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Mr WIZARD MAN
28 April 2003 / Demo / 4 TRk CD
:: Pro-Create ::
“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” mixed with Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova”

BEST OF 2002 COMPILATION
28 April 2003 / Promo / 10 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
A compilation for the princely sum of a quid

DEMO
28 April 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Fix ::
The drums stagger in with the frenetic gusto of Keith Moon in “Won’t Get Fooled Again” - short and sweet

TINDERBOX
28 April 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD (1000 Watt)
:: David R Black ::
Uneven” is pretty much copybook rock, which moves at a fairly measured pace. But its title and middle track “Tinder” which steals the show

SLOW DOWN
28 April 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Pioneers ::
Mixing the lush sophisto pop of Talk Talk with the kind of singing you could only imagine coming from Puressence in their more quieter moments

SEVEN DAYS IN SPACE
28 April 2003 / Dead Digital / 4 Trk CD
:: Pulby ::
The third release from avant-garde DIY indie outfit “Dead Digital” brings us the lovingly packaged and as ever slightly bizarre sounds of Pulby.

DEMO
28 April 2003 / Demo / 7 Trk Cd
:: The Mule Boom (Pre Cherry Ghost) ::
A collection of songs that are now more akin to Supergrass and lightworking 70’s influenced pop music

TENNESSEE
28 April 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Ocea ::
Recorded in some toilets somewhere “Tennessee” doesn’t sound that bad as a tune..

DEMO #1
28 April 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Maypole In Flames ::
Despite its “loose at the edges” (it could come apart on the first corner) outlook, it’s full of hard hitting ideas that just need some taming

LIVE DEMO
28 April 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Slide ::
Exciting pub Rock with a touch of modern heavy rock scooped up in an effective live recording.

ORGASM
28 April 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Demo
:: The Invention ::
Continuous bass lines supporting guitar parts that go from delicate, flowery embellishments reminiscent of the Verve to a more ballsy chug that provides the body of a shouty chorus

THE BEAUTY PAGEANT
28 April 2003 / Promo / 4 Trk CD (Head Girl Records)
:: We Start Fires ::
Through the dewy eyed recollections of 90's lank feather cuts and Adidas Gazelle, will you recall the sudden burst of female bands that invaded the scene?

IT’S GOT TO GET BETTER
28 April 2003 / Demo / 1 Trk Cd
:: Barfly ::
Intelligent pop music that would attract attention from anyone who has handed over cash for records by Coldplay or David Gray

HUMAN SPIRIT
28 April 2003 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Starki ::
Getting the songs right is something that some bands never manage and is something that Starki thankfully don’t have to worry about

TALKING POINTS, NOT TRAGEDIES
15 April 2003 / Iron Man Records / 6 Trk CD
:: Sist ::
An uncompromising and discordant blast of post hardcore noise

EXTENDED PLAYER
08 April 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Blue Tile Lounge ::
BTL manage to stuff a large portion of gut-wrenching hardcore bawling into their pop punk sling-shot.

DATE WITH THE NIGHT
07 April 2003 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ::
Like a surgeon with a dirty trowel, Yeah Yeah Yeahs cut through the night with punk aplomb and grating guitars

WE BOUNCE
07 April 2003 / Taste / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: One Minute Silence ::
OMS have somehow ended up with the dodgiest artwork in their current batch of releases, but ironically their newest single hits things pretty much on the mark

WE LOVE MUSIC
07 April 2003 / City Slang / 17 Trk CD Album
:: International Pony ::
With a portfolio of 17 tracks, International Pony can’t fail to lock on target more than just a few times

DARK WAVE
07 April 2003 / Domino / 6 Trk CD
:: Stephen Malkmus ::
The guitar rasps where needed but Malkmus pours on the unhinged melodies with ease

FRIED MY LITTLE BRAINS
07 April 2003 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
Swamp Blues and hooked up, looped up guitar riffs work well with the one liners and porch side 12 bar structures

NEARER THAN HEAVEN
07 April 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
This appreciation in 60’s guitars and harmonies offers a ray of light from the falsetto vocal

AGENDA SUICIDE
07 April 2003 / City Slang / 3 Trk CD
:: The Faint ::
The Faint bulldoze their way to credibility whilst more lightweight outfits just punch at the sides

THE UNSIGNED GUIDE
02 April 2003 / Local Music Industry Guide & Manual
:: Mcr:Music ::
Whilst there’s been some very useful, albeit pamphlet sized guides to getting “ON” in ManchesterMusic circles, only now has something come along to (massively) bridge the gap

UNDER THE COVERS EP
01 April 2003 / Promo / 4 Trk CD
:: Harry ::
Next thing you know, the Manics will duet with Traci Lords and a Russian under-age lesbian sex show will top the hit parade

Dig Deep
01 April 2003 / Demo / 1 Track CDR
:: Carbon ::
You won’t need a spare pair of underpants but you will get a wholesome if corny slice of power pop pie

DEMO
01 April 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk CD-R
:: Session 9 ::
some atmospheric tension and occasional complex off-centred heaviness reminiscent of Tool

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