IN PICTURES: Bernie Sanders Comes to Birmingham

DIY Birmingham endorses Bernie Sanders! Last Saturday, January 16th, we hosted a huge benefit show at Saturn. With some of Bham's best local bands, we packed out the place and  raised over $1,500 for the campaign. That following Monday, Bernie visited Boutwell Auditorium with over 7,100 attendees. Birmingham is definitely feeling the Bern. Photos by Wes Frazer. See more of his stuff at

Spare Some Change for Catholic Easter Colors

Just a little over a week ago Birmingham based Catholic Easter Colors' vehicle was broken into while on the road in Washington DC. Anyone who has been on tour before can tell you this is one of the worst things that can happen to a traveling musician. If you're looking to spread a little holiday cheer, I'm sure Catholic Easter Colors would be grateful if you purchased some of their music in order to help them recover.

NEW MUSIC From The Dearly Departed

Part of my pride as a Birmingham native stems from the lush output of fantastic locally based music. Friends and I have often joked that if Birmingham had a better geographic location so many of the bands here would blow up. That quip may hit closer to home than I’d like; but the truth is I see too many acts that don’t make it out of the deep-south before they dissolve.

Holiness Church of The Valley

Holiness Church of The Valley

Grandaddy Ghostlegs and Holiness Church of The Valley are two groups I would have loved to seen more out of. Despite both having logged some time on the road out of state neither got the recognition they deserved.

Interestingly, both bands released posthumous material this past week. Both offerings are fantastic, which makes it all the more somber that the music in focus is from defunct groups.

Holiness Church of The Valley’s Joy Relents, Reality Demands is a total ripper. These songs are stark and uncompromising. If dirges had blast beats, this is what it would sound like. Plastering vocals linger over dark melodies reminding you that pain is real and unavoidable.

On the flipside GGEP from Grandaddy Ghostlegs bring less bleak compositions to the table. While there are some bits of melancholy woven through Ghostlegs’ repertoire it almost seems playful at times. The music is dense, catchy and undeniable.  Thick-ass riffs give way to scorcher licks backed up by a water tight rhythm section. Listen to this shit and raise hell.

As much as we want to though, we can’t linger in the past. We must look to the future. Members of Holiness Church of The Valley and Grandaddy Ghostlegs are currently playing in Bulging, nnAnn, and Null. I wait eagerly to see what they ante up.

Grandaddy Ghostlegs

Grandaddy Ghostlegs