On The Moors

The Outreach Project

On The Moors

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15th February 2013

I introduced you to these young men sometime last year when they were good enough to send me their music and also agreed to let the utterly groovy Kill Pretty and Kill for Company play for them at their charity event in Manchester last summer.

They are four chaps in their late teens from Manchester whose musical ability and song-writing craft belies their youthfulness. James Ward-Mallinson is the lead singer and plays Rhythm Guitar, Kieran Abbey plays Lead Guitar and provides  Backing Vocals, Louie Donnelly plays the  Bass and also backing Vocals and Jack Scraggs is the chap on the  drumkit and provides lead Backing Vocals.

They have put together this EP at The Stable Studios in Saddleworth (run by those nice chaps from Kingdom Lost). It contains four new tunes (Twisted Persona and Brien being their first album – but these are re-imaginings of said tracks I think…..?).

The opening “Intro” (natch) is a speedy flurry of four to floor drums grungy guitars and wah-wah but is all too short for my liking – I would have liked another a minute of it! The first song proper “Conscience” is a bouncy little thing with a sort of slacker ethos and jack-hammer chords with an insouciant vocal, an off kilter bass break and a very catchy verse/chorus structure. Third in, “Monte Carlo”, shows the other side of the bands work with a lighter indie sound but with their  trademark repeated phrases – i’m not sure rhyming Carlo with shallow quite works in my head but the silky guitar strumming makes the tune work well overall.

Outreach Project

The known tracks were the best two on the first album so I will say nothing more than these pieces show the band at their best – Twisted Persona and Brien – are well written and well recorded . Brien particularly with its slow start and then build into high tempo power pop is a signature tune for the band.

The closing “She’s In Control” is probably the most positive thing on my album from my perspective in that shows a development in the writing.

There were parts of the EP where I felt that the production and song structures could have been tightened up a little they were only minor little things that needed some attention – overall the enthusiasm and drive of the band comes through well and the development in their song writing in the last six months has been very positive.

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The Last New Music Show

I had the pleasure of standing in on the new music show on Salford City Radio for the last few weeks as I am leaving the station this week this is my last show……the music can be heard by following the links at Hour One and Hour Two below

The tunes played are

Hour One

  1. The Gin Circle – Just Watch Me (Reverbnation Artist Of The Week)
  2. Stalagmites – City Of Love (Local Artist Of The Week)
  3. Ninetails – Body Clock (Tip for the Top)
  4. Glass Heads – Derelict House
  5. This-Way Up – Disaster Street
  6. We Could Be Astronauts – Look Frank, It’s A Toaster!
  7. Electric Clowns – Yeah She Looks Alright
  8. Miss Lucid – Seduction of Solitude
  9. Dead Sea Souls – Trendsetter
  10. The  Gifted – Break
  11. Suzerain – Frenzy
  12. Limozine – Tokyo 1970
  13. Stalagmites – The Blue Rose
  1. Rapid Pig – To The Mountain
  2. This-Way Up – Animals
  3. Kotodama – Dichotomy
  4. We Could Be Astronauts – Astronaut Blue : Stop Including Me
  5. The Gin Circle  – Drink, Drugs & Prostitutes
  6. Ninetails – Rawdon Fever
  7. Maia – The Grandfather Plan
  8. Band of Skulls – You’re Not Pretty But You’ve Got It Going On……
  9. Mumiy Troll – Love Contraband
  10. Death to the Strange – Bandit
  11. Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil
  12. The Outreach Project – Twisted Persona
  13. The Tapestry – Rode Your Luck
  14. Kill For Company – To Disappear
  15. Trojan Horse – When The Lights Go Down

Salford Music Scene – 21st August 2012

On this show…..listen here

1 Danny Short Reputation Reputation
2 Cheap Cuts Misery Guts Misery Guts
3 Factory Star Super Real New Sacral
4 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton Helmets for Men Glamoflage
5 Mount Fabric R.O.C. Threads
6 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
7 The Fierce and the Dead On VHS On VHS
8 The Distractions Too Late to Change The End of the Pier
9 Da Mutts Hear to Die Demo
10 Nine of Clubs Lazy Toad Clubbed Up
11 Social Aneurysm 1984 It’s Time Demo
12 The Outreach Project Twisted Persona The Outreach Project On Heat
13 Veladrome Duke Demo
14 Taser Puppets Wasp Twisted Pop
15 Kill Pretty Breakdown Man Dark Heart
16 The Fall Mod Mock Goth (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas

Salford Music Scene – 14th August 2012

A special birthday show for MJ Leigh – drummer of this parish

# Messrs Bramah and Leigh – both featured on this show

Last Friday I got a phone call from our Station Manager Chris Brophy to tell me the sad news that fellow DJ Paul Scoble had sadly died. Paul presented the Goldmine Show on Monday Nights on Salford City Radio. His show concentrated on the rich history of rock music from the 60s onwards and was always entertaining and packed full of great tunes from a musical period where uniqueness and talent was synonomous. Aside from being a DJ he was a talented musician and by way of a tribute  I am playing a track from his album Fearful Symmetry.

The show can be heard here and the playlist is :

1 The Fall Rowche Rumble Dragnet +
2 Kill Pretty Love Twists Dark Heart
3 Factory Star Weird World New Sacral
4 Paul Scoble Chase the Sun Fearful Symmetry
5 The Distractions I Don’t Have Time End of the Pier
6 Annie You Couldn’t Have Been More Right Single
7 Colour of Bone Sympathiser Single
8 Social Aneurysm Long Beach Demo
9 Dislocation Dance Snakes and Ladders The Ruins of Manchester
10 The Outreach Project Brien The Outreach Project On Heat
11 The Loaded Dice You, Me and the Sky Hindsight of a Brand New Soul : A Poor Mans Prophecy
12 Kill Pretty Mirror Factory Dark Heart
13 The Fall 2nd Dark Age Dragnet+
14 The Fall Psykick Dancehall Dragnet+

Aural Delights Radio Show – August 1st 2012

As with last nights Salford Music Scene I am previewing the “Music Under The Tree” Festival which takes place this weekend – all the details are on the post about that……

Plus lots of new stuff to get your ears around – listen here….

1 Duncan Reid Too Late Little Big Head
2 My Juliet To Explode The Last Eight Months
3 Craig Lee Telling Lies Where Do We Go From Here
4 Kill Pretty Emperors New Clothes Pre-release
5 Kill for Company Tongue Tattoo Greenhouse
6 Loaded Message On The Run Demo
7 The Outreach Project Pack Up Demo
8 Atomic League Be There Demo
9 Correatown Valparaiso Pleiades
10 Dan Solan Crumbling By Noon Demo
11 Daz Nez Northern Song (All Together Again) Demo
12 Miniature Dinosaurs Lemonade Single (Radio Edit)
13 Moff Skellington The Story Of My Other Shoe Thorny Conduits
14 Wooderson Deluxe Let the Man Speak
15 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton feat Tamsin A She’s My Beard Glamoflague
16 The Louche Salt Single

Salford Music Scene – 31st July 2012

This weeks outing concentrates on two events happening in Manchester and Salford over the forthcoming weekend.

Music Under The Tree Festival is a 2 day/evening Charity Event Founded By The Outreach Project (A local Manchester Band) in May 2012.

The First Ever Music Under The Tree Festival takes place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August.

The Outreach Project,  wanted to use their music to get involved in a charity called ‘School Under The Tree’ based in Awasa, Ethiopia. (Registered Charity Number: 1146128) – more details here.

So after a brainstorm, the lads decided to hold a 2 day/evening festival in Manchester City Centre, and went in search of a venue.  All proceeds from ticket sales and any other fundraising would go to School Under The Tree.

The Outreach Project came across a suitable venue  TV21, in the Northern Quarter on Thomas Street in Central Manchester , so they organised a meeting with the owner of the venue Adrienne Bennet and got the go ahead to put on the Festival.

The band told their school (St. Bede’s College) about the festival and ideas they had, and the headmaster of the School donated resources  for the hire of the pa system.

On this show and on tomorrow nights Aural Delights Show I will be playing music from some of the bands involved……

On Sunday at the Kings Arms we have Salford Salutes Don Macintyre.  Don who sadly died of cancer recently was well known in the Salford and Manchester area as being a first class musician, and what better way to celebrate his life than an afternoon of live music at The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford on Sunday 5th August.

Organiser Tony Flynn says “Since Don passed away it seemed only natural to hold an afternoon of music in his honour and raise money for charity.  I’m glad to say that many, many musicians have asked to play at this gig. Acts include solo artiste, Tony Ridings, a familiar face at Salford Salutes Dylan events, Ian Bent, the singing bricklayer,  John “Boob Boom” McFadden, all the way from Moston, The Big Chickens aka Scott and John, from Salford and Warrington, The Midnight Sun, straight outta Moston, The Threat, knocking ’em dead in Salford, The Inflictors, one of Salford’s finest blues bands, Rockin’ Train! and one band that I am longing to see the multi talented, multi lingual, Bexley Square Blues Band!”

All this for a measly £5!   From 2pm to 7pm.

On the show you will therefore hear………(and you can listen in through this link)

1 Kill Pretty Hammer Blows Pre-release
2 Eve Mair The Dolphin Song Demo
3 Joe Keegan Tales of an Old Town Demo
4 Will Holehouse Use Somebody Demo
5 The Ordinary Jealousy Demo
6 Albino Gorilla Hindsight Demo
7 Purge Song for George Demo
8 The Outreach Project Go My Own Way Demo
9 Moral Panic Lights and Sounds Demo
10 Periscope Dandelion Clocks Single
11 Joe Thomas An Angel and A King Demo
12 Twinkle and Co Temptation Demo
13 The Inflictors Higher and Superior The Inflictors
14 The Fall How I Wrote Elastic Man Single

Salford Music Scene – 17th July 2012

Here is this weeks extravaganza (listen here) – with a sizeable proportion of local talent.

Additional Notes

Track 1. The Girl Peculiar track is  a pre-release of a forthcoming single from a forthcoming album – it’s our record of the week for this week on SCR.

Track 5. The Outreach Project tell me that they play Moho Manchester on November 3rd.

Track 6 – Rory says  the band’s first album “Original  Junkie” –  which features 12 brand new tracks – is out on 13th August and  pre orders can be made now at: http://boomin.tmstor.es/

1 Girl Peculiar Believe Pre-release  Facebook
2 Daystar Don’t Need This Single  Facebook
3 Kurb The Wire Demo Track  Facebook
4 Lipstick Traces Cirque De La Mort Demo Track  Facebook
5 The Outreach Project If I Said I Want You Demo Track  Facebook
6 Boomin Original Junkie Single  Facebook
7 Crowds Cut Me Out Cut Me Out
8 Exchange Sterling Single  Facebook
9 I Invented Fire Don’t Forget Demo Track  Facebook
10 Kill for Company Left Hand Man Demo Track  Facebook
11 Twisted Hand Set Me Free The 1982 Masters
12 Kurb Brushin The Dust Demo Track
13 Lipstick Traces Lou Ferrigno Demo Track
14 Da Mutts Where Rain Lives (Lil Mouse) Demo Track  Facebook
15 The Fall Black Monk Theme Pt 1 Extricate