Aural Delights – 22nd June 2011

A variety of new sounds on this show a lot of them from the Greater Salford area…….or Manchester as it is more commonly referred to…..but many more from far flung places like Coventry, Falkirk and Huddersfield……

  • WU LYF – Dirt (Single) : the next big thing? I think it’s too early to tell but this single is definitely quality stuff. You will be able to see for yourself at Manchester International Festival in July.
  • White Swallow – Rain (Single) – consist of Bobby Mambo- Guitar + Vox and
    Sam Swallows- Drums and hail from Chorley (a fine place with some nice restaurants).More info the Brock and Roll site.
  • The Strive – Down in London (Demo) – interesting band from Stretford consisting Gurmakh Singh – Guitar/Vocals, Jake Ogden – Guitar/Vocals
    Thomas ‘Toast’ Barlow – Bass/Vocals, Mike Carolan – Drums.
  • Beirut – East Harlem (Single) – nice to see them back and with a great tune from Zac Condon.
  • The Suns – Sun Strut – Down and Out in Little Deva (Album) – the rather impressive and utterly groovy Suns who are playing at Helmets for Men in September…..and are well worth seeing.
  • Zap Zap Zap – Brick Window – apparently the NME think they are good which is usually the kiss of death for me but they are actually very impressive. It would appear that they “enjoy taking influence from the potent and enigmatic things of everyday life; amplifying them to great heights of their own musical art”. Not sure that adequately covers a very polished and unique sound that encourages further listening. Very melodic and well constructed tune this.
  • Bad Pollyanna – My Incubi (Single) – I like a touch of alternative rock sturm und drang once in a while and this one ticked my one working set of ossicles so I thought I would give it an airing.  The album is in gestation as I understand it. Based in Huddersfield the band consists of Olivia Hyde – Vocals, Nikki Kontinen – Bass, Sam Morrow – Drums,  and Peter Dawes – Guitar. Apparently the stage show is pretty impressive and looking at some of the vids on You Tube they do have an impressive look to them. Turns out Sam the drummer lives in Manchester also. If you want to contribute to the production of the album you can pay for the single otherwise its free to download. Good idea I think – something Kristin Hersh does with her Strange Angels thingy.
  • Audio Asylum – Pressure (Demo) – a very impressive band from Liverpool who I’ve played before. A taster from a forthcoming ep.
  • The Black Hands – 45 (Demo) – Five piece Blues Rock outfit The Black Hands are: Daniel Riley – Guitar & Vocals, Richard Moore – Guitar & Vocals, Andy Gannon – Vocals & Harmonica, Dan Bennet – Bass, Ben Atkins – Drums. Rather reminiscent of the music I was listening to when I was a young whippersnapper in loon pants and a tank top.
  • The Wild Swans – Falling to Bits – The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years (Album) – if you want any further evidence of my advancing senility then you have it in me describing the rather marvellous Wild Swans as the “White” Swans – I put this down to an over-ingestion of Doctor Joey Holts bronchial medicine. Aside from my idiocy an excellent track from a brilliant album.
  • Pose Victorious – Off The Rails –  Beneath the Lighthouse (EP) – e a 5 piece indie rock band from Falkirk, Scotland. Having formed in mid 2009 they quickly released their self titled debut E.P. in March 2010. Since then the band have endeavoured to introduce their sound to new ears, playing a host of gigs and down the country, this is from their new EP.
  • V Thirteen – What Happened To You (Demo – Radio Edit)  – V Thirteen was formed in March 2011 by Dermo (from Northside) and Matt Rynn. Work is now underway on the writing of the self recorded debut album ‘The Rest Is History’ which will be engineered, produced and mixed by Dermo and Matt. This is the first demo.
  • Pint Shot Riot – Twisted Soul (Single) – from Coventry, the band were formed in 2004 under the name ‘Avenue’ – they changed their name to ‘Pint Shot Riot’ because when you enter the word ‘Pint’ into predictive text, the phone often mistakes it for ‘Shot’ or ‘Riot. The Band’s current lineup consists of two cousins Richard ‘Rocket’ Emerson (Guitar and Vocals) and Chris ‘Mini Rocket’ Connell (Drums and Backing Vocals) with Dave ‘Baby Dave’ Page (Bass) and Rob Clements (Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals).
  • Esmerine– A Dog River – La Lechuza (Album)an experimental instrumental group started by Bruce Cawdron and Beckie Foon, who have contributed to other Montreal-based bands as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire to Flames, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band. The music consists mainly of percussion, cello, and marimba sharing many characteristics with minimalist classical music and chamber music.
  • Electric Wood – A Tragic Satire (Demo) – very little info about these guys at this point in time but an impressive tune.
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Aural Delights – June 15th 2011

On this show you will find

  • Kill Pretty – Black Dog City Blues (Demo Track) – a very exciting new project from Ian “Moet” Moss, Chris Dutton, Josh Dutton, Ding and Craig Scanlon. Chris advises the band is essentially collective centred around himself and Moet. Recorded at 6dB studios here in Salford. It would appear also that some live dates may emerge soon with a certain Michael John Leigh on the drums. Excellent stuff – first heard this sat in Chris’ car outside the Crescent on May Day.
  • Pose Victorious – Cold Hands Warm Heart – I got this from the promo people – they’ve a new EP out now which I will play in a future show. Rather impressive sound and quite unique.
  • Stylus Boy – Whole Picture – Whole Picture (EP) – from the new release.
  • Bonzo Dog Doodah Band – Jollity Farm – The Beastiality of (Album) – one of four fumbles from Farley on the show. A classic from one the great bands.
  • The Gerbils – Is She Fiona? – Are You Sleepy? – The Athens, Georgia-based Gerbils emerged as part of the second wave of bands linked to the Elephant 6 Recording Company collective, a coterie of like-minded, lo-fi indie groups — including the Apples (in stereo), Neutral Milk Hotel and the Olivia Tremor Control. The second Farley fumble of the evening.
  • Cut The Kids – Misguide – Displace (EP) – I have to say that I find these three young men from Bury to be refreshingly good at what they do.
  • Robot House – German Suplex – I Would Introduce Myself But You Really Should Know Me By Now(EP)  – Manchester band of which I know very little other than they sound damn good.
  • Julia Dowler – Don’t Stop Dreaming (Demo) – the rather talented and soulful end of the family doing what she does best with another great tune.
  • The Minders – Waterlooville – Cul De Sacs and Dead Ends (EP) – the third fumble from Farley.
  • Religious Knives – Paper Thin – Smokescreen (Album) – Originally, Religious Knives started as a two-piece side project of husband and wife Mike Bernstein and Maya Miller of the   Double Leopards.  This is their third album which comes after a three year break. Great psychedelic drone sound!
  • Cut The Kids – Pictures – Displace (EP)
  • The Mummies – That’s Mighty Childish – Play Their Own Records (Compilation) – Formed in San Francisco, CA, in late 1988, the Mummies consisted of Larry Winther on guitar, Maz Kattuah on bass, Trent Ruane on organ and sax, and Russell Quan on drums. While the band were part of  the West Coast garage/surf revival scene alongside bands such as the Phantom Surfers and the Untamed Youth, they were louder, prouder and more extreme. The fourth and final fumble of the show.
  • Kill Pretty – Babes in the Wood – a Chris Dutton composition and probably one the best things I’ve heard all year. Immense bass playing from 14 year old Josh Dutton and blistering guitar from Craig Scanlon, together with a great vocal from Moet.
  • Destroyer – Chinatown – Kaputt (Album) – essentially a vehicle for Dan Bejar this is the ninth album under the Destroyer epithet – excellent realisation of post new-romantic lounge pop.
  • Robot House – Neck High and Rising – I Would Introduce Myself But You Really Should Know Me By Now(EP)
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