Hebden Bridge Trades Club
14th June 2013
There's been a big buzz about MONEY for a while. They've recently signed to Bella Union for the release of their forthcoming debut album and they've been selected by the Manchester International Festival to play that album in full over two nights as part of the festival. We went to see them perform a low-key show at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge to see what the fuss is all about.
There's a slew of fantastic bands knocking around Manchester at the moment, amongst them PINS, Embers, Brown Brogues, Puppet Rebellion, Purple Heart Parade, yet MONEY are the one that the smart bets are on to make the biggest breakthrough. They've been around for a couple of years now, releasing a couple of sold-out singles on Sways Records, but their recent signing to Bella Union and release of their first single for them, Bluebells In The Fields, has heralded more attention. They've just completed a few small dates around the country culminating in this show at the wonderful Trades Club in picturesque Hebden Bridge.
Musically, they're totally on the money, if you pardon the pun. The rest of the band look on almost disinterested at their front man's antics, yet they create a huge dreamy dramatic atmospheric tarpaulin for him to paint over. Bluebells is an excellent introduction to what to expect from the album when it arrives, stretching sonic boundaries without resorting to gimmicks or too much pre-recorded trickery.
Each song feels like it's been crafted delicately with immaculate attention to detail. To be fair, some of it wasted on a Friday night crowd that's talking through parts of the set. They've taken their time to get their sound right and they are now almost ready to take on the world.
Their official website can be found here and they are also on Twitter and Facebook.