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Emma Scott

The O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, 10th May 2014.

Singer-songwriter Charow opened the night with an excellent and passionate solo acoustic set which even included a thought provoking poem recital.

Charow

Kuoko followed with the first of the night’s full-on indie and alternative band set. Together since 2012, Kuoko set the pace and showed their professionalism with an injured bass player playing his first gig with band, sitting down with his bass held vertically between his legs, old school bass style!

Kuoko

Superficials followed on by unleashing some impressive 90’s rooted alternative vibes on to the audience. Plenty of hooks were in there together with guitars proudly riffing away in heavy doses.

Superficials

A great young band, The Assist were up next. Full of swagger and Madchester attitude, The Assist brought some killer beats to the night together with a sound that was full of soul and passion.

The Assist

Headliners, The Rainband were certainly the jewel in the crown of the night. The four piece Manchester band hit Birmingham with a shedload of powerful rhythms, catchy melodies and tasteful guitar riffs that seemed to drive adrenaline throughout the body with a compelling force. With endorsements and supports slots with some of the great established music acts such as Simple Minds, Ocean Colour Scene and Liam Gallagher under their belt, the feel about The Rainband is that they are on the verge to break in a big way. With the good times rolling, The Rainband have announced they will tour Italy in July with Scottish singer songwriter Paolo Nutini in addition to having their latest single Sirens being playlisted on Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 show.

The Rainband

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Review and Photography by Stephen Turner.

Emma Scott

The O2 Academy3 Birmingham 19th April 2014.

It seems like ages since my last excursion to Birmingham for a night of entertainment courtesy of Emma Scott, and what a line up there is on offer tonight. With a fine mix of familiar faces and tuneage and the prospect of a couple of new experiences aswell, an interesting night lay ahead for sure!

Sadly, with Bank Holiday transport running well behind schedule, my hopes of seeing Joe Miles tonight were dashed as by the time my train finally steamed into Birmingham New Street, Joe’s set was drawing to a close, so big apologies to Joe for missing that as from the accounts of those who did see you, you gave a sterling performance!

So, my night of rock ‘n’ roll started with the relative newcomers to the West Midlands music scene, Hilum. Watching these guys perform their set tonight, the term snazzy came to mind as their blend of alternatively rock and pop is definitely stylish and hugely attractive to the ears. Amongst the haze of billowing smoke and the atmospheric blue and green lighting, the stage really was set to capture the mood of their music and an extremely enjoyable set it was too!

Hilum

There are a couple of sure fire guarantee’s about our next band, Million Empire as with each and every performance of theirs that I’ve seen, this Birmingham trio have always basked in their outstanding ability as musicians and always succeed in playing the living daylight’s out of each and every song! Their set tonight met every expectation I had and a few more aswell, with the news of their imminent plans to get some new material recorded warranting a little happy dance from me when no one was looking!

Million Empire

It’s been just over two years since I last saw Page 44 at this very venue, so I’m looking forward to tonight’s repeat performance as this was a band whose name and sound has stayed with me based on that previous performance. With the two Adam’s taking full control of the mic’s, the good time vibe quickly rolled out across the O2 Academy3, much to the delight of tonight’s audience. One of the great qualities this band possess is their tireless energy on stage and even though Adam Stanford felt the burn for a brief moment, their high voltage performance just kept coming and a great set from the band indeed!

Page 44

Headlining tonight, were Shropshire based Fight The Dice and these five guys are firm favorites of mine as they always manage to put the tick in just about every box that you could ask a band to tick! Professional and charismatic in their every action, writers and performers of catchy and competent songs and clearly committed to what they do, makes this band always an absolute pleasure to watch! With the opportunity of a slightly longer set than they had initially planned, their mood was ripe for a few their older tracks and also a couple of popular covers and in true Fight The Dice style there was always time for plenty of smiles.

Fight The Dice

Well, I’d left it till the last minute to run off and catch my train home but I was running with a smile on my face – top night, top class bands, an appreciative audience and the very great company of Ms Emma Scott – what more could you ask for?

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Emma Scott and Pluggin’ Baby Presents

O2 Academy 3, Birmingham, 1st March 2014.

Headliners Luke Wild and the Japes brought their own distinctive brand of indie folk-pop. Flitting through elements of jazz, blues and pop-rock, Luke and co easily ran through their set of extremely well-crafted, catchy and energetic tunes that were rich with percussion and acoustic guitar, blended with a delicate taste of ukulele beautifully adding to the great atmosphere. The band have been featured on BBC Introducing where they have gained regular airplay through various BBC Introducing shows, including two live sessions for BBC Shropshire.

Nina Baker

Performing from behind her trademark keyboard, Nina Baker showed her own distinctive vocal flair. Accompanied by her band and plenty of piano riffs, we were taken on a rollercoaster of emotional but uplifting songs, most notably the outstanding tune ‘Single Bed’ which is all about a girl finally being positive and finding confidence with living a single life. It was easy to see why Nina was picked by BBC Introducing to attend their 2013 Master Class and also came runner-up in MTV’s Brand New for 2013 unsigned competition.

LeoKai

The person behind LeoKai is singer/songwriter Leo Ismail with the Kai coming from the name of his guitar which was named by his best friend. With just an acoustic guitar, Leo sang a great set of quite deep and almost soulful songs. His skilful use of loop backs worked perfectly with his fine edgy voice. Ending the set on a rap style tune full of pre-recorded beats was a bit of a contrast to the rest of the set but seemed to go down ok. For the more observant in the crowd, Leo can also be found shredding guitar with Birmingham based pop rock outfit We Are Saviours.

The ROOZ

The Rooz are an excellent young rock’n’roll band. With an age range of 14 to 17 years of age, The Rooz demonstrate an exceptional talent with lead singer Louis Coupe having made an appearance on The Voice UK on BBC One. The Rooz performed a great unique mix of melodic rock songs and boogie woogie style rock’n’roll. The exciting addition of piano/organ added a diverse element to the set and shows that The Rooz are not afraid to be innovative and experiment with their sound.

Sally Pepper

Sally Pepper opened the night with a great acoustic pop-rock set. The singer-songwriter from Stoke-on-Trent, currently studying in Liverpool, possesses an original sound which blends a hint of post-punk attitude with impressive vocals and song lyrics reflecting an openness and honesty about experiences in life.

Words and pictures by Stephen Turner.