Friday, 21 September 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : James - Many Faces


To celebrate International Peace Day, James have released a video to their new single Many Faces, recorded during their Better Than That tour in May at Halifax's Victoria Theatre. The song features on their fifteenth studio album Living In Extraordinary Times that hit the top ten in August and was at the time of the performance unreleased and only being played live for the fourth time, which makes the audience reaction to it even more special.

Purple Heart Parade - Lonestar EP


Even The Stars favourites Purple Heart Parade return with a stunning four track EP on an equally stunning slab of white and purple vinyl. Stuart Ralston relishes reviewing a record on his favoured four-track EP format, and what an EP it is.

Jack Oliver Monty - Manchester Gullivers - 20th September 2018


Gullivers was the scene for Jack Oliver Monty's single launch for his debut The Garden and it saw his five-piece band take to the stage with him for the first time in a half-hour set, rich in songwriting craft, emotional intelligence and variety.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Blinders - Columbia


Many a band have had the albatross of saviours of rock and roll hung around their neck until it choked them. The latest young band to have that accolade circling them is The Blinders as they prepare to release their debut album Columbia. Are they the real deal or the Northern equivalent of SMASH for these Brexit times?

TRACK OF THE DAY : Celestial North - The Land, The Sea, The Human Race


The Land, The Sea, The Human Race is the fourth single in six months from the mysterious Celestial North.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : Emma Ruth Rundle - Light Song


Light Song is the latest track to be taken from Emma Ruth Rundle's new album On Dark Horses, her fourth solo record which was released last Friday. The single features vocals by Evan Patterson of Jaye Jayle.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : Marquis Drive - Movin' On


Movin' On is the new single from Cannock six-piece Marquis Drive, a driving anthemic track that manages to blend influences from the music they grew up listening to with their own personalities stamped across both the song and the accompanying video.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

The Bluetones / Giant Rooks / Mano McLaughlin / Razz / Liam Frost And The Latchkey Kids / FTK / Jess Kemp / Deco - Head For The Hills Festival - 15th September 2018



 

 

Day two of Head For The Hills festival in Ramsbottom saw a full program of music across the day from established national headliners like The Bluetones to local heroes like Liam Frost, Mano McLaughlin, Jess Kemp and FTK as well as up and coming bands from further afield in Deco and two German bands Razz and second stage headliners Giant Rooks. The weather held off and allowed the crowd to take in not just the music but the multiple other attractions dotted around the cricket pitch.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Maitlands - Daunting From Derker


The Maitlands' latest single Daunting From Derker is something of a departure in style from the band that changes its line up more often than there's delays on the Rochdale branch of Manchester's Metrolink which coincidentally is the setting for this new track.

The Slow Readers Club / Emily Capell / Urban Theory / LIINES - Head For The Hills Festival - 14th September 2018



It wouldn't be September without the annual pilgrimage to Ramsbottom for Head For The Hills Festival, a mix of established national bands and those on the cusp from both the North West and further beyond. Friday night was a homecoming of sorts for late stand-in headliners The Slow Readers Club, having headlined the second stage here in 2016, whilst local bands Urban Theory and LIINES showcased the festival's policy of supporting emerging talent and Emily Capell seduced a main stage crowd with her West London wit and charm.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Slowdive - Guangzhou MAO Livehouse - 13th September 2018


On 15th August, Slowdive announced a small Chinese tour taking place in mid-September. Having visited 37 countries since reforming in 2014, this is actually Slowdive’s second visit to China, after playing in Shanghai in July of that year. This gig does mark the band's first visit to Guangzhou, a huge sprawling super-metropolis of 13 million people, ranked the 7th largest city in the world by population, and the 12th largest urban area with a mere 48 million people.

Lunar Sounds - The Void EP


We have a thing for all things DIY at Even The Stars. Musically speaking of course, not the home improvement kind. It’s part of our own ethos so when a band writes to us and tells us their debut EP has been put together by them and them alone our interest is piqued. And that’s how we came to Lunar Sounds’ debut The Void EP.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Young Monarch - Interview


Young Monarch return to Ramsbottom for Head For The Hills festival this Saturday ahead of the release of a new single in October. We caught up with Rebecca for a chat about why they're not your archetypal Manchester band, their exciting plans for the rest of the year and the wide range of influences on their style.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : SKIES - X


X is the latest single to be taken from SKIES' EP of the same name ahead of a short four-date tour later this month. The striking video for the single, shot by Visual Line, focuses around the song's line "I don't know what I'm doing here" as Alie and Jericho look to try and determine where they are in a forest.

FTK (Feed The Kid) - Interview


FTK is the new name of Feed The Kid. After a time out of the spotlight, they're back with a new single Strange Times and a second track Dirty Jokes, exclusively revealed here, ahead of their comeback set at Ramsbottom's Head For The Hills Festival on Saturday. We caught up with front man Curtis to find out what they've been up to and what we can expect from this new phase in the band's existence.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Janelle Monae - Manchester Academy - 10th September 2018


Back in Manchester for the first time in four years, Janelle Monae's show at Academy 1 sold out in minutes with the most diverse gig audience we think we've ever seen coming from far and wide to celebrate one of the few genuine iconic figures that still exists in music today and a champion of LGBTQIA rights and racial equality with a message that's unequivocally positive to anyone listening to be who you are, be proud of who you are and to love yourself.

Ist Ist - Live At St Philips Church


Last year Ist Ist released a guerilla recording of their sold out Gorilla show that sold out itself almost immediately. A raw warts and all audience capture was a move braver than most bands would ever dare. For their latest limited edition release, Live At St Philip’s, they’ve employed more traditional methods but with even greater impact.

Urban Theory - Interview


It's been quite a year for Urban Theory so far with sold out shows at Soup Kitchen and The Deaf Institute in Manchester. Ahead of a homecoming of sorts at Ramsbottom's Head For The Hills Festival on Friday night and their biggest headline show to date at Academy 3 in October, we spoke to Alex about their forthcoming single Mandy and what they've got up their sleeve for the rest of the year.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Mano McLaughlin - Interview


Last year we described Mano McLaughlin's set at Head For The Hills Festival with these words - "His set featured new songs from his follow-up to 2013’s Peach Got Bones and demonstrates he’s not lost any of the ability to craft beautifully observed songs that might be personal to him, but can find resonance with anyone, which for us is the greatest thing any songwriter can ever do." A year on, as he prepares to return to Ramsbottom and with the release of Then Lightning, the title track from his forthcoming album imminent, we caught up with him for a chat.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Keto - Always


Always is the first single from Keto's crowd-funded forthcoming album Blackened Pool. With an animated video that's a perfect accompaniment to the song, Always is a perfect introduction to what to expect from the album.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Trampolene / Ist Ist / Fruit Tones - Blackburn Confessional Festival - 8th September 2018



Confessional Festival takes place every year in Blackburn, where a disused church is turned into the perfect indoor festival venue by the folks behind the successful Night At The Museum events. This year's bill included the likes of Trampolene, Ist Ist and Fruit Tones.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : Kula Bay - Make Up Your Mind


Kula Bay's latest single Make Up Your Mind has just had its video revealed at their hometown rugby league club Warrington Wolves' Super League game. The band's third single is out now.

Friday, 7 September 2018

The Slow Readers Club - For All Here To Observe


For All Here To Observe features six tracks from across The Slow Readers Club's three albums to date revisited in a stripped down studio environment. Like so many great bands the songs take on a completely new life with a different approach due to the songwriting craft that underpins the raw materials that make them up.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Tom Hingley Band - I Love My Job


A prolific singer, songwriter, acoustic troubadour and leader of his own tribute band, Tom Hingley returns to his roots as front man in an exciting new project – The Tom Hingley Band – ably supported by Malc Law on drums and Ste Pearce on bass, with Tom on vocals and guitar. Stuart Ralston has a listen and will be raving about it for quite some time.

Katherine Priddy - Wolf EP


Wolf is the debut EP from Katherine Priddy, four songs from the singer-songwriter that are laced with luscious instrumentation and which showcase a warm revelatory storytelling voice and a free independent spirit.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

ILL / Pearl City / Mold - Manchester Psych Fest - 1st September 2018


Saturday saw the latest installment of the Manchester Psych Fest. We caught Mold, Pearl City and ILL in three of the venues in the afternoon and early evening - three bands that show the diversity of sound on offer and the broad church that has gathered together under the psych umbrella.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Control Of The Going - Manchester Night People - 1st September 2018


As the current phase of the ever-changing collective that is Control Of The Going comes to an end, they played their last non-festival set at Night People on Saturday night.

Average Sex - Melodie EP


Melodie is the second EP from Average Sex. Signed to Tim Burgess' OGenesis label, they've been making their name across the festival summer with a series of high-energy often tongue-in-cheek performances that have endeared them to many. The follow-up to their debut Ice Cream EP is full of the same slightly bonkers but brilliant lyrics sung with a French accent by Laetitia and short sharp tunes that jump from one place to the next with abandon.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Matter Of Mind - Blindside


Blindside is the new single from Matter Of Mind. A much overdue re-recording of a live favourite, the song perfectly captures the sound and ambition of one of the North West's most exciting young bands.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Interpol - London Rough Trade East - 30th August 2018


Interpol played a nine song set to a packed Rough Trade East to celebrate the release of their sixth LP, Marauder. Andy Keating of Manchester's Ist Ist went to see them in a venue which was smaller than the kind they were playing over 15 years ago when they exploded into the public consciousness with their seminal debut, Turn On The Bright Lights.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

TRACK OF THE DAY : Lights On Moscow - Lord Let Me Know


Lord Let Me Know is the debut track from Lights On Moscow, a long-term project between Hazel Wilde of Lanterns On The Lake and Justin Lockey of Editors. It's the lead track from an EP entitled Aorta Songs Part 1 due out on October 12.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Big Peach / Pacific / Corella - Altrincham Goose Green Festival - 26th August 2018



The annual Goose Green Festival in Altrincham Town Centre saw six thousand people pass through its gates over two days this weekend. We braved the rain and caught three very different local acts - The Big Peach, Pacific and Corella - on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Liam Frost / Francis Lung - Manchester Deaf Institute - 25th August 2018


Liam Frost's Saturday night show at the Deaf Institute saw him reveal a number of tracks from his forthcoming Latchkey Kids album project as well as old favourites in a set full of anecdotes, self-deprecating jokes and an audience member fainting. Support came from Francis Lung.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Hannah Ashcroft / Jekyll - Manchester Band On The Wall - 23rd August 2018


Two contrasting acts - Hannah Ashcroft and Jekyll - topped the bill at the latest Free Vibes event curated by Shell Zenner at Band On The Wall on Thursday night.

Liam Frost - Interview


As he readies the release of his third album with his Latchkey Kids project, we spoke to Liam Frost ahead of his Manchester Deaf Institute headline show tomorrow night (August 25th).