Thursday, 17 October 2019

Emily Capell - Combat Frock

Emily Capell's debut album has been in a long-time making, but Combat Frock is more than worth the wait as the north-west Londoner delivers an album that captures on record the joyful essence of her live shows and her unique razor sharp wit, social commentary and love of a famous football bad boy.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ill - Kick Him Out The Disco

Kick Him Out The Disco is Ill's first new material since last year's debut We Are Ill album. Described as"a song about realising that it’s not You, it’s definitely Them; it’s about standing up for yourself and giving your manipulative exes and incompetent overlords a glittered middle finger"

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Murder Capital / Happy Couple - Edinburgh Mash House - 15th October 2019

The Murder Capital's first sold-out Scottish headline show at Edinburgh's intimate Mash House venue ended up feeling more like an out-of-body experience, forty-five minutes of the most powerful antidote to both personal and the world's ills, an opportunity to lose yourself and immerse yourself in the most potent medicine - love. Support came from Brighton's Happy Couple.

Gdansk 81 - Veneration Complex EP

Gdansk81 describe themselves as “post punk underdogs from the rainy city.” What they bring on their Veneration Complex EP is an approach that’s rare amongst bands who identify with that genre. Across the three songs they intersperse male and female vocals - with Macker and Claire either taking the lead or combining in call and response - to create something that feels unique in this space.

TRACK OF THE DAY : talker - Keep Me Safe

Keep Me Safe is the first track to be released from talker's second EP, the follow-up to her debut Horror Films and her first release since signing to Common Ground Records earlier this year.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The Murder Capital / Happy Couple - Leeds Brudenell Social Club - 14th October 2019

The Murder Capital’s sold out UK tour hit one of our favourite venues in the world on Monday night - the main room at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds for another of those evenings that will live long in the memory of a band on the cusp. Support came from Brighton’s Happy Couple.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Hayley Mary - The Piss, The Perfume

The Piss, The Perfume is the debut solo single from The Jezabels lead singer Hayley Mary although she might not totally appreciate the reference to her past. Accompanied by a light-hearted fun video that really captures the song's essence, the single deals with her reaction to the return of an ex-lover and her reaction to it.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Glasspop / Methods / Husk - Manchester The Peer Hat - 13th October 2019

Poland's Glasspop finished a whistlestop seventy two hour trip to the UK with their first ever headline here at The Peer Hat in Manchester after playing five shows across two days at Lancaster Music Festival. Their set featured big anthemic songs from their Stranger In The Mirror album supported by Wolverhampton's Methods and Manchester's own Husk.

The Murder Capital / Happy Couple - Birmingham Castle And Falcon - 12th October 2019

The Murder Capital's sold out tour rolled into Birmingham's Castle And Falcon on Saturday night for a hot and sweaty show that built in intensity as it progressed with an inordinate amount of love in the room for the most exhilarating band around at the moment. Support came from Brighton's Happy Couple.

Conifer John - Interview

The mysterious Conifer John released their self-titled debut album last Friday. We caught up with the man behind the project for a chat about the concept, the unusual writing and recording processes and to get his description of the sound of Conifer John.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Brenda Carsey - Her

Her is the second single to be taken from LA-based vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Brenda Carsey's forthcoming album Sirens. With an entrancing video using vintage footage from Prelinger Archives San Francisco, the song is a beautifully reflective track that looks into the confusing world of human relationships and interactions and waiting for someone to love you.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

The Murder Capital - Birmingham HMV Vault - 12th October 2019

The Murder Capital played a short but bittersweet four-song set to help celebrate the opening of HMV's new Birmingham Vault store on Saturday lunchtime, setting up the surreal sight of a band celebrated for its dark intensity playing to a well-lit warehouse of Saturday shoppers.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

LIINES / Bis - Manchester Night And Day Cafe - 11th October 2019

LIINES and Bis's three-date tour rolled into Manchester for its second night and the sold-out signs had been posted weeks in advance. A packed crowd braved the Night And Day's usual sweatbox atmosphere on packed nights to witness two bands with contrasting styles but very similar ethos deliver two rapturously received sets.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Celestial North - You Painted A World

You Painted A World is the sixth single from the mysterious Celestial North. It's her most accessible track yet, building slowly, using repetition cleverly to emphasise the message to "hold yourself back, hold yourself close" like the most comforting arm around the shoulder as the song's subject ponders the next steps.

Friday, 11 October 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Seamonsters - How To Be Famous

The Seamonsters return with a new single today, their live favourite How To Be Famous, a song that showcases a very different side to them from their early singles. Heavier and harder-hitting, taking aim at the things people are expected to do in order to have their fifteen minutes in the spotlight, it's their best single to date.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

The Slow Readers Club - Live At The O2 Apollo Manchester

For years those in the know shouted from the rooftops that The Slow Readers Club were made to fill out venues like the Apollo yet no one really believed that it would ever come to pass. But for the magic of word of mouth, and of course a set full of songs across three albums that could have been written with this hallowed space in mind, it happened in December 2018 and sold out three months in advance. Ten months on and that magical night has been captured for posterity on CD / DVD and vinyl - and it's like the musical equivalent of a This Is Your Life episode played out in front of three and a half thousand adoring fans.

Déjà Vega - Déjà Vega

Déjà Vega's long-awaited debut album finally sees the light of day this week, just as they start to sell out bigger and bigger venues across Manchester and further afield. Including many of the singles that have helped to grow that following, the album captures one of the country's most exhilarating live bands and commits them to long-play vinyl for the very first time whilst still maintaining the excitement and energy of the live shows.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Marissa Burwell - Scaredy Cat

Marissa Burwell's Scaredy Cat is the follow-up single to her self-titled debut EP that the Canadian singer-songwriter from Regina, Saskatchewan released earlier this year. The song is accompanied by one of the best music videos we've seen this year where Marissa sets up traps to ensnare people who are seeking to do her harm.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Conifer John - Walden Pond

Walden Pond is the lead track from the mysterious Conifer John's self-titled debut album that is released this Friday to coincide with a launch show at Salford St Philip's Church.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

TRACKS OF THE DAY : The Twilight Sad - Rats / Public Housing

On the back of one of the albums of the year in It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, The Twilight Sad surprised us all by revealing two new songs on October 8th in the form of Rats and Public Housing.

Apollo Junction - Interview

It's been a busy year for Leeds' Apollo Junction. They've released their debut album Mystery, played festival bills with some of the biggest names in indie around and have had their music on TV in the UK and the US. We caught up with them for a chat about all that and their plans for touring in 2020.

Vulpynes - Dye Me Red EP

Dye Me Red is Vulpynes’ second EP, the follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut from the Dublin duo. Like on its predecessor, Vulpynes trade in huge heavy hook-laden songs layered with earworm melodies.

Monday, 7 October 2019

The Murder Capital / Happy Couple - York The Crescent - 6th October 2019

The Murder Capital’s extensive UK tour in support of their top 20 debut album When I Have Fears entered its first full week with a rescheduled date at a sold out Crescent in York. Playing all but one song from the album in an intense fifty minute set that ended in chaos and confusion, they demonstrated they can more than meet the heightened expectations. Support came from Brighton's Happy Couple.

Austel - Interview

With the release of her new single Now We're Here following up last year's debut EP Unfold, Austel is hoping to build on the positive momentum and feedback she's received. We caught up with her for a chat about the single, the accompanying video and plans for more new material and touring.

Thousand Yard Stare - It Sparks EP

It Sparks! is the first new material from Thousand Yard Stare since 2017’s Deep Dreaming / Stargazing double EP. Backed with a stripped back pastoral version of Tragedy No 6 from their second album Mappamundi and a demo version of the single, it shows they’ve still got plenty to give.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Ist Ist / The Black Lagoons / Eugene Gorgeous / West Wickhams - York Fulford Arms - 5th October 2019

Ist Ist concluded their UK tour with their first ever show in York at the Fulford Arms on Saturday night, supported by an impressive line-up of The Black Lagoons, Eugene Gorgeous and West Wickhams.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Déjà Vega / The Hot Soles - Manchester Gullivers - 4th October 2019

Déjà Vega's biggest Manchester headline show to date at Gullivers sold out in hours (they've since sold out the Deaf Institute six months in advance). As they prepare for next week's release of their long-awaited debut album, a packed room celebrated one of the North West's best live bands finally starting to get the recognition and success they deserve.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Glasspop - Interview

Describing themselves as "Modern Synth Alternative Rock" Glasspop are returning to the UK from their native Poland to play at this year's Lancaster Music Festival and then their first ever UK headline show at Manchester's Peer Hat on October 13. We caught up with front man Marcin “Maverick” Kujawa to talk about the band, Polish music and their love of British music.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Afghan Sand Gang - Fast Talk

Afghan Sand Gang return with their new single Fast Talk, the Mossley four-piece mixing social commentary behind the shimmering electronics of the song.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : James Holt - Little Green Light

James Holt has released his new single Little Green Light ahead of his biggest headline show to date at Manchester's Deaf Institute this Friday. He describes it as "the most upbeat track I've released so far, a hybrid of sorts, fusing elements of disco, Latin American rhythms and Johnny Marr jangly guitar lines, all with hints of The Beatles throughout”

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Matter Of Mind - Sparks In Our Blood

Sparks In Our Blood is the new single from Stockport's Matter Of Mind and it comes accompanied with a gory and mysterious video.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Temples - Manchester Soup Kitchen - 30th September 2019

Temples came to Manchester on a wet Monday night for an out-store show at Soup Kitchen in conjunction with Piccadilly Records. Mixing six songs from their new album Hot Motion that came out last Friday with three old favourites, they delighted an attentive crowd with their summery psychedelia.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Rundown - Take Offence

Take Offence is the debut single from Manchester five-piece Rundown, an exceptionally promising first song that succeeds in both having a magical timeless quality to it as well as sounding thoroughly modern and relevant.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Rory Wynne - Manchester Zombie Shack - 27th September 2019

Rory Wynne played the second of his four night residency at Zombie Shack on Friday night, an hour plus set covering seventeen songs from his debut album, EP, early singles and some new material. Despite having to fight against crippling sound issues the quality of the songs managed to shine through.

Ist Ist / Our Fold - Bury Met - 28th September 2019

Ist Ist played a triumphant sort-of-homecoming show at Bury Met on Saturday night as part of their nationwide tour ahead of going into the studio to record their debut album. Mixing their early singles including the resurrection of an old favourite with tracks from their two EPs and giving us a tantalising taster of the songs that will form the album. Support came from Bolton's Our Fold with tracks taken from their recent debut album Sick Of Normal Life.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : John Bramwell - I Am The Sky

John Bramwell has released his new single today I Am The Sky with a video featuring Ben Crompton from Game Of Thrones and the Newcastle dance company balletLORENT. It's the first new material from his follow-up to his debut solo record Leave Alone The Empty Spaces.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Keane - Manchester Apollo - 26th September 2019

Keane returned last week after a seven-year absence with a new album Cause And Effect and their first UK tour in that time called in at an immediately sold-out Manchester Apollo for a night of reminiscing about their glory days but with the new album heavily represented in a mammoth twenty-four song set.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Useless Cities - How To Feel

Useless Cities return today with their first single of the year How To Feel. It mixes two very different vocal styles - one full of foreboding, the other full of hope as it soars into the distance - and music that builds and wraps itself around the listener before balancing on the precipice of distortion in the breakdown.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Lunatic (Live At O2 Apollo Manchester)

In December 2018, The Slow Readers Club played their biggest headline show to date at Manchester Apollo. Sold-out three months in advance, the night was a celebration of a band that had for so long been one of the underdogs on the city's music scene finally getting their deserved rewards. Ahead of the October 25th release of a live CD / LP / DVD of the whole night, they've revealed a live video of Lunatic, the opening song of the night and the lead single from their top-twenty third album Build A Tower.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Michael Timmons - Aberdeen Big Sky Studio - 21st September 2019

Michael Timmons is a young man who has come of age since the release of his beautiful debut album Bone Coloured. A star that shines bright in the sky above. Jason Wynne caught his sold-out performance at Aberdeen's Big Sky Studio as part of the inaugural True North Festival.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Cobain Jones - Manchester HMV - 24th September 2019

Tameside's Cobain Jones is one of a new breed of songwriters from the Greater Manchester area who's not tied to the legacy of a certain set of brothers and takes his influences from wider afield. He played Manchester HMV's first ever Live N Local showcase on Tuesday night with a set of four originals and five covers.

Ist Ist / Aufbau Principle - Glasgow Hug And Pint - 21st September 2019

Making their Glasgow debut, Manchester's Ist Ist played a storming show, winning over a new legion of fans. Before that, local heroes Aufbau Principle played an impressive set. Stuart Ralston returns to one of his favourite venues in his hometown.

Monday, 23 September 2019

The Twilight Sad - Aberdeen True North Festival - 21st September 2019

It’s safe to say The Twilight Sad haven’t had an easy ride throughout the many many years of their turbulent existence. Through the adversity they’ve come out the other side stronger than ever and the bands much anticipated return to the Granite City headlining the True North Festival feels like some sort of triumph and rightly so.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Ist Ist - London Grace - 19th September 2019

Ist Ist opened their UK tour in London at the newly revamped Grace with a powerful set mixing tracks from their first two EPs, early singles and two tracks from their forthcoming debut album to a delirious crowd that fully bought into them.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Jordan Allen - Never Give It Up

After eight months out in the wilderness, Jordan Allen is back with a fiercely independent new single Never Give It Up and a new band.  Having already sold out Gorilla in Manchester three months in advance and with a set of new songs readied for release, he's destined to make good the years of waiting and to do it on his own terms.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Wha - Innocents

Innocents is the debut single from Kilkenny's The Wha, the latest band off what seems like a conveyor belt of bands coming from across the Irish Sea. Like the others though, they've got a spirit and a personality of their own and this shines through in both the song and the video for Innocents.

Pixies / The Big Moon - Manchester Apollo - 18th September 2019

Pixies' huge European tour in support of their seventh studio album Beyond The Eyrie hit Manchester Apollo on Wednesday night for a sold-out show that covered all seven of their studio albums across a mammoth thirty-seven songs, focusing heaviest on the new record and their classic Doolittle. Support came from The Big Moon.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ren Harvieu - Teenage Mascara

High on the list of things we've been waiting for a very long time for was the return of Ren Harvieu. Seven years on from her top five debut album Through The Night, she's finally back with a single Teenage Mascara, the first track to be taken from her second album due for release via Bella Union in March 2020 written with The Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Ist Ist - Sessions EP Track By Track

With their debut EP release Spinning Rooms sold out on vinyl and its follow-up Everything Is Different Now close behind, Ist Ist have taken the novel approach of re-recording them in one day in the studio and combining them on this Sessions release rather than simply repress them. We had a chat with bassist Andy Keating who walked us through the tracks on Sessions.