Thursday, 18 April 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Social Contract - Hoist Their Heads

Hot on the heels of their Common Tongue single, South London four-piece Social Contract return today with a new single Hoist Their Heads, a politically and socially charged song that avoids the usual platitudes and calls to arms and instead focuses on calling out inequalities and obsession with stories rather than human impacts.

Anteros / RedFaces / Good Future - Manchester Gorilla - 17th April 2019

Anteros brought their Where We Land tour to Manchester Gorilla on Wednesday night with the intent to entertain and make a point and they succeeded wholly in doing both. Support came from Sheffield's RedFaces and Good Future, another band hopping off the 192 from Stockport to try their luck in the big city down the road.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The Blinders - Interview

Ahead of their biggest ever shows headlining The Ritz in Manchester and Scala in London, we caught up with The Blinders to discuss their recent trip to America, their commitment to combining visual elements to their music, the recording process for their second album and what's influencing them in that process.

Dirty Laces - Manchester Vinyl Revival - 13th April 2019

Dirty Laces took to the pavement outside Vinyl Revival in Manchester for a traffic-stopping five-song set to celebrate Record Store Day in front of a mix of friends and family, record shoppers, bemused passers-by and irate drivers.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Matter Of Mind / Jekyll / Elephant Trees - Manchester Star And Garter - 12th April 2019

Matter Of Mind celebrated the release of their new single Sunken Revelations with a packed show at Manchester's Star And Garter on Friday night supported by Jekyll and Elephant Trees. A high-energy performance full of crowd participation showed that they're just a break away from reaching a much wider audience.

Fontaines D.C. - Leeds Brudenell Social Club - 12th April 2019 (Evening)

There’s an air of anticipation as Irish post-punk rockers Fontaines D.C. roll into town for the second of their seven date sold out UK tour supporting the release of red hot new album Dogrel. This evening’s show coincides with the actual release date of the album and there’s no better place to celebrate it than at the award winning Brudenell Social Club on the outskirts of Leeds.

Dub Sex - Interview

Thirty-three years since their formation, Dub Sex are about to release a compilation of EP tracks, rarities and radio sessions entitled Search For The Right Words. We caught up with front man Mark Hoyle for a chat about the band's history, why they're still here more than three decades later and their plans for the future of Dub Sex.

TRACK OF THE DAY : MarthaGunn - Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia is the debut single from MarthaGunn, a band that appeared in our top four tips for 2018 having seen them live at the tail end of 2017 and then they promptly never released anything the whole year. Their first offering is more than worth the wait though.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Fontaines D.C. - Leeds Brudenell Social Club - 12th April 2019 (Matinee)

The band of the moment Fontaines D.C. rolled into town with a swagger as they celebrated the release of their superb debut album Dogrel by performing a special matinee performance which included a stunning short, sharp, shock of six songs. Jason Wynne made his way across the Pennines for the first of a double helping.

Friday, 12 April 2019

The Slow Readers Club / Liam Frost - Manchester Gorilla - 11th April 2019

The Slow Readers Club made a triumphant return home on Thursday night from their gruelling thirty-two date tour around the UK with a sold out in minutes show at Manchester Gorilla. Covering all bases from their career so far they raced through a twenty-song set in front of an adoring audience that never once stopped bouncing. Support came from Liam Frost with songs from his recent Latchkey Kid album and an old favourite.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Matter Of Mind - Interview

Matter Of Mind returned recently with a new single Sunken Revelations and on Friday they headline the Star And Garter in Manchester. We caught up with front man Jordan for a chat about their recent debut nationwide tour, the single and plans for the future.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ian Prowse - Here I Lie

Here I Lie is Ian Prowse's third solo album, following on from 2014's Who Loves Ya Baby? and 2015's Companeros after a couple of decades with celebrated indie underdogs Pele and Amsterdam. Across eleven songs, he releases his first new record for four years - an exploration of themes that delve into the personal as well as the social and political fabric of his line of sight.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

The burning question is are Fontaines D.C. the most important band out there right now? They represent a number of exciting new bands from across the Irish Sea producing great new music and they are at the forefront of an exciting new scene. Jason Wynne takes a closer look at their highly anticipated debut Dogrel.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Coby Fletcher - Power Never Changes

Power Never Changes is the debut single from Coby Fletcher, a face and voice you might recognise if you're familiar with the Manchester music scene. He's striking out under his own name now and Julia Grantham takes a listen to his first offering.

Dave Fidler / Camilla Sky / Joe McAdam - Salford Eagle Inn - 5th April 2019

Dave Fidler launched his second album Songs From Aurora with a sold-out six-piece band set in the intimate surroundings of Salford's Eagle Inn, playing the album in full as well as a few favourites from his debut. Support came from a rare set by Joe McAdam and Camilla Sky.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Dollie Demi / Nadia Sheikh - Manchester Jimmy's - 6th April 2019

Dollie Demi and Nadia Sheikh headlined the latest This Feeling club night at Jimmy's in Manchester. Two very different bands provided an interesting contrast in style, one rock and roll, the other a melee of garage, pop, punk and all manner of influences but united in their ability to grab the audience's attention.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Dub Sex - Search For The Right Words

Formed in Hulme in the mid 80's and splitting in 1990, Dub Sex have long been in contention for the title of Manchester's greatest cult band. Following shows in 2014, including gigs with friends Inspiral Carpets, it was clear there was still much love for a band who played shows with their contemporaries Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses back in the late eighties. 2019 sees the issue of the definitive Dub Sex compilation and some live shows to accompany the release. Stuart Ralston takes a nostalgic look back.

Friday, 5 April 2019

The Slow Readers Club / Bridges - St Albans The Horn - 3rd April 2019

As the Slow Readers Club entered their final leg of their 32 date UK nationwide tour, Ed Smith caught up with them at the smallest show of the tour in the intimate surroundings of The Horn in St Albans.

LIINES - Chester Live Rooms - 4th April 2019

LIINES have been on the road with Sleaford Mods for a few weeks now and we caught up with them opening the night at Chester's Live Rooms venue on Thursday night. A breathless half-hour set saw them rattle through tracks from their debut Stop / Start album as well as play a number of new songs that show them moving forward as a band without losing the essence that makes them magic.

TRACK BY TRACK : Dave Fidler - Songs From Aurora

As he releases his second album Songs From Aurora to the world, Dave Fidler talked us through the album's twelve tracks, the stories behind them and the experiences that inspired him as an accompaniment to the record you can hear in full below and on his Bandcamp page.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Charlie Soul - Obsessed

Obsessed is the debut single from Charlie Soul, the first fruits of twelve months of writing. Accompanied by a video that captures the mood of the song, it tells of the inability to forget at the end of a relationship.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Mano McLaughlin - Then Lightning

Then Lightning is Mano McLaughlin's long-awaited second album, the follow-up to 2013's Peach Got Bones and demonstrates why many of his contemporaries rate him as one of the best singer-songwriters around despite the lack of recognition he's had from the industry over the past few years. Then Lightning might not change that, because things aren't as simple as great music automatically getting the acclaim it deserves, but it's a record that will disarm and charm anyone fortunate enough to cross its path.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Dave Fidler - Songs From Aurora

Dave Fidler’s second solo album Songs From Aurora is a significant progression from his debut I’m Not Here. Eschewing the reel-to-reel recording methods and stripped-back solo approach of the debut for something deeper, richer and more varied in tone, it’s a record that sees him blossoming out, discovering himself musically and delivering a record that is set to charm anyone lucky enough to cross its path.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Ist Ist - Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's - 30th March 2019

Ist Ist concluded their Everything Is Different Now tour with their debut Scottish performance at Sneaky Pete's in the capital. In front of an international crowd in one of the most intimate and long-standing venues in the city, they won over new friends with a performance worthy of venues many times this size.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Touts / Inhaler - Manchester Night And Day - 29th March 2019

Touts' tour in support of their recent single Before We Go Forward hit Manchester's Night And Day Cafe on Friday night with an hour-long twenty one set that was confrontational in its raw punk energy. Support came from fellow Irish band Inhaler.

Working Men's Club - Manchester Castle - 29th March 2019

There's a real buzz about Working Men's Club, a word of mouth excitement that feels different to the usual hype that gets thrown around a new band that comes anywhere near threatening the mould of which bands out of Manchester are usually cast from. We caught up with their latest support slot at The Castle Hotel and watched them cast their spell over a packed room.

Friday, 29 March 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY (EXCLUSIVE) : Matter Of Mind - Sunken Revelations

Sunken Revelations is the new single from Matter Of Mind. The song has been a live favourite since it was introduced into their set and now finally gets a release of its own.

Doves - Warrington Parr Hall - 28th March 2019

Doves marked their long-awaited return with their first show at Warrington Parr Hall, a warm-up for Friday's Teenage Cancer benefit show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets sold out in minutes as people scrambled to catch one of Manchester's best-loved and often underrated bands return. And return they did in style.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Woman You Stole - Frustration

Frustration is the second single from Manchester alt lo-fi trio Woman You Stole.  Set to an eerie disconcerting video of a masked face and corseted body moving around the screen, Frustration is the follow-up to last year's debut single Excuse My French 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Lisa - Primitive Us

Primitive Us is the debut single from Ontario's Lisa, a song described as "candy-coated razor blades, phoney feelings, dangling carrots, self-destruction, winning big and then losing it all."

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Cold Water Swimmers - Interview

Cold Water Swimmers recently released their double A-side single Summer Breeze / I'll Be Your Witness. Ahead of their upcoming performance at Manchester's You Are Not Alone Festival at the weekend, we caught up with front man Chris to find out more.

Monday, 25 March 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Maybe It's Madelline - Ghost

Ghost is the second single from Montreal-based singer Madelline. Described as "an anthem for embracing solitude," it's a haunting yet relatable song about feeling alone in the world even though circumstances might suggest that you shouldn't be.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Neon Waltz / Household Dogs - Manchester YES - 24th March 2019

Neon Waltz brought their tour in support of new single Friends Who Lost Control to the basement of Manchester's Yes on Sunday night with a mix of tracks from their debut album Strange Hymns as well as a number of new tracks. Support came from Leeds' Household Dogs.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

James - Hull Bonus Arena - 22nd March 2019

James’ Living In Extraordinary Times tour came to an interesting conclusion at shiny new Hull Bonus Arena for the last night of the tour.

Friday, 22 March 2019

James - Birmingham O2 Academy - 21st March 2019

James rolled into Birmingham for the penultimate night of their Living In Extraordinary Times tour where they support themselves with an acoustic set that challenged the audience to keep quiet and listen before an electric set that mixed new with old.

Neon Waltz - Interview

Returning with a new single Friends Who Lost Control, Neon Waltz's second single since their debut album Strange Hymns, and in the middle of a huge UK tour, 2019 might be the year that the John O'Groats band finally see deserved rewards for their infectious and anthemic songs. We caught up with front man Jordan for a chat.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Afghan Sand Gang - Envy

Afghan Sand Gang return with a new single Envy, their first new material since last year's Machine Music EP. It's a social commentary on the state of human interaction in these times of black or white, right or wrong where discourse and compromise are out of the window.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

James - Carlisle Sands Centre - 20th March 2019

James' Living In Extraordinary Times tour rolled into Carlisle on Wednesday night to the sports hall turned concert venue The Sands Centre where they played an extended acoustic opening set before treating the midweek crowd to a set that added in a few surprises along the way.

Dave Fidler - Interview

Dave Fidler is preparing to release his second solo album Songs From Aurora on April 5th. We caught up with him for a chat about the unusual methods employed in the writing of the record, the fuller sound compared to his debut I'm Not Here and his exciting plans for taking the record out on the road.

Touts - Interview

Touts recently released Before We Go Forward, a cover of a long-lost Joe Strummer song. We caught up with them as they embark on a big UK and Ireland tour including a show at the Night And Day in Manchester on the 29th March to talk about their songwriting ethos, plans for an album and the Brexit elephant in the room.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Caoilfhionn Rose - Look At You Now

Look At You Now is the latest single from Caoilfhionn Rose's debut album Awaken and it's accompanied by a video of busking trips across Europe that perfectly captures the mood of the song.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

James - Edinburgh Usher Hall - 18th March 2019

James' Living In Extraordinary Times tour rolled into Edinburgh for the solitary Scottish date of the run. With some surprise guests at the end they continued the tour's set up of a half-hour acoustic set supporting themselves and then a mix of their best-loved tunes, tracks from the album that gave the tour its name and some unusual choices from their back catalogue.

Louie Louie - Interview

We caught up with Louie Louie as they prepared to release their long-awaited debut EP to talk through the six tracks, why it's taken them so long to be ready to release it and working with Guy Garvey of Elbow and Peter Jobson of I Am Kloot.

Monday, 18 March 2019

James - Newcastle City Hall - 17th March 2019

James continued their Living In Extraordinary Times tour with a sold-out show in the theatrical setting of Newcastle’s City Hall, performing an emotional half-hour acoustic set ahead of their electric headline.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Pavia Ward - Frozen Teardrops

Frozen Teardrops is the debut single from Manchester singer / songwriter Pavia Ward. Clocking in at close to five minutes, it's an ambitious first offering, set to a pulsating electronic beat that allows Pavia's impressive expressive voice to take centre stage.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Ist Ist / Red Light Effect - Manchester Gorilla - 16th March 2019

Ist Ist returned to Gorilla for the biggest headline date of their Everything Is Different Now tour. Supported by the impressive Red Light Effect, they played an hour's set of tracks from the EP, its predecessor Spinning Rooms, some early singles and a new track called Black to a rapt audience drawn in by the four-piece's power and intensity.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

The Slow Readers Club - Liverpool Arts Club - 15th March 2019

The Slow Readers Club made a triumphant return to Liverpool to play to a sold-out months in advance Arts Club on Friday night. With a set touching on all parts of their back catalogue, they held the audience in their grasp for seventy minutes without ever letting go.

Friday, 15 March 2019

The Slow Readers Club - Blackpool Bootleg Social - 14th March 2019

The Slow Readers Club tour rolled into Blackpool on Thursday night for an intimate sold-out show at the Bootleg Social. In front of an adoring crowd they ran through tracks from their three albums to date as well as a new track from their recent recording sessions as they continued their seemingly endless trek through the provincial towns and circuit venues of the country on their first major nationwide tour as full time musicians.