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 – 2nd August 2011

On this edition of the show

  • The Sandells – Hell in Heaven – recorded live at Salford City Radio – playing Gullivers on 4th August along with……
  • Silver Sound Explosion – Telephone Wire – featuring the omnipresent Mr C Dutton on the bass guitar…..
  • The Black Lights – We Can Fly…..playing the Kings Arms on the 6th August
  • The Deodates – Here Lies Amber – before the Calimocho Club were the Black Knights they were the Deodates……
  • Death to the Strange – Shades of My Mind – playing Bakers Vault, Stockport on 6th August – and busking in a street near you….
  • Kill for Company – Black and White – on at the Printworks on 5th August and Bakers Vault on 11th August
  • Danny Short – Winter in Me – a taste of the new album…..
  • Positronik – Save It For Me – playing Dry Bar 5th August
  • The Deodates – Knives
  • Humanizer – Shinobi – exclusive preview of a tracks from the new EP “This Tiny Universe” out on August 8th
  • Kill for Company – Money Now
  • Hot Vestry – Snakes In The Grass – a highly talented trio of 16 years old from Rainow….not Manchester as I say on the show…..
  • The Deodates – Saucy Jack
  • Sandbox – Shades of Grey – where’s the album then chaps????
  • The Fall – The Man Whose Head Expanded – a classic piece of Smith verbal magic which I saw performed at the Hacienda in 1983 – stunning bass from Hanley S
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Salford Music Scene 26th April – Sounds from the Other City – Helmets for Men Stage Preview

I am joined on this show by my good friend, fellow DJ and promoter Mr Tony Thornborough who chats about the acts appearing at the stage he has put together for the excellent Sounds from the Other City Festival  on Sunday May 1st. In between music from Salford bands The Wonderland Trip, Twinkle and Co and Trojan Horse and a track from Day for Airstrikes the latter two of which  are also playing at the festival…….

  1. The Wonderland Trip – Bring Back The Sunshine – from the band
  2. The Inflictors – Higher and Superior – The Inflictors
  3. Death to the Strange – Shades of my mind – from the band
  4. Day for Airstrikes – Epilog the Traitor – Widows
  5. The Suns – Brooke Street Billy – EP
  6. Urchins – Lupine – from the band
  7. Sandbox – A million Marlborough Lights – single
  8. The Blimp – Mystic Sulkstress/Further Action – Curse Curse Bang Bang
  9. Twinkle & Co – Lost in Ordsall – from the band
  10. Factory Star – Black Comic Book – Enter Castle Perilous
  11. Trojan Horse – Ballad of the Swell Mob –  Trojan Horse
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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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keeping it local…..why the Salford Music Scene needed it’s own radio show, again….

The erstwhile raconteur, bon-viveur and all round good egg Mr Jon Coupe relinquished his radio show on Salford City Radio a while ago and we have collectively missed his contribution to the promotion and historical recording of the music scene in the city since then. He has been incredibly busy forging ahead with another career, and whilst he has, in some way, replaced his excellent show with the equally excellent Zeen (or is it zEEN?) with the exception of some sterling work by a number of DJs on the station to broadcast local bands there has not been a show, to my mind at any rate, which solely focused on the music scene in the city.

So what was the solution? Given the scene is pretty damn vibrant, and diverse, at the moment, and has been for a while now, it needed a broadcast outlet.  Attempts to develop some sort of presence for local bands on my Aural Delights show was always going to be difficult given the vast amount of non-Salford material that comes my way, and whilst my colleagues in the Nine O’Clock Alliance on the station have been able to assist, I felt, given the wide range of excellent material and bands in the Salford Music Scene we needed to find a slot for an hour dedicated to Salford bands.

An opportunity arose with one or two changes to the station’s schedule so we’ve neatly slotted a new show into the Alternative Tuesday Nights Schedule after two other  great shows – Roland Gent’s Punk Rock Extravaganza, and rather marvelous “Monty” Show. Both of whom are not averse to featuring local talent – so the programming seemed heaven sent.

The rules for getting an artists or band on the show are fairly straightforward – at least one of the people involved in making the music either lives in, or was born in Salford, or studies there. That gives us a bit of leeway for including a wide range of artists in the show and to delve back into the rich history of the scene in the city. And for those unsigned bands with no Salford connection fear not, as the Aural Delights Show and the Nine O’Clock Alliance, The Legges and a few more DJs on the station will be promoting unsigned bands from all over the place.

So how to start? – well I was still processing quite a few new bands when the opportunity arose and I had to put the show together rather quickly so I thought I would rely on a few favourites from last year to set the scene as it were, but also add a couple of newer tracks to indicate the type and range and music that will feature on the show in the future. On the first show you hear the following……..

  • The Souls
  • John Herring
  • Sandbox
  • Mr Heart
  • Vinny Peculiar
  • AAAK
  • Pearl Divers
  • The Black Knights
  • The Inflictors
  • The Happy Fallen
  • Precogs
  • Skankadelia

There is a real mix of different music in this first selection which effectively demonstrates the richness of the scene in the city, which gets us to the nub of why this show is so vital. We’ve always been a little in the shadow of our noisy neighbour on the other side of the River Irwell which can tend to drown out what we are up to. And there is always some sort of lazyitis in the inky press about describing any band from the Greater Mancunia area as being from “Manchester” which tends to annoy. The one thing about Salfordians is their fierce pride about the city and what it produces in terms of talent – I always recall Tony Wilson introducing Joy Division for the first time and saying “a Manchester band but one if them is from Salford – which is important” (or something like that anyway). So this show in some respect is an antidote to that generalisation of local talent as being from Manchester when in truth it is from Salford. Aside from the geo-political stuff you only have to catch Salford bands live at the moment to see what a great scene it is, so the show reflects that and celebrates our great bands and artists.

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