Happy Halloween! I hope you’ve all had a drunken weekend dressed ridiculous and hilarious and making mistakes. So to help cure you’re long running hangover, here are some of your best options for new music this week. Don’t forget to send your tracks over to Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The Hotspur Press – Other People
Just released through B33 music, the Greater Manchester four pieces latest single is a heavily melodic burst of energy that’s perfect coming together of slicing guitar riffs and vocal hooks laid down on a rock solid bed of explosive drums, break up songs never sounded so fun.
Hunter & The Bear – Who’s Gonna Hear You
As Explosive as Biffy Clyro, with smoother rock & roll vocals, ‘Who’s Gonna Hear You’ is released in anticipation of their debut album next year and Hunter & The Bear are certainly setting a high standard for them selves already. But it’s something they can live up to having supported Clapton and gained nominations at this years Unsigned Guide awards, they’re flying high and this epic new single thats packed with power and passion that’s hard to ignore.
Ocean Calling – Black Sand
Encapsulating from the moment it starts, in terms of both visual and audio, Black Sand is a track that electronically produces emotion that seem real, with a unique vocal style that’s almost hypnotic in it’s pattern. The secret to the unique sound could be Sophie Wilkie’s move from the U.K to Washington State, giving the sound a perfect edge.
Plastic Barricades – Half of your Soul
Taken from their upcoming ‘Mechanics of Life’ album, the new single from North-West Londoners Plastic Barricades starts with all the charm and attention to detail and melody of a Belle and Sebastian track and flows seamlessly with a build of layers into something of their own unique sound, subtle details in the guitars and more obviously in the drums and vocal make this a track that feels like it should already be in any indie singles collection.
D E C O R U M – Near Gone
Post Punk straight from New York, this track sounds like something that narrowly missed the cut for Joy Divisions seminal debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’ from bass to vocals it’s a truly honest take on the genre and with hints of the likes of The Horrors thrown in for good measure. The bands video is their own interpretation on the classic Smashing Pumpkins, heart wrenching, ‘Disarm’, that fits the pulsing, industrial track perfectly.
Charlotte Smith headed down to Manchesters Fallow Cafe to experience the stunningly beautiful Meadowlark encapsulate an audience with their heavenly sound. With support from O>L>A.
Author: Charlotte Smith
Salford to Fallowfield – it’s not an easy journey to make on a Friday night at rush hour but alas I arrive at Fallow Café just in time to see the second support act take to the stage before headliners Meadowlark.
One Little Atlas, possibly better known as O>L>A are a band I’m familiar with already after seeing them support a local band sometime last year so I knew what to expect when they stepped into the taped off section of the room I’d then identified as the stage. The duo, who are based in Manchester, are comfortable on stage, they give off a vibe that makes you feel like you’re stood in one of their bedrooms watching them jam. They are typically northern and interact well with crowd firstly asking who’s here to see the main act. A few muted cheers creep out of the crowd to which O>L>A respond with an accusational “fucking hell come on you aren’t all here to see us!” The crowd livens up as they wade into both old and new material, which leave the growing audience transfixed by the uplifting experimental percussion and vocals worthy of a church procession. The band finish their support slot with a huge ballad which is received well by the dispersing crowd (probably rushing off to get to the bar or toilet first), it climaxes and a huge thankful sigh is expressed. A swig of cheap wine later, O>L>A leave the stage and enter a crowd of old fans and definitely a few new ones.
I manage to wiggle my way towards the back of the attic space at Fallow Café and into the smoking area to reconvene with the photographer for this piece and quickly find myself rushing back inside in order to get a good spot for the headliners. There’s a definite buzz in the air, one that I didn’t expect as I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Meadowlark until a few weeks ago when I was assigned the gig. I googled their name and two top results appeared; the band (thank god) and the bird. I had it in my mind that Meadowlark were sweet and tranquil, much like the bird suggested. I listened to a few of their tracks and it certainly felt that way. Their live shows, on the other hand, are far from tranquil.
The band open with recent release ‘Headlights’ and the electronic drum kit claims the tiny space around it. Kate McGill’s vocals are beautiful. They are innocent but full of emotion. Daniel Broadley is the quite opposite, he is animated and full of energy and the contrast works so incredibly well that you could almost forget where you are through pure captivation of what is happening on stage.
The band don’t say much, not until after their third track when McGill asks how the crowd are doing after noting their quietness. The crowd recognise this quietness but each member of that audience knows that this is not through lack of enthusiasm, more like complete awe. The fifth track of the set invites Broadley to address the crowd. He tells the story of ‘Quicksand’ and how the song was inspired by a Humans of New York post he had seen on Facebook. The words of the track emanate the stranger’s story of working in the Pakistani brick kilns and you can see the passion Broadley feels for the track through his facial expressions during the performance.
The next 10 minutes are filled with more upbeat tracks with the band playing ‘Sunlight’ and ‘Satellite’, both of which receive a big “WOO” from an overly manly man somewhere behind me. An acoustic version of ‘Postcards’ follows of which McGill claims as her favourite track off the forthcoming album and as an ode to an ex-lover. The crowd are deathly silent during this performance and as interesting as Broadley is to watch, his talent for playing a range of instruments and dancing whilst doing so, it is extremely difficult to focus on anything else other than McGill. The audience is completely lost in her voice.
The roller coaster set is brought to a close with an acoustic version of ‘Fly’ much to the crowd’s approval. Everyone seems to know this one and the band invite them to sing along to the chorus. The room is filled with varying tones all singing the hook over and over again. Complete elation can be seen on both of McGill and Broadley’s faces as a number of balloons aptly appear over the crowd. It’s super cheesy and I can’t work out whether it was done by the band or a fan but either way, it’s just enough cheese to be acceptable. “One more time Manchester” remarks McGill as the song and evening draws to a close. The crowd lap this up and the last chorus is louder than before and a huge round of applause begins to precede over the singing. By the looks of the crowd, Meadowlark killed it tonight in this tiny venue in the depths of Manchester’s studentville. They finish with a thank you, an invitation to buy merch and promising “we’ll see you again very soon”.
Historically Manchester is one of the great music cities of the world, argue against that all you want but you’d be wrong. But there’s always more to this city than Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and The Buzzcocks to name but a few. We didn’t do bad last year predicting Prose and Blossoms would do well and we were early champions of Horsebach and False Advertising, so we know Manchester is still producing a whole host of amazing acts. So here’s our pick of the bunch for manchester best new artists.
Shoegaze newcomers Summerhouse released their debut five track EP this year that’s packed with fuzzy guitars and dreamy vibes. Grunge elements and slick beats make this Manchester based band an irresistible listen and an exciting prospect for the future. Embedded in this bands ethos is a pure wall of noise and catchy hooks through out every track, see them live at Fallow Cafe June 24th and experience it for yourself (tickets here).
It’s a saturated market for female singers in the modern ages, and it would be easier to compare Manchester born Lusaint to the likes of Lana Del Rey and Lorde due to the dark edge of her music, but her haunting vocal and eerie beats set her apart. It’s a sound that oozes cool from every note, her hypnotising voice drives straight though any distraction and plays beautifully to the elements of pop and rock that are littered thought out her, as it stands, small catalogue of music. She’s still in the formative stage of her career but imagining how great she can be is just damn exciting.
Blooms have been showing off their gorgeous surf pop sound around Manchester for a while, and it’s wavy vibes and dreamy riffs are making them one of the cities more exciting prospects. The trios perfect blend of surf riffs and pop melodies make them a heavily listen with Marr like guitars in parts and California feels through out, they’re definitely one to break out on a rainy Manchester summers evening.
The Hyena Kill
This Manchester two piece have been causing a storm throughout Manchester for some years, but this year they seem like a real force to be reckoned with. Their raw live shows and ability to create double barrel noise from seemingly nothing is just something that can’t be compared. The Hyena Kill are insanely explosive and not to be missed.
It’s roots are firmly planted in early folk but theres undoubtably elements that seep in to the music from the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Arm&Hearts is like a Mancunian Bruce Springsteen, guitar in hand and gruff vocals at the ready. Steve Millars acoustic project is filled with heart and passion that’s seen a little to rarely and might seem more at home in the dark back room of an old Irish bar, but thank God he’s sharing it with us instead. Hard hitting and deeply melodic ‘The Jaded Captain’ EP is out now.
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Everyone’s favourite venue to venue festival comes back to Manchester this Friday (May 27th 2016), with a massive array of talent in some of Manchester’s best venues all day long it’s going to difficult to curate your Friday, but we’re hear to help. Here are our five favourite acts that you should be checking out at Dot to Dot Manchester.
Feed The Kid
Kick off your weekend with Manchester’s ‘Feed The Kid’, they’ve been relentless in bring their slick, glammed up sound to the venues of Manchester and beyond this year. If you’re dying for some exciting live music with rushing sounds and buckets of riffs head down to the former Kraak Gallery and check out an early evening riot of noise.
AATMA – 16:30 – 17:00
Shake things up with big sounds from local boys Turf. Expect filthy guitars and disturbing noise in the most heavenly way at Black Milk, from a band that provides riffs, beats and howls in equally excessive measures.
Black Milk – 19:15 – 19:45
The surf pop outfits beautiful blend of dreamy melody and surf guitars make them an act not to miss this weekend. A Manchester three piece that possess well crafted songs and day dream vibes, Blooms addictive sounds is as hypnotic as it is breath taking and well worth the half an hour of your festival schedule.
Texture – 21:15 – 21:45
The only out of towners on the list, Diet Cig’s New York sound will be right at home in Manchester. The duos indie pop songs, with Hop Along vocals and laid back vibes are encapsulating, and quite frankly not to be missed.
Ruby Lounge – 23:14 – 23:45
Round things off with Shoplifters favourites False Ad, if you haven’t hear their fuzzed up, guitar heavy, crashing down brand of alt rock, where have you been!? There killer live shows bring an influx of deafening noise and electric energy that’ll sober you up before you really get the night started.
We haven’t been writing lately, and we’re sorry. Life aye!? But we’re back with bigger ideas and the same passion and high quality music as ever. So to make it up to you here are five awesome tracks you need to hear this week! And send us your tracks to Shopliftersuni@gmail.com and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
False Advertising- You’re Too Slow
Our favourite home town grunge heroes are back again with their new EP ‘Brainless’. Their latest single ‘You’re Too Slow’ is everything you’ve come to expect from False Advertising, big fuzzy riffs, killer beats and nothing but noise in between. The vocals bring out a the bands melodic side amongst a meddle of stunning guitar. Stellar as ever from F.A.
Bad Breeding- Remembering
With a barage of noise, Stevenage band ‘Bad Breeding’ bring us their latest song ‘Remembering.’ It’s pounding drums, excessive feedback and the singer shouting about the corruption and manipulation of politicians and institutional bodies, which could not come out at a more relevant time, give us a punk song today’s generation and a middle finger to the powers that be.
Andy Shauf- The Worst in You
If you like tales of loves struggles sang in a whispy voice over acoustic guitars and light percussion, then Andy Shauf will be right up your alley. Think of a modern day folky Burt Bacharach. It’s easy listening chamber pop that will help you while away a summers day in the garden with a good book.
James Holt- The Mirror
Mancunian musician James Holt exhibits a brand of classic pop rock with a bluesy undertone in new song ‘The Mirror.’ Holt, who produced the song himself, shows a real knack for composition with an arrangement which perfectly blends electric guitar, keyboard, horns and even an organ to create a sound even the finest producers would be envious of. This is real talent and a guy to look out for in the near future.
Nick Brewer- Nobody
Following on from his 2015 top 20 single ‘Talk To Me’, Nick Brewer is back with his new song ‘Nobody’. Brewer tells a story of not being taken seriously by other MCs along side thoughts on religion and being patient. He has a flow reminiscent of Wretch 32, who’s ‘Fire in the Booth’ is sampled in the song.
HERE ARE FIVE AWESOME TRACKS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEK! YOU CAN SEND YOUR TRACKS, SUGGESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS TO SHOPLIFTERSUNI@GMAIL.COM. (WE TRY TO LISTEN TO EVERYTHING AND GIVE EVERYONE FEED BACK SO HANG TIGHT)
By dropping the first track from their upcoming debut EP, Manchester four-piece Summerhouse have sent a message that despite being new kids they can make just as much noise as anyone. Chlorine is a heavenly track bread from the Surf/Shoegaze crossover that seems to feed us so many great bands. Lo-fi vocals and jangled guitars and fuzz jackets ride over beats that dictate and rapid fills. An unreal first effort from the surf-grunge rookies. (Jake McGloin)
Telethon – A Funny Thing Happened To Me
Wisconsin band Telethon have released new single A Funny Thing Happened To Me from their new album Citrosis. Musically it’s the melodic guitar harmonies of Thin Lizzy meeting the punky rhythm of Weezer. Whilst lyrically there’s an honesty reminicent of Modern Baseball. Pop Punk fans check it out. (Thomas Durkan)
WSTRN – Come Down
After their massive debute single In2, WSTRN are back with follow up Come Down. Having remixed club classic Love Comes Down, the London boys use the typically infectious beat to show off their diverse range of voices. Expect this song to be playing at clubs all summer long. (Thomas Durkan)
Lusaint – High
The ambient sound of singer songwriter Lusaint makes for incredibly easy listening. The sparse backing track allows Lusaint’s voice to take control of the song and really highlights the amount of talent she possesses. It’s indietronica in the vein of Lorde and FKA Twigs. (Thomas Durkan)
Dam Gilla- The Undertow
Chicargo native Adam Gill, former frontman of psych pop band YAWN, has just released his second single The Undertow from upcoming EP Face The Sun. This song is what summer sounds like, it’s a big rocking pop anthem that will get anyone dancing, close your eyes and you’re in Miami at spring break. Throw in a Brian May esq guitar solo and some chanting and you have a hit. (Thomas Durkan)
HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MANCHESTER THIS WEEKEND! THERE’S PLENTY OF GREAT STUFF GOING ON SO GET THROUGH THIS LOUSEY MARCH WEATHER WITH SOME GREAT TUNES AND LIVE MUSIC.
HAYDEN JAMES – SOUP KITCHEN – WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH
Electronic artist Hayden James plays Soup Kitchen on Wednesday in an intimate show that can’t be missed. Before he heads down to XOYO in London. Big sounds and a big night.
AMERICAN YOUNG + guests SASHA MCVEIGH + LOVELESS EFFECT – RUBY LOUNGE – THURSDAY 17TH MARCH
Country duo American young hit Ruby Lounge this week with their folky tones and boy/girl duel vocals that have seen them gain popularity quickly state side and over here in the U.K. with support from AZ acoustic rockers Loveless Effect and country pop singer Sasha McVeigh.
FLAT PLASTIC FUNK CORPORATION – AATMA -FRIDAY 18TH MARCH
A brand new night in Manchester filled with awesome live music from 3 piece funk instrumental Sugar Boots and Jazz Funk outfit Ink. Along with performances from four piece experimental hip-hop collective A Broken Camarilla and high energy hip-hop band The Shady 80’s. At AATMA (formerly Kraak) with DJ sets from Pesha and Flat Plastic DJs it’s set to be a killer night.
BIRDSKULLS & PIPEDREAM – FALLOW CAFE – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH
Brighton punk-rockers Birdskulls return to Manchester this Saturday on the back of last years debut album along with Cardiff rockers Pipedream set to release their debut ‘SECRET BEACH’ ON 12” vinyl via Dog Knight Productions on the 1st of April. Expect big riffs and heavenly melody in Fallowfield this weekend. Get your tickets here.
NECK BONES & HOT SAUCE feat. CASCADES – BIG HANDS – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH
Vinyl Surf, Garage and Fuzz night at Manchester’s famous Big Hands, as Neck Bones & Hot Sauce is back with a surf-scuzz special featuring the authentic, instrumental, reverb drenched, Yorkshire surf sounds of CASCADES.