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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For April, 2004

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THAT MAN WILL NOT HANG
26 April 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 3-Trk CD Single
:: McLusky ::
Three minutes of concentrated piss and vinegar. "Sardonic" doesn't even come close.

BROWN EYES BLUE
19 April 2004 / M1 / 3-Trk CD Single
:: Mohair ::
Skiffle gone americana gone Mr. Cadbury's parrot.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 26.04.04
26 April 2004 / Various
:: Dogs Die In Hot Cars :: Armand Van Helden :: Blaze :: Willis :: Thursday ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 26th April 2004

SCISSORS IN MY POCKET
26 April 2004 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD
:: Polly Paulusma ::
The folky and delightful musings of Polly Paulusma are inspired

NEWS FROM NOWHERE
26 April 2004 / Matador Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Seachange ::
A great introduction to Seachange for those who’ve not yet had chance to invest.

SOLID GOLD / ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER DOLLAR
26 April 2004 / EMI / 15 Trk CD
:: Gang Of Four ::
Gang Of Fours grinding, hollow yet fractured guitars set under the semi-chanting vocals and background feedback effects

PHANTOM FORCE
26 April 2004 / SonyBMG / 15 Trk CD (Placid Casual)
:: Super Furry Animals ::
Instead of adding to many of the songs, the result is a series of long drawn out studio exercises

FIT BUT YOU KNOW IT
26 April 2004 / 679 / 1 Trk Cd (Locked On)
:: The Streets ::
Mike Skinner relates London street life to every one, on every hoody infected street corner

WORD OF MOUTH
26 April 2004 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: The Blueskins ::
Forget what’s happening on Merseyside right now, these four Yorkshiremen are doing it better harder faster and most definitely stronger.

CHANGES ARE NO GOOD *record of the week*
26 April 2004 / 679 / 1 Trk Promo
:: The Stills ::
Full of Chameleons inspired riffs and a vocal line that Morrissey would be proud of, a track packed full of ideas, hooks and a neat chorus

DOLLIFICATION EP
26 April 2004 / StolenWine / 6 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Hector Collectors ::
Scottish shambolic lo-fi musings tread on the territory of cheap themes like “Teenage Dirtbag” played with banjos and a sore throat

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 19.04.04
19 April 2004 / Various
:: HAL :: The Alarm :: Lucky Jim ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 19th April 2004

SECRET RULER OF THE WORLD
19 April 2004 / 11 Trk Cd :: Circus65
:: Quiet Loner ::
Hill covers many moods in this impressive country collection leading us to melancholy conclusions with fitting lyrics and the right degree of transatlantic verve

6 TRACK EP *record of the week*
19 April 2004 / 4 AD / 6 Trk CD
:: 50 Foot Wave ::
The guitars have every string rattling, fuzzed up and spewing harmonics - An intense affair and the strongest new material that 4AD have recently released

BOY BOY BOY
19 April 2004 / Pias / 3 Trk CD
:: Iain Archer ::
A charming trip, fuelled by organ sounds and a driving bank of acoustic guitars

CAN’T GET ENOUGH
19 April 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Dead At Thirty Records
:: Infadels ::
A splendid mash of alt.disco and hard line sequencing, pinned together with an unforgettable chorus line

BLACK HEART
19 April 2004 / City Slang / 7 Trk CD
:: Calexico ::
Full of broken hearts, bloody knuckles and shimmering but dirty samples and laid back vocal lines

MATINEE
19 April 2004 / Domino / 1 Trk Promo
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
An excellent and obvious cut from FF’s exceptionally successful self titled debut album

THE RIVER
19 April 2004 / Albert Productions / 2-Track CD Single
:: Breed77 ::
Spanish nu-metallers return in melodramatic arena ballad.

TOMMY SHOTS
12 April 2004 / XL / 3-Track CD Single
:: Young Heart Attack ::
The corpse of fast-living rock n roll receives another ironic exhumation.

SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK THROUGH YOUR WINDOW
12 April 2004 / Fierce Panda / 1-Track CD Promo
:: Agent Blue ::
Dual guitars battle through a couple of motifs placed somewhere between Iron Maiden, Placebo and the in-game music from Doom.

I LOVE TOTAL DESTRUCTION
05 April 2004 / Beggars Banquet / 11-Track LP
:: The Nectarine No.9 ::
A real evolutionary fuck-up. It’s something that just looks wrong like a duck-billed platypus but is nonetheless, highly functional and developed.

THIS LOVE
05 April 2004 / Octjay Records / 1-Track CD Promo
:: Maroon 5 ::
Sounds for Monica and Chandler to get all hip-daddy to, before popping to a Hootie and the Blowfish concert.

THE WEAKEST SHADE OF BLUE
05 April 2004 / One Little Indian / 1-Track CD Promo
:: The Pernice Brothers ::
From an album whose quality rarely dips it would be nigh on impossible to make the wrong choice of single.

WOT DO U CALL IT?
05 April 2004 / XL / 4-Track CD Single
:: Wiley ::
Non urban, non garage workout that was made in a studio, not a garage.

3’S BOY (* Record Of The Week * )
12 April 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Parklandsway (Kubichek!) ::
Parklandsway swagger and slice through their repertoire with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for adrenalised retro new wave

LOVE SONG
12 April 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Smirk ::
An odd mix indeed, as the whole is bridged by blistering speaker crunching chords

APATHY FOR BEGINNERS
12 April 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Sayama ::
Sayama are onto a simple formula that drives with crunching simplicity and a memorable voice

EVERYTHINGS IRRELEVANT AND NO IDEAS ORIGINAL
12 April 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: This Et Al ::
The whole outlook shows a healthy disposition for great melodies set to rattling guitars and jack knife arrangements

WAR TORN
12 April 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Movie Made Children ::
For a debut demo this is an astounding EP and we literally can’t wait to hear more

MOVE OVER ROVER
12 April 2004 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Slide ::
The slower sound of the Beatles in leather jackets or even Sweet Gene Vincent forced to wear a Parka

A LIFE IN THE DAY
12 April 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Three Sided Circle ::
Brims with mass appeal and fantastically sumptuous harmonies

DEMO2
12 April 2004 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Crestfallen ::
A heady blend of acoustic pop played by rockers, who have no intention of turning things down. Most definitely ones to watch.

I’LL SPREAD THE WORD
12 April 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Finka ::
Warbling melodies and harmonies set against sparse bass and stripped back U2 / Radiohead guitars

DEMO
12 April 2004 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Kappernicus ::
Sounds a bit like “Last Boat To Cairo” by Madness being played by Oceansize with Mark King on bass

DEMO
12 April 2004 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Pretend Girlfriend ::
A bit more exploitation of their obvious power and potential would see this band right

THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE
12 April 2004 / Fierce Panda / 3 Trk CD :: Temptation / Island
:: The Features ::
Bland songs played excitedly from US of A

HOMESONGS
12 April 2004 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Adem ::
Beautiful acoustic shuffle, full of American heartland sounds and contemporary swing

SHANGHAI MY HEART
12 April 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Versity
:: Suferosa ::
You should love this in a post Roxette sort of way

DEVILS SHARKS & SPACESHIPS
12 April 2004 / 13 Trk CD :: Justice Brothers Records
:: Busface ::
If you’re a club head you’ll like this, but avoid the slaughtering of “Love Is Like Oxygen”

THE GREATEST WHITE LIAR
12 April 2004 / One Little Indian / 14 Trk CD
:: Nic Armstrong ::
Full of melodies but not one tune

CHOCOLATE
12 April 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Cd (Fiction)
:: Snow Patrol ::
Whilst treading in Travis country, does retain at least a few grains of indie credibility

IDST (IF DESTROYED STILL TRUE)
12 April 2004 / Faith & Hope / 9 Trk CD
:: Los Paranoias ::
Great angular leftfield stuff , but the more ambient / clubby material is interesting as opposed to convincingly enjoyable

ATLAS
12 April 2004 / 11 Trk CD :: Sonic 360
:: Kinky ::
You’ll hit a salsa beefed up with jungle beats and things will often get a bit prog-funky

FOR LOVERS
12 April 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Peter Doherty & Wolfman ::
A surprising and impressive turn of style.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 05.04.04
05 April 2004 / Various
:: Polly Paulusma :: The Crystal Method :: The Rasmus :: Busface :: My Chemical Reaction :: Headway :: Automato ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 5th April 2004

OH MY LOVE
05 April 2004 / City Slang / 4 Trk CD
:: Sophia ::
Shows some interesting promise but with a potential emotional overload

NEVER SAID ANYTHING
05 April 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Eat Sleep
:: The Belles ::
Soaked in acoustic guitars and vocals that capture a light headed melody and set it soaring above our heads

IN MY BED / YOU SENT ME FLYING
05 April 2004 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Island)
:: Amy Winehouse ::
Jazzy references adopted into modern and lazy but cutting beats and samples

OUR WORLD
05 April 2004 / 1 Trk Cd :: Sch!zo Records
:: Sixty Mile Smile ::
A case of all the right moves just needing to focus into something just a little more special

BABY YOU SHOULD KNOW
05 April 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Polydor, Vertigo)
:: Joy Zipper ::
Undeniably influenced by the more directly pop focussed output of My Bloody Valentine

TECHNOLOGY
05 April 2004 / Faith & Hope / 4 Trk CD - Promo
:: Beats For Beginners ::
Fittingly short collection of three minute breezy pop songs.

TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES
05 April 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Sunday Best
:: Grand National ::
The ever excellent Grand National present another burst of harmony, this time set against an electro backdrop

FADED SEASIDE GLAMOUR
05 April 2004 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
An even mix of upbeat sunny chimes, referencing Brian Wilson with 1980’s indie sparkle and 60’s pop infused ballads

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