Last weekend we went to The Flapper in Birmingham to watch the Synthetic City Promotions event “The Ides Of March”. With 5 great bands appearing, I was really looking forward to this even though poor Mr. Normal was struck down with pneumonia. Get well soon Johnny!
First up were a new band called Eurasian Eyes who were performing their first ever gig! Apart from a great crash, they were very good, even managing to shoehorn in a cover version!
Next up were KirA – I was looking forward to hearing them as their album is a great slice of chilled out music. Kira didn’t disappoint, and Richard provided some great backing to her vocals. Really enjoyed their set, and will try and catch them again shortly!
After that there was a bustle as a girl with very red hair and a gentleman with a manic grin occupied the stage! Yup Deviant UK played a very short set as they were due to help out Johnny Normal!
Bursting with energy the set was very dynamic and great to watch. I enjoyed Jay as his natural energy poured from the stage! His wife was a flame haired pouting keyboard mistress who kept the energy flowing and looked great into the bargain. All in all, short but very sweet!
4th Band up were Bristol’s finest Sinestar. Having already seen them live I was expecting much, and it was certainly delivered again. With a busy set they were for me the highlight of the night, great vocals and mix and all in all a great performance. Afterwards I persuaded James to have a word with Jo too which made her night…Cheers guys!
James from Sinestar
And last, but no means least, it was Among The Echoes fronted by Ian Wall who organised the night. Again a great performance with new guitarist in tow, they get better everytime I see them. A belter to finish off with and the crowd even chimed in with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for Mr. Wall. Afterwards we even managed a sneek visit to the OAD in Aprés for a few cheeky drinks…
Among The Echoes
You can find the smallish set HERE on flickr too!
I do recommend that you keep an eye out for the next appearances of these guys – all were great, they’re friendly and approachable and good value for money. Check out the Synthetic City website for further details…