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INSTRUMENTAL HOUR
30 October 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Azure Glow ::
Quiet at the right moments, shuddering where required

ALL GO FOR JACKIE O
29 October 2005 / Big Hands / Manchester
:: Black Basque :: Jackie O ::
A mangled unapologetic orgy of noise splattered in bodily fluids. It's sludgy and frequently sloppy but that's the point.

SCHTOMP! SCHTOMP!
28 October 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Julian Donkey-Boy :: The Schmidts ::
Aren't Germans funny, eh? It is zee vay zay tell zem!

SPECTACLES, TESTICLES, BOLLOCKS AND WATCH
26 October 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Test Icicles ::
'Boa vs. Python' and 'Circle Square Triangle' still rocks the proverbial bells and watching NME kids attempting to dance to the Atari Teenage Riot thrash fest that is 'Catch It' is plain hilarious.

DEAD VEKONING
20 October 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Tom Vek ::
The strangest hand movements seen since Bez or Byrne, Vek is both showman and poet, both geek and chic

NINE TIL FIVE
19 October 2005 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Five O'clock Heroes ::
Ultimately another crowd, claimed, won over, signed and sealed – another days work

ENGI-NEAR MISSES
19 October 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Engineers :: Magnet ::
The occasional pronounced chorus butts in to regain a bit of attention but such moments are sporadic. It's disappointing then that such an impressive set of influences can be squandered so freely.

MASS HYSTERIA
16 October 2005 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: Arctic Monkeys :: Milburn ::
It's absolute carnage from the moment the band come on stage. Girls are screaming, boys are screaming, old women are screaming, everyone is screaming.

JOHN, I'M ONLY DANCING
27 October 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Be Your Own Pet :: The Kills ::
VV, in her white stripy top, clambers over speakers and cabs (in a clumsy, not very Health-and-Safety-At-Work-Act sort of way), illuminated, as if making a prison break

ITC05 - THE OFFICIAL POLICY
03 October 2005 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Stoney :: Luke Doucet :: The High Dials ::
I decide upon a policy that states the following: I refuse to review any band caught using that high-hats-on-the-offbeat thing that’s so in vogue these days with the drum-magazine crowd

ITC05 - STYLISH RIOTS
03 October 2005 / M-2 / Manchester
:: The Exports :: Piney Gir ::
I make for the exit, hoping nobody I like ever plays this venue as I never wish to set foot in it again

ITC05 - HAS THE FAT LADY SUNG YET?
03 October 2005 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Thai Bride :: 65 Days Of Static :: The Hot Puppies :: Art Brut :: Priya Thomas :: Whelk Attachment :: Cities In The Dust ::
I don’t think I've ever seen a sound man so scared that he has to get the bouncers to get the band off stage.

ITC05 - IT'S SUNDAY, IT'S 10.45, IT'S MOCO TIME!
02 October 2005 / M-2 / Manchester
:: Moco :: Mystery Jets ::
Steve will be wearing clothes beamed in from Planet Fruitcake (tonight’s theme is orange and hairy)

ITC05 : JUST GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME
01 October 2005 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Drive By Argument :: Boss Volenti :: The Voices :: Alphastates :: Stars Of The City :: Dirty Perfect :: Drive By Argument :: Captain ::
If the majors want to choke artists by holding them for years and years without releasing their records, then fuck ‘em

PRIZES FOR EVERYONE
20 October 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: Big Cash Prizes :: New Graffiti :: Dartz! ::
Two explosions of brilliance and a smattering spark of what might be..

ITC05 - REAL HORRORSHOW!
02 October 2005 / Satan's Hollow / Manchester
:: Zombina & The Skeletones :: Lord Mongo ::
It’s now past 11pm and I’ve been out since 2. I feel like a zombie. Luckily I know exactly where I can get one...

ITC05 - EC-STATIC
03 October 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: 65 Days Of Static :: Architects :: Dirty Blood ::
65daysofstatic have always existed on the outer fringes of anyone’s definition of music, a sonic experience rather than tunes you could hum in the shower, but this is something else. The floor starts to vibrate....

A GARAGE FULL OF FLOWERS
07 October 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
::
Blowout takes a trip (or at least a few pints) down memory lane to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Stone Roses' debut single. Now don't let any spotty little urchin-chic Londoner ever try and tell you he invented guerrilla gigging in 2002...

SUNDAY NIGHT DISCO PARTY
16 October 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Brakes :: Chris T-T ::
There can’t be many things more fun than watching Brakes, but being in Brakes is probably one of them. And they'd have rattled off two songs in the time it took you to read this...

DUKLA PRAGUE TESTIMONIAL MATCH
13 October 2005 / The Academy (University Guild Building) / Liverpool
:: Half Man Half Biscuit ::
Cath Aubergine spends John Peel Night watching one of the great man's favourite bands in Liverpool. Just don't say "it's what he would have wanted"...

CRAIC WHORES
17 October 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Mascara Story :: Fighting With Wire :: Reuben ::
Reuben walk a tightrope between cut-and-paste rock and abstract song structures; just enough to be cutting edge without ostracising their audience.

BEDROOM BOYS
12 October 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: 65 Days Of Static ::
The only problem now is to try not to be disappointed with every other band I see as 65DOS has set my expectancy to a new level.

BARE EMOTION
07 October 2005 / The Waldorf / Manchester
:: The Fountain ::
They’ve had more line up changes than Fleetwood Mac but finally it seems that settling down to a bare-bones three-piece was The Fountain’s most sensible choice.

ITC 05 - KIM WILDE
03 October 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Danny Saul :: Nancy Elizabeth ::
Cunliffe can play at least three instruments with more agility and imagination than most can play one and like Danny Saul before she renders most performers distinctly average.

PEEL DAY - OLDHAM
13 October 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: The Children :: Behind Green Lights ::
Remembering John Peel, I hope will become an annual event

ITC05 - A TOUCH OF FROST
03 October 2005 / 14 Lloyd Street / Manchester
:: Liam Frost ::
In the dark yet elegant confines of Lloyd St's elevated gigging space, perhaps not the kindest spot for an acoustic recital; Liam still managed to coax the crowd into the palm of his hand.

ITC05 - A GENERAL SUMMARY
03 October 2005 / Various Venues / Manchester
::
ITC undoubtedly serves a purpose, by giving upcoming talent a platform for exposure to a captive and influential audience. The seminar side of things helps to strengthen the music industry, but at the end of the day, music must be the primary concern...

ITC05 : RED GIANT
02 October 2005 / Cellar Vie / Manchester
:: The Fall Of Jupiter ::
With balls comparable to that of Sex Pistols (but with infinitely greater musical sensibility) and a musical sound comparable to a cheekier, screechier early Nirvana and a rougher Cure The Fall of Jupiter are an exhilarating band to watch.

ITC 05 - SHUT UP!
01 October 2005 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Unkle Bob ::
Normally a perfect venue for intimate gigs, the Life Café this evening however proves to be nothing more than a haven of delegates too busy chatting loudly to notice what they were there for re: the music.

ITC05 - DON'T BE SQUARE
01 October 2005 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Dartz! :: ˇForward, Russia! :: The Permissive Society :: Kubichek ::
My sandwich is non-musical although it involves dancing with the the devil

ITC05 - HOT NIGHTS
01 October 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Deadbeats :: The Pistolas :: Kill The Young :: Hot Club de Paris ::
You can only fool all of the crowd some of the time

ITC05 - FALL INTO GRACE
01 October 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Pubic Fringe :: The Fall ::
Can you hear the grass grow, or is your fringe too long ?

ITC05 - aA TO THE RESCUE
01 October 2005 / The Garden Hotel / Manchester
:: Neil Burrell ::
Intriguing lush chord structures and beautiful, almost breathless high-register vocals

ITC05 - HEAD SOUTH
01 October 2005 / South / Manchester
:: The Confusions ::
..Past Manchester’s scariest bouncers to find a party in full swing

ITC05 - LAWS OF MUSIC
01 October 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Hair :: Karova :: The Mardous :: The Urban Blue :: The Bętes Noires :: Cherubs :: Trap2 ::
Music Is Good. Music Is Mediocre. Music Is Shit.

ITC05 - THE DARKNESS
01 October 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: HANKyPARK :: Seachange :: The Second Floor :: The Pleasure :: Gemma Ray Ritual :: Police ::
A blue faced painted bloke dressed in a costume with 100 rubber gloves sewn on the outside...eh ?

ITC05 - DRY AFTERNOON
01 October 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Leaf :: Iris Nova :: Plugs :: Salvo :: The Hair :: The Star Fighter Pilot ::
You need never spend a second NOT listening to live music all day

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