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SILENCE IS GOLDEN
16 September 2002 / Matt & Phreds / Manchester
:: The Microphones :: - IN THE CITY ::
Absolute silence is required to eke all of the emotion from his songs yet when do you ever get absolute silence at a gig, especially when the natives begin to get restless

WALKING DEAD ARE VERY MUCH ALIVE
15 September 2002 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Cracatilla :: Puressence :: Stephen Fretwell :: - IN THE CITY ::
Puressence show that they’re ready to fight for their rightful position in Mancunian legend

SHINING BRIGHTLY
14 September 2002 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Stephen Fretwell :: Isobel :: - IN THE CITY ::
People would have been left with no uncertain feelings about their attendance at the afternoon acoustic slots of Isobel and Manchester’s rising star Stephen Fretwell.

NEVER IN MY LIFE HAS A MAN DANCING IN PANTS BEEN SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT
14 September 2002 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Bane Overlord :: Stazi :: Silva Surfa :: - 'In The Chippy' - IN THE CITY ::
Swooping into Night and Day to check out what promised to be an interesting night from Chips Records, and one I had written about on this very site, I was loaded loaded loaded and ready to shake my booty to all manner of funky sounds

SICK ON THE BUS, DON'T GIVE A F/U/C/K ABOUT US
28 September 2002 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Valerie :: Convolvatron :: The Snakes :: - F U C K (2) ::
And then it's back to reality with a trip on the all night bus - one which someone has just thrown up on. Valerie are in danger of losing their amateur D-I-Y reputation if they aren't careful if this refined, focused display (what? ed)

CM / ITC - IS THIS YOUR FUTURE ?
15 September 2002 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: CHAIRSMISSING :: The Flow :: The Sonar Yen :: Transelement :: Tsuji Giri :: Fi-Lo Radio :: The Obsession :: - IN THE CITY ::
it happened in 2001 with moco and oceansize - who's on the lucky list this year and what happened at ITCs biggest unsigned fringe event ?

WE WILL ROCK YOU
17 September 2002 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Little Plato :: Flawed :: The Cardinals :: The Maker :: [ 3x3 ROCK] - IN THE CITY ::
Flawed's soaring tunes are even higher than their entangled vertical haircuts. The guitars are hammered in a riotus harmony. The singer makes his eyes burn through the ceiling, as he looks aloft whilst punching out tomorrows anthems.

MEAT AND TWO VEG
05 September 2002 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Agent Olive :: Adom :: presented by Ignition ::
Nestled between the two veg, is a firm slab of meat. Adom, already applauded on the MM site for their demo material really did live up to expectations.

EXPLOSIVE CORROSIVE COMPULSIVE
16 September 2002 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: B-fab.U.K. :: Snail Racing :: The Green Acre :: Explosions in the Sky :: - IN THE CITY ::
Ultra lo-fi, minimalist live drumbox, bizarrely (de)tuned guitar played anything but technically, competently or conventionally with vocals ranging from nursery harmonies to disconcerting Tourette’s syndrome rants

KKKK + KKKK + KKKK = 3x3 Metal
22 September 2002 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Send More Paramedics :: August :: Beecher :: [Missed Her Bliss] ::
An intense live act, mixing snarling metal guitars with piercing shrieks and moments of subtle beauty and grace. I should demand that the hordes of baggy trouser-ed Affleck’s disciples be down here.

AMERICA CALLING
25 September 2002 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Chameleons :: Mentalist ::
Smithies and Fielding have really rediscovered their stride and Lever’s drumming was as spectacular as it ever was. Burgess is cooler and more focussed.

BLOODTHIRSTY JETPLANE
27 September 2002 / The Funky Monkey / Warrington
:: DC10 ::
A new bloodthirsty, grinding, ear-splitting, foaming at the mouth, dirty as sin, screeching, pounding rock and roll sound.

My Fat Red Cat Rocks
02 September 2002 / The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne / Manchester
:: My Red Bullet :: Fat Cat ::
The ludicrously titled “Mummy, I shot my Teddybear” is by no means a measure of the headshrinking rock witnessed to night - there truly is hope in rock and this is maybe a glimpse of it.

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