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ON REPEAT: Hookworms – The Hum

The 2010’s have been a great decade for psychedelia so far, with acid-tinged guitars and wah-wah pedals making a comeback at almost all levels of the music industry. With dozens of local scenes working on their own permutations of the formula, old veterans like The Flaming Lips steering the ship and a central hub of activity - Liverpool’s Psychedelic Festival- growing bigger and more prestigious every year, psyche’s undergoing its most influential and creatively fertile period for decades. Hell, even Miley Cyrus looks like she’s... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Gymnast

If you've been keeping your eyes and ears open, you'll know that Gymnast are not the bendy, sporty variety, but Manchester's newest, most exciting electronic duo, Cathy Wilcock and Chris Lyon. They are a healthy portion of alt-pop, with a dollop of trip-hop, blended with dark electro and nicely topped off with softening female vocals. Or if you prefer, the darker, northern London Grammar. Attracting numerous rave reviews, they have also been compared to the likes of Woman's Hour and Wild Beasts. Their debut album,... Read more »

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INTERVIEW: Coves

Two years ago we hosted the brilliantly minded duo Coves (made up of John Ridgard and Beck Wood) on our Northern Noise Live stage at The Castle Hotel. Since then, it's no surprise to hear they’ve been quite busy, spending their summer at festivals, touring with The Raveonettes around the US and releasing debut album Soft Friday earlier this year. It’s pretty obvious to see why we like this twosome; all you need to do is watch their latest video Fall Out of Love (and their live... Read more »

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REVIEW: Coves @ The Albert Hall, Manchester, 22nd Oct

If you've been following us here at Northern Noise for the last few years you'll know all about Coves. We gave them their first ever Manchester show all the way back in July 2012, when all they had was a 4 track EP. Check out the old school poster below. It's been over two years since they played that show, and Coves have gone from strength to strength. They've toured around Europe, the US and the UK, they've been signed and they've released the critically... Read more »

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REVIEW: Wolf Alice, Club Academy Manchester, 22nd Oct

Crowded below Manchester's student union in the not-too-small not-too-big Club Academy, a crowd gathered to watch the so-called love-child of folk and grunge, Wolf Alice, perform there striking and powerful songs live for the pleasure of Manchester. Before that all began though, a set of scratchy guitars and adrenaline fueled punk attitude took the forefront with opening act Dingus Khan - a group who's confusing medley of musical approaches is kind of fascinating in its weird, chaotic rhythm. Also supporting the main act were Brighton four-piece... Read more »