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. […]
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 – […]
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 […]
Songs for Walter, Interview
Songs for Walter. Their long awaited debut album has been a long time in the making. Why? Quenched Music caught up with Laurie Hulme – the principle songwriter behind the indie-folk outfit – to discuss what’s taken so long and what can be expected from it from their inaugural release at Northern Quarter’s famed Common […]
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 […]
Nathan Sykes, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
Nathan Sykes – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester – Live – 12th April 2015 Reinvention: “take up a radically new job or way of life.” Over the years there has been a plethora of once poster, lunch-box and condom adorning pin-ups that have attempted to shift from pop outfit to solo artist. Robbie Williams negotiated […]
James Bay, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live
James Bay – Albert Hall – Manchester – 11th April 2015 Under the glow of the Albert Hall, Manchester saluted the latest in Britain’s ceasless conveyor belt of internationally acclaimed troubadours. Ed Sheeran. Ben Howard. Hozier. The perpetual ecstacy – habitually shaded with seeds of wretched satisfaction – crafted by British artists at present is […]
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 […]