Ertswhile watchers of the musical movements of one Mr Stephen Evans (The Planets, ZX+) and my semi-regular reports on his activities will find him playing the guitar in this combo – which seem to have been around since August of last year and have done a fair few dates in the Greater Manchester area. Seems like a load of my Facebook friends are already hip to their jive and from the above you can see why.
Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk are indeed a Manchester band fronted by actress and chanteuse Mary Joanna Coogan (part of the extended Coogan dynasty who weave in and out of my life on a regular basis – two of the tribe used to work for me at one point in the dim and distant past). The rest of the band consists of Rikki Turner on keys, Steven Tajti on bass, Zack Davies on guitars, the aforementioned Stephen Evans on guitars and one Spencer Birtwistle on drums.
Spen’s trademark rock steady beats drive a delightful slice of psyche leaning manc pop with jangly guitars which together with Ms Coogan’s excellent voice makes for a fine release.
Not sure where and when you can get it but check them out on Facebook.