FIGHTING CARAVANS, INTERVIEW, RAILWAY INN, WINCHESTER
HOME to the country’s most northerly commercial vineyard, Europe’s oldest Caribbean carnival and creator of impish pair Sooty and Sweep, the once great mill town of Leeds has always been a city draped in ethnic tapestry that refuses to wilt. I mean Christ, it even gave the world Marks & Spencers – what more could […]
OH YEAH, DUTCH UNCLES, SINGLE, REVIEW
Whilst comparisons to Kate Bush and the Talking Heads are well trodden ground when discussing Marple-born Dutch Uncles, new single “Oh Yeah” would not sound out of place on a Thomas Dolby greatest hits collection, and I mean that as a compliment. This is celebratory art-pop at its most honest and endearing. The song is […]
Amber Run, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Preview
NOTTINGHAM rockers Amber Run are back on the road after flexing their with brand new track ‘Fickle Game’. The UK four-piece are also readying to release their sophomore album ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’, a 12-track chronicle of their interval between the last, packed with moments of expansive beauty & full-blooded raw emotion. Front […]
The Lottery Winners, The Joiners, Southampton, Live
Hailing from Leigh and on the southern most point of the ‘World Tour of the UK’, you could forgive burgeoning indie-pop aficionados The Lottery Winners for any random bout of anxiety. This a group, after all, that has spent years strapped into the revolving gig circuit of the country’s most diverse music scene in the north west, bringing […]
Rae Morris, Engine Rooms, Southampton, Interview
Blackpool’s Rae Morris evokes it all; eclectic electro soundscapes awash with darkened wintery melodies. Tracks like ‘Under the Shadows’ and ‘Closer’ demonstrate the astute line Morris continually crosses as she contemplates the next chapters of her youthful wanderings. At the crux of it Rae Morris is never far from an instantly arousing melody of pop […]
Alabama Shakes, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live
President Obama’s musical opinion is as well respected as some of his policies. Al Green; Jay Z; Alabama Shakes. His taste is leaps and bounds ahead of the likes of David Cameron, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel; although there are rumours of a Shine 2009 affection for all three. Saturday night Manchester welcomed the latter. […]
Frankie & the Heartstrings, Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, Live
With a name that suggests a reincarnated, hair slicked group of teddy boys, Sunderland outfit Frankie & the Heartstrings – although clearly opposed to this styling through their alternative facade – do offer an air of 50s revivalists within their twominutesomething bursts of enthusing indie pop. All in abundance at Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe. […]
Spring King, Gullivers, Manchester, Live
Spring King’s last jaunt in the Cottonpolis comprised of an ill-fated Halloween party. Minus the costumes, but preserving their punk fashion power, Northern Quarter’s Gullivers housed the outfit with ear damaging impact. Spring King release their twominutesomething tracks with suppressed vigour; viciously stinging through their distinctly pre-Beetlebum Britpop blend of strident punk and hook savvy […]
Blur: A Picturebook Journey
I used to laugh at my dad when he’d glowingly regale me with tales of Beatlemania like it was only last week. His refusal to stray beyond the 1960’s befuddled me. With so much interesting music on offer since then, why would you stay put? Then Blur return with The Magic Whip. The twelve-year absence […]
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 […]