at TRNSMT, Y Not, Kendall Calling and Isle of Wight Festivals, it can easily be said that The Assist is leaving the indie circuit for much bigger, more popular pastures. Where is 2020 going to take you?

Ryan Stanton: If you`d of asked us where we’d be st the start of 2019 we would of never said Russia so we literally have no idea. All we know for sure is there`s going to be loads more new music, loads more exciting gigs and loads more good times!

You can follow The Assist on socials:

Indieterria meets Methods

Dear Readers,

One of the things Vanadian Avenue has been trying to accomplish in the past year was to bring Manchester and Birmingham scenes closer together. We networked, attended gigs, introduced people to each other, nagged, bugged and dragged folks by their collars. As you do. We have just found ourselves allies in our continuous struggle to connect Kingdom of Mancunia and The Black Country.  Please meet Methods. This five piece has been born between Wolverhampton and Salford and they just released an incredibly good EP at the beginning of October.

For A&Rs there is nothing better than a new band to interview so we went and did just that. And it was such a fun.

Band`s logo

 

Ash Bradley (vox)
Ryan Deakin (guitar/keys)
Adam Hall (bass)
Peter Bates (drums)
Jon Nash (key/vox)

Official bio:

Influenced by life and their soundings along with the likes of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, The National and Interpol, METHODS formed with the mutual understanding to do things their way and write what they love.

Methods have made their mark with their own dark sounding synth indie anthems. The Midlands based 5 piece have been gaining recognition in the last few years, playing countless shows to crowds across the UK. The band have been garnering support from the likes of BBC Introducing West Midlands as well as nominations at The Birmingham Music Awards and Black Country Music Awards.

We have seen Methods live earlier this year as part of Magic Garden Studios fundraiser for Musicians Against Homelessness in Birmingham. Magic Garden is of course the very famous recording studios where Gavin Monaghan and Joe Murray help create the best music around. Think The Blinders, The Pagans SOH, The Novus, The Lizzards etc. Methods, who also work with Magic Garden, played a wonderful set at The Coach and Horses on May 3rd and quietly we knew we were to expect something huge from them.  Their stage presence was immaculate, the songs sounded exciting and in general we had jumped up and down on the night having the best time.

The sleeve for Anything – a new EP from Methods.

When Methods` new EP “Anything” landed in our office both Rita and I could not wait to give it a listen. As you probably can deduct from the tone of this post, we loved it to bits, but before we will offer some words on the EP itself,  its only fair to give you some back ground information about the artists. What`s the point of a review otherwise?

We have sat down with band`s guitarist Ryan Deakin for a quick chat about the band`s inspirations and song writing process. This is what he told us:

Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.  

Ryan Deakin:  Hello,  we are Methods.

Where are you based and who is in the band?

Ryan Deakin:  The band is based between Wolverhampton and Salford.

Tell us something about the project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve to date?

Ryan Deakin:  We played some good support slots with some high profile bands – but – we haven’t really got any goals, just making music we want to hear and see what happens.

What inspires you? What artists or genres had the biggest influence on you?

Ryan Deakin:  The one that we all seem to love is Bowie.

It`s all about the music – and we want to hear how your songs have been written.

Ryan Deakin:  Normally we send each other voice messages of melodies and we work stuff out from that.

Name your best song. Is there a story behind it?

Ryan Deakin: We love all our children. We are proud of “Back of Your Hand”, we literally did the whole thing in about 2 hours. People take so many different meanings from it which is great, and what it’s all about. It was written when Trump was supposed to meet Kim Jong-Un….take from that what you will.

How do you create your unique sound?

Ryan Deakin:  We kind of mix 80`s synths with some 50`s surf guitars…and add a mad singer to the mix.

Are you touring? Where can we see you play live?

Ryan Deakin:  We will appear in Manchester at  The Peer Hat on 13th October.

Squad goals – where do you want to see the band in five years time?

Ryan Deakin:  We want to be playing some decent sized venues and have a couple of good albums under our belts – that will be fine.

If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?

Ryan Deakin:  Contact us at Methodsmusik@mail.com

Imagine you can record an album with any producer, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?

Ryan Deakin:  Recording at Sun City with Phil Spectre (pre Homocide) would be interesting.

Methods photographed by Nidge Luhg Sanders (Trust A Fox Photography)
https://www.trustafoxphotography.com/

So, let us pen few words about Methods` new EP “Anything”. As we mentioned, it was released on October 4th 2019 to rave reviews from blogs and music magazines alike.  You will find four songs on the record (“Back Of Your Hand”, “Collector”, “No Cover” and “Human Existence”) and two short instrumentals (Intro, Interlude).

The EP starts with unsettling “Intro” –  and despite just being 40 seconds long, this track actually stands on its own and serves a very important purpose – to set the mood for the record. Call it cliché but there is something cinematic about both instrumental tracks on the EP. They are not fillers, more like road signs pointing in which direction the music will go.

“Back of Your Hand” – is powerfully anthemic composition. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine the band playing this track to a full stadium backed by live orchestra and powerful visuals. The band considers it their best song to date and it tells a story of a historical meeting between two political leaders and sworn enemies.

By contrast “Collector” starts slowly but around one minute in incredible drums come in followed by a change of tempo and more optimistic overtones. And the lyrics! Just listen. Not sure who is main writer in Methods but man, they surely can deliver. Not one dry eye in the house – you have been warned.

Methods photographed by Danny Hodge https://www.dannyhodge.photography/

Interlude divides “Collector” from “No Cover” where dystopian theme clashes with uplifting music. Again it sounds nearly as anthemic as “Back of Your Hand” and we could only wish to hear it with accompaniment of a live orchestra.

“Human Existence” closes the record. Like “Collector”, it is slower and contemplative track. Yet the back ground melody line keeps hope despite rather bleak lyrics.

We love how the EP is divided into two equal parts. One faster/anthemic song and one slower/contemplative one. And a short instrumental track to divide them. Like two sides of a perfectly balanced vinyl record. Actually we want that EP on a vinyl.

 

Methods photographed by Rob Hadley
https://www.facebook.com/photosbyindieimages/

You can follow the band on the socials:

http://www.methodsmusic.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/methods2
https://www.instagram.com/methodsofficial
https://twitter.com/methodsmusik
http://www.soundcloud.com/methods_official
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGoNTNzTQv30UVpbeDbxJ2A
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5RG6MWN2BuVHelIs2HRZbo?si=TLYTQKUJT4aq2foeId4BjA

We hope you enjoyed this interview and if you have a chance to see Methods live, go and grab yourself a ticket. Actually two tickets – so you can bring a friend. You both will have an excellent time.

We will be back soon with more music and more kick ass interviews.

Love,

Mal+ Rita

Indieterria presents – a secret Birmingham concert with The Novus

Dear Readers,

Early this year we introduced you to The Novus – a Birmingham band that is gathering a lot of interest around the country for their music and commitment to art.  The Novus take no prisoners, do not hold back and precisely direct their anger. They play instruments like lives depend on it and wear slogans on their tees with pride. This shoot straight and speak the truth attitude is winning them fans so quickly that even BBC 1 is paying a close attention. Today we return to speak to the band about their biggest show to date – at a 500+ capacity mystery venue in Birmingham. Yes, you heard it correctly – a band found a brand new place to play in the capital of West Midlands and are throwing a party of the year. Everybody`s invited. Not only a new space is being introduced, there will be a killer line up, an exhibition, a special DJ set, one band will play their final set, another one will have their debut one. Its all DIY. We sat down with Tyla Challenger – the bass player for the band to learn more about the concert, preparations and how you can secure yourself a pass for this event.

The poster for a secret gig in Birmingham on 20th September 2019

You have been on Indieterria before.  Just in case somebody recently discovered The Novus  – please tell us who is in the band and where are you based?

Tyla Challenger: In the band is Euan Woodman (drums), Tom Rhodes (guitar), Connor Hill (vocals) and Tyla Challenger (bass). The 3 of us were born in the same hospital, and went to school and college together in Stourbridge, but have since adopted Birmingham as our musical home – and meeting Euan along the way.

On  20th September  you will play a gig at an undisclosed location in Birmingham. Joining you is a fantastic line up of guests. Can you introduce the bands that will support you?

Tyla Challenger:  This show is entirely DIY, almost guerrilla if you will. We have built it from the ground up, even having to build the stage, sound system, and more ourselves – as well as hopefully building a small prop set to make this show like no other. A big part of this is of course, picking the bands. Since the success of the last secret show we’ve been spoilt for choice having more bands than we can name wanting to get involved which is truly humbling – but we managed to get it down to the unreal line-up that is The Assist – council pop powerhouses from Walsall, Echo Beach – a female fronted indie outfit, Pretty Vile – an exciting young punk duo. For every show we do we like to ‘introduce’ a band to the world, delving right into grassroots music and giving them their first ever gig and often a bigger platform than a lot of bands can get for their first gig – almost in an attempt to give them a head start and beat that struggle of trying to get gigs as a brand new band. Last show it was Watermark and they have gone on to do some great shows. This time it’s the wonderful Sterling.

We heard  that a DJ set will also take place. Are you able to say who will overtake the decks?

Tyla Challenger:  There is a DJ set taking place, it hasn’t been announced officially yet but there are fly posters we have had put up around Digbeth and Birmingham city centre stating the DJ and the secret location (go find`em!) The DJ set is from no other than Btown legends!

Connor Hill unleashing his fury on stage

The Novus on stage

We do not recommend messing with The Novus.

This is going to be your second secret gig in the city. In April you held a show at a mystery venue that turned out to be Muthers Studio.  It sold out before you revealed the location of the gig. Do you think a degree of secrecy keeps audience interested in the show?

Tyla Challenger:  We definitely think the secret location keeps people interested in a show. Part of the reason we do this is to make things more of an experience. We never just want to play a ‘gig’. We want everything we do to be providing an experience, a service to and for our fans. And if we can have some fun with it, then even better.

And what draws the band to pick up the venue for the gig?

Tyla Challenger: There are so many factors that go into picking a venue for these kinds of things. Last time with Muthers Studio it was a lesser known venue, and has since become a commonly used Brum venue which was part of the aim. It’s a cool, quirky venue with great sound and aesthetic, which is easily accessible and definitely deserves to be on the Birmingham map.

For this new venue  – Quantum Events Centre –  the capacity was always a factor as this time its triple the capacity of the last venue. But also it is ticking the box of being different, making it a new experience for everyone and we’re pretty sure no one has played here before. At least not in the scene we’re in. As I say we’re having to build everything from the ground up.

We could’ve easily gone for the standard progression of small venue (Sunflower Lounge) and then work our way up the O2 venues in capacity order – but we don’t want to follow the classic blueprint.

Posters advertising the show have been posted around Birmingham guerrilla style

The Novus on the cover of new issue of Ryan`s Gig Guide for Birmingham

Your recent performance for Sonic Gun Weekender at Castle and Falcon turned into a riot, with band members throwing themselves into the audience and large mosh pits erupting. What can be expected this time?

Tyla Challenger: The Sonic Gun Weekender was class yet again. This was our biggest performance to date and for our upcoming show we are hoping for more of the same on a much, much larger scale. We aim to make it so that years from now people are still saying “I was there” and those who weren’t are saying “I wish I was”.

We know tickets for 20th September are still available. How much do they cost and how can they be obtained?

Tyla Challenger:  Tickets are starting at £5/6 and going up to £7/8 depending on how soon the person buys them. They’re available at http://bit.ly/TheNovusSeeTickets  or  http://bit.ly/TheNovusSkiddle as well as a physical tickets being available from all the bands at only £5 each – a bargain considering the line up.

If anyone wants to get in touch with the band – what`s the best way to do it?

Tyla Challenger:  Anyone wants to get in touch with us about the show or any general enquiries – all our social medias are @thenovusband and our email is thenovusband@gmail.com

You can follow the band on social media at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/thenovusband
https://twitter.com/TheNovusBand
https://www.instagram.com/thenovusband/
https://soundcloud.com/thenovusband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCRt2uOIvTYDQ8vYaoPEX-w
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3mPpz1sdOXNi3vLokDVbHm?si=JvlBswE-QYap-6PJ7emuww

And check the bands on the bill:

The Assist:

https://www.facebook.com/TheAssistBand/
https://twitter.com/TheAssistBand
https://www.instagram.com/theassistband/
https://www.youtube.com/user/theassistband
https://soundcloud.com/the-assist
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO6bPS0yAUPm3jjm1aitC?si=NkaC482eQ16T1ceCOzamOg


Echo Beach!
(playing their final gig)

https://echo-beach.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/echobeachbandtptr/
https://www.instagram.com/echobeachband/
https://soundcloud.com/echo-beach-music
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Sji449s443fjzjPsLyy5R?si=DE_YYlKlQj6exERWf-6q1w


Pretty Vile

https://www.facebook.com/PrettyVileMusic/
https://twitter.com/PrettyVileUK
https://www.instagram.com/prettyvilemusic/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb6ui5ACqFIIAF2cF4ddTbw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Yh27rfCowqKiM3nKRRjUO?si=fpZz4TkoTwK37m0-i2MDjw

And introducing brand new arrival on the Birmingham scene:

Sterling
https://www.instagram.com/wearesterling/

We are hoping to interview few more artists taking part in the secret party. So stay tuned and grab your tickets as they are flying out!

Love
M/R

Indieterria review – “Chains” by Lower Loveday

Dear Readers,

It`s always such a pleasure to review a kick ass single. Nothing makes an A&R happier than new music. But a kick ass single coming  from a band that we adore here at Vanadian Avenue is even better.  We have such a soft spot for Lower Loveday. We met them for the first time in February 2018 when the band performed a blinding set at Birmingham O2 Arena during the final of SoundWaves Music Competition. They did not win but being placed in the final five was still a great result.

Since that night at O2 Academy – we have been big fans of this West Midlands quarter. We have interview them on our blog twice (HERE & HERE), they played for our first showcase in London at legendary Nambucca, we ventured together to Salford to watch Freeda and Kashmere play and generally plotted for musical world domination from our corner in the Middle Earth.

Lower Loveday received backing from BBC Hereford and Worcester and BBC Introducing West Midlands

It is a privilege to watch a band develop and reach new heights. And believe us in the past two years Lower Loveday have had many accomplishments. They supported Only The Poets, APRE and Rory Wynne, received national airplay on BBC 6 Music (from Tom Robinson nonetheless), their music has been used by ITV (on Good Morning Britain) and have been championed by both BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester and BBC West Midlands.

If that is not enough for ya, then add this to the mix. Their newest single “Chains” was produced by famous Sugar House in their studio in St. Helens (Merseyside).

Sugar House consist of a freelance engineering and producing duo – Lee McCarthy and Ady Hall.  Having worked with artists such as Pale Waves, Viola Beach, Mint, Glass Caves, The Empty Page or Larkins, they have built a solid reputation on the indie circuit. They contributed towards songs that  made it to the national playlists on Radio 1, BBC 6 and X Radio and some of them went into Top 40.

Digital sleeve for Chains single

“Chains” is another banger that Sugar House mastered and if the demo of the song was picked up by ITV, then the finished product will be welcomed with open arms at BBC Radio 1 in no time. It is a power pop indie, with dazzling guitar hooks and strong rhythm section. It is almost impossible to resist dancing to the song. We have seen it first hand on live gigs and it is perfect for jumping around while holding hands with other fans. But it will also be a favourite of every kitchen disco around the country.

While musical side of the song remains upbeat, there is a dark undercurrent showing itself in the lyrics. “Chains” tells a story of a man pondering his future in a world that is far from welcoming.

Says the band:  “The song was written from the point of view of a young man, reaching adulthood and deciding what to do with his life. Having had so much fun throughout his university years, the real world doesn’t seem as good as it is made out to be. The punchy beats and thunderous nature of the song, provide the perfect backdrop for the big, melodic chorus of a man calling out for help”.

“Chains” is a second single released by Lower Loveday in 2019 and follows up its older sister “The Fire That Burns Inside”.  It was released  digitally on all streaming platforms on August 30.

You can listen to the song here:


Follow Lower Loveday on the socials:

https://www.lowerloveday.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lowerloveday/
https://twitter.com/lower_loveday
https://soundcloud.com/lowerloveday
https://www.facebook.com/lowerloveday
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClGDR9XIPOo96KRox090yTg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/32uwvjulWxUc90gc7bPXMz?si=Gs6qIX_BQfeiVkQmtJUBBw

 

And you can give kudos to Sugar House at:

https://www.sugarhousemusic.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/sugarhousemusic/
https://twitter.com/SugarHouseUK
https://www.instagram.com/sugarhouseuk/
https://soundcloud.com/sugarhousemusic

Local press responded to the single in a most amazing way – an interview with the band has been published in Worcester News, Hereford Times, Malvern Gazette and Droitwich Advertiser. Please see the galleries below:

 

Press articles:
https://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/regional/17872448.lower-loveday-rise-jodie-hughes-39-focus-local-music-scene
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17872448.lower-loveday-rise-jodie-hughes-39-focus-local-music-scene/
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/regional/17872448.lower-loveday-rise-jodie-hughes-39-focus-local-music-scene/
https://www.droitwichadvertiser.co.uk/news/worcester_news/17872448.lower-loveday-rise-jodie-hughes-39-focus-local-music-scene/

PDF files can be find:
https://cocamidemea.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/worcester-news_31.08.2019_page-23.pdf
https://cocamidemea.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/worcester-news_31.08.2019_page-25.pdf

Independent press was also up to the task and the band received a strong coverage from music blogs and online magazines:

 

Articles:
https://www.xsnoize.com/track-premiere-indie-pop-4-piece-lower-loveday-return-with-chains/
http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/AANewsArticle/aa-indie-song-of-the-day-lower-loveday2
https://www.bornmusiconline.com/premiere-lower-loveday-chains/
https://wordsformusic.blog/2019/08/31/lower-loveday-chains-new-music/
http://indiemidlands.com/lower-loveday-chains/

See you soon,
xoxo
Rita and Malicia