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@MoseleyFolk Festival Headliners Goodnight Lenin to release debut single on Static Caravan @sttccrvn

by Charlotte Payne

Birmingham boys Goodnight Lenin have only been at it a year or so but they caught the eye of the Moseley Folk team back in December after releasing a YouTube video of a simple acoustic performance in which they sat perched on the counter tops of their kitchen. In the last eight months or so they have supported a host of top folk and not so folk acts including First Aid Kit, Features and Darwin Deez.

On the 6th August they will be releasing their debut single ‘Crook in the Creek’ on local label Static Caravan. 500 limited edition 7 inch singles will be available featuring beautiful folk artwork by Clare Rojas and it will also be available to download via iTunes.

'Crook in The Creek' out 6th August

Liam and Matt from the band were kind enough to answer a few questions and here are the answers we got:

First things first, what’s the reasoning behind the name Goodnight Lenin? What’s the association with the film ‘Goodbye Lenin’?

Liam – “We did not want to be another generic ‘The’ band. The band loves the film, its imagery, and the mise-en-scene. We were slightly worried about the communist connotations of ‘Lenin’ but we don’t think people have taken too much notice of that really.”

When you’re on stage you often talk about your love of travel (or John does at least); how come you have all ended up back in Birmingham?

Matt – “It’s not a case of ending up back in Birmingham. We’ve chosen to be here. We have a lot of pride in our hometown and are determined to play our part in putting Birmingham back on the map, in the musical sense.”

If you could fly off tomorrow where would you go, and why?

Matt – “South America is a place we would jump at the chance to visit. It would be an unforgettable experience to tour there, taking in the major capitals like Bogota, Rio, Buenos Aires, Santiago etc but also getting off the beaten track and exploring places like Cartagena and Mendoza. There’s something mesmerising about the continent and the people.”

What music did you grow up listening to and how has this influenced your sound?

Liam – “We grew up listening to a lot of 60’s music, mainly through our parents with the likes of The Beatles, The Faces, Hollies, The Zombies, and Simon and Garfunkel. I also think 90’s Brit guitar music was still fresh when we were young and if it wasn’t for Noel Gallagher I personally would not have picked up a guitar.”

If you could cover any song, what would it be, and why?

Matt – “There are a whole range of songs we would love to cover but above all else ‘Changing of the Guards’ by Dylan is a track we always seem to be drawn to whether it be rehearsing in the lock up or driving to a gig listening to music. At over six minutes long it would be audacious to say the least but if we could nail it, it would be spectacular. That or B*Witched’s ‘C’est La Vie’. It’s a toughy.”

Are there any other bands or records you’ve encountered recently that you think people should know about?

Liam – “As well as Bob Dylan’s 70’s live bootlegs such as ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’, we’re big fans of First Aid Kit with their fantastic harmonies, The Crookes from Sheffield, and a bit closer to home the likes of Boat To Row. Spoken word artist Jodi Ann Bickley is also someone we have a lot of respect for and are very excited to see her and Boat To Row at our debut single launch on August 6th (at The Hare and Hounds).

“Yes that’s a plug!”

Over the rest of the year what are you looking forward to most?

Liam – “It has to be our festival dates. The big one is obviously headlining the Lunar Stage at Moseley Folk Festival before Donovan – it’s something we’ve been working towards for a long time now and it’s personally very rewarding for us to be playing before someone who has had a  massive influence on our music. We can’t wait to see him live. It will also be a nice moment for our family and friends who have got behind us from the outset so they can see how their support has helped us progress. Other festivals we’re really looking forward to are Bestival on the Isle of Wight and Shambala.”

Why should people listen to you if they haven’t already?

Matt – “Because Stone Cold said so.”

What was your favourite toy as a child?

Liam – “I had the Bat Mobile which was the dog’s bollocks. You could fire rockets out of it. Amazing.”

What TV programme do you wish they still made or aired?

Matt – “‘Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?’ purely for the theme tune. Superb.”

If you could travel back in time and meet yourself what would you talk about or do?

Matt – “I think I’d most likely try and come up with some elaborate criminal master plan that involves me always having a stone cold alibi elsewhere. I’d plunder millions. On an unrelated note, the question for some reason reminds me of Bernard’s Watch, the ITV children’s programme where Bernard finds a stopwatch at the end of a rainbow that can stop time. I always detested the little clown as he used it for purely boring purposes like sleeping in late on school days or at his most extreme cheating on an exam. I’d like to think if I had Bernard’s watch I would pillage and steal till my heart was content. Probably wouldn’t make parentally friendly children’s telly mind.”

“I think Hermione Granger had a similar device that was vastly superior to Bernard’s.”

Do you have a lucky charm? If so, what is it?

Liam – “John Joe’s shirt. Whenever he wears it we seem to play well. He always wears it.

Which fictional character would you like to have in the band, and why?

Matt – “Prince… What, Prince is real????”

As it’s festival season, if you had your own festival who would headline, and why?

Liam – “We would take Bob Dylan and his band from the ’75 ‘Desire’ period. Truly amazing. Neil Young would support and Chris Moyles would compere the festival but only so he could be hung, drawn, and quartered on stage post Dylan’s performance.”

You can catch Goodnight Lenin’s Official Single Launch Party at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham on Friday 6th August. Support will be provided by Boat to Row, The Young Runaways and Jodi Ann Bickley. This is Moseley Folk Festival’s Lunar Society offering for August and so advance tickets can be purchased for £5.00 + booking fee from here.


Win 2 Tickets to see First Aid Kit, Goodnight Lenin and Mr. Bones & The Dreamers

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit play The Hare and Hounds on Thursday 15th July and the kind hearted souls at Birmingham Promoters (in association with Miss Perry) have given Blue Whale Studios two tickets to give away so a couple of  you lovely readers can get in gratis. Plus Goodnight Lenin and Mr Bones and the Dreamers are supporting, completing a very tasty line up indeed.

In the comment box below just tell us what the nastiest accident you’ve had that required medical attention and the person with the most toe curlingly gruesome experience, will get themselves two tickets to help them through the traumatic ordeal.

If, like me, you’re an unlucky sod and don’t win the coveted prize, tickets are £5 via the cheaplist, just email with your full name.

Good luck!

‘What You Need’ by Aquila on Blue Whale TV – @AquilaLovesYou

Here is one of several acoustic tunes Aquila filmed at Blue Whale, taking time out from recording new material for their forthcoming album.

Read an interview with lead singer Rich and listen to his top ten tunes that have influenced the bands’ sound here.

More exclusive live performances at Blue Whale Studios can be found at

Watch the new video to ‘Roly Poly’ by Ace Bushy Striptease

Ace Bushy Striptease came into Blue Whale Studios a while ago to record a version of Falling & Laughing’s ‘Roly Poly’.

Check out the cool new video directed by Lauron Farr and animated by Jennifer Poppet, Nathan Pascoe and Sam Piggot with Eve Phillips and Bas Uddin on acting duties.

Review: Tantrums ‘Champloo’ EP Launch @ The Rainbow

‘Champloo’ EP Launch
The Rainbow
2nd June 2010

'Champloo' Artwork by Lewes Herriot

You can’t move in Birmingham for talk of Tantrums right now and tonight’s ‘Champloo’ EP launch at The Rainbow compounds this as the venue is absolutely heaving by the time the frisky five piece take to the stage amidst moody lighting and plumes of smoke.

The young and fearless down the front immediately create a mosh pit as the dubstep intro of ‘Barracudas’ rips into the humid air followed by its enormous stadium-prog rock guitar riffs. Tantrums have long ignored musical boundaries, fusing heavy electronica with giant size axe wizardry but now there’s a conscious effort to make the melee as accessible as possible. The Fleetwood Mac harmonies of ‘Steal it Back’ and ‘Mek Ya Feel Hype’ have daytime Radio 1 airplay written all over them, while still retaining an edginess in their filthy laptop manglings to keep pushing your naughty buttons.

How apt too that their debut EP is to be the first physical release on Bigger Than Barry Records, an offshoot of the Brummie clubnight phenomenon that has never followed any direction other than that of pure upbeat party music – an ‘anything goes’ sound that Tantrums themselves have embodied. One minute it’s all Rusko digital squelch and bangs the next it’s giant indie-disco choruses like a supercharged, more urgent New Order.

Tantrums absolutely nail it tonight and are threatening to become something much, much bigger than just another local buzz band.

Andy Roberts

Top 5 Real Guilty Pleasures by John ‘Jugend Klub’ Napier

Top 5 Real Guilty Pleasures by John Napier

The crazed camp-disco pop crusader behind Jugend Klub and one half of Waler, John Napier, has not only gatecrashed our In The Belly radio show, he has also taken over our blog with this top five “Guilty Pleasures” post. Be warned, it’s bad meaning bad:

This is a list of proper guilty pleasures. Not easily justifiable choices like the theme from ‘Footloose’ (yes, pretty much anything from the 80s is “cool” these days, you pussy) but proper, hardcore cheese, the sort of songs that’ll make you wince when you hear someone defending them.

1. ‘Story Of A Heart’ by Benny Andersson Band Story Of A Heart

To some, this late 2009 offering from ABBA legend Benny Andersson, will undoubtedly sound over-blown, twee and ridiculous, but to me it’s a soaring piece of power-pop perfection. All songs should sound like this. In fact, I don’t know why people bother making music in any other genre. I wish every song on Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ had sounded exactly like this.

2. ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’ by Cascada

Everyone seems to be re-evaluating the 80s these days, particularly those genres previously (and may I add, hypocritically) dismissed by the ruling punk fraternity as frivolous and banal, so there’s a certain sense of righteous glee in unearthing the forbidden fruit of 80s Euro disco. However, Cascada is modern Euro disco and as such is not likely to receive the same sympathetic ear as its predecessors do. But for me, this song is like cock rock: Those first stabs of synth give me a similar feeling to hearing guitar riffs by ACDC or ‘Jump’ by Van Halen – Pretty transient, but fun just the same.

3. ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas

This song definitely contains some of the worst lyrics in pop history (“Let’s do some shots… mazel tov!”). In fact, the whole song, with its little pauses mid-sentence, sounds like its being written as we’re listening to it, like he’s just managed to come up with a word that rhymes in the nick of time.  But I am occasionally sucked in by its overwhelming optimism. I also like to amuse myself by imagining Thom Yorke jumping around to it in his dressing room before going on stage to play ‘Paranoid Android’.
4. ‘A Change Would Do You Good’ by Sheryl Crow

Less middle-of-the-road and more exile-on-main-street compared to the rest of her stuff. This tune is really cool, how on earth did she pull this one out the bag?

5. ‘Du Hast’ by Rammstein

This song would sound really scary if it wasn’t so camp. Every 90s film set in the future has a bit in it where the good guy goes into a bar in the seedy district of some mega metropolis. This is exactly what’s playing in the background while strippers with dreadlocks dance on podiums.  “Cyber-metal”, basically.

Blue Whale TV feat. Is I Cinema – ‘Apocrypha’

Here is what Is I Cinema got up to when they came into Blue Whale Studios to record: