Monday, 30 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.
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 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 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
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 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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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' 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
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
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.
Hey Bulldog sold out their biggest headline show to date at Jimmy's in Manchester on Saturday night. A packed room gave them a rapturous response as they launched their new single Death And Greed supported by Gardenback and Bleach Bod at the latest of Deco Records nights.
Friday, 13 September 2019
Coby Fletcher / Secluded Sea / Ashley Sherlock / Leon The Pig Farmer - Manchester Night People - 12th September 2019
Live outings for Coby Fletcher are a rare occurrence so Night People on Thursday night was a must for anyone who wanted to see what one of the city's most modest yet talented songwriters has been up to in the two and a half years since he left Cupids. Support came from Ashley Sherlock, Leon The Pig Farmer and Secluded Sea.
Reclaim Vienna have already made their mark in Manchester, recently selling out Gullivers weeks in advance and their November Bread Shed show looks to be heading the same way. With their debut single proper Kick The Butterfly out today via 42s Records, we caught up with front man Jonathan for a chat.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Presence is a four-track EP from Jack In Water, aka William Clapson. His fourth EP is a beautifully evocative yet understated record that trades eloquently in the turmoil of human emotions and deals with them with a warm refreshing compassion for other human beings.
Monday, 9 September 2019
Confessional Festival Day 2 - Blackburn Holy Trinity Church - 7th September 2019 (International Teachers Of Pop / Red Rum Club / White Room / Working Men's Club / The Ruby Tuesdays / Kyogen / Déjà Vega / Loose Articles / Northern Sports Club)
Day two of Confessional Festival was more of a marathon than a sprint with nine acts on in an eight hour showcase of some of the best and most exciting new bands around in the disused Holy Trinity Church on the outskirts of Blackburn. Saturday's impressive line-up included headliners International Teachers Of Pop, Red Rum Club, White Room, Working Men's Club, The Ruby Tuesdays, Kyogen, Déjà Vega, Loose Articles and Northern Sports Club.
Saturday, 7 September 2019
Confessional Festival Day 1 - Blackburn Holy Trinity Church - 6th September 2019 (The Blinders / LIINES / Witch Fever / The Seamonsters / Audrey's Dance)
Day One of Blackburn's Confessional Festival in the stunning setting of the disused Holy Trinity Church overlooking the town saw a headline set by The Blinders accompanied by LIINES, Witch Fever, The Seamonsters and Audrey's Dance providing a musically varied evening of some of the North's best and most exciting bands on one bill.
Friday, 6 September 2019
SKIES return with an exciting brand new single Born Yesterday and a quiz show style video with a twist at the end. The Kent-based duo continue their love of high-energy songs with a deeper message behind the lyrics. Musically euphoric and uplifting, there's more than a little sadness when you listen closer to the words about a situation most of us have faced at some point.
Kent's The Gallerys brought their nationwide Steady Beat tour to the Night And Day in Manchester on Thursday night supported by Wigan's Neptune Valley and Manchester's own No Vacancies, a three-band bill that delighted the small but appreciative crowd.
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Dantevilles return with a new three-track EP Welcome To The Theatre, a set of songs that sees them branching out, expanding their horizons and making music that it feels like they're having a whale of a time creating.
Monday, 2 September 2019
To promote their new album Powers, their first in seven years, Barry and Ross from The Futureheads played an intimate unplugged set in HMV's Manchester store, featuring three tracks from the new album, two old favourites, their Kate Bush Hounds Of Love cover and an Brobdingnagian Bards fairytale called Old Dun Cow complete with audience participation.
James headlined the final night of the inaugural Bingley Weekender on Sunday night, their last UK show before taking a well-earned sabbatical, with a set laden with hits and tracks from their recent top ten album Living In Extraordinary Times. Across the other stages we also caught impressive sets by Dirty Laces and Anteros.
Sunday, 1 September 2019
Of all the much-hyped Britpop reunions, Geneva's has been one of the quietest. Bedeviled by record label problems and hindered by lazy labeling, they never got the recognition their two albums deserved. Starshaped Festival has brought them back together for this year's tour of events and we caught them on the opening night at the Ritz in Manchester.
Loose Articles were one of the local bands invited onto the Manchester Psych Fest bill across four venues on Friday night. Down in the basement of the Ritz, they delivered a set that marks them out as one of the most in-your-face bands in the new wave of Manchester music.