Aural Delights Radio Show – 8th August 2012

On this show – which you can listen to here……

1 Subject Matter Funky Coloured Pitfalls Smash the Mould
2 Cherry Bloom Blood Rights Open and Die
3 Autonomads Best of Both From Rusholme With Dub
4 The Loaded Dice Without the Murder Hindsight of a Brand New Soul : A Poor Mans Prophecy
5 The Einsteins Shadowman Demo CD
6 Ektoise Down River Down River
7 Nope Todmorden Revision
8 Suburban Sundays The Feelgood Ridiculous Suburban Sundays
9 Moff Skellington Comfy Cosy Comes Eddodi
10 The Mob Gates of Hell Let The Tribe Increase
11 Candidate April Again Single
12 Can Father Cannot Yell Monster Movie

Brownian Motion In The Mosh-Pit…..or the places Tom Tom takes you…….

It’s a toss between staying in to watch the Olympics or getting a lift from Chris and Josh to go see Kill Pretty in Hebden Bridge with a load of other bands….. I take about a millisecond to decide and then after a few texts I hop into Dutton Seniors’  motor and we are off – after a quick stop for petrol. After we leave the M62 motorway, and get past Rochdale going toward Halifax, it becomes obvious that the fairly straightforward route I had checked on Google Maps has been abandoned by Chris’s Tom Tom.

Indeed,  we leave the relative safety of the Halifax Road for a mind-blowing route through narrow country lanes, I begin to wonder if I’ve drifted back in time to some rural idyll…..notwithstanding this we arrive safely park up and find we are the first to arrive. We catch Evil Eye and then The Mob sound-checking – Moet and then Mike arrive and we sit and admire Dutton Seniors new Gibson as a set-list is worked out. The group settle on playing three of the new songs and a first performance of Kill Pretty (the song), plus a hark back to the days of the Hamsters with the inclusion of a classic- the reason being is it is 33 years to the day since the historic Stuff the Superstars gig at The Mayflower Club.

Aubergine Curry is eaten, beers are acquired and we sit down to listen to Evil Eye – a band not on my radar up until this show. Lead by the visually arresting “Lard Tramp” – who wears a cassock and is a memorable front man –  the band set the scene for the rest of the evening with a high powered punk rock. There is enough variety in the set list to maintain interest and there is  interesting dynamic in the performance. Any bass player wearing a Hunter S Thompson T-Shirt is OK with me.

Next up the utterly captivating Kill Pretty motor through a stunning set. Kicking off with a stunning rendition of “The Year of 13 Moons” which immediately gets some appreciative head nodding from the crowd. As mentioned we get the first live airing of the pop-tastic “Kill Pretty” which  is followed by two newer tunes “Clever Man” and “Breakdown” both great and coincidentally being recorded by the band for forthcoming releases the following day.  These are followed by a sparkling rendition of The Hamsters classic “I’m A C*nt” with guest vocals from Andy T and Mark Wilson from The Mob. A bit of a crowd pleaser. A blistering version of “Emperor’s New Clothes” with Moet in vein-popping form is followed by the jaunty “Rob a Bank”, then new track “Mirror Factory” (which is a bit special) and the set closes with superfast version of “Stress”. An appreciative crowd and a great performance from the guys.

By now it’s getting a bit warm as the place fills up so I switch from bitter to Peroni to cleanse the palate. The place is filling up nicely and the atmosphere is building well.
Next up are The Autonomads who play a fiercely mutant version of punk ska complete with some pretty intense polemic. The twin guitar and sax leads offer a unique sound and whilst the rhythm section is playing recognisable riffs and beats the  delivery overall is sufficiently different as to warrant further investigation (check out their split with Black Star Dub Collective here).

Andy T is up next with a selection of tracks from his excellent album “Life at Tethers End” which I acquire for Mr Doyle on the evening (excellent packaging and full of great images and words). The very excellent “Sophie Lancaster” is again the highlight for me and by now there is some serious moshing going on and the crowd are fully appreciative of Andy’s words and the fine musical backing. On my second time of seeing this band live and  I am growing to appreciate what he is all about.

The 80s Anarcho Punk Band The System have recently reformed and deliver a vital fist pumping set of classic tracks – at one point a punter climbs on stage and yells “I’ve waited 21 years for this….” – by now the brownian motian in the mosh pit is approaching chaotic levels with some serious fist pumping and pogoing. The band still retain the vitality they demonstrated thirty years ago – it does what it says on the tin – it’s punk at it’s most primal and evocative. I treat myself to the their album from the merch stall.

Headliners The Mob have moved on a tad since I saw them in Bradford a couple of months back. Continuous touring and a trip to America has honed their craft down to a powerful and mesmerising wall of noise. Moet observes that the band seem more at ease with that they are doing – I have to concur – it’s a great set with the classics “Another Day, Another Death” (two versions), “Witch Hunt” and “No Doves Fly Here” extracting an ecstatic response from a frenzied audience. Curtis Youe delivers a mammoth bass sound which is the bedrock for Graham Fallows to drive a combined motorik/punk beat under Mark Wilson’s wall of sound guitar. Mark is one of the great rhythm guitar players and his vocal attack continues to impress. Two encores are delivered and we start to plot how we can get them a gig in Salford/Manchester.

Given we have to negotiate the windy roads and it looks like the heavens are going to open up at any minute we only catch a short bit of Pedagree Skum and are long gone before Total Bloody Chaos  hit the stage, however the latter have clearly got their marketing right as they are around earlier in the afternoon selling their new split with Touched By Nausea. 

Off into the increasingly damp night and back round the windy narrow roads which are even more scary in the pitch black we reflect on a great evenings entertainment.

Congratulations to Andy Thorley for making it happen and using an excellent venue in the Trades Club.

Is this the sound of the golden age This is the sound of my rage

Salford Music Scene – 15th May 2012

This weeks show includes :

1 Early Mojo The Little Things Swimming in Circles
2 The Mob Witch Hunt Witch Hunt EP
3 Kill Pretty Rob A Bank Pre-release
4 White Vinyl Mountain Top Demo Track
5 Youtha Runaway Demo Track
6 Head 13 Moving On Stone Demo Track
7 Glory for an Idol Regrets Prepare for the Fight
8 Brouhaha Ain’t She Sweet Dig
9 Robbie Fithon Modern Politics Modern Politics
10 Danny Short On The Mountain Remnants
11 The Ascension Luminous Blood Upon The Rose
12 The Reveres Love in Vein Kick Your Maker EP
13 Lipstick Traces Famous Last Words Demo Track
14 The Fall Joker Hysterical Face Room To Live

Live at the Witch Hunt of 2012

I wasn’t going to go to this. I’m glad I did.

I had woken up with industrial scale Hay Fever and all of the associated lethargy that goes with it and frankly just wanted to lie around all day not doing very much. However a bit of fresh air and a pep talk from the “boss” and I was convinced to attend. SD and I were guests of Mr Leigh and Mr Moss and after picking Steve up from “Radio House”  a pleasant afternoons journey east across the hills to Yorkshire took us to Bradford and the 1 in 12 club – an excellent venue. We met up with another Kill Pretty fan who had undertaken a four and a half hour drive just to see the band – there’s a man after my own heart – and after a swift libation in a local pub decamped to the club to sound check and then avail ourselves of the free food that promoter had arranged – excellent cake. A good chat with the various members of “The Mob” and then downstairs to the impressive concert room to catch “Nu Pogodi!”.

The band appears to have been formed about seven weeks ago and is currently a three piece (guitar, bass, drums) but intend to add an extra guitar in due course. Their Facebook page describes them as “Anarcho Thrash/Punk Trash” I’d add a bit of hardcore/screamo into the mix and the occasional foray into doom.  They a have great look  and a great stage attack but with a degree of self-deprecation which adds charm to their relentless full-on performance. This is not music for the faint-hearted and I would guess you would have to be a fan of this particular sub-set of the world of punk to fully appreciate what they are up to but I was impressed with their energy and the use of fast/slow passages to deliver their message. In case you are wondering where the name comes from it’s a Russian Cartoon series. They have  not recorded anything yet – i’d be interested to hear what they sound like when a release becomes available.

Nu Pogodi!
Next up was Andy T from Rochdale – who delivers “spoken word” polemic in a style veering from world weary to angry. The lyrics and delivery are powerful and relentless with subjects as far apart as Animal Testing and Margaret Thatcher. He is backed by a very adept band who merge loose funk, reggae and post punk in an attractive aural package. Andy delivers a short solo piece between each of the musical numbers and whilst I wouldn’t normally want to stand through 45 minutes of politicised music of this nature there were enough high points to grab my attention and keep my interest.
Andy T
Third on the bill were the ever lovely “Kill Pretty” who have moved on a tad since I last saw them at the Kings Arms. Things are faster, more intense, and Josh Dutton appears to have increased his level of stage movement somewhat. We got classic deliveries of amongst others “Emperors New Clothes”  “Stress” , “Black Dig City Blues”, and “Stupid Club”. The crowd warmed to the increasingly enjoyable “Rob A Bank”  and the always excellent “Year of 13 Moons” was stunning (including a guest vocal appearance by a heavily dread-locked local). Mr Leigh was in fine form as usual (despite the backcloth falling on him half way through the set, and problems with his vocal microphone) and Mr Dutton (senior) is rapidly developing Thurston Moore like tendencies. “Moet” was his usual intense and impressive self – a commanding stage presence and excellent vocal performance.
The Mob reformed last year after a 28 years hiatus and deliver a relentless set of their classic punk tunes which gets the crowd moshing like mad. The original line up of Mark Wilson, Curtis Youe and Graham Fallows clearly know each other well and are very tight – at times I was reminded of Killing Joke – and they offer a set which moves from insistent slower numbers to faster paced punky tunes. What impressed me about them is that they are really nice friendly guys with none of the usual “rock star” aloofness.
All in all an excellent evening at a really good venue – we all remarked on the way back down the M62 that it would be great to get a place like that in the Salford/Manchester Area. A really nice friendly crowd who are clearly into their music.
Mr Doyle meets Mr Wilson of The Mob
Kill Pretty