Friday, 31 August 2018
Interpol played a nine song set to a packed Rough Trade East to celebrate the release of their sixth LP, Marauder. Andy Keating of Manchester's Ist Ist went to see them in a venue which was smaller than the kind they were playing over 15 years ago when they exploded into the public consciousness with their seminal debut, Turn On The Bright Lights.
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Lord Let Me Know is the debut track from Lights On Moscow, a long-term project between Hazel Wilde of Lanterns On The Lake and Justin Lockey of Editors. It's the lead track from an EP entitled Aorta Songs Part 1 due out on October 12.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Monday, 27 August 2018
Liam Frost's Saturday night show at the Deaf Institute saw him reveal a number of tracks from his forthcoming Latchkey Kids album project as well as old favourites in a set full of anecdotes, self-deprecating jokes and an audience member fainting. Support came from Francis Lung.
Friday, 24 August 2018
Two contrasting acts - Hannah Ashcroft and Jekyll - topped the bill at the latest Free Vibes event curated by Shell Zenner at Band On The Wall on Thursday night.
Thursday, 23 August 2018
Growing Pains is the new single from Florence Rose, a Tulsa, Oklahoma based-artist. A random Soundcloud discovery, the single is the fourth track to appear on his page, and encapsulates perfectly the trials, tribulations and self-questioning of becoming an adult in these troubled times.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Bad Twin is the first track from SLUGS' forthcoming EP. The Los Angeles based four piece impressed with last year's demo collection Bedroom Attempts, but this first "proper" release they step up and confirm the positive impression they've made on our friends in California at their live shows.
Monday, 20 August 2018
Pieces Of Night is the impressive debut album from Ipswich’s Hannah Scott. Across eight songs she delivers a record with emotional depth and clarity that showcases many sides to her voice and different approaches to the art of songwriting without losing sight of having a message and a tune for the listener to connect to.
Sunday, 19 August 2018
James' summer of promotion of their new album Living In Extraordinary Times continued in the picturesque surroundings of Scarborough's Peasholm Park in the Outdoor Theatre. A perfect summer's evening opened by Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and Badly Drawn Boy saw the band mix tracks from the new album with old favourites in a spectacular set.
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Ist Ist continued their tour round Manchester (and Salford)'s iconic venues with a packed out headline show in the austere surroundings of St Philips Church in Salford. Their first gig as a four-piece and a fourteen-song set of their five singles, their recent Spinning Rooms EP and four new ones which should make the follow-up saw them lay further claim to the crown of the best unsigned band in town. Support came from Darma and Dear Caroline.
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
RosesAreBlue is one of the most prolific songwriters out there. Rose hasn't just released one album at the start of the month but three. We've chosen to feature Fairytale, the opening track on the Intensely album as our track of the day.
Monday, 13 August 2018
After the successful release of their Spinning Rooms EP earlier this year and a sold-out show at the Deaf Institute in Manchester as part of their first UK tour (with a Berlin show thrown in for good measure), Ist Ist return for a one-off show at the spectacular St Philips Church in Salford on Friday night. We caught up with bass player Andy to discuss the EP, expanding the band to a four-piece, why old crowd favourites will be lost forever, trying to change the public and industry perception of them and their plans for the rest of 2018 and beyond.
Sunday, 12 August 2018
James headlined the opening night of 2018's Party At The Palace in Linlithgow with a set that pulled heavily from their number six (two in Scotland) album Living In Extraordinary Times and its predecessor Girl At The End Of The World as well as nodding to their thirty-six year strong back catalogue.
Monday, 6 August 2018
James, well three of them, played an intimate stripped-down three-song set at Manchester's HMV on Monday interspersed with a Q and A session hosted by Inspiral Carpets keyboard player and XS Manchester DJ Clint Boon before signing copies of their new album Living In Extraordinary Times.
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Living In Extraordinary Times is James' fifteenth studio album, their follow-up to 2016's Girl At The End Of The World which reached number 2 in the UK. Whilst retaining moments of intimate poignancy, like the recent single Coming Home Pt 2, it also sees the band entering new sonic territory with the input of producers Charlie Andrew and Beni Giles, and Tim Booth taking a long hard look at the state of the world, particularly his home in America, and throwing lyrical rocks at the political mess we're in across the globe, but also offering some advice as how to shield yourself from the chaos.
On the last date of her European tour, Queen Kwong returned to Manchester for a headline slot at the Night And Day. With a critically acclaimed album Love Me To Death under her belt and The Pearl Harts in tow as part of her band, she delivered a thirty five minute set of stunning intensity that cut through the sauna-like conditions of the venue.