Aural Delights Radio Show – 14th September 2011 – Punk Weekend Special

This show promotes the Punk Weekend at the Crescent in Salford which runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September – there are also some new tunes which have been sent my way……and a couple of classics

  • Early Mojo – Balloon Basket – they come from Walkden, they are a trio, and they open up the Punk Weekend on the Friday evening. From their “Beergasm” release which will be getting more plays on the Salford Music Scene show.
  • Kill For Company – Now You Know – the most exciting new band of the year so far for me…..a mancunian duo with a unique and compelling sound – also play Fridays event
  • Dead Circus – Paranoia – also on Friday – a trio from Manchester.
  • Wire – The Agfers of Kodack – Read and Burn 01 – the first studio collaboration by the band  since Manscape, proving that time had not mellowed them.
  • Moongoose – Stepping into Shadow – Silhouettes and Shadows – another track from the excellent EP by this great band.
  • The Distrakted – Mancunian Werewolf in Oldham – five piece from Manchester playing Saturday night at the Punk Weekend.
  • Total Bloody Chaos – NHS Death Squads – five piece from various parts of Lancashire…..also playing Saturday night at the Punk Weekend
  • Kick to Kill – Mushroom Cloud – excellent Glasgow quartet on the Flowers in the Dustbin lable.
  • Flying Man Shark – Just A Habit – another track from this excellent band from Scotland – click the link to access a free download of their music.
  • For Abel – On TV – another excellent band from the Flowers in the Dustbin lable.
  • Kill Pretty – Babes In The Wood-  out on the road soon with a settled line-up – more info on our website unsigned page –
  • Girlfixer – Casualty Condemn Me – four piece from Nottingham with an excellent lead singer with a great voice…..they close the Punk Weekend at the Crescent on the Sunday Night.
  • Baby Strange – Brick and Bones – the “headline” act of the Friday night at the Punk Weekend.
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – The Sleepwalkers – Godbluff – arpeggiating keyboards, manic time signatures and all out Hammill word mastery on this classic from the come-back album. I saw them do this in London on one the great come back gigs for the band – having been at the Cambridge Folk Festival watching Bert Jansch the day before it was a bit of a head spinner.
To listen to the show click on the link below…..

Salford Music Scene – 6th September 2011

On this show….

  1. Fall Fan Dave and the Lap Top Dancers – Juggernaut – Yelling Boil : from the stunning second album a tune that bears repeat listening.
  2. Veladrome – Elvis – Demo Track : A two-piece band from Manchester. Have played only one show so far, at kraak, although  both seasoned musicians with plenty of gigs under their belts in different guises. Lisa – vocals and fx and Tom – bass and drum machine. Have  been writing together for about 4 months and are just at the stage to start promo/gigging. Tom Wilcox moved to Manchester in 1995 whilst in The Hum of Good Machines, who became regulars on the local circuit at the time. The band pretty much imploded due to various reasons, Tom and the singer quickly formed Sleepwalker. that band lasted a few years and released a well reviewed single – Sleepwalking – before disbanding. Lisa was in Roadstar, who were another 2-piece working the local circuit. Tom and Lisa met about 3 years ago but only  recently decided to give writing music together a go.
  3. Toska Wilde – Cindy Darling – Cindy Darling and other songs : from the latest release Toska says its all about Cindy Lloyd and her life story.
  4. Bill Davro – All She Requires – Bill Davro – released this year, these talented Warrington tunesmiths play The Ashley Brook on the opening night of Salford Music Festival.
  5. Baby Strange – My Neighbours A Killer – Demo CD : and Baby Strange will be playing along side Silver Sound Explosion and Salford Media City at The Hope on the opening night of the Salford Music Festival.
  6. The Mang Mang Mangs – Is It The Grouse – The Mangs are Tom and Jag and formed in 2001. Tom had previously played guitar in Sleepwalker and The Hum of Good Machines supporting the likes of Muse and being supported at the now-legendary CineCity gig by Elbow. The Mangs first live outing came at Moorfest where they played on a bill including The Fall, Haven and Mr Scruff, after which their local reputation was cemented when Mark Hart (In The City Director) championed their first demo. After that, City Life magazine became firm friends of The Mangs, and after a stint playing venues in London, indie label Fierce Panda began showing interest. Due to Jag’s procreating, The Mangs took a three-year hiatus and began tentatively sketching out a new sound two years ago. The result is the recently released and acclaimed Is It the Grouse EP. Any promoters wanting to book the band then contact them via Jag .
  7. The Hymek Manouevre – Find It Yourself – They say of themselves “We are a 5 piece band based in the centre of chorlton, we have been together collectively for one year. In such a short time we have strived to play our music for as many people as possible, from small gigs such as The Thirsty Scholar, to reasonably large sized crowds at beech road festival. Every member of the band works exceedingly hard at creating music, but more importantly, enjoying music as it is our joint passion. Towards the back end of last year we recorded our demo at astar studios. This was a learning curve and has given us something to promote.
    Our genre of music is hard to describe as we don’t quite know ourselves, I think we convey a lot different styles very well, whilst also having our own perspective on song writing. Upbeat and happy with an indie/rock base would be the most comfortable label. Having fun and expressing ourselves is paramount to the band’s existence. Hopefully this is portrayed in our music.”
  8. Sandells – Glissando 2 – Demo Track – following on from last weeks airing of a first take of his epic piece of Kraut-Punk from Sandells here is another version…..slightly remixed by myself to bring Brian and Tim out a little more in the mix.
  9. The God Damn Electric – Morning Injection – hard playin’ and boozin’ lads from Manchester bringing the rock back into rock and roll.
  10. Force of Habit – Human Delusion – They say of themselves “Force Of Habit are an alternative rock band from Stockport, Manchester. We’ve built a strong local fanbase which has helped us get successful gigs at venues such as Manchester Academy and secure radio airtime on High Peak radio and Salford City Radio! The band has had numerous different bassist but our current line-up is stronger than ever and is planning on recording their EP very soon to follow up from the Demo recorded early 2011. We are currently working on new songs and reworking old ones with the intent of going out and having a blast doing gigs.”
  11. Veladrome – Number 5
  12. The Fall – Backdrop – In A Hole : classic Fall from the Australian tour in 1982 – I saw them do this track at the Band on the Wall in the May of that year and it was that version of the group at the height of their powers with immense riffing and percussion and typical Smithy lyricism. Who did put the yellow pills in the Gordon’s Gin?
To listen to the show then click the link below…..

Salford Music Scene – 9th August 2011

Mostly new stuff on this show

  • Humanizer – Arthur Brown Gets Me Down – from the new EP “This Tiny Universe” which came out on Hacienda Records on 8th August
  • Limbs – The Worms Want Blood – a sample track from the forthcoming album
  • The Reveres – The Death of Miss X – the new single part 1
  • Baby Strange – Fair is Fair – from the demo CD
  • Rawcuss – Manchester News – the new single
  • Lee Rice – Lost Without A Cause – a new track from the front man of the recently split Overeasies
  • Kill for Company – To Disappear – another track from my fave new band of the moment
  • The Wonderland Trip – Bring Back The Sunshine – they are around and about gigging catch them
  • Ryko Saints – X is Next – as are they…..
  • The Reveres – Riders From Zero – new single part 2
  • The Sandells – Striptease – a new instrumental from our very own masters of Kraut-Punk
  • Tom Byrne and Friends – Another One Falls – caught this young man with his band last Friday – very impressive
  • The Kindest of Thieves – The Kindest of Thieves – they are gigging also … more newer stuff on next weeks show
  • Baby Strange – My Neighbours A Killer – as above
  • Hot Vestry – Commiserations – another track from the new EP
  • The Fall – Blood Outta Stone – a Beddington-Smith classic from 1990 – originally appeared on the White Lightning/Dredger single/EP
To listen then click the link…..

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Where : The Crescent, Salford

When : 30th July 2011

Who : Baby Strange, The Hamsters, The Blimp

I have had a bit of writers block over the last week (blame the heat, the rain and other distractions) – so this took a bit of effort to get out …..any way here we go again….

Try as I might to think of a better evening that I have had in a long while I cannot…….pleasant company, good beer, people dressed up in strange costumes pushing a pram around and three great bands.  Got there reasonably early and had a great chin-wag with Fall Fan Dave and Stephen Doyle over a few pints of amber nectar before wandering into the concert room.

Baby Strange (please note the smoke - see below)

“Baby Strange” have only been in existence since the beginning of the year and promise good things.  Their demo EP is very good indeed, especially the rather catchy “Fair is Fair”- and I would have liked to stay for some more of their music but it was exceptionally loud ( which is no good for my remaining good ear and a nightmare for my damaged one – I am a slave to tinnitus) – to the extent that I could hardly hear what Zac was singing – and the damnable smoke machine had been turned on which is always a recipe for sore eyes for me for the next 48 hours so after four songs I took a trip out to the beer garden where there was a mob of people from Islington Mill doing some sort of art thing – pushing a pram around and looking all sort of “fin de siecle”/”Alice in Wonderland”. I took the chance to have a good chat with Tim Lyons of the Sandells and find out what he was up to – which was most informative. Note to self though – get to see “Baby Strange” again.

Up next the force of nature that was the Hamsters – and I use the word “was” advisably and with some degree of sadness as this was their last ever gig. What a way to go out though – starting with a memorable version of the “Chip Shop Song” which was in both parts amazingly funny and utterly brilliant. I was smiling broadly throughout the whole cathartic experience. Moet was in fine form – operating at full tilt as usual – and the very young Josh Dutton has to be one of the best bass players i’ve seen in a while. Dad Chris (the omnipresent Mr Dutton) suitably adorned in black nail varnish – and founder member Bobby Williams shared the guitar duties – and Carl Junglist Allen drove the whole thing with some vigour. The Hamsters were hot, sweaty, loud, occasionally cack-handed and all in all simply stunning.  It had to end unfortunately and a resounding send off with a mosh pit and the utterly potty mouthed and marvellous “I’m A Cunt” – with backing vocals from No 1 fan Stephen SD Doyle and Zac from Baby Strange – was a brilliant way to put the Hamster to bed for the last time. We’ll not see their like again I tell thee! Kill Pretty will emerge phoenix like from the ashes of The Hamsters with Chris, Josh, Moey and one Michael John Leigh. More of him shortly.

The Hamsters in full flow

Off out to the beer garden again for another chat – by which time the pram people had gone about their business and toddled off somewhere else, had a bit of a review of the previous nights business at Islington Mill with my Helmet friends and then in the concert area  again for The Blimp.

I could whitter on with my usual poly-syllabic nonsense but I will let the videos below do all the talking. Suffice to say they were exceptional with stunning readings of “Snowglobe” “Rifleman” , “Science and Technology”, “Fake Tan” , “Hagoda Pagoda” and “Bin Bag Shuffle” sticking out in my mind. What is very noticeable is the rock steady way Ken and Mike lay the rhythm down allowing “The General” to deliver his usual bravura performance. If you have not caught them live yet – do yourself a favour. They are doing a number of gigs across the north-west over the next few weeks.

I’ve said elsewhere how impressed I am with their ability to meld various forms together – both across the set, and even within one song. They can do the short punky (or post-punky stuff) as well as more extended neo-progressive pieces with ease. As reviewed previously “Snowglobe” is a beast of a thing – a surging, hypnotic, nigh on 8 minute piece of intensive bass riffery, psyche guitar, and kraut-rock rhythms coupled with west coast elements, morphing into a manic eastern european barn-dance …. marvellous

So in summary – all in all  an excellent evenings entertainment …..

Thanks to Mike Leigh for the use of the videos which were recorded by Mike of  Ting and Ting  – who by the way put on an excellent show for the princely sum of £2 – a bargain.

So, over to The Blimp…..

The General
Ken The Bass
Mike Leigh