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 […]
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 […]
Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, Live
  There are two sides to the aptitude of alternative pop singer Billy Lockett. Manchester’s Ruby Lounge saw both. Kindling alliances to indie pop outfit Bastille, Lockett’s approach is bonded by a novel lust of capturing liberating piano progressions fused by vehement drum rhythmns and Lockett’s compelling, characteristic vocal delivery. ‘I Don’t Think I Can’ […]