And on the seventh day…….

A song about the seventh day with seven versions of the tune released on the seventh day – Exchange i.e. Jed and Mike set the scene for the new album “Seconds” with six variations on the original with everything from the Motown Horns take by Jeff Black through to fellow Positroniker John “Monty” Montague – in his Junta guise – drifting on a visceral synthy sea of lysergic surges (trying saying that with a mouth full of gob-stoppers).  Jed (a moody and introspective ambient stroll around a riff which breaks into distorted layers of sound)  and Mike (a nice slice of Disco Motorik intensity and the lengthiest version) do their own mixes and further variations are provided by Dave Stawecki (who also mixed the release) and Paul Hammond.

Sufficient variety and forward momentum here from the duo which bodes well for the album. I would imagine that these would go down well on a variety of dance floors.

It’s free so why not fill your boots as they say.


Performance Systems



No 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap, Darwen

Thursday January 31st 2013

Out of hibernation for the first gig of the year, i’m picked up by two thirds of Positronik and we head up the “Devil’s Highway” (the A666) to a delightful venue in Darwen Town Centre. Real ale at very reasonable prices, a great atmosphere, all in all a good place to see a band (indeed I would highly recommend it to my musician chums as a place to get some live experience in front of an appreciative audience).

Mike Powell
Mike Powell

We arrive before Messrs Stephens and Powell and settle down for a chat about various matters over a delicious pint of “Lancashire Gold” …..headliners “Freedom of Expression” have had to pull out because of illness (a pity as I was looking forward to seeing them), so Exchange were headlining. Only their second gig, the duo appear remarkably calm as they set about setting up the gear. The line up is Jed Stephens – bass and Mike Powell – Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards. If you have not heard the band before then I suggest you check out their debut album “Systems” which is available from the website. You will note from their Facebook Page where these guys influences are coming from and the inclusion of New Orders “Temptation” in the set-list pretty much gives you a clear steer on the type of music you are going to hear.

Starting with a muscular reading of “Hydro” the band demonstrate that they can translate their recorded tracks to a live setting with some ease and indeed the overall sound is punchier and more driven than on the album versions. Once the mixing has settled down and Mike’s vocals are a little more audible the overall performance is very good indeed and given it’s only their second live outing very assured. Notable is the bands ability to work with the pre-recorded material to craft a dynamic live sound which builds around Mike’s busy rhythm guitar work and Jed’s use of the bass as a lead melody instrument.

Jed Stephens
Jed Stephens

All in all a great set and a successful second gig for the band. And the bonus is they got paid for playing! I’d like to see the band in a larger venue where the audience can get up and do a bit of dancing as they certainly have the right sound and rhythm to allow for some energetic movement….not by me of course, not with my back!


Hydro, Active, Future, Liberty, Motion, Temptation, Contour, Pylon

Salford Music Scene – 25th September 2012

On this show you can hear (stream here)

1 Social Aneurysm State of Emergency Demo
2 Edits Black and White Black and White EP
3 Exchange Future Systems
4 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Be My Forty Thieves Beat on The Moans Pre-Release
5 Factory Acts Senseless (Radio Edit) Senseless
6 Mr Heart Sexy Husby The Unspeakable Mr Heart
7 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Meridian Fried Beat on The Moans Pre-Release
8 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers One Man’s Super Hero Cape is Another Mans Crutch Beat on The Moans Pre-Release
9 Semitt Falls Late for Drum and Bass Reasons Monkey See, Monkey Do
10 The Mang Mang Mangs Twilight Waltz Pre-release
11 Lever Street Tangerine and Orange Peel Pre-release
12 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers The Loudness of the Mobile Phone User Beat on The Moans Pre-Release
13 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Don’t Scribble Me In Beat on The Moans Pre-Release
14 The Madding Crowd Oh! Minister Pre-release
15 Hey Bulldog Tiny Timmy Rip It Up
16 Hey Bulldog Hey Mud Rip It Up
17 The Fall It’s The New Thing Live at the Witch Trials Expanded Edition

Salford Music Scene – 17th July 2012

Here is this weeks extravaganza (listen here) – with a sizeable proportion of local talent.

Additional Notes

Track 1. The Girl Peculiar track is  a pre-release of a forthcoming single from a forthcoming album – it’s our record of the week for this week on SCR.

Track 5. The Outreach Project tell me that they play Moho Manchester on November 3rd.

Track 6 – Rory says  the band’s first album “Original  Junkie” –  which features 12 brand new tracks – is out on 13th August and  pre orders can be made now at:

1 Girl Peculiar Believe Pre-release  Facebook
2 Daystar Don’t Need This Single  Facebook
3 Kurb The Wire Demo Track  Facebook
4 Lipstick Traces Cirque De La Mort Demo Track  Facebook
5 The Outreach Project If I Said I Want You Demo Track  Facebook
6 Boomin Original Junkie Single  Facebook
7 Crowds Cut Me Out Cut Me Out
8 Exchange Sterling Single  Facebook
9 I Invented Fire Don’t Forget Demo Track  Facebook
10 Kill for Company Left Hand Man Demo Track  Facebook
11 Twisted Hand Set Me Free The 1982 Masters
12 Kurb Brushin The Dust Demo Track
13 Lipstick Traces Lou Ferrigno Demo Track
14 Da Mutts Where Rain Lives (Lil Mouse) Demo Track  Facebook
15 The Fall Black Monk Theme Pt 1 Extricate