- Twinkle & Co – Temptation – Mag and Don have had their five recorded songs to date remixed and I thought it would be good to feature them all on the show as they sound rather excellent.
- Salford Media City – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – another play for the rather marvellous psych tune from the denizens of the Islington Estate
- Twinkle & Co – Jock Tally
- Suzuki\Method – You asked for the moon and you got it – thanks to Tony T for slipping me these two new tunes from the superb Suzuki’s – and they demonstrate that the lads are going from strength to strength.
- Twinkle & Co – Meltdown
- Solar Race – My Enemy – a blast from the past
- Overeasies – Competitive Land – they seem to have lost the “The” from their name – and are being very productive at the moment. Check out their Reverbnation page.
- Suzuki\Method – Be Cruel Be Kind
- Twinkle & Co – Fever
- The Black Knights – Bad Blood – Sickle Cell Saturday Night – a class track from a class album by a class band. If you haven’t got it yet shame on you!
- Twinkle & Co – Back into the light
- Belle Vue – Amber – the single from Salford’s Math-Pop specialists.
- Aethenor – Vivarium – En Form for Blå – This is the international project of American (Stephen O’Malley), British (Daniel O’Sullivan, Steve Noble), and Norway (Kristoffer Rygg) musicians. They play at Islington Mill at the weekend.
- Twinkle & Co – Lost in Ordsall
- The Fall – Reformation – Single Version – playing at Moho Manchester on June 3rd the group have recently signed to Cherry Red Records
On this show you will find:
1 Joy Division – Atmosphere – The Best of Joy Division : bit of a theme on tonights show and three versions of this very song – thought I would do a bit of compare and contrast to see how the tune(age) differs with passing of the years.
2 Peter Hook and The Light with Rowetta – Atmosphere – 11022011 : and thus here is the most up to date version of said classic – and you can catch Monty interviewing Mr Hook and Rowetta in his show on this occasion. See how good we are to you at Salford City Radio?
3 Neuron No – Saving the World – EP : more musical munificence from the titantic trio. Catch them at Mayfest on Saturday!
4 Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single : These guys beat the bejazus out of most of the so-called nu-folk wannabees you get on R6 and other such stations – they harmonise to perfection and they have the wonderful aural ambience of Mr Sewell floating in the ether behind them as well. Topping the bill at Mayfest and doing a charity gig on the same day.
5 Phil Davies and the Ninja Smoke Bombs – Enid Blyton – Regulation Specification : significantly excellent lyrics with a melodic musical backbone and a very pleasant singing voice. Expect excellence and it will be exceeded. Also on the bill at Mayfest (did I mention it’s only a fiver?)
6 Rawcuss – John Travolta – Single : A “Radio Stars” for the 21st Century – possibly? Brash and not the least bit bashful. They are in the second round of a Supajam competition to play at Benicassim so give them your votes! Vote here……
7 Belle Vue – With Glue – Belle Vue : as reviewed elsewhere in this blog -hyperintelligent math pop with a melodic angle and some great musicianship.
8 The Overeasies – Lock the Door – Reverbnation Track : rapidly growing as we speak – last time I saw them face to face there were three of them- now there are considerably more. Tunes keep appearing on what seems to be a daily basis and I would suggest thier own style is starting to emerge from the raft of influences in the band.
9 Peter Hook and The Light – Pictures – 11022011 : another tune(age) from the new EP and thanks to Mr Monty for the nod in this direction and….
10 Codeine – Atmosphere – A Means to an End : The Music of Joy Division : keeping with the “Atmospheric” theme (see how I did that) a reading of the aforementioned classic by the New York slowcore trio….an interesting if somewhat tense reading in keeping with Codeine’s methodology, as it were.
11 The Overeasies – Come Over Here – Reverbnation Track
12 Belle Vue – Quite Love – Belle Vue
13 Rawcuss -TV Fantasies – Single
14 Positronik – Give Me Some Passion – Demo Track : and to round things off another band on at Mayfest on Saturday and also performing their debut gig. A rather groovy website has been put together and gives some initial clues about the band.
To listen to the show click on the link below
Firstly let me say that there is a fundamental error at the beginning of and at several other points some way into the show where I describe a gig at Islington Mill on Friday, what I meant to say was Thursday, it’s because I didn’t reverse the polarity of the neutron flow when I was putting the show together.
So to make it absolutely clear the Fucked Up/Kong gig is on Thursday not Friday!
Anyway on this weeks show more than a healthy selection of some of the excellent new music in the city at the moment including the very excellent new releases by Doctrines and Belle Vue, bits from our latest free download from Walkden’s finest The Souls, and more previews of the bands playing at the Mayfest event on May 21st.
Also I am pleased to note that bands have advised me that they have got bookings and promoter interest after being heard on the show…..that’s very gratifying the hear.
The play list for the show is…..
- Emperor Zero – Mental Health Cafe – Sways Mixtape
- Doctrines – Dirty Dirty Animals – O This Body Of Mine I Renounce You Your Style Is A Crime
- Belle Vue – Platform One – Belle Vue
- Kong – Blood of A Dove – courtesy of Tony T
- Fucked Up – The Other Shoe – courtesy of Tony T
- The Souls – Zulus – Salford City Radio Free Download
- The Souls – Lovers – Salford City Radio Free Download
- Well North of Watford – Tired of crying over you – direct from the artist
- Salford Media City – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – direct from the band
- Positronik – Save it for me – direct from the band
- Kit B – A natural ending – direct from the band
- Fucked Up – David Comes to Life – courtesy of Tony T
- Kong – Leather Penny – courtesy of Tony T
- Belle Vue – I, The King – Belle Vue
- Emperor Zero – Berlin – Single
Artist : Belle Vue
Title : Belle Vue EP
Release : Grab it for a mere £3 at Big Cartel and you can chose which cover colour you would like!
From the opening chords of “Quite Love” – Belle Vue grab your attention and pull you very quickly into their “Math-Pop” world.
So what do I mean by “Math-Pop”? – well in essence this is indie-pop but with a clear lean towards tight arrangements, almost “prog-like” riffing in parts, crisp and in your face rhythms, and an off-kilter approach both musically and lyrically which sets the band apart from what might be generically described as modern guitar pop. More of the genesis of this concept will be explained by the band later in the review……..however in summary conventional pop structures have been defenestrated with aplomb in this very impressive debut EP/mini-album.
They say of themselves:
“Belle Vue are a Manchester based band, consisting fully of students studying music at Salford University. Belle Vue started as a University “project”, but after receiving praise from Johnny Marr of The Smiths, when he helped arrange our track “I, the King” we decided to go “Nuclear”. Since then Belle Vue have gigged regularly around Manchester playing indie music for people with short attention spans. Belle Vue have just released there self titled mini-album”
Further probing reveals a little more information…..the band is made up of : Kyle Mac Connell – Guitar and backing vocals, Tom Favell – Guitar and backing vocals, Chris Pickering – Lead Vocals , Jack Ellis – Bass and Guy Richards on drums. You may recognise Kyle as the bass player from the rather marvellous Doctrines reviewed elsewhere on this blog.
I asked Kyle what influenced the band – the helpful response is “What we were trying to do was play pop music using chords that wouldn’t normally be in pop songs and we truly are influenced by all bands from pop to grind metal”.
Which explains a lot in terms of what you hear on this EP – yes its pop but with that added edge of something slightly different in the formulation of the tunes.
A quick canter through the six tracks plus a bonus reveals a variety of music which keeps the listeners attention:
The opener “Quite Love” sets the agenda with a para-skank muscular rhythmic approach which sets a defiant face against the melodic vocal line.
“Take Your Time” is a gloriously anthemic piece which characteristic Belle Vue – stop/start sections – and a very catchy chorus.
“With Glue” is also instantly catchy with its rolling rhythms and processed vocals morphing into a beautiful tune with some exquisite guitar flavourings. Chris Pickering’s vocal has just about the right level of Manc. swagger to make it attractive – and the plaintive second half of the tune, with nicely understated guitar solo, demonstrates this band can do slow as well as quick.
“Ballad of Clyde O’Donahue” – pushes the stop/start call and response schema into a busy multi-layered piece – impressive rhythmic interaction between Ellis and Richards catches the attention – as does laminal vocal arrangements. Melodically complex and nicely motorik in parts.
“Platform One” – continues in the same vein and is perhaps the most post-hardcore piece on the release. There are comparisons to be drawn here with Well Wisher and bands of that ilk. The guitar work on this is pretty impressive – and the whole piece had me tapping my foot quite ferociously.
“I the King” is stunning – fast and unrelenting – at times I thought I was listening to Tortoise (but with vocals if you see what I mean) and the bonus track on the EP the single “Amber” – is pure pop fun with staccato rhythms, jingly jangly guitars, and a great chorus.
The EP was recorded and mixed by the band, between the university and Kyle’s home.
I pressed him on the line “music for people with short attention spans” in the bio and he advised it came from him writing 5- 6 minute long songs and cramming them into a pop song, with lots of stops and starts… “the music has generally been influenced from bands who were part of the post-hardcore scene like At The Drive In and Biffy Clyro but transposing it into pop songs” he said. I’d venture that this band is far superior to those two bands in terms of innovation.
Salford University has been a great locus for emerging bands in the last few years and yet again it has delivered an exciting and different group.
Tunes from the release will be featured on the Salford Music Scene show on May 10th. They haven’t got any gigs planned at the moment but we aim to try and get them on one the nine o’clock alliance shows in the near future for an interview/session.
Bloody marvellous in fact……
Due to ongoing backlogs I can only post the track list tonight – very excited about new music coming out of the city at the moment and there are a few examples of it in tonights show along with a look back at the marvellous work of the Tombots…..enjoy…..
- Positronik – Give Me Some Passion – from the band
- The Wonderland Trip – Leech
- The Tombots – Slants – from Tony Thornborough
- Belle Vue – Amber – Single
- Doctrines – Anglophobia – O This Body Of Mine – I Renounce You Your Style Is A Crime
- Twinkle & Co – Back into the Light
- The Tombots – Accounts and Thoughts – from Tony Thornborough
- Ink – Awaiting The Day – from the band
- Mancini Fires – Tomorrow Yesterday – Rise
- Danny Short – To Be Different – Reformation Session Track
- Doctrines – Hey Plastic Face – I Renounce You Your Style Is A Crime
- The Tombots – 1522 – from Tony Thornborough
- The Black Lights – In the Dark – In the Dark