The city of Birmingham and the surrounding areas has produced some of the finest music the world has heard. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ocean Colour Scene and Duran Duran have all become renowned around the globe. In recent years, 4 Birmingham based bands have dominated the indie-music scene. Peace, Swim Deep, JAWS and Superfood emerged in 2012 and suddenly everyone who has a passion for indie-rock grabbed hold of the bands and shot them sky wards.
These 4 bands triggered a new wave of music from Birmingham. Young talent has sprung up around the block, igniting a spark of incredible young bands who set to take charge. Check them out below!
Breeze are very similar to the likes of Swim Deep and Jaws, bringing a shoegaze, dream pop feel back to b-town. The band consists of members Paul Baker-(Vocals//Guitar), Josh Moseley (Guitar), Jorge Poole – (Bass), Michael Baker(Drums).
The band are laid back, hypnotic and produce indie shoegaze vibes which fans of DIIV and Drowners would find appealing. Tracks like ‘Sellotape’ enhance this feeling, whilst ‘Bleach’ gives off a more pop sounding track similar to Swim Deep. New single ‘Silk’ is an ambient ride similar to The 1975. Its slow paced, hypnotic and the ending is like an ambient joy ride.
Cold Ocean Lies
This band from Lichfield haven’t been as active recently, in fact they’ve done the opposite, taking down their entire portfolio of music from Soundcloud, and a couple of tracks off Spotify. However, the band have promised that they would return.
The bands style is consistent, they channel Jaws through their music and showing elements of post-punk bands such as Interpol in the mix. The band have headlined shows at the Oobleck before it closed, and at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, as well as supporting JAWS at the Institute in March 2015.
A band who i didn’t realise were from Birmingham until further research, due to them channelling the Mad-Chester roots of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays in lead single ‘Club’. Ivory Wave are fun, energetic and destined to succeed.
The quintet merge the sounds of Happy Mondays with rhythmic indie beats to create their own melodic sound. They formed in the last part of 2015, and have so far released two singles ‘Club and ‘Paradise’ both seemingly different yet utterly fantastic and flamboyant.
Kidderminster band Plastic Scene have been sending waves across areas of Worcestershire and Birmingham. Having won the chance to play amongst Primal Scream and We Are Scientsits at this Years Lake Festival, the band have since release their debut single ‘Backseat’, as well as a variety of demos on Soundcloud. Their style is reminiscent of an early Bombay Bicycle Club with an added touch of dreamy pop thrown into the mix.
After a handful of local gigs this year, the guys have recently expended branching out playing at The Institute and shows across the West Midlands. They need that big break, and hopefully its just round the bend.
The Lizards are a psycedellic 4 piece hailing from the heart of Birmingham. Fuzzy vocals, reverb heavy guitars, and distortion laded tracks fuse together to make a prominent psychedelic sound. Their elegent 60’s psych sound mixing with killer bass lines, the bands sound is unique yet enthralling.
After ending the year supporting Birmingham’s own JAWS, The Lizards look set for an even better and bigger 2017. With new music on the way, we can only hope that the Lizards continue to release captivating and superb music.
Spilt Milk Society
Spilt Milk Society share youthful and explosive tracks which are reminiscent of bands such as Sundara Karma. Their upbeat sound inspired by a host of bands including Foals (who the entire band adore) , the band have released an EP and 4 singles.
Their upbeat indie style has caught the eye of numerous radio stations and music fans, with BBC Introducing taking them in and watching over them. The band have appeared on BBC Introducing WM on numerous occasions, as well as supporting various bands such as Fox Chapel. Their youthful spirit and their upbeat indie sound will hopefully captivate fans up and down the country.
This Birmingham metal band are by far the most exciting metal band to come out of Birmingham in recent years. They released an extremely impressive debut single entitled ‘Set To Fail‘ earlier this year. Its blend of fast paced and exciting guitars combine for a fascinating listen for any metal head, or any fan of music in general.
The band channel the sounds of Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, System Of A Down, and that classic heavy metal sound which is so iconic. With more new music expected very soon, a support slot at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton, the band look set for an exciting 2017.
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Gleam are a band very ,much on the rise. After supporting TOY and INHEAVEN during autumn the band have had a few headline gigs of their own, most noticeably at The Sunflower Lounge with support coming from Cold Ocean Lies.
The bands style is very similar to that of bands like American shoe gaze outfits Nothing and DIIV, also bringing in elements of fellow Birmingham bands Swim Deep and JAWS. Having gained a lot of attention on the previously mentioned support shows, Gleam are a shoe gaze band looking to break their bonds, and continue their growth.