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SONGS FOR THE DEAD
24 April 2003 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Deadset :: Death By Design ::
This is a “Mayhem” metal night. Hmmm. Reasonably occupied by teenagers with baggy jeans and dog chains dangling from front to rear jeans pockets, there isn’t much errhm, mayhem.

COOL CONSPIRACY
24 April 2003 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Kid Conspiracy :: Inflatable Heroes ::
A set that has me excited at the prospect that there really is a new generation of great rock bands like Kid Conspiracy, to keep Manchester on the map

RISING SON
25 April 2003 / The Britons Protection / Manchester
:: Narcissus :: Stephen Fretwell ::
Fretwell has seen his stock rise, particularly after his mad dash around various In The City venues last September resulting in the hype that led to his first independent release, the mini-album “8 Songs”

THE CULT OF STEVE
23 April 2003 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Stephen Malkmus :: Clearlake ::
Anyone audibly requesting “Cut Your Hair” or “Carrot Rope” will be skinned alive

TEMPLE OF SOUND
23 April 2003 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: The Sisters Of Mercy ::
It’s dark. So dark it’s actually pulling in light from surrounding areas. “I’m only wearing black until they invent something darker” reads one punter’s T-shirt.

REVENGE OF THE NUMANOIDS
19 April 2003 / The Attic / Manchester
:: Performance ::
So it would appear that in this shaky corrugated iron clad box above The Thirsty Scholar, the 80’s have returned with a vengeance.

S&G FANTASY
18 April 2003 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: 10 Days :: Innabula :: Jupiter Sands ::
It’s some time since I graced the pearl light bulb lit bar and narrow stairs that lead you to the Star And Garters upstairs venue

CAMPUS MANCUNIA UBER ALLES
16 April 2003 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Dead Kennedys :: Goldblade ::
My first thoughts are of a quick and painless death - but a quasi-religious experience in seeing the ‘Blade makes living for another dose essential

NOT DISTINCTIVELY INDIE
03 April 2003 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Rapture ::
As the crowd synchronise with the four scruffy fuzzy haired tunesmiths on stage ‘Out Of The Races And On To The Tracks’ further satisfied the hunger for dancing beats

BUNKER BUSTERS
04 April 2003 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Lets Not Lose Mars To The Commies :: Fi-Lo Radio :: Zombina & The Skeletones :: Jody Wild Goose ::
Fi-Lo Radio are honoured and held in high esteem for their bunker busting loudest guitar amp in the world antics where a single every 3 minutes is a dead cert

GENERATIONS
03 April 2003 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Inspiral Carpets ::
You wonder what a stranger to Manchester and its music would have thought walking past the Academy at 9pm to the sound of a couple of thousand people moo-ing

FASHIONABLY IRONIC KITSCH.
03 April 2003 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: RAM :: Reverend Coyote :: Elston Majeska :: Serf ::
Unwilling to merely deal the same strum-along hand, Pottsy turns his back to beat out tribal timpani to the swells of feedback and reverse guitar

MAY I INTRODUCE YOU TO JOHNNY MARR?
02 April 2003 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Johnny Marr & The Healers ::
You can’t fault him for being incredibly cool at an age where most should be looking seriously at gardening

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