Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Monday, 29 January 2018
A packed Friday crowd crammed their way into Soup Kitchen to witness California's Wand come to town to plug their fourth album Plum with Switzerland's East Sister in support. They were rewarded with a set that was eclectic, eccentric and interspersed with moments of brilliant outsider angular pop tones from a band that sought to engage its audience at times and at others lose themselves in the moment.
Dantevilles / Hello Operator / Gardenback / Louie Louie / The Goa Express / Maddy Storm - Manchester Jimmy's - 27th January 2018
As January draws to an eventual end, Lucoo filled up the final Saturday with their all-dayer at Jimmy's with a line-up of many of the bands that have graced this stage in the past couple of years. We caught up with Maddy Storm, The Goa Express, Louie Louie, Gardenback, Hello Operator and Dantevilles with a packed hot and sweaty room full of fellow music fans.
Sunday, 28 January 2018
Ahead of the release of a new album Jericho Sirens in March and in support of the Sub Pop reissue of their three albums from 2000-2004, Hot Snakes rolled into Manchester with their furious barricade of unrelenting punishing three minute aural assaults that sent the crowd into a frenzied meltdown, pogoing and moshing. Support came from two Manchester bands - one of our favourites LIINES and Hopper Propelled Electric.
Friday, 26 January 2018
Faults is the new single from London three-piece Berries that is due out on February 9th ahead of the release of their second EP later this year. It's set to build on the momentum gathered by their last single Wild Vow and debut EP Those Funny Things which has led to well-received shows around the country to growing audiences and support from the likes of John Kennedy at Radio X and This Feeling and slots at festivals such as When In Manchester, Head For The Hills and Kazoopa.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
Emma Saunders is a singer-songwriter from London. She's recently added three tracks to Soundcloud, all of which are an impressive first offering. We've chosen Everything To Me as the standout one for us as track of the day, but we'd recommend listening to the other two.
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Beth Bombara's album Map And No Direction made it to number seven in our albums of the year in 2017. A chance find led us to dig back into a fairly substantial back catalogue of an artist who found a home in the UK with Brighton's At The Helm Records for this album. As a result Beth is making her first trip to the UK for a series of shows with Jaime Wyatt in February as well as an appearance at Americanafest on January 31st. We caught up with her for a chat before she set off on her travels to find out a little more about her and where she's looking forward to playing.
Monday, 22 January 2018
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Kula Bay's first show of 2018 took place in the basement Manchester Club Academy on Friday night on a bill of bands with very mixed styles and fan bases. Their set though confirmed them as one of the acts set to make their mark this year as their developing confidence, innate sense of melody and the immediate hooklines in their songs didn't feel at all out of place in the biggest room they've played so far.
Friday, 19 January 2018
Proletariat are one of a new wave of bands from the Manchester area making their mark currently. The four-piece haven't been around too long, but already they're selling out headline shows of their own, capturing prized support slots and getting their message heard both in the city and beyond. This weekend they headline This Feeling's Big In 2018 night at Jimmy's in Manchester before their big show at Deaf Institute in March which is already close to a sell-out. We caught up with front man James to find out a bit more about them and what they're about.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Re-Surface is the third EP from Manchester duo Edits featuring lead track Don't Speak which we featured late last year and four other tracks. It's an EP full of the dramatic electronic and vocal swooping and soaring that characterised their first two releases, but with a more direct sense of purpose. It's an impressive statement of intent from a band seeking to break out of the Manchester underground scene.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
I Can Rely On Me is the new single from Bridlington-based solo artist Nick Tudor, following on from last year's Idle Hands and Idle Minds EP. It's one of those songs that you stumble across by accident and it stops you in your tracks.
Monday, 15 January 2018
Casual Sex In The Cineplex was the debut album from Sultans Of Ping FC, a mysterious odd bunch from Cork who traded in magnificently bonkers songs for three albums back in the 1990s. Best known for the indie disco hit Where's Me Jumper? that still sets dance floors alight when it's played to a room of forty somethings reminiscing about their university days, the time has come to reissue that album more than twenty five years on, enhanced by the inclusion of a raft of b-sides and the first CD release of tracks from their debut What About Those Sultans? EP.
Love You More is the second track to be revealed from Control of The Going's debut album I Love You But It's Going To Rain, due for release on February 23rd. The song is a live favourite already and a big bold statement of intent from the Tameside six-piece.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
John Bramwell's first gig of 2018 was an intimate affair in the relaxed surroundings of Biddulph Arms. With support from Dave Fidler and Merrym'n, the respectful and attentive audience survived the furnace like conditions of the room and were treated to three very different but talented songwriters displaying their craft.
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Your Dog is the first song to be taken from Soccer Mommy's debut album Clean which is due out on March 2nd in conjunction with a UK tour that takes in a show at the Castle Hotel in Manchester on March 4th.
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Kula Bay sprang out of nowhere in the middle of the year, but by the end of it their debut single 7 Hours was a staple on BBC Introducing in both Manchester and Liverpool as well as appearing on our list of top four tips for 2018. The Warrington four piece's new single Lost With You is out on January 20th and will be exclusively revealed via an interview and session with Michelle and Nat at BBC Introducing Manchester. We caught up with them at the Night And Day just before Christmas for a chat about how things have taken off for them in the past few months and their plans for 2018.
High Hopes is the first single from Orphan Colours' debut album All On Red that's released on January 26th on At The Helm Records. Featuring members of ahab, Danny And The Champions Of The World, this supergroup of sorts have crafted an album that has touch points on the work of those three bands, but with an individuality and depth that's all of its own.
Monday, 8 January 2018
27 is the debut single from Norwich four-piece Kaves. Only formed in June of last year, they've already sold out their debut gig at their hometown Waterfront studio venue and had repeat plays on BBC Introducing in Norfolk. 27 is a brilliant three minute pop song with a chorus that'll stick in your head for days after listening to it but which is anything but throwaway, touching on a whole boat load of influences whilst retaining an original sound and personality all of its own. It's a mightily impressive debut that has us excited about what they'll do next.
Friday, 5 January 2018
Mute is the second single from Stockholm-based electronic duo Us. The voice might be familiar though - it's Andrew Montgomery, formerly of Geneva and Amityville and who released his solo album Ruled By Dreams a few years back. His voice is unmistakable and the sparse electronic backing allows him to really demonstrate his command of range and ability to use it to express emotions in a way that many singers simply don't possess the tools to.
Thursday, 4 January 2018
We like a band with a bit of mystery about them, one that doesn't give away names, post many pictures (although their Twitter Christmas picture shows a sense of humour) but which have a big slice of self-confidence as their introductory email described themselves as "the most exciting new band in Manchester." A bold proclamation so have a listen to their latest single Think Responsibly and see if you agree.