Underground, often visualized as UNDRGRND, is a Birmingham based magazine focusing on the cultures surrounding Fashion, Music & Art. From using our own knowledge, we have put together this magazine to be used as a guide for people who want to discover more about Birmingham and many of its alternate lifestyles. From the Sneaker Culture to the Luxury Menswear scene, from the world of Street Art to the life of small bands, we hope that when you read this magazine, you will discover many unseen sides of Birminghamâ€™s culture. We thank you for reading this, and hope you enjoy the magazine.
Atoo, located on Ethel Street, Birmingham, is a well-established store stocking alternative streetwear, luxury denim and rare hard to find labels from around the world. The store opened in 1998, as a sister store to autograph (located next door) and after expanding their store into the heart of the city centre, they began to offer an exciting range of brands and products online, many of which they hold exclusively in the area and are available in very limited quantities. They endeavour to offer labels that the staff at atoo love; as well as iconic heritage brands and new up and coming designers. They carefully select a wide range of both smart and casual outerwear, as well as footwear and accessories, from brands such as Comme des Garรงons, Norse Projects, Folk & New Balance.
Birmingham will always be a massive part of Bradleyâ€™s career as he remembers buying his first ever mixer from Mathews Electronics in the City Centre.
1. Your band name is very unusual, where did it come from? It came about accidentally in way. Double Drop is a nickname Dave got during the summer; Double Drop Dave has got a pretty good ring to it and me and miles both like flatcaps! 2. What are the names and ages of the band members? Dave, Ben & Miles and we are all 19. 3. How did the band members meet? How long has the band been together? We go to University together and started playing together just over 4 weeks ago. 4. What’s the bands past experiences been? Least and favourite venues? Any upcoming events? Ben - I’ve played in a few bands back home in Ireland, I’ve been pretty lucky with venues so I don’t have a worst, my favourite was playing in the Downpatrick’s arts centre; great room and great sound. Miles - Mine was wearing dark sunglasses on stage and instantly regretting it when I couldn’t really see my guitar or band members at all!
Dave - I played in various orchestras and bands since I was at high school, playing in concert halls and cathedrals. I started playing solo stuff last year at “open mic nights”. 5. What are your songs? Favourite and explain why? We love playing the John Mayer Trio track, “Good Love Is on the Way” as it has so much energy. We recently have written 3 or 4 tunes that we’re equally proud of - they’re all so different they are not so comparable. 6. Who write the songs and decides on the covers? We all write and contribute to the writing process; we all love the same kind of music so it’s not too hard to decide what we play. 7. What are the main themes in your songs? Our experiences, our past and the people who influence us. 8. How often do you practise? Where? Usually once or twice a week; acoustic jams in Miles’ kitchen and then we go out to Miles’ practice space on weekends for electric practice.
9. Any advice you can give bands starting out like yourselves? Find a group of people like you, not just musically (genres/bands etc) but people who share the same outlook on life, that’s one of the main reasons we have gelled together well as a group. 10. What’s been your biggest challenge so far? Answering these questions! 11. How has your music evolved since you started? We are all getting more inspired to write, with everyone bringing ideas to the table we are really starting to develop our own unique sound. 12. How can your fans/our readers learn more about you? By coming to our gigs, chatting to us afterwards, having a drink or a cigarette with us. We’re not going to go on about ourselves because people might not be that interested. 13. What’s the bands ultimate aim? Where do you see yourselves in five years time?
N4T4 & Philth. Floodgate Street.
Ruele, Vomit & Nyces. Digbeth High Street Deritend.
Vic from Graffiti4Hire. Custard Factory.
Tempo. Fazeley Street.
Opening in 1909, the Electric is the oldest working cinema in the country, Located on Station Street in Birmingham City Centre. Originally, the Electric showed short American silent films with Piano backings, revolutionary considering many of its then
patrons wouldnâ€™t have had access to electricity in their homes. In 1920 the cinema went through its first of many name changes, becoming The Select, continuing with Silent movies, but then branching out into sound. The Select wasnâ€™t to last, and shut around a year later. It reopened in 1931 for a brief period, and then shut again in 1932, reopening with a refit and another name change, now known as The Tatler, marketed as a News Theatre. At the time the cinema was owned by Joseph Cohen, a successful businessman from Birmingham, owning over 50 cinemas. Unusually, the cinema showed its own regional news reports for its viewers. Home TV ownership
soon caught up with Cinemas showing news reports, and this stopped in the Tatler in the late 60â€™s. This had an effect on the viewing habits of audiences. TV was commonplace in the household, negating the need for news reels in cinemas. The cinema was renamed after its owner and became the Jacey, and began mainly showing cartoons. To try and combat its falling audience figures, the Jacey began to show Adult films.
The perfect area for any skater or graffiti writer to get away from it all.