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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For April, 2005

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FUTURE
11 April 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: Modular
:: Cut Copy ::
electronic wander around in a vague world where choruses don’t exist and everyone spends their wages on hair gel

THREE FINGERS * record of the week *
25 April 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 7 Trk + 4 Bonus Trk CD
:: The Rogers Sisters ::
Compelling, angular stuff with a commitment to experimentalism and minimalism.

THE GLITTERATI
25 April 2005 / Warner / 11 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: The Glitterati ::
Takes you on a trip to LA and rather successfully too, with short, powerfully built chord progressions and G’N’R quips

CATBIRD SEAT * single of the week *
25 April 2005 / Something In Construction :: 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Silent League ::
“Oh Yeah? You Hear Us Now?” sings Russo. Loud and clear.

HAL
25 April 2005 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: Hal ::
In a way it’s a bit like saying the Conservative government did a good job last time, so lets vote them back in

ARULA
25 April 2005 / XL / 13 Trk CD
:: M.I.A ::
An agenda that includes teenage prostitution, poverty, war and consumerism and the of course pop itself

WELCOME TO THE ZOO
25 April 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Blow Up
:: Trap2 ::
Trap 2 can't decide whether they want to pander to 14 year old girls (Rooster/McFly) or whether they actually want to get serious

LOVE ON MY MIND
25 April 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Loaded
:: Freemasons featuring Amanda Wilson ::
Injecting a bit of soul in with pure disco, the sample of "This Time Baby" is all brought up to date with bouncy beats

HOPE THERE’S SOMEONE
25 April 2005 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Antony And The Johnsons ::
Unique if not strange, quivering, semi-alto tenor warbles, verging on the falsetto

MINORITY OF ONE
25 April 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Concept
:: Johnny Panic ::
Plenty of rock distortions prevail with three chord themes followed by driving rock anthem values

SHOP WINDOW
25 April 2005 / 2 Trk Enhanced CD :: Caw
:: Kathryn Williams ::
Could probably sing the theme to “Only Fools And Horses” and make it capable of ripping your heart in two without you even noticing

ISABELLE
25 April 2005 / Fierce Panda / 1 Trk CD
:: Battle ::
Quivering float over buzzing guitars - a great song, dished up with a scratchy, widescreen passion

THREE MOODS OF THE
25 April 2005 / Universal / 4 Trk CD :: Side Salad
:: The Noisettes ::
Some sort of strange homage to The Stray Cats and the "Jazz Singer".

BACK TO ME
25 April 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Zoe
:: Kathleen Edwards ::
Refreshingly energetic, with the hint of a rockier ambition fused to the obvious Americana

TUNED TO A DIFFERENT STATION
25 April 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
woof woof woof. Woof!. Grrrrrrrr.

ALIVE 2005
25 April 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: J Albert
:: Happylife ::
May be just an excuse to create an in-the-air-cigarette-lighter moment

ONE DAY I’M GOING TO GO STRATOSPHERIC ON YOU.CHANCES ARE.YOU’LL THANK ME FOR IT
25 April 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Surface 2 Air
:: Kiosk ::
Helium fuelled female voice, two chord riffs, are intersected with off the wall Television style guitar breaks

I THOUGHT GOD WAS A FLASH OF POWER
18 April 2005 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Inside The Black Square ::
Requires the listeners acceptance to join them on their violent diversions from the traditional

SOMETHING CHANGED
18 April 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: We See Foxes ::
Stomping four for the floor beats, hand claps and the clanking of guitar

IN THE GARDEN GREY
18 April 2005 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Skeleton Gun ::
Maybe encouraging the odd “Devil Horn “ hand gesture this is all firmly performed loudly in a small garage

UNDER THE SAME SKY
18 April 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Star Asylum
:: The Vanities ::
Riddled with skyscraping pop and 80’s adoration.

OVER MY SHOULDER
18 April 2005 / Echo (Universal) / 3 Trk CD
:: I Am Kloot ::
Shuffles down back streets with the raw sound of a guttural bass, jazzy indie guitars and the shimmer of rattling drums

FREAKAZOID
18 April 2005 / 14 Trk CD :: Escapi
:: Mennen ::
Would seem to favour the offspring of former 'Europe' fans looking for something a little harder and with a shorter haircut.

TELL US SOMETHING
18 April 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Sara Hawley & The Bang Bang Club ::
Rattling, exciting guitars, with narrow, tight interludes, great hooks and anthemic ambition

THE HAND THAT FEEDS
18 April 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Nine Inch Nails ::
Excitable, stunning yet overtly commercial. Not many bands can do that

RETREAT
18 April 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Moshi Moshi
:: The Rakes ::
It’s when you hit the badly advised inclusion of live track “Strasbourg” that the musical road crash is displayed in it’s full bloody horror

KINGWOOD
18 April 2005 / Epitah / 12 Trk CD :: Burning Heart
:: Millencolin ::
The Swede accent lends itself easily to American swagger

UP, UP, UP, UP * single of the week *
18 April 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: StuckUp Music
:: Fleeing New York ::
Short, sharp attack, snappy lyrics and breath taking two note guitar breaks - FNY make good yet again

THE YARDS
18 April 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Industrial Erotica / Snapper
:: The Yards ::
A collection crammed full of harmonies and melodies that tear off a 1960’s vibe and stitch it to rustling, crunching guitars

BLAMETHROWER
18 April 2005 / 1 Trk CD – Download Only Release :: Xtra Mile Recordings
:: Reuben ::
A bass that could knock over lorries and a broadside of guitars that would seem capable of supporting a D-Day assault

AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE * album of the week *
18 April 2005 / 9 Trk CD :: Invada
:: Amusement Parks On Fire ::
Contains plenty of reasons to appreciate the beckoning magnificence

SMOKE RINGS EP
18 April 2005 / SonyBMG / 4 Trk CD :: Deltasonic
:: Ian Broudie ::
Acoustically glitters with its guitar style and Broudies own high quality song writing

A RECIPE FOR VOODOO
12 April 2005 / Demo / 8-Trk CD
:: Ideal Crash ::
If however you can penetrate its general boorishness, A Recipe For Voodoo is an infectious and potent force. And if you see the appeal in monster trucks pine for Andrew WK (remember him?) you’ve probably found the ideal replacement.

EVERY WAY TO FALL
18 April 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD Enhanced
:: Palo Alto ::
A riotous, sweeping anthem, crashing like a giant wave at its conclusion

EP1 & EP2
12 April 2005 / Demo / 2 x 4-Trk CD
:: The March Hares ::
There’s a more malcontented, contemporary edge to The March Hares that makes them somewhat more exciting nestling in smart, observational lyrics with amusing, sharp plot turns.

DEMO
12 April 2005 / Demo / 6-Trk CD
:: The Village Green ::
While The Village Green know their way around a tune there aren’t really enough sparks to sustain them. Standards that initially promise a rollercoaster trip generally neglect to deliver fading into predictability

DEMO
12 April 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Ellwood ::
Ellwood promise a ‘fresh approach to guitar-based music’. Perhaps this is intended in the Farm Foods or Iceland context as this is no fresher than a frozen crispy pancake.

HAIL MOTHER MARY
12 April 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Kimeera ::
“Hail Mother Mary” is one of those records that sounds like it was made by a very young band as it’s as full of energy and potential as it is of frustrating niggles.

DEMO
12 April 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Dirty Vinyls ::
A lad I used to know always maintained that The Charlatans sounded like Deep Purple. Most people dismissed him as an acid-fried loon, which wasn’t untrue, but now and again I could see where he was coming from.

DEMO
12 April 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Dorne ::
The band’s claim that their sound is ‘something akin to Richard Ashcroft hav(ing) gender realignment and forming a band with James Lavelle’ It's a little far-stretched, but at one point – and only at this point – such a claim is half palatable.

DEMO
12 April 2005 / Demo / 6-Trk CD
:: Different Shade ::
Like birth control in China: ‘As from the April 2005 there will be only one typically Mancunian sounding band allowed per square mile’...

ALLIGATOR
11 April 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 13 Trk CD
:: The National ::
Long awaited reflective and quite passionate third album.

WOODLAND WHITES & SPRING CUTS
11 April 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Benjamin Wetherill ::
Gentle, haunting, almost spooky rendition of authentic folk

KING OF ENGLAND
11 April 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Criterion ::
Crash bang walloping, memorable work out “King Of England” stamps out a well contained rock song

BLOW IT OUT
11 April 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Features ::
Inventive pop with friendly muscle

C’MERE
11 April 2005 / Matador Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Interpol ::
A dark pop song, hemmed in by the static sounding rasp of guitars and pure 80’s riffage

DIZZINESS
11 April 2005 / V2 / 3 Trk CD
:: Neon ::
Sucks out energy from the listener like a vamparic soul eater

RUSSIAN DOLL
11 April 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Dead Fly Buchowski ::
DFB Drink big goblets of wine,write war songs, featuring revolutionary dreams, bloodshed and the use of large artillery - all whilst reading “Women” and “Post Office”.

KING OF THE RODEO
11 April 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: BMG / Hand Me Down
:: Kings Of Leon ::
I’m sure Mr Followill is singing about “Rolos” - or something

TIED UP TOO TIGHT
11 April 2005 / Warner / 3 Trk CD :: Necessary / Atlantic
:: Hard-Fi ::
Entirely relevant grind, mixed with their bleak outlook, makes Hard-Fi so compelling

ALL YOU DO IS TALK
11 April 2005 / Urbanite / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo, Poptones
:: The Boxer Rebellion ::
One of the best opportunities for waving big flags since Bono sang about Bloody Sundays

PLAY THE HITS
11 April 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Hal ::
At times so twee that it’s at risk of snapping its own legs, mid-dance

ROAD LEADS WHERE IT’S LED
11 April 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD : Reprise
:: Secret Machines ::
Expansive, defining sound, littered with compelling melody and big grinding sci-fi guitars

SOMEWHERE ELSE
11 April 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD :: Vertigo
:: Razorlight ::
Razorlight really are the 21st Century version of The Boomtown Rats

SOUL FOOD MOTHER
11 April 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Distiller
:: Undercut ::
Bristols outfit seem to aspire to stratospheric noises and high flying anthems

LIVING ROOM * buy this *
11 April 2005 / 2 Trk Vinyl 7” Single :: Slogan Records
:: The Forest ::
Quite possibly the best looping riff and gutter hugging bass parts, invented this year

GEORGE CLOONEY
07 April 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Leopold Frank And The Kramits ::
Tracks like “George Clooney”, define, mad, strange but curiously enjoyable moments

HERE COME THE TRUTH
07 April 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Truth ::
The Truth tell it like it is - Good name but sharper detail and focus may be much needed

HAIRCUTS
06 April 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Hair ::
Sufficiently fashionable enough to conjure up images of skinny trousers and an obsession with 80’s sounds

THE DEVIL IS ALIVE AND WELL IN DC
06 April 2005 / 1 Trk Promo CD :: Snapper :: DOWNLOAD ONLY
:: The Yards ::
Exhumes Morrisons body before stamping all over it in cuban heeled cowboy boots

WAITING FOR THE SIRENS CALL
06 April 2005 / London / 11 Trk CD
:: New Order ::
New Order create another 'New Order' album, but this time they slip in a couple of harder workouts that point to something altogether more interesting

HE SHOOTS PRESIDENTS (this Et Al) / NINE (¡Forward, Russia!)
06 April 2005 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CDR
:: This Et Al :: ¡Forward, Russia! ::
Like a life threatening event that never happened - like you were vividly, but only dreaming it

WEEKEND
06 April 2005 / Urbanite / 3 Trk CD
:: The Unknown ::
San Tropez Sci-Fi synths and sequencers all rounded off with continental harmonies and visions of retro style open roofed sports cars, being driven along cliff top, sea view roads

EMPTY PAGES EP
06 April 2005 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Stickboy ::
Inspiringly entertaining and brilliantly produced

PRISONERS OF LOVE
06 April 2005 / Matador Records / 42 Trk – 3xCD Mini-Box Set
:: Yo La Tengo ::
YLT's geeky sounds are still cutting edge and are so critically relevant to todays music

FEATHERS
06 April 2005 / Matador Records / 9 Trk CD
:: Dead Meadow ::
Hazy, sleepy brutality and a slinky gorged out bleakness makes “Feathers” so compelling

GODS AND MONSTERS
06 April 2005 / Echo (Universal) / 13 Trk CD
:: I Am Kloot ::
I Am Kloot embark on the release of the third of their incredible albums to date

CALL US AT THE NUMBER YOU PROVIDE!
06 April 2005 / 9 Trk CD :: Escapi
:: Scenes ::
Euro rockers SceneS like to “paint aural soundscapes in your ears..”.

GOIN' OUT
06 April 2005 / Demo / 2 Trk Download
:: Post Haste ::
Virgin music with a Spartan outlook, thickly wedged with rumbling guitars, just needs a further spark of confidence

YOUR TOMORROWS BREAD
05 April 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Captain Wasp ::
Captain Wasp used to be in Transelement – a band even John Peel once described as “weird”, which has got to be something to be proud of – in some ways this is more conventional, but only if your conventions involve The Aphex Twin.

SLEEPING ON MY OWN TONIGHT
05 April 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Hannah ::
So you like your none-more-Mancunian sweeping major to minor chords, great bursting choruses like the sun cracking through the clouds and tunes that etch into your head on first hearing… but you wish it wasn’t always so blokey?

RAY
04 April 2005 / Epitah / 3 Trk CD :: Burning Heart
:: Millencolin ::
10 years on Millencolin now spread their wings to (try and) sound like Green Day

WILLIAM
04 April 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo / Mercury / Island
:: The Others ::
Neat representation of their frank, exciting and capable debut album.

AFTER DARK
04 April 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Le Tigre ::
Where Debbie Harry meets PolyStyrene, the crossroads where shrill melodics and a damn fine tune seem to collide

OFF 2 WORK
04 April 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: Dizzee Rascal ::
Another well defined outing set to the minimalist clatter of beats

POLYMORPHIC LIGHT ERUPTION
04 April 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Main Spring
:: The Caves ::
Swansea slice of slightly disjointed powerpop is pretty enjoyable stuff

JUST LIKE YOU
04 April 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Deadpop / Deltasonic
:: Anechoic ::
Mellow but powerfully, maybe painfully, sincere,a tasteful and rather clever affair, despite the absence of any ear pinning chorus lines

WE HAVE SOUND
04 April 2005 / Universal / 10 Trk CD :: Go Beat / Tummy Touch / Island
:: Tom Vek ::
If rumour is to be believed, Vek cooks these tunes up in his garage

WISH ME DEAD
04 April 2005 / Seriously Groovy / 11 Trk CD
:: Emetrex ::
“Wish Me Dead” is almost Kaleidoscopic, but somehow achieves such an effect with contrasted, solid, sharpened sounds

PANIC ATTACK
04 April 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo / Poptones / Mercury
:: The Paddingtons ::
Paddingtons vainly attempt to pay homage to mortal rock gods

THE BRIGHT AMBASSADORS OF MORNING
04 April 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: Holograph / BMG
:: Pure Reason Revolution ::
Calm seas followed by big wig outs and full on pure rock riffs

BREED 77
04 April 2005 / Albert Productions / 12 Trk CD
:: Breed77 ::
Big big stuff that will no doubt keep Coronation Streets Rosie and Craig occupied in front of the stereo for hours

OPEN SEASON * record of the week *
04 April 2005 / Rough Trade / 11-Trk CD/LP
:: British Sea Power ::
It always used to be the "difficult third album" didn't it? Nowadays it's more like a difficult second. And have British Sea Power experienced any? Not according to our BSP correspondant.

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