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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For August, 2003

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STARS AND SONS
28 August 2003 / Mercury / 2 Trk CD
:: Broken Social Scene ::
In sharing the Joy Division angle, fans of Interpol or British Sea Power may find something of interest in Broken Social Scene

ROCK AND ROLL LIES
28 August 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk Promo (vertigo)
:: Razorlight ::
Not clones of any of the American invaders or paying direct tribute to any other bands from the past, it appears to be quite genuine

SATURDAY
27 August 2003 / 3 Trk Cd (Memphis Industries)
:: J Xaverre ::
Acoustic strumming and a grumbling bass line, a few warped effects thrown in for the ride and there you have it

HATE TV
28 August 2003 / Universal / 2 trk CD (Island)
:: Chikinki ::
Chikinki are in fact a band and not a computer generated creation

EYE FOR AN EYE
27 August 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Enhanced with Video)
:: Unkle ::
Prepare to be scared; someone, somewhere has a twisted imagination that deserves your undivided attention

DIGGING FOR VICTORY
27 August 2003 / 3 Track CD :: db records
:: Psychid ::
Pulsing bass gets working under cascading synth melody - a lazy yet insistent chorus iterates the title into your every waking thought.

WAITING FOR TOM, OUTSIDE THE BREWERY
27 August 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk Cd
:: Sudden ::
An alluring and imperfect collection

JENNY
28 August 2003 / 3 Trk Cd (20-20 Recordings)
:: StellaStarr* ::
Jenny” is supremely persistent with enough thought to propel it past bubblegum status

THE VESSEL
27 August 2003 / 10-Track CD (Memphis Industries)
:: Broadway Project ::
Optimistic and spiritual yet hazy and shadowy in equal proportion The Vessel is a splendidly eclectic piece of nocturnal reverie.

CHAIN GANG OF LOVE
26 August 2003 / SonyBMG / 13 Trk CD (The Orchard / Crunchy Frog / Columbia)
:: The Raveonettes ::
This time, it’s the Jesus And Mary Chain that get their back catalogue plundered, but it seems to work out OK the end

PANIC MOVEMENTS
26 August 2003 / Universal / 12 Trk CD (Polydor)
:: The Hiss ::
Thirstily leeches off the swagger of Manc Britpop and shoves it in the face of 1979 post punk powerpop like a broken bottle

BREAKING THE BACK
26 August 2003 / Integrity Records / 3 Trk Cd
:: Million Dead ::
A raw screaming stutter, that mixes melodic dischord with fractured guitar chops

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
25 August 2003 / Virgin (EMI) / 2 Trk CD
:: The Rolling Stones ::
A great Stones track, remixed and hence driven into the ground as its very soul is sucked out of it with beats, breaks and dubs in all the wrong places

HERE’S TOM WITH THE WEATHER
25 August 2003 / North Country / 12 Trk CD
:: Shack ::
Packed with melody and a smouldering delivery

2 STEP ROCK
25 August 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk Promo ( B-Unique )
:: The Bandits ::
A jittery combination of teenage adrenaline and retro styling that manages to become greater than the sum of its parts.

THESE DAYS
25 August 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Dreamworks / Polydor)
:: Alien Ant Farm ::
Sounds a bit more angsty but still manages to have the charm of an ignited Thin Lizzy

I BELIEVE IN THE SPIRIT
25 August 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Pias)
:: Tim Burgess ::
A curious combination of “Stuck In The Middle With You” and Rafferty’s “Baker Street”.

SECRET FILE
25 August 2003 / 1 Trk Promo (Wildstar)
:: Clarkesville ::
So studio bound that you’re left wondering if its more contrived corporate fodder for us to follow, or just an unfortunate accident

I BELIEVE IN SUPERMAN
25 August 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Memphis Industries)
:: Broadway Project ::
Achingly passionate, pretty groovy and full of laid back widescreen sonics

GENIE IN A BOTTLE
25 August 2003 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk Promo CD
:: Speedway ::
The only person they should be paying is Mr Hellraiser, who had the “Stroke Of Genius” in the first place

HOUSE OF JEALOUS LOVERS
25 August 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Vertigo)
:: The Rapture ::
Without doubt this is the Gang Of Four ripped off in a massive style. The guitars obviously plundering the trademarked classic Earcom legends off kilter, cutting and rasping high frequency skitters

PROMISES PROMISES
25 August 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Morning Records)
:: The Cooper Temple Clause ::
Pretty attractive to Stage Divers and young people dressed in black in equal spades

DON’T LOOK BACK INTO THE SUN
25 August 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Libertines ::
Even with staff shortages, The Libertines seem to be doing OK and this single on the sound of it, works well

ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE ?
25 August 2003 / Southern Fried Records / 1 Trk Promo
:: Elton John ::
A nostalgic snapshot of Mr Dwights potential but quite how this relates to watching football on Satellite TV I’ll never know

THE SUN IS SHINING
25 August 2003 / Northern Ambition / 4 Trk CD
:: The Beans ::
Tripping sounds of pop and blended it to TV sitcom sounds and 70’s indie chic with an injection of cool and dashing melodies.

GUIDING LIGHT
12 August 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Track Promo
:: The Veils ::
Upbeat but undeniably introspective and tender

MOLLY'S CHAMBERS
11 August 2003 / Promo / 1 Track CD (Hand Me Down Records)
:: Kings Of Leon ::
Pokey, dull, uniform and built to fall apart in less than a year

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
12 August 2003 / Promo / 3 Track Single (Blunt Monkey)
:: Mr Shiraz ::
A peppery bouquet of Voodoo Glow Skulls and a faint aroma of Less Than Jake

CAST OF THOUSANDS
20 August 2003 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Elbow ::
An intelligent, emotional and lovingly prepared album, that’s not afraid to muck around with the science of music

THAT GREAT LOVE SOUND
18 August 2003 / Promo / I Trk CD (Columbia)
:: The Raveonettes ::
Exactly what great pop music should be; short, loud, sexy and danceable

THIS IS THE NEW (S)HIT
18 August 2003 / Interscope / 1 Trk Promo
:: Marilyn Manson ::
Another elaborate and instantly identifiable mix of warped 80s goth disco and abrasive metal

WHITE PRINTZ EP
18 August 2003 / Wichita Recordings / 8 Track CD
:: The Bumblebeez ::
Pays no mind to being a cohesive body of work and is by result great fun

URBAN PRESSURE
18 August 2003 / One Little Indian / 3-Track CD Single
:: The Grim Northern Social ::
Grim Northern Social or just another record ?

GOTTA GET AWAY
18 August 2003 / 3-Track Single
:: Stag ::
Those with antlers are hell bent in letting us know that they’re drinking from the rock n roll chalice.

THE KEYS
11 August 2003 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 11 Trk Cd
:: The Keys ::
A trace of Love and The Shadows, rock and roll cut with latino and country to make an album that you will find so interesting and listenable that it seems track 11 arrives before you’ve let the play button go cold.

WASTED
11 August 2003 / 3 trk CD Promo (2M Recordings)
:: Mankato ::
Mankato should head for the big numbers and embrace the possibility of hitting the main stream

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT EP
11 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Hannah ::
If it were placed somewhere between Louise Wener and Courtney Love then we’re getting halfway towards an accurate comparison on paper.

Demo
11 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Innasence ::
Your classic unsigned gigging band with all of the atmosphere and stealing from the pockets of all of your favourite bands

SUPER 8’S
11 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Track CD
:: Super 8’s ::
Punky, rocky alt guitar with aplomb but no great distinction

13 DAYS
11 August 2003 / Promo / 6 Track CD
:: Sixty Mile Smile ::
Lightening paced verse gives way to bouncy, jump-a-long choruses and then it's foot to the floor again for the next verse

11 DISCIPLES
11 August 2003 / Demo / 1 Trk Cd
:: Fallen Origin ::
The string-scraping sample is an inventive if strictly unnecessary touch and you can’t go wrong with a semi-audible female spoken word spot under the flailing instruments

TALES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN UNDERGROUND – SINGLES 1976 – 1989
11 August 2003 / 2 x CD (Festival Mushroom Records)
:: Various Artists ::
If you like guitar-based indie music of prety much any sub-genre there will be something on this australasion collection that you will love

ADEQUATELY MARVELLOUS
11 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Twenty Twenty Vision ::
Twenty Twenty Vision are unrestrained by rock parameters or pigeonholed genres

DIVIDING TASTES
11 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Lookin ::
Matches the rumbling menace of Black Sabbath with the pop sensibilities of any of new up and coming hardened sounds produced by valve driven guitar amps.

BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL
11 August 2003 / 11 Trk Cd
:: Beecher ::
Whilst many are content to sail the popular cross-chart waters of pop-metal, Beecher insist on a purer, stronger, more challenging route

NO LIGHT LEFT
11 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Cd
:: Lisa Brown ::
An ambient guitar driven masterpiece fuelled by emotive rock influences and widescreen atrmospherics and very much a “must listen”.

A SMALL GLASS GHOST
11 August 2003 / StolenWine / 2 Trk (combined multi 13 track) CD
:: Thee Moths ::
An excellent, off-kilter concoction of the strange, awkward and beautiful summing up the very best of Brain Wilson vocal moves and scratching underground, urban soaked grating frequencies.

DON’T BELIEVE THE THINGS THEY TELL YOU
11 August 2003 / Demo / 11 Trk Cd (in Flow)
:: One Window ::
Works brilliantly just on the basis of its simplicity and excellent loops

LADY LUCK
11 August 2003 / 13 Trk CD (Diamond Star)
:: Broadzilla ::
A welcome link between the long forgotten greats of GirlSchool, Metal and pure Rawk and Roll

FIRST IT GIVETH
11 August 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk Cd (Interscope)
:: Queens Of The Stone Age ::
It’s the subtle breaks, changes in arrangements and subliminal arrangements that make this track as worthy as its predessors

WALTZES FOR WEIRDOS
11 August 2003 / Southern Fried Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Grandadbob ::
Grandadbob have already been described as ‘Moloko meets Daft Punk’ and its difficult not to hear/see why Sheffield’s newest electrosluts/kings/queens can claim such a heady title.

Demo
04 August 2003 / Demo / 3 Track CD
:: Frame Of Mind ::
A refreshing lack of pretension about Frame of Mind

JUNIOR MAGIC
04 August 2003 / 13 Trk CD (Seriously Groovy)
:: Mother Goose ::
Helsinki’s Mother Goose may have one of the the crappiest names ever, but don’t let that put you off this collection of raw, unrefined hidden gems.

MASSIVE CRUSH
04 August 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Enahnced with Video) :: Mother Tongue Records
:: The Barbs ::
Take one pinch B52’s, two pinches Rezillos and one pinch The Flying Lizards

DIFFERENT PLANET
04 August 2003 / 4 Trk CD
:: RAM ::
One hopes that the rule books are flexible enough for this Mancunians already proven talents.

PULL A U
04 August 2003 / Domino / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: The Kills ::
Twangy riffing guitars shooting from the hip together with the plod of a drum machine and a sour, lip curling growling female vocal make up the essence of this 2 tracker

FUTURE KINGS OF SPAIN
04 August 2003 / 11 Trk CD (The Red Flag Recording Co)
:: Future Kings Of Spain ::
I'm thanking heavens that there’s a more credible alternative to the coffee table / lounge distortions of Feeder and there’s another band I’d quite like to see.

MASSIVE CRUSH
04 August 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD (Enahnced with Video) Mother Tongue
:: The Barbs ::
Aaargghhh ! my hairs standing on end and I want to play this again…make it stop…!

DANSE MACABRE REMIXES
04 August 2003 / EMI / 10 Trk CD (astralwerks / Labels)
:: The Faint ::
Some tracks bounce and some are mutated into a dance rave up - which at times is a disappointing waste

Ghetto Pop Life
04 August 2003 / SonyBMG / 16-Track LP
:: Danger Mouse And Jemini ::
Jemini himself is unquestionably something of rhyming mastermind spitting out some two hundred bile-inflected words a minute. It’s just the kind of bile that’s a little disconcerting.

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