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.

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Billy Nomates / LIINES / The Red Stains / bdrmm / The Watchmakers / Happy Couple / Mynk / The Lounge Society / Loose Articles / The Goa Express - Manchester Psych Fest - 4th September 2021


The very long delayed Manchester Psychfest took place on Saturday along the Oxford Road corridor with an expanded line-up of artists, many of whom have outgrown their original bookings giving the audience an opportunity to catch them in rooms they're unlikely to play in again. We caught bands from Goa Express's opening set in the Ritz to Billy Nomates' Deaf Institute (reviews by Jason Wynne up to and including bdrmm)

Friday, 3 September 2021

The Murder Capital - Tunbridge Wells Forum - 2nd September 2021

Tunbridge Wells Forum witnessed the unforgettable return of The Murder Capital as the band steamrollered through a blistering set of old and new songs on an emotionally charged evening.

TRACK OF THE DAY 2 : LIINES - Keep On Going


LIINES return with a new single, Keep On Going, already an established live favourite, taken from their disrupted recording sessions from their second album. The single precedes a couple of headline dates in Manchester and London as well as festival appearances in September.

TRACK OF THE DAY 1 : Ist Ist - It Stops Where It Starts

Ist Ist have today revealed It Stops Where It Starts, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming second album The Art Of Lying, released on a limited edition 7" single, streaming and download and accompanied by a video that might surprise long-term watchers of the band.

James - Lancaster Williamson Park - 2nd September 2021

Set in the imposing shadow of the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster's Highest Point Festival is one of the newer additions to the calendar, but already feels like an established well-organised and well-run festival.  James headline the first night of four for 2021 with a set that strikes a fantastic balance between their new material and old favourites with a few surprises and which is full of the spontaneous energy that symbolises their live experience even close to forty years into their career.