Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Belly - Interview (Tanya Donelly)

After a series of triumphant comeback shows in Europe and the US in 2016, Belly recently announced that they would be releasing their long-awaited third album, and their first since 1995's King, in April 2018 via Pledge Music. We spoke to Tanya Donelly about the recording process, the comeback to date and she revealed some exciting news about UK dates for the summer of 2018.

Nadine Shah - Manchester Band On The Wall - 16th October 2017

Nadine Shah's third album Holiday Destination is a highly charged album whose main theme is the immigration crises around the world and society's reaction to them. Performing the whole of the album plus selected cuts from her first two to a packed sold-out Band On The Wall, her passionate commitment to defend those that can't help themselves and to make sure the issue stays on the page shone through like a beacon.

Monday, 16 October 2017

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ailbhe Reddy - The Tube

Ailbhe Reddy's latest single The Tube precedes the Dublin-based singer's headline Irish and UK tour starting this week. It's the follow up to Relent which was released earlier this year and along with some well-received festival performances over the summer, her ability to combine both folk and rock influences into her songs suggests that she's got a big future ahead of her.

Maddy Storm / DUSST / The Mothers Earth Experiment - Manchester Gullivers - 15th October 2017

Sunday night saw A Night Of Total Psych at Gullivers, a seven act line-up headlined by Maddy Storm. We caught her headline set as well as those by Liverpool's DUSST and Birmingham's The Mothers Earth Experiment.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Cabbage - Dunfermline PJ Molloys - 12th October 2017

Cabbage's Healing Brexit Towns Tour storms into Dunfermline for an explosive show. Stuart Ralston and a buoyant Fife crowd have a ball.

Ist Ist / Urban Theory / Control Of The Going - Manchester Gorilla - 14th October 2017

Tonight is Ist Ist's night. Their biggest headline show to date under the railway arches at Gorilla and they deliver their best ever set, forty-five minutes long, eleven songs of brutal raw power mixed with moments of sublime subtlety in front of a packed house. It's also support bands Control Of The Going and Urban Theory's biggest gigs to date and both won themselves a whole new batch of admirers with sets that felt right at home in this venue.

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Big Peach - Manchester Night And Day Cafe - 12th October 2017

The Big Peach are one of our favourite new discoveries of 2017. Unashamedly declaring that they want to bring “rock and roll to the masses” at the start of their Night And Day set, they’re on course to do just that.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Placebo - Manchester Albert Hall - 11th October 2017

Placebo’s 20th anniversary tour rolled into Manchester on Wednesday night for an intimate hastily-arranged show at the Albert Hall, a replacement for Blackpool Empress Ballroom that is undergoing repairs. Making a stance on the use of mobile phones and cameras and running through a career spanning set, Placebo celebrated their birthday in style.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Slowdive - Manchester Albert Hall - 10th October 2017

Twenty four years since they last graced a Manchester stage, Slowdive make a long-awaited return, armed with their self-titled and strongest yet comeback album and playing their biggest headline show in the city in the revered setting of the Albert Hall.

Urban Theory - Interview

Urban Theory are new kids on the block, less than eighteen months into their existence as a band, but already creating waves around Manchester with their direct no-nonsense live shows and a couple of singles under their belt which confirmed the positive first impressions of their gigs. This weekend, they play their biggest show to date at Gorilla with Ist Ist and Control Of The Going. We caught up with them for a chat about how they came together, plans for the future and the excitement around Saturday's show.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ist Ist - Right Before Your Eyes

Right Before Your Eyes is the new single from Ist Ist, released today ahead of their biggest headline show to date at Manchester's Gorilla on Saturday night. Accompanying it is a black and white video shot by the band's bass player Andy Keating in New York earlier this year.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tori Amos / Bell X1 - Manchester Palace Theatre - 5th October 2017

Tori Amos's first Manchester show for three and a half years took in the fading splendour of The Palace Theatre with Bell X1 in support. With a new album Native Invader out and her insistence on switching around the setlist each and every night incorporating fan requests into the evening, a packed expectant crowd waited for one of the most engaging and intriguing artists in the world to entertain them.

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Shimmer Band / Bang Bang Romeo / Black Waters / Proletariat - Manchester Academy 2 - 8th October 2017

This Feeling's Alive tour hit Manchester Club Academy on Sunday night with three bands - The Shimmer Band, Bang Bang Romeo and Black Waters - touring the country with a local band opening up proceedings each night. Manchester saw the turn of Proletariat to kick things off on a night of four very contrasting but impressive bands.

Jekyll - Manchester Castle Hotel - 7th October 2017

To celebrate the release of new single Mania, Jekyll headlined The Castle Hotel on Saturday night with a seven-song set brimming with sonic ambition more suited to much bigger rooms.

Scarlet - Manchester Castle Hotel - 6th October 2017

Scarlet returned to Manchester on Friday night to The Castle Hotel as part of their UK tour and delivered an energetic fun-filled half hour set that got the crowd going and also reminded us what a great set of songs they've put together over the past couple of years.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

LIINES - Manchester Soup Kitchen - 6th October 2017

LIINES returned to Manchester for a set opening for Desperate Journalist at Soup Kitchen on Friday night. With their debut album in the bag ready for release next year, their half hour set covered most of the record with a raw, intense set that felt at home in the basement venue.

Neighbourhood Festival (The Howl And The Hum / Blossoms / Pip Blom / Neon Waltz / Billie Marten / Black Honey / Rory Wynne) - Manchester Various Venues - 7th October 2017

The second Neighbourhood Festival took place on Saturday across a dozen venues in the Oxford Road area of Manchester with a line-up that covered nationally acclaimed bands in big venues such as The Ritz and The Albert Hall to lesser-known up-and-coming bands in more intimate surroundings. It also saw the second performance of Blossoms' collaboration with composer Joe Duddell accompanied by the Royal Northern College Of Music ensemble.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Wolf Alice - Manchester HMV - 5th October 2017

With their second album Visions Of A Life challenging for the number one spot and enjoying the patronage of Jeremy Corbyn en route, Wolf Alice are also on a whistle-stop tour of record shops to promote the record and perform tracks acoustically. We caught up with their set at Manchester HMV on Thursday evening.

The Charlatans - Manchester Albert Square - 5th October 2017

As part of this year's Manchester Food And Drink Festival, Tim and Mark from The Charlatans performed a short acoustic set in the tent on Albert Square preceded by an interview with the editor of the hosts' City Life Simon Binns.

The Latchkey Kids / Liam Frost - Interview

One of our favourite artists Liam Frost is back with a new project The Latchkey Kids with an album and a Pledge Music campaign in the offing too. We caught up with him for a chat about it all.

Monday, 2 October 2017

The Gallerys - Manchester Academy 3 / Trafford Centre Lambretta Store - 30th September / 1st October 2017

The Gallerys made their Manchester debut on Saturday and Sunday with two contrasting sets in very different venues. On Saturday night they opened up for Pinked Floyd at Academy 3 before a more stripped-back semi-acoustic set in the Lambretta Store in the Trafford Centre on Sunday.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Juanita Stein / Laura James / We Were Strangers - Manchester Gullivers - 1st October 2017

Juanita Stein's debut solo album America has been one of the highlights of the year and she's currently on tour to promote it. We caught her in front of a receptive and respectful Sunday night crowd at Gullivers in Manchester with her three-piece band supported by Laura James and We Were Strangers.

Cabbage / The Blinders / Queen Zee and the Sasstones - Preston 53 Degrees - 28th September 2017

The second night of Cabbage's Healing Brexit Towns tour rolled into Preston's 53 Degrees accompanied by The Blinders and Queen Zee And The Sasstones for a triple-header of eclectic and often eccentric rock and roll that might not solve the issues of the nation, but puts them to the back of your mind for a couple of hours.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Jekyll - Interview

Jekyll are a Blackpool four-piece who've been growing a live following around the North West over the past couple of years. They're about to release their strongest single to date Mania and play a headline show at the Castle Hotel on October 7th. We got in touch for a chat to find out a little bit more about them, the single, the Blackpool music scene and their plans for the future.

Friday, 29 September 2017

TRACK OF THE DAY : Janileigh Cohen - Sister

It seems like an age ago that we were wandering round Manchester and were drawn to a beautiful voice busking near the Royal Exchange. We picked up a CD and discovered Janileigh Cohen's debut EP As A Child. She's returning now with a new single Sister.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Reverend And The Makers - Preston Action Records - 27th September 2017

As part of a whistle stop tour of record shops to promote their new album The Death Of A King, currently sitting in the top ten midweek, Jon (Rev) and Ed from Reverend And The Makers rocked up to a packed Action Records in Preston for an early evening in-store and signing session. A ten-song set, mixing songs from the new record and their previous five top twenty albums, gave the crowd the opportunity to fall in love with the new songs, sing along to old favourites and then meet and greet with them afterwards.

The Gallerys - Interview

Kent's The Gallerys make their first visit to Manchester this weekend for a double header of shows, opening for Pinked Floyd at Academy 2 on Saturday and then performing an acoustic set in the Lambretta store at the Trafford Centre at 1pm on Sunday.  We caught up with them for a chat about coming up North and their local music scene.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

The National / Luluc - Manchester Apollo - 22nd September 2017

The first of The National's two nights at Manchester Apollo sold out in minutes, testament to just how far their star has risen in the last seven years since High Violet took them from one of the most underrated bands in the world to household names. With a number one album Sleep Well Beast under the belts, they returned to the Apollo as major league players with Australian duo Luluc as support.

Shore - From The Start EP

Shore's debut EP From The Start is an impressive first outing from the Swindon four-piece who only made their live debut in July. Across five tracks they mark themselves out as a band brimming with potential whilst delivering an EP that stands tall in its own right.

Friday, 22 September 2017

TRACK OF THE DAY : PINS - Serve The Rich

Serve The Rich is PINS' new single, set for release on limited edition pink vinyl 7" with a 2017 recording of their early track LUVU4LYF ahead of a series of headline dates and support slots with The Breeders across Europe.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Reverend And The Makers - The Death Of A King

Reverend And The Makers' sixth album The Death Of A King is released this Friday and is their most diverse album yet. With vocal contributions from four of the band and real contrast between adjoining songs it's as much a fabulous mixtape as it is an album that ranks up there with their best.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Carnival Club - Interview

Carnival Club are a new band that have been making waves in Manchester and further afield over the past twelve months having broken on to the scene seemingly out of nowhere first with single House Of Cards and then their debut 12"/ CD EP Magdalena's Cape and some stunning headline live shows that belied their short existence as a band. After a summer of festivals they're back with a new single called Follow The Sun that they're launching at Rebellion Bar in Manchester on Saturday. We had a chat with front man Kai about the band, the new single and give you a sneak preview of the song that will win them a whole load of new followers.

Head For The Hills Festival Day 3 - Berries / Ailbhe Reddy / HAWK / Bury Community Choir / Tankus The Henge / Will Varley / Stained Glass Ceiling

Day 3 and the final instalment of this year's Head For The Hills festival saw us strike lucky with the rain holding off for most of the day and the most diverse line up of the three days that allowed us to wander round the site and catch a little bit of almost everything during the course of the afternoon and the evening. We caught up with Berries, Ailbhe Reddy, Hawk, Tankus The Henge, Will Varley, Martin Harley and Stained Glass Ceiling.

Monday, 18 September 2017

She Makes War - Stuttgart Secondhandshop Øbscür - 16th September 2017

Our friends at German site Konzerttagebuch (Mein Zuhause, Mein Blog) caught up with She Makes War as she started off the German leg of her solo tour across Europe in Stuttgart on Saturday night. They've very kindly provided us with a translation of their review and access to their photos to share with our UK audience.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Head For The Hills Festival Day 2 - Toria Wooff / Sonya And The Greyhounds / Dantevilles / Secret Lemonade Factory / SKIES / Mano McLaughlin / Neville Staple Band / Dutch Uncles / Ist Ist

Day 2 of Head For The Hills festival in Ramsbottom saw another set of the type of diverse and eclectic acts that it has got its name and so many admirers for. From nationally recognised acts to some of the best local talent, Saturday's bill had something for everyone. We caught a real mix of performers including Toria Wooff, Sonya And The Greyhounds, Dantevilles, Secret Lemonade Factory, SKIES, Mano McLaughlin, Neville Staple Band, Dutch Uncles and a triumphant second stage headline set from Ist Ist.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Head For The Hills Festival Day 1 - James Holt / False Advertising / New York Tourists / Cassia / Saytr Play / Larkins / Clay / No Hot Ashes / Kashmere

Day 1 of Head For The Hills (aka Ramsbottom Festival) has snuck up on us to signal the end of the festival season. Our traditional three-day jaunt up to the cricket ground started with a mix of new and emerging bands across the festival's four stages. We caught up with James Holt, False Advertising, New York Tourists, Cassia, Saytr Play, Larkins, Clay, No Hot Ashes and Kashmere.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hannah Nicholson - Breath EP

Hannah Nicholson's debut four-track EP Breath is a real statement of intent for a first solo release. Her voice takes centre stage throughout the four songs that deal with emotional turmoil and upheaval and pose as many questions than they answer.

Dana Gavanski - Spring Demos EP

Dana Gavanski's debut release, a seven-track cassette or digital download, is released this week by Fox Food Records. It is as the title suggests a collection of demo recordings, but this just adds to the intimate feel of seven songs that are in the middle of their creation, raw, delicate and without the often suffocating presence of production.