We’ve been told for years guitar music’s dead.
Where’s the next big band gonna come from?
They’re here, right here, right now…..
In part one of our This Feeling Alive tour preview we spoke about headliners Bang Bang Romeo, The Shimmer Band, Blackwaters and the fantastic work the This Feeling team have done over the past eleven years. This time we count down to each event, looking at the venues and the special guests.
We start our third future gig journey in….
Night three, leaving Cardiff and hitting Birmingham the next venue on the tour is the O2 Institute in Birmingham. The building has an extensive history, once a church, a film set for the Channel 4 film ‘Out Of Order‘, a civic hall and was even owned by HMV as the HMV Institute. The venue was acquired in 2015 by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Institute Birmingham, as part of the O2 Academy Group. It’s a quaint place with original features from back in the day when the building served as a church. It holds a great reputation as an old-school venue and this is exactly the sort of place I love to go to and see live music. There is enough space and great views – always a terrific atmosphere.
Joining Bang Bang Romeo, The Shimmer Band and Blackwaters will be The Assist from Wolverhampton.
Writing about life in on the streets and the difficulties that lie being brought up in a dead end town, The Assist have admitted that throwing their energy into music kept them out of trouble and got the girls’ attention growing up. Made up of brothers, Mikey Stanton (vocals) and Ryan Stanton (guitar), Jak Baker (bass) and Ben Faulkner (drums), the bands influences are varied, drawing from the RHCP to Amy Winehouse.
It’s great to be apart of a movement that everyone wants to be involved in, these are the kind of artists that people will look back on in years to come and say “imagine seeing all those bands for a tenner”, there’s a lot to be admired at This Feeling! As well as great music, there are a lot of familiar faces which adds to the crazy atmosphere these nights offer. If you have something a little different and a bit about you then I’m sure this feeling will welcome all aspiring musicians to come and add to the party.
The band have had support slots with Ratboy, Reverend & the Makers and Blossoms and have played at some of the biggest festivals this year including Leeds and YNOT. Lyric driven with banging beats and infectious melodies, check out their new track ‘Wonderful’.
Wolverhampton wonders The Assist‘s new single “Wonderful’ is a sumptuous slice of indie dance rock. Following the success of their debut EP ‘Trouble’ which charted top 20 in the alt iTunes chart last year and rapturously received festival sets at Isle of Wight, TRNSMT and Reading this year, these boys are ones to watch.
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THE SHIMMER BAND
The Shimmer Band have released five singles so far (‘Freedom’, ‘Shoot Me Baby‘,`What is Mine’, ‘Sunkick’, ‘Jacknife and the Death Call’) but they’ve gained such a huge following in so little time doing serious damage at this summer’s festivals. The band make soaring euphoric electronica-infused indie with nods to late ’90s Verve, U2, Doves and Kasabian. Arenas await these lot but academies will get their roof well and truly blown off come October.
BANG BANG ROMEO
Bang Bang Romeo’s song ‘Johannesburg’ is the perfect introduction to rising Doncaster four-piece guitar band. A sound layered Hammond, brass, Ennio Morricone-esque warbly reverb and overarching magnetism of lead singer Anastasia Walker. Her voice is Shirley Bassey raised on a diet of The Last Shadow Puppets, The National, and Fleetwood Mac. Anthemic, stadium-ready new single ‘Chemical‘ is out now.
Formed at University in Guildford three years ago, indie rockers Blackwaters make clever, raw indie punk and are a perfect outfit to sit beside bands like The Libertines. The band currently only have a handful of singles online and with their Dead Kennedys-esque energy and Essex-raised singer Maximillion Tanner’s Jamie T-esque ear for pop hooks, the band are all set to explode.