Tuesday, 22 September 2020

The Blinders - Manchester Rose And Monkey - 22nd September 2020

The Blinders emerged from lockdown with a stripped back "lounge lizard" set at their second and spiritual home The Rose And Monkey on Tuesday night to a socially-distanced audience of forty lucky fans who snapped up tickets within seconds of going on sale. An hour-long song set took favourites from their debut Columbia and predominantly tracks from their 2020 album Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath and reinvented and redrew them for the intimate surroundings.

Friday, 18 September 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Test Card Girl - Holds Me Down

 

Holds Me Down is the debut single by Test Card Girl (aka Catherine Burgis). The song has already grabbed the attention of Tom Robinson and the evening show at XS Manchester. The song is a glorious mix of 80s-influenced synths, crystal clear crisp lead vocals with some delicious layering of backing vocals in parts and it's tinged with optimism and hope as she sings about the glorious feeling of falling in love and being immersed in it. 

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Chris Helme / Hannah Ashcroft - Manchester Blackjack Brewery - 17th September 2020

Chris Helme played the latest of Jezebel Music's outdoor shows in the intimate surroundings of Blackjack Brewery's yard down by the railway arches near Manchester Victoria with support from Hannah Ashcroft. Mixing classic Seahorses tracks with a few choice covers and some excellent new material he delighted the small appreciative crowd with both music and self-deprecating humour.

Friday, 11 September 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : Ist Ist - Drowning In The Shallow End

Recommencing their series of videos and limited edition prints to accompany each of the ten tracks from their independent top five album Architecture, Ist Ist reprise with track seven from the record Drowning In The Shallow End and a video shot in the first days of lockdown relaxation.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Déjà Vega - Spitting Gas

Déjà Vega have announced the digital and physical release of their new single Spitting Gas and their biggest UK tour to date. Clocking in at just two minutes and fifteen seconds, the song captures the exhilarating live performances of the track in the times before lockdown - and is likely to feature on their second album that they were recording at the start of the year.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Doves - The Universal Want

When Doves went on an indefinite hiatus after their celebratory homecoming at Warehouse Project in Manchester in 2010 the omens for them coming back at all weren't great. Rumours abounded of a breakdown in communications, Jimi headed off to produce a solo album and Andy and Jez combined on their Black Rivers project. Whilst the internet head of steam slowly built demanding a reunion, they'd already got together behind closed doors, rekindled old flames and started work on what was to become The Universal Want. Whereas their last album Kingdom Of Rust was fraught with the sound of fractious relationships, there's a joyful undercurrent of warmth and love that runs through The Universal Want. 

Monday, 7 September 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : NewDad - Blue


Galway four-piece release their fourth track since March in Blue, a song about different perspectives in a relationship and how they ultimately end in division. 

Sunday, 6 September 2020

INTERVIEW - Eimie


Eimie is the new solo project from operatically trained vocalist / musician / comedian Amy Webber and she has just released her debut single Not Enough. We caught up for a chat about branching out on her own, the single and its forthcoming video and how she's found ways in lockdown to perform and remain creative.

Friday, 4 September 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : Matter Of Mind - Oblivion

Matter Of Mind return with Oblivion, their second single of the year after Poison Ivy featuring their new line-up. Their trademark sound is still very much intact, big powerful guitar riffs and drums and soaring vocals that build to a climax in the chorus. Oblivion is a very personal track that will resonate with many dealing with lead singer Jordan's anxiety. 

TRACK OF THE DAY : TV People - Nothing More

Dublin's TV People return with their third single of the year Nothing More. Accompanied by a strikingly simple yet complementary video, the song reflects on the endless struggle to survive and understand the world around you. Delivered with Paul Donohue's vocals imbuing a genuine sense of helplessness to control the uncontrollable that we're living in, it's their most reflective track to date without losing the energy and intensity of predecessors Kitchen Sinking and Time Eats Up.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : Simeon Hammond Dallas - August

Simeon Hammond Dallas's new single August drops as that month draws to a close and moves into September. It's a break-up song timed to coincide with the end of the month - sharply observing that "we're all fools for love and desire" as it picks over the remains of a relationship and being misled by a narcissist and his games with a honesty and clarity before looking forwards.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Yet Again

Yet Again is the first track to be taken from The Slow Readers Club's forthcoming album 91 Days In Isolation, an eight-track record written in isolation and recorded at their old haunt Edgar Street Studios in Bury once restrictions were eased. A powerful punchy song with a harder edge than their Top 10 album The Joy Of The Return, it finishes with a positive message amidst the doom and desperation of these extraordinary times we're living in.