In 2008 Volume travelled to sunny Birmingham to source creative people in art, music and fashion for an issue dedicated to the city. Volume 4, The Birmingham Issue, was commissioned by Aston Villa FC to celebrate the arts alongside featuring the latest sports news from the football club. We discovered a massive creative scene. Birmingham has seen the birth of an array of new bands and we featured an unsigned five-piece called The Scarlet Harlots who were creating quite a stir. The boys have since reformed as Troumaca and were the first band signed to Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings where they have released their debut album and a number of singles. Editor Kay Wrate spoke to the boys. Portrait by Sam Burrows www.troumaca.co.uk