Live Review: James And The Cold Gun / Wine Moms / Crashface – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham 04.05.2022

Claire Hodgkins

By Claire Hodgkins

Fresh from supporting Creeper on their rescheduled tour dates, James and the Cold Gun paid a visit to The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham as part of their “Fresh Start” EP tour.

Joining them were London based duo, Crashface and Glaswegian newcomers, Wine Moms. Through no fault of their own, Wine Moms’ set was off to a rocky start thanks to some unfortunate technical difficulties. Although, despite being new kids on the block, Evan, Adam and Gemma styled it out like pro’s and delivered an energetic 30 minute set – setting the tone for what was to be a great night of live music.


TV Man

Dead or Alive

New Song (Untitled)



Mr Speaker


Next to take the stage were Crashface, who bought the heat from the word go. Opening with their 2020 release “Murder Dream”, the duo played a blinding set compiled of singles scaling their two year long discography. Frontman Charlie Hinton, confessed it was the duo’s first time in Birmingham, to the crowds delight who welcomed the band with open arms.  Crashface return to Birmingham next month supporting Stand Atlantic alongside With Confidence, and later in the month with The Bottom Line. 


Murder Dream

Celebrity Christ





Molotov Smile

All warmed up and ready to go, the crowd waited in anticipation for James and the Cold Gun to take to the stage. The displaying of the Welsh flag on stage was a nice touch, proving that not all bands within the alternative scene conform to the “I hate my hometown” persona. Once taking to the stage, James Joseph and James Biss made it known that they meant business. Their headline set was crammed with killer riffs and the vocals to match, proving that not only are they a band made for the stage – but one of a far larger scale. It’s clear to see that the band have a great future ahead, and deserve to be playing shows that are indeed a Long Way (from) Home.



Plug Me In

It’s Mutual

Alone Again

Cheating On The Sun

A New Sensation 

Around The Bend

She Moves

Long Way Home

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