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DOWN IN THE PARK
25 February 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Maximo Park ::
“Signal & Signs” is sung back by the packed crowd, which considering it is only available via a web download, indicates the increasing attention being directly towards MP
WITNESS THE FITNESS
25 February 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Roots Manuva :: Monade ::
It is ‘scientifically proven’ that women are drawn to bass because of the similarity to low-frequency mating calls – even fish respond to them apparently.
MARTHA MY DEAR
25 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Martha Wainwright ::
Martha Wainwright has all it takes to knock the stuffing out of the audience and merrily give it back to them between songs as if she had never been heartbroken in her life...
INTIMATE TROUSERS - HIGH VOLTAGE FEBii
28 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Yena Veldt :: Kill Kenada :: Kubichek :: The First Half Second ::
Their singer sports a pair of disturbingly intimate trousers that seem almost designed to cut off the blood flow. To his left stands a guitarist with his faced caked in white face paint. Worrying.
06 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Death From Above 1979 ::
‘We put Ian Curtis on the guest list but he didn’t show up; he’s sooooo dead,’ a shrewd observation by Jesse Keeler...
OXO OVER GUNS
16 February 2005 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
GLC are here to display an (over) accessible funny pastiche of ‘gangster’ hip-hop piss-takes and pubescent fantasies. Lord give us faith that it is for this reason that the show sold out. There really are no other redeeming qualities...
25 February 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Pinkertons :: Maximo Park :: Free Mojo :: Jakpot ::
Barely after the previous band finish around two hundred people bum rush Dry Bar’s back room which barely holds half that. Such is the pressure of bodies in there that each body “particle” joins with all adjacent ones forming an impenetrable solid mass.
WHEN I GO DEAF
24 February 2005 / Leadmill / Sheffield
:: Low ::
Did Low bow to pressure, tired of the “slowcore” tag? Or were they themselves bored to slumber by their lack of beats per minute and decibels? Essentially, who cares?
DEATH (OF) METAL
24 February 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Million Dead :: 65 Days Of Static :: Serotonin (Portsmouth) ::
Million Dead have clearly grown into their own having taken influences from a scene that is fading and given it that great British feel.
22 February 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: The Bravery :: Hard-Fi ::
Their ballsy synth-rock is catchy and quirky, but without the substance that even Jet and Kasabian possess. Coupled with their nervous, or inebriated, disposition, this show sincerely lacks the joyous feel of their last Manchester date at the Roadhouse...
15 February 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: AKA ::
Like a Jekyll to his Hyde, Ski becomes a whip cracking ring master, grasping your attention and leading you to his lair
SCOTS DOUBLE C
16 February 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: Carson :: The Cinematics ::
For music this sharp but accessible these should not remain a secret for long. You’ve been advised.
IT AIN'T HALF COLD, MUM
12 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Beat Up :: The Forest :: Arctic Monkeys ::
The Arctic Monkeys embrace all the things that bands like The Beat Up embody, but add something more youthful and cheeky to what they do.
17 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Behind Green Lights :: Alterkicks ::
It’s nights like tonight when the biggest compliment you know you can give a band is “holy [insert word of choice here], they’re good"...
17 February 2005 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: The Fountain ::
It’s all still something of a carnivorous plant just one with slightly prettier petals.
17 February 2005 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: The Loving Cup :: Danny Saul :: Deadstring Brothers ::
I came here with no idea as to what I was going to get and I leave equally bedazzled. Few things are truly amazing. This is.
MM EXCLUSIVE - SEA POWER RALLY PART 2
12 February 2005 / Village Hall / Grasmere, Cumbria
:: British Sea Power ::
Overnight, a strange indie rock version of the Paris-Dakar Rally is taking place. Because for British Sea Power fans, one gig is rarely enough – and the next day’s is 333 miles away in a village hall in Cumbria.
MM EXCLUSIVE - SEA POWER RALLY PART 1
11 February 2005 / High Rocks Inn / Tunbridge Wells, Kent
:: British Sea Power ::
Cath Aubergine heads to the forests of Kent to find British Sea Power entertaining the locals...and not even the NME knew...
VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
14 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Nine Black Alps ::
With very few couples in sight it wasn’t a romantic affair, instead the night was a treat for those that sacrificed the normal Italian meal and a bottle of wine for something far more appetising.
13 February 2005 / The Faversham / Leeds
:: Nine Black Alps :: ¡Forward, Russia! :: Little Flames :: Downdime ::
‘Just Friends’ goes down magically and at this point looking around for a second across the room, with everyone’s heads nodding in time transfixed by the stage and the sounds it looks like a woodpecker’s convention.
EX-LIBERTINE PROVIDES SENSE OF WONDER
09 February 2005 / 42nd Street / Manchester
:: Yeti ::
Tonight is not the “John Hassall band plus a few backing musicians”
10 February 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: 65 Days Of Static ::
an aural version of hardcore S&M; at times it hurts, but you want more - you want it to go on..
09 February 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: 747s :: (Review of the abysmal Yeti not included) ::
This monster is part T-Rex, part Supergrass, part Bob Marley, and part Beatles. Granted, that doesn’t sound like a monster that you’d want to slay, but slay you definitely should.
HIGHER STATE OF COOL
07 February 2005 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Bandyleg ::
It’s as though they themselves are in the eye of the storm resting whilst the colossal noise swirls about them.
KISS OF DEATH
08 February 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: The Kills :: The Longcut ::
This is rock’n’roll stripped bare, one chord, sometimes just one string, a deep, primal blues which bodes well indeed for the forthcoming album.
CHEAP THRILLS - BLOWOUT FEBi
04 February 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Clor :: Towers Of London ::
Silly gimmick rock or just good time rock fun? Can MM make up its mind? Can it f...
JET SET WILLY - HIGH VOLTAGE FEBi
05 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Shmatte Kid :: Mystery Jets :: The Young Offenders Institute ::
Legends are already circulating about venue bans, threatening behaviour towards sound engineers and, er, “items going missing”; Tony Wilson and Terry Christian are fans...
04 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Beat Poet :: Rising Sun ::
‘The atmosphere in here’s shit!’ screeches Beat Poet drummer Rob Failhurst. `It’s because you’re shit’ comes the reply. This banter continues with Mr Failhurst asking a series of informal questions,‘how fucking tall are you then?’
03 February 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Keith :: The Forest :: The Permissive Society ::
I left with a real mix of thoughts of emotions and in the most indecisive mood I’ve been in for ages – It made me think and I thank them