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DEAD! - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham 26.01.2017

Since a fellow photographer commended DEAD! for playing an impromptu gig in her living room in Paris, I’ve been waiting for a chance to see them locally. When I heard that they’d be playing in The Sunflower Lounge as part of Independent Venue Week, I knew that I had to get down and see what I’ been missing.

To say it was packed is an understatement – I arrived an hour early by accident and the bar was already overflowing with loyal fans desperate to see them play, and listening avidly to the sound check that was being performed below us. Obviously the band’s previous support slot on Frank Carter’s last tour had gone down well with the locals.

Kicking off the night were local alternative rock band Orcas, who set the mood for the rest of the night with one hell of a set. My friend has said nothing but good things about them since seeing them support Lonely The Brave back in November, so I was itching to see what all the fuss is about. Their new track 'Pulse' went down a storm with the crowd, and I’ve had the synth stuck in my head since. I’ll definitely be catching up with these guys at their show with Press To Meco in March.

Next up were False Advertising, playing their first ever show in Birmingham. Hailing originally from Manchester, their lead singer Jen captivates the crowd with her vocals and transitions from guitar to drums between songs with ease. If you like Alternative, Fuzz Pop with bold vocals, this is your band.

And finally, DEAD!

It’s safe to say, I’m a fan. From the moment I heard the lead riff from their track 'Skin', I was hooked. Balancing on a chair behind the PA was the only way I could shoot over the crowd’s outstretched arms, and you couldn’t help but move with the music. The singer leapt about the stage like a lunatic, and every member of the band oozed energy throughout the set. Their new track 'Jessica' was a hit, as was their cover of The Who’s iconic 'My Generation', which obviously resonated well with the youngsters near the front of the crowd.

Overall, I’m gutted. Why I didn’t catch this band when I had the chance months ago, I will never know. What I do know is that they’ve gained a new loyal fan - so if you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my room blasting 'Skin'.

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