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The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: September 2015

5 Sep

Another instalment of 5 songs that we feel it is your duty to hear! This month Spotlight bears ripe and juicy fruits in the form of Mouses, Ellen Mae, The Moth Lantern, Nonbeliever and Pertini.

Read the Spotlight blog in full here and indulge in the playlist hither…

The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: August 2015

5 Sep

What do all our August Spotlight tracks have in common? They’re all chuffin’ amazing, that’s what!! We welcome the superb talents of SEAWAVES, Danny Ladwa, Sun Tete Shoe Le Card, The Great Curve and NAKALA.

Read more here, listen below…

The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: July 2015

5 Sep

Our July Spotlight blog was brimming with undeniably brilliant tunes spanning all manner of genres. Settle back & absorb yourself in music by Minute Taker, Haula, Aniseed Treats, Owen Duff and Odd Rival.

You can find out more about each of them in this ‘ere blog post and the playlist awaits your keen ears here, sir:

Sound Breakers: Delta Palms

5 Sep

Delta PalmsAccompanying the clement temperatures July has brought us so far is the lo-fi indie, fuzz pop of one man DIY outfit Delta Palms aka Reece Clayton. Originating from Blackpool but now residing in Manchester, he began making his own music just last year and is inspired to create feel-good tracks with a nostalgic edge, consisting of vibrant melodies, energetic rhythms and poetic lyrics, all topped off with Reece’s gruff and recklessly charming vocals.

Boasting airplay on local radio stations including BBC Introducing Manchester and Salford City Radio, as well as online station XRP Radio, plus nods on tastemaker blogs, it seems that things are heating up rapidly in the realms of Delta Palms and it won’t be long before more are introduced to his splendidly shambolic sounds.

Pertinently described as “the missing link between surf and Britpop”, his songwriting really does capture effortless guitar pop sensibility, before it is duly encrusted with a gritty and raw, garage essence. With plans to release more singles over the summer, following up with an EP later on in the year, I think Delta Palms is unquestionably worthy of being placed on your new music radar.

Sound Breakers: Sweet Deals On Surgery

5 Sep

SDOSUnruly, noisy and direct are just three words that spring to mind when Sweet Deals On Surgery’s raucous vocals, grungy guitars and primal drums explode into life through my headphones.

Taking their band name from a song by late 90s Washington D.C. band Burning Airlines, who bequeathed the name to them back in 2013, this ferocious Manchester (via Preston) three-piece have been demanding attention from all corners. Tom Robinson featured their track ‘Speed Date Yr Way To Fame’ on his BBC6 Music show last October describing it “a terrific noise”, and many tastemaker music blogs have followed suit in dishing out the compliments.

Last December the band unveiled their first EP ‘Total Reek Hole’ via Manchester’s Sister 9 Records and this is still available as a free download for those keen to tune in. More recently, Sweet Deals On Surgery have wound up work on their 10 track debut album ‘The Snake & The Snoozer’ which they plan to release in August.

This weekend the rowdy bunch will be wielding their impressively tight live show at Glastonferret Festival at The Ferret in Preston, but if it’s too short notice you can catch them once more at the same venue on Saturday 22nd August.

Photo credit: Robin Hill

Sound Breakers: Bathymetry

5 Sep

BathymetryBathymetry currently straddle the North West with 3 members, Ariel, Dave and Emily, based between Manchester and Liverpool. Having just released their debut self-titled album at the beginning of June, we thought it was high time you were introduced to their individual blend of folk and lo-fi indie.

After finding each other through a series of online ‘wanted’ ads back in 2012 (Ariel is originally from America, Dave from Carlisle and Emily from Warrington), they’ve gone onto attain undivided appreciation from radio, podcasts and tastemaker blogs such as Fresh On The Net, all keen to sing their praises. Tracing the footsteps of fellow North West bands Elbow and I Am Kloot, their first album is released through Ugly Man Records, however Bathymetry are most certainly carving their own unique path.

Earlier this year the band opened for both The Jesus & Mary Chain and Wire, as well as putting in an appearance at Liverpool Sound City. You can catch them live this Thursday when they play Manchester’s Kraak Gallery. Or for a treat encompassing all the senses, head to Fell Foot Sound festival this July, held in blissful woodland settings guaranteed to complement their sound and conjure a performance to remember.

The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: June 2015

24 Jun

Ready for a playlist to accompany your summer? Our June Spotlight track selection won’t disappoint! We’ve got STEVE, the latest signing to Guy Garvey and Jim Chancellor of Fiction Records exciting & intriguing new label venture, Snug Platters. PLUS fantastic tunes from Matt Grocott & The Shrives, Alexander, Silent Party and Ally Jowett. Read all about ’em here.

Sound Breakers: King Kartel

24 Jun

King Kartel publishedKicking off their music career in Newry, Northern Ireland, this indie rock quartet couldn’t help but follow their influences and head over the water to set up roots in Manchester.

Made up of brothers Hugh and Mo, with Micky on drums, all hailing from Northern Ireland, their line-up also embraces local lad Mike on lead guitar. Having mastered the Manchester circuit over the years, playing every type of gig imaginable, the band have most recently been crowned winners of the MPA Refreshing Sounds competition, judged by Clint Boon, JW Lees and George Atkins of 80 Hertz studio.

As part of their prize, the band recently spent 4 days in 80 Hertz, laying down some tracks including a new song ‘Itchy Trigger Finger’ and they also headlined a live showcase at Gullivers, fuelled by plenty of free ale! Their snarly guitar pop has already received rave reviews from industry insiders galore; ranging from BBC Introducing Manchester and NME Radar to BBC Radio 1 and a whole host of tastemaker blogs.

As for the rest of 2015, King Kartel plan on recording a new EP and organising a UK & Ireland tour. Keep an eye on their website for announcements as they happen.

Sound Breakers: Alive In Theory

24 Jun

(Published May 2015 in City Life Extra)

Alive In Theory publishedMancunian duo Kirsty Mac and Paul Ayre make up Alive In Theory; a pair who have been working on aural arrangements for many moons now, yet have only just unveiled their first single ‘Crying Shame’ which was ceremoniously unveiled to a sell-out crowd at The Deaf Institute recently.

Crafting a unique strain of music that’s far more delicate and intricate than the red bricks that gave birth to it, this is the sound of alternative pop made for darkened smoky rooms, packed full of ambience and atmosphere, intimacy and poignancy.

Drawing comparisons to Kate Bush and Lana Del Rey, Kirsty’s simply delivered yet haunting vocals sit atop music that is heart-wrenching; emotionally captivating work that speaks volumes about what’s to follow. With work on a full length album underway and a host of live shows coming up in the months between now and then, Alive In Theory are set to feature on your radar a great deal more.

Their simplistic but striking animated lyric video created to accompany the track is absolutely worth a watch but I whole heartedly recommend catching them live at Night & Day Café on 18th June for the complete experience.

Sound Breakers: Coroner For The Police

24 Jun

(Published May 2015 in City Life Extra)

Coroner For The Police publishedHailing from Stockport, raucous trio Coroner For The Police will transport you back to your rock & roll roots. Abundant in noisy guitars, boisterous vocals and exhilarating riffs, their music demands your undivided attention.

Formed in 2012, they have so far self-released 3 sell out EPs and this year they will bless us with a full length album, lovingly made in their very own studio which has been built by the band over the past few months. This hub will facilitate their creativity allowing them to record, mix and master until their new, piping hot material is ready to be unveiled later in the year.

Recently making the shortlist of just 9 Manchester based acts earmarked for the Manchester Pale Ale Refreshing Sounds competition, they’ve also been on the receiving end of love from across the pond and their track ‘Concrete Love’ was used on a NASCAR TV advert last year in the States.

Keen to bring their unbridled energy to life on stage, Coroner For The Police hope to hit the road once their latest recording is complete. Head over to their Bandcamp page to listen to their previous 3 releases and give yourself a taste of what’s to come.

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