Salford Music Scene – 13th March 2012

On this weeks show ( you can hear it here):

1 The Centrals Lack of Love Demo Track
2 Premise Beach Hold Me Now Single
3 John Herring I Haven’t Got A Clue It Starts Again
4 Emma Elisabeth If I Could The Coldness of Winter
5 The Kindest of Thieves Go To Town On Me Ever The Optimist
6 Easter Pages Innocence Man
7 Beyond Recognition The Illusion The Illusion
8 White Cliff You Know Demo Track
9 Today They Are Older Anger is more useful than despair Demo Track
10 Mandrake The Old Church Chapel Demo Track
12 Glass Ankle Without You Here Demo Track
12 John Herring Moments Like This It Starts Again
13 The Fall Impression of J Temperance Grotesque After The Gramme
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Salford Music Scene – 4th October 2011

Featuring on this show:

  • Danny Short – Every Now And Then – available as part of an EP from our free download service  at Salford City Radio. Danny has a new album out in November called “You Must Not Play”.
  • Taser Puppets – DIM – a remix of a great tune with Emma on vocals – they play the “Guzzlin’ Goose” in Ashton on 8th October with the Blimp and Danny Cusick (see later) – it’s Shaun’s birthday as well!
  • Day Release – There’s No Cure – as promised more tracks from this very promising band.
  • Ryan Jarvis – Tomorrow Lasts Forever – another tune from the songsmith from Gorton.
  • Mandrake – If I had all the answers – just signed a publishing deal and about to go into the studio to start work on the second album which will be called “Sunrise Epitath”. This track is from the debut album “Glory Days”
  • Kit B – Fear of Flying – Danny Cusick is currently putting together a band to play his music live – this is a home recording which demonstrates the quality of his songwriting.
  • No Tokyo – All My All – a new demo from the band which they sent my way a couple of weeks ago.
  • Shoshin – Litterbug – from the the excellent “City of Patience” album – this band has next big thing written through them like a stick of Salford rock.
  • Taser Puppets – Beautiful Song For The Ripper – another tune from the Chorley meistersingers.
  • Milk Maid – Dead Wrong – not normally one for playing signed stuff on this show but this one impressed me.
  • Day Release – Wrong and Right – and another one from them….
  • Taser Puppets – Transmission – live track ….. with the Puppets take on JD.
  • Johann Kloos – Storm Petal Suzie – Johann has a solo gig at the Crescent on 28th October with Sam Smith and Mancini Fires.
  • Kill For Company – Now You Know – the break through band of the year for me and a few others at SCR…..
  • The Fall – Cary Grant’s Wedding – a classic track from Totales Turns featuring Michael John Leigh on the drums who you can catch with Taser Puppets and Danny Cusick at the Guzzlin’ Goose on the 8th October.
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Salford Music Scene – 30th August 2011

This show focuses on the band that have contributed to our latest free download which is available from September 1st ….. Sandells

  • Sandells – Hell In Heaven – Session Track – recorded live in Studio 2 last year, i’m still trying to work out how we got a drum kit, bass player, guitarist and keyboard player in the studio – featuring Dave Thom as special guest on the keys. Sandells is Tim Lyons (bass, vocals) Johann Kloos (guitar, vocals) and Brian Benson (drums).
  • Sandbox – Out of Rage – the b-side of Shades of Grey – still waiting for the album.
  • Silver Sound Explosion – Sidekicks – as released on June 24th – you can see the video here….
  • Sandells – Glissando – a new track from the band which they let me have for the show – an amazing mix of Neu and Gong with that added Sandells magic.
  • Arks – Untitled #2 –  from the new EP which you can get from Bandcamp.
  • Mandrake – Echoes in Eternity – New demo from the second album due to be released next year, Oscar says “this is rough first mix only with guide vocal so obviously not been properly mixed/mastered”.
  • Periscope – Barefoot –  it’s mandatory to play a little Periscope once in a while.
  • Electric Wood – A Tragic Satire – a demo track from this band from Kearsley.
  • Sandells – Alien Intelligence – Alien Intelligence – the title track from the live album – recorded live in Glossop on Janice’s super duper video thingy – not a camera phone as I mistakenly say on the show – watch this blog for details on how to download the album – it is free!
  • Death to the Strange – Closer – it is also mandatory to play a little DTTS once in a while.
  • The Blimp – Fake Tan – 3 – still available from Bandcamp FREE!! …..featuring my good buddy Michael J Leigh on the drums …. he is also on…
  • The Fall – Fiery Jack – Fiery Jack – classic Fall…..no more to say…..
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Salford Music Scene – 19th April 2011

Starting to promo some of the bands on this years Sounds from The Other City festival and a healthy slug of music from Open Party plus other new stuff from around the scene and to close a classic from the only band in the world……

  1.  Ink – Kill the Flame – Demo – local band made up of students from Swinton High School.
  2. Open Party– The Standing – Demo – Open party started of as a home studio project between singer Richard Brady and producer Tony Kavanangh, after a year of writing and recorded they formed the band which, in full is, Richard Brady-Vocals , Tony Kavanagh-Guitar, Adam Birch-Bass, Roxx Enroll-Guitar, Daryl Rogowich-Drums. They are now playing gigs in Manchester/Salford and hoping to get on a few local festivals this summer. Influences are too many to mention (they say), but take in anything from the Associates to N.I.N. via the Bunnymen.
  3. Viv Albertine – I don’t believe in love – Flesh – Former Slit Viv plays this years Sounds from the Other City Festival.
  4. The Louche FC – Only In A Dream – Single – Bright new things of the Salford Scene, beloved of one Mark Edward of Prestwich with their new single – they also play SFTOC.
  5. Richard Youngs – A storm of light ignites my heart – Beyond the Valley of the Ultrahits – another coup from the SFTOC chaps in booking the great Richard Youngs master of psyche folk guitar wizardry.
  6. Open Party – Emotional Burns – Demo
  7. Lisbon – Empires – Vulnerable Mind – “a 5-piece pop band hailing from Manchester, England. With a penchant for dramatic pop music, the band began with one clear objective – creating high-quality, modern songs with universal appeal. After a prolific song-writing period, Lisbon are intent on imprinting their sound upon the public consciousness by embarking on a series of live performances in their home town.” Indeed…. they are – Robert S Pollard (vocals), David Hatch (guitar) Jordan Marsland (guitar/vocals), William Ellis (bass), Justin Ruscoe (drums).
  8.  Ghost Outfit – Boy – Sways Mix-tape – watch out for this lot we predict great things!
  9. Mandrake – Still Waters –  Glory Days – as heavily promoed on this show check out the album and watch out for their gigs.
  10. Open Party – Desire – Demo
  11. The Louche FC – Four Parts Bastard – Sways Mixtape
  12. Open Party – Inertia – Demo
  13. The Fall – Dice Man – Dragnet – classic Fall with the great Mike Leigh on drums
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it’s in the post…..

Mandrake

Glory Days

Self Released – due out in the summer

This took some time to get to me due to the vagaries of the british postal service.

Oddly when the jiffy bag arrived the stamp had not been franked….anyway I digress. I’d already had four of the tracks via the band in MP3 form so I was sort of primed on what to expect and I was looking forward to listening to the whole thing. It has been argued on more than one occasion that the conurbation of Mancunia is the pop capital of England (if not Europe) and that fine tradition is carried on here with some elan, with the added value of some rock elements that raise it above the mainstream of the hurly burly of indie boys and girls out there.

Another observation is that this band is unsigned and I have to say wipes the floor with a lot of the signed bands I get sent product for these days – I understand the majors are being approached and some are interested so I would assume it’s only a matter of time before they get a release and distribution.

This is a good album – it kicks off with the up-tempo “The Honeymoon Stranger ” which demonstrates the bands ability to play loud and hard – however  it’s perhaps not an indicator of the rest of the content of the album – it’s full of Manc swagger and four to floor rhythm and very listenable indeed.

The dreamy ballad “If I had all the answers” is lush, evocative and has just the right amount of guitar in it to give it an edge. Vocally, lyrically and melodically it has all the  elements of a classic and is my favourite piece on the album.  Next up waves of cheeky wah-wah guitar introduce “Last Orders” where singer Oskar manages to fold a Manc twang into his performance which gives it a unique feel. There is something incredibly populist about this music but at the same time it has a subliminal underground edge which makes you think “hang on a minute what have I just been listening to?” – this requires further listening as there are many disparate elements in these songs.

“Still Waters” drifts back into dreamy balladeering with, again, some nice guitar and ambient sounds to give it a bit of a kick.   “Redemption ” keeps the tempo at medium and perhaps suffers against the other tracks on the album in that it is the one that tends to sound like something else (which I can’t put my finger on). The list of influences on the band’s My Space page perhaps gives some sort of clue as to what has given shape to the music viz – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Dylan, Rolling Stones, The Who, Kinks, Doors, Neil Young, Lou Reed, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Tamla Motown, Bacharach & David, Bowie, Queen, Slade, Marc Bolan, Elton John, George Michael, The Smiths, Echo & Bunnymen, REM, Radiohead, Paul Weller, Stone Roses, Stereophonics, Neil Finn, Verve, Coldplay, early Oasis, Cast, La’s, Zutons, Courteeners, Doves, Elbow, I Am Kloot, Tony Wilson.

The acoustic guitar and basic standard song piano arpeggios of  “Cult Madness” are more engaging and the emerging trademark sound of soulful songs with keening guitar in the background is best realised here. The song is beautifully understated and there is a very interesting imperceptible dark element to the music which moves it away from pop normality. The title track “Glory Days ” is a perfect summer song, and the faster paced “No One Ever Says Goodbye ” is packed with pop hooks to die for.

The string patch drenched “When Angels Came For Davey” perhaps is a little too maudlin for my taste but I can quite see the crowds at Wembley with their lighters in the air swaying gently to its gentle beat and humming along to the guitar melody. A bit too populist for this old rocker but for all that mighty pretty. The closing “Walking Down Your Way ” continues the laid back feel of the album and ends on a reflective note.

If  i’ve one criticism it’s that I would like the band to do more  up tempo numbers – when they do start to rock out a bit they certainly have the power and application to move the body as well as the mind. I wouldn’t normally listen to this type of music but Mandrake seem to have found their way to that part of my brain where I store my love of melody and great song structures.  I was struggling to recall what they reminded me of as I am not a particular follower of a lot of the influential artists listed above and then it struck me that there is a lot of Grant McLennan’s easy pop sound here – so they are a bit like The Go-Betweens without the angular elements brought by Robert Forster.

All in all a fine debut with a handful of classic Manchester pop tunes. If you like your music well written and melodic then you should check this out.

Salford Music Scene – 29th March 2011

  1. The Inflictors – Mojo Rising – Unreleased Demo Track – the blues infused garage rock of The Inflictors is best appreciated in a live setting and you can see them at Sounds from the other City – Helmets for Men Stage on May 1st – at the Crescent – and Mayfest at Islington Mill on May 21st. Cameron O’Hagan has some new tunes up his sleeve and the band have a great sound. This track is from a jam session recorded last year and proves the often forgotten fact that you can do some rather remarkable things using one chord – Facebook
  2. Sandbox – Thin Ice – the Jon Coupe Archive – also playing at the Crescent are three-quarters of Sandbox who are currently finalising their album whilst drummer Andy Gilmore is in the Far East. They write great songs as exemplified by the four tracks provided to the show via their biggest fan the sartorially eloquent Mr Salford Music – Jon Coupe – Facebook
  3. Flying Gypsy – Bank Jobs in Baghdad – Unreleased Demo Track – essentially the work of Ordsall based Josh Ingham – his melodic approach to electronica, together with intelligent use of sounds and palettes makes for an intriguing and thought provoking listening experience. Check out his work on My Space
  4. The Souls – Stalactites – Unreleased Demo Track – the brightest thing to come out of Salford in a while with a great line in songs and a fantastic new sound – subject to finding a bass player will be playing Mayfest on May 21st – Facebook
  5. Sandbox – A Million Marlborough Lights – the Jon Coupe Archive
  6. The Overeasies – It’s Me – Unreleased Demo Track – Salford based trio who are playing at SCRs Auction Night on April 8th  – Facebook
  7. Sandbox – All of this used to be fields – the Jon Coupe Archive
  8. Mandrake – No One Ever Says Goodbye – Glory Days – as played before, due to the vagaries of the postal system the new album has not got to me yet. A rather fine band with a good melodic feel but who can rock out when the mood takes them – Facebook
  9. Danny Short – Shining City – Love Has Gone – from the new album. He has a new single out soon – Facebook
  10. Flying Gypsy – The things that make us what we are today – Unreleased Demo Track
  11. Sandbox – Mother Knows Best –  the Jon Coupe Archive
  12. The Inflictors – One of Understanding – The Inflictors

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Salford Music Scene – 22nd March 2011

On this show you can hear……

1.       Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single – currently on tour in Germany but will be back soon and are appearing at the Helmets for Men Stage at Sounds From The Other City on May 1st and the Salford City Radio Mayfest at Islington Mill on May 21st.

2.       Mancini Fires – Ghosts – Rise EP – Formed in 2009, the North Manchester/Salford – based 4 piece have finally completed their line – up, and are now working hard recording their new material… Combining strong vocals with an acoustic guitar underpinning them, a solid, dynamic rhythm section and melodic echoing lead guitar. The sound the band have in mind is reminiscent of early Coldplay with a nod to U2. Their songwriting conveys both heartbreak and hope in equal measure, it’s clear that this is a band with a lot of potential… From the bleak desperation of Tomorrow Yesterday to the uplifting highs of I Am Not The Same, Mancini Fires put an atmospheric twist on the classic quiet – loud formula, and also an intimate sound with a hint of Damien Rice and Doves can be heard on songs such as Ghosts. Appearing at Mayfest.

3.       The Black Paths – Our North is Rising –  Ibiza & The Hangover – Little Hulton’s master of the synthesizer with tunes inspired by a trip to the Balearics.

4.       Neuron No – Digital Doom – Free Download – Also appearing at Mayfest – i’ve waxed lyrical about the new EP elsewhere on this blog – this is a track that did not quite make it onto the EP.

5.       Samir Hamim – Red Dress – Single – master balladeer and tunesmith from Salford with a lovely song.

6.       Mandrake – Last Orders – Glory Days – another track from the new album from the Manchester band that rehearses and records in Salford. Watch out for them they are great songwriters.

7.       The Fall – Last Orders – Live at the Witch Trial Expanded Edition – one of the earliest recorded pieces of work by longest surviving band in known history with any merit – featuring the second great line up of Smith, Bramah, Baines, Friel and Burns. Live at the famed Electric Circus in 1976.

8.       Jealous – Between the Streets and the Stars – Single – Swinton’s own with their new single.

9.       Kin – Flies – Flickering – another track from the best album so far this year – recorded at the remarkably groovy 6dB studios.

10.   The Black Paths – In the Zoo – Ibiza & The Hangover – more synth fettling from the western suburbs!

11.   Joy Division – Warsaw – An Ideal for Living – just after the switch from Warsaw to Joy Division and the band showing early punk leanings. 1976 when the summer was hot and the world was changing.

12.   Easterhouse – Get Back To Russia – Contenders – another blast from the past, a band which should have had much more success than it did.

13.   Mancini Fires – Paint White – Rise EP – as above

14.   Warm Widow – In A Blackout – Widower – amazing band with an amazing EP – check it out….

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