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19 Birmingham bands you need to listen to

9th February 2017

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It’s no secret that Birmingham is a hotbed for new music right now – and that’s why we’re so excited to open here. New bands are all the range in the city that has produced the likes of Black Sabbath, UB40 – and more recently – Peace, Swim Deep and Jaws.

Here are 19 Brummie bands that we think you should all be treating your ears to.


Local lo-fi/post-punk king James Brown fronts his full band experiment Mutes, who are due to release their first full length record soon.

The Americas

Self-proclaimed “music to ride a motorcycle to”, ‘Tenth Day of May’ is bursting with rock n’ roll character.

Paper Buoys

Hard-hitting politically inspired Brummies that take no nonsense.


Though difficult to pin to one genre, electro-pop band Cinema offer style and substance in abundance.

Ed Geater

Rhythmic tunes from unique singer-songwriter/beatboxer Ed Geater.

The Lizards

Psychedelic space rock from Birmingham’s new kids on the block.

The Real Cool

The 1975-vibes emanate from this 80s influenced pop band from Birmingham.

Coffee Breath

Toe-tapping vibes from University of Birmingham band with an unsurprising love for coffee.

Hoopla Blue

Possibly the most diverse indie band in Birmingham, combining most elements of acts on this list.

Ivory Wave

90s psychedelic vibes from Ivory Wave, who recently played to a packed O2 Academy3.

The Mighty Young

Garage-rock duo with a penchant for foot-stomping dirty blues.

Pleasure House

Warming indie-pop from a quartet supported by the likes of BBC WM and Counteract.


Experimental quintet fronted by Birmingham Conservatoire composer Anna Palmer.


Formed from the ashes of various other bands is Gleam, a pedal-wielding alt-shoegaze band.

The Clause

Infectious pop tunes from one of Birmingham’s youngest – and newest – bands.

The Cosmics

Scuzzy punk riffs from The Cosmics, who have recently been championed by BBC6 and This Feeling.

Table Scraps

Noise punk trio from Birmingham who already have an LP to their name.

The Mother’s Earth Experiment

Progressive psychedelia is on show here with this six-piece from Birmingham.

Last Light<

Self-confessed emo influenced quartet, with an impressive catalogue of heartfelt songs.



Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.