Sunday, 18 February 2018
Matter Of Mind's biggest headline show to date saw them take over Manchester's Rebellion on Saturday night. A set full of old favourites and new songs showed them to be a band that's very much on the rise. A bold sound, deeper into hard rock territory than most of their contemporaries, yet with enough hooks and melodies running through the songs to appeal to more mainstream tastes. With a new EP in the can, 2018 looks like it could be the year that they break to a wider audience.
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Stuart Ralston ventures back to his old stomping ground to catch another mesmerising performance from Cabbage as they prepare for the release of their album Nihilistic Glamour Shots.
Friday, 16 February 2018
Georgie releases her three-track EP Too Much TV today. For someone who burst to our attention as far back as October 2015 (and indeed featured in our top tips for 2016), it's been a seemingly long road to this point, but as she tells us, she's been busy building a body of songs and working with some pretty impressive people along the way.
It's been six years since Willy Mason's third album Carry On, but he's back with an extensive UK and Irish tour which serves as both a retrospective and a reintroduction to a songwriter who was hailed as the next Dylan when he burst onto the scene in 2005 as well as the way to present some new material he's been working on. Support comes from Nina Violet, whose band also turn into Willy's backing band at a sold-out Deaf Institute in Manchester.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Nicole Atkins' Goodnight Rhonda Lee hit number four in our albums of the year for 2017. She's about to embark on a UK and European tour in support of the record and we managed to catch up with her before she set off to find out more about the record and plans for the next one.
Old Town is the lead track from Say Sue Me's forthcoming second album Where We Were Together. On first listen you might mistake it for some California surf-pop band such are the uplifting melodies and harmonies than run through the song, but dig deeper and you'll find they hail from an unlikely location for such gloriously carefree tunes, Busan in South Korea.
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Urban Theory continued their rise with a sold-out show at Soup Kitchen in Manchester on Saturday night. A packed crowd witnessed a strong set from a band that's standing out from the crowd of bands on the Manchester scene at the moment with some rough and ready live sets with an anger and an edge to them. Support came from Manalishi and Provocateurs.
Scarlet brought their Quelle Surprise Bison Frise tour to the Castle Hotel in Manchester for an intimate hot and sweaty show in support of their new single Bones.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Jaime Wyatt and Beth Bombara brought an Americana double-header to Gullivers on Tuesday night for both of their first visits to Manchester as part of a UK tour. An appreciative audience took in both sets with collaborations, special guests and laced with a lot of goodwill and humour on top of both their impressive collections of songs and stage presence.
Scarlet return with a new single Bones to coincide with a series of UK dates entitled the Quelle Surprise tour. It's the first new material since their debut album Effigy was released in Japan a couple of years ago and possesses much of the scurrying urgency of that record, but feels like a significant step-up.
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Kingpins are a Brighton-based five-piece who've already made an impression locally by selling out shows including a This Feeling night at the Hope And Ruin last weekend. Don't Go, one of only two tracks they've released to date, manages to channel their influences but crucially, in their approach and front man Henry's distinctive voice, distill them into something that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Monday, 5 February 2018
Anteros closed Jimmy's Independent Venue Week series of events with an exhilarating sold-out show that confirmed exactly why they registered so high in so many tips for 2018. Running through tracks from their two EPs, recent singles and two as yet unreleased songs from their debut album they're in the process of recording, they held a packed room in their spell for three quarters of an hour. Support came from Manchester's own Gathering Of Strangers.
Average Disguise is the debut release from Nantwich's Abbie Ozard. It's a dark, atmospheric track that marks out the newcomer as someone to keep a very close eye on in 2018. With a voice that initially sounds like butter wouldn't melt, a closer listen to the lyrics reveals someone not to be messed about.
Sunday, 4 February 2018
Saturday saw Richard Hawley play the first of two sold-out nights at Bury Met as part of the centre's Independent Venue Week celebrations. Accompanied by long-term guitarist Shez Sheridan and harmonica player Clive Mellor, Richard delighted a spellbound crowd with a career-spanning set of songs supported by Bury's very own Liam Frost.
Saturday, 3 February 2018
The second night of The Slow Readers Club two-show Independent Venue Week activities took them to our favourite independent venue in the world, The Trades Club at Hebden Bridge for a hot, emotional and sweaty night, the intimacy of which we might not see again. Support came again from a very well-received set from Bolton's James Holt.
Friday, 2 February 2018
The Slow Readers Club opened up their pair of Independent Music Venue week shows and Bury Met's program with a sold out in minutes show in the splendidly refurbished Derby Hall on Thursday night. Supported by Bolton's talented James Holt, they surprised the audience by playing their album Cavalcade, that was recorded in the venue's studio three years ago, in full as well as a trio of old favourites and a couple of new tracks from their forthcoming third album.