No one knows when they’re young

This weeks incoming

As usual a serious amount of new material has been delivered here at Aural Delights HQ over the last week so there has not been much time for considered reviewing.

Three pre-release tracks from the new Sallie Ford album “Slapback” have arrived and they sound fantastic. The sound is a little more raw and increases the anticipation for the full release on October 13th.

I finally got around to purchasing the excellent album from My Little Brother “If we never came down” which is marvellous. I featured the band on the radio show a couple of years back and i’ve been meaning to get hold of the release – glad I did it’s fantastic.

My appreciation of the new Trojan Horse album “A World Turned Upside Down” is reflected in an interview with Nick Duke from the band on the Studeo Blog. Suffice to say that the quartet have overcome the “difficult second album” hurdle with some ease and have created something genuinely groundbreaking. Links and stuff are in the review in the other place. I also put together a special podcast to celebrate the album launch which features old and new material from the band as well as each band members musical favourites plus a few of my own choices to break up the mix.

Aural Delights Podcast reaches it’s 100th edition in a couple of weeks so I’ve been putting my mind to how I might celebrate that milestone – pending that here is the latest edition

The new metal and garage music keeps flowing and there have been some remarkable releases which I just have not had chance to write about so I’ll let the Sonic Attack Podcast  tell the story – although I will point out the new OHHMS album as a bit of a highlight

And here’s some quick one-lines on the rest of the new material…..all of which should be appearing on future podcasts at some point…..

Cable35 – Coconut Supply (Single) Free Download from Website – Out Now

Taken from the Fungus EP which was out earlier in the year. Fresh neo-grunge sound with a hint of Sonic Youth, Excellent

Roses Never Fade – Devil Dust (Album) Neuropa – Out Now

Remarkable mix of ambient textures and moody acoustic strumming with dark, brooding vocals. Featuring Ancient Wisdom’s Nathan Opposition, The Way To Light’s Austin Rathmell and Pale Creation’s Nick Fiction. Impressive.

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Album) Avalanche Records – 6th October 2014

Slightly disappointing in that there is nothing new of note. The usual industrial metal tropes are here and it’s all delivered very well but I could have done with a bit of development maybe.

Positronik – Better Late Than Never (Album) German Shepherd Records – 17th October 2014

Post split compilation of the majority of their recordings. High quality soul-pop with electronica elements.

Dope Body – Lifer (Album) Drag City – 20th October 2014

Impressive second outing for this Baltimore Quartet. Excellent rock/punk and contender for album of the year.

Annhilated – XIII Steps to ruination (Album) Unique Leader – 28th October 2014

Debut, full length intense and unforgiving death metal with some technical elements

Atomzero – Surface (Single) Analogue Trash – release date unknown

Post punk electronica in an Ultravox and that ilk style, but with a touch of Moroder

Monster Jaw – Monster Jaw (EP) Cobra Kitten Records – 27th October 2014

Pop flecked ear-worm in an indie package – vocals seem a bit low in the mix, but good for all that

Surburban Myth – Crashed and Burned (Single) Self Released – 31st October 2014

One of those tunes which has a great verse but a disappointing chorus. The second single taken from the band’s debut Album ‘Welcome (If Only)’.

Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space (Album) Cargo – 23rd February 2015

A Teaser video for the new album, which is a long way off, looks to continue the work to date, I hope they will have developed some of there elements to freshen up the sound.

and finally a little treat with the new video from Le Butcherettes…..

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Salford Music Scene – 2nd October 2012

On this week’s agenda promo’s for two great gigs coming up in Salford and Chorley – Salford Against The Cuts (Friday 5th) and Bongo’s Birthday Bash (Sunday 7th) plus lots of new music:

Stream from here

1 Salford Media City Long Deer is Awesome Single
2 Monster Island Ferris Wheel Single
3 Class Actions Hooligan Sound Keep Your Pride
4 Uncle Paul Disney Land W@nk the Cat, Feed The Dog
5 Flies On You Schmutziger Hund Nothing To Write Home About
6 Rapid Pig Little Clean Plane Demo
7 Trojan Horse And the Lights Went Down Trojan Horse
8 Semitt Falls Displacement Monkey See, Monkey Do Doo
9 Saturday Morning Cartoons In My Mind Demo
10 West Coast Sick Line Hanging at Picnic Rock Hope You All Have Nightmares Except Kirsty
11 Sinister Chuckles A Picture of Dorian Gray Blitzkreig Mop
12 Kill Pretty Brown Eyes In 80 Days
13 Da Mutts Dee Dee Jung Demo
14 The Fall Glam Racket The Infotainment Scan

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

Aural Delights Radio Show – 25th July 2012

An eclectic mixture on this one…….indicating the disparate nature of the material that is arriving…….you can listen here

I’ve been asked to mention that  Ded Rabbit boys new EP is out on the 28th and that they are doing a competition (that ends at midnight tonight) for 5 lucky fans to win a copy of the selfsame new EP.

All people have to do is e-mail myfriends@dedrabbit.co.uk.  A name will be drawn at random and the EP posted out the next day.

Can I also apologise for the use of the “P” word in the From The Sticks link…….(for Cobblers fans)

1 Neil Young and Crazy Horse Oh Susannah Americana  Website
2 Trojan Horse Ohio Fire  Facebook
3 From The Sticks DMT Demo Track  Facebook
4 Deep Purple Speed King Deep Purple In Rock  Website
5 Nu Pogodi! The Brutal Depths of Obscenity Apocylyptic Noises In The Sky  Facebook
6 Human Eye Junkyard Heart They Came from the Sky  Record Lable
7 Charles Howl Because I Love The Sea Demo Track  Facebook
8 Moff Skellington Hap-Happy Song Thorny Conduits  Website
9 Pharoahs From The Grave Success Pharoahs From The Grave  Website
10 Suburban Sundays This Is Not A Love Song Demo Track  My Space
11 The Black Belles Leave You With A Letter The Black Belles  Website
12 Emerson, Lake and Palmer From the Beginning Trilogy  Website
13 Ded Rabbit Wolfie and Stanzie Ice Cream EP  Facebook
14 Field Music Is this the Picture Plumb  Facebook
15 Guano Padano Gumbo 2  Facebook

Aural Delights Radio Show – May 2nd 2012

A slight departure from the norm for this edition of the show with a continuation of the preview of some of the acts playing at the various gigs in Salford this week – however there is also lots of new music to tittilate the ossicles, plus some classic tracks…listen here:

1 The Three Johns The World of the Workers Do The Square Thing
2 John Hyatt and Periscope Machine Machine
3 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
4 The Blimp 50CC No Silencer Curse Curse Bang Bang
5 Toska Wilde I Am Your Temptation Cindy Darling
6 Luis Drayton Sex Junk Nazi Furs Pretty Sick/Dub Sick
7 Sinister Chuckles I Wanna Be Batman Blitzkreig Mop
8 Sinister Chuckles Dorian Gray Blitzkreig Mop
9 Sinister Chuckles The Ghost of Marilyn  Monroe Blitzkreig Mop
10 Tuxedomoon In The Name of Talent Desire
11 Doctrines Climbing Yggdrasil-Everybody Loves Ray Kay Bandcamp
12 Vladimir Cold Winter Grasp Single
13 Kill Pretty  Stupid Club In 80 Days
14 Taser Puppets Wasp Single
15 AAAK Crash Big Fist
16 Johnny Cooper Hot Mess Single

Notes in respect of the above

1. A sort of an intro to the following piece – from what I regard as their best release “Do the Square Thing” – they are playing Gulliver in Manc on May 8th.

2. Mr Hiatt of the aforementioned combo working with the ever busy Periscope  – excellent and out now

3. Further promotion of said bands EP launch this Thursday at the Kings Arms

4. Playing at the Hope, Eccles Old Road, as part of Toska’s Salford Temptation – doubt if they will play this one but I like it…..

5. The aforementioned TW and well a bit of a theme tune for the weekend

6. The co-conspirator of 5. above from a forthcoming album this is the pre-mastered version – slightly edited by me for content

7/8/9 Three exclusives of the tracks that will be on sale on the Sunday at The Hope from this bunch of miscreants….from Chorley which has a lot of roundabouts

10. Classic post-punk from one of my favourite albums – a very inventive band who never quite got the recognition they deserved

11. They are back and with a bang – from a forthcoming EP I think – they also just been signed to Alcopop Records.

12. Featured this band last year – this is their recent single – most impressive – hopefully a local promoter will entice them down

13. The ever lovely Kill Pretty with a track from their excellent album (have I mentioned how good the cover is?) – playing Saturday at the Crescent as are….

14.  Another band from Chorley (who share a singer with 7,8, and 9 – where do these musicians find the time to be in several bands at onece – I can’t keep up)

15. Mr Ding has been remixing the original AAAK releases and has made them available free of charge from their website – a classic piece early piece of Buildingscape Beats

16. This American gentleman caught my attention recently – impressed by his approach – this is the B Side to this recent single

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – May 1st 2012

On this weeks show a look at the artists appearing in gigs over the Bank Holiday weekend in Salford:

1 Trojan Horse Patricroft Way Trojan Horse
2 Rapid Pig Little Clean Plane Demo Track
3 Salford Media City Two Bob …@Futureworks
4 The Loaded Dice Camera Shy Hurricane Hindsight of a Brand New Soul : Halo of Fireflies
5 Kill Pretty  What About Me Demo Track
6 The Blimp Fake Tan 3
7 West Coast Sick Line Hanging at Picnic Rock Demo Track
8 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby (Outlaw Mix) I Am Kathy Kirby EP
9 Mr Heart Vacuum Head Exclusive Pre-release
10 Taser Puppets Dim Twisted Pop
11 The Words I’m Not Listening Single
12 Sinister Chuckles Tony Thornboroughs Sock Blitzkreig Mop
13 Salford Media City Doing Stuff is Fun ….@Futureworks
14 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
15 Mr Heart Lynchpin Exclusive pre-release
16 The Fall Victrola Time Night of the Humerons

Notes in respect of the above….

1/14. Prog-nouveau maestros launch their new EP “Fire” at the Band on the Wall on Thursday May 3rd. A track from their debut album and the lead track from the EP where Frank Zappa meets Black Flag in a microcosm the “Horse’s” work to date (i.e. it is less than two minutes long when there tracks tend generally to exceed six minutes)

2.  Psychedelia meets Kraut-Rock as the new edition of the “Pig” features legendary local musician Tim Lyons (Sandells, Harvey’s Rabbit, The Things) along with one of the hardest working players on the Manc scene the Hop Man Jr – John Paul Moran. Front man Eoin O’Connor has to be seen to be believed – a real force of nature.

3/13. And starting the night on Thursday the David Jackson lead collective who have just released their first EP.

4. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Toska’s Salford Temptation comes to Crescent 20 and the Hope Pub. On Friday night amongst others James Stone from The Loaded Dice is  playing a solo set – I was not aware of that when I recorded the show, I thought the whole band was playing. These things happen in radio.

5. On Saturday you can see one of the finest live bands in existence – I’ve whittered on about this lot elsewhere – they are all chums and rather good at what they do…..this will be on a forthcoming series of EPs I think…..get the album  (the sleeve design is excellent 😉 )

6. The chap who drums for 5. also drums for the his lot – another of the finest live bands in existence – one performance is uniquely different from the next due to the stunning showmanship of the General but it is all held together solidly by Ken and Mike – Sunday at The Hope.

7. Also on Sunday at the Hope the indefatigable Dusty Moonan plays a solo set – not sure whether he will be featuring any “West Coast Sick Line” music

8. The organiser and his aide-de-camp performing a new mix of their most recent song – Toska and Luis will be around for all three nights but take the stage proper on Sunday. Flamboyant doesn’t even get close.

9/15. Exclusive new tracks from the excellent three piece are my highlight for this show – I think they have raised the bar somewhat – not sure whether this is from an EP or an album or both but regardless of that the tunes are excellent.

10. Chorley’s finest export of recent times and the lead track from the Twisted Pop EP – they play Saturday at the Crescent……

11. These are playing but I like the single so much I needed to play the B Side.

12.  Chap from 10. takes the lead vocals for this band as well – Sunday Night at the Hope – a tale of hosiery abuse and the affect of progressive rock on the psyche.

16. New single – music recorded in London – vocals and other shenanigans sorted in Salford.

Salford Music Scene – 25th April 2012

The significance and sometimes downside of pre-recording radio shows is that things change in between you recording them and them being aired. So that Everyday Goldfish who are listed below are not now playing the Grunge Revival at The Crescent – however Cable 35 who I have featured on the Aural Delights Show are instead. So the show comprises (and can be listened to here):

1 The Words Head Over Heels Single
2 Dead Circus Paranoia Demo
3 Well Wisher Breathe In Summer Gangs
4 Everyday Goldfish Second Thoughts Demo
5 Kurb Get On Your Knees and Pray Demo
6 The Ascension The Rift Blood Upon The Rose
7 Lipstick Traces D Minor Demo
8 English Mutts Proud Man Demo
9 Positronik Don’t Come Crying Single
10 Our Day Remains Take This Night Single
11 Saturday Morning Cartoons The Ditch Single (Radio Edit)
12 The Black Paths Wake Up Hold Fast To That Which Is Good
13 Trojan Horse Fire Fire EP
14 Dead Sea Apes Astral House Astral House
15 The Fall Cosmos 7 Ersazt GB

Notes in respect of the above artistes

1. The new single…..a fine follow up to the excellent “Demons”

2.  One of the bands appearing at the Grunge Revival at the TNT Experience at The Crescent Salford on Friday – they are from Manchester

3. From the recent EP “Summer Gangs” – skittish math rock lunacy – featuring Mr Ian Breen who is nearly in as many bands as Hop Man Jr (nearly but not quite)

4. This lot were supposed to be playing at the Grunge thing at the Crescent on Friday but got pulled after I had recorded the show Instead of these on Friday at the Crescent you get these (who I have featured before):

5. From Macclesfield – they need a bass player and a drummer if anyone is interested (serious shortage of drummers around at the moment for some reason…..). Hopefully they will send me some more tracks as I rather like them.

6. Here’s a track from the new EP which is launched at the Kings Arms on May 9th (Kin made the video……very good…)

7.  Another new band from Salford (new to me anyway) describe themselves as “dirty blues” – more from them in future weeks.

8.  Another pop classic from the lovely Mutts from Moston……reminded me a bit of quality era Hall and Oates this – but without the nonsensical ululating of Mr Hall.

9. Inevitably biased towards this lot as they are all my chums but I have to say this is a bit of a pop classic from Jeff, Danielle and John. They will be gigging soon I hope, after a bit of a rest over the last few months.

10. New single from this young combo from Bolton.

11. The other band playing at the grunge gig on Friday – from Little Hulton (an area steeped in musical heritage) – very impressed by these lads although I had to edit out the naughty word.

12. From next door in Walkden Mr Von Black Paths sooths us with his electronic wizardry….a track from a forthcoming album which he is going to let us have in bits – the little tease.

13. The iconoclastic marriage of Frank Zappa, Black Flag and Yes encapsulated in a small bite sized chunk – from the forthcoming EP of the same name which will be launched on May 3rd at the Kings Arms as part of New Music Series (more of this on next weeks show).

14. Stunning track from a recent EP of the same name – marvellous ambient psychedelia….the companion CD “Lupus” is similarly wonderful…

15 From the last but one single – the new single arrived too late for me to feature it on this weeks show – so you will get it next week