Birthed from Nottingham’s underground queer scene, ARCH FEMMESIS are a Post Punk Art House duo fronted by renowned performance artist and fashionista ZERA TØNIN. Their blend of brooding, chaotic basslines with intense, psychosensual poetry creates an intoxicating mix that horrifies and hypnotises the audience.
Inspired by the aggressiveness of British punk and the eccentricity of New York Club Kids, they evoke a nostalgic nod to Queer dance culture but with a fresh facelift and chemical peel. The duo have been gaining rave reviews around the Midlands for their extrovert performances and DGAF attitude, combining art, fashion and music into an immersive electronic experience.
Their debut single SAPIOSEXUAL was featured on BBC Introducing East Midlands to much critical acclaim. This was followed by the Lockdown video to their ‘Sassy, sonic art piece’, VELVET THUNDER, launched through Soundsphere Magazine, and subsequently reaching the ears of Award Winning Producer, Marta Salogni (Björk, M.I.A), who praised the track during her IWD masterclass.
Louder than War Magazine also featured the band in its Pick of the Best Line up, alongside Do Nothing, Witch of the East and Babe Punch. Journalist Amy Britton States: "Tonin is a born star; holding the crowd captive with a set that shifts into full performance-art mode. The acidic sharpness of their lyrical bite, infused with a gender agenda, is layered over a minimal synth sound in a contrast that works incredibly well [...] their avant-garde stylings make them a major recommendation from me".
They have performed with Gothic Dream Pop artist, Tamaryn during her limited UK appearance on her 2020 European Tour, Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham Pride, as well as other underground festivals across the North and Midlands. This year they will be supporting Lori (of Weekend Recovery) and Tokky Horror (featuring Zee Davine of Queen Zee) on legs of their forthcoming UK tour.
Inspirations include: Peaches, Grace Jones, Anne Clarke, Divine, Deli Girls, IC3PEAK, Suicide, Chicks on Speed
Originally from Birmingham, Oliver made his lyrical ambition known at a young age with a trio of singles in 2017 and 2018 that drew comparisons to the songwriting of indie staples such as Alex Turner and Noel Gallagher. The unrelenting gigging that ensued culminated in a raucous sold out headline show at The Rocksteady, London in December 2019.
After a hiatus from the studio, Oliver returned with ‘Fiesta’, the lead single from his EP that is chalked for release in 2021. Oliver’s new direction defines a sonic palate which places him at the end of a more avant-garde lineage: inspired sonically by shoegaze and dream pop royalty My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive but with a melodic sensibility more akin to Lorde and Lana Del Rey.
While the lead single is more of a jet-propelled pop anthem: the upcoming EP is expected to further explore combinations of prehistoric guitar walls and reverb-drenched synths, with ethereal hooks and traditional songwriting prevailing at the project’s core.
Graywave is the brainchild of West Midlands based multi-instrumentalist Jess Webberley.
The first single of the project, ‘Afternoon Escapism’ was released April 2019, and the project has since gone on to include a number of singles and a 5 track EP.
Experienced live, Graywave can be described as a grungey, dreamy wall of sound.
Taking influence from the likes of Men I Trust, Slowdive, Crumb, and Widowspeak, Graywave aims to create music to make you feel as though you are elsewhere. The combination of dreamy chords, shoegaze inspired guitar leads
and powerful vocals creates a distinctive, recognisable sound.
Graywave has been featured on the Brum Radio A-List multiple times and has had radio play from BBC Introducing. Recent single ‘Before’ has been their most successful song to date, landing a feature on an editorial Spotify playlist as well as receiving glowing reviews and radio play globally.
The artist has recently signed to Australian label ‘False Peak Records’ and released ‘Planetary Shift’ on 10” vinyl. The artist will be recording a new EP at the end of July, and they state that this will be the beginning of taking the music in a heavier, darker direction.
Tamara Jenna is a singer, songwriter producer from Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
Tamara began soaring through Birmingham’s Music Scene in 2019 and has since released her debut single ‘Little Me’ alongside David McCabe affiliate of Universal Publishing Group.
With a clear vision, 2020 had seen the release of Tamara Jenna’s first EP project ‘Behind The Mask’, a Contemporary R&B collection as well as capturing a livestream gig for her Live Studio Album titled ‘Live In The Studio 2020’. Both have been removed from distribution for remastering for her debut album Pleasure From Pain.
Tamara has since experimented in her sound through implementing contemporary R&B/Hip-Hop/Grime into a new collection of tracks titled ‘Under Construction’. This release contains credit to top class producers such as Manchester’s ATilly and Amsterdam’s FreekVanWorkum: Grammy Nomintated,5x Multi-Platinum Producer who has top credits in the industry such as Kehlani, 2 Chainz and Wstrn.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Sunflower Lounge, 76 Smallbrook Queensway, B5 4EG Birmingham, UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom