NEWS: Dutch Uncles Announce New Single

Manchester outfit Dutch Uncles are to once again whet the appetite of fans in the build-up to their full length album. The follow-up to previous single Fragrant is to be called Face In. The track is a further helping of skittish, forward thinking pop. Face In is perhaps Dutch Uncles at their least complicated. Or rather the complexity is below the surface with band’s pop nouse coming right to the fore. Precisely woven melodies and whip-smart guitar lines frame singer Duncan Wallis’ ruminations on the manipulations... Read more »

In The City – Part Two

  As the 19th year of In The City entered its final day there was still plenty of talent left on the lineup. The last night of festivals are usually spent trying desperately to stay awake in a field after two previous days of debauchery, thankfully here the things end on a Friday with people more than aware that the weekend is approaching and therefore no thoughts of retiring early enter into the equation. The Northern Quarter is a hive of creativity, still retaining the urban grit... Read more »

In The City 2010 – Part One

Manchester is strongly linked in the minds of many to a golden age, from post-punk to the birth of Acid house, before going on to assert its dominant swagger on the world stage with Oasis. Few places have such a heritage to celebrate, but the city has an unbelievably modern feel too. Walking through the centre an eye catching glass structure known as the Urbis shimmers brightly in the sun, while scores of people enjoy an equally glistening beverage in one of the many fashionable... Read more »

Download: Delta Maid – The Changes Made

25-year-old Delta Maid may be a Liverpudlian but her vocal tones float as though from further ashore. Descendents of Delta were seafarers. Her great grandfather was a stoker and used to shovel coal onboard vessels as they travelled the world. One of the perks of this gruelling job was that he visited New York on many occasions and brought back with him old records, which would impart innovative sounds upon his return, long before the days of musical accessibility and downloading. This musical inquisitiveness has... Read more »

On Repeat: Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

When Smith Westerns arrived on the scene back in 2009 with their self-titled debut, they brought with them an exciting new sound. Perhaps it was down to their plucky inexperience (the band recorded in guitarist Max Kakacek’s basement while still in high school), or maybe it was their youthful eagerness - whatever the case, instead of a by-the-books toe-tapper, we got with a fuzzy, rough around the edges gem.  Their retro-hip, drunken sound was something fresh and exhilarating, shake that up with a seemingly endless... Read more »