Villagers, RNCM, Manchester, Live
Much has been made about Dublin born songwriter Conor O’Brien’s third release entitled ‘Darling Arithmetic’. Dear sound bites depicting unenviable jaunts with desperate devotion and mistimed relationships swamp O’Brien’s chilling folk laced guitar constructions, ‘Darling Arithmetic’ is a personal collection of tracks hell bent on becoming more intimate and captivating than his first albums – […]
Sounds from the Other City Festival 2015
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY 2015 Festival of new music, art and more. Sunday 3 May 2015, 3pm-late, £20. Various Venues across Chapel Street, Salford More party than festival, Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) is unique in that it’s a roving event that takes in a huge range of venues (and between-venue spaces) […]
Demob Happy, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Coloured like a hallucinatory tablet inducing more illusions than a deviant trip watching ‘Garth Meranghi’s Darkplace’, Newcastle alternative outfit Demob Happy cause vivid imagery through their brazen grasp of fear conjuring metal-psychedelia. Their debut ep ‘Young & Numb’ promises to replicate these darkened ethics aligned with the quartet. But live Demob Happy are a different […]
Dutch Uncles, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
Manchester outfit Dutch Uncles are like a tube of hundreds and thousands. Each tiny ingredient is painted with its own independent control; alone it’s diminutive, together it’s vehement. The layers that enwrap themselves throughout the math rock group are complex; rarely conventional, the atypical time signatures that fluctuate through primary songwriter and bassist Robin Richards’ […]
Nick Mulvey, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live
Born in London, raised in Cuba; it’s a diverse backstory for any musician. Fusing the rich heritage our capital has in producing soul-crushing folk with the quaking, Salsa lit rumbles exuding from the Latin American island, Mercury Award nominated Nick Mulvey incarnates this soothing union. Apologising for last year’s Cathedral performance – “so hungover, thanks […]
Kate Tempest, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
“’Now, have you thought about retail?’ ‘Yes, fine with me’ ‘Oh and I can see here that have a degree’ ‘Yes,’ says Pete, ‘in International Relations.’ ‘Great, let’s see if Primark has space for a placement,” intransigently outlined the character imbuing with Manchester’s Gorilla bar whilst Brockley balladeer Kate Tempest unified her anti-Daily Mail adorners. […]
Funeral For A Friend, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
There’s always an ardent skin of contempt when any act ordains their musical classification as “the only style of music to tackle oppression is what we are doing right here. Everyone is scared to challenge things, but not us.” And although acclaimed activists Funeral for a Friend clearly unify the thronged province in the form […]
Sarah Jane Morris, Band on the Wall, Manchester, Live
By meditatively examining a chapter in her life where an intoxicated American likened the 55 year old political jazz singer to the tainted murmurs produced by former blues singer Janis Joplin, Southampton born Sarah Jane Morris championed her own musical semblance. Vast melodies showering African shaded guitars formed the skeleton upon which Morris’ colourful – […]
Songs for Walter, The Castle Hotel, Manchester, Live
Everything concerning itself with the idiosyncratic temper of Manchester based outfit Songs for Walter evokes tranquility and optimism. The quaking, meandering murmurs of principle songwriter and front-man Laurie Hulme whose entangled melodies cast an almost angelic spell on all that hear. The narratives that conjure a wealth of personal, yet relatable ideals. Even their very […]
The Beards, Academy 3, Manchester, Live
As The Beards’ exuberant front-man Johann Beardraven quipped when introducing his four piece to the newly crowned ‘Beard Capital of the UK’ crowd early on Monday: “If you don’t like beards, you’re at the wrong gig. There’s going to be a lot of beardy shit tonight.” But even for those bearing no such facial mop […]