Monday, 25 October 2021

Billy Nomates / Memes - Oldham Library - 24th October 2021


The latest in the series of gigs put on by Get Loud In Libraries saw Billy Nomates and Memes play a Sunday afternoon slot in Oldham Library with the Pennines in the background outside the glass windows behind the stage. 

Neon Waltz - Interview

Neon Waltz head to Manchester tonight as part of their first tour since 2019 showcasing songs from their second album that they've just completed as well as reminding us of the brilliance of their debut Strange Hymns. We caught up with them in the van as they hit the road.

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Wet Leg / Honeyglaze - Manchester Night And Day Cafe - 23rd October 2021


The hottest ticket in town on Saturday night was without doubt Wet Leg's sold out show at the Night And Day Cafe. With just two singles to their name, their Gorilla show in April sold out in no time so catching them in such intimate surroundings was an opportunity that won't come around for a long time given their meteoric rise so far. Their fourteen song set proved to doubters that there's far more to them than their breakthrough debut Chaise Lounge. Support came from Honeyglaze.

Julia Bardo / Pale Blue Eyes / Stonebow - Halifax Festival Of Words - 22nd October 2021


Julia Bardo finished off her UK tour supporting her debut album Bauhaus L'Appartamento in the slightly surreal surroundings of the Albany Arcade in Halifax's Borough Market performing the album in full and her own interpretation of a Pixies' classic. The impressive support came from last minute replacements Pale Blue Eyes and a new local band Stonebow.

Friday, 22 October 2021

John Bramwell And The Full Harmonic Convergence / India Electric Co / Ellie Gowers - Manchester Ritz - 21st October 2021


John Bramwell brought his Full Harmonic Convergence to Manchester's Ritz for a long-awaited and oft-postponed gig to showcase their forthcoming album The Light Fantastic as part of the Manchester Folk Festival supported by India Electric Co and Ellie Gowers.

Humanist - Newcastle Think Tank - 20th October 2021

On a bitterly cold Wednesday evening in the North East of England we were left to the highly impressive Humanist to warm the cockles of our hearts with a performance way beyond our already huge expectations.

Thursday, 21 October 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : VLURE - Heartbeat

VLURE have today released Heartbeat, their second single in quick succession to be taken from their Euphoria EP due in January. Another live favourite, the song is very much aimed at the dancefloor, both in terms of the music and its lyrical content.

Egyptian Blue / Grandma's House - Blackpool Bootleg Social - 20th October 2021


With their Manchester show clashing with other commitments we jumped on the train to Blackpool and the brilliant independent Bootleg Social venue to catch Egyptian Blue on the tour to promote their new single Salt ahead of their debut album next year supported by Grandma's House.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Francis Of Delirium - Manchester Castle Hotel - 19th October 2021


Francis Of Delirium played their first ever Manchester show at the Castle Hotel on Tuesday night. An energetic ten-song set featuring tracks from their two EPs as well as recent singles Come Out And Play and All Love and a brand new track won over an initially reticent audience as the set progressed.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Saint Agnes / Sit Down / Sky Valley Mistress - Manchester Deaf Institute - 17th October 2021


Saint Agnes brought the opening night of their Vampire 21 tour to Manchester's Deaf Institute on Sunday night supported by Sit Down and Sky Valley Mistress. With the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands on command they turned a quiet evening into a bouncing mosh pit having fun.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Lanterns On The Lake - Manchester Gorilla - 14th October 2021


Lanterns On The Lake made their long-awaited return to Manchester for their biggest headline show in the city to date at their much-delayed Spook The Herd tour at Gorilla on Tuesday night playing their Mercury-nominated album in full.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Ist Ist - Extreme Greed

Extreme Greed is the second single to be taken from Ist Ist's forthcoming second album The Art Of Lying. Released digitally and on a limited 7" single that also features a demo version of the song, the track has already become a live favourite with its driving verse and chorus, retaining everything that's made Ist Ist a real underground success story over the past few years but with an added radio-friendlier sound that demands to be heard.

wych elm / The Red Stains - Manchester Yes - 14th October 2021

 

The start of our Thursday night gig-going saw us in the Pink Room of Yes to capture The Red Stains and wych elm, two of our favourite new acts in very different ways, open up for John.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Egyptian Blue - Salt

Egyptian Blue return with a new single Salt, their first since last year's Body Of Itch EP, and the first taster from their debut album that's scheduled for release in 2022 as they embark on their first tour for eighteen months.

The Lounge Society / Honeyglaze - Manchester Castle Hotel - 13th October 2021

Wednesday night saw a packed out Music Room of The Castle Hotel in Manchester reverberate to the sound of The Lounge Society, a band at the vanguard of a second wave of bands from the Calder Valley following in the footsteps of Working Men's Club in their own way and fellow Speedy Wunderground signings Honeyglaze.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Inhaler / Wet Leg / Dylan Fraser - Manchester Ritz - 12th October 2021


Inhaler completed their sold-out UK tour in support of their number one album It Won't Always Be Like This at The Ritz in Manchester on Tuesday night supported by Wet Leg and Dylan Fraser. A thirteen-song set featuring all but one songs from the album and three pre-album tracks showcased a band passing through on their way to much bigger things.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Before Breakfast - I'm A Good Friend


Sheffield's Before Breakfast, aka Lucy and Gina, release their new single I'm A Good Friend today, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album I Could Be Asleep If It Weren't For You. The single and video deal with the torturous process of dating and the cycle of attempting relationships that are doomed to failure when the other party is not emotionally mature enough to deal with the situation.

Friday, 8 October 2021

John Bramwell / Dave Fidler - Edinburgh The Old Dr Bells Baths - 7th October 2021

John Bramwell continued his never-ending tour of the UK with his first show in Edinburgh for four years at the splendid Old Dr Bells Baths at the foot of Leith Walk performing a set of I Am Kloot classics interspersed with tracks taken from his Full Harmonic Convergence's upcoming The Light Fantastic album, accompanied and supported by Dave Fidler.

TRACK OF THE DAY : Thousand Yard Stare - Upping Sticks

Thousand Yard Stare continue one of the most unlikely nineties reunions with their new single Upping Sticks, their first new material since last year's comeback album The Panglossian Momentum. 

Thursday, 7 October 2021

CHERYM - Hey Tori EP


CHERYM are a three-piece from Derry who describe themselves as “three basic bitches” yet there’s nothing basic about this second EP although some of the caustic digs at some of the characters in the songs could easily be described as bitchy.

TRACK OF THE DAY : talker - Sad Chick


talker, aka Celeste Taucher, releases Sad Chick, her first solo release since last year's Wax EP. As ever talker isn't afraid to write about the downsides of human feelings and emotions and deliver them in an accessible way without turning the listener off.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

The Magic Numbers / Ren Harvieu - Manchester Academy 2 - 5th October 2021


The Magic Numbers belatedly celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of their self-titled debut album with a show at Manchester Academy 2 on Tuesday night, playing the album in full in order including their first hits Forever Lost, Love Me Like You, Love's A Game and I See You, You See Me. Support came from Salford's own Ren Harvieu with a mix of tracks taken from last year's second album Revel In The Drama and brand new songs.

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Odd Morris - Silhouette


Dublin's Odd Morris today release their new single Silhouette, the second track to be revealed from their forthcoming Cityscape The Ballet EP, which delves into the subject of toxic masculinity, in particular the inability or unwillingness to share feelings and the consequences of not doing so.

Monday, 4 October 2021

Hannah Ashcroft - Interview


Hannah Ashcroft was a familiar face on the Manchester gig scene pre-COVID and she announced her return with a new single Shadow. We caught up with her for a chat about the single and how she came to wrote it, what she's been up to and what her plans are.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Liverpool Sound City (The Murder Capital / Courting / Stone / Alright (Okay) / The Lottery Winners / Holly Macve / Jekyll / King No-One) - 2nd October 2021


Liverpool's Sound City festival returned after a year's absence with a belated 2021 three-day weekend event. We travelled across from Manchester for the Saturday and caught eight bands across the course of the day culminating in Arts Club headliners The Murder Capital after sets by King No-One, Jekyll, Holly Macve, The Lottery Winners, Alright (Okay), Stone and Courting.

Saturday, 2 October 2021

The Slow Readers Club / The Clause / Lynchs - Warrington Parr Hall - 1st October 2021


The Slow Readers Club continued their UK tour with their nearest-to-hometown show at Warrington Parr Hall on Friday night supported by Birmingham's The Clause and Wigan's Lynchs.

Friday, 1 October 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Geneva - Memory Wars


Geneva continue their unexpected comeback with a second single Memory Wars to follow up last year's Fault Lines.

Thursday, 30 September 2021

The Slow Readers Club - Interview


The Joy Of The Return was the title of The Slow Readers Club's fourth album that went top ten just as we entered lockdown. As they finally are, fingers crossed, about to embark on the tour to promote that record and its follow-up 91 Days In Isolation and new single Tell No Lies, we caught up with the band backstage at Hebden Bridge Trades Club as they prepared for their Passport: Back To Our Roots show, their first indoor show since February 2020.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Elbow / Peter Alexander Jobson / Jesca Hoop - Manchester Apollo - 28th September 2021


Elbow opened the first of their trio of intimate (by their standards) hometown shows with a triumphant set of tracks taken from their mid- and late-period albums with a sneak preview of their forthcoming album Flying Dream 1. Arms were raised, songs bellowed back at the band at the top of the crowd's voice in an evening that was all about celebration and coming together unified by the music. Support came from a piano interlude from Peter Alexander Jobson and Jesca Hoop.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The Slow Readers Club / Sheafs / Stanleys - Liverpool O2 Academy - 27th September 2021

The Slow Readers Club's long-delayed tour continued with a show at Liverpool's O2 Academy on Monday night supported by Sheffield's Sheafs and Wigan's Stanleys. 

Saturday, 25 September 2021

James - Glasgow Playground Festival - 24th September 2021


James concluded their 2021 festival season with an eighty-minute set at Glasgow's Playground Festival that mixed most of their biggest and best known songs with new material in a potent mix that lit up a main stage audience that had been passive up to that point. 

Friday, 24 September 2021

wych elm - Rabbit Wrench EP


wych elm's EP Rabbit Wrench clocks in at fourteen minutes across seven songs, a statement of intent and what the band are about, very short, exceptionally sharp shocks to the solar plexus whilst lyrically it’s equally direct, powerful and abrasive.

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Red Stains - Smile


The Red Stains return with their third single Smile!, a caustic biting retort at those who tell women to smile set to the musical chaos we've come to expect from the fledgling four-piece. It's a single that shows them finding their feet more as a band whilst retaining their unique sound and personality.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Manchester Castlefield Bowl - 23rd September 2021


Two songs in and Paul Heaton thanks us for a number of things, being careful, being patient after the multiple reschedulings of this show, for giving him and Jacqui their first number one in twenty three years with the appropriately titled Manchester Calling and telling us that we deserve "a good night out." With the most endearing duo around that was pretty much guaranteed as they ran through a mammoth twenty-five song set calling in at The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, Biscuit Boy and the growing Heaton / Abbott catalogue.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Ash - Manchester Ritz - 22nd September 2021


Half an hour before Ash were due on the stage at the Ritz, we were stood in the Night And Day waiting for Tim Burgess to turn up. Bored and spotting our friends from LIINES were heading to Ash, we jumped ship, hotfooted it across town and made it ten minutes before stage time. It was one of the spur of the moment decisions that makes gig going so great and a reminder of what we've missed for the last year and a half.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

John Bramwell / Howarth - Sheffield Leadmill - 21st September 2021

John Bramwell made the short trip across the Pennines to the historic Leadmill venue in Sheffield for the latest in his series of shows to preview his forthcoming The Light Fantastic album as well as delight the audience with a series of old I Am Kloot classics accompanied by Dave Fidler and Harriet Bradshaw. Support came from Howarth.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY - Proletariat : Losing Control Is A Beautiful Thing


Proletariat released their new single Losing Control Is A Beautiful Thing on Friday, a marked change from their previous output yet unmistakably them, and today have announced its follow-up Don't Turn Out The Lights and their biggest headline show to date for next year.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Courting / Stone - Manchester Yes Basement - 20th September 2021

A Monday night in Manchester is often a sedate affair, but heading down to the basement of Yes for the Liverpool double-header of Stone and Courting there's no chance of a quiet night watching bands as the audience throw themselves around the room to two bands that trade on their ferocious live shows.

Little Sparrow - Hebden Bridge Wainsgate Chapel - 19th September 2021

Wainsgate Chapel sits on top of the hills overlooking Hebden Bridge and each year runs a small programme of live music to audiences of up to a hundred and fifty. Due to access being via narrow roads and up steep hills (we know, we walked up), the events take place in daytime with the audience sat in the church pews and on the balcony giving it a really unique feel and creating an intimate space for some very special concerts and Little Sparrow's two-hour two-set performance of tracks from her debut Wishing Tree and forthcoming second album was no exception.

The Slow Readers Club - Hebden Bridge Trades Club - 19th September 2021


The Slow Readers Club made a triumphant return to Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Sunday night for their first headline show since February 2020 as part of the Passport : Back To Our Roots series of gigs to raise funds for grassroots venues. A career-spanning set including new single Tell No Lies delighted a mix of hardcore fans and competition winners.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Blossoms / The Magic Gang / The Lathums - Manchester Arena - 18th September 2021

Eighteen months late, Blossoms make their triumphant first headline appearance at a sold out Manchester Arena with a set covering and celebrating their three albums to date and all the crowd favourites that have seen fans of all ages take them to their hearts. Support came from The Lathums and The Magic Gang.

Friday, 17 September 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Hey Bulldog - The People That You Know

Hey Bulldog today release The People That You Know, their most instant single to date, a song about celebrating the people that you go out with, who make you feel part of a scene and the person that you are. It's accompanied by a video made of Manchester gig footage from the Mancmusic Youtube channel of our mutual friend John Hall. It serves as a perfect reminder of the joy of live music and being in a crowd of like-minded people, an embodiment of what the song is about and as a tribute to our departed friend.

James / Zuzu / Beth Macari / Cruel Hearts Club / The Voluntears - Newcastle Exhibition Park - 16th September 2021

James' summer of festival shows moved on to Newcastle Exhibition Park where they headlined an event For The NHS supported across two stages by Zuzu, Beth Macari, Cruel Hearts Club and The Voluntears.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Julia Bardo - Bauhaus, L' Appartamento

It's two years since Italian-born Julia Bardo, then of Working Men's Club still, announced herself to the world with the stunning debut single Desire, a world away from the band that had broken into daytime 6 Music with their own debut Bad Blood. By the time the Phase EP had come out the following year, just prior to lockdown, Julia was out on her own, newly-signed record deal in hand and already making her mark. A year and a half on, Bauhaus, L'Appartamento, a brand new set of songs prefaced by a few appetiser singles, is out in the world, is a statement of intent yet also a revealing honest laying bare of all the uncertainties of loving and living far from home.

Monday, 13 September 2021

SKIES - Manchester Retro - 12th September 2021

A wet dreary Sunday night with the promise of a long week at work was brightened up by the presence of SKIES, all the way from Kent, with a seven-song set that felt more appropriate for a big festival stage than it did a dark Manchester basement.

Sunday, 12 September 2021

LIINES / Desperate Journalist / Facades - Manchester Bread Shed - 11th September 2021


To celebrate the release of their new single Keep on Going, LIINES played their biggest hometown headline show to date at Manchester's Bread Shed on Saturday night supported by Desperate Journalist and The Facades. A seventeen-song set comprised of tracks from their debut Stop-Start and their unreleased follow-up delighted a passionate and supportive crowd.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

The Murder Capital / VLURE - Glasgow McChuills - 10th September 2021

 

The sweaty hot back room of McChuills bar in the East End of Glasgow is the setting for two of the most vital bands of our time to play an intimate Transmit Festival aftershow party for Yala Records. We make the pilgrimage north of the border to experience the sort of night that we've been robbed of for the last eighteen months - a reminder of why music, lived and breathed with like-minded souls, is the best medicine and the cure for so many ills.

Friday, 10 September 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : The Slow Readers Club - Tell No Lies

The Slow Readers Club return with Tell No Lies, a brand new single to follow up the top 10 album The Joy Of The Return and 91 Days In Isolation, both released during lockdown ahead of their UK tour that kicks off at Hebden Bridge Trades Club next week. An upbeat stomper of a track, it's accompanied by a video featuring Line Of Duty's Craig Parkinson.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : VLURE - Show Me How To Live Again

VLURE return with their second single, and their first since signing to So Young Records, with live favourite and call-to-arms Show Me How To Live Again. It's set to the thrilling wall of synth and guitar sounds that the band create and anyone that has witnessed their few live outings to date will well recognise.