Live: BELLEVUE DAYS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Back when I was growing up, pretty every band I listened to were influenced by either Faith No More, The Descendents or Nirvana. Now times have changed, and bands are finding newer bands to crib from. Case in point: Tonight’s bands (Bellevue Days, Patrons and Wood and Nails) have rich vein of Long Island emo-types Brand New running through them.…
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Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – Preview

Just two weeks away is the always fun-packed Slam Dunk Festival; one of the shining jewels in the UK festival season. Taking place over three separate dates and locations (Midlands [Birmingham NEC] – Saturday 27th May, North [Leeds City Centre] – Sunday 28th May & South [Hatfield Forum] – Monday 29th May) the festival has an impressively diverse line-up with its 8 stages having something to offer for anyone whose ever worn Converse or sported an emo fringe.…
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Essential European Music Festivals 2017

With Coachella just finished we are well and truly ready to start this year’s festival season. While summer is still a month or so away, now is the perfect chance to work out which of the many musical weekenders are worth your time, money and energy. We at PURPLE CAMERA are here to sort the top-tier European Festivals from the rest of the rabble.…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – April 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake (or whatever 2015 staple you might prefer) on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – March 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Lenny Henry Sux’ by Dave The Rapper on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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Linkin Park’s ‘Heavy’ – Harmless Experimentation or Gross Commercialism?

About a week ago former nu-metal godheads Linkin Park released a new song. It’s called ‘Heavy’ and it is not what people would expect from Linkin Park. If you have yet to hear it, please take a moment to give it a listen. It is quite clear that this is not the ‘One Step Closer’ Linkin Park of old.…
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Interview: LOUISE DISTRAS

Louise Distras is making quite a name for herself. While initially having released her brilliantly raw debut, Dreams From The Factory Floor, in 2013, Distras has spent the time in between building her fanbase, impressing punk legends and scoring wider recognition for her political voice having being vocal in the campaign to release Russian punks Pussy Riot.…
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Live: THE WONDER YEARS at O2 Institute, Birmingham

A cold rainy night in Birmingham and The Wonder Years have assembled a jam-packed four-band bill. Sadly missing screamo/math rock unit Tiny Moving Parts, it’s up to St Albans’ TRASH BOAT to get things started. A shout of “when the chorus hits, I want everyone on their feet” seems to imply that they regularly play to crowds whose disinterest leads them to remain sitting throughout.…
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Live: THE HOTELIER at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

You can boil down gigs to two main types. There’s the raucous, energy-filled explosion of an evening, supplied by bands that caffeinate a crowd with their movement-minded tunes. From The Beatles, T. Rex to pretty much every metal and punk band ever provide this form of show – essentially it is “extroverted” music.…
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