Tuesday, 19 February 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Skye Wallace - Coal In Your Window


Coal In The Window is the first single to be taken from Skye Wallace's forthcoming self-titled fourth album due in June.

Monday, 18 February 2019

The Maitlands - Interview


A newly reinvigorated The Maitlands have just launched their second EP Bury The Hatchet with a new line-up and a seemingly more focused approach to their art. We caught up with front man Carl Ingram for a chat about changes in the band and the tracks that make up the EP and the inspiration for his lyrics.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Déjà Vega / Dantevilles / Deh-Yey - Manchester Castle - 16th February 2019


 

Déjà Vega's biggest headline date so far saw them sell out The Castle Hotel in Manchester on Saturday night. With hardly space to move and sweat dripping from the ceilings, a packed crowd was delighted by an hour long set featuring both new material and old favourites. Support came from secret guests Dantevilles and their new line-up ahead of their forthcoming tour and Chester duo Deh-Yey.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Slow Readers Club / Astrid - Glasgow BBC Quay Sessions - 13th February 2019


Broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, The Quay Sessions is Scotland's premier live radio programme. Over the past few years, an illustrious list of artists have recorded sessions. Stuart and Ella Ralston were there to catch The Slow Readers Club play their first show of 2019.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Maitlands - Bury The Hatchet EP


With a new line-up and a focus not previously associated with Carl Ingram’s band of merry men, The Maitlands return with a five-track EP Bury The Hatchet that feels like a significant game changer for them.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

SKIES - Interview


One of our favourite live bands SKIES are returning to Manchester at the beginning of next month for a gig at Night People as part of a headline tour. We caught up with Alie and Jericho for a chat about their most recent single Can't You Save Me, spreading the word and new music on the way in 2019.

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Roques - Fear Me


We caught Dundee five-piece The Roques going down a storm in Perth last year and have been keen to hear more from them.  They have just returned with a new single called Fear Me.

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Lucid Dream / Working Men's Club - Manchester Yes - 9th February 2019


The Lucid Dream's short tour rode into Manchester on Saturday night for a sold-out show at Yes, their biggest sell-out here yet, hypnotising the front rows with an exhilarating display of power and passion. Support came from one of the most highly-tipped bands in town Working Men's Club.

Friday, 8 February 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Working Men's Club - Bad Blood


Bad Blood is the debut single from trio Working Men's Club. Even though it's not released until February 15th, the single has spent three weeks on 6 Music's C Playlist, an impressive feat for a first release.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Heavy Heart - Bed Bug


After their run of twelve singles in 2016 which were released as an album Keepsake in early 2017, Heavy Heart have been quiet, but they return with a new single Bed Bug, the first in a trilogy of songs that they plan to release over the coming months.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Ethan And The Reformation - Interview / Manchester Jimmy's - 22nd December 2018


Wild-Minded Woman, released late last year, marked the comeback of Ethan And The Reformation just as we thought we might have lost them for good. But they're back with a new line-up, a new ethos and a change in style. Julia Grantham caught up with them just before Christmas at their packed-out show at Jimmy's for a chat.

The Lucid Dream - Glasgow Broadcast - 2nd February 2019


The opening night of the second leg of The Lucid Dream Actualisation tour begins as the first leg concluded – with a packed house in celebratory mood.

Richard Hawley / Liam Frost - Bury The Met - 3rd February 2019


Richard Hawley concluded Bury Met’s Independent Venue Week celebrations with the second of two sold-out shows accompanied by his neighbour Martin Simpson, long-term collaborator Shez Sheridan and Manchester’s own Clive Mellor. Support came from local hero Liam Frost.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

The Blinders / The C33s - Hebden Bridge Trades Club - 31st January 2019


The Blinders kicked off 2019 with a sold-out show as part of Independent Venue Week as they seek to build on the success of last year’s Columbia album and start the process of its follow up. Support came from The C33s.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Geneva - Edinburgh Wee Red Bar - 1st February 2019


"This one's called Further, we're going to go further" Andrew Montgomery towards the end of Geneva's first live show since May 2000. In front of a packed room of friends, family and fans that had held their flame in the intervening years, a four-piece Geneva delighted the crowd with a set of songs taken from their two albums Further and Weather Underground.

Friday, 1 February 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : The Big Peach - All You Gotta Do Is Ask

Hot on the heels of Big Peach's self-titled debut album one of the hardest working bands around have released a new stand-alone single All You Gotta Do Is Ask. Julia Grantham takes a listen to yet another catchy immediate song to add to their already impressive repertoire.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Scuttlers - Lies In The Sky


Scuttlers release their debut single Lies In The Sky today. The Middleton four-piece have already made a considerable impression on the Manchester live scene in the year and a bit since they formed and with their first EP We Are Scuttlers and their new single is set to cement their position as one of the more promising bands around town at present.

Ist Ist / PINS - Hebden Bridge Trades Club - 30th January 2019


Ist Ist’s headline show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club as part of Independent Venue Week sold out in advance and a packed room witnessed them launch their Everything Is Different Now EP in style. With PINS as their special guests playing entirely new material the evening in the country’s finest venue, independent or otherwise, the show captured perfectly the spirit and essence of exactly what the week is about.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Jerry Williams / Wild Front / Maddy Storm - Manchester Jimmy's - 28th January 2019



As part of her Independent Venue Week tour Jerry Williams returned to Manchester for a sold-out performance in the basement of Jimmy’s with an hour-long set of songs that demonstrated the diversity of her songwriting and the energy of her performance. Support came from Wild Front and Maddy Storm.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Weimar - John Doe


Weimar's double A-side debut single is released this Friday featuring John Doe and Curse The Songs. Described as being "preoccupied with the seedier side of culture and the darker elements of humanity, and the need for cultural and artistic rebellion in the face of political oppression", the single is an amalgam of the band's influences but with their own personalities writ large across it.

Monday, 28 January 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Julia Bardo - Desire


Desire is the debut single by Manchester-based singer-songwriter Julia Bardo, an impressive sounding song, drenched in 60s vibes and a timeless vocal.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

The Howl And The Hum / St Martiins - Manchester Soup Kitchen - 26th January 2019


The Howl And The Hum played a sold-out show at Manchester's Soup Kitchen on Saturday night supported by Dundee's St Martiins. A set mixing tracks from their previous releases as well as new songs to be revealed during the course of 2019 had an attentive crowd hooked from the start and singing along to Godmanchester Chinese Bridge by the end, marking them down as one of the bands to keep a very close eye on in 2019.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Red Rum Club / Cleargreen / King Kartel / Social Room / The Seamonsters - Manchester Night And Day (This Feeling Big In 2019) - 25th January 2019


This Feeling's January set of gigs championing their biggest tips for 2019 hit a hot and sweaty sold-out Night And Day Cafe in Manchester last night with five bands - The Seamonsters, Social Room, King Kartel, Cleargreen and Red Rum Club - from near and far coming together to showcase their talents.

TRACK OF THE DAY / INTERVIEW : Venus - Deranged


Today Leeds five-piece release their debut single Deranged and play a headline show at their hometown Hyde Park Book Club to celebrate. We caught up with them to find a little more about them, the unambigious message of the song and the burgeoning DIY scene that's exploding in Leeds.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The Seamonsters - Interview


Ahead of their sold-out appearance at This Feeling's Big In 2019 night we caught up with Sheffield's The Seamonsters to discuss their new single Blue Movie Baby, the slow-burn that sees them heralded as a potential breakthrough band six years in and their fierce independent streak.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Geneva - Interview


Geneva were one of the most underrated bands of their time, caught in the backlash of Britpop around the turn of the century, guilty by association, despite not fitting into that scene at all. Their second album Weather Underground was hampered by financial meltdown at their label which destroyed any chance of it following their debut Further, which yielded four top forty singles, into the top twenty. The band inevitably called it a day soon after with a lot of unfinished business. They return next week for two very low-key shows in Edinburgh and London before taking part in the Starshaped Festival in September. We caught up with front man Andrew Montgomery to discuss the reunion and future plans.

The Twilight Sad - Leeds Jumbo Records - 20th January 2019


As part of promotional duties for the brilliant new album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time The Twilight Sad brought their miserable music to the fantastic Jumbo Records in Leeds and left the audience gasping for air, and more, with a rousing nine song set.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Ist Ist - Everything Is Different Now


Ist Ist return with their second EP Everything Is Different Now released on January 25th ahead of a UK tour including an almost sold-out Independent Venue Week show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club and a return to Manchester's Gorilla. Still unsigned, ploughing their own furrow against the tide of the here this morning gone by lunchtime "look at us" culture that's polluting the music business, the EP sees the band expanding both in size and ambition, stretching themselves and their growing audience in the process.

Friday, 18 January 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Seamonsters - Blue Movie Baby


The Seamonsters might be hitting a load of the tip lists for 2019, but six years into their existence it feels a long time overdue for one of the most colourful bands around. They start off the year with a series of shows and the release of their new single and live favourite Blue Movie Baby.

Monday, 14 January 2019

TRACK OF THE DAY : Winter Gardens - Coral Bells


Brighton-based four-piece Winter Gardens are about to release their debut single Coral Bells. Only a few months into their existence, they've already gathered some impressive support slots as well as opening last weekend's Rockaway Festival. Their debut is a scintillating mix of their influences with their own personality stamped right through the middle of it, accompanied by an intriguing take on the performance video.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All The Time


January 18th 2019 sees the release of It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, the eagerly awaited new album by The Twilight Sad, and fortunately we don’t have to wait that long for what is already a contender for Album of the Year. Like all things The Twilight Sad the band refuse to stand still and continue to evolve. Don’t worry about the suggestions that they may have gone too mainstream though. This is bleak, dark, melancholic, depressing and beautiful. Once you immerse yourself in their music there really is no going back.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The Blinders / Secs / Carnival Club / The Big Peach - Manchester Night People - 31st December 2018



Night People has made its mark on the Manchester live scene throughout 2018 and the relative newcomer was the place to be on New Year’s Eve as they put on an all-night collection of some of the city’s leading underground bands headlined by the world’s worst kept secret headliner The Blinders returning to their adopted home after a triumphant year touring the country to an intimate setting where it felt like everyone knew everyone else in the building.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Bella Estelle - Crazy In Love


We first saw Bella Estelle open one of the smaller stages at Victorious Festival in August 2017. Her second single Crazy In Love was released right at the tail end of 2018 and showcases the Portsmouth teenager's undoubted talent and ability to fuse pop and rock into a song that shows immense promise.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

The Gallerys - Lucid Trail EP


Kent’s The Gallerys have been turning heads down south with shows around the county and in London culminating in a sold out end of year show at Tunbridge Wells Forum to coincide with the release of their third EP Lucid Trail on the final Saturday of 2018. We run the rule over the four songs that make up that EP and discover why more people are falling for their charms.