Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Blossoms / The Lathums / Zuzu - Liverpool Sefton Park - 2nd May 2021

Live music returned at the weekend with Blossoms headlining a 5,000 capacity tent in Sefton Park in Liverpool alongside local heroine Zuzu and Wigan's up-and-coming The Lathums. Our friends Maarit and Harriet from the At Most One Tour Twitter account were among them and give a fan's eye perspective on the most important live show of the year.

TRACK OF THE DAY : James - Recover

James today release Recover, the third single to be taken from their forthcoming album All The Colours Of You, a deeply personal track that seeks to find optimism out of the most horrible of personal experiences - the death of a loved one.

Friday, 30 April 2021

LIVESTREAM : Rosellas - Manchester Spirit Studios - 29th April 2021

Rosellas celebrated the midnight release of their latest single Common Ground with a live stream set from Manchester's Spirit Studios. Showing a love of their many influences yet merging them into their own unique sound that sounds both modern yet timeless, the eleven-song set demonstrates they're a band to be reckoned with.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

The Lucid Dream - The Deep End

Rewind to last year and a packed Golden Lion in Todmorden. An ecstatic audience witnessed Carlisle's The Lucid Dream deliver a one off performance and a stunning set, during which they showcased some of their new album. The album was put on hold due to the pandemic. However the album has certainly been worth the wait. 

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : James - Beautiful Beaches

Beautiful Beaches is the lead single and second track to be revealed from James' forthcoming album All The Colours Of You, due for release on June 4th.  Lyrically it references front man Tim Booth's decision to move away from his home in Topanga Canyon outside Los Angeles to avoid the growing risk of losing everything to wild fires that have increasingly swept California in recent years.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Stephen Fretwell - Embankment

Stephen Fretwell continues his long-awaited return with the second track Embankment and the announcement of his first album in thirteen years, Busy Guy, which is released in July. 

Monday, 12 April 2021

LIVESTREAM : The Slow Readers Club - Manchester Scruff Of The Neck Offices - 12th April 2021

 "Manchester Royalty" was how presenter Abi McCarthy described The Slow Readers Club ahead of the interview that preceded this livestream. Across a twelve-song greatest hits set, that really lived up to that billing, The Readers demonstrated exactly why they're being talked about in such terms after having been underdogs on the scene for so long.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Minerva Daisy - Substitute

Substitute is Manchester singer / songwriter's Minerva Daisy's first single of 2021, a reflective look back on lessons learnt from a all-consuming failed relationship set to an upbeat piano arrangement and layered vocals that build as the song progresses. It provides an intriguing contrast to the darker subject matter of the lyrics. 

Monday, 29 March 2021

Gold Baby - Interview

Last Friday Gold Baby released their debut EP Rabbits after a series of nine singles that preceded it. We caught up with Siân, Sara and Scott for a chat about how the band came together, their ways of working, the four tracks from the EP and their hopes to be able to get out on the road once we come out of lockdown.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Natasha Nicole - Alright In The End

Alright In The End is the debut single from Wolverhampton singer-songwriter Natasha Nicole. A song that helped her to fight her own anxiety meltdowns and panic attacks is turned into comforting advice for anyone else in the same situation.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

The Charlatans / Ist Ist / LIINES - Manchester Gorilla (The North Will Rise Again) - 28th March 2021

It's very strange to see the familiar stage at Gorilla, the illuminated bar and toilet signs stage left, and not be in the middle of it, crammed tightly together, sweat dripping down from the brow in this converted railway arch that has for the last decade made itself such a fixture in the Manchester music scene. But the fact we've got three bands in here, streaming into our homes, gives us hope that normality is not too far away.

Friday, 26 March 2021

For Those I Love - For Those I Love

“How else do you honour and thank an artist?

But with the art itself.”

That’s a bold statement from David Balfe aka For Those I Love that accompanies the self titled debut album from the Irish wordsmith. It goes without saying Balfe’s proclamation is backed up with this deeply personal record of pure beauty.

Gold Baby - Rabbits EP

Nine singles into their existence, Gold Baby have taken the plunge with their debut EP Rabbits. Across four tracks they demonstrate a knack of combining instant hooks, changes of pace and lyrics that will fascinate, confuse and make you smile often within the same line. 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Slyrydes - Boy In The Debs Suit

Hailing from Galway the Irish quartet Slyrydes are back with a bang with new single Boy In The Debs Suit, a year after releasing five enthralling singles in the space of the previous twelve months.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : VLURE - Shattered Faith

Without having released a single in the traditional sense VLURE had already made their presence felt with a live performance video of Desire at the tail end of 2019 and a series of support slots where they threatened to upstage the headliners. 2021 sees them belatedly, for reasons we all know, enter the fray with Shattered Faith - more an unequivocal statement of intent than a debut single.

Monday, 1 March 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : James - All The Colours Of You

James return with the title track of their forthcoming studio album All The Colours Of You - a topical view of the world written in times of COVID and the white supremacist final days of the Trump administration. 

TRACK OF THE DAY : Stephen Fretwell - Oval

#WheresFretwell became an internet question that noone could answer for a decade as Stephen Fretwell disappeared completely from the music scene after his 2007 album Man On The Roof and his last tour in December 2011. His movements became the stuff of internet conjecture with rumours of forthcoming new music raising hopes that then became nothing. But now, ten years on, he is back, with an album in the pipeline if the latest rumours are to believed, and a beautiful first track called Oval.

Friday, 26 February 2021

LIVESTREAM : Proletariat - Live At The Festival Theatre

Proletariat's comeback last year came as a bit of a surprise after they bowed out after a series of sold-out Manchester shows you could count on both hands a couple of years ago, burning out before it seemed they'd achieved much of what was expected of them. Having released a trio of singles since they announced they return and unable to return to the gig circuit because of the restrictions, they set up a live stream show from Hyde's Festival Theatre on Friday night.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Bradford - Bright Hours

There's two kinds of reformation - the big cash-in on the legacy and nostalgia culture that seems to be polluting the pool for new artists being able to make their mark and those that aim to conclude unfinished business that come about as a result of old friends getting back together to rekindle the magic of their formative days and the excitement of being in a band. The latter tend to be more rewarding and Bradford's thirty-one years later follow up to their Shouting Quietly debut sits alongside Thousand Yard Stare's Panglossian Momentum as a shining example of a record that's been made for the sake of making it.

Monday, 22 February 2021

LIVESTREAM : The Blinders - Manchester Scruff Of The Neck Offices - 22nd February 2021

Live music. Remember that? The thrill and excitement and adrenaline as the drums kick in, guitars roar and the bassline rumbles seductively and then the vocals come in, delivering words of wisdom, experience, loss, love or any combination of them?  Close to a year after the gig scene came to a grinding halt and on the day we finally (hopefully) got a date for it to start again, The Blinders reminded us what we've been missing with a scintillating live show mixing tracks from last year's Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath and their debut Columbia on a Twitch live stream from Scruff Of The Neck's Manchester offices.

Dulcimer Melody - Interview

Dulcimer Melody's debut album Dark Alchemy was one of our favourite random finds of 2020, following an effusive championing of the album in Facebook group to find a record we described as "a meticulously constructed set of ten songs, taut with tension, rippled through with dramatic moments and with a voice that soars, drifts and takes the listener off on a journey through its creator's detailed mind maps." With a new single Absent Friend, we got in touch with her to ask a few questions and she recorded her answers for a video interview.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Matter Of Mind - As Far As I Can Tell

Matter Of Mind's first single of 2021 demonstrates a harder edge and a vitriolic biting response to an ex who's done them wrong as the Stockport band deliver their most ambitious single to date.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ryley Walker - Rang Dizzy

Rang Dizzy is the first track to be revealed from Ryley Walker's forthcoming album Course In Fable, his first studio album of original material under his own name alone since 2018's Deafman Glance.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Rare Monk - Never Really Over

Sometimes the only PR that can sell you an album is the music itself. We were listening to something sent to us in one of the hundred or so emails we get every day when, away from the computer, You Tube threw a song we'd never heard before by a band we'd never heard of at us. And then when you delve more you find and album and a back catalogue.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Loose Articles - Buses

After Loose Articles announced themselves with their Orchid Lounge EP in 2019 things went a bit quiet from them, but now their new tracks are coming along like buses. Except they don't like Buses as they tell us in their latest two-minute onslaught accompanied with an equally chaotic video.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Lean Logic - Mother Machine

Mother Machine is the latest single from the newly-formed Lean Logic released by the Ogenesis label. Julia Grantham waxes lyrical about the beauty of this intriguing track.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Rosellas - Interview

Rosellas recently released their new single Damaged and played the Music Feeds festival alongside the likes of Liam Gallagher and Blossoms, winning over a whole set of new fans in the process. We caught up with Drew and Euan to chat about their prolific songwriting, remaining true to themselves and standing out from the crowd and their plans for the rest of 2021.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra - I Didn't Love You When I Said I Did And I Don't Now

I didn't love you when I said I did and I don't now is the magnificently-titled third single from Dublin's Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra. Released, somewhat (in)appropriately on Valentine's Day, the track sets its sight on the futility of trying to build relationships that are doomed to fail with a caustic and critical commentary.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Shop Window - Out Of Reach

Out Of Reach is the sixth single from Maidstone band The Shop Window, a track that captures the uncertainty of the times we're living in, locked in our homes and wondering what the hell is going on. Set to an addictive and catchy guitar hook that drives the song along and vocals that possess a comforting warmth and understanding to them, Out Of Reach has a genuine timeless feel to it.

Monday, 8 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Everything I Own

The Slow Readers Club have revealed a new video for their track Everything I Own, taken from their recent album 91 Days In Isolation, written remotely during the first lockdown last year. Filmed in the imposing location of an empty Manchester Arena, the video both complements the song perfectly and gives us a reminder of exactly what we are missing out on.

Friday, 5 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Keeley - The Glitter And The Glue

Keeley return with their second single - the double A-side The Glitter And The Glue and You Never Made It That Far - an impressive follow-up to last year's stand-out debut single Last Words. In just two minutes and thirty seconds The Glitter And The Glue is a thrilling headrush of a song, whilst its partner-in-crime You Never Made It That Far shows a more experimental electronic side to a band whose intrigue grows the more you discover about them.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Rory Wynne - Make You Mine

 Rory Wynne returns with his first single in almost a year with Make You Mine released via Blossoms' Very Clever Records label. Less guitar-heavy than his previous work, the single still possesses his now unmistakable voice and a refreshed confidence and immediacy in its soaring hooklines.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Hennessey - 8 Men

8 Men is Hennessey's first release of 2021 following on from their 01 EP. It's a protest song and a call to arms to redistribute half the world's wealth that resides in the hands of the 8 Men of the title. Merging post-punk spirit with electronic sounds Hennessey emerge sounding unique, fresh and vibrant - music with a message which you still want to dance to.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Shame - Drunk Tank Pink

Recorded in France in 2020 Drunk Tank Pink was ready to be unleashed to an expectant public when everything came to a crashing halt due to a global pandemic that has caused nothing but heartache for a plethora of musicians. This was Shame’s second album and it was meant to showcase their new found maturity and sound. Nurtured in the womb and ready for arrival into an expectant world the delay has been worth the wait.

Friday, 15 January 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Spunsugar - (You Never) Turn Around

Spunsugar follow up last October's release of their brilliant Drive-Through Chapel debut album with a new single (You Never) Turn Around. Incorporating a more melodic sound whilst retaining the headrush excitement of the debut, (You Never) Turn Around is the final chapter of a story that started on the album.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Turnstiles - Interview

Turnstiles are one of the most exciting bands emerging from Ireland at present with five singles under their belt by the end of 2020. They start off 2021 with their debut EP, four new songs that see them stretching the boundaries of their sound whilst retaining the intensity of their early releases. We caught up with Jake, Colm, Cillian and Luke to find out more about them and their approach to their music.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Turnstiles - Turnstiles EP

We were given the heads up on Turnstiles in late 2019 by our friends with exceedingly good musical taste across the Irish Sea. Since then we’ve never looked back following the Galway-based five piece as they consistently produced music of the highest calibre against all the odds that 2020 threw at them. January 8th 2021 sees the quintet release their debut EP ‘The Turnstiles EP’ via Blowtorch Records. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Proletariat - Interview

Proletariat image by Trust A Fox

Dial back two years and Proletariat were on many people's lists as the next band to break out of Manchester and then, almost overnight, they announced a split and disappeared. Now they're back, with a new line-up, a powerful new single Go Ahead and a new approach to what they do best. We caught up with front man James for a chat about what happened and what's going to be different in 2021 for Proletariat.

Friday, 18 December 2020

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums of 2020 - 5 to 1

And finally we reveal our five favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Thursday, 17 December 2020

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 albums of 2020 - 10 to 6

Today we reveal five more of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Lanterns On The Lake - The Realist EP

The Realist EP is a collection of songs that didn't quite fit on Lanterns On The Lake's Mercury-nominated album Spook The Herd - four new previously unreleased songs and a radically different Model City version of the album track Baddies. Whilst the tracks might not have fitted on the album, that's absolutely not an indicator of inferior quality - and the EP provides a broader view into the creative processes of the Spook The Herd sessions.

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums Of 2020 - 15 to 11

Today we reveal five more of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums Of 2020 - 20 to 16

Today we reveal five more of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Monday, 14 December 2020

James - Live In Extraordinary Times

James have released their first live video since 2002's Getting Away With It Live DVD of one of their December 2001 farewell shows in Live In Extraordinary Times. The DVD (included as part of a deluxe photobook edition) and digital download capture highlights of shows in Philadelphia and Madrid in summer 2019 as part of their tour in support of their Living In Extraordinary Times album whilst the live album across 2cd, vinyl and digital also contains songs from their Manchester Arena show in 2018. With more than half the tracks across the package coming from their last three albums, it's a living document of a band unafraid to push the envelope and refuse to rest on their laurels.

EVEN THE STARS Top 25 Albums Of 2020 - 25 to 21

Today we reveal the first five of our favourite albums of 2020, a strange year in pretty much every respect, but one that still managed to deliver some stunning new music to our ever-growing collections of albums. 

Friday, 11 December 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Red Stains - Freezer Jesus

The Red Stains return with their second single, live favourite Freezer Jesus, and their first ever video that captures both the wild lyrics of the song and the chaos that seems to follow the band around wherever they go.

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Ist Ist / Gravediggers Union - Live From The Attic

Live From The Attic was the first opportunity for people to hear Ist Ist's debut album Architecture played live in its entirety with the addition of a few old favourites and the first airing of a brand-new track from the sessions for their second record. The self-released album hit number three in the independent charts in May against the odds and has consistently won new admirers since. Yet as the evening was to prove, Ist Ist are at their most formidable in the live environment even without an audience present as they deliver an alternate version of the songs from Architecture that will cement its place in the hearts of those whose path it has crossed.

Friday, 4 December 2020

LIVESTREAM : Blossoms - Brixton Academy - 3rd December 2020

Back in March, Blossoms' biggest UK tour to date to celebrate their number one album Foolish Loving Spaces was cut off in its prime. Nine months on, they performed a live stream from on stage at Brixton Academy with songs taken primarily from that album.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Loose Articles - Up The Disco

Loose Articles return with their first single since last year's Orchard Lounge EP. Up The Disco is a riotous barrel of fun that doesn't take itself too serious accompanied by a music video that follows in the same vein.

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Katherine Priddy - Interview

Katherine Priddy has been an artist on our radar since we caught her set at the much-missed A Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester in October 2016. Her 2018 EP Wolf was one of our favourites of the year and she finishes 2020 with a new single Still Winter Still Waiting. We caught up with her for a chat about the track, working with other musicians, her place on the English Folk Expo mentoring programme and hopes for 2021.