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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For September, 2004

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DEMO
27 September 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: MotherJohn ::
This demo could be viewed off as a bold attempt at a concept EP. There’s the initial thrill of leaving the house and entering a drinking establishment.

MAN: IN LOVE WITH MACHINE
27 September 2004 / Valentine / 4-Trk CD
:: Cartwheel ::
With smatterings of Lemon Jelly about their hushed electro-pop music, Cartwheel bring a fresh dynamic to Valentine Record’s up-tempo back-catalogue.

CHEAP SHOTS
27 September 2004 / Skinny Dog / 12 Trk CD
:: Superqueens ::
Singularly it says so much more than any other electronic record to come out the city in the last 12 months

ANTICS
27 September 2004 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD * record of the week *
:: Interpol ::
Clanging reverbs and crisp, almost fragile guitar sounds - barely distorted but still blurred by an almost angry overtone

CUTS ACROSS THE LAND
27 September 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Loog, Polydor)
:: The Duke Spirit ::
Simplicity of 1977, arthouse proto-punk with a hint of gothic pretension and razorwire sonics

SOONER NOT LATER
27 September 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Too Nice
:: Loganstone ::
Loganstone have a debut that is pretty straight down the middle, but has enough quirky moments and well placed melodics to keep it in contention.

PROTOTYPE
27 September 2004 / 3 Trk CD
:: Soberskin ::
A lot more clinical and refined than contemporary peers such as Kasabian

I CAN’T STAND TO STAND BESIDE YOU
27 September 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD (tugboat)
:: Brakes ::
Sort of like Perry’s ATV on PCP and stuffed full of sci-fi urban landscapes

BUNTY Vs BEANO
27 September 2004 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 Trk CD
:: Help She Can’t Swim ::
Barmy noises, but of the enjoyable kind – definitely ones to watch

THE HUNGRY YEARS
27 September 2004 / Gut / 11 Trk CD
:: ChungKing ::
Frustratingly impressive and obvious, in equal measures

GREEN EYELINER
27 September 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Purr
:: The Hot Puppies ::
Heady blends of pop driven retro sci-fi rock and roll

SILENCE WHEN YOU’RE BURNING
27 September 2004 / Albert Productions / 2 Trk CD
:: Happylife ::
Extremely hard to get out of your head

DEMO
20 September 2004 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: Lap ::
It's a fair bet that most of the bands currently operating under the term "Metal" are actually big girls' blouses. LAP however drive a heavily armoured tank through all that long-shorts nonsense.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 6.9.04
20 September 2004 / Various
:: Saxon :: Jean Michel Jarre :: ChungKing ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 20th September 2004

SHAME
20 September 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: P J Harvey ::
This latest take from “Uh Huh Her” is both pretty and bleakly malevolent

KEEP WHAT YA GOT
20 September 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Fiction, Polydor)
:: Ian Brown ::
Gallaghers input and collaboration works on what is arguably some of Browns best material to date - simple as that

BLOOD SHOT ADULT COMMITMENT
20 September 2004 / Music For Nations / 1 Trk CD (BMG)
:: Madrugada ::
Takes a pulse from the rattling angst of New Model Army as much as it does the simple but effective back catalogue of REM

ON THE LASH
20 September 2004 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: The Icarus Line ::
No trendy retro here, just the spirit of rock and roll being taken out for a spin for the sheer hell of it

SLOW HANDS * record of the week *
20 September 2004 / Matador Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Interpol ::
Today, right here and right now, Interpol's 'Slow Hands' stands on its own as a brilliant song with punchy, hammered single notes and anthemic mantras

SHE WILL ONLY BRING YOU HAPPINESS
20 September 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 3 Trk CD
:: McLusky ::
Given that McLusky are partial to the odd ear crunching bellow and over distorted guitars, this is a delightful swing of alt.rock in an American parking lot

OVER THE HILL
20 September 2004 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD
:: Polly Paulusma ::
Paulusma enjoys the same support from Michael Parkinson as little boy wonder Jamie Cullum. But don’t let that put you off this highly original and compelling song

BUTTERFLIES AND HURRICANES
20 September 2004 / Warner / 2 Trk CD (Taste, Atlantic, East West)
:: Muse ::
Bellamy’s Phantom Of The Opera style piano playing precedes the enjoable pantomime of massive guitars and torch song melodies

DEMO
07 September 2004 / Morner Bros Recordinga / 4-Trk CD
:: The Wisemen ::
It must be hard being a cowboy in Lancaster.

DEFINITELY MAYBE
13 September 2004 / SonyBMG / DVD Video and 5.1 Audio Album
:: Oasis ::
Oasis deserve at least this interesting and respectful retrospective on the beginnings of their chequered, but ultimately glorious career.

BEATS NOT BOMBS EP
07 September 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Maker ::
This is a single to put a big daft grin on the face of anyone who ever wore clothing that could have doubled as a tent...

TAKE IT & GO / SHE ASKS ME
07 September 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk
:: Nikoli ::
The gathering hum broods like an approaching storm cloud, menacing, black and full of power and prospective, unbridled menace.

GOOD HEALTH
13 September 2004 / Matador Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Pretty Girls Make Graves ::
Pretty Girls re-present their debut album, which ably previews the fractured genius of “The New Romance”.

BLUEBERRY BOAT
13 September 2004 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
A very evocative, at times strange, but highly intelligent album

MEDULLA
13 September 2004 / One Little Indian / 14 Trk CD
:: Björk ::
Some wiseguy also came up with the idea of printing the tracklisting and words in black ink - on a black background, so you also ruin your eyes as well as your ears for half of the time.

HALF SMILES OF THE DECOMPOSED
13 September 2004 / Matador Records / 14 Trk CD
:: Guided By Voices ::
GBV have threatened to end it for the last ten years and after ending up being back on Matador Records, and the last three albums being more in line with what GBV do best , ‘Half Smiles of The Decomposed’ is their self declared peak

HERE COMES THE NIGHT
13 September 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: BadTaste
:: Minus ::
A gaze into the eyes of Led Zep and Soundgarden, which is confusing at times

STEALING OF A NATION
13 September 2004 / EMI / 12 Trk Enhanced CD (City Slang, Labels)
:: Radio 4 ::
If you feel you must by a NYC record this year with “P-Funk” stamped on it and haven’t got this one, you’ve possibly made the wrong choice – a very wrong choice

INTO THE FIRE
13 September 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD (Vertigo)
:: Thirteen Senses ::
So far Thirteen Senses remain one of the few bands to produce this heady kind of music with ease and with unfettered honesty

SLASHdotDASH
13 September 2004 / Skint / 1 Trk CD
:: Fat Boy Slim ::
The original, mass market, definer of this particular style is back

RINGING IN MY EAR
13 September 2004 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Adem ::
Adem’s second cut from “Homesongs” is a track that immediately stood out from the crowd

TERRORIST YOUTH
13 September 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: American Blood Recordings
:: Weapons (Weapons Of Mass Belief) ::
The sound of young bubbling blood, fuelled by distorted guitars and monotone mantras

VICE
13 September 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Vertigo, Mecury)
:: Razorlight ::
Punk spiked, Cuban heeled brand of pub pop

KASABIAN
13 September 2004 / RCA / 13 Trk CD (BMG)
:: Kasabian ::
With a brace of hits already on their debut album, this collection is compelling enough.

AMERICAN IDIOT
13 September 2004 / Warner / 1 Trk CD : Reprise
:: Green Day ::
That the established trio can compile a song, as raucous and spikey as their early ‘90’s Basket Case / Dookie days is quite remarkable

LOVE AND LIGHT
13 September 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Redemption
:: Proud Mary ::
Proud Mary have rediscovered themselves quite admirably

EP #2
07 September 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Bêtes Noires ::
Frenetic 90s pop punk just like how mummy Ash used to make it!

CHARMED EP *Demo of the Week*
07 September 2004 / Demo / 8-Trk CD
:: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
The boy to whom stellar indie-country-pop song writing is second nature.

BUZZ EP
06 September 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Vanities ::
“Dark Satellite” is more promising, the intro hinting at a delve Killers style into the more sinister and better quality end of New Romantic, but by the time it reaches the chorus it’s teetering on Final Countdown territory.

SHOULD A’ SEEN IT COMING
07 September 2004 / Performing Chimp Records / 4-Trk CD
:: Love Panda ::
Too often can quirky acoustic material be gratingly twee. However in Love Panda it seems to have substance and sincerity making an unconventional but unaffected acoustic romp.

HARDEST BATTLES FOUGHT
07 September 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk
:: The Beat Poet ::
Time under the clouds has benefited The Beat Poet who arise as masters of some beautifully ominous landscapes strewn with fractured, atonal sheets of sound.

DEMO
07 September 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Slide ::
‘Pound A Tout’ prides itself on a common blues lick, which can be acquired from any BB King guitar book. For Slide this is the one thing I feel they seriously lack - a new guitar book...

DEMO
07 September 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Cody ::
This demo weaves in out of things you have never heard before. If this EP doesn’t get the band some vastly augmented status then we ought to give up now. The fact that this is their first ever EP makes this all the most inspiring.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 6.9.04
06 September 2004 / Various Formats
:: Mousse-T :: Blackfield :: My Chemical Romance :: Nick Drake :: Chromeo ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 6th September 2004

ELEVATION
06 September 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Loog, Polydor)
:: The Open ::
The Open enter Talk Talk territory, more so, than at most points on their exciting debut album

CHA CHA TWIST
06 September 2004 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: The Detroit Cobras ::
If it opens the door to more admirers than even I would be willing to yank on the ring pull of corporate advertising

GIRLS
06 September 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: The Prodigy ::
deliberately aiming the sights at something detached from the punkier, rockier vibe of “Fat Of The Land”

BABY WHEN YOU DIE
06 September 2004 / Skinny Dog / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Moco ::
Mangles a climaxing Jim Morrison at his leather trousered peak and mixes it, like a head on car crash, with the sound of Pistols-era punk rock

STILL IN LOVE SONG
06 September 2004 / 679 / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: The Stills ::
Uncompromisingly compelling, once the melody soaks in-between your ears

EVERYBODY COME DOWN
06 September 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Chemikal Underground
:: The Delgados ::
There’s nothing like showing people how it should be done.

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER
06 September 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Geffen,Polydor)
:: Papa Roach ::
We could find no evidence that anyone in the band had actually deliberately killed anyone

SHEEPDOG
06 September 2004 / EMI / 2 Trk CD (Labels)
:: Mando Diao ::
Sheepdog” sounds like it really needs to be put down after a bout of shake-shake-shaking and vaudeville middle eights

ABSOLUTE AFFIRMATION
06 September 2004 / EMI / 5 Trk CD (City Slang, Labels)
:: Radio 4 ::
There’s no doubt here, that there’s a solid mass of inspiration from New Order

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