...Goldie Locks, whose vocal might is enough to turn JJ Fad-esque skipping songs about Sainsbury’s into an apocalyptic wonkstep of the highest calibre (Exhibit B: "the kids ain't got nothing to do, messed up prime-minist-ah, no we're not hating on you but it's all pretty sinist-ah").
"...it’s actually quite a brilliant thing that the singer has room to emote to his heart’s content; (words like ‘conundrum’ are used in the lyrics: an act that normally would lead me to random acts of violence on my house plants. This time not). "
"On the whole I’m not one for fey youths looking like they need a square meal singing about heartaches (check the lyrics, my lord does the lad suffer) but somehow Jay’s charm and determination wins through. "
"Just when you think the last thing the world needs right now is another indie band from Manchester, one comes along that just make you feel like an idiot for thinking it."
"Cinq Six Is a determined, jerky plod, sounding for all the world like a family of bears driving to the supermarket."
Politburo's sound is encrusted with the dirt of ages, a filthy fur coat adorned with heraldic raiment; a jewel-encrusted hand that nevertheless displays chapped and burnt fingernails…
clever, funny and downright bonkers
I'd say, basically, we're making pop music with a twist. Melodies are definitely a priority, they establish the feel and mood of the songs; a decent melody can turn an average song into a good one.
There's a degree of Kinks-like playfulness that never fails to catch you, even when the subject matter is a bit grim... stabbings in Safeways indeed.
"Here's another lucky dip bag, filled to the brim with info on some of the best bands we've discovered on My Space over the last few weeks."
Adept are, indeed, adept at making very atmospheric music with a sense of urgency that doesn't really owe anything to anyone.
Don't let lazy comparisons put you off.
Lincolnshire, it's big and shit and I hate it.
"Good run of the mill metal and good, run of the mill metal ballads. I can certainly see these guys cracking the American market and playing the main stage at the Download Festival"
"Get this on vinyl if you can. Listening to it rekindles the feeling I got when I got my paws on the 7” Pictures on My Wall or Blue Boy or Never Understand or Sally Cinnamon. Incendiary's instructions are to play this record ad nauseum."
"Star Fighter Pilot is brilliant, simple as. He is an original voice and his art has that rare thing nowadays, original content. "
And that's why Blue Skies Up is bound to have a real, genuine effect; scenesters and snobbishness are out of the window. There's no reason why this wouldn't work as side one of Now 79.
As for three great unsigned Manchester acts? Right now I'd plump for the gloriously summery indie-pop of AMIDA (yes, the sun's even shining in Manchester today!), the excellent intense space-rock of THE SECOND FLOOR and the slightly deranged one-man electronic pop cynic that is THE STARFIGHTER PILOT."
The Music Lovers are swish. Swish because they're talented.
It may have been recorded in a living room with gaffer tape and few electrical wires but it sounds like it was conceived round a beach campfire with loyal and trusted friends.