Pacific – Not Telling You

Manchester based Pacific have dropped their new single ‘Not Telling You’ a psych infused dramatic pop banger sure to get so stuck in your head you wont be able to stop telling everyone about it.

 

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Hailing originally from Cheshire, Pacific are a four piece piano driven indie rock powerhouse made up of brothers Anthony and Daniel Orzel, Dave Bithell and Drew Burns, their catchy yet intricate style of alternative pop has started to earn them a real following.

 

Latest single ‘Not Telling You’ takes the consistent high quality that the band has been putting out in their release and brings it to another level. Starting on a massive synth hook that leads directly to singer Anthony Orzel’s slick vocals, that give this track a real feeling of nonchalance, not in atmosphere but as if it just comes so easy for this band to write songs like this. Under it all a steady foundation of intricate beats, riffs and hooks makes Pacific’s latest single an a lesson for everyone in how to write the perfect alternative pop song.

 

 

Check out ‘Not Telling You’ here:

 

Check out Pacific on their current tour:

 

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Afternoon – Mourning

Bristol based duo ‘Afternoon’ formed from the ashes of Manchester based ‘CAESAR’, their debut EP comes in the form of ‘Mourning’, an atmospheric, lo-fi taste of whats to come for the band.

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After the break up of their band ‘CAESAR’ Will Carkeet and Sean Toohey relocated to Bristol they birthed ‘Afternoon’ a collection of visual and audio ideas, using photography, illustration and prose to accompany their sound. Citing the likes of Radiohead, Ulrika Spacek, Mothers and Johnny Llyod amongst their influences, ‘Afternoon’ scrapped modern tech and headed back to analogue aiming for a more rugged sound.

 

The project it’s self is a collection of both musical and visual, that didn’t quite see fruition in its previous incarnation and from that we receive the debut EP, Mourning, a four track staring with ‘ilk’ an opening that’s sleek guitar and lo-fi vocal are easy access point for any listener, chilled vibes and an intense undercurrent lead into track two ‘you see, i have smallish nipples’ taking a more sombre route. ‘George’ is my favourite track, an upbeat lo-fi pop power house with a big hook crammed into 01:34 minuets, the EP closes on ‘Blue Tulip Rose’ as tripped back and encapsulating end. Afternoon have made great roads with this first taste of music from them which should be seen as a sample book of a larger work in progress, no live dates planned yet but hopefully at some point in the near future we can get the entire ‘Afternoon’ experience. Check out ‘Mourning’ below:

 

Ed The Dog – Shame

Former Fish Tank front man Ed Wetenhall, now Ed the Dog,  has been earning some pretty high praise lately for his debut solo outing ‘Shame’, it’s big guitar riffs and indie pop vibes make it the perfect summer album.

 

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There’s some chances in life you have to take, sometimes they might seem a little to risky but if you know you can do it, you do it. For Ed that might have been the case when quitting his job and tucking him self away in his attic to write an album of guitar heavy, rifftastic tunes for his debut solo album, but it’s certainly a chance that payed off. Taking inspiration from the late 00’s indie pop movement but still slotting perfectly into the current alt rock revival, Shame is packed with big guitars that don’t over power the vocal hooks that make these songs so enjoyable.

 

Tacks like ‘Yes Men’ and title track ‘Shame’ are perfects examples of why this album is so much fun while the likes of ‘Weirdo Years’ and ‘Little Brother’ add a new layer and a different angle that still drives the whole thing forward. Littered through out with annoyingly catchy hooks, Shame is pure enjoyment and such a fun album that makes for perfect summer listening even whilst the suns disappeared.

 

 

Check it out here:

 

 

Los Campesinos! – Manchester (29/10/17)

When it’s only your second show in 6 months to a packed out Manchester Club Academy the pressures on, but 6 albums into an 11 year career that’s given you multiple line up changes, a performance on Letterman and shows all over the world Los Campesinos! should be used to the pressure by now, right?

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Los Campesinos! have dodged Manchester on their last couple of tours and as a self-confessed LC! super fan, that has been incredibly frustrating. But they’re here now in the same building where I saw them for the first time 9 years ago, a gig which for me is still one of the best I’ve experienced. It was the 2008 ‘Shred Yr Face’ tour with support from Times New Viking and No Age, Los Camp hadn’t quite dropped second their record ‘We are Beautiful, We are Doomed’, but nevertheless, this was an awakening in lo-fi for my teenage self.

This time around the crowd has matured along with the music of the band and we settle in, overpriced pints in hand, for a night of songs that have been the soundtrack to our last 10 years. But first support from the fearsome Patty Hearst, post emo fused with the indie riffs that first gave LC! their name, like Tiny Moving Parts with a touch of 2008 indie pop. They’re energetic and bursting at the seams with freshness that comes from a fusion of sounds making them a perfect contribution to the currently thriving Manchester scene.

 

They’re on, and the unmistakeable ohhhh’s of Renato Dell’Ara echo through a crowd that are clearly here for a sing song, and it’s a good thing too as the band swing straight into massive singles Romance is Boring’ before By Your Hand,’ met and equalled by the chorus of the crowd. I’ve already half lost my voice, but they’re not letting up with ‘What Death Leaves Behind’, lead single from fifth album ‘No Blues’ straining me evermore before an energetic rendition of ‘Broke up in Amarante’ marks the start of the ‘Sick Scenes’ segment of the evening. After a couple more tracks off album number six, Los Campesinos! take us all the way back to the first album with ‘Knee Deep at the ATP’, I’ll admit I see a few younger audience members who this seems to be an education for, but for me I’m back upstairs in Academy 3 remembering why I feel in love with this band in the first place.

 

Cut back to 2017 and ‘Sad Suppers,’ a definite highlight of ‘Sick Scenes.’ As the drums hit the crowd jump, but one of the things that causes this infatuation Los Campesinos! fans have with the band is the lyrics, look around the room at any LC! show and you’d see a venue of all kinds of people in unison screaming every word back to lead singer Gareth. No more so than in tracks like Avocado, Baby, which also sparks a few interesting dance moves in the crowd, and the epic The Sea is a Good Place to Think of the Future’ a lyrical anthem that rallies everyone in there to scream with all they have; “But you could never kiss a Tory boy without wanting to cut off your tongue again”. Ending on Baby I Got the Death Rattle we go through every emotion like a final goodbye, but as they leave the stage we know there’s an encore in there and we’re not leaving ‘til we get it.

‘The Fall of Home,’ one of the band’s latest singles, fills the room as we welcome them back to the stage softly singing along, then the mood becomes tense as a familiar guitar tone rings out and the dynamic builds. After that riffs been strummed to death and the cymbals are nearly broken, a half pint of flat Budweiser is fittingly knocked out of my hand by a fan bouncing around to You! Me! Dancing!, the song I tell my friends they’ll know after they ask who the fuck Los Campesinos! are. It perfectly captures the mood of a night that feels like a celebration of a band and their fans, which ends with the group letting the audience choose their final song. Screaming along to one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite albums, I just sighed…finally finishes off my voice along with the gig. In a hit packed set from over ten years worth of material it’s amazing to see this band still resonate with people, the way the music has grown along with the band, and the fans that have grown with the true cult icons.

 

5 Releases We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

Author: Jake McGloin

Welcome to 2017! So far no major celebrity deaths, political election ripping apart the country, just the continued sense of anguish and terror for the future within us all, right? Well at least we’ll have something to look forward to with a wealth of talent announcing new albums and EPs for this year. Here’s a look at five of this years upcoming release that we can’t wait for.

 

 

Horsebeach

Scheduled for March 17th, Beauty and Sadness will be the third albums from Manchester’s princes of jangley surf sadness. Following up from 2015’s ‘II’, we’re expecting the same dreamy, wavy pop tunes perhaps with a hint of extra melancholy. Never a band to disappoint, Horsebeach’s next album is set to be as stunning, if their recent live shows are anything to go by.

 

Beachheads

February 3rd will see the debut of Norwegian fuzz maestros Beachheads. Built on a love of fuzzy guitars and strong melody, two former members of ‘Kvelertak’ formed the basics of Beachheads, now in full form, the bands sound must be everything they dreamed of, packed with hard-hitting drums and awesome riffs their debut promises to be an album full of twists, turns and stunning tunes.

 

Amber Run

“For A Moment, I Was Lost” will be the sophomore album from Amber Run. The Nottingham band don’t see album number two as a departure from their other work, more an evolution and so far they’re evolving quite nicely with tracks Haze and Stranger evoking feelings of a harder time in life though beautiful melody and spine tingling almost ambient noise at times. The album is set to be released February 10th with their tour starting in Norwich on the 8th.

 

 

Los Campesinos

My love for Los Campesinos is no big secret, for me they’ve been one of the most consistently underrated bands in the U.K for the past 10 years, so with album number six, ‘Sick Scenes’, on the way I couldn’t leave them off this list. So far the only taster we’ve had over the past few months is some pretty sweet art work and the first single ‘Broke Up in Amarante’. It’s a great track that seems to encapsulate every single part of the Cardiff based bands career so far but also feels like a departure from anything they’ve done before, with a little less melancholy and a smidgen of added pop punk. Out February the 24th it’s sure to be interesting experience.

 

 

LIFE

With out a doubt one of Hulls best bands and a band we said a couple of years back would be one of their finest show cases as, now, city of culture, LIFE have just recorded debut album from what we hear and it’ll hopefully be dropping at some point this year. Indie-Punk with shouty vocals and fast pace guitars is always a great combo so this album is guaranteed to be one of the years best debuts.

5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (31/10/16)

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.

 

Meadowlark -Live Review (30/09/16)

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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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”.

JD PRESENTS THE BRIT PROJECT MANCHESTER

THE BRIT PROJECT AND JD ANNOUNCE A ONE DAY EVENT IN MANCHESTER FEATURING PRIMAL SCREAM, GLASS CAVES AND REVEREND & THE MAKERS.

 

 

The Brit Project have announced a date at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse with 14 bands playing over two stages on September 24th. Headed up by a host of British music icons including indie-psych legends ‘Primal Scream’ with Manchester legend Shaun Ryders ‘Black Grape’, Reverend & The Makers and Dodgy all taking to the stage at the converted Old Trafford warehouse.

 

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With the second stage boasting top up and coming music from the likes of Feed The Kid, Alias Kid, Cupids, The Watchmakers and headliners Glass Caves it’ll be an unmissable day for new and old music a like in a celebration of British Music in one of Britain’s great music cities. Tickets are on sale now at just £40 with any thing else you need to know on the official website at thebritproject.co.uk .

 

 

 

5 Manchester Acts You Should Be Listening To In 2016

Author: Jake McGloin

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.

 

Summerhouse

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).

 

 

 

Lusaint

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

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.

 

 

Arms&Heart

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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5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (18/04/16)

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.

(Jake McGloin)

 

 

 

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.

(Tom Durkan)

 

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.

(Tom Durkan)

 

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.

(Tom Durkan)

 

 

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.

(Tom Durkan)