Salford Music Scene – Show Number 2 – March 1st 2010

Note the catchy new intro jingle thingy……by a certain band……

Anyway on tonights extravaganza

  1. The Asteria – You Look Good Tonight – Self released single – as discovered by Mr Thornborough and Mr Legge in their weekly focus on local talent. An exciting new band with a lot of potential – check them out on their website. They play Manchester Academy on April 15th.
  2. Well North of Watford – Run Deep – Demo Track – he plays the Willows on 27th, he’s been around the scene for a few years and this is his new solo project – check him out on My Space.
  3. Trojan Horse – Patricroft Way – Trojan Horse – from their debut album on Bandcamp which is a snip at £2. I doubt if they will be listening to the show as they are playing Academy 3 at the same time. You can catch them at Kraak Gallery on the 5th March. For the record there isn’t a road/street called Patricroft Way – the song is about the way people are in Patricroft (it’s in Eccles where the show is actually recorded!).
  4. The Fall – Petty (Thief Lout) – This Nation’s Saving Grace (Omnibus Edition) – indulgent behaviour by me in playing some Fall but MES is a Salford chap so he qualifies and I’ve always reckoned this was one of their better tunes. My increasingly out of date website on the gruppe is here – which reminds me I must spend some time updating it!
  5. The Fall – Cruisers Creek (Peel Session Version) – This Nation’s Saving Grace (Omnibus Edition) – as above and a nod towards those who feel that is one of the gruppes better albums, of not the best….don’t agree myself but this is another damn fine tune from the Fall canon.
  6. The Chanteuse and the Crippled Claw – Big Umbrella – Website download – Mister Adrian Flanagan is a Broughtonian who has been exorcised to Sheffield for over familiarity with small synthesizers. I happen to think he is a song writing genius as evidenced by this gorgeous duet with Candie Payne. More evidence of the man’s capabilities here.
  7. Stonestreet – One Dead Game – Single – they are from Latvia and they are residing in Salford at the moment.
  8. Missed You At the Show – Na Na Na – EP – a fine band currently being taught music and stuff at Salford University. I’ve played them before on the Aural Delights Show……My Space … they play Dry Bar on March 23rd and that thing at the Willows on March 27th
  9. The Souls – Supply and Demand – Demo Track – the immensely talented and rather wonderful Souls are coming to get you. Mr Thornborough had them on his show this monday and played this very track. Mind you you can’t have too much of a good thing.  Read more here
  10. The Happy Fallen – Move On – Demo Track – Mr Neil James is a very prolific man and this is his latest recording.
  11. Twinkle and Co – Jock Tally – Demo Track – if Dusty Springfield and Noel Gallagher had a child it would be making music like this. The 60s meet the crazy Madchester sound in a riot of fun!Info here.
  12. Gnod/White HIlls – Per Sempre –Drop Out – the psychedelic warlords of the Manchester/Salford scene – a prolific collective which releases fine music – check out their back catalogue here.
To listen to the show click on the link below…… 

Salford Music Scene – Episode 2 by Bobonscr on Mixcloud

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a town with no liver…?

The fertile mind of Mr Adrian Flanagan appears to have been working on overdrive for this debut single from his new project with singer Candie Payne.  For those of you familiar with his work with “Kings Have Long Arms” and “The Arch-Nazards” there will be no surprises around the immediately catchy melodic lines or use of synthesis in an altogether clever way.

 

The project is called The Chanteuse and theCrippled Claw and the song is called Are You One?

Candie Payne who has a wonderfully clear tone, is the perfect foil to Flanagan’s orchestrations  – as evidenced on her previous work  with him on the gorgeous  ”hit” Big Umbrella (by “Kings Have Long Arms”) – this new song  takes matters a step further with a sumptuous layering of analogue sounds providing a memorable backcloth to an insistent and captivating vocal performance. There’s all sorts of things bubbling around my head when I listen to this but the easy one to compare with is John Barry and other 60s sound-trackers of that ilk – I could be listening to  an episode of Department S or the Champions. Put it this way,   it sounds  exceptionally cool and has knocked synth-based pop up a notch or two in the great musical firmament with its’ 3:26 of loveliness. What is does easily  demonstrate is that you don’t have to play songs in 4/4 or rattle along at mega-BPM to create a great sound.

Essentially it’s waltz, albeit one couched in the magical layers of synthesis that Adrian appears to be able to conjur up with apparent ease. The verse has immediately memorable melody and the chorus/hook of “Are You One Of Us” is seductively subliminal – put it this way I’ll probably be humming it for the rest of the day.

The accompanying video is a riot of visual messages including magic, pubs, gothic – almost Hammer Horror like – imagery, and the interesting introduction of Maxine Peake, dressed as a rabbit, arm-wrestling with Mr Flanagan on what appears to be Kersal Moor in Salford. There’s a soupçon of Lewis Carroll about the whole affair – both lyrically and visually – i’m sure some clever person will read all sorts of arcane messages into it but to me it just seemed like damned good fun. Which essentially is what good music should be about.

The remixes that come with the single are also equally marvellous. The baroque stylings of “I Monsters” take on the tune with its faux-harpsichord, organ and martial drumming and then strings and something that sounds like it might be a lap steel guitar is very clever indeed – probably comparable to something John Barry (him again) would have put behind the opening titles of a Bond movie. Andy Votel and Jane Weaver (Europium Illuminate) take a different view with the waltz  emerging from acoustic guitars, burbling synths, and tinkling bell like sounds. I wasn’t completely sure about some of the patches which seemed a tad visceral in parts (i.e.they are  tad akin to an eructation), and maybe Candie is mixed too low – but having said that it’s a fine listen.  Anne Shenton (formerly of Add N to X) provides a “Concrete” mix which is the most de-constructed version with the vocals buried under layers of sonorous synth and percussion – it’s also a little short leaving me wanting more.

The release is available in limited 7″ vinyl, but you can be modern and get it from iTunes and all the  other digital outlets if you so desire.

The website for this combo is http://armscontroller.com/2010/09/chanteuse/

Highly recommended for lovers of intelligent pop music.

 

 

ep, single or demo of the year 2010

The Aural Delights Radio Show for December 8th 2010 included my top 15 artists of the year in respect of singles, ep’s or demo’s that had come my way. It’s unfortunate that I had to leave quite a lot out due to the wealth of good material and I should mention demos from Corinne Crabtree, and  Deadly Brotherhood of the Gun, plus The Black Knights – Parade of the Piranhas, the Kingfishers Catch Fire Demo, and Charlie Barnes brilliant “No Offenkk” EP’s  especially as I would have liked to included music from all of them. I might be able to remedy that omission in one of the future shows – but i’m not giving anything away.

So – who were the top fifteen? – first thing to say is that whilst these are ranked – with the exception of the number one spot which won by a country mile – the other fourteen are all equally as good as one another. Right then, enough waffling from me lets get on with it……

15. Borland – released three great EPs called “The Universe Trilogy” – I picked “Fox” from Supernova Lovers as its one of their shorter tracks and it meant I could get more into the show.

14. Danny Short – Dan has had a busy year and has released two great EPs – the first Collected Times 2 was released on Invisiblegirl, and I selected “Make Me Happy” from that. And given the man’s productivity I thought i’d include a track from his latest EP Celebrate the Day which you can get from Bandcamp, and from that I chose the infections Mr It which I think got its first ever radio play on this show.

13. The Hidden Gem – did two great sessions for me during the year and produced an excellent demo EP at Ding’s 6dB studio in Salford. The chosen track is the excellent “Flick of a Switch” a track is memorable live.

12. Pearl Divers – the Divers have had a busy year and took a sharp change of direction about half-way through with a number of line-up changes. The latest set of demos I got from the band will hopefully form their debut EP – Rebirth – I picked the great new track “You Gotta Do It”. They are currently recruiting a new drummer and it’s be hoped that they will be gigging again soon.

11. The Happen Fallen – until recently this new bands output has been created at home by the brains behind the outfit Neale James. Neale has recruited some other musicians and the group will be playing live on 21st December at Night and Day. I chose the excellent “Three Forty Seven” from the debut demo EP which you can get from Reverbnation/Facebook.

10. The Chanteuse and the Crippled Claw – I’ve waxed lyrical about the new single from Adrian Flanagan’s partnership with Candie Payne elsewhere on this blog. Let’s just say “Are You One” is a great piece of pop and deserves the widest possible listen.

9. The Hide EP from Mr Heart blew me away when I first heard it and my admiration for it has not diminished since – the launch party for the EP is at Gulliver’s  Manchester on 16th December. I picked “Boredom;s Device” as I am rather fond of Tamsin’s octave leap at the end.

8. The Dark Reverend Gary Hope of The Black Knights has a good ear for the type of music I like and he pointed me in the direction of Para Zali a week ago. I’m glad he did. Their second EP The Kindest of Thieves is fabulous. Pure sleazy erotic blues and free from Bandcamp. I picked the title track as I felt it was a good showcase from their talents.

7. AAAK have already done well in these shows and I’ve know doubt they will be featuring again. Ding has been sending me new tracks as they developed and this latest one “Everything’s Real” is a belter with more than a little Jamaican influence making it’s way into their Buildingscape Beats.

6. I’ve been an advocate for Darwen’s Monster Island for a lot of the year. I find them to be amazingly refreshing with a clear mission and mandate to play what the hell they like in the way they want to. Their latest ep The Green Room is simply marvellous and I’ve chosen the lyrically superb “Looking for a Leader”.

5. Facebook travellers will be aware of the very productive Periscope who has been sharing his work in progress with us all year. One of the latest demos “It’s just too high” is one of his best so far.

4. Macclesfield’s  The Ascension are a great band and it was a pleasure to receive their latest EP recently – reviewed elsewhere on this blog. “For the Guilty” is an excellent track. They support Mr Heart at the aforementioned gig.

3. Kin have been magnificent all year and the recent sampler for their debut album is stunning.  ”Reptile” finds the band at their inventive best marrying intelligent electronica with powerful post-punk-jazz sounds.

2. Well Wisher are developing a great reputation – their debut EP was packed with great tunes which appear to be able to match post-rock chops with wacky para-pop madness. The originally titled “How to grow a chin” now appears to be called “Tops Off”

and the EP of the year is…….

1. The Unobtainable by Fall Fan Dave and the Lap Top Dancers. A request by my chum Stephen Doyleto Dave Bromwich to cover a Freshies song resulted in this memorable four track release – you can getit from Bandcamp – which includes the exceptional “I can’t get the C Side so I’m going to the seaside”.

….next week “Gig of the Year”

listen again here….