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New outing from Manc faves, Icecapades and it’s a corker. a trio of talented folks who I don’t know smash out a brilliantly wry, cleverly placed set of off-kilter snarling college rock and Blue Album era melodies with skill and grace.

The first album from Manchester band Hot Shorts in two years. ‘I Understand And I Wish To Continue’ is a peppy sophomore album which ably follows on from where the band’s excellent 2017 self-titled debut album left us. It’s twenty nine minutes of cascading hook-laden pop precision from one of the city’s finest breakout bands of recent times. An assured and engaging affair, the record is ten tracks of 90’s tinged slacker anthems and the occasional luxury indie lament, deftly arranged and crafted by the band over the last two years.

Unsurprisingly for a band featuring two published authors the lyrics on this album take centre stage. Songs like Lostprophets Tattoo, Don’t Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before, and I Found You on Myspace are keenly observed vignettes which blend knowing pop cult humour, keen social observations and the occasional dollop of self introspection. It’s a wonderful, lyrically savvy album, designed to leave the listener feeling
amused, discerning and invited firmly in on the joke.

Chris says of the writing on the record, “Pretty much all of the songs are either about feeling really old and embarrassing and/or music from my past…the songs are mostly.. about being slightly too old and British to still be into 90s alt rock as much as we are, but there is also one about being afraid to go to space on there and also one about a cat”.

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Fans of their previous release will not be disappointed. New listeners will find a new favourite to cling to over the months ahead.

Released October 25th, 2019
The Band:
Chris Killen – Guitar & Vocals
Peet Earnshaw – Bass & Vocals
Joel Nicholson – Guitar & Vocals
Lara Williams – Drums

Fuzz is fun. There’s not enough fuzz around in 2019, it’s all reverb this, flanger that. Remember the good old days, when you couldn’t move for fuzz? Everywhere you looked it was fuzz, fuzz, fuzz. Remember that? because False Advertising do.

Their second album ‘Brainfreeze’ is rammed full of frantic grunge pop that’ll have you digging out your plaids and Fender Jaguars in no time. Still, while ‘90s rock is definitely the trio’s main point of reference, there are few moments where they jump out of their comfort zone. ‘You Weren’t In My Dream’ breaks through the fuzz into surreal, almost Lynchian chamber pop, while ‘At The Top’ has more than a hint of early Radiohead, suggesting that, in time, the group could evolve into something quite special.

With ‘Brainfreeze’, False Advertising have started something interesting. It’s not perfect, but then grunge never was about perfection, was it?

Rammed full of frantic grunge pop that’ll have you digging out your plaids and Fender Jaguars in no time.

Band Members
Jen Hingley, Christopher Warr and Josh Sellers

The new album ‘Brainfreeze’ by False Advertising Released on 8th November 2019 via Alcopop!

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ILL is a genre-evading band which believes in the power of disobedient noise. With a repertoire of precarious pop songs and frequent improvised departures, ILL revel in the right to be weird, exploring the borders between the funny and the sinister, the personal and the political, the mundane and the surreal.

“Kick Him Out The Disco” is a song about realising that it’s not You, it’s definitely Them. It’s about standing up for yourself and giving your manipulative exes and incompetent overlords a glittered middle finger.
ILL warmly invite you to “Give them the final shove” and tell them to go prorogue themselves!

“Absolutely fantastic.” John Kennedy, Radio X

“Grotty, wild, weird, frenzied music… fiercely political.” – The Guardian

The Band
Harri Shanahan – vocals and keys
Whitney Bluzma – vocals and bass
Fiona Ledgard – drums
Ben Nield – guitar and percussion
Music and lyrics by Harri Shanahan, Whitney Bluzma, Fiona Ledgard, Ben Nield, Tamsin Middleton

releases October 11th, 2019

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In Manchester Witch Fever have brilliantly reinvented riot Grrrl for the 21st century. This all girl punk band WITCH FEVER, formed through the love of loud music and tits. They are raw, in your face and making a glorious and beautiful racket, are full of explosive and kinetic energy and collapsing new riffs and are going to make a noise musically and culturally angry, honest and probs naked, bringing grungey riffs, a heavy beat and eclectic vocals!’. Witch Fever are just what we needed. A shot of raw the thrilling energy like a high octane caffeine rush.

The band deal in raw polemic but it’s laden with hooky riffs and that just about to collapse style of playing that we love – that edge of the precipice peering down, colliding riffs that somehow makes a perfect sense. They are raw, in you face and making a glorious and beautiful racket and are full of explosive and kinetic energy and collapsing new riffs and are going to make a noise musically and culturally

Band Members
Amy, Alisha, Alex, Annabelle

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Taken from their upcoming album Incidental Music, W. H. Lung‘s new release “Second Death Of My Face” establishes them as new players in modern rock.

W. H. Lung‘s first cut “Simpatico People” was a delightful homage to the originators of Krautrock. Their new track sees them pushing beyond the confines of that genre and into synthier, shinier territory.

While still retaining their now-hallmark sense of rhythmic propulsion, “Second Death of My Face” offers a spit-polished, chrome-plated melodic element to their sound – similar to the leap NEU! made between their second record and NEU! 75. The exciting thing about this pair of W. H. Lung tracks is that they’re from the same record.

“I put down some nonsense for melody over an early draft,” says Joseph E. of the band, “and when I listened back it sounded like ‘my face, my face.’ The images that followed seemed filmic and the idea went from there. The chorus came to me as I fiddled on the piano in Central Library. It was big and unashamed and I was thinking of Bowie.

“My phone had died so I couldn’t record it as a voice note. I remember the panic of not wanting to lose the melody and of needing to try the idea out (out loud). I rushed home with my eyes half closed, singing it over and over in my head. It’s about watching your own life lived.”

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This is the second single from the record for you. The bulk of Second Death Of My Face was developed on the piano of Manchester’s Central Library, and it is a five and half minute epic, with cathartic lyrics and soaring crescendos – probably their most anthemic release so far…“Second Death Of My Face” is out now and debut album Incidental Music drops 5th April on Melodic Records.

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The first wave of acts have been unveiled for Dot To Dot Festival 2019; CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, JORDAN RAKEI, SWIM DEEP, THE NIGHT CAFÉ, DREAM WIFE, THE ORIELLES, LAUREN AQUILINA, VIAGRA BOYS, MINI MANSIONS plus loads more will head to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on 24-26th May 2019 for its 15th year. The award-winning day long festival will once again feature a line-up full of both established performers and the best emerging artists from the UK and around the world.

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS will headline Dot To Dot 2019, a band who have been an integral part of the alternative dance scene since the release of their debut album ‘Star of Love’ in 2010. Widely adored for their catchy songwriting and penchant for glitter, the English/Spanish trio built upon the momentum created by their debut with the release of 2013’s ‘Cave Rave’ and 2016’s ‘Everything Is My Family’. These follow-ups saw the band evolve their party-fixated electro punchiness, to an evocative, euphoria-inducing summery sound. The group’s endless energy and arsenal of feel-good anthems have made them a magnificent live proposition, helping them to forge a reputation for creating a celebratory party atmosphere wherever they play.

JORDAN RAKEI will be bringing his jazz and hip-hop driven sound to Dot To Dot 2019. The New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist moved halfway across the world to London to pursue a full-time career in music. He has since self-released his debut album, ‘Cloak’, in 2016 followed by critically acclaimed album ‘Wallflower’, released via Ninja Tune in 2017. Jordan has also collaborated with some notable tastemakers including Tom Misch, Disclosure, and more recently, merging the worlds of hiphop and electronica with beautiful ease on ‘Ottelenghi’ with Loyle Carner.

After previously wowing audiences at Dot To Dot in 2015, SWIM DEEP are welcomed back to the lineup this year. An integral part of Birmingham’s B-Town generation alongside Peace and Jaws, the band currently have two album releases to their name; 2013’s ‘Where the Heaven Are We’ and 2015’s ‘Mothers’. With these albums, came a collection of inimitable singles such as ‘Honey’, ‘King City’ and ‘One Great Song and I Could Change the World’. With a sound that encompasses elements of melodic indie, shoegaze and pop, Swim Deep are guaranteed to produce many singalong moments during their Dot To Dot performance.

Liverpool four-piece THE NIGHT CAFÉ’s pop-tinged summer anthems are guaranteed to get the crowd dancing, with their tunes recently daubed as being “bathed in sunshine… poppier than a fizzedup Fanta” by DIY. After being recently named in ‘The NME 100: Essential New Acts For 2019’ and notching up support slots with everyone from The Wombats to Sundara Karma to Circa Waves, there is no doubting that the group will be making a rapturous live show at Dot To Dot that is simply unmissable.

One of the breakout bands of 2018, DREAM WIFE spent the year conquering stages and festivals across the globe with their empowering brand of riff-infused rock. The group formed in 2015 for an art school project whilst studying at Brighton University, and chose their name as commentary on society’s objectification on women. Dream Wife’s self-titled debut, released in 2018 via Lucky Number, saw NME declaring, “Not since Yeah Yeah Yeahs burst out of Manhattan in the early 2000s in a blaze of fishnets and glitter has punk rock been as downright fun”.

Having released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last year, THE ORIELLES have blown away audiences with their refreshing brand of post-disco punkiness, which led to their album featuring on numerous album of the year polls including Q Magazine, BBC 6 Music and Gigwise. Meanwhile, LAUREN AQUILINA is set to enchant audiences with her captivating piano-driven sounds, which have clocked up a staggering 30 million streams on Spotify. She will also arrive at Dot To Dot armed with new material, including her recent release ‘If Looks Could Kill’, showcasing her exciting, new pop direction.

Dot To Dot will also continue its proud tradition of giving up & coming artists a platform to shine across the greatest venues of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. Emerging at a rate of knots are Swedish rockers VIAGRA BOYS whose 2018 alternative anthem ‘Sports’ reminds us why heavy guitar music is alive & kicking, they are expected to be one of the most talked about acts of the weekend.

Also set to perform, the first wave announcement includes; 404, ALEX LAHEY, ANGIE MCMAHON, BESS ATWELL, BESSIE TURNER, CROWS, DANCING ON TABLES, DYLAN, FATHERSON, FAYE WEBSTER, HEAVY LUNGS, JAMES GILLESPIE, KOJAQUE, LOVE SICK, MAX RAD, MINI MANSIONS, MISS GRIT, MISSIO, ONR, RACHEL CHINOURIRI, REWS, SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER, SUN SILVA, SWIMMING GIRLS, WASUREMONO, WOVOKA GENTLE, plus many more to be announced.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “We are very proud that Dot To Dot is recognised as a unique and essential event for discovering new music. It might be our 15th year but our passion for emerging talent continues undiminished. For this edition of Dot To Dot we are very happy to welcome relentlessly creative headliners in Crystal Fighters and respected tastemaker Jordan Rakei, backed up with a huge array of the best emerging talent, with even more to be announced.

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Beyond stoked to tell you that ex member of Wu lyf  Francis Lung just signed to Memphis Industries and my first single ‘I Wanna Live In My Dreams’ is out today! , please put your hands together for Francis Lung, the latest addition to the Memphis industries cannon!.

The video was crafted over four months by Francis and follows a young boy who falls asleep and turns into his dream alter-ego ‘ghostface’, as Francis explains:

“Ghostface is a character I’ve been drawing for years, but I’ve never been quite sure why. i thought it would be nice to give him some purpose by creating this story about him. I’ve never made anything like this before but for some foolish reason i thought it would be a good idea to spend four months of my life learning how to animate. it’s a combination of stop motion, keyframe and hand-drawn animation and it’s made up of thousands upon thousands of frames. I nearly pulled out all my hair making it.”

Francis Lung is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album, expect to hear more from Francis Lung very soon.

CABBAGE – ” Torture “

Posted: February 27, 2019 in MUSIC
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2019 has been a quiet start for Cabbage. A time for ourselves to scribe new notches on the metaphorical checkpad and rise up and start kicking the blessed fruit tree. Where we have arrived is a brand spanking new single out on Thursday 28th February and a spring UK tour.

‘Torture’ our new single, produced by James Skelly, is a combination of some hijacked philosophical crossroads and the belief in the human voice box. It’s our attempt at The Beach Boys if we ran out of money before getting the orchestra in. Nonetheless, with just a dose of pop and a terribly dour theme, it has come out just how we desired.

As for the tour we the reborn quins have a lot of new tricks to show, including the foundation of a brand new record. We don’t have to slag anyone off to sell this or piss on anyone’s chips for that matter, I trust in good faith you’ll believe the sincerity when I say these shows are well bloody worth it. Thank you and keep funding the good fight.

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Afghan Sand Gang, Hailing from the new musical hotspot of Mossley, near Manchester, these have been slowly making their mark in the city and beyond with some very good releases, namely with most recent release An Electronic Lexicon of Stiff, Grounded Beats and Ethereal, Ascending fog. ‘Glistener’, a swooning piece of electronica which is well worth a listen.

Band Members
Paddy Neville (Guitars, Vox)
Matthew Burgess (Synth/Vox)
Will Owen (Bass)

Official video for “Glistener” by Afghan Sand Gang Directed by Danny Satchell

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W. H. Lung is a recording project founded in Manchester in mid-2016. Its first single to yield is the dream-like and shifting ‘Inspiration!’, recorded at The Nave in Leeds and produced by Matt Peel (Eagulls). A song that speaks to the ideas of eternity, belonging and meaninglessness, it takes the shape of a kraut/psych peregrination; persevering but never dull, and bringing it home before the break. The motorik nature of the track stems from W. H. Lung’s writing ethic which, with an Alesis drum machine at its core, aims to create a surrounding maelstrom of ethereal circuits and hypnotic rhythms. W. H. Lung continue to write and record. The debut album ‘Incidental Music’ drops 5th April 2019 on Melodic Records.

The first single taken from W. H. Lung’s debut album ‘Incidental Music’ out 5/4/19.


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