MM recommends Cleft, &U&I & more in Birmingham

Cleft &U&I Birmingham

Join riff kings Cleft for their last ever Birmingham show alongside the likes of &U&I, Doppelgänger, Bearfoot Beware and more. From the Midlands? Never seen Cleft before? What the hell have you been doing with your life? Manchester’s most polite and well-behaved math rock two-piece are doing the rounds for the last time this month, and are headed to Muthers Studio for their last ever Birmingham show. So make sure to tell mum you’re going to miss dinner, ’cause this one’s gonna blow your fucking face off. Joining the turbo prog duo at their last Brum gig on the 14th of May are local hometown heroes &U&I, Wrexham alt-rock outfit Doppelgänger, fuzz fuckers Bearfoot Beware, shouty shits Classically Handsome Brutes and post-rock… Read More →

MM Recommends… The Flapper & Little Cavalier Xmas All-Dayer

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It’s nearly Christmas… Time to get sweaty, drink beer and watch some great bands. Good guy promoters Little Cavalier have been heading up shows in and around Birmingham for nearly 3 years now, and it doesn’t look like they’re in any rush to stop. With Christmas closing in fast, Little Cavalier have teamed up with everyone’s favourite Brum venue The Flapper to bring a day of immense and diverse alternative music – all for free. Over 8 bands are set to play the FREE all dayer at The Flapper in Birmingham on Saturday the 5th of December, with shirtless mental-cases Falls set to headline the evening. Other performances on the night will come from local heroes Enquiry – who play… Read More →

Listen to &U&I’s brand new EP ‘Merci’

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Birmingham legends &U&I return with their long-awaited 4-track EP Merci. How long has it been? 3, maybe 4 years? Man, it’s been a while since &U&I released some new music. Thank god for their new EP, Merci. &U&I have always been a constant force in the UK alternative scene. Whilst the Birmingham 3-piece have often had periods of down-time, Thom, Rich and Wiz have always been on hand to deliver some of the most engaging live shows around. But what we’ve really been craving is some new music. Some aggressive, dischordant and unique post-hardcore &U&I-sounding music. And we’ve finally bloody got some. Merci is the brand new 4-track EP from &U&I. It’s a short, but incredibly rich release that’s effortlessly nostalgic, intimate and crushing… Read More →

News | Off The Cuff festival returns with first line up announcement

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Birmingham’s Off The Cuff festival is set to return this July with bands Dinosaur Pile-Up, &U&I, Tangled Hair, Them Wolves and more. Thank fuck… Off The Cuff is back. And better than ever! After two years without a festival, everyone’s favourite midland weekender is set to return this July with a host of incredible bands and artists. Over the years, Off The Cuff has played host to some of the UK’s most revered bands from the alternative, experimental and instrumental rock circuit. And this year is set to be no different with the announcement of this year’s line-up. Dinosaur Pile-Up, &U&I, Tangled Hair, Them Wolves, Tigercub, Frauds, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, The Broken Oak Duet, Constant Waves, Ludovico and Falls have all… Read More →

Introducing | Mayors Of Toronto

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It’s been 5 years since Birmingham legends Blakfish played their last ever gig at the Flapper with The James Cleaver Quintet, Shapes and Conquistadors. And still, Birmingham isn’t the same. The JCQ: dead. Shapes: dead. Conquistadors: inactive. Blakfish: dead and fucking buried. What happened to you Birmingham? You used to cool. Yeah, we know, we’re being pretty unfair. Some of you will no doubt be able to convince us otherwise – what with &U&I and the like. But, honestly, it seems recently like Brum has been missing something. Maybe it’s been missing bands like Mayors Of Toronto? The newest group to come crashing into the world of math-rock and instrumental music, Brum locals Mayors Of Toronto are a band worth looking out for. They play fast,… Read More →

Album Review | Johnny Foreigner – ‘You Can Do Better’

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Johnny Foreigner return with their 4th album, You Can Do Better, a ten song strong barnstormer that stands as a convincing challenge to anyone and everyone. Quite frankly, it’s their best album yet. Despite being quite short, there’s no weak moment as the band seem more confident than ever before. Opening with soaring phase-induced drums in ‘Shipping’, there’s no pause for breath as you’re flung into ‘Le Sigh'; a shouty and incredibly up-beat anthem for D.I.Y ethics and home-grown music everywhere. With You Can Do Better Jofo seem to have taken their own advice and become a band they love to be in, making the album great fun to listen to. ‘Riff Glitchards’ provides the rain break entertainment for the… Read More →

Introducing | Venkman

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As the Midlands continues its rise into a thriving musical culture of bands, promoters and DIY music, more and more new bands are coming forward with new direction and talent… Citing Michael Jackson “pre-Bad“, Prince, and Helmet as main influences, representing the quiet West Midlands city of Lichfield, 5-piece Venkman are as fresh as it gets. Currently in the process of recording a full-length, after only releasing a sample of demo tracks including the brillant ‘To the Pavement’ thus far, the band’s honed live sound, exciting melodic content, and already well-crafted vision promises for an amazing record. Cutting a path somewhere between the effortless passion of Sky Larkin and the deterministic style of The Cast of Cheers, Venkman’s dual male and female… Read More →

Introducing | Mount Fuji (Formally Conquistadors)

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Remember Conquistadors? Those awesome mid-range angular bros from Birmingham who played with Blakfish? Well apart from impressing us with their last EP, Conquistadors have been fighting a legal battle with a Californian spoil-sport, monopolizer with a slightly similar name.  And thanks to his intentions to sue, the mathy four-piece have been forced to shut down everything that is or was ever the Conquistadors and needless to say it’s been a bit of a struggle for the band. Why would anyone want to cause trouble within the DIY and homegrown music scene? We see countless bands with slightly similar names with the addition or subtraction of a ‘the’ or plural but they all seem to get along fine. But this is a prime example of big business music industry… Read More →