Music Diary and Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 3rd January 2012

Diary Day 3 and the first radio show of 2012.

Nothing much to report in terms of new music other than I spotted a various artists compilation called “The Great Australian Song Book” which perversely excludes The Go-Betweens, Dave Graney and The Triffids amongst others. Also got the new single in from The Silver Seas who appear to be able to write good, albeit derivative pop tunes (they used to be The Bees and had a lot of success last year which passed me by to some extent).

Also details of the new John Herring album and first gig of 2012 have emerged via the interweb viz (note the usual geographical attempt to annexe Salford into the place next door, it’s bad enough with the boundary commission doing daft stuff, we don’t need copywriters doing it as well)….

Singer-Songwriter John Herring is set to release the follow up album to, ‘Tales From a Northern City’ called ‘It Starts Again’ in 2012.

John has returned to Blueprint Studios (home of Elbow) to record the new material and is again working with engineer and co-producer, Gary Vaughan-Hadfield .

The new single, ‘It Starts Again’ is an interesting mix of soulful and driving song according to Herring. ‘It shows off my style of songwriting, and the talented line-up I am working with. Unlike the last album I now have a steady band of excellent musicians, so there is a real cohesiveness to the album.’

In addition to the four piece the album again sees Herring scoring strings, trumpets and choirs, and indeed a live choir features briefly on the new single – recorded at their last gig at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford. John’s first gig in his hometown (err no he is from Salford)  in 2012 at The Deaf Institute will be a gig to remember – with support from the excellent Phil Davies and the ninjasmokebombs.

No changes to the format of this show for 2012 – I’ll be featuring new, independent and unsigned music from Salford, Greater Manchester and the North-West, and featuring a track from the mighty Fall to conclude…..

So to kick off:

  • Handsome Shaun & The Swingers  – Break Out The Dansette – otherwise Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets with a little thing he knocked together at home. Caught the Puppet
  • Always Awake – Sparks – from the EP of the same name – which was released digitally on December12th – I will leave the words to my colleague Rebecca Marshall who says ““Always Awake are a perfect example of the fresh sounding talent Manchester has to offer today. A talented band and bunch of young singer songwriters with a really amazing sound which proves talent is not always found on a TV show.”
  • Kit B – Death of Clown – another tune from the remarkable work of Mr Danny Cusick. Still aiming to put a band together.
  • Kin – Awkward House – another of the new ones from the remarkable Kin.
  • Long Hat Pins – The Sound of Summer  In The Rain – another one from Tim, who will be a regular feature of the show in the next few weeks.
  • The Inflictors – Spits Fire – not seen this lot in a while, we keep missing each other, I aim to remedy that in 2012. Further evidence they still have their Mojo’s intact.
  • Younger Dryes – Implore – Stockport based band I have been featuring of late.
  • English Mutts – Ramdom Axe of Violence – woof! Ran into Stan from the band at the Crescent before Christmas
  • 7 Day Weekend – Seasons Like These – The PR says “All aged 18 or below, 7 Day Weekend are a pop punk/ alternative band from Warrington England. With catchy guitar riffs, and strong emotionally driven lyrics. Theyʼve drawn comparisons to You Me At Six and Young Guns (can’t say I have heard of either of those).
  • Kin – Make Way For The )Sad) Emperor  – another marvellous track from a real talent
  • Stupid Little Cars – Chico – before Taser Puppets Shaun Maxwell ran this rocking beat combo.
  • Younger Dryes – And We’re Still Here – another track from this great band
  • The Fall – Guest Informant – a marvelous example of riff-tastic magic from The Frenz Experiment – an album produced when the group were at the height of their chart success.

Anyway you can listen to it here….

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Salford Music Scene – 22nd November 2011

On this show

  • 7 Day Weekend – Seasons Like These – All aged 18 or below, 7 Day Weekend are a pop punk/ alternative band from Warrington. They say “With catchy guitar riffs, and strong emotionally driven lyrics. Theyʼve drawn comparisons to You Me At Six and Young Guns. Clayton Leah (Rhythm Guitar), John Handy (Drums), Calan Nickle (Vocals), Dan Hancox (Bass) & Tom Hancox (Lead Guitar) started off just over a year ago, to aim as high as possible… And the ball hasn’t stopped rolling for us as theyʼve gone from Calan’s old garage to Manchester Academy 3 in just over a year, playing along side huge talents such as Destine, Above The Underground, That Sunday Feeling and Attack! Attack! The band has looked to play shows regularly including local Day Festivals to increase their fan base in area.”
  • Air Cav– A Call to Arms –  Air Cav can finally announce the release of their long-awaited debut album Don’t Look Indoors, on Crystalline Recordings on December 5. The release marks the culmination of time spent in the shadows, working on something that they could irrevocably call theirs, something that bled their own character and that wasn’t a half-formed facsimile of different artists. The album will be preceded by the download-only single ‘A Call To Arms,’ also out on Crystalline on November 7.
  • Crystal Stilts – Low Profile – Radiant Door EP – the band that stunned us earlier in the year with a great album have a new EP out which includes a cover of this Blue Orchids classic which gave me an idea based on fellow DJ Stephen Doyle’s “Different Song, Same Title” feature – I flipped it and called it “Same Song, Different Band”…. and so
  • Blue Orchids – Low Profile – Serene to Severe – a classic from one of the great post-punk bands – the main man of the band – Martin Bramah –  is still working hard today to create great music…..
  • Martin Bramah – I Super Real – an acoustic session track Martin did for me last year……
  • Factory Star – Lucybel – the Christmas single out on Occultation soon…as played previously and likely to play again in the run up to the festivities…..
  • John Hamlin – The Chimes of Christmas – and in the same vein a song from John which celebrates the season – infinitely better than those tired old replays of Slade, Wham et al.
  • Monster Island – Kitchen Witch/MMS Battenburg (Flyover) – the album is now available on Bandcamp – grab it and make the lads happy – it’s free!!!!
  • English Mutts – Mancouva Kiss – a duo from Moston and Blackley who sent me some songs.
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – That Would Be The Normal Reaction – playing the Roadhouse on November  30th
  • Air Cav – Here Be Dragons
  • The Fall – Nate Will Not Return – another one from the new album

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