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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow the band on social media at the following links:
And check the bands on the bill:
Echo Beach! (playing their final gig)
And introducing brand new arrival on the Birmingham scene:
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!