MCR says JFT96


To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough, Salford based punk-rap collective Class Actions have released a mixtape entitled ‘MCR Says JFT96’.

The mixtape features a number of Class Actions tracks relevant to Hillsborough such as ‘Rip Up The Sun’ and the anti-Thatcher track ‘M is 4 Maggie’ as well as a selection of tracks by sympathetic Greater Manchester based artists, including rapper Intoxikie, Stephen Sarson, The Bacillus and Drink and Drive. The aim is simple,  raise awareness of the disaster amongst Manchester based artists,  and,  send a clear message of solidarity to Liverpool and the Hillsborough victims. City rivalries mean nothing when human lives are concerned. MCR says JTF96!

Class Actions Frontman Aslan AK says:

 ‘At the time of Hillsborough I lived very near Liverpool so I remember the tragedy very well. 96 people lost their lives and the establishment helped by the evil Sun newspaper added insult to injury. I am proud to have promoted the truth about Hillsborough through Class Actions as well as getting other artists on board to fight for justice. Everyone regardless of what city they live in must support the Hillsborough victims. Justice For The 96!’ 

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Quick Penelope, into the dimorphic inhibitor……

Saturday March 23rd 2013, and as second ice age creeps inexorably upon us, the faded decadence of Oldham Street in Manchester Town feels a little more faded and decadent than it usually does. We all need cheering up think I….texts are swapped with J Coupe and arrangements are made to meet SD for evening of  fun.

And so he we are again at Gullivers with a tasty selection of music to listen to – all put together by Aiden Cross of The Bacillus in order to raise money for Christies and in tribute to his late mother.

And for those of you who into spotting these sorts of things there were four ex-Fall members, two Rapid Pigs, two Factory Stars/Blue Orchids, two Monkeys in Love, a James, a Gnod, an AAAK and various other luminaries from the rock and roll scene around these parts, in the audience or on the stage.

First up is Stephen Sarsen who is described as “a prolific singer-songwriter, frontman with Frank Is Dead, and ex-bassist with The Bacillus”, who performed a solo acoustic set to begin the evening. Stephen writes very good songs and his performance is effortless and very endearing. Note made to self to check out his work further.

Next the Black Light Mutants in complete contrast – which sets the tone for the evening of variety – in between Mr Coupe and myself wander over to the Castle for a pint of Robinson’s but the place is a tad full so back over to Gullivers again where there is at least a little oxygen to spare. A chat with the sound man reveals he has no CD player so the planned entrance music for Kill Pretty is sadly abandoned. Anyway Black Light Mutants are impressive and deliver their brand of anarcho punk with some vigour and venom. The use of synthesis in this context is impressive and the slower numbers are full of great imagery – both aural and visual.

Then we have Ill – and a bit of a revelation for me – based on their material I had heard to date I was expecting something a little different. What we did get was a mesmerising and hypnotic 40 minutes of music floating somewhere between Can, Faust and the New York down town scene of the early 80s. Building around the impressive rhythm section of Fiona Ledgard and Whitney Bluzma the band create a marvellous, almost shamanic, sound which draws the audience in and batters them into submission. Problems with the keyboard sound, and lack of definition on the vocals does create a degree of disappointment but you would be advised to catch them live at some point as I think they are something special.

And then the return, after a three month break, of Kill Pretty. And it is as if they had not been away. For a man who had major heart surgery a few weeks ago Ian Moss is looking pretty damn good and the Duttons and MJ Leigh are in astounding form playing 13 moons, Rob A Bank, Stress, Kill Pretty (the song), Breakdown Man, Emperors New Clothes, Love Twists and a mammoth reading of Dark Heart. Audience participation is inevitable and expected and the band build to an exceptional climax. The only down side is that Moet’s vocals are mostly inaudible for about half of the set but the band battle on regardless. Ian looks energised and pleased delivering an outstanding performance given his recent health issues. For a band that has not had chance to rehearse I have to say this was one of their better performances.

And to conclude the new three piece The Bacillus  who perform a sterling set with a handful of new material and some of the excellent songs from the first album. For some reason the sound of the band is fuller than when it had more members – Aiden should be rightly pleased with this new line up as they delivered an excellent set.

All in all a very good evening , slightly affected by a lack of oomph in the PA which lead to dominance in the bass and drum area and a general muddiness.

Congratulations to Aiden for pulling it all together.

Bacillus Gig

Aural Delights Radio Show – 29th August 2012

On this show – some brand new things for you to listen to… can stream the show from here……

1 Twisted Wheel Ride Do It Again
2 Kill Pretty Raining Blood Dark Heart
3 Sinister Chuckles Sacred Cow (Electro) Bagganley Boggert EP
4 Cheap Cuts A Message of Support for our boys A Message of Support for our boys
5 Straw (I can’t) Walk Away Demo
6 Paint Happy Fever On My Mind The Demo
7 The Baccilus Dark Side I can’t adapt to this prison you call society
8 Moff Skellington The Contraption of My Boots Eddodi
9 Boy Del Mundo Swiss Electrocution Swiss Electrocution
10 Carnabells Rock N Roll Beat She’s A Rollercoaster
11 We Wanted to be the Sky Fire Demo
12 Mark of a 1000 Evils Icarus Wires EP
13 Da Mutts When A Star Don’t Shine Demo
14 Twisted Wheel Honey Girl Do It Again
15 Metallic Taste of Blood Twitch Metallic Taste of Blood