Among The Echoes and Friends Tonight, its back at a full house Flapper in Birmingham for another electro gig from Among The Echoes, with Shelter and Sinestar making a great triple header night to raising funds for the charity PROMISE DREAMS: Promise Dreams is a national charity that aims to make a real difference to children who are sick or terminally ill. Every child has a dream and we work tirelessly to make it come true - whether it is for the holiday of a lifetime, the chance to meet their celebrity hero or provide essential equipment and resources for the home. In fact, anything that will make life happier for the family in need.


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The Birthday Massacre Digbeth bound, heading towards the O2 Institute, on a cool autumn evening, and the queue is stretching down Digbeth as far as the old Irish Centre. Its a busy night at the Institute, as Feeder are playing in one room, and Canadian Goth Rock band, The Birthday Massacre back in the UK for a short tour are in another. Both shows are sold out, so the Institute is packed out, not bad for a midweek night..


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Among the Echoes It’s Saturday 15th March, and downstairs in the Flapper, it’s a sell out crowd, with an assembled audience from across the UK (and Sweden too!) for the “Ides of March” event (Beware of Julius Caesar references…) organised by Synthetic City Promotions (i.e. Ian Wall/Johnny Normal) with appearances by 5 electronic artists from around the country.


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Among The Echoes ‘Flowers And Plastic Butterflies’ opened the brief set with reassuringly Roland synth sepulchral Dead Can Dance/Blade Runner like atmospheric dystopian grandeur as co-vocalists Rachael O’Hara and Ian Wall arrive on stage unassuming, unannounced. Next along came ‘Talk-Talk’ with its band-signature of Dark Wave with side-orders of disco Goth and arabesque tonal drone. With a cryptic reference to 1984 ‘Feels Like Heaven’ came across as a closet power ballad but for the chorus providing a corrective minor key shift just to keep emotions in check.


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