Touché Amoré Touché Amoré are in the business of misery. The band’s journey mirrors the life and times of lead singer, Jeremy Bolm, through his hyper confessional lyricism that sees their latest release ‘Stage Four’ echoing the grief of an age-old tale that’s constantly raw. ‘Stage Four’ is universally hailed as their best record, with a European tour pressing selling out before they embarked upon the UK leg; a quick, foiled outer sleeve pressing ltd to 175, was rushed through to be hand numbered by Jeremy. With 19 copies available each night the early birds caught the worm.


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PVRIS All the way from Boston Massachusetts, the combination of Lyndsey Gunnulfsen (Lynn Gunn), Alex Babinkski & Brian MacDonald came to Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3. After releasing their debut album ‘White Noise’ towards the end of 2014, the midlands music fans packed a sold out venue to enjoy an 8-song set that would hit everyone square in the face (in a good way).


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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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