Thursday, 22 March 2018
It's ten years since Courteeners released their debut album St Jude. In that time they've fought against the sneering of the London-centric music press that's either derided or ignored them in the main part and succeeded to the point where they sold out fifty thousand tickets for Old Trafford Cricket Ground last summer. To celebrate the anniversary they've announced two huge shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Manchester Arena as well as an re-recorded acoustic Unwired version of the album. Ahead of all that though, they headed to Blackburn for an intimate by their standards warm-up show.
It might only be six months since Trampolene released their debut album Swansea To Hornsey, but one of the hardest working bands in the country are back with their new single Hard Times For Dreamers ahead of an extensive UK tour.
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Fuzzy Sun’s Want Love is the debut release on Blossoms’ Very Clever Records and was produced by the band. And whilst that fact might claim some of the headlines, the four songs on the EP stand out in their own right, gloriously summery in their outlook, tinged with sixties-leaning melodies and harmonies.
Floating Sun is the first single from Section 25's forthcoming album Elektra, their first since 2013's Dark Light. Stepping away from the electronic sound that characterised that album, Floating Sun is a dreamy, wistful understated song that burrows its way into your affections almost subconsciously, with Beth's vocals disarming the listener and it leaves us curious as to how the album will play itself out.
Monday, 19 March 2018
With a number three album back home in their native Ireland in their back pocket, Wyvern Lingo are in the middle of their debut UK headline tour, packing out The Castle Hotel in Manchester on a cold Sunday night. An hour and a half set compromising of most of that self-titled debut as well as tracks from their The Widow Knows and Letter To Willow EPs and three covers as well showed a huge diversity to their sound as they shared lead vocal responsibilities.
Jack Oliver Monty might be best known for his role playing in both Maddy Storm's band and in Ethan And The Reformation. However, what people might not know is that he writes and performs his own material. We caught up with him at a rare solo outing at Manchester's Night And Day Cafe on Saturday night for a seven-song set.
Hells Paradise is the third release from London singer / songwriter Morgan. A brooding shimmering electronic backing gives her voice the space to breathe and take centre stage as she sings about battling demons and coming out the other side.
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Carnival Club's biggest Manchester show to date saw them headline The Bread Shed and run through tracks from their two EPs to date - Magdalena's Cape and the recently released Nomads And Crooks. As the night finished with what seemed like half the crowd on the shoulders of their mates during the encore of House Of Cards, they left with the celebratory cheers of the audience ringing in their ears.
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Lanterns On The Lake have been announced as the support for James' Better Than This tour in May. We take a look at the North East band's career which spans three studio albums, numerous EPs and the most beautiful live album we've ever heard.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Friends is the first track from Rory Wynne's self-titled debut LP released on April 11th. His first new material for a year, Friends was first played on John Kennedy's show on Radio X earlier this evening and is the opening track from the album and it sees Rory reminiscing about a relationship.
One Lung is the second track to be taken from Queen Kwong's upcoming second album Love Me To Death which is released on April 13th. Like her debut album Get A Witness, it promises to be a very powerful, raw record, but One Lung feels more focused in its attention than the improvised feel of its predecessor.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
After a series of limited edition and download singles and a homemade live album, Ist Ist finally release their first official physical product, the Spinning Rooms EP, four songs and an interlude that capture the band at a point in their development from a loud raucous three-piece with two minute sonic assaults to something more controlled, but even more powerful for their ability to lock aim and target with their music.
Shrine are a mysterious duo from Salford, known only as I and J on their social media platforms, who've just released their first song You're A Stranger. It's a song with many influences, hints of R&B and glorious shimmering electro-pop topped off with an expressive lead vocal with more than enough originality to dismiss lazy comparisons with other more established female lead singers.
Monday, 12 March 2018
Wyvern Lingo released their self-titled debut album a couple of weeks back which reached number three in the Irish charts. The Irish trio are over in the UK for a tour starting this week. We caught up with Karen, Saoirse and Caoimhe before they set off to find out more about them, their album and the upcoming dates.
Sunday, 11 March 2018
With new material due soon on a new label (AC30), Manchester's Purple Heart Parade remind us of their past with a new download only compilation EP, with three previously available tracks getting their first digital release and a live track included too.
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Stereophonics have become a national institution over the past twenty-odd years, these arena tours accompanying each of their now ten albums. A sold-out expectant Manchester Arena crowd were treated to a set that got the mix of old and new favourites just right across a massive twenty-seven song set.
You Opened Up My Heart is the new single from The Slow Readers Club taken from their third album Build A Tower due out on May 4th. Already a live favourite after being previewed on their tour last Winter, it's the song that's set to catapult them further into the conscience of the record-buying public.
Friday, 9 March 2018
Vulpynes hail from Dublin and the two-piece have released their feroxious self-titled debut EP that seeks to capture the energy of Maeve Molly on vocals and guitar and Kaz on drums. Across four tracks that never take their foot off the accelerator they leave us under no illusion as to their intent or way of working.
Sailing Stones is the new project of Jenny Lindfors and she’s on tour to support the release of debut EP She’s A Rose. She called in for an intimate seated gig in the ballroom at Gullivers in Manchester to preview the EP as well as roadtest new songs that will get recorded in April.
Winter Circle is the second of two singles released by Manchester's Celestial North this week. Following the release of Hey, Völva! earlier in the week, Winter Circle showcases Victoria Wood's dream-like vocals that float eloquently across the three minutes of the song.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
The Lovely Eggs celebrated the launch of Record Store Day 2018, including their very own “egg” version of their recent album This Is Eggland, with an instore at Huddersfield’s Vinyl Tap.
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Pale Rider might only have played a handful of shows to date, but they've already got a burgeoning reputation in their base of Liverpool and beyond. Their debut single I Run On Rain is the only thing they've put out to date and now they've released an accompanying video.
Monday, 5 March 2018
Musicians Against Homelessness have launched their 2018 campaign with a beautiful version of James’ Sit Down recorded by the band with a string quartet conducted by Joe Duddell at Manchester’s Albert Hall last December.
Sunday, 4 March 2018
Rews returned to (Greater) Manchester a year on from their Castle gig that had those in attendance spellbound by the infectious energy and ferocious noise created by the two-piece for a show at Salford's Eagle Inn on Saturday night. Support came from Kent's finest SKIES and Wigan's Ravellas.
October Drift return ahead of an April tour and some dates supporting Editors this week with a new single All Broken Down.
Saturday, 3 March 2018
Friday, 2 March 2018
York's Faux Pas have spent much of the last eighteen months touring round the UK incessantly, but it's been a while since they played Manchester, so we didn't pass up the opportunity to catch a band that are taking the organic route to success by getting out on the road and doing the hard miles and using their most potent weapon - their music - to best effect.
Blossoms Announce New Single I Can't Stand It and Album Cool Like You .... And The Truth About That Video
Despite rumours of them splitting up, fuelled by a video we posted on twitter the other week as well as numerous other events, Blossoms have announced the release of a new single I Can’t Stand It, the lead track from Cool Like You, the follow-up to 2016's self-titled debut that spent two weeks at number one out on April 27. They’ve also announced a series of shows to councide with the album release.
Neon Waltz's Strange Hymns albums was one of the highlights of 2017 and on the back of it, they're currently near the end of a UK tour in support of it and the Bring Me To Light EP that came from the same sessions. We caught their show at Manchester's Soup Kitchen where they battled with sound issues but ultimately emerged triumphant.
Thursday, 1 March 2018
The Slow Readers Club have announced details of their third album, Build A Tower, scheduled for release on May 4th via Modern Sky. Deluxe bundles also include a live album recorded with Joe Duddell and a string quarter at Festival No 6 last September. They've also announced a tour for April and May including a special homecoming show at Manchester Cathedral on album release date.
Telluride Speed is the lead track from Ryley Walker's upcoming fourth album Deafman Glance, due for release on May 18th. Featuring his distinctive voice and loose jamming style, it's unmistakably Ryley, but feels like a progression from his 2016 album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung.
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The Lucid Dream return with SX1000, the lead track from their forthcoming fourth album. The track is a radical departure for the band and is released on April 6th as a limited one-sided 12" to coincide with dates in London and Manchester.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Jack Oliver Monty is a man of many talents with a solo career as well as playing guitar in up-and-coming Maddy Storm's band and Ethan And The Reformation. Julia Grantham caught up with him recently in Manchester to talk about doing his own thing as he found his way in the music business, his upcoming solo album and playing in bands. We also have an exclusive stream of a demo called Please Don't Run.
It's one of the biggest mysteries of the music business to us why Nicole Atkins isn't celebrated as one of the finest voices of a generation. Not only that, her four albums to date, including last year's Goodnight Rhonda Lee, stand up against any artist's output in the last decade. Yet still we find ourselves in Night People for a very intimate showcase of that talent. Support came from Madam.
Liverpool-based international four-piece, the magnificently titled The Great Emu War Casualties, have just released the video for their second release Hoodlum Uniform. Set to a frankly disconcerting video, which actually works brilliantly with the song, it's one of the most intriguing left-field singles we've heard so far this year.
Monday, 26 February 2018
"Carnival Club in a few words would be dirty rock n roll soaked in sci fi" were how their front man Kai Roberts described the band in a recent interview with us. Sin City, the lead single from their forthcoming Nomads And Crooks EP, is the embodiment of that philosophy in three minutes and twenty four seconds. We're delighted to be able to reveal the song exclusively on Even The Stars.
Control Of The Going / Katie O'Malley / Hey Bulldog / Vanity Box / Slack Alices - Altrincham Honey Beat / Ashton-Under-Lyne Witchwood - 23/24th February 2018
Control Of The Going launched their debut album I Love You, But It's Going To Rain with two very different shows over the weekend. On Friday they travelled the length of the Metrolink network from their home of Ashton-Under-Lyne to Altrincham to play the first-ever in-store at the town's fabulous new vinyl cafe Honeybeat, before returning home in triumph on Saturday night to the legendary Witchwood venue closer to home. Support came from Katie O'Malley in Altrincham and Slack Alices, Vanity Box and Hey Bulldog in Ashton.
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Saturday, 24 February 2018
As they embark on their own headline tour after a spell supporting The Sherlocks, Neon Waltz have released an unannounced EP in the form of Bring Me To Light. Headed by one of the stand out tracks from last year's Strange Hymns album, the EP collects three new songs that didn't quite fit the vibe of the album, but which the band rightly felt deserved a release of their own.