Sun Feb 20 2022

7:00 PM

Mama Roux's

23 Lower Trinity Street Digbeth Birmingham B9 4AG

£15.40

Ages 14+

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Erra

  • Erra

    Erra

    Metalcore

    ERRA HAS MADE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES ON THEIR OWN TERMS. DETERMINATION AND STEADFAST DEDICATION HAVE DEFINED ERRA’S PATH, FORGING A UNIQUE CONNECTION WITH AN EVER-GROWING AUDIENCE, WITHOUT THE ADVANTAGES OF TRADITIONAL RECOGNITION. TITANIC RIFFS AND ENCHANTING MELODIES LITTER THE CEREBRAL, IMMERSIVE SOUNDSCAPES POWERING EACH OF THE PROGRESSIVE METAL MERCHANT’S ALBUMS, CULMINATING IN A CAREER-DEFINING FIFTH, BOLDLY TITLED ERRA.

    NEW SONGS LIKE “SNOWBLOOD,” “HOUSE OF GLASS,” “DIVISIONARY,” AND “SHADOW AUTONOMOUS” CONJURE THE CRUSHING HEAVINESS AND SOARING MELODIC MIGHT OF FAN-FAVORITE ANTHEMS LIKE “BREACH,” “SKYLINE,” AND “EYE OF GOD,” WHILE BROADENING THE BAND’S REACH WITH MEDITATIVE EXPANSIVENESS, TRIPPY NEAR-PSYCHEDELIA, AND HAUNTING HOOKS.

    ERRA WAS RECORDED, MIXED, AND MASTERED BY CARSON SLOVAK AND GRANT MCFARLAND, THE GRAMMY-NOMINATED DUO RESPONSIBLE FOR ESSENTIAL RECORDS FROM AUGUST BURNS RED AND FROM ASHES TO NEW. IT’S A DEFINITIVE MISSION STATEMENT FOR GUITARIST/VOCALIST JESSE CASH, VOCALIST J.T. CAVEY, DRUMMER ALEX BALLEW, BASSIST CONOR HESSE, AND GUITARIST SEAN PRICE, EACH OF THEM ALREADY WELL-RESPECTED PLAYERS REVERED FOR THEIR INSPIRING TECHNICALITY AND RAW, NATURAL TALENT.

    THE DECISION TO SELF-TITLE THE ALBUM SUITS THE THEMES OF SELF-REFLECTION AND CONFRONTATION WOVEN THROUGHOUT THE RECORD’S MESMERIZING 12-SONGS. PREVIOUS ERRA ALBUMS IMPULSE (2012), AUGMENT (2013), DRIFT (2016), AND NEON (2018) SAW THE BAND SPOTLIGHTED ON TASTEMAKER PLAYLISTS, AS THE BAND’S SPOTIFY PLAYS SOARED PAST 72 MILLION.

    “IT’S CLEARLY AN EVOLUTION OF THE SAME BAND, IT SOUNDS LIKE A RECORD WE WROTE, BUT IT’S SUCH A BIG STEP FORWARD FROM THE LAST ONE THAT IT SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT TIME TO SELF-TITLE A RECORD,” CASH EXPLAINS. “PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ERRA, WE WANTED TO GIVE THEM THE SENSE THAT WE’RE STARTING A NEW CHAPTER, WITH SOMETHING FRESH.”

    CAVEY CONCURS. “WE’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO HAVE A BALANCE OF CLASSIC SONG STRUCTURES, INTERTWINED WITH EXPERIMENTAL ADVENTURES,” HE SAYS. “THIS ALBUM ESPECIALLY IS MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MUSICIANS THAT ALSO APPEALS TO THE MASSES. THERE ARE A LOT MORE BREAKDOWNS ON THIS RECORD, BUT ALSO BIGGER MELODIES. I PUT A LOT OF FOCUS ON SIMPLIFYING WHAT I’M DOING, PERSONALLY, TO MAKE THE SONGS MORE MEMORABLE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS TO WRITE MUSIC WE ENJOY.”

    FACEBOOK GROUPS AND HASHTAGS ORGANIZED AROUND THE BAND’S DENSE MUSIC AND HEADY BUT RELATABLE LYRICS HAVE HELPED FURTHER THE ERRA MISSION, RESULTING IN MULTIPLE NO. 1 HEATSEEKERS PLACEMENTS ON BILLBOARD. ERRA HAS TOURED THE WORLD WITH DANCE GAVIN DANCE, AUGUST BURNS RED, TESSERACT, AND THE ACACIA STRAIN, AMONG OTHERS. IT ALL RESULTED IN A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE DEVOTED TO THE ALABAMA BASED BAND’S CATALOG, EAGER FOR EACH NEW MISSIVE.

    ERRA CONFRONTS DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND DESPERATION THROUGHOUT THEIR NEW ALBUM. THEY TAKE LISTENERS ON A NEAR-OUT-OF-BODY JOURNEY TO THE INFAMOUS SUICIDE FOREST OF JAPAN; INTO EPISODIC STORYTELLING THAT WOULD MAKE BLACK MIRROR WRITERS PROUD; AND INTO THE LITERARY WORKS CORMAC MCCARTHY AND PLAYRIGHT/FILMMAKER DAVID MAMET.

    “I WAS GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME, AFTER A BREAKUP, WHEN ANDY GLASS FROM WE CAME AS ROMANS TURNED ME ON TO ECKHART TOLLE,” CASH SHARES. “A LOT OF THE INFORMATION REALLY SEEMED TO STICK. MANY OF THE SONGS TALK ABOUT BEING PRESENT, BEING CONSCIOUS, WITHOUT SOUNDING FORCED OR CONTRIVED, OR LIKE STANDARD OPTIMISTIC METALCORE CLICHES.”

    THE ALBUM OPENS WITH A VIVID PICTURE OF HORROR IN “SNOWBLOOD.” “DIVISIONARY” DRAWS A DISTURBING PARALLEL BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND RELIGION. “HOUSE OF GLASS” TOUCHES ON SELF-HARM, ZEALOUSNESS, AND RECONCILING WITH THE LOSS OF AN ABANDONED IDEOLOGY. THERE IS A DUALITY IN “SHADOW AUTONOMOUS.” PHYSICS, VICES, CULTURAL DIVIDES, AND EVEN THE TALE OF TWO LOVERS CAN BE FOUND ELSEWHERE ON ERRA. (THE MAJORITY OF THE ALBUM’S LYRICS WERE PENNED BY PRIMARY SONGWRITER CASH, WITH JT HANDLING ALL OF “EIDOLON.”) “MEMORY FICTION” IS INSPIRED BY CASH’S FAVORITE CORMAC MCCARTHY QUOTE: “HE THOUGHT EACH MEMORY RECALLED MUST DO SOME VIOLENCE TO ITS ORIGINS. AS IN A PARTY GAME. SAY THE WORDS AND PASS IT ON. SO BE SPARING. WHAT YOU ALTER IN THE REMEMBERING HAS YET A REALITY, KNOWN OR NOT.”

    THE DOWN-TUNED ATMOSPHERE OF DEFTONES AND TOOL ARE CENTRAL INGREDIENTS, ALONGSIDE THE INVENTIVENESS OF NINE INCH NAILS AND THE URGENCY OF NORTHLANE AND ARCHITECTS. THE MELODIC SIDE OF THE BAND OFTEN DRAWS FAVORABLE COMPARISONS TO CIRCA SURVIVE AND SAOSIN. ALL OF THESE COMPONENTS ARE FILTERED THROUGH ERRA’S UNIQUE SENSIBILITY AND EXPERIENCE, RESULTING IN A SINGULAR CREATIVE IDENTITY BOTH WARMLY FAMILIAR AND REFRESHINGLY FORWARD-THINKING.

    “MOST OF OUR FANS KNOW THAT I WASN’T COMPLETELY HAPPY WITH OUR LAST RECORD. I WANTED IT TO BE BETTER,” CASH ADMITS. “I WAS STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH IT, A BIT. BEING IN THE RIGHT HEADSPACE THIS TIME AROUND WAS JUST HUGE. IT CHANGED EVERYTHING. MAKING THIS RECORD WAS JUST FUN. THERE WAS NO REAL STRESS INVOLVED IN IT FOR US. IT WAS A BLAST.”

    “BY NATURE, ERRA’S MUSIC IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THAN MOST METALCORE BANDS, BECAUSE WE ARE STILL PRETTY DAMN COMPLICATED,” CAVEY ADDS, WITH A LAUGH. “THESE SONGS ARE STILL NOT EASY TO PLAY. BUT WE PUT LESS PRESSURE ON OURSELVES TO BE CRAZY [TECHNICAL]. I MADE SURE A LOT OF MOMENTS ON THIS NEW ALBUM ARE JUST COOL AND CATCHY.”

    AS THEIR MUSIC FINDS THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE CRUSHINGLY HEAVY AND THE HEADILY MELODIC, ITS MEMBERS SEEK TO FIND HARMONY BETWEEN THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE NATURAL FLOW OF THIS SHARED REALITY. ERRA, AS A BAND OF BROTHERS AND CREATIVE FORCE, STRIVE TO LIVE IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE PRESENT MOMENT. ERRA, THE ALBUM, REPRESENTS REDEMPTION FOR THE BAND, WHO EMERGED FROM THE CREATIVE PROCESS WITH RENEWED FOCUS AND CONFIDENCE, OF CERTAINTY AND SELF. ERRA IS PART MILD-ALTERING SUBSTANCE, PART MEDITATION, REVELING IN EACH MUSICAL MOMENT OF EXULTATION.

     
  • Dayseeker

    Dayseeker

    Post-Hardcore

    Dayseeker is a 4-piece Rock/Metal band from Southern California formed in 2012. They are signed with Spinefarm Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. On December 15, 2016, the band announced their departure from InVogue Records and that they had signed with Spinefarm Records. Shortly after, they announced a US tour with headliner Silent Planet, along with Ghost Key and Hail the Sun, which began in February 2017. A year after the release of Origin, Dayseeker announced a new full-length album set to release in 2017. The album, Dreaming Is Sinking / Waking Is Rising, was released by Spinefarm on July 14, 2017. 
    Since the release of Dreaming Is Sinking / Waking Is Rising the band has been touring relentlessly countrywide and building a strong profile. The record sold just shy of 2,000 copies in their first week, earning them some impressive debut charting positions amongst hard rock and new artists. In Summer 2017, they embarked on a tour with The Color Morale and The Plot In You. Followed by that tour, they supported a tour with Oceans Ate Alaska and with Ice Nine Kills to close out their year. 
    Spinefarm will be releasing a deluxe version of Dreaming Is Sinking / Waking Is Rising in 2018 featuring some stripped down versions of a few tracks and an additional cover track. Catch Dayseeker this summer performing on the Mutant stage on the Vans Warped Tour. 
  • Brand of Sacrifice

    Brand of Sacrifice

    Metalcore

  • Hollow Front

    Hollow Front

    Melodic Hardcore

    The words “hollow” and “front,” independently, can both imply a lack of substance, sincerity and passion. “Hollow” is somewhat self-explanatory, while “front” can be often likened to a façade or non genuine, staged version of one’s self. The point is that neither of the two, on their own, imply stellar things. Putting the two together is an even riskier move—however, when it comes to Michigan metalcore prodigies Hollow Front, it would appear that they’ve taken what might have otherwise been two negatives and made one Hell of a positive. Erupting from Grand Rapids, Michigan out of seemingly nowhere, Hollow Front have made a monstrous name for themselves within the contemporary metalcore community—in just over four years, no less—impressing critics and casual listeners alike with their blend of catchy, creative melodies and murky, murderously heavy metallic prowess. The result? An act that is neither hollow nor—for lack of a better term—frontin’ when it comes to creating genuine, grisly and intense metalcore.
     
    Hollow Front’s origin is a humble one, as a metalcore act emerging from a humble midwestern city. Formed in mid-2016, the band broke water with their debut single “Speaking in Tongues”—a song that would go on to garner them attention enough to become prominent in Michigan’s tightly-knit and densely-packed metal community. It wouldn’t be too much longer until the band would release their critically acclaimed debut EP, Homewrecker. Packing catchy choruses in among aggressive breakdowns and scathing leads, Homewrecker saw Hollow Front filling a much-needed void forming as Michigan’s metal scene grew more and more divided between the extremes of heaviness and atmosphere. Homewrecker kicked off 2017 for Hollow Front much in the same way that it kicked off their entire career. Before much longer, the act would be playing with the likes of Veil of Maya and Cane Hill. As the band’s local and regional following grew, so did their worldwide fanbase—as well as their work ethic. Hollow Front would increasingly appear as regional support for large-scale metalcore acts while working on their sophomore EP, Still Life, which saw the light of day in late June, 2018. Still Life saw Hollow Front continuing along the path forged by Homewrecker, honing their dynamic to create songs that cut deep by virtue of voracious aggression yet still packed an emotional and introspective punch. Not only would Still Life’s success earn the band a boatload of Spotify plays and slots on regional shows and tours throughout the Midwest (and add to their physical fan base in the process), it would gain the attention of Fit For a King’s Ryan Kirby. Under Kirby’s direction, 2019 served as a year of growth for the band; releasing a deluxe re-issue of Homewrecker and putting in long hours on their debut full length release, Loose Threads, released in mid 2020. While COVID-19 put the brakes on touring in support of the band’s debut full length release, it certainly didn’t stop Loose Threads from getting the attention it deserved. Widely well-received by the press, Loose Threads would tack on approximately three million plays on Spotify in the few months following its release, adding to a sum total of over ten million plays for the band’s entire catalogue.
     
    In four years’ time, Hollow Front went from an innocuous Grand Rapids metalcore act to a name recognized by enthusiasts of the genre the whole world over. Amassing a dedicated following and listeners from Michigan to Moldova, Hollow Front are among the latest additions to the UNFD Records family, joining prominent acts such as Architects, Northlane and Stray from the Path. With many things in the future hazy and unclear, one thing seems for certain: Hollow Front have only just begun to make their mark on heavy music.

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Erra

Sun Feb 20 2022 7:00 PM

Mama Roux's Birmingham
Erra

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