Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

While being older certainly has its comforts and benefits, I can often define the bands I see live on 3 levels; whether they don’t move me, whether they make me wish I was young or whether they actually do make me younger. With the line up of Narrow Margin, Matter of Mind, and SHEAFS at Manchester Jimmys, I drank more than a drop of the … Continue reading Live Review: Sheafs + Narrow Margins, Manchester

Nine to see at Manchester’s Dot to Dot Festival

One of the granddaddies of the town festival format is the magnificent Dot to Dot with a long weekend of fun in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. I always regret that I’ve not organised my days to follow the D2D carnival right around the country but once again I’m going to have to content myself with just the Manchester leg of the series. In the past … Continue reading Nine to see at Manchester’s Dot to Dot Festival

Live Review: The Clause and Callow Youth – Jimmy’s, Manchester

There’s been a lot of buzz about Birmingham based The Clause, and when I found they were playing Manchester Jimmy’s with Callow Youth it had to be done. However their future career may turn out, The Clause will rightly be hugely proud to have completed a full sell out tour while aged just 19/20; all the more remarkable because it is just the guys of … Continue reading Live Review: The Clause and Callow Youth – Jimmy’s, Manchester

Neighbourhood 2018 – Festival Live Review

This year’s Neighbourhood Festival was so full of attraction my eyes were on catching some of the new up and coming young acts, together with a few old favourites to keep it all interesting. A little later than planned we arrived in the upstairs room at Oxford Road Revolution to hear the last half of our first act Stockport’s Rory Wynne  HHH. We thus missed Rory … Continue reading Neighbourhood 2018 – Festival Live Review

Manchester Neighbourhood Festival 2018 – Preview

I don’t quite know how the organisers could do this, but a goodly number of the bands I was hoping to catch at this year’s festival are all playing at around 3-4 pm. My buttered toast has landed on the floor buttered side down this year. Thank god there’s still plenty of orange juice and nutella smeared croissants to go around. 12:00 – 14:00 For … Continue reading Manchester Neighbourhood Festival 2018 – Preview

Single Review: The Madding Crowd – You Give Us Hope

You have to love a band that evokes thoughts of a Thomas Hardy book in their name. While Hardy’s novel was somewhat ironic as it suggested that the rather chaotic world he created was some kind of a rural idyll, The Madding Crowd’s  last EP 2016’s The 78th Bridge on the Rochdale Canal suggests something as gritty and real as can be. Happily at least … Continue reading Single Review: The Madding Crowd – You Give Us Hope

Live Review: DZ Deathrays + Gardenback + These New South Whales – Band on the Wall

It’s not every day you have the chance to catch top Aussie band DZ Deathrays so I cut short a work leaving do to hotfoot it over to Manchester’s Band on the Wall. As I waited for the bands I spotted my future; an elderly gentleman of about 70 with full carrier bag and a tiny notebook full of incredibly closely written lettering. It turned … Continue reading Live Review: DZ Deathrays + Gardenback + These New South Whales – Band on the Wall

EP Review, Callow Youth, Vibe Demo’s

Band names are important; sometimes a mere name can make me sit up and want to take notice. A name has got to have something individual about it; call yourself “Brexit” and you are going to struggle to get noticed in a web search. The name of Manchester’s (Tameside and Failsworth to be exact) Callow Youth has a pithy ironic self-depreciating humour about it, and … Continue reading EP Review, Callow Youth, Vibe Demo’s

Shame forces Manchester Gorilla to go bananas

I could almost see the bouncer rolling his eyes each time lead singer Charlie Steen got up close and personal to crowd surf amongst his rapt audience. That said the bouncer did have to frantically ensure the mike cable wasn’t accidently being tightly wound around someone’s neck as it bobbed and weaved amongst the audience. What a way to go. Say what you like about … Continue reading Shame forces Manchester Gorilla to go bananas