Words by Molly Forsyth
Tickets are priced at £6 (adv) plus a booking fee, as presented by Birmingham Promoters. For direct gig info, including online ticket sales, click here.
** This gig has been moved from Mama Roux’s to The Sunflower Lounge, and will now be an ages 18+ event. Original tickets remain valid. Alternatively, refunds are available from point of purchase**
On a self-proclaimed mission to make listeners smile and think of summer, Riscas’ blend of lilting tropical melodies and urgent post-punk hooks should help bring some warmth in this bitterly cold January.
Riscas have recently released ‘Talk Your Mind’, doubling down on their breakthrough three-minute hit, ‘Panic Like Tom’, which enjoyed support from BBC Introducing and made the Spotify Viral Tracks playlist. The young four-piece are looking ahead to a bright 2018, as regulars on the local music circuit it is recommended you catch them in Birmingham before bigger venues beckon. And The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham’s subterranean incubator for the-soon to-be-huge, would not be a bad place to tick off the ‘I saw them when’ bucket list.
Joining Riscas are a roster of fresh talent from across the West Midlands. This includes Spilt Milk Society, just as sprightly in sound with a truly diverse set of influences ranging from blues, electronica and hard rock. The band have been known to be against ‘sloppy indie’, so expect tight rhythmic work and sharp arpeggio melodies for a crisp sound that doesn’t linger or stop for breath. On the back of their debut EP released last year, Spilt Milk Society are currently dealing with changes as big as their ambitions, with founding bassist Adam Handford and drummer Chan Kathuria departing after this gig. From house parties to hallowed local stages in less than two years, expect to hear more from Spilt Milk Society this year, albeit not with their current line up.
Coventry’s Candid will also bring their sound to the stage for the evening. Currently promoting brand new track ‘Breathless’, Candid wear their inspirations on their sleeve. Clearly aspiring to reach the heights of bands such as Catfish and The Bottlemen and Blossoms, Candid have mastered the sound of straight-up indie rock direct from the garage. If their songs have anything to go by, they know exactly when to polish and when to leave it in its rawest form.
The line-up is rounded off by The Real Cool, a band in name as they are in nature. They err on slightly different influences to their three stage fellows, combining the new wave sounds of the Eighties with thoroughly modern production and sarcastic lines targeting their generation. And while they are as dedicated to sharp, minimal aesthetics and view style as equal to substance, their Wayback! EP shows they have carved their own niche within this genre.
‘Talk Your Mind’ – Riscas
For more on Riscas, visit www.soundcloud.com/riscasuk
For more on Spilt Milk Society, visit www.spiltmilksociety.co.uk
For more on Candid, visit www.facebook.com/candidcoventry
For more on The Real Cool, visit www/therealcool.wixsite.com/therealcool
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