Ryan Butterworth, The Railway Inn, Winchester
JOINING Mancunian favourites The Travelling Band for a special show in Winchester this month is Ryan Butterworth. Born and raised on the coast of Bournemouth, Ryan has been making waves throughout his burgeoning career. With a bittersweet tone that’s not too unlike fellow singer-songwriters Ben Howard and David Gray, the former Bournemouth University student is picking […]
The LaFontaines, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Business should scarcely be left in the hands of a group of Motherwell based miscreants. Even less so when it comes to the budget. The LaFontaines – quintessential outfit affiliating the hardened imagery of a pleasant Beastie Boys meet resounding Twin Atlantic refrains – are fortunate enough to be at the augmenting phase of their […]
Happyness, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, Live
May 7th 2015 The beauty of Happyness’ debut was within its idyllic craft of hesitant, melancholic acceptance. Drizzling, reflective guitars depicting the most obtrusive of sun-kissed comedowns; Benji’s deadened vocals wording out in his Elliot Smith overtone; the reluctant rhythms; truly the perfect antidote for any Sunday morning flashbacks. And within Manchester’s subterranean Soup Kitchen […]
Sounds from the Other City 2015, Live, Review
Sun. Salford and Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC). 2015’s exhibition of talent was as inspired as any. Each arena embodied a distinctively beatnik baring. Now Wave’s takeover of the iconic, medieval terrain of St Philips Church – towering within its stature, the venue is one of Salford’s primary historical hotspots – fused seismic artists […]
Bernard Fanning, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Renowned for their incisive integration of crooked guitars and radio-friendly hooks, Brisbane bred outfit Powderfinger for a while were Australia’s most exalted alternative acts. ARIA Music Awards, chart dominance, national acclaim; little could be better for the quintet. 2010. Game over. However, out of the Powderfinger wreckage emerged their congenial front-man and songwriter Bernard Fanning. […]
Charlotte OC, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
In a throwback to the days when fresh artists used to tour the country extensively on unsigned music nights, promoters Communion rekindled this notion with their new tour New Faces. Tenterhook, Freddie Dickson, Frances and Charlotte OC joined forces at The Ruby Lounge. Below Quenched music picks its two favourite from the night’s show… Berkshire […]
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 www.soundsfromtheothercity.com 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’ […]