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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For July, 2005

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

NO CV * album of the week *
25 July 2005 / Gut / 12 Trk CD
:: My Computer ::
Inspiring return from My Computer, who refuse to go for the straightforward, where an argumentative instrument or arrangement, will do

[ONLY]
25 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Nine Inch Nails ::
Another important signpost to the great current album.

FUCK FOREVER
25 July 2005 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: Babyshambles ::
Is PD the only truly (active) 'rock n roll' person in Britain ?

WORLD AT WAR
25 July 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Tough Cookie / Elusive
:: The Alps ::
Crushing potential in a really positive debut.

THE AGELESS GHOSTS
25 July 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Ripe
:: My Own Gravity ::
The sound of the moody 80's running backwards being played underwater

LOVE IN A TRASH CAN * single of the week *
25 July 2005 / SonyBMG / 5 Trk CD
:: The Raveonettes ::
This could soundtrack Pulp Fiction without a major rewrite

WITHOUT YOU
25 July 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: El Presidente ::
If music was ever meant to be enlightening than it should sound like this.

JESUS HAD LONG HAIR
25 July 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Helix Music
:: Linchpin ::
Simple chords and American bubblegum alt.rock sensibilities

KEEP BELIEVIN’ EP
25 July 2005 / Albert Productions / 5 Trk CD
:: The Answer ::
Is there a reason to resurrect those hair permed heavy rock days ? No. But this is jolly good fun

INCUBATOR
25 July 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Stonetape
:: Missileer ::
There’s perhaps something rather special going on

2 TRK SPLIT 7” SINGLE # 7
25 July 2005 / Wrath / 2 Trk Split 7” Single
:: The Lodger :: Being 747 ::
Wrath are back with a another series of their highly successful and thankfully sustained singles club.

"BELLE VUE SESSIONS" - *Recommended*
18 July 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Lost Weekends ::
Its beauty is in the way Edward Bass and co-conspirators, like Nick Cave or more recently Patrick Wolf, manage to convey this bleakness musically to the point where he could be singing a takeaway order and you would still feel his alienation.

DEMO
18 July 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Manilla Fortnights ::
I can't decide if Manilla Fortnights is a brilliant name or a completely rubbish one, what do you reckon? The music's equally hard to pin down.

TRESPASSER
18 July 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Jupiter Sands ::
Accentuating the quirks that subtlety pepper ‘Trespasser’ could really improve on what is a demo full of potential.

IS IT WRONG TO HATE EVERYONE YOU MEET?
18 July 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Anexium ::
There’s a plethora of sounds on board and as long as it’s suitably eccentric and disorientating then it makes Anexium’s choice grade.

FORGET YOUR REGRETS
18 July 2005 / 2 Trk CD & Download :: Snapper
:: The Yards ::
Psychedelic keyboards and crunched up guitars, which could sit alongside the post hippy American greats

CRASH & BURN
18 July 2005 / Sanctuary / 2 Trk CD
:: The*Ga*Ga*s ::
Sounds like Def Leppard playing Don Henly songs

AN ANSWER CAN BE FOUND
18 July 2005 / Universal / 11 Trk CD
:: CKY ::
CKY end up in some sort of rock limbo, sounding like some sort of Eurovision Death metal act

SKELETRON * joint single of the week *
18 July 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Hatch Records
:: Multiplies ::
Highly entertaining, original multi-genre rock

FROM THE FLOOR BOARDS
18 July 2005 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
The Modfather (1979 version) picks up his Rickenbacker and lets rip

THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE
18 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Features ::
Mental institution rock n roll that you should be relatively crazy for

REVELATION OF LOVE :: TVT
18 July 2005 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Blue Van ::
Hippy, retro rock out that washes in a sea of cymbals

APOCALYPSO * recommended*
18 July 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD – Download Release :: Evil Office
:: Mew ::
A rousing rock song embued with pop, the heart of AHA and the soul of 1980’s alt.rock

SELFISH WAYS
18 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
More blustery stuff from the Londoners, points to bigger ambitions

IF WE’RE IN LOVE
18 July 2005 / Echo (Universal) / 1 Trk CD
:: Roisin Murphy ::
Funky, minimalist stuff, full of slightly jazzy chops, sequenced electronica

AT A WINDOW * joint single of the week *
18 July 2005 / Double Dragon / 2 Trk CD
:: Turncoat ::
Bridges the chasm between new wave indie and modern post rock

BURNING CHURCH
18 July 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Danny Mahon ::
A no nonsense collection of simple but enjoyable music.

FOR THE LONELY HEARTS OF THE COSMOS *album of the week*
18 July 2005 / Melodic / 11 Trk CD
:: Baikonour ::
Addictive listening from the forward thinking retro-ism of Mr Kreiger.

WE DON’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE
18 July 2005 / Pias / 2 Trk CD
:: Millionaire ::
Falsetto yelps on the chorus, trip off the dischordant shatterings of the guitar, giving you some sort of twisted audio heaven

KEEPSAKE
18 July 2005 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Palmstruck ::
One of the most exciting and intriguingly different demos of the year

MAKE THINGS RIGHT
18 July 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: Lemon Jelly ::
As cutting edge as you’re likely to get in the world of leftfield beats, computerland mixing and electronic compositions.

THESE DAYS
18 July 2005 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl :: Carnarsie
:: Death Of Fashion ::
There’s a lot of this stuff about, but Death Of Fashion try hard to make it interesting and for the best part, succeed.

SAY HELLO TO THE SUNSHINE
18 July 2005 / Universal / 15 Trk CD :: Drive-Thru
:: Finch ::
One of the best American alt.rock albums from a new band this year.

SEVENTEEN DAYS
18 July 2005 / Universal / 15 Trk CD
:: 3 Doors Down ::
The modern equivalent of Bon Jovi

THE WEIGHTLESS EP
18 July 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: CDBaby
:: Stillman ::
Chaz Craiks attractively spontaneous ambience wins again

DEMO
11 July 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: StateDancer ::
If you could imagine ‘Lime In The Coconut’ and the ‘My Mate Marmite’ theme spoken over by Mexican porn actors you’d be in the right ball park...

DEMO
11 July 2005 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: Riders of Rebus ::
Riders Of Rebus is working away, possibly in a lab full of switches and fibre-optic wires, to consolidate all the music he has ever heard into these seven soundbites. Feeding it in and spitting it out, all mixed up and unconstrained.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 11.07.05
11 July 2005 / Various Formats
:: Moke :: Sugashak :: ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 11th July 2005

FUTURE PERFECT * album of the week *
11 July 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby
:: Autolux ::
A blinding, dumbstruck collision of scraping sounds and crashing interludes

GREENSPACE
11 July 2005 / 7 Trk CD :: Space Badger
:: Greenspace ::
Not one chopping guitar in sight and yet Greenspace are producing something so essentially modern

THE HUSTLER
11 July 2005 / One Little Indian / 12 Trk CD
:: Jeff Klein ::
Brooding, moody collection that begs for a natural habitat of darkened, smokey rooms

YOU CAN DECIDE
11 July 2005 / Memphis Industries / 3 Trk CD
:: Field Music ::
Unique, inventive fun from the North East via the ever exciting Memphis Industries label

LIMOUSINE
11 July 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Equal Media
:: Knights (london) ::
Dripping in studio time and a fully commercially aware targeting system

50 TO A £
11 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Poptones / Mercury
:: The Paddingtons ::
A rather ordinary exercise in post punk rock

SANCTUARY
11 July 2005 / High Voltage / 2 Trk CD
:: redcarsgofaster ::
Exciting whirlwind of guitars and ascending guitar notes, whipped up quite admirably into an unrelenting missile of organised white noise

LOCAL HISTORY
11 July 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Struck Dumb
:: Alex Valentine ::
A contemporary collection of mellow, but emotional provoking songs

IN MY HEAD
11 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Queens Of The Stone Age ::
Organically fuses and unifies the bass and guitars into a solid, malevolent workout

GOING MISSING
11 July 2005 / Warp / 4 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
Provides a continued glimpse at something altogether more robust and capable of creating a legend

L’VAI L’VIAQUEZ
11 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Mars Volta ::
Hallucinatory carnival music provides a breath of fresh air.

BUCKY DONE GUN
11 July 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: M.I.A ::
The point of politicising music is to create a higher moral code

CONTROL OF THE STEREO
11 July 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Fume / Surface 2 Air
:: Narco ::
60’s riffs which have been genetically enhanced causing muscles to burst out of clothing.

SOMETHING TO DIE FOR
11 July 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Distiller
:: Undercut ::
All the hallmarks of good, honest accessible rock

BEFORETHECURTAiNSCLOSE * single of the week *
11 July 2005 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD (release on Vinyl)
:: I Like Trains ::
Whatever you do, don’t play this record once. Don’t play it twice. Don’t just play it three times either.

TROUBLE IS REAL
04 July 2005 / One Little Indian / 16 Trk CD
:: Johnathan Rice ::
Rice’s gravely voice sits well on the inspired rockier numbers and on the more traditional American folk outings on this interesting album

DONKEY STOCK
04 July 2005 / Memphis Industries / 6 Trk CD
:: Absentee ::
A lovingly crafted debut that's just as much a rock record as it is a slice of atmospheric, sparkling underground indie folk

BEAT ME
04 July 2005 / 12 Trk CD
:: Electric Eel Shock ::
Cock thrusting standards from around 1981.

OUR ETERNAL GHOSTS * recommended *
04 July 2005 / One Little Indian / 10 Trk CD
:: Deadman ::
A mix of shimmering Americana and the ambitious application of some well placed effects and distortions

LET ME GO
04 July 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: 3 Doors Down ::
Despite the slight metal gleam, this is accessible pop music with big drums for the masses

NEVERWIN
04 July 2005 / EMI / 5 Trk CD
:: FischerSpooner ::
Remarkable evidence of how the duo have turned around and transformed their sound into something that seems much more comfortable and less pretentious

STARS OF CCTV
04 July 2005 / Warner / 11 Trk CD
:: Hard-Fi ::
Assured debut with sing-along choruses and edgy guitars, themselves are almost shoulder charged out by the powerhouse basslines

WAIT & SEE
04 July 2005 / 5 Trk CD :; Fine
:: Tiefschwarz ::
Dance / electroclash hybrid that has the vocals of The Faint slammed over the best of Gary Numan

GIVE BLOOD
04 July 2005 / Rough Trade / 16 Trk CD
:: Brakes ::
Brakes provide the raw, jagged, flamboyant, joyful pop and punk vibes of an enjoyable record

SLOW HANDS * re-issued - former single of the week *
04 July 2005 / Matador Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Interpol ::
The glassy eyed urban sounds of a band possessed by melodic gothicism

BANDITOS CASINO
04 July 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Lilly Ventures
:: Speed Circus ::
Whilst it sounds like it’s been recorded in the school bogs with the caretaker as the producer, there’s plenty to go at

AUTUMN DIVERS
04 July 2005 / 13 Trk CD :: On Line Rock Records
:: Autumn Divers ::
Autumn Divers take on Post Radiohead commercialism but miss the point

ROCKANDROLL
04 July 2005 / Southern Fried Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Broken Dolls ::
Obvious in style, but effective without being crude

COLD HANDS (WARM HEART)
04 July 2005 / V2 / 3 Trk CD
:: Brendan Benson ::
Jangling guitars, effects and synth sounds and of course, some breezy song writing

BITEMARKS AND BLOODSTAINS
04 July 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD (Drive Thru, Geffen, Island)
:: Finch ::
Intelligent mainstream hard rock, with an inventive edge.

IN YOUR HONOUR * joint record of the week *
04 July 2005 / SonyBMG / 21 Trk 2 x CD
:: Foo Fighters ::
Seriously ambitious record by Foo Fighters standards and it’s all been lovingly and stunningly executed

GRATITUDE
04 July 2005 / Warner / 12 Trk CD
:: Gratitude ::
A more glorious infusion of EMO and bigger, fatter, guitars

CARNIVAL
04 July 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Fruit Pie
:: Moke ::
Touring with Kings X and The Black Crowes provides telling pointers in this collection of post metal, early 90’s rock

ANNIE AND TOMMY
04 July 2005 / Exercise 1 / 3-Trk CD
:: The DIY Cravings ::
It isn’t often that you hear a record that starts with a guitar riff reminiscent of the playground teasing classic “Ner-ner-ner-ner-ner!”

DEMO 2 * joint record of the week *
04 July 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Beat Poet ::
The tag “art-rock” seems to be thrown about rather liberally these days but this feels dangerous and bold enough to actually merit it.

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