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29 November 2010 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: All That Remains :: Caliban :: Soilwork :: Bleed From Within :: Neaera ::
It’s a brave band who take on a Rammstein classic -
can Caliban live up to their countrymen's
reputation? Part two of Rachel Mann's Manchester
Metalcore Marathon sees an international line-up at
SOME SOME ENNUI
21 November 2010 / Islington Mill / Salford
:: Zun Zun Egui :: Sun Araw :: GNOD ::
Like filling up on some sweet, rich truffles and
then balking at the offer of more - I think perhaps
Zun Zun Egui are a band whom you only need see
29 November 2010 / St Philip's Church / Salford
:: Dutch Uncles :: Hot Horizons ::
We know before they've even struck a note that this
is definitely a new and enhanced Dutch Uncles.
27 November 2010 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Barclay James Harvest ::
Almost half a century after John Lees and Stuart
Wolstenholme met at Oldham Art School and formed a
band which eventually grew into one of Britain's
first prog rock acts, they're reunited - well,
28 November 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: North Atlantic Oscillation :: Nowhere Again :: Engineers ::
A reincarnation perhaps, but one which has lost none
of its intensity and sees the band taking their
sound to the next dimension.
CIRCLE PITS VS SINGALONG CHORUSES
28 November 2010 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: As I Lay Dying :: Suicide Silence :: Heaven Shall Burn ::
There's death metal influences with a side order of
mathcore and grindcore, as California's Suicide
Silence upstage the headliners' more formulaic rock.
WHERE EAGULLS DARE...
27 November 2010 / Trof (Fallowfield) / Manchester
:: Eagulls ::
Delays have allowed the frontman to get so drunk
that he seems incapable of keeping his eyes open for
the duration of a song, but in a perverse way this
adds to the performance...
A DOUBLE DOSE OF DEBT
26 November 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: Louis Barabbas And The Bedlam Six :: Becca & The Broken Biscuits ::
...and then their leader appears, a Victorian
gentleman who's taken a fall down Gin Alley, his
wild eyes rimmed black, and he's raving at us,
24 November 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: The Sharp Tongues :: The Greenhornes :: The 99’s ::
There's more to being a great band than just playing
from the Mojo rulebook, but it's amazing how far you
can get if you know the right people...
22 November 2010 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Black Breath :: Rot In Hell :: Hang The Bastard ::
Twisted American rock'n'roll versus Brit grit - it's like the Ryder Cup only with Marshall amps and more hair. And no, we are not making these band names up...
HOPE AND GLORY
22 November 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: The Acorn :: The Steals ::
Described as an Indie Folk band from Canada, and looking the part (three beards, two check shirts, one ukulele) The Acorn are a valuable lesson in not forming opinions on first impressions.
20 November 2010 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Spirit Vines :: Carrier Wave :: Fight The Bear ::
It's new bands night at the Roadhouse and the Shrewsbury Massive is in the house... all five of them.
20 November 2010 / The Factory (Fac251) / Manchester
:: Section 25 :: Ultramarine ::
They sound better and more "now" than pretty much
any other old post-punk band currently treading the
boards in one form or another - not just reformed,
PART OF THE UNION
20 November 2010 / The Cavendish / Manchester
:: Silent Resistance :: Incidium :: Giv’ ‘Em Hell ::
MancUnion Promotions is a new organisation
specialising in hardcore, metal, punk, rock and emo
and working with both local and visiting bands:
Rachel Mann goes to check out their first ever gig.
VIVE LA FUZZPOP
18 November 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: John & Jehn :: Driver Drive Faster ::
After a strange case of support-band deja vu, the
young French couple (plus bandmates) make lovely
fuzzy dirty indie - at least for as long as they can
stand to keep their hands off each other...
CELEBRATING THE STRANGE
17 November 2010 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester
:: Driver Drive Faster :: The Phantom Band ::
The Phantom Band comprise duelling melodicas, wooden
percussion and the little-trodden path between the
motorik and the organic; Driver Drive Faster make
melodic indiepop via the stoned early 70s: a great
night out with the bands that don't fit.
14 November 2010 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Deftones :: Coheed & Cambria ::
Synthesising elements of nu-metal, grunge, sludge,
rap metal, even prog, Deftones are one of those rare
bands who, at their best, can produce epic, dreamy
tunes that feel both comforting and surprising.
08 November 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: God Is An Astronaut :: Caspian ::
Who needs pictures of mushroom clouds when all you
have to do is close your eyes?
A VERY THRILLED MOVEMENT
15 November 2010 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Tubelord :: Oceansize ::
The three guitarists, Vennart, Gambler and Durose lose themselves in the final jangling hook. I swear if it hadn’t had been faded out, they’d still be there this morning locked in the loop
TOUR DE FRANK: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
06 November 2010 / The Roundhouse / London
:: Zappa Plays Zappa ::
We missed the Zappa family's gig at Band On The Wall
in which Dweezil, Moon et al resurrected their
legendary late father's music in honour of his 70th
birthday. Luckily our London correspondent was more
FOUR WAY POWER SUPPLY
09 November 2010 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Winds Of Plague :: Stick To Your Guns :: For Today :: Monuments ::
Four flavours of heavy, sixteen dates across Europe:
Rachel Mann catches up with 2010's loudest package
tour as it hits Manchester.
05 November 2010 / Ruby Lounge / Manchester
:: The Vaccines ::
They played their first gig in July; in February
they open the NME Tour. Where were they at In The
City, that festival of the new which was supposed to
define what we'd be listening to in 2011? They
weren't - but that was all of three weeks ago...
05 November 2010 / St Philip's Church / Salford
:: The Walkmen ::
You could never, ever describe The Walkmen as a run-
of-the-mill band. But even by their standards, this
is quite astonishing.
A WEEKNIGHT FEAST
02 November 2010 / Saki Bar / Manchester
:: Meursault :: Charlie Barnes :: Dune :: Samuel Walter ::
It's so good to be back in Saki, and with a stunning
quality four act bill from DIY promoters Superstar
Destroyer it's a bit like having an extra Saturday
only on a Tuesday...
VAGUELY INTERESTING - FOR A WHILE
02 November 2010 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Nouvelle Vague :: Projectionists ::
Nouvelle Vague have talent, style and a sense of humour. But overall, they are like an enormous bar of Dairy Milk: a square or two is delicious but after the whole bar, you're left feeling bloated, guilty and filled with a nauseating sense of sadness.