Reviews

Album Review: Gill Landry – Love Rides A Dark Horse’

Gill Landry

Country, blues, folk; the essence of ‘Love Rides A Dark Horse’, combine to create a mellow collection of stripped down arrangements designed to bring the weighted delivery of Landry to the fore. Offering soulful, rhythmic, upbeat ballads; ‘Berlin’ providing the perfect example, the subtle contrast of light and shade soon becomes apparent. An album for the pensive – tracks ‘The One Who Won The War’, ‘The Only Game In Town’, ‘The Woman You Are’, encouraging self reflection – encapsulate the relaxed feel. Featuring guest vocals; Klara Soderbergh, First Aid Kit, the LP soothes, invites and is welcoming to all. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Gill Landry

Single Review: Amusement Parks On Fire – ‘Our Goal To Realise’

APOF

A firestorm of guitar; ‘Our Goal To Realise’ burns with intensity. Carried by nuanced melodic tones and rhythms, anthemic vocals complete an implied sense of euphoria. Available November 17th, Saint Marie Records, the single – following recent re-release of acclaimed album ‘Road Eyes’ and signalling an imminent UK tour – presents the band’s first new material since 2009. 

For tickets and tour dates, follow the link.

https://www.facebook.com/amusementparksonfire/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Amusement Parks On Fire

Band News: Alvarez Kings

Alavarez Kings_ David Drake

Due to embark upon a UK tour, the four-piece, South Yorkshire based, play The O2 Ritz, Manchester, October 30th. Dates accompanying Switchfoot (Glasgow, Bristol, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, London, Birmingham, Norwich) and Hunter & The Bear (Sheffield), follow the combined success of E.P. ‘Fear To Feel’, recent album debut, ‘Somewhere Between’ and previous live performances.

To find tickets and tour dates, visit: 

http://www.alvarezkings.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: David Drake 

Single Review: Son Of Dave – ‘Pow Wow’

Son of Dave

Foot tapping, raw soulful blues; the track, carrying repetitive loops, an addictive beat, graveled vocals and tuneful harmonica entices from the outset. Released ahead of ‘Music For Cops’, eighth studio album due October 27th, the single preempts a UK, European and North American tour. 

For album pre-order and UK tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/theoriginalsonofdave/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Son Of Dave

Label Release: Club Club #4, AA; Algernon Cornelius ‘Witchita’ HAMER ‘We Are’

Clue Club Vol 4

Continuing their Clue Club series, Clue Records presents Clue Club Volume Four. 

Algernon Cornelius – ‘Witchita’

Algernon Cornelius

Terse spoken word, the track, stripped back, sparse, bent by warped samples, allows the vim and vigour of Cornelius to stand proud. A blistering delivery – there’s no disguising this political attack – ‘Witchita’ does not hold back. 

HAMER – ‘We Are’

HAMER

Obtuse, abstract, HAMER offers a discordant, nightmarish alternative to ‘Witchita’ and its political rant. Dominant bass, phantasmic guitar, haunting vocals, sledgehammer drums, create a grim intensity. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Clue Records

Album Review: Vast Asteroid – ‘S/T’

Vast Asteroid [ST]

Opening with ‘Mincemeat’, curious, atmospheric intro, the theme, laid back space rock, continues. Laced with sweet guitar woven around compelling beats, the album – moving with ease from track to track – establishes a sense of calm. Highlights, ‘Sick’; lead single, ‘Vivid Dream’, ‘Poison Fang’, ‘Drown’, further clarifying the sentiment. ‘S/T’ due for release November 17th, features Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal). 

Words: Daniel Touré

Artwork: Vast Asteroid 

Band News: Django Django

Django Django

‘Tic Tac Toe’, lead single from forthcoming ‘Marble Skies’, follow up to second album, ‘Born Under Saturn’; 2015, preempts live dates in Paris and Edinburgh. The new LP, due January 26th, 2018, recorded with assistance from Metronomy drummer, Anna Prior, invites both Krautrock and DIY influences, channeling the four-piece in some respects towards engaging but unfamiliar territory.  

For album tickets, live dates and album pre-order, visit: 

http://www.djangodjango.co.uk

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Django Django

Band News: The Undertones

The Undertones

Formed nineteen-seventy-six, with the much lorded ‘Teenage Kicks’ arriving two years later, the band, original members of the British punk scene, commence a UK tour; November. Offering forty (plus) years experience – Paul McLoone having replaced original lead Feargal Sharkey; nineteen-ninety-nine – the group will reprise celebrated hits from their extensive back catalogue. 

To find tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://www.theundertones.com/_/Home.html

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Undertones

Gig News: Kerri Watt, Night & Day Café, Manchester, November 28th 

Kerri Watt

Due to embark upon a first headline tour; dates follow two years of support – Mike & The Mechanics, Nina Nesbitt, Starsailor, The Overtones, Ward Thomas – and recent single, ‘Old School Love’, the singer songwriter peddles new material. Garlanded with plaudits and critical acclaim, Watt plays Manchester, Night & Day Café, November 28th.

To find tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

https://kerriwatt.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Kerri Watt

Gig News: Trudy and the Romance, Gullivers, Manchester, November 14th

Trudy and the Romance

‘Twist it, shake it. Rock & Roll’, the second release from E.P., ‘Junkyard Jazz’, continues the ramshackle swagger associated with the three-piece. Coinciding with a UK tour, gigs run from October to November, the band, wielding whacked-out rock ‘n’ roll, head to Gullivers, Manchester, November 14th. 

For tickets, tour dates and E.P. pre-order, visit: 

http://www.trudymylove.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Trudy and the Romance 

Single Review: LA River Bend – ‘Summer Wind’

LA River Bend [2]

Blending subtle, poignant harmonies, the single – lead from upcoming E.P. ‘Run These Hills’ – carried by distinct country and folk rhythms, speeds with heartfelt clarity towards its finish. Sparse in arrangement, the track, centring upon accomplished vocal performances, fuses a melé of tuneful, percussive beats with nuanced instrumentation. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: LA River Bend 

Gig News: The RPMs, The Castle, Manchester, December 1st

The RPMs

Fired by the recent success of second E.P., ‘Agents of Change’, the group, following a hectic summer; support for We Are Scientists and appearances at Butefest, Camden Rocks, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, garnered invaluable preparation for a forthcoming UK tour. Touting fresh material; new single imminent, The RPMs play The Castle, Manchester, December 1st. 

For all tickets and tour dates, follow the link.

https://www.the-rpms.co.uk/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Andras Paul 

Band News: Vast Asteroid

Vast Asteroid

Combining guitarist James Poulos, Warlocks bassist, Mimi Star and drummer Mark Reback; Slaughter and The Dogs, the band has been described as a super group. Featuring guest, Dave Catching; Eagles of Death Metal, the self-titled album debut, due November 17th, will offer a healthy dose of atmospheric rock. Enticing with lead single, ‘Sick’, Vast Asteroid intend to whet appetites. 

For album pre-order, follow the link. 

https://vastasteroid.bandcamp.com/album/vast-asteroid

‘Sick’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Vast Asteroid 

Album Review: Re-TROS – ‘Before The Applause’

Re-TROS

Dark, atmospheric, electronic rock with an edge. Re-TROS; Liu Min, Hua Dong, Huang Jin, Chinese phenomenon signed to China based, Modern Sky, offer an album of deep contrasts. Multifaceted, hardcore, post punk gems, ‘Red Rum Aviv’, ‘Hailing Drums’, juxtapose sparse, sequenced, stripped down oddities, ‘8+2+8 I’, ‘8+2+8 II’. Creating, dimension, unpredictability, colour, the three-piece skirt warped blues funk; ‘Pigs In The River’, continuing a hard-edged, melodic, theme; ‘At Mosp Here’, sweetened by soothing but rapturous, ‘The Last Dance’, ‘Sounds For Celebration’. A vessel of notable influences; kraut rock, underground European electronica, the release, coinciding with Depeche Mode tour support, thrusts Re-TROS under a well earned spotlight. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Re-TROS

Gig News: The Americans, Gullivers Manchester, November 7th

The Americans

Following the success of album debut, ‘I’ll Be Yours’, the three piece; Patrick Ferris (front-man/guitar), Jake Faulkner (bass), Zac Sokolow (lead guitar), return to Europe. Bringing their individual approach to country and blues, the band, LA based – known for their knowledge and expertise in the recordings of early American music – play Gullivers, Manchester, November 7th. The tour, taking The Americans across Europe, begins; Holland and concludes; Germany. 

For all tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://www.theamericansmusic.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Americans

Single Review: ‘Glow’ – East of Eli

East of Eli

Channeling a sense of vibrant optimism, new single, ‘Glow’, third in recent months, takes an upbeat stance from its outset. Enough to induce good feeling; positive lyrics, tight vocal delivery, and buoyant pop-reggae beat capture and maintain interest. The track, taken from impending release, ‘Lost Transmission’, follows the success of previous singles, ‘Nowhere’ and ‘Child’s Play’. 

About to embark on live dates, follow the link for tickets and venues. 

https://www.facebook.com/eastofeli/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: East of Eli 

Single Review: My Baby ‘Sunflower Sutra’

My Baby

Following ‘Make A Hundred’, lead single from third album ‘Prehistoric’; My Baby inject a bold shot of world music into their latest release. Comprised of layered, sampled, loops, the track, building throughout, reaches its heady climax with little effort. Underpinned by hypnotic beats, the single employs an inviting, irresistible formula central to many dance classics.

‘Sunflower Sutra’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: My Baby

Album Review: Sugarmen – ‘Local Freaks’

Sugarmen Local Freaks

Charged, frenetic; a swirling pool of wild guitar and vocal signposts storming opener, ‘Sold’. Moving on, the four-piece, Liverpool based, manage to capture the mood, lyrical dynamism and rhythmic intensity most associated with Cast, scouse indie veterans. This, accompanied by a healthy dose of sardonic attitude, allows for an adventurous debut. One offering an ever-changing, eclectic, interesting mix. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Sugarmen

Band News: Shed Seven

Shed Seven

Soon to embark upon a UK tour, indie stalwarts Shed Seven release, ‘Room In My House’. Lead single from ‘Instant Pleasures’, new album due November 10th, the track comes sixteen years after the group’s last studio LP. Signaling a continuation of their signature sound, the new material arrives as the band hit the road.

For tickets, tour dates and album pre-order, follow the link.

http://www.shedseven.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Shed Seven 

Single Review: MYA Project – ‘Something That Good’

Mya ProjectDark, sultry, electronic beats, the sparse backdrop to a track carried by LA based Mya’s chilling but smooth delivery, moves with stealth towards a sinister conclusion. Taken from album, MK, released March this year, the single, a slow burner, combines elements of trip-hop, indie pop and early eighties post punk electronica. 

‘Something That Good’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: MYA Project 

Single Review: Low Island – ‘Low Lines’

Low Island

A neat fusion of electronica and vocals, the track, buoyant, draws influence from vintage electro-pop. Succinct, listenable, melodic, repetitive beats, clever samples and intelligent phrasing, create addictive harmonies. Intro to a forthcoming third E.P., ‘Low Lines’ signposts an imminent headline tour. 

For tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/lowislandmusic/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Low Island 

Gig News: Theatre Of Hate, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, October 29th

Theatre of Hate_Dod Morrison

Following ‘Kinishi’; 2016, first studio album for 30+ years, the band, formed 1980, once again hit the road. The tour, coming after previous dates; 2014, 2015, and support for The Clash & Ian Dury, will enable the promotion of album material. Touting twelve new songs, and an extensive back catalogue, Theatre Of Hate play The Ruby Lounge, Sunday, October 29th.

To find all tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/TheatreOfHateOfficial/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Dod Morrison 

Album Review: Pia Fraus – ‘Field Ceremony’

Pia Fraus

After almost a decade, Pia Fraus return with new album, ‘Field Ceremony’. Dreamy, synth-fueled pop, the Estonian five-piece, veterans of electronic indie, treat with an engaging foray into a diverse, multi-textured, musical landscape. Combining an exquisite balance between warm vocals, rhythmic drums, luscious guitar, and flowing keyboards, the band create an album of contrasts. From likeable opener, ‘It’s Over Now’; quality proceeds with ‘Autumn Winds’, ‘Never Again Lands’, ‘Mountain Trip Guide’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me Now’.  

‘Field Ceremony’ is due for release, October 16th. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Pia Fraus

Single Review: Psycho Comedy – ‘Michigan State’

psycom Credit Sofia Duff

Following recent single, ‘The Hangman’, the band unleash chaos. Driven by cheeky bass, manic drums, discordant vocals, mesmeric guitar, the track steamrolls towards its definitive conclusion. Energized, the new single; raucous, blazé, wild, captures and maintains the group’s defiant attitude. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Sofia Duff

Single Review: Maggie Szabo – ‘Don’t Give Up’

Maggie Szabo

‘Don’t Give Up’, dedicated to the LGBTQ community, allows the graceful but powerful vocals of Szabo to soar. Led by compelling rhythms, the ballad, offering inspiration to transgendered youth, achieves euphoric heights via its gospel interlude.  This, with the purity of Szabo’s delivery, builds the perfect pop record. 

‘Don’t Give Up’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Maggie Szabo 

Single Review: The Sound of Ghosts – ‘Train To Nowhere’

The Sound of Ghosts

Rooted in folk, the single, lead from forthcoming release, ‘Delivery and Departure’, clatters by at pace. Punctuated by skillful instrumentation, thoughtful harmonies and enticing melody, the track carries the call to the road at its heart. Alt-country, bluegrass, ‘Train To Nowhere’ has pride in its influences. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Sound of Ghosts 

Single Review: Howie Payne – ‘Some Believer, Sweet Dreamer’

Howie Payne

From new album, ‘Mountain’, due October 27th, comes ‘Some Believer, Sweet Dreamer’. Borne upon sweet, acoustic guitar riffs, the perfect accompaniment to Payne’s tuneful, chilled out delivery, the track glides with ease. Ahead of the singer songwriter’s second solo album, the single, evoking comparisons with late sixties folk, r ‘n’ b and soul, preempts a headline UK tour. 

For tickets, tour dates and album pre-order, follow the link. 

https://www.musicglue.com/howiepayne

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Howie Payne 

Band News: Jordan Allen

Jordan Allen [gig promo]

Following performances at Dot to Dot, Tramlines and support for The Sherlocks, the Bolton band soon begin a debut, headline UK tour. Sixteen venues, the gigs, championed by recent, successful, charity E.P., ‘Livin La Vida Bolton’, will also feature turns from Devon based, Seven Cities and Scots, Real Life Entertainment. Joining the group on select dates each will offer support. 

To find tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://jordan-allen.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Jordan Allen

Gig News: Holy Moly & The Crackers, Jimmy’s, Manchester, November 17th

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Promoting new album, ‘Salem’, the band, north east based, announce their largest UK tour to date. Gigs – following live debuts in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and fruitful summer on the festival circuit; Bestival, Kendal Calling, Glastonbury – take the band from Edinburgh to Brighton. Providing an opportunity to thrash out new material, the band, known for visceral performances, hit Jimmy’s, Manchester, November 17th. 

For all tour dates and tickets, visit: 

https://www.holymolyandthecrackers.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Holy Moly & The Crackers

Band News: Azraq Sàhara 

Asaraq Sahara

In a follow up to debut, ‘Radamenes’; 2015, Azraq Sàhara release ‘Bones’. Chilled out, slacker rock, the track, forerunner to an impending E.P., captures the bands earthy Mediterranean roots and laid-back Californian influences. Formed Athens, Azraq Sàhara, have since relocated to Manchester. 

‘Bones’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Azraq Sàhara 

Gig News: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Arena, Manchester, September 25th

NCTB_Steve Parke

Promoting sixteenth studio album, ‘Skeleton Tree’, the band, veterans of the road, play five impending UK dates. Released prior to recent twenty year retrospective, ‘Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984 – 2014’, the album topped charts in the US and UK. The tour, returning the band to Britain, last visit 2014, lands in Manchester, Arena, September 25th. 

For all tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://www.nickcave.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Steve Parke 

Single Review: Joana Serrat – ‘Trapped In The Fog’

Joana Serrat_Joan Alsina

Ahead of fourth studio album, ‘Dripping Springs’, due September 29th, Serrat releases ‘Trapped In The Fog’. Available for download, the single, reminiscent of sugared ninteen-sixties pop, carries an endearing quality. Enabling the warm tones of Spaniard Serrat to radiate, a country feel; rhythmic percussion, subtle acoustic and slide guitar, lead throughout. 

For ‘Dripping Springs’ pre-order, follow the link.

http://smarturl.it/drippingsprings

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Joan Alsina 

Album Review: Equinox – ‘It’s Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full Of Sin’

Equinox

Enlisting the talents of contributing artists – Vince Clarke, Feral Five, Deux Furieuses Ceiling Demons, among an extensive but impressive line-up – Manc spoken-word poet Equinox presents an eclectic collection of poems. Arresting with stand-out, ‘Kiss’ featuring Feral Five; no nonsense, stripped-down electronica, Equinox invites those contributing to provide musical interpretation to often terse verse. At times skirting the shadows, most notable when words left exposed receive no accompaniment, uplift comes form ‘Don’t Die On Me’, ‘Mule’ and ‘Humankind, poems treated to more electronic wizardry. 

An album of ambiance and poignant words. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Equinox

Gig News: Denai Moore, Gullivers, Manchester, September 26th

Denai Moore

In support of second album, ‘We Used To Bloom’, out now, Moore hits Gullivers, September 26th. Inviting the chance to enjoy album favourites; ‘Let It Happen’, ‘Trickle’, ‘Does It Get Easier?’, ‘Do They Care?’, the dates allow fans of Moore to experience, live, the sublime beauty of her voice. 

http://www.denaimoore.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Denai Moore

Gig News: Thomas Truax, The Castle, Manchester, October 13th

ThomasTruax_GemmaRay

Following a collaboration with Gemma Ray, successful Brit singer songwriter, Truax – in support of upcoming ninth studio album – begins a UK tour. Coinciding with recent single release, ‘Save Me’, featuring Ray, the tour offers Truax the opportunity to air new material. 

For tickets and further tour dates, follow the link.

https://www.thomastruax.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Thomas Truax

Band News: Rev Rev Rev

Rev Rev Rev

Continuing to promote well received second album, ‘Des Fleur Magiques Bourdonnainet’, the band – delivering their unique, Italian flavour of psychedelic shoegaze – will embark upon new live dates across the UK and Europe. The dates, following previous support for The Telescopes, and an appearance at Cosmosis Festival, Manchester; 2016, also take the band to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria as well as Italy. 

To find tickets and tour dates, follow the link.

http://www.revrevrev.org/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Rev Rev Rev

Single Review: Michael Oakley -‘Turn Back Time’

Michael Oakley

Steeped in characteristic eighties synth, the song, alluding to classic soundtracks associated with the era; the coming-of-age teen movie, borrows the sentimental, weaving it into pleasant, soothing pop. Carried by endearing vocals, well weighted against subtle melody and compulsory solo electric guitar, the eighties effect is complete. The forerunner to an impending E.P.; ‘Turn Back Time’ is available for download.

‘Turn Back Time’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Michael Oakley 

Album Review: Milburn – ‘Time’

Milburn

Opening with ‘Time’, wholesome, engaging, Milburn exercise astute mastery over lyrics and harmony. Offering songs imbued with narrative, the album, its central theme; time its self, explores the concept from all aspects. Past, present, future, each receive scrutiny. Highlights; ‘In The City’ ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Keep Me In Mind’, neat examples of what’s on offer, define the sense of accomplished indie-pop. Available September 29th, ‘Time’ is due for release on Red Essential. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Milburn

E.P. Review: Discolor Blind – ‘Long Vivid Dream’

Discolor Blind_Alexia Vincent [2] (1)

‘Long Vivid Dream’, the debut E.P. from the Montreal duo unsettles. Combining the sultry styling of Alexis Nadeau, each track slithers its way deep into your psyche. Paired back, electronica driven, surprise emerges in the distinct jazz-funk feel of ‘What Pain Brings’. Eclectic, the release finds cohesion in its disposition towards the sinister and arresting. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Alexia Vincent 

Single Review: Tulipomania – ‘On The Outside’

Tulipomania_Edward Waisnis

New single ‘On The Outside’, follow up to ‘Don’t Be So Sure’ (Seahawks Remix), entices with dark, deep evocative melody. Compelling, the track moves with stealth, drawing the listener into its snare of intrigue. Taken from a recent three-track maxi single; due September 15th, the band, Philadelphia based, continue to build upon fourth studio album, ‘This Gilded Age’ released 2016. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Edward Waisnis

Album Review: Miniatures – ‘Jessamines’

Miniatures [2]

Evoking past memories of The Sundays, influential British band, ‘Jessamines’ float on high. Tethered by earthy harmonies, angelic vocals and an ever flowing chain of resplendent instrumentation, the album weaves a delicate web of intimate moments. Opening with ‘Try’, a cautious slow-burner, it radiates confidence; ‘To The Lake’, ‘Dust’, ‘Honey’, ‘What You Want’, illuminating the visceral path carved throughout. Well crafted, alluring indie-pop, ‘Jessamines’ soothes as well as uplifts. ‘Silent Tide’, ‘Slow’, ‘Standstill’, with ease, encapsulating this sentiment. Available, October 26th, ‘Jessamines’, sweet-natured, is due for release on Saint Marie Records. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Miniatures

Single Review: Catholic Action – ‘Black & White’

Catholic Action

Promoting debut album ‘In Memory Of’, due October 20th, the band release ‘Black & White’. The single, classic indie-pop, combines smooth melodies with considered lyrics. Flowing with ease, the track imparts a charming route towards a welcome destination. In support of the new single and debut, Catholic Action will also embark on an upcoming UK Tour. 

To find tour dates and tickets, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/catholicactionband/

For ‘In Memory Of’ pre-order, visit:

https://catholicaction.tmstor.es/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Catholic Action 

Gig News: Hurricane Heart Attacks, Featherteeth, The Golden Lion, Todmorden, September 28th

Hurricane_Feather_Dark Matter

Autumn, and Dark Matter Promotions will not be subdued. Presenting Hurricane Heart Attacks and Featherteeth, another must-see for Golden Lion patrons, the gig promises neo space rock and chilled out psychedelia. Showcasing the talents of Argentine ‘Heart Attacks and Todmorden based Featherteeth, the night invites the endless possibilities spawned from cosmic fueled indulgence.

Hurricane Heart Attacks

Hurricane Heart Attacks

https://www.facebook.com/hurricaneheartattacks/

Featherteeth

Featherteeth [3]

https://www.facebook.com/featherteeth/

For tickets, follow the link.

https://www.ents24.com/todmorden-events/the-golden-lion/hurricane-heart-attacks/1073852418

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Hurricane Heart Attacks/Featherteeth

Single Review: My Baby – ‘Make A Hundred’

My Baby [1]

From third album, ‘Prehistoric Rhythm’, My Baby deliver ‘Make A Hundred’, a song popular on this year’s festival circuit. Honest blues with more than a hint of rock ‘n’ roll, the delicious combo of intricate guitar, immaculate drums and searing lead vocal, allows the track to shine. Released in addition to an impending UK tour, the band, Holland based, play Manchester, Night and Day, October 5th. 

For further tour dates and tickets, follow the link. 

http://www.mybabywashere.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: My Baby 

Single Review: Shaking Chains – ‘Into The Dust’

Shaking Chains _ by Ren Rox [2]

Carried by dark vocals, sparse instrumental accompaniment, and an ominous sense of foreboding, the single, accelerating towards its explosive culmination, bursts with character. The second release in recent months from the Manchester band, will be available for download, September 15th. The release will also accompany live dates planned for Manchester and London.

See below for tickets and tour dates.

https://www.facebook.com/shakingchains/

https://dice.fm/event/the-night-day-birthday-party-part-1-24th-nov-night-day-cafe-manchester-tickets

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-hubbards-tickets/284003

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Ren Rox

Band News: The Lovely Eggs

The Lovely Eggs

Due to hit the road, October, the band, married couple, Holly Ross and David Blackwell, take their individual blend of fuzzed-out, DIY, surreal punk rock on tour. Promoting new material from ‘This Is Eggland’; latest album available next year, the tour coincides with lead single release, ‘I Shouldn’t Have Said That’.

For tickets and tour dates, follow the link.

http://www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Lovely Eggs

Band News: Miniatures

Miniatures

‘What You Want’, new single from imminent debut album ‘Jessamines’, captures the blissful spirit of ambient indie-pop associated with the four-piece. Produced by Matthew Hosking; Melbourne, the LP is due for release, October 6th, Saint Marie Records. 

‘What You Want’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Miniatures

Single Review: Sugar Men – ‘Push Button Age’

Sugarmen

Spearheaded by lilting guitar, the single, frenetic in nature, conjures mild thoughts of Joy Division; ‘Warsaw’. Delivered at pace, with commanding vocals to match, ‘Push Button Age’ intends to leave a mark. The first release from album debut, ‘Local Freaks, due October 6th, will follow a forthcoming tour. Tour dates below.

September 2nd – Hangar 34, Liverpool

September 21st – O2 Academy, Liverpool*

September 25th – The Foundry, Sheffield*

October 5th – Sebright Arms, London

*Supporting The Jesus and Mary Chain

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Sugarmen

Single Review: East of Eli – ‘Childsplay’

East of Eli

Blending sharp vocals with funk, rap and vintage r ‘n’ b, the single channels an addictive groove throughout. Buoyant, upbeat, the skillful fusion of pop and electronica creates an engaging track. 

Top 10; iTunes Dance Charts, ‘Childsplay’ is available for download. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: East of Eli 

Single Review: Late Night Episode – ‘Golden Age’

Late Night Episode

Fusing classic funk and r ‘n’ b, the single, pure pop, hooks with addictive beats, irresistible chorus and sparse but sharp production. The first release from a forthcoming E.P., the track follows previous singles, ‘Swim’, ‘Talk About Love’ and acoustic demo, ‘Lost In Cali’. Originating in the East Village, the group, due to continued success, scored a recent signing to New York label, Dirty Canvas. 

‘Golden Age’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Late Night Episode 

E.P. Review: Julian Borrego – ‘Ouroboros’

Julian Borrego

LA based, Borrego, a multi-instrumentalist, offers a debut E.P. of two halves. ‘Small Talk’; Prince-like, flies with compelling loops, quirky guitar riffs and funky bass, culminating in a sumptuous jazz-blues feel. Paired with ‘Xeriscape’; darker, ambient, electronic driven, Borrego borders the realms of alternative indie-pop. A release of contrasts, ‘Ouroboros’ – available for download – captures the singer songwriter’s eclectic tastes in one evocative hit. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Julian Borrego

Single Review: Klez – ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Fool’

Klez

Channeling the laid back cool of soulful r ‘n’ b, ‘Ain’t Nobody’s fool’ allows the smooth vocals of Klez, real name John Klezmer, to dominate. Led by rich melodies; an inviting combination of horn, guitar, piano and subtle harmony, underpinned by captivating beats, the single achieves its rhythmic intentions without effort. Taken from ‘Old Soul New World’, the second E.P. from the young artist, the track, released by Sound x3 Records, is available for download.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Klez

Single Review: Ian Felice – ‘21st Century’

Ian Felice

Carrying the spirit of Bob Dylan, Ian Felice, front for The Felice Brothers, delivers ’21st Century’. Taken from solo debut album, ‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’, the single entwines blues, folk and country influences. Offering a narrative steeped in cynicism – Felice discusses the negatives of twenty-first century living – the track draws warmth from the intricate balance between banjo, rhythm and vocals. Produced in collaboration with Brother Simone, the single coincides with a UK tour due to commence, November. 

To find tickets and tour dates, or to order a copy of ‘In The Kingdom Of Dreams’, follow the link. 

https://www.ianfelice.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Ian Felice

Gig News: Leif Vollebekk, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, September 7th

Lief Vollebekk

Promoting album, ‘Twin Solitude’, the Canadian singer songwriter will tour the UK in the coming months. The tour, following sold out performances in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto gives the Vollebekk the unmatched opportunity to render, live, tracks which have brought ‘Twin Solitude’ critical acclaim. 

Vollebekk supports Margaret Glaspy; The Deaf Institute, Manchester, September 7th. 

To order ‘Twin Solitude’, and for further details on tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://www.leifvollebekk.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Leif Vollebekk

Single Review: Deadleg – ‘Chinese Floats’

Deadleg

The forerunner to ‘Dead Legacy’, album debut expected 2018, the northwest group release ‘Chinese Floats’. Bouyant, happy-go-lucky; the lighthearted warmth driven by confidence imbues the song with a distinct likeability. Straightforward, credible indie-pop, ‘Chinese Floats’ is due for release, September 25th, Black Bleach Records. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Deadleg 

Single Review: Ventrelles – ‘She’s Got It Down’

Ventrelles

Due September 30th, Ventrelles debut new single, ‘She’s Got It Down’, soon to be released on fledgling Manchester imprint, Black Bleach Records. Capturing the sweet nature of late fifties, early sixties pop, the track combines hip-swinging guitar with candied strings. Underpinned by raw, heartfelt vocals, the single resonates with charm. Influenced by time spent in Chicago, and connections with Liverpool’s Deltasonic Records, ‘She’s Got It Down’ is the solo pursuit of earnest singer songwriter, Phil Ventrelle. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Ventrelles

Single Review: Psycho Comedy – ‘The Hangman’

Psycho Comedy

With vocals reminiscent of Johnny Rotten; ‘The Hangman’, new single from Psycho Comedy, recent Deltasonic signing, careers along as if in a stupor. Piling loose, rambunctious track upon track the effect is immediate. A slew of bass, drums, guitar and hi-hat; an explosive whiskey shot preempting a street brawl, complete the swagger. 

‘The Hangman’, due September 7th, Deltasonic Records – at present available for download – is dirty rock ‘n’ roll, slammed with a filthy dose of attitude. 

‘The Hangman’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Psycho Comedy 

E.P. Review: Megalomatic – ‘Symbolism’

Megalomatic

Soon to embark on a UK tour, the band promote new E.P. ‘Symboilsm’, a five track offering from the Glasgow alt-rock three-piece. Fired by ‘A Yellow Car, A Golden Chariot’, embers sparking a cauldron of ferocity, the intensity continues. ‘Trider’, melodic and nuanced, flares with energy. ‘Cesspit’, raging fury, ignites the oncoming blaze; ‘Direction’, fuel for the fearsome ‘Silky’. Mckenzie, Barnes, Reffin, A.K.A. Megalomatic, deliver a firestorm. Comparisons with Biffy Clyro; warranted. 

‘Symbolism’ is due for release, September 15th, Milky Bomb Records. 

For E.P. pre-order, follow the link

https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/mbr016/megalomatic-symbolism.html

To find tickets and tour dates visit: 

http://megalomatic.bigcartel.com/

‘A Yellow Car, A Golden Chariot’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Megalomatic

Single Review: TV ME – ‘Peppercorn Boy’

TV ME

Wisp-light, electronic indie-pop; ‘Peppercorn Boy’ calms, soothes and comforts the listener. Traversing territory struck by pioneers such as New Order, it glides with ease, kept aloft by endearing harmonies and the enchanting promise of euphoria. The delightful product of Thomas McConnell, Frankie Tibbles and Adam Dixon, at present recording a forthcoming album, the single drops September 21st. To coincide with its release, TV ME play two dates. See below for details. 

September 2nd – Riverfest 17, Warrington

October 27th – Liverpool Music Week 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: TV ME 

Band News: Brix & The Extricated

Brix & The Extricated

Encompassing Fall veterans; Brix Smith-Start, Steve Trafford, Paul and Steve Hanley, and (non Fall member) Irish guitarist, Jason Brown; Brix & The Extricated are set to release new album, ‘Part 2’. Accompanied by an extensive UK tour, the album will offer tracks tinged with The Fall signature. However, an avenue for songwriters Trafford and Start-Smith, this will be where the similarities end. 

To catch Brix & The Extricated on tour – one promising a selection of old Fall classics – follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/extricated/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Brix & The Extricated

E.P. Review: When The Sun Hits – ‘Immersed Within Your Eyes’

When The Sun Hits

‘Immersed Within Your Eyes’, a six track E.P. from Nottingham based, When The Sun Hits, combines ominous slow burner, ‘The Last Hit’, with atmospheric leanings; ‘Lie To Me’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Stereopium’ and ‘Coopers Secret’. Reflective; ‘Lovedead Town’ unsettles the mood. Distorted guitar, drums and vocals fall like waves, creating a whirling torrent of percussive melody. 

Available September 22nd, ‘Immersed Within Your Eyes’ will be released on Saint Marie Records.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: When The Sun Hits 

Gig News: The Head, The Castle, Manchester, November 12th

The Head

To coincide with new album, ‘Space’, the Atalanta group will undertake a fourteen date UK tour. Citing British bands; The Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo & the Bunnymen among influences, the three-piece export their compelling brand of indie-rock to the UK for the first time. 

The Head play The Castle, Manchester, November 12th. 

For further tour dates and more, follow the link. 

http://www.theheadmusic.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Head

Single Review: Lotte Kestner – ‘Ghosts’

Lotte Kestner by anthon smith [2]

A primer for new album, ‘Off White’, due September 1st, the accomplished singer has released ‘Ghosts’, a soothing ballad borne upon sparse piano and mellowed, synthesized chords. Stripped back, the track reveals the purity of Kestner’s voice, that which has led to a collaboration with The Chemical Brothers; the sinuous vocals of ‘Push the Button’, and, prior, a stint in nineties band, Trespassers William. Kestner, real name Anna-Lynne Williams, is also known for her evocative rendering of ‘Halo’; Beyoncé, a track commandeered by recent HBO drama, The Young Pope. 

‘Off White’ will be released on Saint Marie Records.  

‘Ghosts’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Anton Smith 

Single Review: Vukovar – ‘The Clockwork Dance’

 

Vukovar

In anticipation of forthcoming album, ‘Puritan’, the self described “Northern English Brutalist act”, Vukovar, release single, ‘The Clockwork Dance’. Comprised of two rather quirky compositions, the title track and live recording, ‘Quiet’, the comparisons between Nick Cave and early Fall become apparent. ‘The Clockwork Dance’; haunting, but soothing and carried by melodic drums, subtle bass and a serene synth line, jars against the darker, acerbic offering, ‘Quiet’. Here teeth are bared; malignant bass clashes with thrashing cymbals, manic vocals, and a relentless, unsettling, electronic synth loop. 

‘Puritan’ is available, October 25th. To get your copy, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/VukovarUK/

‘The Clockwork Dance’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Vukovar 

Band News: Sean McGowan

Sean McGowan_Dean Paul

Since a recent signing to Xtra Miles Recording, solo artist McGowan has revealed the date for his new E.P.; September 8th. ‘Graft and Grief’ will feature seven tracks. The E.P., showcasing McGowan’s post-punk, Billy Bragg-esque styling, will catapult the singer into a headline UK tour. Throughout the tour McGowan will be joined by a full band. 

For tickets and E.P. pre-order, follow the link. 

https://www.musicglue.com/seanmcgowan

Watch the video for ‘Costa Del Solution’, the first single from McGowan’s new E.P., here:

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Dean Paul 

Gig News: John Smith, Gorilla, Manchester, October 19th

JohnSmith

In order to promote fifth album, ‘Headlong’, Smith will set out on an extensive UK and European tour. Dates, twenty-four in total, will take the singer-songwriter from Ireland to Vienna and begin, September. The dates will also bring the hardworking, dedicated and deft guitarist to Manchester; an appearance at Gorilla scheduled October 19th. In a career containing professional associations with Gil Scott-Heron, Joan Baez, Cara Dillon, Lianne La Havas and Lisa Hannigan – an association leading to input from the latter three on the forthcoming album – it’s elevated Smith to a celebrated category, one of his own. 

For tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: John Smith 

Band News: Amusement Parks On Fire

APOF

‘Road Eyes’, released 2009, is to be treated to a reprint by Saint Marie Records. The re-release, including nine additional tracks will arrive in double vinyl, CD and digital formats as a ‘deluxe’ edition. In conjunction with the reprint and release of forthcoming single, ‘Our goal to realise’, due November 17th, Amusement Parks On Fire will also undertake a Winter UK tour. 

To find tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

https://www.gigantic.com/amusement-parks-on-fire-tickets

For ‘Road Eyes’ pre-order, visit:

http://www.saintmarierecords.com/products/596963-amusement-parks-on-fire-road-eyes-deluxe

‘Road Eyes’ – ‘Deluxe’ Teaser

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Amusement Parks On Fire

Band News: William The Conqueror

William The Conqueror

With ‘Tend To The Thorns’ and ‘Pedestals’, singles picked from album debut, ‘Proud Distributor Of The Peace’, the band – the collective talents of singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph and multi-instrumentalists, Harry Jones and Naomi Harding – are set to tour between the Summer and Winter months. Peddling their distinct flavour of laid back blues-rock, the tour will offer the band the opportunity to promote album material. 

For tour dates tickets and album pre-order, follow the link. 

http://williamtheconqueror.net/

‘Tend To The Thorns’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: William The Conqueror 

Gig News: Fiona Grey, Whiskey Jar, Manchester, September 5th

Fiona Grey

Ahead of her new EP, expected, Autumn; LA based Grey has released ‘Money’, a single to accompany a headline UK tour, soon to commence, late August. Sharing overtones with ‘Royals’, Lorde; an enduring hit, the track provides the perfect platform for Grey’s arresting vocals, those which pack a heavy-weight punch against a stirring maelstrom of sweeping strings and soul-blues-funk. With tour dates running from August to September, Grey hits Manchester’s Whiskey Jar, September 5th. 

To find tickets and more follow the link. 

http://www.fionagreymusic.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Fiona Grey 

Band News: The Travelling Band

The Travelling Band

From forthcoming album, ‘Sails’; the new single ‘Last Night (I Dreamt of Killing You)’, is the dark workings of a sinister dream in which lead singer, Jo Dudderidge, envisioned the murder of his girlfriend. A disturbing vision in which Dudderidge was the murderer. The single, also influenced by Salinger’s ‘Catcher In The Rye’, signpost’s the Manc band’s fourth studio album. Arriving after time spent in Nashville; ‘Sails’ has been dubbed “Mancunian Americana”, by DJ Marc Riley. 

In support of ‘Sails’ the band will embark upon a number of tour dates. See below for festival and in-store appearances.

August 10th – The Water Rats, London (exclusive album preview)

August 12th – Tinkermann Festival

August 27th – River Cottage Festival

August 29th – Rough Trade East (in-store)

August 30th – Rough Trade Nottingham (in-store)

For further tour dates, tickets, album pre-order and more, follow the link. 

https://www.musicglue.com/the-travelling-band

‘Last Night (I Dreamt of Killing You)’ 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Travelling Band

Live Review: False Advertising, Graces, Peaks, Happy Animal, Why, Fox, Why?, The Castle, Manchester, August 4th

Without You I'm Nothing_Promo Artwork [2]

Charity begins at home, or so it’s said. This adage, an admirable sentiment, appears to have been the catalyst inspiring False Advertising, Graces, Peaks, Happy Animal, Why, Fox, Why? to host ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, a fundraiser on behalf of friend, Mandy Cooper. Sold out, the gig at The Castle; a night in which friends supported friends, mixed Placebo covers – a nod to Mandy’s favourite group – with engaging sets from accomplished bands, and in the case of Peaks, a skilled solo artist; each integral in shaping the UK’s rich music scene. And this drove the evening’s success. Heartfelt performances fired a genuine warmth. 

If you’d like to help in raising money for Mandy – the funds will cover the cost of medical treatment unavailable in Britain – be kind and follow the link below. 

http://www.supportmandy.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography and Artwork: False Advertsing/Graces/Peaks/Happy Animal/Why, Fox Why? 

Album Review: Arcade Fire – ‘Everything Now’

Arcade Fire_Everything Now [2]

Via neat opener, ‘Everything_Now (continued)’, we segue into the title track, ‘Everything Now’; the catchy single destined to light up Summer. It’s at this point you realise this long awaited album is about to deliver all one might expect. Veiled in secrecy by an over cautious record label – receipt of our press copy came within days of the official release – the album skips along with a happy-go-lucky-refrain. Transitioning with ease from one crowd-pleaser to the next, this is one release bound to slap a smile on your face. ‘Signs of Life’, the second single taken from the album, sums this up without argument. Cool, funk-driven, dance-able, it’s the perfect accompaniment to ‘Creature Comforts’, track four, yet another electronic corker. Moving on, the album continues to encapsulate the genius of the Canadian indie-rockers; ‘Electric Blue’, with no effort, bringing this to the fore. And, as with all Arcade Fire albums, the quality keeps coming. ‘Good God Damn’, a ditty comprised of vitriol, cynicism and wit, makes way for the compelling, ‘Put Your Money on Me’, an anthem in the making. But Arcade Fire fail to do things by halves, and within the penultimate and ultimate tracks; ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’, ‘Everything Now (continued)’, we’re treated to a considered and meaningful finale. 

A mammoth album from an unrivalled band. Infinite talent. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Arcade Fire

Band News: Will Varley

Will Varley

With plans to record a new album later this year; a UK tour due to commence, November, will instead run in 2018. The dates, straddling January and February, will give Varley a welcome break from time on the road. Having toured with The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg, 2016, Varley supported Frank Turner across the US, 2017. This was soon followed by a European tour with Valerie June and further dates in the US, supporting Lincoln Durham. The forthcoming album, Varley’s third, will allow for songs penned on the road to find a home in a studio environment.

To find the rescheduled tour dates, head to: 

http://www.willvarley.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Will Varley 

Band News: Goldfrapp

Goldfrapp _Daniel Roberts

Following performances at Glastonbury, Bluedot, Lattitude and Somerset House; Goldfrapp add UK dates to their ‘Silver Eye World Tour’. Eight shows; the UK leg will follow a special appearance as guests of New Order; Hollywood Bowl, September 18th. 

‘Silver Eye’ is the seventh studio album from Goldfrapp. ‘Systemagic’, one of two singles taken from the album, was released March, this year.

‘Systemagic’

To find tour dates and tickets, follow the link. 

https://www.goldfrapp.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Daniel Roberts 

Gig News: Sly Antics, Attic Dogs, Bare Bones, The Golden Lion, Todmorden, August 25th

Sly Antics_ Attic Dogs_Bare Bones_ promo artwork

Summer’s here, and Dark Matter Promotions are intent on having a cracking good time. Next up; Sly Antics, Attic Dogs and Bare Bones at The Golden Lion. Three acts who have been making a considerable noise on the music scene within recent years. 

Sly Antics

Sly Antics [1]

Fresh from the success of their 2016 ‘Captive City’ E.P., a debut hyped by BBC Introducing, the band promote new single, ‘Motion’.

http://slyantics.com/

Attic Dogs

Attic Dogs

Touting their own blend of garage/indie rock, Attic Dogs are soon to record their first E.P.

https://www.facebook.com/atticdogs/

Bare Bones

David Collins, A.K.A. Bare Bones, a captivating artist drawn by folk, rock and easy listening, is also due to record his debut E.P. 

https://www.facebook.com/BareBonesUk/

For tickets, follow the link. 

https://www.ents24.com/todmorden-events/the-golden-lion/sly-antics/1073836293

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Sly Antics/Attic Dogs/Bare Bones 

Band News: Little Dragon

Little Dragon

Set to embark upon a UK tour, Little Dragon will play Manchester Academy. The dates, spanning the Autumn and Winter months, will give the Gothenburg four-piece a platform on which to revive old favourites and air their signature eletronic-pop-meets-R&B melodies. Released, May; ‘Season High’ has gained praise and favourable accolades from across the wider music press.

To find tickets, tour dates, merchandise and more, visit:

http://little-dragon.net/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Little Dragon 

Band News: DJ Format and Abdominal

DJ Format and Abdominal

Owing to the success of ‘Still Hungry’, their debut album released earlier this year; Format and Abdominal have since gone on to court increased media interest. Dropping live sessions for Soho Radio and Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music, the duo’s debut now sits, number one, within the Bandcamp album charts and Top 10 within the iTunes Hip Hop Charts. Such rapid success has now prompted the two to go back on tour; dates for which can be found in the links below. 

https://www.facebook.com/DJFormatUK

https://www.facebook.com/mcabdominal/

Watch the video for ‘Behind The Scenes’; ‘Still Hungry’ first single release. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: DJ Format and Abdominal 

Band News: LCD Soundsytem

LCD Soundsytem

With fourth studio album, ‘American Dream’, due for release September 1st, the post-punk New Yorkers will soon be touring again. Set to play Manchester, Glasgow and London, the band, wielding their abrasive approach to electronic-dance-rock, will, on leaving the UK, engage in an extended US/Canadian tour.

For tour dates, tickets, album pre-order and more, follow the link.

https://lcdsoundsystem.com/

To get album-ready; pick up first single, ‘Call The Police’/’American Dream’. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: LCD Soundsystem

Label Release: Clue Club #3, AA Side; Mini Skirt ‘French Kiss’ Night Owls ‘Honestly’

Clue Club #3

Clue Records are back with their third release in the Clue Club Series; Clue Club Volume Three. 

Mini Skirt – ‘French Kiss’

Mini Skirt

Debut, ‘French Kiss’, an engaging track fusing the soothing vocals of duo, Abby + Dan, carries a latent sense of former indie sweethearts, The Sundays. Gliding over candied-cotton guitars, the two, with little effort, evoke the angst and passion one associates with teenage years. 

Storytelling from the heart.

Night Owls – ‘Honestly’

Night Owls

In contrast Night Owls throw in pep with earnest rock offering, ‘Honestly’. Driven by searing intent it draws an onslaught of pounding drums, crashing hi-hats, rhythmic bass, irresistible guitar and commanding vocals to render an undeniable wave of sound.

Honest alternate rock.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography and Artwork: Clue Records

Band News: The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers_Richmond Lam

The Barr Brothers, combining Barr siblings, Andrew (drums), Brad (guitar) and Sarah Page (harp), are soon to release new album, ‘Queens of the Breakers’. Three years on from ‘Sleeping Operator’, the group’s last studio album, the trio return with a further helping of their mesmeric sound. The new album, due to arrive October 13th, will be supported by an international tour with UK dates; November 14th, 15th and 16th. In support of the tour The Barr Brothers have released ‘You Would Have To Lose Your Mind’, an inviting but evocative track taken from their new album.

For tickets and tour dates, follow the link.

http://thebarrbrothers.com/

‘You Would Have To Lose Your Mind’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Richmond Lam 

Gig News: Cabbage, Picturedome, Holmfirth, September 27th

Cabbage.jpg

Following the success of E.P., ‘Uber Capatalist Death Trade’, Cabbage are set to play the Picturedome, Holmfirth. The gig, allowing the Mancunian five-piece the means to air a repertoire fuelled by post-punk influences, will also offer the young band a platform to promote new releases. 

See below for tickets and more. 

https://www.facebook.com/cabbagelechou/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Cabbage 

Band News: New Kingston

New Kingston

About to release fourth studio album, ‘Come From Far’, the New York group are due to embark upon a UK tour. Brooklyn based, and having built upon the success of sterling debut, ‘Kingston City’, the band continue to hone their individual take on progressive reggae. With ‘Come From Far’ the first single from the new album available for download, the album proper, plus heady live performances will arrive soon after. 

For tour dates, tickets and album pre-order, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/NewKingston/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: New Kingston

Band News: Cattle & Cane

Cattle & Cane_Junior Ayub

Gearing up for an Autumn UK tour; Cattle & Cane, siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, will be accompanied by Fran Hammill; piano and Thom Fripp; guitar. The gigs, presenting stripped-back, acoustic renderings of tracks highlighted upon recent album, ‘Mirrors’, will also feature Jake Issac, The Shires, and Badly Drawn Boy on specific dates. 

To find tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

https://www.cattleandcane.co.uk/#tourDates

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Junior Ayub

Band News: Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

In support of new album, ‘Everything Now’, due July 28th, Arcade Fire announce an arena tour. Scheduled for Spring 2018, the band play Dublin, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow.  

For early access to tickets, follow the link. 

https://storeuk.everythingnow.com/

For UK tickets visit:

https://www.axs.com/

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/

For Dublin tickets visit:

http://www.ticketmaster.ie/

For videos; ‘Everything Now’, ‘Creature Comfort’ and ‘Signs of Life’, see below. 

‘Everything Now’

‘Creature Comfort’

‘Signs Of Life’

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Arcade Fire

Band News: Son Of Dave

Son Of Dave

Due to embark upon a Winter UK tour, opening date November 3rd; Son Of Dave will promote his latest album. The release, ‘Music For Cop Shows’, an endeavour promising yet more signature beatbox blues, arrives ahead of the tour, late Autumn. Thirteen dates, the tour hits Gulliver’s, Manchester, November 15th. 

To find tickets, follow the link. 

https://sonofdave.officialstore.co.uk/Content/Gigs

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography and Artwork: Son Of Dave

Gig News: Brontone Summer Party; Jordan Allen, Seven Cities, Special Guests (TBC), Jimmy’s, Manchester, August 3rd, August 10th

Jimmy's [2]

Hosted by Brontone, management associated with Muse and The Pogues, the forthcoming event will feature current Brontone signings; Jordan Allen and Seven Cities. A showcase, providing a platform for Allen; front for the burgeoning Bolton/Manchester four-piece, will also offer Seven Cities the chance to air new material prior to its Autumn release.

For tickets follow the link. 

https://dice.fm/event/jordan-allen-3rd-aug-jimmys-manchester-tickets

To become better acquainted with each band, see below. 

Jordan Allen

Jordan Allen

http://jordan-allen.com/

Seven Cities

Seven Cities

https://www.sevencitiesband.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Jordan Allen/Seven Cities/Jimmy’s 

Band News: Ash

Ash_Alex Lake.jpg

Promoting new album, ‘Kablammo!’, a release arriving eight years after ‘Twilight Of The Innocents’, the band’s supposed final album, Ash return. Embarking upon a UK tour; Ash play the Picturedome, Holmfirth. The gig, one of many, will give Tim Wheeler, the band’s charming lead, the opportunity to air a raft of classics along with new offerings from the recent album.

For tickets and tour dates, follow the link. 

http://www.ash-official.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Alex Lake

Band News: Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson [1]

In tribute to the original Tom Robinson Band, Robinson will perform ‘Power In The Darkness’ at venues across the country later this year. The tour, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of ’77 release and subsequent giant, ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’, will allow fans to relive album highlights; ‘Up Against The Wall’ and ‘Glad To Be Gay’.

To find tour dates and tickets, follow the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/tomrobinsonmusic/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Tom Robinson

Band News: Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews [2]

Following the release of ‘Honest Life’, Andrews’ second album; an unrivalled success which drew comparisons with well known artists; Emmylou Harris, PJ Harvey and Laura Marling, the Phoenix born singer will soon tour the UK. The tour, coinciding with the re-release of ‘On My Page’, Andrews’ debut, will also include European dates.

For tickets and more, visit: 

https://www.courtneymarieandrews.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Courtney Marie Andrews

Band News: Roddy Woomble

Roddy Woomble

Following single release, ‘Like Caruso’, and prior to forthcoming album, ‘The Deluder’; Woomble, Idlewild front-man, offers up new single, ‘Jupiter’. The track, the second taken from the artist’s fourth solo endeavour, will help promote Woomble’s current UK tour. 

For tour dates, tickets and album pre-order, see below. 

https://www.roddywoomble.net/

Listen to ‘Jupiter’, here.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Roddy Woomble 

Band News: Lambchop

Lambchop_ Jo Bongard

Lambchop, in support of recent album, ‘FLOTUS’; released to critical acclaim late last year, are soon to embark on a Summer UK tour. The dates, taking in the Green Man Festival, will allow for album favourites, ‘The Hustle’, one of many, to be reprised for fans as the group hit the road.

To get gig-ready, follow the link for tour dates and tickets.

http://www.lambchop.net/

To listen to the band’s new version of ‘The Hustle’, do so here: 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Jo Bongard 

Album Review: Carta – ‘The Sand Collector’s Dream’

Carta

‘The Sand Collector’s Dream’, the fourth studio album from Carta, is sinuous, atmospheric and easy on the ear. Harnessing the honeyed vocal collaborations of Odessa Chen, Kyle Monday and Jon DeRosa, it moves with grace from one mellow track to the next with admirable clarity. Allowing the recipient to sit back and relax, it induces calm and moments of reflection. Even the darker sentiments of ‘Reasons To Be Fearful’ fail to disturb the repose inspired. Thoughtful and sensitive, ‘The Sand Collector’s Dream’, an endearing album from this talented San Francisco collective, will be yours to own, July 28th.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Carta 

Album Review: Crash City Saints – ‘Are You Free?’

Crash City Saints

Adorable, enticing, listenable; a beautiful record from Crash City Saints. Hooked by opener ‘Ice Cream Headache’, the gateway to yet more intelligent electronic rock, we’re invited to take a pleasant stroll through a musical landscape of seamless harmonies and hypnotic rhythms. Tracks; ‘There’s No School Tomorrow’, ‘Spirit Photography’ and ‘Dawn Of A Bright New Nothing’, capturing this welcome sense of warmth with ease. A perfect release from the Michigan based trio, available August 14th, Saint Marie Records.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Crash City Saints

E.P. Review: Grand Pricks/Polarnecks – ‘PolarPricks’

PolarPricks [art work]

Divided between the equal talents of Grand Pricks and Polarnecks, each Glasgow based, this is the ultimate in DIY grunge. Combining ‘En Flique’ and ‘Don’t Vote’; Grand Pricks, with ‘Pretty’ and ‘Dogs’; Polarnecks, the E.P. crackles with attitude and restless energy. Fierce, raw, unabashed, ‘PolarPricks’ demands your full attention.

Grand Pricks

Grand Pricks

Polarnecks

Polarnecks

Due for release, Gold Mold Records, July 15th 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Grand Pricks/Polarnecks

Gig News: Charlies Girls, Bloodshake, Liberal Violence, Elastic Dinosaur, DJs; Joe Mason Jones and Nat Hairsine, Todmorden Cricket Club, July 15th

Dark Matter

Dark Matter Promotions bring youth into the equation with this standout gig at Todmorden Cricket Club. Featuring Charlies Girls; classic shoegaze, Bloodshake; grunge, Liberal Violence; indie-pop, Elastic Dinosaur; dirty rock ‘n’ roll, and the vinyl spinning of DJs Joe Mason Jones and Nat Hairsine; grooved out electronica, it promises to be a night brimming with young talent. 

For tickets follow the link: 

https://www.ents24.com/todmorden-events/todmorden-cricket-club/youth-band-showcase/1073842092

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Dark Matter Promotions

E.P. Review: The Sinking Feeling – ‘One’

The Sinking Feeling

‘One’, an E.P. of three tracks, offers light, tight, explosive indie-rock from Glasgow based, The Sinking Feeling. Flowing with ease, the E.P. provides the perfect showcase for the evident craftsmanship poured into each heartfelt melody. Evoking thoughts of Feeder, UK veterans with an obvious pedigree, this is an engaging release, one destined to gain this aspiring band a raft of new followers. 

To listen to the E.P., find it below.  

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Sinking Feeling

Single Review: Too Many T’s – ‘God Save The T’s’

Too Mant T's

Sparse, stripped back, hardcore hip-hop; the essence off ‘God Save The T’s’, the arresting new single from British duo, Too Many T’s, combines intelligent rhyme with minimalist accompaniment. The forerunner to imminent debut, ‘South City’, an album due for release early September, will launch the duo on their UK tour. 

For tour dates and more, follow the link. 

http://toomanyts.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Too Many T’s 

Single Review: The Hungry Ghosts – ‘Lazaro/Amerika’

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Both infectious and lovable; one half of the double A, ‘Lazaro’, the band’s latest release since their ‘Blood Red Songs’ E.P. of 2015, is two-minutes-fifty-seven seconds of undiluted rock ‘n’ roll. Laced with a sharp vocal delivery, its quirky riffs, soaring chorus and relentless beat combine to create a stomping anthem. Teamed with ‘Amerika’, The Hungry Ghosts continue the blues based rock ‘n’ roll. Think arid heat. Think the Mississippi Delta. Think the vast, bleak expanse of an untamed wilderness. ‘Amerika’ has the power to evoke all of this and more. 

Available from August 4th; ‘Lazaro/Amerika’ can be purchased via the following formats: Download, CD, 7″ vinyl.

In the meantime, to check out this five-piece from Birmingham, follow the link below.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: IndieImages

Band News: Fantastic Negrito

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‘The Last Days of Oakland’, featuring two new tracks, ‘Push Back’ and ‘The Shadows’, is soon to be reissued by British label, Cooking Vinyl. Promoting the unique styling of the Grammy Award winning artist, the reissue coincides with an extensive European and UK tour. 

To find tickets follow the link. 

http://www.fantasticnegrito.com/tour/

To reacquaint yourselves with the extraordinary work of this charismatic individual; watch live performances of tracks taken from the album, here:

‘Scary Woman’

‘In The Pines’

To pre-order the ‘Last Days of Oakland’, due for re-release July 28th, do so here:

https://fn.lnk.to/TLDOO

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Fantastic Negrito 

Band News: Shaking Chains

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Following the release of their well received AA single, ‘Midnight Oil/Drunk No More’, the northern four-piece are to play Leicester’s O2 Academy and Gulliver’s, Manchester. The gigs, giving fans the opportunity to catch the band while on the road, will see them provide support to James; Manchester stalwarts, and also headline, with support from Sandells. 

For gig dates, see below. 

July 5th – O2 Academy, Leicester (w/James)

July 29th – Gulliver’s, Manchester (w/Sandells)

To watch the band’s acclaimed, algorithmic video for ‘Midnight Oil’, find it here: 

https://midnightoilfilm.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Ren Rox 

Album Review: Little Barrie – ‘Death Express’

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‘Death Express’, the fifth studio album from Little Barrie, combines tracks soused with spaced out Krautrock and sparse vocal and instrumental arrangements. This is a soundscape, a world into which Barry Cadogan, Primal Scream guitarist, would like the listener to travel. Presenting a contemporary take on that post nineteen-sixties, nineteen-seventies sound, ‘Death Express’ serves up some glittering gems. ‘Copter’,  ‘Golden Age’ and ‘(Nothing Will) Eliminate’, deserving a mention. But this is a rock record after all and despite the surreal elements, check out the oddities of ‘Vulture Swarm’, it pretends to be nothing else. No less than you’d expect from the band who penned the iconic ‘Better Call Saul’ theme tune. 

To catch Little Barrie on tour, follow the link below. To get your mitts on ‘Death Express’, you’ll have to wait until July 7th. 

http://littlebarrie.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Little Barrie 

Single Review: Trash – ‘Migraines’

Trash

Light, tight, indie-pop, this refreshing track fizzes along with optimism and spark. Upbeat, with an addictive chorus and jingle-jangle guitar at it’s heart, it’s the perfect showcase for ‘Trash’, the band’s self-titled E.P. due for release later this summer.

For Trash tour dates, merchandise and E.P. pre-order, follow the link.

https://www.tr4shb4nd.com

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Trash 

Single Review: Forever Cult – ‘Codeine’

Forever Cult

‘Codeine’, a sharp little tune taken from their forthcoming ‘Homewrecker’ E.P., smacks on first listen of legendary U.S. rockers, Pixies. Opening with a distinctive bassline, one driving distorted guitar and vocals, it careers towards an explosive finish, that making you want to check out the rest of the E.P., as any good single ought to. 

To catch Forever Cult live, make sure you head to the following venues. 

July 5th – Sebright Arms, London (free entry)

July 6th – Castle Hotel, Manchester

July 7th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (E.P. Launch Show)

July 8th – Record Junkee, Sheffield 

July 9th – Tyne Bar, Newcastle (free entry)

To pre-order the ‘Homewrecker’ E.P., follow the link below: 

https://www.musicglue.com/forevercult

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Forever Cult 

Album Review: Danny & The Champions Of The World – ‘Brilliant Light’

Danny & The Champions Of The World

With an easy going feel, this album sets sail with the ultra mellow ‘Waiting For The Right Time’. Continuing upon even waters, the slide guitars and laid back feel allow for the skilled songwriting of Danny George Wilson to shine. Standouts such as ‘It Hit Me’ and ‘Swift Street’, new single, encapsulating such assets. But, to pick up the pace, Wilson’s also thrown in the bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll led riffs of ‘Consider Me’, ‘Never In The Moment’ and ‘Gotta Get Things Right in My Life’, each carrying its own distinct party vibe.

A double album of eighteen songs, some reminiscent of the great Bob Dylan, this is one for that chilled out summer barbie.   

To catch the band on their UK September tour, check out the link below. 

http://www.dannyandthechamps.com/

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Danny & The Champions Of The World 

Band News: Beans on Toast & Skinny Lister; ‘Double Trouble Tour’

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Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister will later this year embark upon a joint UK tour. Promoting new material, the two, contemporaries of Xtra Miles Recordings, are to bring their anarchic flavour of Honky-Tonk and English Folk to a number of venues around the country.

For tickets, tour dates and more, please follow the links below. 

Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

http://www.beansontoastmusic.com 

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister

http://www.skinnylister.com 

http://www.alttickets.com 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Beans on Toast/Skinny Lister  

Live Review: False Advertising, Gulliver’s, Manchester, June 15th

False Advertising [Gullivers]

While travel broadens the mind, it also appears to be the tonic for aspiring musicians. Invited to play SXSW earlier in the year, False Advertising are on the ascendent. 

Headlining a hometown gig which had punters smiling, the band took pleasure in rendering the perfect set. 

‘Not My Fault’, recent single, was trumped and triple trumped by offerings of equal stature; ‘Alopecia’, ‘Scars’, ‘It’s Been A While’ and ‘Sigh’. Though this was just the beginning. Moving forward with careful drive, Chris, Jen and Josh employed a precision-like workmanship. 

‘Honest’, ‘I Don’t Know’, ‘Piece Of My Mind’. Each poignant and gleaming with polish. ‘Cold Shoulder’, ‘Give It Your Worst’. Flawless. It was a professionalism continued until the final act; ‘All Of The Above’, ‘Wish’, ‘Breaker’, ‘Dozer’ and biting encore, ‘You’re Too Slow’. 

This is a band with intentions. Nothing false about them. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Urszula Kochanowska 

Gig News: Basse, Kellys Heroes, The Golden Lion, Todmorden, July 7th

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Never one’s to stand still, the music loving folk of Dark Matter Promotions are at it again. This time they bring you the joys of Basse and Kellys Heroes, Garage Rock from two bands with more than a touch of that characteristic late sixties, early seventies influence. Promising distorted, spangled guitar, drums driven by the spirit of John Bonham, and true rock ‘n’ roll grit, this is one evening out that shouldn’t be missed. 

To check out each band before July 7th, follow the links below. 

Basse

Basse

Kellys Heroes

Kellys Heroes

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Basse/Kellys Heroes 

Festival News: Cotton Clouds Festival 2017

Cotton Clouds Festival

Due to debut at Saddleworth Cricket Club, August 12th; Cotton Clouds Festival, a new festival date for the summer, will comprise an attractive line up. Featuring veterans, The Coral, seminal Hip Hop crew, The Sugar Hill Gang, and ambitious newcomers, PINS, acts will perform across three stages. The Main Stage, toting a fist full of musical bling, will carry what ought to be an exceptional day to remember.  Child-friendly, with a dedicated children’s activities area, this aims to be a festival for everyone. One, at £39 (+booking fee), most people can afford. 

To get your festival ticket, visit: http://www.cottoncloudsfestival.com/ 

Words: Daniel Touré

Artwork: Cotton Clouds Festival 2017 

Band News: North Mississippi All Stars

North Mississippi All Stars

Arriving at the Ruby Lounge, June 29th, North Mississippi All Stars promote their eighth studio album, ‘Prayer for Peace’. 

Happening to coincide with the band’s twentieth anniversary, the release promises more of the ‘All Stars signature sound. Expect blues, funk, greased up soul and a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll. 

The Dickinson Brothers are back. Pick up a copy of ‘Prayer For Peace’ and your admission to the Ruby Lounge. 

For tickets follow the link:

http://www.seetickets.com/event/north-mississippi-allstars/the-ruby-lounge/1085776

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: North Mississippi All Stars 

E.P. Review: Brooke Bentham – ‘The Room Swayed’ E.P.

Brooke Bentham [Jordan Hughes]

Velvet smooth, this E.P. is an exquisite foray into the beauteous world of young singer-songwriter, Brooke Bentham. Introducing tracks with soul, Bentham’s debut flows with truth and sweet reminisce from one well crafted ballad  to the next. Conjuring thoughts of accomplished female singer-songwriters such as Dido and Norah Jones, ‘The Room Swayed’ will no doubt be Bentham’s golden key to success. 

A wonderful little E.P. with heart as well as depth. 

 

To catch Brooke Bentham live:

June 17th – Surf Club, Tynemouth (More dates TBA…)

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Jordan Hughes

Live Review: The Hungry Ghosts, Dot to Dot Festival, Crown & Kettle, Manchester, May 26th

The Hungry Ghosts

Every so often, when gig-going, you stumble across a gem. The musical equivalent of a twenty-pound note idling in the middle of the street. While wandering around the different venues of Dot to Dot, we were fortunate to unearth such a find. The band, a motley looking bunch by the name of The Hungry Ghosts, were that welcome discovery. Playing to a small gathering at the Crown & Kettle, they worked a devilish set. One led by irresistible basslines and the unsettling sense our souls might well have been captured by the disruptive mischievousness of a demonic force. Either way, we were hooked. Beginning with the floor-stomper, ‘Hungry Ghosts say hello’, the party continued until its frenzied culmination with forthcoming release, ‘Amerika’. 

An electric performance by a sterling young band. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Daniel Touré

Band News: Avalanche Party

Avalanche Party [So Wet]

Recent Clue Records signing, Avalanche Party, released new single ‘I’m So Wet’ earlier this may. Delivering alternate-indie-rock the track resonates with purpose, forcing the listener to buy into its deep and sinister undertones, those with the formidable echo of James in their heyday. 

A band to keep an eye on. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Avalanche Party 

Label Release: Clue Club #2, AA Side; Tea Buckley & ‘I Could Not’ Team Picture ‘Air, Not Air’ 

Clue Club #2

Following on from their recent release, Clue Records bring us the second volume in their Clue Club series. 

Tea Buckley & – ‘I Could Not’

Tea Buckley &

Opening with an expediency maintained throughout, ‘I Could Not’ is a track in a hurry. Burning through guitar led riffs it thrashes along at a vociferous pace, one underpinned by its indie-rock origins. 

The harder, less forgiving side of the AA. 

Team Picture – ‘Air, Not Air’ 

Team Picture

Laid back, chilled and a much easier vibe altogether, ‘Air, Not Air’ is a welcome antidote to the relentless rush of ‘I Could Not’. Taking its influences from the infinite and kaleidoscopic wormholes of psychedelia, it moves with swagger, allowing time to kick-back on the way. 

The softer, mellower side of the AA. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography and Artwork: Clue Records

Single Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – ‘Anymore’ 

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Taken from forthcoming album, ‘The Echo of Pleasure’, this is both a wholesome sounding and inviting track with merit. The sort of thing which might become a favourite following a breakup or an event with equal emotional gravitas. Setting out its stall as an anthem for those with a passion for life, ‘Anymore’ holds its own with no need for apologies. 

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, tour dates: 

 

May 27th – Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne

May 28th – Stereo, Glasgow

May 29th – Brudenell, Leeds

May 30th – Oslo Hackney, London

June 1st – The Cookie, Leicester 

June 2nd – Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

June 3rd – The Cellar, Oxford

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Ebru Yildiz  

Single Review: Able’s Army – Astronaut 

Able's Army

Loveable from the off, ‘Astronaut’ combines light fluffy melodies driven by an infection beat. At three-minutes-fourteen-seconds this is very much the classic indie-pop single; cute, effervescent, listenable, delivering without regret an enjoyable slice of the Able’s Army repertoire. Simply put, ‘Astronaut’ shines with optimism. An optimism three young lads from Huddersfield should be proud of.  

For upcoming Able’s Army gigs, see the dates below. 

 

May 29th – Rhubarb Fest, Carlton

June 2nd – The Jacaranda, Liverpool,

June 3rd – The Parish, Huddersfield

June 14th – West Street Live, Sheffield 

June 23rd – Café Indie, Scunthorpe

June 24th – Small Seeds, Huddersfield

July 20th – The Basement, York

August 13th – The Castle Hotel

August 14th – The Winningpost, York

September 3rd – Bingley Music Festival 

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Squirrel & Goose

Band News: Guadalupe Plata 

Guadalupe Plata

Due to play the Soup Kitchen, Manchester, June 1st, Guadalupe Plata will use the venue as a springboard for their ten-date summer UK tour. 

Promoting new release ‘Gaudalupe Plata’, the band throughout these gigs intend to invoke the dark, dirty, virile blues promised by the album. 

One for the calendar.

 

UK tour dates: 

June 1st – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

June 2nd – Out To Lunch Festival, Snaith

June 3rd – Red Rooster Festival, Euston

June 5th – The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

June 7th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

June 8th – The Lexington, London 

June 9th – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton

June 10th – The Louisiana, Bristol 

June 11th – The Phoenix, Exeter

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Guadalupe Plata 

Band News: Erasure

Erasure [Doron Gild]

In support of their seventeenth studio album ‘World Be Gone’, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell are to embark on a forthcoming headline and stadium UK tour, one in which latter dates will be shared with the inimitable Robbie Williams.

To see the pair live, and partake in what’s bound to be a unique experience, head to the following venues. 

 

Headline tour dates:

May 27th – O2 Academy, Glasgow

May 28th – Albert Hall, Manchester 

May 29th – Roundhouse, London

 

Stadium tour dates with Robbie Williams:

June 2nd – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

June 6th – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

June 9th – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

June 13th – Ricoh Stadium, Coventry 

June 17th – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

June 21st – Principality Stadium, Cardiff

June 23rd – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Stadium), London 

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Doron Gild

Live Review: Katalina Kicks, Retro Bar, Manchester, May 13th

Katalina Kicks [Retro Bar][1]

If you’re lucky enough to catch a band chilling out before they go on stage, you’ll most probably note that despite the supposed racier components of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle a band’s individuals are just like you and me. In this sense, as we were relaxing in the bar, so too was the seemingly sweet-natured Nadia Silverstone, Katalina Kicks bassist. Quietly checking messages on her phone, she was soon joined for an amicable chat with fellow band member and drummer, Jase Wilkinson. After a short while – the two looking unphased by the prospect of the gig to come – each hurried off. (Our cue to vacate the bar and experience the tour de force that is Katalina Kicks live).

Opening with purpose, the well crafted set was expertly navigated with professional aplomb, the band worked their way through a flawless performance. One designed to promote new album ‘Vices’, an earnest rock record, released, May 12th. This, along with a well honed stage presence, was enough to light up a dismally lit cellar bar and give those who’d attended a spicy taster of the Katalina Kicks live show. 

Cheers guys, we might well stop by the next time you’re in Manchester. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Daniel Touré

Gig News: Control Of The Going, The Valkarys, The Goa Express, Wrong Way Records Show, The Golden Lion, Todmorden, June 23rd

Dark Matter_ Wrong Way Show [promo material]

Teaming up with the good people of Dark Matter Promotions, Wrong Way Records are due to showcase the talents of three of its current up-and-coming signings. Control Of The Going, Mancunian boys with a new single ‘She’ and album on the way, will join label mates, The Valkarys, Edinburgh based Psych/Garage Rock, and The Goa Express, a five-piece from Burnley, also promoting new single, ‘Kiss Me’. All, seasoned live acts, the bands between them have a sizeable back catalogue, one which will no doubt delight and entertain those willing to part with a fiver and head to The Golden Lion on June 23rd. In the meantime, if you’d like to acquaint yourselves with each band and their musical wares, follow the links below. 

Control Of The Going 

Control Of The Going

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COTG1/

bandcamp: https://wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com/album/she-wild-flower-ltd-edition-double-a-sided-7-single

The Valkarys

The Valkarys

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheValkarys/

soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/thevalkarysofficial

The Goa Express 

The Goa Express

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegoaexpress/

soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thegoaexpress

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Control Of The Going/The Valkarys/The Goa Express

Gig News: David Ford, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, June 18th

David Ford

Having last toured in 2015 with his well received  ‘The One-Man-Full-Band-Show’, David Ford is back on the live circuit again. Playing a number of dates throughout the UK, this hardworking, talented singer-songwriter will arrive at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, June 18th. Alternatively, if you’re desperate for your fix of David Ford and just unable to wait that long, I suggest you track him down at either one of the following venues. 

June 2nd – Islington Assembly Rooms, London

June 3rd – Arts Centre, Norwich

June 4th – Greystones, Sheffield

June 6th – Cluny, Newcastle

June 7th – Oran Mor, Glasgow

June 15th – Thelka, Bristol

June 16th – Talking Heads, Southampton

June 17th – Donkey, Leicester

June 18th – Deaf Institute, Manchester 

June 22nd – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

To listen to Ford’s material feel free to follow the link:

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: David Ford  

Album Review: The Undercover Hippy – ‘Truth & Fiction’ 

Under Cover Hippy

Out, May 20th, ‘Truth & Fiction’ is a definite must for the summer. Frothing a long with a happy, hippy, reggae beat ‘Rise & Fall’ the album’s opener and subsequent first single release, segues with ease into the Eminem-like ‘Truth & Fiction’, the album title track. But don’t be fooled by the pop-reggae niceties, DJ Billy Rowan aka The Undercover Hippy, is delivering a searing socio-political attack, one in which the more right-wing minded among us are mauled right from the off. Although this I don’t mind. There’s no sitting on the fence. This also goes for ‘One Heart One Life’ a track promoting DJ Billy’s notable frustrations at the need for more eco-friendly awareness. But it’s not all politics and ‘Mate Like That’, a clever little tune in which the character traits of that one irritating friend (we all have) are humorously pointed out, sweetly redress the balance. 

A combination of spoken-word, reggae and rap ‘Truth & Fiction’ is both fun, likeable and without doubt pleasant on the ear.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: The Undercover Hippy 

Album Review: Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind – ‘Supernatural’

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind [album cover art]

Vicious and unapologetic, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind take it to a new level with an album which boasts unadulterated grit and determination. ‘Dream’ and ‘Base Is Loaded’ stand like henchmen as the rest of the cast, eight motley tracks of pure rock reverence, vie for position in the background. Carried by Jones’ abrasive and unmistakable growl, the album continues as it begins, marching with bloodlust from one smouldering ditty to the next. Progressing in the same vain the feel is largely one of inexorable compromise, though this is allayed by the inclusion of ‘Shallow Grave’ and ‘Everyone But Me’, an oasis of mellow in amongst the maelstrom. 

More than capable of holding its own, this is an album of dimensions and stature. One might even say a classic in the making.

Words: Daniel Touré

Artwork: Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind 

Gig News: James Leg, The Bonnevilles, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, May 9th 

James Leg_ The Bonnevilles [tour poster]

Touring new albums; ‘Blood On His Keys’, James Leg ‘Arrow Pierce My Heart’, The Bonnevilles, the two play The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, this evening. 

Signed to Alive Records, both acts peddle that raw, uncut, filthy vibe – all in a good way – one tends to associate with the grimier end of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. 

Already part way through their Ireland and UK tour, the acts can be found at the following venues throughout the course of May. 

May 10th – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

May 11th – The Cluny, Newcastle

May 12th – Arden Road Social Club

May 13th – Brighton Tattoo Convention, Brighton

May 14th – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

May 17th – Borderline, London

May 18th – Railway Hotel – Southend

May 19th – West End Centre, Aldershot

May 20th – NAC, Norwich 

To get gig-ready, if you do fancy going along this evening, take a butchers at the following videos. Each track appears on the respective albums.  

James Leg – ‘Human Lawn Dart’ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2m8dAcx438

The Bonnevilles – ‘The Electric Company’ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NgoSlZksY0 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Alive Records/Punk Rock Blues

Album Review: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – ‘Lovely Creatures – The Best of 1984 – 2014’ 

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

This retrospective from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, covering twenty years of output, kicks off with the grizzled and somewhat discordant stylings of ‘Loverman’. Moving onto ‘Tupelo’, and yet more of that characteristic Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds signature sound, we’re cast adrift in a vocal storm of bitterness, angst and vitriol. This though is soon sweetened up by the far lighter, far more upbeat ‘Deanna’, but, as is typical of The Bad Seeds, the darkness is always just around the corner. To this end ‘From Her To Eternity’, spewing fraught piano and percussion, along with the mournful ‘The Weeping Song’, reintroduce the sombre tone. But this is Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s also a best of. So what else would you expect? Having said this, gems such as ‘Dig Lazarus, Dig!!!’ with its Blues/Rock influences point to a subtle change in musical direction. The same can be said for the softer and thoroughly inviting ‘People Ain’t No Good’, and ‘Higgs Boson Blues’. Though now I feel as though I’m prattling on. ‘Lovely Creatures’ does what it says on the cover. It offers the listener twenty-one tracks which together comprise some of the best work from one of Australia’s most important musical exports within recent years. 

For completists and those late to the party, and looking to newly discover a distinctly unique band. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Album Review: Katalina Kicks – ‘Vices’ 

Vices [album cover art]

‘Mannequin’, the first track of this arresting album, does not pull a single punch. It’s hard, it’s fast, it wants to make a statement. Moving on to ‘Arms of Another’ Katalina Kicks continue in the same vain. This is a rock record without question. However, as with Foo Fighters, a rock band who know a thing or two about melody, Katalina Kicks do not scimp on this score and inject each track with a healthy dose of rhythm and melodic gravity, grounding them for the listener with sufficient satisfaction. 

Rattling through an indomitable spree of ten uproarious tracks, Katalina Kicks sound as if they rarely stop for breath.

‘Vices’ is a riot, a flashpoint, a vicious, calculated shot in the dark. Check it out.

Words: Daniel Touré

Artwork: Katalina Kicks 

Album Review: Guy Wampa and Justin Percival – ‘Ammut’ 

Ammut [album cover art]

‘Ammut’, electronica with a jazz/funk overtone, is a fusion of industrial beats and soulful vocals. Underpinned by phat basslines, in this case the darker and phatter the better, it slithers its way from one track to the next with purpose and sinuous ease. Evoking visions of desolate cityscapes, Wampa and Percival, Ninja Tunes contemporaries, create a dystopian  image of a world we progressively move towards. 

Far from easy listening, this is meant to unsettle, ‘Ammut’ presents a strand of electronica which isn’t afraid to chip away at the boundaries. In this it’s an album of substance, one certain to appeal to those out there with a penchant for Trip-hop. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Artwork: Guy Wampa and Justin Percival 

E.P. Review: Joseph Parsons Band -‘The Field The Forest’ 

Joseph Parsons [band]

This double E.P. from Philadelphian singer-songwriter Joseph Parsons is both warm and engaging. Comprised of twelve tracks divided between ‘The Field’ and ‘The Forest’, complimentary E.P.s providing an insight into Parsons Rock and Country inspired roots, it’s the perfect accompaniment to long summer drives and chilling out with that special someone. ‘Need You’, an unassuming ballad with soaring chorus, neatly encapsulates this sentiment. Parsons is communicating on a deeper level. His concerns focus upon love, war, mortality and relationships and, it would seem, he has a lot to say. 

Check out ‘The Field The Forest’, you won’t be disappointed. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Joseph Parsons Band 

Band News: Trudy And The Romance

Trudy And The Romance

Due to play The Castle, Manchester, and a long list of other UK venues, Trudy And The Romance will spend most of their summer on the road. The young Liverpudlian outfit will be supporting The Fall; original masters of post-punk mayhem. Talked up by Steve Lamacq on his 6Music radio show, Trudy And The Romance – with a recent E.P. release under their belt – have been likened to seminal eighties’ band, Orange Juice. 

To find Trudy And The Romance on tour, check out these dates. 

 

May 4th – The Shacklewell, London

May 5th – Olby’s, Margate

May 24th – Bungalows And Bears, Sheffield

May 25th – The Castle, Manchester 

May 29th – Broadcast, Glasgow

June 1st – The Venue, Derby 

June 2nd – Wychwood Festival (Smashing Blouse Stage), Cheltenham

July 28th – Leopallooza Festival, Bude

September 8th – Always the Sun Festival, Guildford 

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Trudy And The Romance 

Album Review: Heath Common – ‘Heath Common and the Lincoln 72s’

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At times a somewhat incongruous sounding album – spoken lyrics meet dialogue against what can be best described as a soulful musical backdrop, similar to that found in Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. In fact, in this sense, it’s far easier to place the album in context. ‘Heath Common and the Lincoln 72s’ has a distinct narrative arc, one celebrating the life and travels of Common and his inherent nomadic spirit. This is theatre, and Common seems to have no issue with delivering tracks with a notable dramatic overtone. On occasions he even appears to stray into the sort of melodic exotica one might associate with the likes of David Bowie. See ‘Basquiat & Warhol’, track seven, for example. 

If you’re looking for something different, or after a sprinkling of pop/rock opera, I reccommend you seek out ‘Heath Common and the Lincoln 72s’. It’s an album with a difference, one I’m sure you’ll enjoy. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Artwork: Heath Common

Album Review: DJ Format & Abdominal – ‘Still Hungry’

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Phat and funky ‘Still Hungry’ bounces along with sharp wit and intention. Featuring a cheeky glut of samples; horns, hi-hats, guitar, flute and the obligatory scratch riff, it grabs you by the scruff of the neck and coerces you into a world in which DJ Format and rapper, Abdominal, are its central architects. 

Cool, smart and hip ‘Still Hungry’ doesn’t bother making excuses. It is what it is. A clever slice of Hip Hop with a dope sense of humour.

Like it, or wind your neck in…

 

For all UK tour dates visit:

https://abodominal.bandcamp.com 

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: DJ Format & Abdominal 

Album Review: Cattle & Cane -‘Mirrors’

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Subtle and laid back, this sweet package from Cattle & Cane is upbeat from the outset.

With its cute, well-tailored arrangements allowing for the inviting harmonies of Helen and Joe Hammill (brother and sister) to come to the fore, ‘Mirrors’ is an auditory plunge pool of heartwarming, squishy sentiment. One, I’d be more than happy to bet, could even soften the hardest of hearts. 

For reflective moments, find ‘Mirrors’. 

 

Cattle & Cane UK tour dates:

May 4th – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead

May 5th – The Flapper, Birmingham

May 6th – Wardrobe, Leeds

May 7th – Town Hall, Masham

May 9th – Gullivers, Manchester 

May 10th – Bodega Club, Nottingham

May 11th – Camden Assembly Hall, London

May 12th – Louisiana, Bristol 

May 13th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Cattle & Cane

Single Review: JAWS – ‘Cast’

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Spiralled guitars meet melodious vocals on this catchy little single from three-piece, JAWS.

Taken from their recent album ‘Simplicity’, released November, the track offers enticing indie-pop, along with the comforting assurance that messrs Schofield (lead/guitar), Hudson (guitar) and Geach (drums), are intending to please. 

This, on top of the retro sound – comparisons can be made with The House of Love – makes ‘Cast’ listenable and very easy on the ear. 

To catch JAWS on the final leg of their tour, head to the following venues. 

 

July 21st – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

July 28th – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire 

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: JAWS

Band News: Katalina Kicks

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Hard, raucous and in-yer-face, Katalina Kicks mean business with their new single ‘Cut It Up’ the first off forthcoming album ‘Vices’ due for release, May 12th.

In support of their new single and album the trio will play a number of UK dates, four of which will comprise intimate, acoustic performances at Paul Smith stores in Birmingham, London, Nottingham and Leeds. The remainder of the tour’s shows, spanning venues in Stockport, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Watford and Amsterdam, will feature the band in full, unabashed, rock-god throttle.

To see Katalina Kicks live, be sure to make a note of the following:

 

May 4th – The Spinning Top, Stockport 

May 5th – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham (Paul Smith, Birmingham)

May 9th – Trillians, Newcastle

May 10th – O2 Academy, Islington, London (launch party) (Paul Smith, London, Beak Street)

May 12th – The Shed, Leicester (Paul Smith, Nottingham)

May 13th – Retro Bar, Manchester 

May 14th – West Street Live, Sheffield (Paul Smith, Leeds)

May 16th – Horns, Watford 

May 19th – Sofar, Amsterdam 

May 20th – ‘Beardsterdam’ Festival, Het Sieraad, Amsterdam

May 21st – The Waterhole, Amsterdam 

June 1st – The Dulcimer, Chorlton, Manchester

 

Watch the video for ‘Cut It Up’ here:

https://youtu.be/yEFiHbpYkCk

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Andrew Cotterill 

Live Review: PINS, The White Hotel, Salford, April 22nd 

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If you’ve ever been to The White Hotel you’ll know it’s a wreck in the heart of an old industrial estate. You’ll also know that said wreck of dubious identity – it is as far from hotel-like in each and every possible way – is a venue with the most curious layout and bar facilities. The so named bar is in fact a grim looking pit to the rear of the stage. Despite these little oddities, facets your general punter would be wise to overlook, the venue is endowed with a roguish charm. A charm which, in its shovel loads, was quite evidently heaped upon PINS who played a well honed and outstanding set. 

Two albums and an E.P. to the good – the ‘Bad Thing’ E.P. was released on March 24th – the band pieced their way through an endearing combination of tracks, those which neatly showcased their repertoire to date. They even played a cover, a deft and haunting rendition of ‘Dead Souls’, Joy Division. The highlight of the night. 

PINS are better than good. They’re maturing fast. They’ve gained an understanding of their adroitly Mancunian, post-punk sound and know how to work it. The months on tour are paying off. The professionalism they’ve learned has become a true asset. They’re still nice, polite, north west girls though. I happened to be in the queue for the loo with Faith Holgate. Bladder bursting, I commented that her need to relieve was far greater than mine.  She was just about to play a one-hour-plus set after all. She commented that it wasn’t. I still chose to let her go before me. The sweet, well mannered young lady was very grateful. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Lesley Walker 

E.P. Review: Thee Telepaths – ‘Neon Spiral E.P.’

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The term derivative will often creep into my mind when I’m listening to new music. It’s the cynic in me. I hear a new band and within seconds I can hear the musical odes to their idols. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but when you’re young and up and coming you don’t want to sound like some has-been, you want to sound original. The very best version of yourselves. 

Thee Telepaths – though I can hear references to The Chameleons, the influence of Krautrock, and the distinctive, blurred, distorted production I’d associate with the legendary Factory producer, Martin Hannett – have somehow managed to achieve this. Not only have they produced a blinding E.P., they’ve also captured what I presume to be the raw essence of their live act and transferred it into the studio.

Kicking off with ‘War In My Head’, the ‘Neon Spiral E.P.’ combines four well-worked tracks from a band with a little more to say then the average. 

Thee Telepaths play The Golden Lion, Todmorden, tonight. Doors open 8pm. Be there, or be a dweeb and stay at home doing something far more boring instead. 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Thee Telepaths

Label Release: Clue Club #1, AA-Side; Fighting Caravans ‘It’s A Nice Ride (To Be Fair)’ Colour Of  Spring ‘Frail’

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This is the first of many singles offered by Clue Club, the brainchild of Clue Records, in which punters not only get to indulge in the tracks of their favourite bands, but also get a little added extra into the bargain. 

The added extra: 

A year’s subscription to Clue Club costs just £28.99 (inc. free UK P+P)

For that you’ll receive…

  • 12 sixteen page zines (1 per month)
  • An exclusive Clue Club t-shirt
  • A digital download from each month’s featured act
  • An exclusive podcast feature on each act involved
  • A compilation CD of all releases throughout the year
  • Exclusive offers & discounts for Clue Records releases & merchandise 

Fighting Caravans – ‘It’s A Nice Ride (To Be Fair)’

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One half of the AA, this track, originally released in January, is haunting from the outset. Echoed and whispered vocals sit upon a shrill and sinister wave of melody which takes us towards an uncertain destination, one which disputes the track’s enticing chorus; ‘It’s a nice ride, to be fair…’ 

Colour Of Spring – ‘Frail’

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The second half of the AA, an altogether different beast, is classic shoegaze. A track offering the irresistible draw of languid beats, spaced out cymbals and that irksome sense all is not quite well with the world. 

To catch both bands on tour check out the following: 

 

Fighting Caravans

April 9th – Blues Bar, Harrogate

April 15th – Stockton Calling, Stockton on Tees

May 28th – Karma Fest, Leeds

June 30th – South Cider, Burton Bradstock

July 23rd – Blackthorn Festival Stockport

 

Colour of Spring

April 18th – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/Horsbeach)

 

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography and Artwork: Clue Records

Live Review: False Advertising, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, November 18th

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A few months ago I was introduced to Chris Warr, co-lead and co drummer of the Manchester based band False Advertising. I’d been at a gig over summer, PINS at Chorlton Arts Festival, a gig at which False Advertising had supported. By the end of the gig a mutual friend had introduced me to a freelance photographer, Urszula Kochanowska. The photographer as it turned out was Chris Warr’s girlfriend. 

Within a few minutes of chatting we’d come to an agreement. She’d provide an image of PINS, the headliners that night, which would accompany the review I was due to write. This collaboration led to further discussions. In what other ways could we work together? Could we set up a site, using it as a platform to offer reviews and interviews with those involved in our region’s vibrant music scene? That’s where Chris Warr comes in. We spoke to him about our idea and he gave his positive input. He also mentioned a gig the band had planned. Their first self-funded and self-promoted evening. A gig at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. A gig he generously invited me to review, and a gig at which his partner would be capturing images of the band’s performance.

And so to that very night. A night of frost, rain and biting ice-cold winds. A night where I was glad to get in doors and revel in the warmth of the sizeable gathering which had come to support them. And once the band had taken to the stage it was clear we wouldn’t be disappointed.

They opened with Alopecia, a raucous, humdinger and belter of a track. A track, which on its smash-n-grab culmination was accompanied by an impish remark by co-lead and co-drummer, the fearsome Jen Hingley. The remark though unrepeatable was traded unashamedly at Donald Trump’s expense.

Their opener, having smashed the proverbial ice to little more than smithereens, swiftly made way for the rest of the set; a well worked delivery of ‘Scars’, ‘Wasted Away’, ‘Give It Your Worst’ and ‘Piece of Mind’, just a few of the gems showcased that night. And as the band did their thing, effortlessly maintaining our good spirits and attention, I couldn’t help but recall melodies and harmonies I associate with the Foo Fighters. A sterling compliment to a cracking band peddling its own unique brand of Mancunian grunge-rock.

Words: Daniel Touré

Photography: Urszula Kochanowska