Psychostick | Tue 10 Jul | Asylum | £13.52
The Arizonian metalheads bring their unique brand of humorcore to The Asylum, extreme chugging riffs and a whole host of rampant silliness in songs such as Obey the Beard and Grocery Escape Plan, we think any band that releases an album entitled Space Vampires vs Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D is onto something, what it is we’re not sure but we like it.

The Breeders | Wed 11 Jul | O2 Institute | £22.50
How often does one seminal and influential band rise from the ashes of another? When the momentum of The Pixies began to slow, albeit briefly, in 1989 and acrimonious band differences took hold, bassist Kim Deal launched The Breeders. With legend Steve Albini twiddling the knobs debut album ‘Pod’ was an instant classic, a raucous and inventive adventure, powered with a dynamic and raw energy at least the equal of The Pixies. Almost three decades later, including an enforced hiatus at the arse end of the nineties precipitated by a drugs bust, The Breeders are back with a new album ‘All Nerve’ and a long overdue gig in Birmingham.

Mr Airplane Man &  Swampmeat Family Band | Wed 11 Jul | Hare & Hounds | Free
The Boston sludge blues merchants make an almighty sound for a duo, Margaret & Tara are so plugged into sleazy rock and roll the spirit of The Stooges courses through their musical veins, latest album Jacaranda Blue is an almighty slab of Garage power. Support comes from Fazeley hillbillies Swampmeat Family Band, with mysterious weirdos Black Mekon attending to disc spinning duties.

Bodega | Wed 11 Jul | Sunflower Lounge | £8
New York art rock slackers Bodega come drifting into Birmingham on the crest of a wave of buzz surrounding their debut album Endless Scroll. A beautifully meandering and shoulder shrugging trawl through the zeitgeist that recalls Parquet Courts and the wise eyed drollery of Wire. Scottish minimalists Vital Idles provide support.

The Mother’s Earth Experiment | Fri 13 Jul | Dark Horse | Free 
Prog-rock six-piece the Mother Earth Experiment are Zappa to the core, from their geeky funk-rock grooves, to their dense psychedelic atmospheres and their unabashed ecological proselytising. ‘Cool Down Mama’ is a case in point, clean licks, bellbottom-tight grooves, bongo jams and straight-up freaky breakdowns. Nothing’s off-limits in the Mother Earth Experiment’s handbook, and the band’s pure earnestness is what carries the whole thing off. (CD)

The Hunna | Fri 13 Jul | O2 Academy | £39.90
Rescheduled after several dates in May were cancelled to appease fans in the middle of exam season, the indie rock powerhouse of The Hunna continues to trundle towards mega stardom at a steady pace. Debut album 100 is a juggernaut of anthemic tunes rife with killer hooks and smart lyrics, yes it is derivative, but a legion of expanding fans doesnt care one bit.

Thee MVPs & Mutes | Sat 14 Jul | Muthers Studio | £5.50
An unholy mix of punked out prog rock dirty blues noise, as if The Ramones, Hawkwind and The Damned had been violently pummeled together using axes, Thee MVPs are an absolute riot of bloody rabid musical mayhem. Joining them is the discordant post punk perfection of kraut rockers Mutes and the gloriously dysfunctional garage mess of Elephant Peel.

Black Bombers | Sat 14 Jul | Hare & Hounds | £6.60
With a band name like Black Bombers it’s nailed on that the aggressive wall of sound produced by these guys will recall The Damned and Motorhead and they certainly don’t disappoint. Brick heavy riffs and pounding tunes from the local trio reach rock and roll melting point on songs such as Break it Down and That Kind, The Stooges with a violent Brummie twang. A killer bill is completed by Turning Black Like Lizards and The Sugar Razors.

Preoccupations | Mon 16 Jul | The Hare & Hounds | £15.40 
Canadian post-punk sophistication fine tuned over three stunning albums culminating with this years highly rated New Material album, a reference to the band’s ability to explore different musical fields with a fearless aplomb. Brooding and poetic, Preoccupations is a human drama realised in an intrigueing fug of tangled guitars and emotional dissonance. Support comes from the minimalist DIY electro twiddlers, and countrymen, JOYFULTALK.



Mon 9 Jul - Mon 16 Jul
Giles Logan
Published on:
Mon 9 Jul 2018