Friday, 20 April 2018
We're proud to reveal exclusively the new video for Matter Of Mind's single Sanity. The single was released a couple of weeks back, but the video to accompany their latest track, the first fruits of recording sessions for the follow-up to their Dead Apologies EP is now also available to watch.
The Long Arm Of Entrapment is the debut single from new four-piece post-punk band Blanketman. Despite not having released anything yet, they've already grabbed the attention of the likes of Brix Smith and they support her and The Extricated at the Ruby Lounge next Friday.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
When guitarist Mick Mac of Ethan and The Reformation got in touch with me, asking for a single review of his band’s latest release, I didn’t hesitate. Seemingly, having read a recent blogpost I had written, reminiscing about when I met and interviewed him and the rest of his bandmates a year ago, it prompted him to release a single after a period of inactivity. To say I was delighted is an understatement. And of the songs? They’re stunning. Hearing them now, after having heard them performed a year ago, brought back all the memories of the first time I heard them perform live, and the powerful and confident performance they achieved.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Desperate Journalist have just released a new EP entitled You Get Used To It as a follow-up to last year's Grow Up album. We caught up with bass player Simon as he returned home from a European tour ahead of Friday's headline set at London's Oslo for a chat about the EP, their recording methods and their appeal in Germany and the rest of the continent.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
The Slow Readers Club return with their third album Build A Tower on May 4th. Since the release of their last album their world has been turned upside down, touring with James at the band's request, selling out The Ritz and Albert Hall in Manchester months in advance as well as established venues across the country accompanied by their now customary "READERS" chant that follows them everywhere. Armed with a dedicated fan base, it's time for them to deliver new material for the first time since their star began to rise, and with Build A Tower, they've exceeded even the wildest expectations.
Bedroom is the lead track from Swedish trio Echo Ladies' forthcoming album Pink Noise, released through Sonic Cathedral at the start of June. Building on the success of their self-titled debut EP, Matilda, Joar and Mattis return with a gloriously modern-day take on fuzzy shoegaze.
Monday, 16 April 2018
When In Manchester Festival (Nimuah / Humbar / Gardenback / Sapho / Bedroom High Club / Cabezudos / Scarlet / The Big Peach / Nova Twins) - Manchester Northern Quarter - 14th April 2018
When In Manchester, one of the country's most exciting and diverse multi-venue urban festivals once again took over the Northern Quarter for the fourth instalment of the event that's now become a fixture on the Manchester music calendar. We caught Nimuah, Humbar, Gardenback, Sapho, Bedroom High Club, Cabezudos, Scarlet, The Big Peach and Nova Twins whilst rueing a list of clashes the length of our arm.
Having done a bit of reading in the music press recently, about the lack of female representation within the music industry, imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see several bands at this year’s When In Manchester festival featuring female musicians. One band in particular, Humbar of Sheffield, caught my attention for their unique blend of soul, jazz, funk and R & B coupled with sassy, confident female vocals.
Lowes hail from Lancaster and have just released their second single Here We Are, the follow up to last year's hypnotic Awake At Night. It's the lead track from their Elements EP that will be released in the next few months.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Finola has released her new single Losing Value, her first new material since last year's Waterworks EP. One of the stand out tracks from her live shows, it's a deeply personal tale of heartbreak and the aftermath and is played by Finola in the video as she lives out the song.
Saturday, 14 April 2018
Forgiver is the lead track from Juanita Stein's forthcoming second album Until The Lights Fade, due for release on August 31st, the follow-up to last year's America, which reached number fifteen on our end of year albums list. This track was written with The Killers' Brandon Flowers whilst they were on tour together last year.
Friday, 13 April 2018
In between their UK and European dates with Editors, October Drift finished off a short run of shows of their own with a packed out show at the Night And Day Cafe in Manchester on Thursday night with a set including their recent single All Broken Down, some old favourites and a cover of one of the city's favourite sons.
The Big Peach have created a stir on the Manchester scene over the past six months with an endless appetite for gigging and for their energetic live shows and ability to craft their influences into something that is unmistakably them. As they prepare to headline this year's When In Manchester Festival, we take a closer listen to their self-titled debut album.
The enigmatic The Maitlands return with a new(ish) line-up and their first single of the year Few Choice Words which is released today. The unmistakable voice of front man Carl Ingram remains though.
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Altar Flowers recently released their Performance EP, the first new material since their debut album i.d.s.t and also since some line-up changes. Jay kindly took time out to talk us through the five songs on the EP and tell us a little more about what they're about and how they recorded them.
Ahead of their appearance at this weekend's When In Manchester, we caught up with one of the more local bands on the bill, Gardenback. They've built a strong reputation with some great live performances as well as a couple of singles over the last year or so. We had a chat about their past, their favourite gigs and their plans for the future.
Ugly Strangers is the first track on Average Sex's debut EP Ice Cream which came out on Tim Burgess's O Genesis label late last year. They've now released a video for the track using home movie footage of their time on the road with The Charlatans last year.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Arcade Fire brought their Infinite Content tour back to Manchester for an "in the round" performance in the cavernous Manchester Arena. Mixing songs from last year's Everything Now with highlights going all the way back to their debut self-titled EP, they thrilled the crowd with an interactive set, full of the invention and anthemic power that has made them one of the biggest bands in the world.
With the imminent release of a new single Al Lupo (April 20) and a headline show at Night People in Manchester this Friday (13), we caught up with Hey Bulldog's front man Rob Manton for a chat about the single and the Italian connection, their new material and plans for the rest of the year.
Rory Wynne’s eponymous debut album is released tomorrow, an eight song hit and run attack that never seemingly pauses for breath. Overflowing with hooks and riffs that’ll pierce your defences and leave you involuntarily humming them, it’s an almost perfect indie-pop statement delivered with a strutting confidence bordering on knowing arrogance.
It's been an exciting few months for October Drift so far in 2018. Apart from the release of their new single All Broken Down, available to buy on May 4th, they've supported Editors on their Violence album preview tour and after a few headline dates of their own this week are then out into Europe for two weeks to support them. We caught up with them for a chat ahead of their Night and Day headline show in Manchester this Thursday.
Monday, 9 April 2018
The Lucid Dream / Three Dimensional Tanx / Pale Rider - Manchester Band On The Wall - 6th April 2018
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Whilst Manchester celebrates the tenth anniversary of the release of St Jude, it's often forgotten that on the same day James released their comeback album Hey Ma, their first for six and a half years, and which also hit the top ten. We take a look back at the album and reproduce our review at the time from the One Of The Three James archive site that we run.
Friday, 6 April 2018
Hannah Scott today releases her new single Signs Of Life, taken from her forthcoming album Pieces Of The Night that is set for release in June. Described by Hannah as "a song about not giving up hope even in the darkest moments," it's a powerful, emotional and dramatic track.
Kashmere return today with their new single Tokyo. Already an established live favourite, it's been marked out as a future single for some time now and the band have responded by releasing it to support a series of April shows across the North of England.
Matter Of Mind are back with a new single Sanity. The Stockport four-piece follow up their Dead Apologies with a track from their next EP due later in the year. It's a huge progression in sound for the band who've been making waves with their bold ambitious guitar-heavy sound in the past couple of years.
SKIES reveal the new single Pills today from their forthcoming EP X, set for release in June. As ever with SKIES, the single's accompanied by a colourful video, featuring thousands and thousands of yellow pills, that plays out the words of the song.
Thursday, 5 April 2018
The Slow Readers Club have revealed Block Out The Sun as the second track from their Festival No 6 collaboration with Joe Duddell where they performed six songs with a string quartet. The full performance will be released on CD and vinyl on May 4 to coincide with the release of their third album Build A Tower.
I'm Not The One is the new single from Croydon three-piece Bugeye, following in the footsteps of their previous single Wake Up in heading straight for the disco dancefloor, capturing a whole range of influences and distilling them into something unique.
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Carousel Clouds launched their Tales Of Coincidence album with an intimate show in the Peer Hat basement in Manchester on Tuesday night. An eight-song set transformed the songs from CD to the live environment and also included a new song written since the album's completion. Support came from the last-minute stand-in The Mantells.
The word "legends" is used too often in music. Stuart Ralston has no hesitation however in using it to describe Blackpool's Section 25, the Factory Records greats as they grace a Glasgow stage for the first time in six years.
James have announced the release of a four-track 10" EP entitled Better Than That on May 18th to coincide with the tour of the same name of seven small UK venues. The EP comes ahead of the release of their 15th studio album later in the year.