Mon 19th August 2019 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Alex Rex performs songs of love, loss, and loathing.
Former Trembling Bells Drummer and Song Writer Alex Neilson returns to The Tin at the Coal Vaults as Alex Rex to perform his latest sophomore solo album 'OTTERBURN'
Out Now on Tin Angel Records.
Otterburn reunites Alex with a couple of his Trembling Bells bandmates; Lavinia Blackwall – her voice as true as church bells – and Mike Hastings – who is reaching Brian Jones levels of multi-instrumentalist brilliance. But this is a very different beast to the Bells. Otterburn has an ad-hoc intimacy and ability to make the epic seem small and the small seem epic that pitches it closer to Desire-era Dylan than Folk Rock aristocracy. The rest of the assembled company (Alasdair Roberts, Dave McGowan, Rory Haye et al) are among Scotland's finest.
Forged in pain and made in Glasgow, making a very decent case for the old adage about the cream rising to the top. Lap it up.
“Alex Rex’s Otterburn sees extraordinary folk drummer Alex Neilson push his solo singer-songwriter work even further, with an album stimulated and suffused by the sudden death of his younger brother.” The Guardian
"Weaving among dark thoughts, both comic and earnest, carried by loping and wistful rock" The 405
"Full of intrigue and mystery" Clash Magazine
GBP6.00 - GBP8.00
Fri 23rd August 2019 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Celebrating the life and legacy of Mark E. Smith.
DJs will be spinning The Fall, Reggae, Northern Soul, Garage Psych and other weird stuff.
Doors - 8:00pm
Wed 4th September 2019 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Sandro Perri + Sing Leaf
Sandro Perri -
“One of the most singular producers in contemporary music”– BoomkatSandro Perri is a musician and producer based in Toronto. He has released over a dozen records of original vocal, instrumental, acoustic and electronic music and worked on countless others in various creative and technical roles. A selected discography of his studio work as a recording, mix and mastering engineer can be found here.
His most recent solo release, In Another Life, is an experiment in ‘infinite’ songwriting. The record is comprised of two side-long tracks, with special guest appearances by Andre Ethier (The Deadly Snakes) and Dan Bejar (Destroyer). Pitchfork included the title track in their Top 100 Of 2018 and called the record “visionary in both content and form.”Sing Leaf -
Sing Leaf’s David Como never really meant for Shu Ra to be heard by anyone. “Some things only retain their power if you don’t talk about them,” he says - and so even his friends and family knew little of the music he recorded, in an attic space so small he couldn’t stand up in it. Music, for him, had always been an “individual, therapeutic thing.” It wasn’t until Sandro Perri, his friend and fellow musician, discovered Shu Ra in all its mystical, genre-bending glory, that the album got the chance to reach beyond the confines of that cramped attic.
That attic, though, is where the Toronto-based musician felt most free to create. After going through a divorce, and finding himself “suddenly on my own, starting again,” he used his time alone to reflect on the past while trying to unstick himself from it. The attic became his sanctuary. “I like enclosed areas,” he says, “the safety of it, the comfort of it, and it sort of became this place where I could go away.” When he did break away from it, to record one song live with a band, he found the experience painfully awkward. “I’m naturally shy when it comes to recording. I like to do that alone, so it was a weird experience.” In this respect, Shu Ra (his second album after 2013’s Watery Moon) is the product of introversion - but its musical palette is anything but. It paints with sweeping, colourful strokes, dotting middle Eastern flecks onto psych-rock and folk, blending organic instruments with electronic synths. For the most part, the music bubbles with optimism – Distant Morning is distinctly cinematic in its reverie, and the refrain of Somewhere In The Night bursts like the sun breaking through clouds – even if the lyrics tend to pierce the sanguine simplicity.
GBP6.00 - GBP8.00
Fri 6th September 2019 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Supports: - Mickey Blouse // Everything Aside // Milo Law
Hailing from Birmingham, FLARES are an up and coming band with a sound described as ‘chirpy indie rock with influences of pop and grunge.’ Since their debut show in a dodgy garage, the band have gone on to play festivals, sold out headliners and support slots for the likes of Fickle Friends, Rose Dive and FEET.FLARES released their debut single, ‘Tunnel Vision // Castle of Cards’ on Jan 3rd 2019, with a sold out launch show. Both tracks were received well and gained airtime on BBC Introducing.
They have now followed up with their next single ‘Keep It’ which was released on the 25th May.
The band deliver an energetic performance by combining indie melodies, catchy choruses and strong vocal harmonies with intricate guitar riffs and powerhouse drumming.
“They’ve somehow channeled the Pixies skewed pop, (bassist Edie like a young Kim Deal), welded it to Nirvana’s intensity, (Guitarist Leo channeling Cobain, hurling himself around like it’s life or death) and then added an infectious Pop charm all of their own.” – Louder Than War
"A true pleasure to witness." - Native Magazine
"Don’t let their youthfulness deceive you. These young indie rockers know their way around a harmony and a chord progression." - Indie Midlands
"Their catchy, guitar heavy tunes have the growing crowd clapping and swaying along in no time." – Counteract Magazine
“Too loud.” – Leo’s mum
Easy Company are a young, fresh indie rock band from the heart of Coventry. Having all gained interest in music from a young age, the four piece group have recently exposed themselves to a growing audience, and have created a dynamic sound. Taking their influences from artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen. This is their second time working with Flares, and they’re very happy to be doing so.
Tue 10th September 2019 7:30 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Upbeat bouzouki-infused roots music for today.
Benji Kirkpatrick & The Excess head off on their debut album release tour this September.
After being at the heart of big band folksters, Bellowhead, Benji enlists fellow ex-Header Pete Flood on drums with Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates) on bass to stir up raucous riffs and potent songs. With Benji leading on bouzoukis - electric and acoustic - and guitar, the band stoke up rhythm’s, riffs and uproarious, soaring melodies; sometimes cacophonous, sometimes stark and raw, sometimes sensitive, always powerful.
Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead, power folk trio Faustus, and the Seth Lakeman band, Benji was making plans and writing material for his own project, which now takes form. Opting for the classic power trio line up, Benji’s writing is brought to life with this fresh, vibrant sound and is propelled in an exciting new direction.
Fri 13th September 2019 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
If you ask the likes of Peter Buck, Scott Mccaughey, Willy Vlautin, Jay Farrar, John
Murry or Kathleen Edwards they’ll all agree that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities.There are many influences at work on his records from The Beatles to Big Star to Nick Drake (although they're not necessarily apparent, like the
best influences aren't),and when NME claimed that “Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools”, they were referring to the particular appeal of the quiet Devonian’s songwriting craft. Nos Da Comrade returns emphatically to the earliest days of Bruntnell’s career, a full-on electric psych-rock experience.
"Bruntnell has a remarkable knack for turning out big, dreamy, melodic, memorable songs" - MOJO
"his songs are warm and beautifully radiant"-Uncut
"one of the finest songwriters in Britain"-The Independant
"one of England's best kept musical secrets"-Rolling Stone
"lyrically ingenious and emotionally, intellectually affecting songs that bears comparison with
the all-time greats"-The Guardian
"this wonderful album demonstrates why his near-peerless songwriting should be cherished"-Q
GBP8.00 - GBP10.00
Sun 15th September 2019 12:00 pm (12:00 pm DOORS)
Synthcurious Presents ... Hainbach + Modular Meet
Based out of Berlin, Germany, electro-acoustic music composer and performer Hainbach (Opal Tapes, Seil Records) creates shifting audio landscapes THE WIRE called "One hell of a trip". Using esoteric synthesizers, test equipment, magnetic tape, and idiophones his music is both abstract yet very much a corporal experience. He has become known for his immersive live performances for and recently through his YouTube channel, where he brings experimental music techniques to a wider audience.
GBP5.00 - GBP7.00
Tue 17th September 2019 8:00 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)
Roots to Shoots is back with a brand new strand of short films from around the world. This edition's theme is REVOLUTION. Join us...the revolution will include popcorn
Tuesday 17th September
Tickets - £5
Fri 20th September 2019 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
COVtember 2019 in support of Coventry Music Museum. A weekend of music beginning on Friday 20th Sept - doors 7.30pm - with confirmed bands being -
Saturday 21st Sept - doors 5.00pm - with confirmed bands being -
Holy Thief (acoustic)
Suns of Rest
More to be confirmed soon.
Friday - £4 Advance /£6 on the door
Saturday - £6 Advance/£8 on the door
or buy a weekend wristband for just £8.00 in Advance
GBP4.00 - GBP8.00
Tue 24th September 2019 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage play a brilliant style of scuzzy urban indie-rock-folk, like a 21st Century mash-up of Sonic Youth, Pete Seeger and R. Crumb. Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey has pursued a relentless touring schedule around the world ever since 2002, as well as playing as the opening act for bands like the Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Dinosaur Jr, The Fall, Dr. Dog, Pulp, Roky Erickson, The Vaselines, and more. Jeffrey has released eight critically acclaimed albums on Rough Trade Records and Don Giovanni Records, and Jeffrey continues to self-publish his art and writing in an ongoing underground comic book series called Fuff. Current bandmates the Voltage are Brent (Moldy Peaches) Cole on drums and Mem (Cat Tatt) Pahl on bass and keys. This is really the same band that has been touring 2016-2019 as Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, but Jeffrey continues his tradition of changing the band name with each album… Their new full-length album “Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage: Bad Wiring” was recorded in Nashville with producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo), and will be released November 1, 2019, on Moshi Moshi Records in UK/Europe and Don Giovanni Records in the USA.
"Hands down my favorite contemporary songwriter" - Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
“I discovered [Jeffrey’s] music via 'Sad Screaming Old Man' which is one of my favorite songs ever written” - David Berman (Silver Jews)
"Weird? Very... but also downright inspiring" (four of five stars) - Rolling Stone
“[Jeffrey Lewis is] The best lyricist working in the US today.” - Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
“Ramshackle and beautiful noise… Lou Reed’s natural successor as punk poet of the New York streets” - Louder Than War
"Bands as magical and genuinely original as this are as essential as oxygen." - Culture Delux
"Bizarre but brilliant" - Uncut
"Dazzling" - Mojo
"Jeffrey is the only artist I've sent fan mail to.” - Jens Lekman
"Really great and impressive and inspiring and exciting... There's not a lot of people that can tell a story and use language like that in music." - Will Oldham
“Ideas burst from Jeffrey Lewis… ramshackle fuzz bomb jams… inspirational." (four of five stars) - The Guardian
Wed 25th September 2019 3:00 pm (3:00 pm DOORS)
Toby Walker will be teaching guitar lessons on the same day just before his gig at the Tin!
This is a rare chance to get a lesson with a nationally recognised guitar instructor, having taught at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch, Woody Mann's Guitar Seminars, The Swanannoa Gathering, and the National Guitar Workshop. Walker also has eight instructional DVD's on Happy Traum's Homespun Music Instruction, and has produced hundreds of instructional videos on his own.
Wed 25th September 2019 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Internationally acclaimed Toby Walker is an award winning, roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and songwriter who has toured the US, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Blending the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz and rock, Walker has his own style and has received numerous awards, including being the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award in Memphis and the New York Music Award for best instrumental CD. Walker has also been inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame.
Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure - but immensely talented - music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.
"If he doesn't get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaing spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby. "
- John Platt - WFUV
"A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso"
- Happy Traum
Tue 8th October 2019 6:30 pm (6:30 pm DOORS)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Middle Child, presents
By Robin French
It’s the sweltering hot summer of 1976. The country is in economic turmoil. The far right is on the march. Rock Against Racism puts white punk bands and black reggae bands on the same bill – determined to win the culture war and defeat the National Front.
Three teenage music fans, Denise, Trudi and Andrew, join the fight for the soul of working class Britain. The trio navigate racial politics and social upheaval in Birmingham alongside their own turbulent teenage years. Can their friendship survive?
The new play from Robin French (BBC’s Cuckoo) and JMK Award-winning director Alex Brown is a celebration of the diverse musical legacy of the Midlands. The REP have united with award-winning gig theatre specialists Middle Child (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything) for this raucous story of people power, set to a soundtrack of Punk, Reggae and 2Tone. Join the rebellion.
Director & Co-Creator Alex Brown
Sound Designer James Frewer
Movement Director Lucy Wild
Dramaturg Paul Smith
Supported by The Sir Barry Jackson Trust
GBP3.00 - GBP12.00
Fri 18th October 2019 8:00 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
Deliaphonic x Boudica presents Stealing Sheep’s Wow Machine
18th October 2019
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Liverpool electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep present a theatrical-musical-dance-art spectacular, in tribute to the electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. Expect a hexagonal stage, sci-fi sunglasses, and sparkly suits.
Big Wows is heaving with the sort of bold neon pop production that’s symbolic of the information overload we like to cram into our brains on a daily basis. Each track is a well-woven mesh of sharp synths, cyber sung vocal harmonies and thumping rave percussion. During the music video to lead single ‘Joking Me’, each member features as their own pixelated avatar in a distinct image of the kind throwaway digital cultureBig Wowsconsistently refers to. Stealing Sheep’s admiration for electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire remains apparent throughout. Engineered mainly through sequencing and drum machines, Big Wows humanises each robotic motion giving definite life to the concept of unique computer emotion. Big Wows provides its own relevant input to the conversation of its ever-evolving culture. Loud & Quiet The third album from the British trio features a variety of producers, including MartaSalogni, Andy Smith, Ash Workman, and Joe Wills.
"For their third album, Liverpool's Stealing Sheep blow up the pop form to bold, voltaic proportions" - The Quietus
“Big Wows is shot through with Glittery bounce and buzzing synth lines..Three albums they've attained a mastery of their craft that's a joy to behold” The Skinny
****“Stealing Sheep are responsible for some of the most progressive pop songs of the past decade” - London In Stereo“Sophisticated pop...shimmering, groove-heavy and playfully effervescent” - Classic Pop**** The Guardian
Boudica Ticket Holder - £12
Boudica Concessions Ticket Holder - £10
Regular Advance - £15
Regular Concessions - £12
GBP10.00 - GBP15.00
Sat 19th October 2019 5:30 pm (5:30 pm DOORS)
We are really excited to let you know that Boudica Festival will be returning to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday 19th October. We have another great line-up for 2019 and will announce this mid-July, but would like to offer those who have supported our events over the last few years, the opportunity to access tickets at a super low price.
Early Bird Tickets Available from the 15th of July, £13.00
Boudica Festival 2019 - 5.30pm Doors - midnight
GBP13.00 - GBP16.00
Tue 22nd October 2019 7:30 pm (7:30 pm DOORS)
The Ben Somers String Band UK Autumn Tour.
A passionate, deep and individual musical offering representing Somers’ multitude of influences, brought together to form his unique sound."
Ben Somers - Double Bass/Voice UK
Davis West - Fiddle US
Dorian Ricaux - Guitar/Voice FR
Evan Davies - mandolin/voice UK
website - https://www.ben-somers.com
Album - Poor Stuart -https://open.spotify.com/album/3SjyEx66AfLnsOMAWrQtty
“An extraordinary acoustic album” – Songlines Magazine
“Somers’ voice oozes country charisma” – Maverick Magazine
“A joy to behold….boy can he come up with a tune” – Folk Radio UK
“Wonderful” Thank Folk For That.
“Exquisite!” Nick Baraclough,- BBC Radio 2
Fri 25th October 2019 7:30 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)
The Future Sound Project Presents:
The Future Sound Of Cov
A 2-night music festival at The Tin at The Coal Vaults
Featuring 11 bands playing over 2 evenings
Friday night Headliner:
George Pannell started making music when a number of failed school band attempts prompted him to begin playing solo shows across Birmingham at the age of 16, using just a loop pedal and a sample pad. During this time, he released two demo tracks, The Truth and Royal Affair, in late 2017, the latter of which received backing from BBC Introducing WM.
George played his first full band show in December 2018, and has since played alongside the likes of SUGARTHIEF , FLING, BLOXX and SPINN, as well as selling out the iconic Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham.
In January 2019, he released his debut single ‘Fade Away’ (recorded with Ryan Pinson). This was met with a lot of positive feedback, with its dreamy indie pop sound incorporating influences from the likes of fellow Brummies JAWS and Swim Deep, to the shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine and the jangly guitars of Her's. It was labelled ‘a great record’ by Alex Noble on his BBC Introducing show.
Saturday Night Headliner :
Candid deal in a brutal emotional honesty funneled through songs as sharp as they are soothing. Searing guitar riffs, irresistible drum beats and a backbone of honest, unreserved lyrics deliver a commanding live show, not to be missed. After 3 hometown sell-out shows and an impressive string of support slots including Scouting For Girls, The Hoosiers, and The Pale White; Candid’s infectious indie rock has won the hearts of the local music scene with an unchained drive to take their music to the next level.
Mon 28th October 2019 7:00 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)
Bedlam Bookings Presents
Fri 15th November 2019 8:00 pm (8:00 pm DOORS)
Pitch Black are Michael Hodgson and Paddy Free. Having pumped their way through New Zealand’s electronic music scene since their inaugural performance at the annual Gathering New Year's eve festival in 1996, they have spent the subsequent years rousing dance floor punters, generating rave reviews, winning awards and gaining thousands of fans across the world.
Hard to box into a single audio 'genre', Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together. One critic has described them as like "Orbital meets King Tubby, or Rhythm and Sound in Technicolor".
It is their live show that really makes Pitch Black stand out from the rest of the crowd, both sonically and visually. Their tracks take on an added dynamism and their performances reveal the dialectic behind the band - Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, Michael wants to do it to the crowd. Visually they are in another dimension thanks to Michael's cutting edge visuals.
They have toured the world relentlessly, playing everywhere from Amsterdam to Zagreb and the streets of Las Vegas to the Australian outback, supporting acts such as Coldcut, Skream, Easy Dub All Stars and System 7 along the way.
Fri 22nd November 2019 7:00 pm (7:00 pm DOORS)
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