Part One of two weeks worth of what I consider to be some of the best music to come out of Salford and Greater Manchester in the last year. So many good bands and singers had to be left out to fit everything in. Also new bands get an airing, a new track from Kin, and an exclusive radio mix of a track from the forthcoming AAAK with a special guest on vocals! But we start with some festive cheer from The Fall from 1978……
- The Fall – No Xmas for John Key – from the first Peel Session, a seasonal ditty from the gruppe…..
- Pacific – See What I See – from Northwich – out now on I-Tunes
- Younger Dryes – All The Questions – from Stockport – more of these in the new year
- Kin – Nervous Grins – new demos from the rather talented chanteuse
- AAAK – Into Stranger Times – an exclusive track from Ding and Paul for me for Crimb0 – features Kin and Howard from the Kin Band….
- Glassheads – Double Hard Bastard – from Wigan
- The Loaded Dice – Maniac – From Manchester via Wales – great album this year
- The Calimocho Club– Baby’s Got A Switchblade – from Whoa Whoa Hey Hey
- Rawcuss – John Travolta – one of the many singles this year
- Doctrines – Anglophobia – another great release this year
- Suzuki Method – Be Cruel Be Kind – the future is Suzuki Shaped
- Zap Zap Zap– Brick Windows – great tune
- Bare in the Woods – Bare Faced Liar – another one of those great tunes
- Sandells – Alien Intelligence – the psychedelic warlords
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- Geevor – Bitch Cackle – errr…they’ve split up and are no longer available for live appearances ….. this always happens , I record a show and then a band split up, nothing to do with me I hasten to add, just serendipity (or the opposite of it)…… so regardless of whether this is a great track all of this is a bit redundant in the great scheme of previewing this forthcoming saturday’s Helmets for Men at the Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford. My associate Mr Thornborough is working his magic to find a third act to fill the line-up which will also consist of…
- Still Down Gill – City Limit Sisters – comprising as it does of two ex-Jannocks this band has quality pedigree and delivers a mean slice of blues soaked rock for your delectation and
- The Calimocho Club – She Told Me – the purple suit and the eye-liner is gone and the plaid shirts and more of an RnB inflection is with us – headlining on Saturday night and proving that metamorphosis is indeed a sensible activity in a lot of instances…and I’m advised its CHO rather than CO in terms of pronunciation….
- The Happy Fallen – The Wheel – the ever busy Mr Neale James has been hard at work with this excellent new tune…..I think he should get a band together and go out and share this with you all live …..
- No Flash – Truth or Dare – missed them last week at the BOTW Indie thing due to illness – impressive sound and well worth checking out…will be playing near you soon!
- Vei – Escebeche – Jonn Dean showing how electronica should be delivered from his recent EP on Mind on Fire. He tells me he is going to record again soon with a more digital slant….
- The Loaded Dice – Turbo – recently recieved their material via our new and unsigned page…lots of info here on their website
- Salford Media City – The Lynx Effect – a band with a lot going on for it but not much material out there so I was pleased to extract this from the recent Found in a Skip release – they will be on at the Salford Music Festival I am advised…..so I look forward to actually seeing them live in a pub close to where I live….
- Arks – Patterns – new EP out recently and this is from it
- Fidel and the Castros – Golden 20 – from a demo they sent me and rather fine it is too.
- Kill for Company – Tongue Tattoo – a new track from my favourite band of the moment – also on at the Salford Music Festival…..
- Vei – Moths – another one from the “Thank You For Talking” EP.
- The Fall – Repetition – classic early gruppe from the marvellous debut album “Live at the Witch Trials“
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- Suzuki Method : Be Cruel, Be Kind – showcase event Thursday nights at the Band on the Wall with “No Flash” (who I will play on next weeks show) and “China White” and….
- Rawcuss : John Travolta – the second single…..
- The Calimocho Club : Roll the Dice – from the new EP “Whoa Whoa Hey Hey” – they play Islington Mill on Friday with “Emperor Zero” and “Pulsebeats”
- Matthew Petit : Summer Blood – from his EP
- Kill for Company : Next Time – from the Greenhouse Sessions…..I love this band
- Ninetails : Pedestrian – from the new EP “Ghost Ride the Whip” pre-order from http://superstardestroyer.bandcamp.com/album/ghost-ride-the-whip
- Fidel and the Castros : Lullaby – a demo CD was sent to me some time ago, and I played it then and I thought – this is good I will play it again….
- The Kindest of Thieves : Fox and the Thief/Sounded Like A Hiss – from the recent recording sessions – I assume these are going to be on the album – slight change in direction from the “Para Zali” days but the raw blues sound is still in there.
- Hot Vestry : Be The Real Man – from the Dust EP
- Ninetails : Social Guesswork – as above
- Kill for Company : Now You Know – as above – and there will be a new tune next week which is rather good as well……you can download these tunes from http://soundcloud.com/killforcompany
- Limbs : Gameshow Tycoon (What Biscuit) – early version of a Limbs classic…
- The Fall : The Joke – MES at his acerbic best from the “Cerebral Caustic” album which saw the return of Brix….
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Somewhat otherwise engaged doing the Reformation Webzine at the moment so only chance to list what’s on this show
- AAAK – Sharpshooter – The Collection
- Bill Davro – Winter is Over – Single
- Twinkle & Co – Haunted – Demo
- The Calimocho Club – Roll The Dice – Whoa Whoa Hey Hey
- O.C.D. – Sha Na Na – Single
- Humanizer – Shinobi – Early Version
- The Ascension – Idealistic Future – New Renaissance
- Madpack – It’s The Menace – Demo
- The Calimocho Club – Baby’s got a switch blade – Whoa Whoa Hey Hey
- Periscope – Valentina Tereshkova – Demo
- The Calimocho Club – She Told Me – Whoa Whoa Hey Hey
- Kranius – Waste My Time – Turn to Stone
- The Hamsters – Chip Shop Song – The Sonic Diary Sessions
- The Blimp – Art Job
- The Fall – The League of Bald-Headed Men – The Infotainment Scan
The Calimocho Club
Whoa Whoa Hey Hey
Bandcamp 18th July 2011
It’s safe to say that the period of mourning for The Black Knights has been relatively short. The decision to change image and name for Gary and Tom was probably timely given the fast moving pace of the music scene round the “Greater Salford” area and to produce a five track EP within literally weeks of the demise of the old moniker is a testament to the work ethic of the dynamic duo.
So what it is like?
Well you will not be surprised to hear that it is incredibly bluesy, full of light and shade, extremely dynamic and very good indeed. I’ve lauded the previous incarnation of these two chaps on more than one occasion and i’m going to have to do it again.
The opening “She Told Me” perhaps is the biggest indicator of the change in direction – a huge chunk of blue eyed soul mixed with a four to the floor blues pump, and incandescent riffing; immediately infectious with its ice cool chords and veering inexorably towards a funky hip swinging danceability.
“War Machine” has a number of echoes of the previous TBK sound but subtly altered into again into a soulful blues with a great guitar sound and the trademark TP3 swagger mixed with brutal “in your face” riff. The title of the EP forms the chorus. “Baby’s got a switchblade” continues the theme with a modernistic take on the result of the melding of the musical genetic material of Hendrix, Gallagher, Trower and Erikson. What’s fascinating is the shortness of the tracks on the EP – perfect little vignettes, and although you might feel you should be wanting more, in reality the length is just right in this context.
“Smoking Area Blues” tells the tale of unrequited love on the steps of the workplace/pub over a cigarette and is so riddled with the blues it should contain a warning from the Director of Public Health. The closing “Roll the Dice” is a magnificent beast of a thing – sleazy blues of the highest order – with nods to any number of the old masters of the twelve bar – the dynamic control here is spot on and it leaves you waiting for the next release, like all good closing tunes should.
Absolutely marvellous and well worth three of your pounds.