BPREVIEW: Victories at Sea @ Hare & Hounds 21.01.16

Victories at Sea - artwork by Lewes Herriot

Words by Ed King / Artwork by Lewes Herriot – courtesy of This is Tmrw

On Thursday 21st January, Victories at Sea play their first show of 2016 at the Hare & Hounds – with support from Horsebeach + Flamingo Flame.Main with web colour bcg - lr

Doors open at 8pm, with tickets charged at £7+booking fee – as promoted by This is Tmrw. For direct gig info & online ticket sales, click here

Having signed to Static Caravan in early 2013, Victories at Sea released their debut LP – Everything Forever, in October 2015. A rather exquisite blend of mournful pop, Indie guitar and that tempered electro/rock that so few get right, Victories at Sea will hopefully be enjoying some well deserved momentum from their debut. If not, there’s probably a few online avenues to start making amends; when you look at the alternative layers of mainstream mediocrity, I guess we only have ourselves to blame (the record buying public, not Birmingham Review. Although this is the first time we’ve featured them. So a little from Column A…).

This is Tmrw - logo transBut hyperbole, market trends and guilt aside, Static Caravan have probably the best pitch for this well worth while release. To find out more about Everything Forever direct from the label, or even get ya’ mitts on a copy (‘…if you even slightly fancy one’), click here

And if you need to nudge further senses, spending a cup of tea or two shifting through the Victories at Sea Youtube channel would not be a bad way to start. There’s some well thought out and executed videos to accompany many of the album tracks, with bright colours in low light, metal, steel and tales of urban decay to help bring out the flavour. Works too.

But to cherry pick one we’ve gone for ‘Up’. Have a stop, look, listen below:

‘Up’ by Victories at Sea

Victories at Sea play at the Hare & Hounds on Thursday 21st January, with support from Horsebeach + Flamingo Flame. For direct gig info, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=12594886

For more on Victories at Sea, visit https://soundcloud.com/victoriesatsea

For more from Static Caravan, visit http://www.staticcaravan.org


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For more from the Hare & Hounds, including full event listings & online tickets sales, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/

PREVIEW: Peace @ The Rainbow Warehouse, Dec 22nd

Birmingham’s psychedelic indie rock starlets, Peace, are playing a Christmas homecoming on Dec 22nd at The Rainbow Warehouse. Clue’s in the title.

With their new single, ‘Wraith’, scheduled for a mid January release – the brothers Koisser & Co are sandwiching a big Birmingham bash, between gigs at The Glasslands Gallery in New York and KOKO in London.

Hotly tipped for 2013, Peace have already had a good year. Formed in late 2011, Peace’s ‘dark melodic indie techno’ has accumulated a caravan of fans (oh yeah, it’s hippy references), spawned a debut EP – ‘Delicious’ and even attract some national press plaudits; not an easy thing to do outside the M25.

Signed to Columbia Records pretty bloody quickly, it was Peace’s first single – ‘Follow Baby’, released on Deadly People Recordings that kick started their attention.

The Guardian called them ‘ambitious’, The Fly called them ‘fucking golden’, and the NME stuck them on a ‘Top Songs’ list and cited them as one of the bands behind ‘B-Town’ – like some Kings Reach Simon Cowell.

Peace have also been nominated for the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2013’ poll.

Birmingham Review last saw Peace support Editors on June 26th, at the HMV Institute.

Peace‘s last gig at The Rainbow Pub sold out, so this time Birmingham Promoters are putting them on The Rainbow Warehouse, with a few friends to keep them company.

For more on details and tickets on Peace @ The Rainbow Warehouse on Dec 22nd, visit http://birminghampromoters.com/tag/peace

For more on Peace, visit http://peaceforeverever.co.uk