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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For September, 2005

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

OPEN YOUR EYES
27 September 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: We See Foxes ::
We See Foxes may not be the most innovative kids on the block but what they produce is unpretentious, solid and enjoyably angry.

THE RUNNER EP
27 September 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Finka ::
Finka’s third release indicates that they might finally be escaping to worthy niche of their own. Of course there’s still plenty of spadework to be done.

DEMO 2005
27 September 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Frame Of Mind ::
Calling Frame of Mind an “indie” band would be like calling McFly a “punk” band.

CHICKEN BEAK AND FEET EP
27 September 2005 / 1000Watt Recordings / 5-Trk CD
:: This Product ::
If one could imagine The Muppets playing System of a Down while suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder it might sound something like This Product.

MINIMUM WAGE RAGE
27 September 2005 / Demo / 6-Trk CD
:: Everyday 50 ::
For Everyday 50 “blues influenced rock music” means the kind of thing that makes Cream sound contemporary.

ONE CHANCE / SYNCHRONISE YOUR SMILES
26 September 2005 / Northern Ambition / 2-Trk CD
:: Omerta ::
It's a bit ambitious to get all epic on only your second single but then right now Omerta can pretty much, do no wrong...

SUDDENLY / I SEE
26 September 2005 / 2-Trk Download
:: Beautiful Feet ::
Your mum will like this, you won’t, and Beautiful Feet don’t care.

DEMO
26 September 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Leaving Isaac's Shop ::
Whilst there’s no lack of talent nor is there a great deal of originality. Does this matter? Well probably not...

PEARL
26 September 2005 / 3 Trk CD
:: Daniel Rachel ::
The curl of the girl blonde till it hits the floor ?

IN SEARCH OF ORGASMUZ
26 September 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Red Organ Serpent Sound ::
A couple of years ago, you couldn’t get an A&R mans first name, never mind have them buy you drinks

COME ON LET’S GO
26 September 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
A disappointly ordinary and a slightly muted record

BULLET-PROOF SKIN
26 September 2005 / Interscope / 1 Trk Skin
:: Institute ::
Ever wondered what happened to Bush’s Gavin (Razor Blade Suitcase!) Rossdale ?

BITCH
26 September 2005 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Rincerose ::
Shocking DJ rip off of AC/DC that actually sounds rather good.

(UK) HANKY PANKY
26 September 2005 / 3 Trk CD / Download
:: Mandy Kane ::
Enough punch to knock you off the dance floor and straight into a mosh pit

CABIN FEVER
26 September 2005 / Wrath / 11 Trk CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
With this big slab of Tim Smith produced bass slamming alt.rock, The Scaramanga Six are ready - are you ?

FIRE AT WILL
26 September 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Revolver
:: The Bloody Hollies ::
Exciting, abrasive underground rock, that gets bigger with each play.

HIGHEST HOPES – THE BEST OF NIGHTWISH
26 September 2005 / Mercury / 16 Trk CD
:: Nightwish ::
Proposes the horrifying illusion that 1980’s soft rock and operatic cheesola is actually a good thing

SECRET WHALE * recommended *
26 September 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Day For Airstrikes ::
A wonderful, fantastically, almost recklessly balanced set piece

CHASE
26 September 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: TVT
:: The Cinematics ::
Cinematics contemporary collection of guitar chops provides firm evidence of a sustainable pop sensibility

BOTTLE ROCKET
26 September 2005 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: The GO! Team ::
Brilliant, convention knocking classics to confound the critics

GIVE IT
26 September 2005 / Skint / 1 Trk CD
:: X-Press 2 ::
Simple but uplifting wave goodbye to the summer

ORIGIN OF ILLNESS
26 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Discograph * recommended *
:: Kill The Young ::
An exciting and original explosion of intelligent, spine tingling rock

HARD MASSAGE
26 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Catskill
:: CH3VY ::
Effective, prowling vehicle for CH3VY's digitally sellotaped, easy going jaunts.

YOU’VE DRIVEN FOR MILES & NOT REMEMBERED A THING
26 September 2005 / Double Dragon / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: This Et Al ::
This Et Als dedication to delivering such large chunks of amplified disturbances, is about to pay off.

Mew : AND THE GLASS HANDED KITES
26 September 2005 / SonyBMG / 14 Trk CD
:: Mew ::
Well appointed and uplifting epic 14 track collection

Class aA : BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT * record of the week *
26 September 2005 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 11 Trk CD
:: Autokat :: Loose Canon :: The Longcut :: The Harrisons :: The Exports :: Sam and Me :: Jack Cooper :: Nine Black Alps :: The Yacht Club :: Pierre Hall :: The Soft Priest ::
aA entertain family and friends and rustle up a who's who of 2005's hottest northern (and beyond) sounds

SAFE AS FUCK
26 September 2005 / Warner / 14 Trk CD
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
More street corner, dope smoking juvenile observations with enough bad language to prevent their U13 target audience from buying it

JANIE JONES
26 September 2005 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
:: Songdog ::
Quite possibly the bravest and most unlikely cover version of a Clash song

HIDE FROM THE SUN
26 September 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: The Rasmus ::
Intriguingly ordinary but strangely compelling 6th album from across the North Sea

BUILD YOUR OWN SNOWGLOBE - *Recommended*
20 September 2005 / 4-Trk CD - Static Caravan Records
:: The Library Trust ::
Brooding and beautifully haunting, a cello slips in behind him and grows layer upon layer, and as the chiming "Beyond Blue" wraps up the EP it's clear this is something very special.

BRAIN OF BRITAIN
20 September 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Prototypes ::
The Prototypes may not be cast in the depressingly prevalent mould of anthem-heavy indie rock of Keane and Snow Patrol, but it sure ain’t indie rocket science that’s for sure.

LONDON SCENE?
20 September 2005 / 1-Trk CD
:: Twisted Charm ::
I’m sure this would be much more at home on a compilation CD entitled Ska-Tastic, sandwiched in between ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘One Step Beyond’.

SADIE HAWKINS DANCE
20 September 2005 / 3-Trk CD
:: Sadie Hawkins Dance ::
A heartfelt ode to love with all the subtlety of shoving your hand down someone’s throat, ripping out their heart and shoving it their face to prove your love.

EVERYONE INTO POSITION * album of the week *
19 September 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 10 Trk CD
:: Oceansize ::
Oceansize reshape the very forces of nature, tearing and rearranging sonic convention to produce an album to top their debut

CRIPPLED CROW * recommended *
19 September 2005 / XL / 22 Trk CD
:: Devendra Banhart ::
Yet another amazing collection of songs to follow up last years magnificent “Ninojoro”.

CUTS ACROSS THE LAND (re-issue)
19 September 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Duke Spirit ::
Re-isssued classic cut from one of the albums of the year

LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD * recommended *
19 September 2005 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Elbow ::
Another stunning collection, but this time LP number three, may shine even more brightly.

GLORIOUS
19 September 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Wall Of Sound / We Love You
:: Diefenbach ::
Competent 80's NuRom frustrated by the contrast of the B-sides

SECRET MEETING
19 September 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD / Download
:: The National ::
Amazing laid back, intelligent music, with a bite that’s barely hidden

DO YOU WANT TO
19 September 2005 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
Since 1733, Franz have sold 34 billion albums and now return with another chart pleaser

DEVIL
19 September 2005 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Stereophonics ::
Paint your rock by numbers with the Stereophonics song-in-a-day pub soundtrack kit..

I DO NOT FEAR JAZZ
19 September 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Tall Order
:: Big Strides ::
Jazz indie retro relevance from the trouser referenced Big Strides

LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND
19 September 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Hard-Fi ::
One year on and Hard-Fi have a massive. Here's an anthem for them all.

WAITING FOR THE SIRENS’ CALL
19 September 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD :: London
:: New Order ::
Powerful concoction of chart appealing melodies and hook riddled phrases

GOT LOVE TO KILL
19 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD,Hassle
:: Juliette & The Licks ::
Ms Lewis strips out album high point to provide a bit of a corker actually

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
19 September 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / Download
:: Million Dead ::
Wonderful almost choral crescendos that plummet to a finale like a B52 diving headfirst into the Atlantic

DOWN TO MY GRAVE
19 September 2005 / Fat Northerner / 2 Trk CD
:: Ironweed ::
Ironweed provides Fat Northerner with a deserved classic

DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH
19 September 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Ladytron ::
Ladytron's contradictions work effectively, whipping a goth pleasing electro pop feast

CLINGING TO THE PEER
13 September 2005 / 3-Trk CD
:: The Forgotten Cowboy ::
Two minutes of surrealism, with lyrics that slip down your ears like well-oiled whelks.

JOHNNY ANGELSNAKE
13 September 2005 / 8-Trk CD
:: Johnny Angelsnake ::
Johnny wants to be the love child of Woody Guthrie and Cat Stevens. Trouble is, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about half the time, and neither does the listener.

WISHING WELL
12 September 2005 / Melodic / 2 Trk CD
:: The Harrisons ::
“I’m Going Out Tonight, Because the TV’s Full Of Shite...”,

HAVE A NICE DAY
12 September 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Bon Jovi ::
A modern sermon set to a rousing chorus of up tempo soft rock

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
12 September 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Interscope
:: All American Rejects ::
Loose pop ambition saved by some genuinely heavy guitars and a pop laden chorus

SPECIAL
12 September 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD * recommended *
:: Mew ::
Genius pop from a very cold part of Europe.

I’M ON A HIGH
12 September 2005 / Pias / 4 Trk CD
:: Millionaire ::
Big heavy, interesting rock

RIOT RADIO
12 September 2005 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: Dead 60’s ::
You Can't this tune any further into your head, without dropping this CD right into the middle of your Corpus Callosum.

PANDA
12 September 2005 / Memphis Industries / 3 Trk CD * recommended *
:: Dungen ::
A sea of twisted, primeval high frequency traditional rock

SOUNDTRACK TO A HEADRUSH
12 September 2005 / Download Track :: Vagrant
:: Emanuel ::
Spirited Nu-Rock EMO punctuated by death metal throat shredding screams.

BREAKDOWN
12 September 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Brushfire
:: Jack Johnson ::
Jangly Americana style pop boiled up with a bluesy outlook

BBC SESSIONS & IN CONCERT
12 September 2005 / Sanctuary / CD1 – 12 Trks / CD2 - 10 Trks
:: Motorhead ::
Another celebration of Lemmy and Co’s 30 years in the leather waistcoated rock’n’roll hotseat

VOICE IN MY HEAD
12 September 2005 / 15 Trk CD :: Revolver
:: Leo Sayer ::
If these songs were re-arranged and produced with a younger, more modern hand, Sayer could be facing critical acclaim once more

TIME FOR CHANGE
12 September 2005 / 19 Trk CD :: Revolver
:: Apache Indian ::
Apache is back with his own particular brand of hip hop fusion

FOSBURY
12 September 2005 / Universal / 14 Trk CD :: Atmospheriques
:: Tahiti80 ::
Tahiti80 break some UK ground with this third album of disco / dance fusion

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
12 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Cargo Records
:: Cherubs ::
An exciting and invigorating excuse to jerk across the dance floor.

THE BLACK VELVETS
12 September 2005 / Universal / 10 Trk CD
:: The Black Velvets ::
A revisit to the last twitches of Sunset Strip rock and roll

VERY FAST VERY DANGEROUS
12 September 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 13 Trk CD
:: Reuben ::
LP number two is a compelling and accomplished modern rock album.

FORGET MYSELF * single of the work *
12 September 2005 / V2 / 2 Trk CD / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Elbow ::
A brilliant return, if one was ever needed.

CAUTIONARY TALES FOR THE BRAVE
12 September 2005 / SonyBMG / 4 Trk CD
:: Pure Reason Revolution ::
Intriguing, if not slightly mindbending stuff

STRANDED
05 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Ear Candy
:: Mohair ::
Oddballs Mohair drum up some pleasingly furry sounds

NO FEAR
05 September 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Playground
:: The Rasmus ::
Rasmus stick to leather trouser themed rock songs

ALL ABLAZE
05 September 2005 / Universal / 3 Trk CD :: Fiction / Polydor
:: Ian Brown ::
Triumphant summer, great record..Ian Brown runs for Mayor..

FOXTROT UNIFORM CHARLIE KILO
05 September 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Bloodhound Gang ::
BHG get the last laugh but not the trophy for "originality"

SANDY
05 September 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Voluptuos Records
:: C-Jags ::
“SANDY” is pretty, errr...dandy

FASHION / SINGING TO THE THIEVES
05 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: Lazarus ::
Interesting disturbed fuzz skewered by a rather uncomfortable monotone vocal

WITH YOU * single of the week *
05 September 2005 / Infectious / 1 Trk CD :: City Pavement
:: The Subways ::
If your current money's on Nine Black Alps, you may want to switch to an each way bet

ONCE IN A WHILE
05 September 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo
:: The Black Velvets ::
The Velvets rely on mid-nineties metal as a reference point.

YOUR MISSUS IS A NUTTER
05 September 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
Another tongue in cheek outing from the Welsh misfits

DOA
05 September 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: Roswell / RCA
:: Foo Fighters ::
One big, mother bothering, wall to wall fitted carpet of noise

MY SUMMER NEVER COMES
05 September 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Human Records
:: Ciccone ::
Rattling indie pop excursion from London newcomers

KEEP IT TO YOURSELF
05 September 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Reuben ::
Heaves like a juggernaught, being steered defiantly and flat out, around the back streets of a housing estate

RUSH HOUR 3
05 September 2005 / Universal / 43 Trk, 3 x CD
:: Various Artists ::
You’ll be fast forwarding past more than one track that you don’t like, but there is something for everyone

SPACE TRANQUIL VOLUME UNO
05 September 2005 / 16 Trk CD :: Azuli
:: Various Artists :: Mixed by A Man Called Adam ::
Notable only for it’s inclusion of the brilliant L.Pierre

WHEN PIGS FLY
05 September 2005 / 14 Trk CD :: Bella Union
:: The Chicharones ::
Original home grown vibes from Josh Martinez and Co.

LOVE KRAFT
05 September 2005 / SonyBMG / 12 Trk CD
:: Super Furry Animals ::
Quiet possibly one of their best albums since "Radiator"

PARADISE
05 September 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Graffiti
:: Stereo MCs ::
Return of Streo MCs important post-baggy fusion of dance and indie melodies

STEADY DIET OF DECLINE
05 September 2005 / Warner / 11 Trk CD
:: No Hope In New Jersey ::
Commercially minded debut still reminds you why NHINJ are a force in their own right

DEMO
05 September 2005 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: The Sleeves ::
Spirited home recorded outing from new indie popsters

STAGE FRIGHT
05 September 2005 / 2 x DVD :: Steamhammer / SPV
:: Motorhead ::
A fitting tribute to a band that fuse loud, punk values to the true essence of grinding rock and roll

I FEEL JUST LIKE A CHILD
05 September 2005 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Devendra Banhart ::
Like his now legendary picnics, this sounds like it’s been recorded in his front room with close friends in attendance

SURGERY * recommended *
05 September 2005 / Mute / 11 Trk CD (plus hidden track)
:: The Warlocks ::
Warlocks dish up a superbly bleak but inspiring record

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