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When it comes to presence, however, The Xcerts are certainly growing.
Opening with stone-cold classic ‘The ’59 Sound’, fans bulge veins as they shout back every word. Lunging straight into ‘Handwritten’, it’s amazing just far Fallon and co have come – their heart-on-sleeve, ass-on-bar lyrics, channelled through Springsteen, Buffalo Tom and many more, have a startling connection with so many people.
The dozen of us there have just been asked by Jim Noir if we have bought his new album, ‘The Finnish Line’, a question that is met with a stony wall of silence.
The Leicester band performs the perfect setlist, where the songs from latest album 48:13 slot seamlessly in amongst the classics.
It’s testament to the quality of the four-piece’s latest album, Great Divide, that the new songs are greeted as feverishly as the classics.
We love a secret party. So, when Cubanisto invited us to the super-secret House Of Mask party in Birmingham, we were there with bells on. This wasn’t your usual secret party, though. En route to…
“This is not the way we planned it,” yelps a leather-clad Aled Phillips as Kids In Glass Houses tear through ‘Artbreaker’.
Kicking things off were local lads KIN. The four piece quickly shown what they had to offer as a wall of sound soon filled the venue.
Monday night saw the return of Mercury Prize winning alt-J in our neck of the woods
Birmingham’s gifted us a lot musically over the last couple of years. Think Swim Deep, Jaws, Peace – all arguably giants amongst the world of creating catalogues of mellow, indie jammers.