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WIGGIN IN OLDHAM
20 November 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Politburo :: Jackie O :: Moco ::
The spirit of angular, melodic punk rock, slithering through a 60’s kaleidoscope and ending up as a visual party on the floor
ELECTRIC CIRCUS TRICKS
19 November 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: The Permissive Society :: SAY (Say Jansfield) :: Dead Fly Buchowski :: Yena Veldt ::
Transformed into a mix of original angst and the sound of rattling guitars, widescreen ambitions and anthemic chorus lines
EXPORT STRENGTH - BLOWOUT NOV 04i
26 November 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Keith :: Working For A Nuclear Free City :: The Exports ::
Engaging and tighter than a straight jacket, The Exports brighten the place up with emotional, ardent and magnificently fast bass lines.
24 November 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: McLusky :: Modey Lemon ::
Now McLusky work at the extremities of all that’s caustic, ugly, brutal and mordantly noisy. But tonight it’s quiet, very quiet and the result is as predictable as it is depressing.
DUTCH COURAGE - HIGH VOLTAGE NOV 04 ii
29 November 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: ¡Forward, Russia! :: Performance :: The Bravery ::
Treads the Killers-do-Duran-Duran path, and it’s hard not to feel like you’re ticking boxes sometimes - oh there’s one of those riffs Interpol borrowed off the Chameleons, and doesn’t the guitarist look like a spare part from the Strokes…
THIS CAT IS A LANDMINE
26 November 2004 / Cuba Café / Manchester
:: Thai Bride :: 65 Days Of Static :: The Lucida Console ::
The microphone exists largely to make oblique addresses to the crowd. "Our singer died.... of mediocrity", he deadpans. Unlikely the rest will join him any time soon, anyway.
UNDERCURRENT - HIGH VOLTAGE NOV 04
25 November 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Sonar Yen :: Lisa Brown :: Performance :: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
I've lived all my life in and around Manchester and seen the music scene go through a few peaks and troughs and the more I think about it the more I realise there's never been a time like this.
FROWNING OFFSPRING - WIRED NOV 04
24 November 2004 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Sons And Daughters :: Little Flames ::
It’s no oddity that this quartet draws from some distinctly American sounds only they subject them to some fairly harsh treatement. It’s also something that they do without visible mercy.
4 INTO 3 DOES GO
19 November 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Longcut ::
As the Longcut finish their hour long set at almost 2 am, their supporters, literally hanging from the low hung ceiling to get a better view, are still baying for more
GREATEST HOUSE PARTY - EVER
19 November 2004 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Loose Canon ::
Put together along an Einstein theory of randomness i.e. “What are we going to do next?”
EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE AT CND GIG!
12 November 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Valerie :: Icons Of Poundland :: Flamingo 50 ::
Flamingo 50, blast like the engines of a 747 plane at takeoff, crushing any embers of wimpishness and sensibility
DALI WITH A PLECTRUM
18 November 2004 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: dEUS ::
So we pinch ourselves as they eject ‘Little Arithmetics’, ‘Worse Case Scenario’, ‘Instant Street’ and various other classics with kind of enthusiasm that would suggest that we’d forgotten about them. But how could we?
WHEN YOU SLEEP
23 November 2004 / The Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport / Manchester
:: Lyca Sleep ::
Only the greatest of guitar bands know intuitively just how long to hold a sound. Kevin Shields knew it. Lycasleep know it too.
BUBBLE AND SQUEAK
15 November 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Modest Mouse ::
Usually there’s a cut off point in late teenhood when you dismiss the majority of your record collection as ‘kiddy music’. Modest Mouse, it seems transcend that and will continue to do so.
22 November 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Detroit Cobras ::
Now I’m as bored as the rest of you with the words “Detroit” and “blues”, but it’s quickly apparent this band is several cuts above most of what’s come out of that city in recent years.
17 November 2004 / The Lowry Theatre / Salford
:: Puressence ::
Scally stalwarts in uncharacteristic suited appearance is one of the North West's more 'cultured' venues. Rather ruddy bloody good too. Wine gum, anyone?
TRAIL OF DEAD
12 November 2004 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: The Killers :: Ambulance Ltd ::
Every single person in the packed Academy has their hands in the air. Before, we know it we’re snowballing towards the finale, and what an encore. ‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’ sounds immense and every grunt and wail is echoed tenfold.
"NO" MEANS NO, CHILDREN
11 November 2004 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: No Standards :: No Arm :: The Children ::
I suspect if they were scrawny pale Americans playing exactly the same set they’d already have a six figure contract.
09 November 2004 / Jillys Rockworld / Manchester
:: The Lucida Console :: The Verra Cruz ::
Precociousness provides the ‘wow!’ factor. So ok this sounds like 90% of the Deep Elm catalogue and about 50% of that from Jade Tree but this is solid and ponderous beyond their years.
08 November 2004 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Clor :: Maximo Park ::
Maximo Park's Paul Smith strides out onto the stage looking like Steve Coogan playing Nick Cave. He looks somewhat at odds with his band's energetic punked-up indie pop thrash, until you realise his limbs are all on strings...
03 November 2004 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: British Sea Power ::
As this show is supposedly about the future it’s pleasing to see that it looks reasonably bright as new material seems both equal to previous efforts but also sufficiently different.
HARP, THE HERALD ANGEL SINGS!
01 November 2004 / Matt & Phreds / Manchester
:: Joanna Newsom ::
This is the sound of the woodlands that only elves and possibly Mickey Mouse during his ‘Fantasia’ stint ever discovered.
01 November 2004 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
A basic blues tune, but brought to towering life here with bass you could use to drill up pavements, and its “I need you…” refrain howled from somewhere close to the centre of the earth.