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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kwabs, Gorilla, Manchester, Live
Lily Allen, Sandi Thom, Arctic Monkeys and Owl City all have social media to thank for their respective careers. MySpace, YouTube and FaceBook have played their parts in reinventing how music is consumed; for better or for probably worse. The latest out of the platform-sharing sweatshop is soul artist Kwabs. It was clear from this […]
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. […]
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 – […]
Circa Waves, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
“Four lads from Liverpool” is a label that vents an atypically low number of assorted connotations. The world is so aware of the expansive impact Merseyside had on shaping and shifting music during the early 60s, that phrases such as this have become almost instantaneous with their reactionary undertone. Attempting to swap the Wirral for […]
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) […]
Bipolar Sunshine, The Ritz, Manchester, Live
Bipolar Sunshine – The Ritz – Manchester – Live – 17th April 2015 Manchester’s Bipolar Sunshine – aka Adio Marchant – radiates exactly what is expected when a name of such conflicting magnitude is conjured. Set in his town confines of The Ritz, Marchant and his new band of alternative pop fashioned brothers dispatched the […]