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30 October 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The Second Floor :: The Beat Poet ::
The sound of something that breaths from the bottled air of a long time forgotton era
29 October 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Thai Bride ::
You just have to hear the chorus to understand that a roll call of bogs once visited, can actually stack up into one of Manchester’s indie tunes of the year
SOUND AND VISION
29 October 2004 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Behind Green Lights :: Politburo :: The Forest ::
The best songs in Manchester and the best, most incendiary rock and roll
HOPE IS IMPORTANT
30 October 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: The Open :: Hope Of The States ::
Strangers hugging and dancing? Something in the ventilation? No, actually...
31 October 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Bloc Party :: New Rhodes :: Tom Vek ::
London's second most hip appear for the last time in comparatively small settings. But this time you really should believe the hype.
27 October 2004 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Dizzee Rascal ::
So you can only pick out a handful words (usually during the choruses) and you don’t even pretend to fully understand but the compulsion to throw yourself about to an aggressively obese soundtrack transcends any cultural difference.
26 October 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Soulwax ::
So which version of Soulwax will perform tonight ? purveyors of the electronic-rock demonstrated on debut album “Much Against everyones Advice” or the remix dance artists?
28 October 2004 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: Cody :: Virtuoso :: The Flow ::
The opener sounds like Radiohead… for about fifteen seconds, after which it unleashes a tune better than anything the Oxford miserablists have ever managed, with the singer soaring confidently into Jeff Buckley territory and beyond.
BIRD IN HAND FOR FERDINAND
26 October 2004 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
These aren’t stunningly attractive men, these aren’t the most imaginative musicians, but they’re British, and they’re catchy and it does have to be said, when dressed in matching tight, smart suits, they do look the part.
26 October 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Cass McCombs :: The Radio Dept. ::
It feels like the phonogram is jammed on 33rpm and playing 45s. The Roadhouse tonight could be submerged in water as life here appears to be happening in slow motion.
OPTIMISM EN MASSE
21 October 2004 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Earlies :: Micah P Hinson ::
This band is for those with a mass of imagination between their ears and a proud beat in their heart, pounding the song of summer. And if that didn’t make any sense, well that’s what The Earlies can do to a man.
GREEN LIGHT AREA
07 October 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Grand Transmitter :: Omerta :: Lisa Brown :: Behind Green Lights ::
The band have been compared to Television and more recently Franz Ferdinand, but where as some bands imitate, Behind Green Lights have found out how to emulate and make sounds that struck them in the past grow and improve.
15 October 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
In the same way The Darkness and more recently Do Me Bad Things ride on the back of a novelty concept, The GLC take this idea to a whole new level, basing almost everything the band stand for on everything BUT the music.
19 October 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Do Me Bad Things :: The Urban Blue :: Saving Grace ::
Somewhere between a London art-punk and a young Freddie mercury; the guitar-bass duo of long-hairs in vests and a nice line in Darkness-gurning to their own squiggly solos.
17 October 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Departure ::
Within seconds we know we were right – drums crash, effects kick in and this could be the lost track from the Chameleons’ first album. Except The Departure have never heard of the Chameleons.
18 October 2004 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Ian Brown ::
We choked back tears to the anthems we thought we'd never hear again (or in the younger fans' cases at all), we danced to the contemporary tunes, and sang along to all of them.
15 October 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Black Wire :: Bobby Conn ::
One short man onstage who looks like a bad waxwork of a younger Mick Jagger and one brown stack-heeled boot up on the monitor singing French to a karaoke backing tape.
11 October 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Seafood ::
In the past Seafood may have received such allegations but tonight reprises of classics such as ‘This Is Not an Exit’ remind us that such assertions might have been a bit unfair.
01 October 2004 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Embrace :: Dogs Die In Hot Cars ::
Huddersfield's finest purveyors of hopeful northern anthems in grateful return...
FEEL THE DIFFERENCE
08 October 2004 / Big Hands / Manchester
:: Tsuji Giri ::
Disappointed, appeased or even exceeded? In this instance all three emotional concepts hardly summarise things.
08 October 2004 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: R Mutt ::
Talk about minimalism. R Mutt play fewer notes than Phillip Glass in his early days.
09 October 2004 / The Tavern / Wigan
:: Oxes :: The Beat Poet :: Youth Movie Soundtrack Strategies ::
Now there’s a gap between the stage and the audience and a thirty foot drop to the bar below. But this is a mere detail for Oxes. Tonight’s proceedings becomes like a game of ‘Where’s Wally?’
ON THE ROCKS
07 October 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Clayhill :: Rocky Votolato ::
Everyone here is listening because they want to, perhaps aware that they may be reduced to a blubbering wreck within the space of a handful of tunes.
JUST AN OTHER
09 October 2004 / Gullivers / Manchester
:: Thee Unstrung :: The Others ::
Totally unoffensive, totally predictable but admittedly “real”, The Others are a band that you should probably see to realise how far the media really controls the minds of supposed “individuals”.
08 October 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Thai Bride :: If I Were King ::
Monomania members return in harder, bluesier act with tunes about 'interactively' enjoying female tennis on Eurosport.
03 October 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: The Wonderstuff ::
You’ve got to be pretty sure of yourself to go onstage under a backdrop that says “Rubbish” in very big letters.