Glatze at Xmas Cocktail


Primed for mayhem, one-man-band Sam Underwood – AKA Glatze – will bring his self-titled brand of ‘Romany Surf Step’ to the Supersonic / Milque & Muhle Xmas Cocktail on 13 December.

Featuring eclectic aural samples, theremin and a live selection of tabletop tat, Glatze’s unique, eponymous EP earned him slots supporting Japanese noise-rock band Melt Banana.

Expect a stage littered with dolls and masks – a welcome change from the usual half-empty can of Red Stripe.

Tickets available from theticketsellers



Rainbow Grave at Xmas Cocktail


Rainbow Grave – rising from the ashes of local bass-heavy band Backwards – will be performing as part of our Xmas Cocktail at the Hare & Hounds on Sat 13th Dec . The latest project from serial performers Nathan Warner (co-founder of Milque & Muhle record shop and formerly of Backwards, Beestung Lips) and Nic Bullen (formerly of ’80s  grind core outfit Napalm Death), Rainbow Grave are Hate Sludge akin to Stickmen with Rayguns and Kilslug.

Tickets are available from theticketsellers

If you’re desperate to see their first ever show – they are performing at the Hare & Hounds this Sunday with New York’s Hankwood and the Hammerheads
Further info here


Supersonic + Milque & Muhle Xmas Cocktail


By far the best description of our forth coming event by the very talented writer/artist/musician Poppy Twist  (of Tablescraps fame) for the latest Brum Notes magazine.

Paddy Steer and Glatze are for you if you’re feeling that “all bands with drums, guitar and bass are so over, man… give me theremin, xylophone and an assortment of mutilated dolls any day.” Paddy Steer’s set up looks a bit like one of those automaton bands that you see at the edge of a pier or whatever…with, like, a monkey on drums. Which is obviously good. Glatze self-describes his ‘thing’ as Romany Surf Step. I don’t know what that means but I’ll take his word for it. Glatze means ‘bald’ in German, which, to be fair, is 100 per cent accurate labelling. I like the cut of this man’s jib.
The Lowest Form and Palehorse are ear-melting, spittle-soaked hardcore bands from the capital. Both have impressively evaded the usual music industry hype-train, so this is your best chance to see two incredible bands that you may not have heard of before. Listen to Lowest Form’s ‘Negative Ecstasy’ EP online (it’s out on Iron Lung records), to prepare yourself.

Ravioli Me Away are kitsch as f*ck and they give me a Slits Tradition-era Slits vibe. Imagination is their best song on Soundcloud at the moment. It samples a David Cameron speech and has the funkiest bass I have enjoyed this side of the 80s. Rainbow Grave is the new project of Nathan from Milque & Muhle and Nick from Napalm Death, which is precisely as good as it sounds.

Hordes are the blackest black metal and (along with Table Scraps) are representing Birmingham on the lineup. Sly & the Family Drone were a big hit at Supersonic last year with their unique brand of uncut industrial noise. I expect lots of headbanging. And then there’s us. We’re a noise-punk band and we’re ace. In other words, expect ringing ears long after the last Xmas dinner sandwich is polished off on Boxing Day.

Read the full interview HERE
Tickets are available from theticketsellers or directly from Milque & Muhle


Paddy Steer at Xmas Cocktail


Manchester eccentric Paddy Steer will soothe the ears at Xmas Cocktail (Hare & Hounds, 13 December) with an aural landscape described, intriguingly, as a ‘Swiss Cuckoo clock made of egg boxes and horse hair, glued together by an African Moog player in a Vietnamese iron monger’s shop.’ With a set up reminiscent of a circus sideshow automaton, Steer applies his deft hand to xylophone, percussion, synth, Hawaiian guitar and a vocoder to produce his playful, cartoony textures.

Paddy last played in association with Capsule at the Grand Cross Fayre, Stoke-on-Trent.

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Palehorse at Xmas Cocktail

photo from thequietus

One and a half decades in, and South London outfit Palehorse’s sporadic discography and rotating line-up tells of a band particularly unconcerned with the arse-kissing world of industry enabled career progression. Seizing the might of two basses, Palehorse’s notoriety is instead one built on a stack of alienating volume, jolting reprieve and passive aggression.

Their most recent LP, 2014’s ‘Harm Starts Here’ was particularly well-received, earning comparisons with Birmingham’s own influential industrial metal act Godflesh. Sonically, it has been hailed their most accomplished record to date, ricocheting between doom-laden, drawling sludge and full-throttle screamcore.

The band will appear at the Supersonic / Milque and Muhle Xmas Cocktail at the Hare & Hounds on 13 December along with Ravioli Me Away, The Lowest Form, Rainbow Grave, Sly & the Family Drone, Table Scraps, Paddy Steer, Glatze and Hordes.

Tickets available from theticketsellers


Ravioli Me Away at Xmas Cocktail


The formidable pairing of Supersonic and Milque & Muhle is delighted to announce that Ravioli Me Away will appear at the jam packed, two stage Xmas Cocktail at Hare & Hounds (13 December).

The all-girl triple threat of Sian (drums) Rosie (bass) and Alice (keys) is an unholy racket of fun post-punk noise with a satisfyingly kitsch presentation. Dangerously ambitious and delusional, Ravioli Me Away have been scaling the UK and Europe after firing off a limited run of ‘The Inevitable Album’ on Good Job Records.

Featured track ‘Imagination’ opens promisingly with a David Cameron speech set to the relentless drawl of funky bass and synth womp, before sinking into a hip, stream-of-consciousness rap and percussive chant that is unpretentiously political brilliance.

Tickets available from theticketsellers


Xmas cocktail podcast


A massive thanks to the Hickeysonic duo for creating an awesome podcast for us, there are loads of related tracks for our Xmas Cocktail event on the 13 Dec, it will give you a taster of what we have in store. Hickeysonic were the duo responsible for the ‘Panic & Carousels’ show on for the past couple of years until the station closed at the end of September, we’re delighted that we could coax them out of early retirement. Enjoy!

A christmas cocktail by Hickeysonic on Mixcloud


Hickeysonic – intro…
Gallon Drunk – Christmas [The Rotten Mile]
The Sonics – Don’t Believe In Christmas
Palehorse – Bird Feed [Harm Starts Here]
Billy Childish – A Poundland Christmas [Christmas 1979]
Table Scraps – Foot Of Our Stairs [b-side]
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Kris Kringle Ju Ju [Dracula Boots]
Evil Blizzard – Nothing For Xmas
Glatze – Cafe Vixen [Glatze EP]
Ravioli Me Away – Mic Check
Iggy Pop – White Christmas [Gimme Some Skin]
The Lowest Form – Telepathy [Negative Ecstasy]
Year Of Birds – The Wax Hour [Slack Handfuls of Nothing]
Paddy Steer – ANCHIHOYE H4C
Hordes – All the White Crosses Stood In Rows [I]
Ben Frost – Secant [A U R O R A ]
Chris Herbert – Crest [Constants]
Sly & the Family Drone – Wine into Water [Appetite for Tax Deduction]
Cathode – the sky at night [before we split frequencies vol.2]

Tickets for the Xmas Cocktail at the Hare & Hounds on Dec 13 can be purchased directly from Milque & Muhle or via


Join the Capsule Team


We’re recruiting a Programme Assistant.
For an application pack please email with ‘Programme Assistant’ in the title. The deadline for application is the 5th Dec.

Programme Assistant

Capsule are looking to recruit a creative, enthusiastic individual with proven copywriting skills, a good understanding of the arts and outstanding administrative ability particularly to join one of the UK’s most dynamic arts organisations.

The Programme Assistant will focus on the marketing and promotion and provide administrative support to the company’s General Manager and Project Manager in the delivery of the company’s year round programme of live events.   For the company’s flagship event Supersonic you will undertake the role of Artists’ Liaison, overseeing all the logistical needs of the festival’s performers.   This role comes under the direction of the General Manager and will be based predominantly at the company’s office in Birmingham.


Salary:            £18,000 – 21,000 pro rata
Employer:            Capsule
Location of post:    Custard Factory Birmingham
Responsible to:    General Manager
Responsible for:    Marketing and promotion, administration, event logistics, artists’ liaison

You will work for 109 days over a 9-month period between 12th Jan –  30th Sep 2015.

It is anticipated you will work 2-3 days per week to be agreed with candidate, however will need to be able to work a full week during the festival period.

Key areas of responsibility:
Marketing and Promotion:
–    Planning of a marketing campaign for each event
–    Writing copy and preparation of marketing materials
–    Overseeing promotion through press and social media

Administration and event management:
–    Supporting General Manager and Project Manager in event management
–    Administration of event logistics

Artists’ liaison:
–    Liaison between artists management and festival
–    Co-ordinating all logistics for the artists’ participation in the Supersonic Festival

Funding and stakeholders:
–    Research for funding bids
–    Support of General Manager for preparation and submission of funding bids.

Person Specification:
Essential Skills:
•    Experience of copy writing and promotion of arts.
•    Experience and enthusiasm for a range of arts practice
•    Experience of working on arts events or festivals.
•    Good understanding of social media and current trends, links to networks and forums
•    Systematic with experience of maintaining administrative systems
•    Able to prioritise and work under pressure
•    Good communication skills and able to work well in a team
•    Ability to work well with external stakeholders, including artists and venues.
•    Be computer and web-literate
•    Ability to research and collate information
•    Ability to work both on own initiative and under direction of others.

Personal Profile:
• Good sense of humour
• Friendly
• Motivated/enthusiastic
• Assertive/confident
• Flexible

Capsule is a Birmingham based arts organisation; we craft extraordinary cultural events for adventurous audiences. Capsule is a cultural alchemist: an innovative arts producer initiating, commissioning and producing multi disciplinary work, which includes festivals, events, artist development and partnerships with a range of organisations. Audiences are at the heart of our thinking. We champion extraordinary artists, working across artforms including digital culture and sound, ensuring many can enjoy them. Our work is of the highest quality, authentic and inclusive, our role as cultural developer – spotting as-yet unmet potential and building on it.

Capsule have a successful history of creating and producing projects including the groundbreaking heritage project Home Of Metal and one of the UK’s leading experimental arts festivals, Supersonic. In addition we deliver high profile work for clients which has included curating the cultural programme for the opening of Europe’s largest public library, exhibitions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and international work for UKTI.