Birmingham indie band JAWS have won over music lovers with their EPs and sets at the likes of SXSW and Bestival. They recently won the first Momentum Deezer Award.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 3 Mar 2014
  • min read
Although always a musical city, over the last 12 months, Birmingham has rapidly gained a reputation as a hotbed of exciting, new guitar acts.

NME darlings Peace, Swim Deep and now JAWS are helping their home city fast garner a reputation as a fertile breeding ground for great new groups.

JAWS have been creating a buzz in their home town and beyond since first emerging back in 2012. Their hazy, rushing guitar music, reminiscent of Ride or Chapterhouse at their best, has endeared the group to many, with the four-piece picking up a devoted live following after countless chaotic gigs.

A series of EPs including their debut Milkshake have helped JAWS further their musical reach, with the band taking on the last summer’s festival season and winning after great showings at the likes of Reading, Leeds and Bestival. Not only that but the group have seen their songs appear used on Made In Chelsea, Match Of The Day and  forthcoming video game - Rocksmith 2014.

All this hard work from the band has culminated in their recent naming as recipients of the Momentum Deezer Award of £2,500.

The award is part of the Momentum Music Fund, an initiative run by the PRS for Music Foundation with Arts Council England in association with Deezer. The scheme offers upcoming acts grants of £5,000-£15,000 to further their musical career and JAWS are using the backing to record their debut album, set for release later this year. Check them out at this year's Great Escape in Brighton...