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I JUST STOPPED BY TO SEE THE MAN.
30 September 2005 / The Octagon / Bolton (mcr)
Jeffreys play based on the premise of selling your soul to satan at the crossroads, in return for an ability to play the “devils music"
ITC05 - IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
30 September 2005 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
There a more spectators on stage than band members and 80's MBBLD are bouncing off every wall as anarchy takes charge
ITC05 - EDUCATING RUSSIA
30 September 2005 / The Waldorf / Manchester
:: Polytechnic ::
Getting a drink would have probably been easier in Gorbachov's times
ITC05 - HEAVY RHINOS
30 September 2005 / Satan's Hollow / Manchester
:: Team :: Punish The Atom ::
Team show that you can be heavy as a rhinocerous and not sing a single note but still be catchy as the common cold.
ITC05 - FANDANGO LIFT OFF
30 September 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Omerta :: Tricky Nixon :: The Children :: 3rd DAN :: Vincent Vincent & The Villains ::
Night & Day opens up its ITC feast with an overwhelming Fandango bash..
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN
29 September 2005 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Suffrajets :: 7 Second Burn :: Fury :: Drone ::
I’m told I missed the best band of the night, Drone. Then again, it might have been one of Drone who told me....
WHIPS, BLUES & LOST YOUTH
29 September 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Whip :: Obviously Four Believers (aka The Headlines) :: Performance ::
High Voltage sprinkle on the glitter, wheel out the synths and warm up up with britpop blues..
26 September 2005 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Pure Reason Revolution ::
A few more people leaving the venue that will be adding Pure Reason Revolution to their next musical shopping list
BOYS IN BROWN
20 September 2005 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Diefenbach :: Alfie ::
Since the heady days of Madchester few bands have managed to unite students and scallies, painters and pissheads in the way Alfie have.
KNOW YOUR ONIONS
23 September 2005 / The Castle / Oldham
:: Lodestone :: The Distanced :: Matteo Scumaci ::
Heavy doses of power pop, that would have set Seattle alight in the 1990
INNER CITY URCHIN
15 September 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: The Race :: The Pedestrians :: Lisa Brown ::
A snarling Fall to the Young Offenders’ Mondays (in attitude if not musically) they spit edgy punk-funk riffs via a cheap trebly guitar sound with the kind of anger you don’t get growing up in the nicer suburbs.
A GIG OF TWO HALVES
16 September 2005 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: Kni9hts :: Archie Bronson Outfit :: Behind Green Lights :: Josh T Pearson ::
With a beard bigger than his head, for some reason he elects to start his set by drawling incomprehensibly into the mic and then changing his T-shirt onstage – you get the feeling he’s not going to sing about chasing girls at the disco.
BIN THERE DONE THAT
09 September 2005 / Retro Bar / Manchester
:: Big Joan :: Geisha :: The Scaramanga Six ::
There’s a dustbin on the stage and the crowd think it’s all over
PLAN A SET B
17 September 2005 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Oceansize :: ˇForward, Russia! ::
Oceansize unveil their new album in a show that redefines rock and then exits to the crackling cycling effects of abandoned guitars
BURNST BABY BURNST
02 September 2005 / Secret Venue / Manchester
:: Burnst ::
Material that provides the aptest soundtrack to post-modern living made by guitars and drums permeates every cranny of the entire sardine-cramped room.
NO WOMEN, NO GOOD
10 September 2005 / Academy 2 / Manchester
:: Gov't Mule ::
Warren Haynes, the rock god in question, is a funny looking, plump fifty year old man with Jon Bon Jovi hair and all the necessary facial expressions to compliment his guitar playing style.
SHUT UP AND DANCE
03 September 2005 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Sadie Hawkins Dance ::
The amps come to life with a clean thread of pure rock...
08 September 2005 / The Music Box / Manchester
:: Red Pen Letter :: Day For Airstrikes :: Stranger Son :: Remote Control ::
May well indeed hit their target – or at the very least reduce a small town to dust...
BOWLING FOR EXTRA-TIME
03 September 2005 / The Albert Bowling Club, Didsbury / Manchester
:: Sam and Me ::
aA celebrate the launch of Sam & Me's sonic boomerang