THE GALLERY: MUTES – No Desire album launch @ COW 02.06.17




Words by Ed King / Pics by Eleanor Sutcliffe / Video by Trapeze Film

On 2nd June MUTES released their debut album, No Desire.

Out via FOMA Records – the Birmingham based label for Repeat of Last Week and Hoopla Blue, the nine track MUTES LP was launched with a one off gig at COW, the mahoosive vintage clothing shop next to the O2 Institute. So big you could cram a cheeky rave in there, which we tried to do once before it became a clothes shop; good to see it being used for events.

Piggy backing a Digbeth First Friday for a free showcase event MUTES were the only act on – giving the marching musical marauders on their way to Mama Roux’s an intimate bite into the band’s new material. Five years ago I’d have said ‘to the The Custard Factory’; ah Heath Mill Lane, when it was all fields…

Birmingham Review had been chomping its eager beaver teeth through No Desire all week, managing to get MUTES’ front man and founder, James Brown, to sit down and talk to us too. To check out the Birmingham Review of No Desire, click here – or to watch the man who gave birth to this sonic monster you can click here, or on the YouTube link at the bottom of this post.

So there’s no reason to go outdoors ever really. Just sit here and we will bring you all your thoughts, ideas, opinions and post (INSERT NATIONALLY GALVANIZING EVENT HERE) diatribes; ah informed thinking, when it was all…

Or you could peel yourself away from something Apple branded and try and catch MUTES for yourself, which might not be as easy as I’m goading you to do – but click here to stalk them with more online efficiency.

Eleanor Sutcliffe was at COW to check out the No Desire showcase and launch – see some cherry picked pics below, or click on the relevant links for the Full Flickr of Pics.

MUTES @ Cow 02.06.17 / Eleanor Sutcliffe – Birmingham Review


MUTES’ front man & founder, James Brown, talks to Ed King for Birmingham Review @ Blotto Studios 01.06.17  – watch out for the solo performance of ‘Blood’ at 26mins 36secs.

MUTES debut album, No Desire, is out on general release. For more from Mutes, visit

For more from FOMA, visit


For more on Blotto Studios, visit

For more on COW Birmingham, visit