PREVEW: The Ordinary Boys @ Hare & Hounds, Sun 23rd Nov


The Ordinary Boys return to Birmingham this weekend, playing at the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 23rd November – with support from Whales in Cubicles + Stubblemelt.

Doors open at 7:30pm with tickets priced at £10, as presented by Birmingham Promoters.BP logo

On the road with a new line up, album, and single in the offing – the soon to be released ‘Awkward’, The Ordinary Boys are reforming after ‘a seven year hiatus’. Birmingham Review last saw The Ordinary Boys when they reunited for a farewell UK tour at the end of 2011, to ‘give this band the decent burial that they didn’t get in 2008’, and played at the Birmingham O2 Academy that December.

Now their back, again, with front man Samuel Preston joined by his original drummer, Charlie ‘Chuck’ Stanley, and bassist, James Gregory.

Birmingham Preview logoConfused? You may well be. The Ordinary Boys, the Indie-Punk-Big-Brother-Brighton-Rockstars from Worthing, have had a chequered past. Forming, changing, splitting, reforming, small success, small derision, national success, national derision, old members, new members, new old members; times have certainly ebbed and flowed for The Ordinary Boys.

But some things stay constant; the Morrissey homage are still on B-Unique Records, the Atlantic subsidiary who signed them back in 2004, and still have their Ordinary Army of fans.

Plus Preston has stretched his songwriting muscles since 2011, and the new Boys’ album (recorded with MJ, from Leeds’ rising psychedelic noise rockers Hookworms) to be released sometime before Christmas, is reportedly an ‘extension’ of their pre-celebrity status debut. So who knows; perhaps, like fine wine…

But you know, there’s been enough press rhetoric about The Ordinary Boys. Here’s some sock puppets to help you make up your own mind.

‘Awkward’ by The Ordinary Boys – click here


The Ordinary Boys play at the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath) on Sunday 23rd November. Ceri Black will be there for a Birmingham Review.

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