Pics by Michelle Martin (Visual Voice Media) / Words by Ed King
Halloween saw a volley of costumed mayhem hitting the streets and stages of Birmingham, with Birmingham Promoters‘ Midland’s medley at The Sunflower Lounge being no exception.
Headlining were Lusts, the Leicester born two piece that ‘sound like a classic four piece’ – according to The Guardian. In support were Birmingham’s actual four piece, Afterbloom, and Gold-Star-for-Face-Painting (five piece), GLEAM. Prepare yourself for an evening of pumpkin references and slightly creepy cat whiskers.
Michelle Martin went to The Sunflower Lounge to check if the bands could handle their holy water (cider) and would show up in photographs. See her Van Helsing report in THE GALLERY – and for the full Flickr of pics, click here or on the links below.
Lusts @ The Sunflower Lounge 31.10.15
Lusts are relatively new, brothers, and arguably at the tail end of a rising balloon. Having signed to 1965 Records this year, Lusts released their debut single, ‘Temptation’, in Jan’15 – heralded by most hacks as something worth a serious listen.
Pretty soon and Lusts were out supporting Coves, with their own headline excursion currently underway. There’s an album out too, with Lusts debut LP, Illuminations, now available online and in the 7” shape of a Rough Trade circle.
For more on Lusts, visit http://www.lustsmusic.co.uk/
Afterbloom – supporting Lusts @ The Sunflower Lounge 31.10.15
Afterbloom are self described ‘Lazy Pop’ (a genre that boggles the mind whilst piquing the interest) with laconic vocals laid over more sparkly, then twisted, guitar riffs. Like a marshmallow wave in shark infested waters.
Reminiscent of Grunge-gone-by there are Seattle undertones to Afterbloom, which can be no bad thing if there’s a bit more on the shelf. But it’s a little early to do more than stop, look and listen, so we’ll do that. For a while.
For more on Afterbloom, visit https://soundcloud.com/a-f-t-e-r-b-l-o-o-m
GLEAM – supporting Lusts @ The Sunflower Lounge 31.10.15
Adorned with crude, pertinent, and even sinister face paint, GLEAM made up the final part of this Halloween triptych. Also a relative newcomer, forming in Feb (we’re assuming this year), GLEAM are busy building a portfolio of pretty accomplished releases, videos and support gigs.
And it sounds like its coming together nicely for them too. There’s either a post-it-not with a crimson signature on it somewhere, or you get the feeling they’ve done this before.
For more on GLEAM, visit https://www.soundcloud.com/gleeeam
For more from The Sunflower Lounge, visit http://thesunflowerlounge.com/
For more from Birmingham Promoters, visit http://birminghampromoters.com/