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INTERVIEW: Feed The Kid

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The Manchester six-piece band, Feed The Kid, are building themselves a good reputation and a solid following for their  ’70s West Coast sound that shows clear influences from the likes of The Doobie Brothers. Chris Patmore spoke with singer Curtis Taylor and guitarist Ciaran Egan in the back of their van, in a damp alley behind the iconic 100 Club on Oxford Street in London, before their set supporting renowned Manchester band Audioweb. A bit of an obvious one to start. How did the band get together? It always fascinates me what cosmic confluences bring a band together to create…

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Feed The Kid, 100 Club, London

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Feed The Kid bring their Mancunian version of West Coast rock to the iconic London venue. The six-piece Manchester band showed that the country-blues-rock of the 70s is still very much alive, when they opened for the recently reunited Audioweb at London’s 100 Club on 16 November. Londoners are often accused of being an unfriendly bunch, but anyone who has to travel on the public transport at rush hour will know that civility and politeness soon withers away in the forced proximity to our fellow humans. But, when Manchester band Feed The Kid came to play at the legendary 100 Club…

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Stone Roses News

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The Stone Roses have rebooked the cancelled show… The Nippon Budokan show, in Tokyo, was planned for June 2nd and 3rd 2016 however it was announced that it was to be cancelled as Alan was injured The show has now been rebooked with the band heading back out to Japan in April 2017 The news of Alan’s ribs didn’t effect the Manchester Etihad shows and the Roses played 4 sell out shows. Flick of the finger was at the gigs in June – you can read the full review here The Roses are also playing three shows in 2017; Belfast’s SSE Arena – June 13 Wembley…

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Clint Boon’s Set2Go, Sound Control, Manchester

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Manchester’s Sound Control was the setting for an afternoon and evening showcase of eleven local bands over two different stages with a couple of DJ’s thrown in all for the bargain price of £6. Last Sunday saw the first ever outing for Clint Boon’s Set2Go event in association with B33. As is always the case with multiple bands playing sacrifices have to be made so the first band I caught was Bolton’s The Jade Assembly who’s infectious indie rock is already well known on the Manchester scene. The band soon had the crowd dancing to their latest EP, Sundays And Occasional…

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Cabbage, The Blind Tiger, Bolton

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Cabbage are on a roll it would seem and though my culinary expectations for such a bland dish would be fairly low my anticipation at finally getting to catch up with the afore named five piece Manchester band at The Blind Tiger in Bolton is quite the opposite . Currently riding on a wave of press and fan adoration I only have their photos and videos to base my anticipation on but freely admit that I’m already a fan.   The tales of debauchery and chaos go before them and I can’t help but wonder if this will detract or…

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The Blinders, Deaf Institute, Manchester

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Blimey. In the 6 months since I last saw them, things have moved on for The Blinders. Tonight, The Deaf Institute is heaving with anticipation as The Blinders launch their debut single, Swine.   A massive cheer goes up as frontman and guitarist Tom graces the stage, joining Charlie (bass) and Matty (Drums), and they launch straight into the heavy yet atmospheric “Brutus”. The crowd are totally into it from the offset, there’s no standing back, nonchalant gazing going on here, no pit, no barrier between band and audience. As they career through their set, playing better-known tunes such as “Murder…

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Cabbage, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

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Mayhem, madness and magic probably sum up Cabbage’s biggest headline show to date Halfway through a UK tour they returned to Manchester to play a sold out Ruby Lounge. Ticket touts outside the venue are an indication that Cabbage really have arrived. There was a palpable atmosphere of anticipation and excitement once inside as a Cabbage shows are always wonderfully unpredictable. Queen Zee and the Sasstones along with Meat Raffle were the support act and both bands were above average getting the crowds attention and support from what could have been an unresponsive audience just there for the main event.…

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Farewell To The Tapestry

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Not much comes out of Tameside, so in 2010 when The Tapestry finally got their act( and lineup) together there was cause for much rejoicing in the borough. A highly talented four piece who’s highly infectious post punk dance tunes lit up all the Manchester music venues The Tapestry were surely destined for great things. Regular sold out gigs, UK tours, festival appearances and a clutch of singles that begged out fo radio play along with a massive local fan base all pointed to success.     For a while it looked like it would happen, plaudits from the likes…

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Courteeners Announce Headline Shows At Old Trafford, Manchester

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Ahead of the release of their fifth album, Courteeners have announced details of their biggest headline show to date. Following on from their Heaton Park show (all 25,000 tickets sold out in an hour) and their record breaking seven night run at Manchester O2 Apollo, the band will play a 50,000 capacity hometown gig at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford (home of Lancashire County Cricket Club) on Saturday May 27th 2017. The full Old Trafford line-up is: Courteeners The Charlatans Blossoms Cabbage Tickets are on sale from Friday 21st October at 9am. Courteeners fifth album – Mapping the Rendezvous – is…

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TRACK OF THE WEEK: Feed The Kid ‘In The City’

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Feed The Kid sing about their home town of Manchester, in their new single ‘In The City’. Before you jump-the-gun and think, ‘Oh no, here’s another band moaning about where they come from!’, this song is not at all doom and gloom. Sure, lyrics touch upon the rainy city that make a grown man cry, but the delivery of the vocals from Curtis Taylor believably make you grasp the message within the words. With a wonderfully placed break in the middle, the song packs a lot of interesting and powerful moments into its tight 2 minutes and 49 seconds running time.…

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Blossoms, Manchester Academy

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Well what a year for the Blossoms, selling out venues up and down the country, Two weeks at the top of the album charts already under their belts, its onwards and upwards for Stockport, s adopted Mancunians. 3,000 plus people have turned out and are in fine voice as the band take to the stage. The opener “At most a kiss”, sees the band straight in action, quickly followed by “Cut me and I will bleed”,and the ever popular “Blow”. Already showing a confidence and what seems to be a more relaxed approach that has definitely been honed on a…

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NEW MUSIC: Feed The Kid ‘In The City’

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Feed The Kid sing about their home town of Manchester, in their new single ‘In The City’. Before you jump-the-gun and think, ‘Oh no, here’s another band moaning about where they come from!’, this song is not at all doom and gloom. Sure, lyrics touch upon the rainy city that make a grown man cry, but the delivery of the vocals from Curtis Taylor believably make you grasp the message within the words. With a wonderfully placed break in the middle, the song packs a lot of interesting and powerful moments into its tight 2 minutes and 49 seconds running time.…

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OK Broken, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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It’s always a pleasure to be present in the next chapter of a band’s evolution, when that band is a local group of lads who have steadily been building momentum, gig on gig, it’s particularly satisfying. It’s easy to try and pigeon-hole the band into the Indie/Rock market, I feel they showed that there are many different levels to this well drilled and smart dressed band, not many bands are given a sponsorship from a major clothing company like Lambretta, maybe a taste of things to come. I think most people would have expected them to come out all guns…

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TRACK OF THE WEEK: OK Broken ‘Waiting In Line’

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This week’s track of the week comes from OK Broken and its titled ‘Waiting In Line’ The Lambretta sponsored band out of Manchester are going from strength to strength and gaining quite the following.  Check them out on: Facebook Soundcloud Website

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OK Broken Release New Video Ahead OF Friday Gig Which Promises Stage Surprises!

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OK Broken, 4 piece Indie/Rock from Manchester release new video ahead of Friday gig The band are set to play the O2 Ritz, Manchester this coming Friday – doors open at 6:30 – BE THERE! Influences: Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Oasis, RHCP, Jimmy Eat World, Stone Roses, The Smiths, Angels And Airwave, Plus 44 and everything else inbetween. Its all about the Music!! Enough to get you intesrested? get yourself down to manchester Ritz Friday 23rd where the band will be joined by other local bands showcasing the best unsigned acts of the region. This time around sees a high-octane concoction…

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Blossoms To Play Special Album Launch Show in Stockport

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Blossoms To Play Special Launch Show At Stockport Plaza at Midnight on August 5th For The Bands Self Titled Debut Album Released The Same Day Blossoms will celebrate the release of their highly anticipated debut album at the Stockport Plaza. Fans who pre-order a copy of the album via the official store by midnight on Wednesday 14th July will be in with a chance of seeing Blossoms play a special home town show at Stockport Plaza at midnight on 5th August (Thursday night)! Full details on the official store. Tickets limited to 2 per person. “The Stockport band’s cathartic sing-alongs hark…

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NEW MUSIC: Blossoms Announce New Album

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Blossoms Will Release Their Highly Anticipated Eponymous Debut Album On Virgin EMI “The Stockport band’s cathartic sing-alongs hark back to the region’s pop greats.” The Guardian “Mancunian pop perfection” Shortlist “Minor key moodiness with the kind of bravado not seen since the glory days of The Stone Roses and The La’s” The Times “Glittering indie pop” ­Metro 2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list – Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since. Read our…

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NEW MUSIC: Blossoms Announce New Album

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Blossoms Will Release Their Highly Anticipated Eponymous Debut Album On Virgin EMI   “The Stockport band’s cathartic sing-alongs hark back to the region’s pop greats.” The Guardian “Mancunian pop perfection” Shortlist “Minor key moodiness with the kind of bravado not seen since the glory days of The Stone Roses and The La’s” The Times “Glittering indie pop” ­Metro 2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list – Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since. Read…

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Dantevilles – Sea Of Change

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Dantevilles With their rubber soles trekking Manchester’s rainwater through the corridors which lay between genres, the four-piece collective hold open the door and offer their alternative take on British guitar music. With a desire to conceive something fresh, they maintain a raw central aesthetic as they invite you round their craft. Follow on: facebook twitter Soundcoud

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PROSE – Mountains

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Loving this at the moment! Manchester lads doing something a little different to the usual North West sound. Give it a listen…

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James – Nothing But Love

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Seems like Manchester’s finest, James, have done it yet again with this massive tune ‘Nothing but Love’. I recently caught the album launch in Manchester and its a corker of an album. This is the first single off the album ‘Girl At The End Of The World’. Girl At The End Of The World. Coming to a record shop near you 18 March 2016. Pre-order CD: Amazon LP: Amazon D/L:iTunes

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BBC Sound of 2016: Blossoms

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Guitar pop band Blossoms, who are hoping to become Greater Manchester’s latest musical heroes, have come fourth on the BBC Sound of 2016 list, which highlights the hottest new acts for the new year. The five members, who were all born in the same Stockport hospital, formed in 2013 and have honed their sound by rehearsing in their bassist’s granddad’s scaffolding yard. They say they are influenced by the Arctic Monkeys, Abba and Oasis – and singer Tom Ogden sees similarities between themselves and other bands from Manchester: “We’re working-class, five lads just doing it because we love doing it.”…

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