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DRUM MACHINE
26 October 2007 / Academy Liverpool (Hotham Street) / Liverpool
:: The Answering Machine :: The Rumble Strips ::
Answering Machine have expanded to a four piece and swapped their drum machine (proudly called Mustafa Beat) for the less programmed and more colourful touch of someone called Ben

GIRL'S SCHOOL
26 October 2007 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Bookstore :: The Vanguard (mcr) ::
Girl fronted music with a message provides something altogether better than boy's own.

APE ESCAPE
18 October 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: 3 Daft Monkeys ::
3 Daft Monkeys are the ultimate alchemists of full-throttle folk

ITC07 : MUPPETSHOW
22 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Alones ::
With bands like The Enemy creating a healthy diversion away from jerky, snappy guitars, maybe this band too are cottoning on to something altogether better

ITC07 : MONDAYMASH
22 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Romantic Killer Band :: Arcacia :: The Margarets :: Freerunner :: Elle S’appelle ::
This lot hammer out punk fuelled chords and enough decibels to mask the landing approach of a 747...

ITC : YOU SHOULD LIKE MONDAYS
22 October 2007 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: Kidkenevil ::
The almost derelict basement is vibrating to the sounds of heavy lounge music

ITC07 : BRAIN CELLS
22 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Paul Marshall :: Amy Crowther ::
Came about as close as possible to Katie Melua without any mis-informed lyrics about transportation statistics in developing countries

ITC : SQUARE FACED
22 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: The Jubillees :: Godwits ::
If anyone recognises the heathen with his fingers in his ears from my photo, tell him I want a word…

ITC07 : FLOAT ON
22 October 2007 / Studio - Peter St / Manchester
:: Elle S’appelle ::
Give them a support slot with Calvin Harris and they’ll never look back

ITC07 : INDIE-SCRIMINATE
22 October 2007 / Bar38 / Manchester
:: Joe Dangerous :: Boom In The Diamond Industry ::
A rather polite young man in a crisp white shirt, armed with a laptop and a small keyboard (the latter hanging round his neck)

ITC07 : AIR DRESSERS
22 October 2007 / Studio - Peter St / Manchester
:: Airship ::
"late teen Manchester alternative rock band" says the blurb

ITC07 : THIS IS POP!
22 October 2007 / Pyramid Arts Centre / Warrington
:: How’s My Pop :: Levelload ::
They like yellow. Their website is yellow, their clothes are yellow, the streaks in singer/bassist Mariko's hair are yellow.

ITC07: ICE TO SEE YOU
22 October 2007 / Cellar Vie / Manchester
:: Kira Kira :: Skátar ::
We are slightly distracted by the sight of a man with a long, bleached mullet wearing gold Spandex "strides" so sausage-skin tight we can practically see what he had for dinner

ITC07 : THE SWEAT DESCENDS
21 October 2007 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Les Savy Fav ::
Few bands could have written something as fitting for themselves as The Sweat Descends.

ITC07 : STANDING IN THE WAY OF CONTROL
21 October 2007 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Kathryn Edwards :: The Fischers, :: Clipe Sexo Amador ::
Sunday morning through bleary eyes and a brain-blowing PA system...

ITC07 : A&R FRENZIES AND GETTING 'OUT OF THE CITY' - PRT 2
21 October 2007 / The Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport / Manchester
:: Wired Desire :: Jake Mattison ::
WIRED DESIRE didn’t quite wear school uniforms, but they certainly channelled the spirit of Bon Scott like pros.

ITC07 : A&R FRENZIES AND GETTING 'OUT OF THE CITY' – PRT 1
21 October 2007 / One Central Street / Manchester
:: Twisted Wheel :: Eugene Francis Jnr ::
When 600 different bands and artists play over the course of three days, it’s important to stand out

ITC07 : OH ANOTHER SIDE OF IN THE CITY TOO..
21 October 2007 / The Garrett / Manchester
:: Optional Wallace :: George Borowski :: The Witches ::
The fringe of the fringe, namely BUSK at the Garratt beckons and it seems I've missed NOMAD JONES's set, but am pleased to report that his hair is now the size of a small tree...

ITC07 : THE OTHER SIDE OF IN THE CITY
21 October 2007 / Walkabout / Manchester
:: Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam :: The Official Secrets Act ::
Whilst some quarters have lamented the lack of local bands at the official showcases this year Tim And Sam's Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam are something Manchester has every reason to be proud of

ITC07 : TWO SIDES OF IN THE CITY – THE FIRST SIDE
21 October 2007 / Studio - Peter St / Manchester
:: Beth Jeans Houghton :: The Chapman Family :: Uncle Monty :: The Eye Jab ::
Up in the North East they know a thing or two about drinking

ITC07 : SUNDAY STARTS TO TAKE A TURN FOR THE STRANGE IN SALFORD...
21 October 2007 / Kings Arms / Salford
:: Kamal Arafa :: The Witch and the Robot ::
Upstairs then, where something far more sinister awaits...

ITC07 : SUNDAY ATTIC ATTACK
21 October 2007 / The Attic / Manchester
:: Girl Afraid :: Cohesion ::
There's no frills here, no gimmicks, just four lads with three of the greatest Northern indie-pop-rock tunes you'll hear anywhere this weekend

ITC07 : DUE SOUTH
21 October 2007 / South / Manchester
:: Restlesslist :: Post War Years ::
Needless to say the pensioners in for their fish and chips looked a bit scared

ITC07 : SUNDAY NIGHT ON (MUSICAL) HOME TURF
21 October 2007 / The Bay Horse / Manchester
:: Laymar ::
There's a hole in one of the cymbals and it's thrown into the drum kit like some funeral pyre, and... fade out. Breathe

ITC07 : A CLOSED CIRCUIT CAMERA
21 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Dear Superstar :: Bitterly Ironic :: Deluca :: Neil Mcsweeney :: Tellison :: Luca Gemma :: Lights! Action! :: Dear Superstar :: Virgin Mary’s :: Lucios :: Allies ::
The Sunday service for the Virgin Marys does not include religious values

ITC07 : TURNER PRIZE
21 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Rascals ::
The Rascals are more Yorkshire than Lancs and much less Liverpudlian in their sound

ITC07 : SCIENCE FRICTION
21 October 2007 / TV21 (Northern Quarter) / Manchester
:: MM2 ::
Leave No Remorse Like I'm Dr Shipman...

ITC07 : BLU SUNDAY
21 October 2007 / Pyramid Arts Centre / Warrington
:: King Kayak ::
KK rise to the occasion with their stripy shirts and eye-liner

ITC07 : SUNDAY I’LL FLY WAY
21 October 2007 / The Bay Horse / Manchester
:: doublejoHngrey :: Laymar :: SAY (Say Jansfield) ::
Stark visuals and a band dressed in black may be warning enough but it’ll never prepare you for the sonic bombing that lays a carpet of blood soaked sounds between your ears

ITC07 : POST TRUAXMATIC STRESS
20 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Former Bullies :: Thomas Truax ::
Truax builds his own instruments, including the ‘hornicator’, percussion extendable by some dryer tubing, and a drum machine that looked like it began life as a small bicycle

ITC07 : DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARNDALE...
20 October 2007 / Virgin Megastore / Manchester
:: The Bottomfeeders :: Mark Wilson ::
Saturday lunchtime and I willingly made my way to the Arndale Centre. This is not normal behaviour, but then, THE BOTTOMFEEDERS are not a normal band

ITC07 : IT WAS CRUELLA DE MILL WITH THE LEAD PIPE...
20 October 2007 / Centro / Manchester
:: The Old House :: Gideon Conn :: Air Cav :: The Search Map :: Julian Donkey-Boy :: Modernaire :: My Side Of The Mountain :: Held By Hands :: Little My ::
In The City shenanigans on grand scale from Elah Valley and The Fugitive Motel

ITC07 : STAR TREK
20 October 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Satellites ::
No ITC would be complete without a trip into the borderline chaos that is the three-stage Dry Bar

ITC07 : CHILLI CHEESE FRIES AND A MAN WITH A BIG HORN
20 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Liz Green :: John Fairhurst :: Thomas Truax ::
You have to start the day, the first day of ITC proper, with a portion of Night & Day's chilli-cheese fries

ITC07 : THE X-FACTOR EXPERIENCE
20 October 2007 / Bridgewater Hall / Manchester
:: The Official Secrets Act :: Gekko :: Backseat Angel :: Native State :: Gary Walker :: Daniel Ray :: Any Ruddy :: The Strays :: Stop Drop And Roll :: Red Star Rebels :: Harrison Drive :: Sarah Griffin :: Sevilla :: Darnell ::
Still within the confines of The Bridgewater Hall, John Robb turns up in the biggest white leather beetle crushers in town..it's open mic time!

ITC07 : OTHER SIDE OF TOWN
20 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Red Vinyl Fur :: Eskimo Smile ::
Dressed entirely in black and probably not hugely familiar with traditional feminine pursuits such as flower arranging

ITC07 : WHERE DID SATURDAY AFTERNOON GO?
20 October 2007 / Trof (Northern Quarter) / Manchester
:: The Star Fighter Pilot :: Liam1987 ::
It's always a pleasure to hear "Another Penny"

ITC07 : M2 IN M1
20 October 2007 / M-2 / Manchester
:: Lady Muck :: The Margarets ::
Scando acoustica wipes out all before it

ITC07 : SATURDAYNIGHTSUNDAYMORNING
20 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: Tom Williams And The Boat ::
Visiting Bedlam is an extremely expensive occupation

ITC07 : CATH DOES AN OFFICIAL EVENT, JUST TO SEE IF IT'S ANY GOOD
20 October 2007 / Pyramid Arts Centre / Warrington
:: Tired Irie :: The Beep Seals :: Does It Offend You Yeah ? ::
I've been (semi)consciously avoiding DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? or some time on the grounds that it's a really stupid name and they wear hoods over their hats

ITC07 :: SHOCK AND WAR
20 October 2007 / The Castle (Oldham St) / Manchester
:: War All The Time ::
I can see the band THROUGH someone’s ears

ITC07 :: IS THIS HALLOWEEN ?
20 October 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Vampire Weekend :: Working For A Nuclear Free City ::
The Roadhouse creates a haven of unreserved quality..

ITC07 : BACK TO THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN, THEN...
20 October 2007 / Centro / Manchester
:: Julian Donkey-Boy :: Air Cav :: Little Avis ::
Afternoon becomes night - Centro and a little bit of Dry too

ITC07: MIDLAND MAYHEM
20 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
:: David Ford :: The XCerts ::
It’s a bit like a wedding reception gone wrong, but in a kind of good way

ITC07 : FRIDAY ON MY MIND PRT 2
19 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Teenagers :: Headlines :: Pete & The Pirates ::
You’re going to hear this phrase quite a lot (probably) – “Great on record but dodgy live”

ITC07 : FRI FEELINGS 2
19 October 2007 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Mr Lizard :: Death To Ghost ::
Band, bands and more bands are swamping the venues of Manchester and it’s a great thing

ITC07 : FRI FEELINGS 1
19 October 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Research ::
Having appeared in Dundee the night before, THE RESEARCH are just glad to see a crowd

ITC07 : FRIDAY ON MY MIND PRT 1
19 October 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Parka :: Tigers That Talked :: Parka :: The Anderson Shelter ::
Cracking open a big weekend with a trip to the Roadhouse unveiled a few surprises

ITC07 : WHAT WAS THAT? IT DOESN’T PROPERLY START TILL TOMORROW?
19 October 2007 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: The Ting Tings :: Wizz Jones :: Hotpants Romance ::
After a swift one in Kro to Islington Mill - run like the wind for a pre-ITC show..

ITC07: HELP, I'VE NOT GOT A PLAN!
19 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Lowlife :: Headlines :: Pete And The Pirates ::
There have been about 600 bands called LOWLIFE in the history of music

LIQUID MATHS
17 October 2007 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Dirty Projectors :: Battles :: Prefuse 73 ::
The crowd simply go nuts and the nerd roar understandably peaks for 'Atlas'

DEEP BLUE BLISS
13 October 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Charlotte Hatherley ::
Charlotte is the antithesis of her rough cut presence during her Ash days

RETURN FROM DEPARTURE
14 October 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Departure :: Clocks ::
Can we start using the phrase "up the Rick Witter" again?

SONIC INSANITY
23 October 2007 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Day For Airstrikes :: These Monsters :: Cyril Snear ::
It feels a bit like walking in on a thunderstorm

THE BOOK CLUB
24 October 2007 / Lancaster Library / Lancaster
:: The Whip ::
Get It Loud In Libraries does pretty much what it says on the tin

STICK YER TUNNG OUT!
15 October 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Tunng :: Eugene McGuinness ::
The beguiling Tunng could lead their smiling fans off a cliff like an evil Pied Piper, were they so inclined. Chirpy songs about dead wasps, anyone?

CYCLONE BABBLE
14 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Jim White ::
Jim White's life resume reads in pretty impressive fashion. He's been, alternately: a model, a boxer, a professional surfer and New York cab driver

ITC07 : IN THE CITY LIVE BLOG - * updates *
25 October 2007 / Various Venues / Manchester
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For several years now, Manchester has maintained the first ever ITC live review blog - it's back

YOU'VE BEEN FRAMED
09 October 2007 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Oceansize ::
I talk...YOU listen...

IN OUR CITY
10 October 2007 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Lethal Bizzle :: The Enemy :: The Wombats ::
“Are you ready Manchester?” “Shall we party Manchester?” “ Manchester, are you up for it?” “Make some f******* noise Manchester”

RAG AND BONE
07 October 2007 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Tacticians :: BoneBox :: Little Neemo :: Tom Kerswill :: Jake Flowers :: The Sylvias ::
Starting with a musical saw and ending with rib-rattling brass, you get more than just men in cardigans from The Country Club

COORDINATES POINT TO MAJOR SONIC EXPERIENCE
08 October 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Jeremy Warmsley :: Maps ::
Maps prove they know their longitude from their latitude. I bet Klaxons didn’t even pass their Duke Of Edinburgh...

THAT MANCHESTER !
06 October 2007 / Cheetham Hill Irish Centre / Manchester
:: The Nuns :: El Policia :: Little Engine :: Kni9hts ::
Brrm Brrm! Beep! Beep! - watch this hot combo closely - could be big.

BRAKE EXPECTATIONS
06 October 2007 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Brakes :: The XCerts ::
There have been more genres in this hour and fifteen minute rollercoaster than most peoples' entire record collections

NO ORVILLE?
04 October 2007 / Sankey's / Manchester
:: Keith :: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: Carlis Star :: Airship ::
“Ladies and gentlemen of Sankey’s Soap, the guitars have landed..”

SMART BOMB
02 October 2007 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: El-P ::
The lack of crowd movement in no way betrays a lack of interest. This is music to concentrate to, to analyse. To study the layers. Everyone is hooked. We're just taking it all in.

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