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Co-headline UK tour with The Bad Flowers
Stockport quartet Federal Charm release their third album on September 14, 2018 – and a few days later begin a UK tour co-headlining with fellow rockers The Bad Flowers.

The two bands, along with support act Those Damn Crows, kick off the nationwide trek on September 19 at Thekla in Bristol and conclude at London's Borderline on September 30. The tour includes a date at Birmingham's O2 Institute on September 29.

Federal Charm, The Bad Flowers, O2 Institute Digbeth Birmingham, Passenger, Choke, Paul Bowe, LD Morawski, Tom Guyer, Josh Zahler
Federal Charm: Tom Guyer, LD Morawski, Paul Bowe, Josh Zahler (pic: Angela O'Neill)


Federal Charm's third studio album, Passenger, was recorded, produced and mixed at Willow Terrace Studios in Manchester. It was co-produced by the band and John Simms, who also engineers for fellow Stockport band, Blossoms.

"John was really good to work with," says Paul Bowe, Federal Charm's founder member and guitarist. "He's highly technical, has a great set of ears and commands an invaluable ability to locate and add that missing ingredient to make a song stand out from the crowd."

Federal Charm, The Bad Flowers, O2 Institute Digbeth Birmingham, Passenger, Choke, Paul Bowe, LD Morawski, Tom Guyer, Josh Zahler


The album follows the band's 2013 debut and 2015's The Great Divide. Passenger showcases Federal Charm's new line-up, with original vocalist and guitarist Nick Bowden and drummer Danny Rigg having left in 2016. Paul Bowe and bassist LD Morawski recruited frontman Tom Guyer and one of Manchester's top drummers, Josh Zahler, as replacements.

On the new album they wanted to retain Federal Charm's previous natural sound, but also create a platform for Tom Guyer to really let loose and show the world what he could do. The result is a much heavier album than the previous two.

''It's also a personal account of the band's creative journey over the last 18 months," Paul adds. The video for the first single, Choke, has just been released:



Last year was a busy one for Federal Charm. They enjoyed high profile gigs supporting UFO, Y&T and Brian Downey's Alive and Dangerous, introducing the new line-up to fans and road-testing some new songs. The positive audience reaction brought them to the attention of global touring booking agent TKO who signed them up. During May this year they played four sold-out shows in Bristol, Norwich, Manchester and Newcastle, receiving accolades from faithful fans and new converts alike.

Federal Charm, The Bad Flowers, O2 Institute Digbeth Birmingham, Passenger, Choke, Paul Bowe, LD Morawski, Tom Guyer, Josh Zahler
High profile: Federal Charm (pic: Lizzie Henshaw)


Federal Charm/ The Bad Flowers UK tour dates:

Sept 19: Thekla, Bristol;
Sept 20: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd;
Sept 21: Rock City Basement, Nottingham;
Sept 22: Classic Grand, Glasgow;
Sept 23: The Live Rooms, Chester;
Sept 24: The Deaf Institute, Manchester;
Sept 26: The Parish, Huddersfield;
Sept 27: Think Tank, Newcastle;
Sept 28: Corporation, Sheffield;
Sept 29: O2 Institute, Birmingham;
Sept 30: Borderline, London.
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Why? Value-for-money double bill
When: Touring from September 19, 2018; in Birmingham September 29
Phone: 0121 437 4150
Where: O2 Institute, 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham
Cost: £11.50 plus fees
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