West Thebarton | Tue 14 Aug | Sunflower Lounge | £7.70
Bringing a raucous energy from down under come Adelaide’s seven piece alt rock noise merchants West Thebarton, it’s clear being a septet has furnished a rag tag of influences on the band’s sound from punk and hardcore through to grunge, delivered with a unique Aussie downbeat flair. It’s a pile driving noise that grips the throat of gravel voiced singer Reverend Ray and doesn’t let go. New album Different Beings Being Different is a corker, following their European tour the band hit several festivals including Reading on the Radio 1 Stage. www.seetickets.com
Sonic Gun Weekender | Fri 17 Aug to Sun 19 Aug | Castle & Falcon | £8 day £16 wknd
Three days of live music at one of the city’s most underrated venues curated by one of the city’s most exciting promoters, what could possibly go wrong? Twenty one bands across a range of genres but all with one defining motif, Birmingham based and proud, if you buy a weekend ticket that’s only seventy pence a band. We’re particularly looking forward to the fresh faced jangly guitar-pop of Riscas, the lo-fi garage rock trio The Cosmics and the full on brash rockabilly mayhem of Harry Jordan. seetickets.com
Flyover Show | Sat 18 Aug | Hockley Circus | Free
A sprawling and colourful urban arts festival featuring an eclectic range of music and dance. Appearing alongside Soweto Kinch are a fine roster of performers including gifted multi-instrumentalist Ayanna Witter Johnson, the fiery hip hop of Shay D and the sophisticated genius jazz guitar of Femi Temowo, also a great chance to check out rising local talent such as saxophonist Xhosa Cole. Read our full preview here.
Wye Oak | Sun 19 Aug | Hare & Hounds | £13.20
Ingenious duo from Maryland whose dreamy pop symphonies are anchored in a perfectly otherworldly realm between indie rock and folk. This years new album, The Louder I Call The Faster It Runs, is the band’s most sophisticated and mature yet, intricate synth melodies are weaved effortlessly through cloudy squalls of guitar and lilting vocals, it’s a beautiful experience. www.seetickets.com
The Nude Party | Mon 20 Aug | Sunflower Lounge | £6.60
Hoist your rock gizzards to the sky as North Carolina’s The Nude Party let loose some old fashioned rock and roll, more dangerous than a Chevrolet plummeting off a cliff, their back to basics mayhem is plugged straight into the blues and distilled through a half century of rock, it could be naff but there’s a knowing glint in those deep blue eyes. Our own psychedelic screaming fuzz warlords Hungry Ghosts provide unmissable support. www.seetickets.com
Omni | Mon 20 Aug | Hare & Hounds | £11
Atlanta post-punk trio Omni distill the buzz and grit that snakes through the best of Television, Devo, and Pylon into surprisingly danceable, hook-laden slabs of raw, sonic bliss. Shamelessly lo-fi, pinballing guitars bounce from note to note while the motorik rhythm section drive a spike through the Berlin phonebook. Angular, lethally coiled riffs change on a dime, then become locked into This Heat grooves. In other words, Omni are students of the post-punk masters. Read our full preview here.
Published on: Sun 15 Jul 2018