Broken Witt Rebels
Thursday 03 September 2020, 7:30pm - 11pm
The Waterfront Studio
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14+ (under 16's to be accompanied by an over 18)
Broken Witt Rebels are ready for stadiums. They wrote their new album OK Hotel with them very much in mind… The album is a soaring, game-raising statement. From upbeat, modern-Nashville-meets-cutting-edge-pop opener "Running With The Wolves" to the lo-fi intimacy of "Birmingham", it’s packed with the sort of transatlantic anthems that scream ‘‘21st century maverick’.
Life-long friends Core and Davis grew up on the same council estate near Birmingham city centre. As 18-year-olds, they bought guitars from Argos and started picking up licks by ear at a local indie night. An early noughties diet of the Libertines, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys convinced them that this was their life path… And yet, for all the evocative nods to the USA, it’s the band’s home city that provides the record’s most powerful undercurrent. "Birmingham" acts as a love song to the place they were born in “and will die in”. And it all comes back to the refrain ‘and in Birmingham is where I found my feet, and in Birmingham is where I’ll lose my teeth’. “I can’t remember there being a song about Birmingham, unless it’s Birmingham Alabama,” Core reasons. “But these are our experiences, this is where we’re from; the line ‘a broken blue nose is poetry in motion, and all the villains have broken bones’, that’s referring to the football clubs Aston Villa and Birmingham City, they were always fighting… Football has always been part of our culture growing up, so we wanted to get these kind of references in.
For fans of: Kings of Leon | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Kaleo