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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For August, 2005

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

DON’T STOP ME
29 August 2005 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Aeroplanes ::
Pure unashamed indie pop that mixes west coast sensibilities with a modern buzz

WE ARE ALL ON DRUGS
29 August 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Weezer ::
Rocks out in the spirit of Grange Hill's Zammo meeting Nacy Reagan

SONIC BOOMERANG * single of the week *
29 August 2005 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Sam and Me ::
All goes to show that there’s more going on in people’s bedrooms and basements than most major label studios

TWIN CINEMA * album of the week *
29 August 2005 / Matador Records / 14 Trk CD
:: The New Pornographers ::
A dynamic, wonderous album that at times crossbreeds the Pixies, The Proclaimers and The Monkees during a fight with folk musicians

TURN THE LIGHTS ON
29 August 2005 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: John Cale ::
More rock and roll oblivion than four hungry kids less than a third of his age

SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME
29 August 2005 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD :: SonyBMG
:: The Coral ::
Entertaining slice from the current album “The Invisible Invasion”.

JACQUES YOUR BODY (MAKE ME SWEAT)
29 August 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Wall Of Sound
:: Les Rythmes Digitales ::
21st Century multi-media, multi-product, multi-national, European electro from Jacques Lu Cont

COMING HOME
29 August 2005 / Lakota (Columbia / Sony) / 1 Trk CD
:: JJ72 ::
A straospheric gothic stadium ballad from the JJ's

MONSTERS
29 August 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
Relatively exciting, adventurous pulse of chart bound fuzzed rock

UNCONDITIONAL
29 August 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Bravery ::
Makes “Mr Brightside” sound like Jack Duckworth attempting a Chameleons song

THIS IS THE PART
29 August 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Gratitude ::
Gratitude deal out a single full of infectious, anthemic and maybe classic qualities.

DECLINE
29 August 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: No Hope In New Jersey ::
No Hope's sonic hammer preludes a tasty album

SUGAR WE’RE GOIN DOWN
29 August 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Fall Out Boy ::
Listenable heavy rock proposition, critically, with tunes

COME SAVE US
29 August 2005 / Mute / 2 Trk CD
:: The Warlocks ::
“Venus In Furs” meets Spacemen 3

THE GHOST OF YOU
29 August 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: My Chemical Romance ::
MCR manufacture more of the same acceptable, chart targeted rock

The Electronic Bible / CHAPTER 2 – SINGLE
29 August 2005 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD Promo – 7” Single Release
:: Hiem :: Large Number :: X-Wife ::
Modern soundtracks for imaginary 21st Century remakes of “A Clockwork Orange” or “Fahrenheit 451”.

FLOORSHOW
29 August 2005 / Rough Trade / 9 Trk CD
:: Baxter Dury ::
A class working of deep indie sensibilities whilst evoking the right kind of melodic 80’s charm

BABY’S ON FIRE
29 August 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Pure Mint
:: T-Total :: Marc Almond ::
The king of squalid electro-pop strikes home another slice of sequenced pop

DEMO
25 August 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Mosarken ::
If it wasn’t for the vocals on these four tracks they could probably just be an inoffensive collection of Gomez b-sides covered with a little less panache than the originals.

DEMO - *Recommended*
25 August 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Bilkis ::
Look out, Scout Niblett! This London lass could soon be wearing your crown.

DEMO
25 August 2005 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: Nutronstars ::
Seven gloriously bonkers slabs of shambolic pop genius on display here, and an accompanying note listing “psychedelic metal bees, Guided By Voices, cement mixers, Viv Stanshall and Batman” among their many influences.

DEMO
25 August 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Roolettes ::
The sort of energy and ingrained rock’n’roll dirt that only comes from many a night spent in a Transit van.

DON’T COME RUNNING
25 August 2005 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: Hal ::
If this was 1975, Hal would most probably wear white bell bottoms

HEAVEN ALIVE * record of the week *
25 August 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Oceansize ::
A collection of yet more swathes of deep thinking instru-mentalism and shuddering atmopsherics wrapped around a potential chart pleaser.

SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY
25 August 2005 / Gut / 18 Trk CD
:: Fannypack ::
Old school meets new, most definitely, with impressive results.

BENEATH A BURNING SKY
25 August 2005 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD :: Rising Records
:: Mendeed ::
Confusing Napalm Death and Ronnie James Dio fans with it’s bastard musical offspring of the two bands back catalogue

IT’S ALRIGHT
25 August 2005 / Poptones / 3 Trk CD
:: The Dodgems ::
Hammond organs, spliced guitars and impressive vocal twists

9 TO 5 (remix)
25 August 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo CD
:: Lady Sovereign :: The Ordinary Boys ::
Lady Sov has some pretty decent tunes to carry around, especially when the Ord Boys get in on the act

HOW CAN I PROTECT YOU
22 August 2005 / One Little Indian / 4 Trk CD
:: Alabama3 ::
Possibly so bad that it could be a massive seller.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE
22 August 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Atwood ::
Atwood, so far have an unassuming name, but musically there’s plenty to get excited about

MONDO ZOMBINA EP
22 August 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Lowsley
:: Zombina & The Skeletones ::
Forget the stage blood, Zombina And The Skeletones are very much alive.

LISA SAID
22 August 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Baxter Dury ::
A curious mix that’s elevated by a sheer sense of atmosphere

THE TOURNIQUET
22 August 2005 / Warner / 10 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: Magnet ::
Dreamy angst from Norway

ACOUSTIC LP
22 August 2005 / 8 Trk CD
:: Clayhill ::
Edgy, organic, pretty English soul music revisted

YOU’VE GOT ME RUNNING ROUND
22 August 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Pop Records
:: The New Shapes ::
Tons of idaes from spikey pop indie kids

THE ANGELA TEST
22 August 2005 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler
:: Leaves ::
Leaves thrive on their slightly miserable but romantically driven landscapes

MARTELL
25 August 2005 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: The Cribs ::
The kind of swagger and terrace anthem values that could easily sink into the record buying publics consciousness

DO YOU EVER FEEL
25 August 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: RJ Records
:: The Sonic Art ::
Impressive show of Cornish duo, The Sonic Art,teeming potential.

LOCOMOTIVE
25 August 2005 / Kong Tiki / 2 Trk CD :: Pop Fiction
:: Cadillac ::
Having some Viking blood in the plot somewhere, helps give this record an enjoyably disjointed edge

I PREDICT A RIOT
25 August 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Polydor / B-Unique
:: The Kaiser Chiefs ::
“I Predict A Hit” ...more charming, blistered indie from Leeds finest

MY DOORBELL
25 August 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
Jack and Megs craving to create songs like this re-inforces their almost bipolar musical perspective

NO ONE LIKES A GRASS * recommended *
15 August 2005 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Lodestone ::
Impressive debut from Manchester's next grunge kings

EARWORMS
15 August 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Digital Wings
:: Santa Carla ::
A convincing mix of a hippy era Beatles, Sparks and the rock and roll aspects of latter day Merseyside quirky pop

ALL THE GLORY
15 August 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Jelly’s Last Jam ::
Promising, certainly different stuff with a slice of jazz

LOUSY MOTHER EP * demo of the week *
15 August 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Permissive Society ::
A compelling and exciting mix of new tunes from Manchester's new rock and roll heroes

2 TRK SPLIT 7” SINGLE # 8 : SIR WANTS SEX / COPIER
15 August 2005 / Wrath / Split 7” Single
:: Stuffy / The Fuses :: The Secret Hairdresser ::
More northern riots from Wrath, home of essential noisy trans-pennine rock

GUESS I WANTED MORE EP
15 August 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Honey Records
:: 3rd DAN ::
Clever stuff from 3rd Dan sees them providing some knock tunes..

1
15 August 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Joy Zipper ::
Good enough to easily crack the top 40, but what happened to the gutsy shoegazing verve of "The Stereo And God" ?

KISS ME GOODBYE
15 August 2005 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD
:: Johnathan Rice ::
Still has that little ring of REM and the shimmering jangles of your typical 2005 singer/songwriter

UNSATISFIED
15 August 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: Nine Black Alps ::
“Unsatisfied” is the perfect antidote to today’s stale wannabes

A QUIET MAN
15 August 2005 / My Dad / 4 Trk CD
:: Jim Noir ::
Stokes up the sounds of maybe 40 years ago with almost unique and modern execution

NIGHTJOY
15 August 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 Trk Promo
:: Kubichek ::
Ace debut provides the sterner face of art rock with the credible resonance of Britains new breed of leftfield rock bands

CAPTURE / RELEASE
15 August 2005 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
The Rakes debut - inspiringly disjointed or the last death twitch of a tired formula?

ACHTUNG BONO
08 August 2005 / Probe Plus / 14-Trk CD
:: Half Man Half Biscuit ::
God only knows what "Joy Division Oven Gloves" is on about but it's got to be a contender for title of the year.

ACTIONS
15 August 2005 / Sore Point / 11 Trk CD :: Bravestar
:: My Awesome Compilation ::
Leicester outfits debut album does OK in its avoidance of junior rock values

TURN AGAINST THIS LAND
15 August 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
Dogs bark out a far more consistent collection of rock songs than you’d possibly expect

PRETTY IN BLACK
15 August 2005 / SonyBMG / 13 Trk CD :: Columbia
:: The Raveonettes ::
Stunning album that could delight alternative rock purists AND a Radio 2 audience

THE BACK ROOM
15 August 2005 / SonyBMG / 11 Trk CD :: KitchenWare
:: Editors ::
Editors seek to use yesterdays ground breaking sounds to provide both a revivalist and futuristic reshaping of modern indie

TREMELO HEART
15 August 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Second Floor ::
The Second Floors modification of shoegazing provides a hypnotic, mesmerising shake down

TASTE THE LAST GIRL
15 August 2005 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Sons And Daughters ::
SAD hit home with another classic from their album which sees them in a livelier and less bluesier mood.

THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF US
15 August 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: British Whale ::
The Darkness’s Justin Hawkins sinks in 70's cover disaster

ANTI-LOVE EP
15 August 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: This Is Art Recordings
:: The Voltaires ::
A barrage of post-Stooges two chord sounds all in the name of decaying urban love.

LOVE ME LIKE YOU
15 August 2005 / Heavenly / 1 Trk CD
:: The Magic Numbers ::
Another modern drive of tightly knitted indie pop, jangled guitars for the 2005 sensations

“DONKLESONGS” - *Recommended*
08 August 2005 / Demo / 8-Trk CD
:: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
All the timeless, earthy appeal of ‘Charmed’ has been transferred to ‘Donklesongs’. From the harmonica led swing of ‘Going to the Inevitable’ to the affecting bedroom reflection of ‘I Give Up’ Kirkpatrick’s classic songwriting talent is in abundance.

ANNOUNCEMENTS EP - *Recommended*
08 August 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Corinthians ::
Perhaps Hilary Briss fled from Royston Vasey to Wigan because it’s possible that he’s been tampering with the pies there.

REMAIN
08 August 2005 / Mercury / 1-Trk CD
:: Kubb ::
Another song for Radio 2 then? Or is that Radio 1? Sometimes I forget the difference. Like Coldplay, Athlete and Travis (you’re getting the picture) this is three and a half minutes of middle of the road rock...

LAZER BEAM
08 August 2005 / SonyBMG / 2-Trk CD
:: Super Furry Animals ::
‘Lazer Beam’ is another example of the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Wales’ most enduring and endearing.

FIELD MUSIC - *Record of the Week*
08 August 2005 / Memphis Industries / 12-Trk CD
:: Field Music ::
If you could imagine their Tyne and Wear brethren fashioned by a fanatical love of Pet Sounds and Super Furry Animals you’d be in the pastures of Field Music and like their famous friends this reeks of quality, perhaps even more so.

EAT BOOKS - *Record of the Week*
01 August 2005 / Fine / 12-Trk CD
:: Tiefschwarz ::
Tiefschwarz make such nostalgia appear glorious. ‘Warning Siren’ is a first-rate opener combining all the best bits of 80s camp electro...

ANGELS TO OTHERS
01 August 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Hollow Earth Theory ::
At the moment The Hollow Earth Theory skirt the boundaries of a new brand of progressive, intelligent metal that is as catchy as it is violent.

MAGNETIC CITY
01 August 2005 / Kong Tiki / 12-Trk CD
:: Cadillac ::
This gaggle of Odin’s children probably owe Queens of The Stone Age and Trail of the Dead a few pints. Perhaps even a brewery.

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS
01 August 2005 / Suburban Noize / 21-Trk CD
:: Kottonmouth Kings ::
Mentally impeded monotonous twaddle of the highest order. It’ll doubtlessly sell to the millions of McDonalds and MTV addicted teenage zombies the world over, mind.

ACOUSTIC
01 August 2005 / Holier Than Thou / 8-Trk CD
:: Nelson King ::
Nelson decided that playing the same chords and novice, pseudo-emotional blues licks endlessly for about five minutes constituted a ‘song’. Writing a chorus was deemed too ‘fussy’, as was writing an actual melody.

LAY YOUR RUG
01 August 2005 / Eli Records / 4-Trk CD
:: Vincent Black Lightning ::
Stephen Hartley was at the epicentre of the North West punk scene as a member of The Notsensibles and bass playing brother Michael was partly responsible for the formation of Chumbawumba, for which he has been forgiven.

QUESTIONABLY SANE
01 August 2005 / Eli Records / 4-Trk CD
:: Billy Pikkel ::
A beautiful little travelling ditty which would not be out of place on the sound track to a quirky Wes Anderson film.

LIFE AIN'T MADE
01 August 2005 / Jal Recordings / 10-Trk CD
:: Ian Britt ::
Ian won’t be starting a revolution but he will at least give you another option when it comes to your parent’s birthday presents.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
01 August 2005 / Fat Northerner / 3-Trk CD
:: Earl ::
If Earl don’t raid the charts then they may have a songwriting team to challenge the grip that Cathy Dennis holds on the hit parade.

DEMO
01 August 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Columbo ::
I was thus half-surprised to hear that Columbo’s second demo doesn’t sound like Oasis, rather Oasis’s best mates – namely Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene.

STRUT
01 August 2005 / Marquis Cha Cha / 2-Trk CD
:: We Start Fires ::
Darlington’s firey four-piece turn up the heat in a welcome return that’s angrier but no less hook-laden than before.

ALL ON THE BLACK
01 August 2005 / Rubyworks / 3-Trk CD
:: Leya ::
Jeff Buckley taunts Radiohead in this maudlin slice of “epic” balladery. The result is something like Starsailor which is as unsurprising as it is unfortunate.

GOOD ENOUGH
01 August 2005 / Island / 1-Trk CD
:: Leaves ::
Polite and rather unmemorable that leaves the listener wondering if (s)he actually pressed play or just simply dozed off.

WORK, WORK, WORK (PUB, CLUB, SLEEP)
01 August 2005 / V2 / 1-Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
Cockney post-punk detailing the high and lows of fast living as if we haven’t already heard it several thousand times before. Yes, sometimes even nerds walk into work with a hangover. Get over it.

BOA VS PYTHON
01 August 2005 / Domino / 2-Trk CD
:: Test Icicles ::
Test Icicles take a trusted neo new wave tune and batter it senseless with quaking distortions, seasoned yelping and what sounds the baying of a pretty disturbed mob.

LOCAL MAN RUINS EVERYTHING - *Recommended*
01 August 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 1-Trk 7"
:: William Campbell :: and Kevin MacNeil ::
The Outer Hebrides. A place that we know only from the weather forecast...

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