Indieterria presents The Blinders For The Many Tour

Dear Readers,

Every day in music business is different. But if somebody told us that we would be reporting on a tour to raise funds for a political party during election time last week, we would raise our eyebrows. Music and politics is as old as time itself but UK has not seen rock bands tour to support a political party since New Labour movement or at least since Manics dropped their first album.

For The Many Tour poster

Well guess what. We do have a tour to raise funds for Labour Party and yes, we are gonna report on it. With details.  Manchester based trio The Blinders (called by musical press to be the most vocal and important band on the scene in the last three decades) hit the road to fund raise, encourage young people to vote and to push for the social change we all desperately need. Ahead of their For The Many Tour the members have issued this statement:

“All of our lives it has felt like politics has worked against us with election after election seemingly serving the interests of a limited few.
For us, the election on the 12th of December, provides a crucial opportunity to elect a Labour government that we truly believe in.
The For the Many Tour is about using our platform to bring people together, influence change and help create a society in which we are a little bit more equal.
We hope to be joined by as many of our friends and like minded individuals as possible.
IF NOT NOW……. THEN WHEN ?”

The band called upon other musicians, spoken word artists and general audience to join them in creating concerts with all the profits going to local Labour Party chapters, often is constituencies with seats that could challenge the status quo. The answer was shift and within few days seven concerts have been set up across the country, with a leading show at O2 Ritz in Manchester with a star line up.

The is still chance to join the initiative and everyone interested, be it a venue, artists or volunteers  can get in touch with the band via a page that has been set up  for the purpose of the tour: https://forthemanytour.com/contact or they can simply send an enquiry to bands email: management@theblindersofficial.com

*** Tour ***

Show#1 – Blackpool 

Blackpool was the first show on the tour and we have to say the kick off was amazing. With 6 bands and one poet on the bil, the innauguration of the tour went absolutely perfect. Jordan Allen did a solo show to open up the celebration, Nana White Pepper blew everyone away with their set (and made their manager proud!), Filthy Tricks were mesmerazing and Palava and Scarlet rocked the crowd like category 5 hurricane. Please see their video for proof! Afghan Sand Gand and Patrick T Davies are close friends of the Blinders so it was not a surprise to see them on the bill. Bobby Bentham of Strange Bones (who did a lovely DJ set) and the emerging band Those Fucking Snowflakes (be careful! They are an avalanche!), made the gig a memorable night for equality and diversity. It is worth mentioning that the performances were a little bit delayed. As the running order was getting behind the schedule, the Blinders played before Those Fucking Snowflakes and in a really cool turn of events, they ended up headlining the gig! How cool is that!

Blackpool event poster

Date: 30.11.2019
Town: Blackpool
Venue: Bootleg Social
Address: 30 Topping St, Blackpool FY1 3AQ
Door:  7 PM – 2 AM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Jordan Allen (solo show), Nana White Pepper, Afghan Sand Gang, Filthy Tricks, Palava, Scarlet, Those Fucking Snowflakes, Patrick T. Davies (spoken word), Bobby (Strange Bones)– DJ set
This show is 18+
Event Page    

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5inWMdgHZB/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1201139817922416640?s=20 (venue)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1201221536214126593/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1200781592307875842/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxUHmnS00/ (Palava)

Palava performing in support of the Labour Party at the Bootleg – pictures by Edgaras Lazurinas

 

Those Fucking Snowflakes pictures by Alysia Mitchell

Videos:

Nana White Pepper


Scarlet (video by Joseph Challender)

 

Show#2 – Manchester

Manchester was the second show on the tour but the biggest one overall. It was dubbed “Socialist Sunday” and its motto was “For the Manny, Not the Few”. Over 1200 tickets were sold in 3 weeks, 12 bands performed and 10 speakers shared their views with the public. There was a new merch stand with amazing t-shirts saying “The Blinders For The Many Tour”, “Tories Out” and “Union Kicking Ass for The Working Class” (that was presented on stage by Charlie McGough of the Blinders and proved very photogenic).

The show was organized by Kallum Nolan (Rochdale Labour Coulcillor) and Ben Taylor (head of events at Jimmy’s Group). It was streamed online in its entirety by The People’s Assembly.

Manchester event poster known as Socialist Sunday

Set list for the night picture by Ben Taylor

Date: 01.12.2019
Town:  Manchester
Venue:  O2 Ritz
Address:  Whitworth Street West, M15NQ
Door:  2 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up:  The Blinders, Cabbage, Scuttlers, The Rhythm Method, Eccentronic Research Council Space Monkeys, The Pagans S.O.H, Cold Water Swimmers, Ventrelles, Gerry O’Gorman, Dollie Demi, Karl Hildebrandt plus guest speakers Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Maxine Peake, Andy Burham, Tom Keenan (DJ) and more.
Event Page     

Live stream:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=447410862814225 (interview with Maxine Peake)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2415456978716818 (Part1  – Cold Waters Swimmers, Pagans SOH, Eccentronic Research Council, Loose Articles, Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2147855098844652/ (Part2 – Space Monkeys, The Rhythm Method, Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/595952144499283/ (Part 3 –  Cabbage and The Blinders)

Pictures:

Official selection of pictures from the event captured by the amazing Trust A Fox.
https://www.trustafoxphotography.com/trust-a-fox-blog/2019/12/3/socialist-sunday-011219-o2-ritz-manchester

https://twitter.com/theblindersband/status/1201555027795611648 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lZtFWJFPB/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1200928543611465730 (merch stand)
https://twitter.com/kallumnolan/status/1201497246099034119/photo/1 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kvo62Ab1F/?igshid=1saj2hfv19odi (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kqkjqhkVV/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kgNxenmqL/ (The Blinders, Cabbage)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jR_h6hFWq/(mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jLpXMAzGN/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jJwGlgaWY/ (mixed)
https://twitter.com/ScuttlersINC/status/1201529492868620292/photo/1 (Scuttlers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201478833674891265?s=20 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201464249551400960?s=20 (Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201493081595535361?s=20 (Space Monkeys)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201486395900092416?s=20 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201484341156691968?s=20 (Loose Articles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201474913216929792?s=20 (Dollie Demi)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201472507502616582?s=20 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201471604003344388?s=20 (Ventrelles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201576129150246922?s=20 (John McClure of Reverend & TheMakers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201607817670643714/photo/1 (Thomas Haywood of The Blinders)
www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956567352725 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156957359237725 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956665367725 (Space Monkeys, Rhythm Method and Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956362102725 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lO_nxFtgM/ (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPiIun_ag/ (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432495580752604 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432369810765181 (The Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432326074102888 (The Rhythm Method)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432298250772337 (Space Monkeys)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432263300775832 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432242337444595 (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431684000833762 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431603720841790 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431643110837851 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431615794173916 (Karl Hildebrandt)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431537780848384 (Dollie Demi)

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kjjGrHLoR/?igshid=thqer0e9ejc1
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPGSkHQdh/
https://twitter.com/Reverend_Makers/status/1201265997472313349?s=20
https://www.youtube.com/user/mancmusic/videos (large collection of videos)

Poetry:
Mancunian (mosh pit) poet laurate – Karl Hildebrandt spoke at the Ritz just before the Pagans SOH gig and addressed the inequality and social injustice with his poem. The piece is still unentitled and it was written about 4 am on the day of the concert! His poetry is really powerful and resonated with the audience. Due to high demand (many people asked us to add it!) we have teamed with Karl who kindly re-recorded it and you can listen to it below:

 

The Blinders went on stage exactly at 10:00 pm and the public quickly greeted them with delight. It was another full house for the trio in one year, as they sold out the venue in April during their Columbia Spring tour. Thomas Haywood spoke to the public convincing them to vote Labour and “finally breaking his silence”. During “Berlin Wall” after singing the famous line “Does my vote count for anything at all?”, he felt prompted to add “Yes, it fucking does!” to huge cheers form the audience. The ending of the gig was a real surprise as members of several Manchester bands – Cabbage, Scuttlers, Saytr Play, and Document, joined The Blinders on stage to perform Cabbage’s infamous track “Terrorist Synthesizer” in a obvious jab at conservative mainstream press often calling Jeremy Corbyn a “terrorist symphatizer” because of his peace negotiations with IRA in the early 1990’s.

Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
Where No Man Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall
Encore: Terrorist Synthesizer (with Cabbage and Scuttlers)

After party poster

The party was not over with the lights out at the Ritz. The bands, speakers and many of the audience members moved to the popular night club, The Night People where the good fun continued till early morning. All bar profits were also donated to local Labour North West branch.

Show #3 – Doncaster 

The Doncaster show was the second show on the tour to sell out. The Blinders arrived to spread the message of hope and glory (well we exaggerate, but just a tiny bit) to mostly young audience at their favourite hang-out place, aka The Social. It was good to see the band’s family members and friends who came out to greet them. The show was described as sweaty but amazing. Patrick T Davies again provided a spoken word, Jordan Allen played a another solo acoustic gig under the alias of Gordin Alan (A Tribute act) and Wraiths and Tinfoils raised the temperature to boiling levels. The Blinders were a bit delayed (about half an hour due to late start) but played a full set, just without the encore. The fundraiser was a success and a substancial sum will be given to local chapter of Labour Party. Thank you to all who donated and who came out to support the tour. It is greatly appreciated.

Doncaster event poster

Date: 02.12.2019
Town: Doncaster
Venue:  Social Bar
Address:  28-30 Lazarus Court, Bradford Row, DN1 3NF
Door:  7:30 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Wraights, Tinfoils, Jordan Allen (solo show), Patrick T. Davies (spoken word)
This show is 18+
Event Page  

Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2465383860401600 (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://twitter.com/hossfitt/status/1201653341039874050/photo/1 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5l-bYnHfMJ/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7ugRtnnRO/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n84vFH_ig/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n6u3zHDbe/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n5qkuHh9_/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5npVauhQiM/ (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nc8FRAjnw/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nrd8VHeej/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nCPEFHSRk/ (Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nuVfPnUbR/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n1YrOnp2u/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nysbYHZfj/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxqh0H5uX/ (Tinfoils)

 

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5mbcY5gaR2/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nttLlgM92/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nocm1HKDo/
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/posts/10216941080253874

The stage times were as follows (just add 30 minutes to them as there was a delay!):

The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
LE’tat, C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
40 Days And 40 Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Rage
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage (feat Jordan Allen)
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

Show #4  – London

Fourth show on the tour and the merry machine came to the capitol to deliver an intimate show what was probably the smallest gig on the tour. Fans of four bands filled the venue to the last place and it was another sold out show collecting money for the Labour Party. Seasons has only the capacity of 80 people so the show was really up close-and-personal. Band members climbed the instruments and the bar, sat on the floor, walked among the public and they shouted the lyrics back at them. Several bands from all over the UK came to support the line up (including The Novus from Stourbridge, which makes us super proud). IT felt as being back at the beginning of their career – playing tiny venues with dedicated fans. All for a good cause.

Stage times:
Cross Wires: 7.45pm
Couples: 8.30pm
SISTERAY: 9.15pm
The Blinders: 10pm

Woodford Green event poster

Updated poster in collaboration with Kick Up the Jamz

Date: 04.12.2019
Town: Woodford Green
Venue:  Seasons
Address:  215 The Broadway, Woodford Green, Redbridge, IG8 0HL
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Sisteray, Couples, Cross Wires
Event Page

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sZ-AxHhLr/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sxrgBA8Yv/ (The Blinders)

Couples  photographed by Caffy St Luce

Videos:

The Blinders by Tyla Challenger



The Blinders set list:

Gotta Get Through
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
40 Days and 40 Nights
Rat in a cage
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #5  – Newport – happening tonight!

Newport event poster

Date: 05.12.2019
Town:  Newport (Wales)
Venue:  Le Pub
Address:  14 High Street, NP20 1FW
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £8

Line Up: The Blinders, Al Moses, Jack Perrett, Football FC, Sam J Grudgings (spoken word)

This show is 16+

Event Page       Tickets

Show #6  – Stourbridge

Stourbridge event poster

Date: 06.12.2019
Town:  Stourbridge
Venue:  Green Duck Brewery
Address:  Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Rd, DY9 7ND
Door:  7PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7

Line Up: The Blinders, The Novus, Flares, The Humdrum Express, Jess Silk, Maggie Dunne (Fuzz Box) and Mark Roberts (DOXA) – speakers

This show is 18+

Event Page      Tickets

 

Show #7  – Lincoln

Lincoln event poster

Date: 09.12.2019
Town: Lincoln
Venue:  Labour Club
Address:  Grafton House, 32 Newland, LN1 1XJ Lincoln
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £7.50

Line Up: The Blinders, Broken Crown, Mary`s Dream, Gary Rudd, The Pagans S.O.H, The Rills


Tickets

 

Show #8 – Norwich

 

Norwich event poster

Date: 10.12.2019
Town:  Norwich
Venue: EPIC TV Studios
Address:  112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1JD
Door: 7 PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7

Line Up:
The Blinders, Youth Killed It, Eluders, The Revere, Ducking Punches (Solo Set)

Event Page       Tickets 

 

Show #9  – Stoke Upon Trent

Stoke Upon Trent event poster

Date: 11.12.2019
Town: Stoke on Trent
Venue:  The Underground
Address:  2 Morley St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LS
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10

Line Up: The Blinders, Psyence, Pacific, Loose Articles, Afghan Sand Gang, Patrick T. Davies and Filth (DJ set)

This show is 18+

Event Page         Tickets

***Come Together, We Need Each Other***

We strongly encourage everyone to get involved and attend one of the shows above, but there is so much more that one can do – even not moving from one`s sofa. We would like to list few ideas – in case you feel powerless. Because you are not.

– No brainer but register to vote. It takes few minutes and it is the most direct and efficient tool in any elections. Take part. Vote. You have time till midnight on Tuesday 26th November.

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

-Encourage your friends to register. Nothing beats a personal example.

– Give your local party chapter a call – they may need volunteers, canvassers, even people who prepare  letters. A bit of activism goes a long way.

– Share the posters or events for the tour on your socials, stories or chat groups. Inform your friends.

– Print a poster for the tour and put it in your student hall or on a community board (where it is allowed).

– Maybe make leaflets – it`s cheap and very effective.

– Let local press, bloggers or radios know. They are always looking for new stories to tell. Or write an article or blog yourself.

– If you know a venue that could host a gig to raise funds – you don’t even need The Blinders to do your own gig. Team up with few other artists and do it. It is easier than you think. And besides bringing social change it will also give you real skills how to do events. And how to meet new people.  Win -win.

Media coverage:
http://indiemidlands.com/the-blinders-coming-to-green-duck-brewery/
https://louderthanwar.com/news-socialist-sunday-all-dayer-at-the-02-ritz-december-1st-2019
https://ryanwrites99.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/the-blinders-and-friends-present-for-the-many-stourbridge
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/11/the-blinders-cabbage-the-rhythm-method-and-more-join-forces-for-socialist-sunday
https://www.manchestertheatres.com/event/socialistsunday-manchester-for-a-labour-government-with-the-blinders
https://newsoundsmag.co.uk/2019/11/25/the-blinders-announce-pro-labour-for-the-many-tour-ahead-of-uk-general-election
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/doncaster-rock-band-blinders-announce-uk-tour-support-labour-party-1321546
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/charlie-mcgough-bass-player-blinders
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/why-im-voting-labour-daniel-connolly-musician-sisteray
https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/The-Blinders-set-off-on-politically-charged-For-the-Many-tour/54623
https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2019/11/30/stourbridges-the-novus-join-the-blinders-in-hometown-for-gig-to-support-labour
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/citylife-seven-days-manchester-events-17312341
http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/peak-blinders/
https://www.rhonddacynontaff.com/2019/12/the-blinders-2/
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18081899.labour-backing-band-performing-newport-tonight/

Gig Reviews:
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/12/socialist-sunday-blinders-cabbage.html


Tour Updates:

The band is not only playing nine shows across November/December but also canvassing on behalf of Labour. Just one of the images we have seen:

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Indieteria presents The Columbia Exhibition

Dear Readers,

This is the end, sang Jim Morrison, on one of the most popular songs by The Doors and it does look like an end of an era. Not a definitive end of course, nobody is calling it quits and the band is not breaking up, yet we cannot help but feel a certain sense of  profound loss.

In August, The Blinders announced two acoustic shows to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of “Columbia” – their critically acclaimed debut album. The shows were accompanied by a double vinyl live album recorded during their tour in April. “Live At The Ritz” was the band’s gift to the loyal fans and the last stop on their journey before the dystopian gates of Columbia were to be shut tight for the last time.

Originally, the concerts were supposed to take place on 21st of September but due to Thomas Haywood’s illness, they were moved to 2nd of November. Both events of course sold out straight away and fans had to wait patiently for the big day to arrive. A minor inconvenience but the wait was definitely worth it in the end. As they say, good things happen to those who are counting down the days on their calendars.

We arrived at 33 Oldham Street exactly at 13:00 fearing that we have missed some of the show, but luckily the doors opened half an hour  later. We had the time to have something to eat, prepare and charge our recording equipment (aka the faithful mobile phones) and take a small Polaroid session for future PR purposes. Believe us, in the busy lives of the A&R’s, half an hour means forever! At 13:30 sharp, we were allowed into the main performance room and the Q&A session commenced.

David Nolan, an accomplished music journalist and published author started the show by giving the audience his business cards, asking them to text him the questions for the band. The best ones were chosen and the trio was asked to answer them which proved to be a really great move. While asking the question, David looked for the author among the public and it helped the session to have a more intimate feel. The band also seemed pleased that they could interact with the audience. This led to several funny moments where we found out about cringe worthy situations from the early gigs or allowed Matty or Charlie to express their opinions on certain topics such as politics or being in a popular rock group. David also made everybody laugh when he realized there were no chairs for the band to sit on and the group had to stand up (“welcome to the 1970’s!”), except for Matty who sat comfortably on this drum set much to the playful irritation of Charlie and Thomas. What we liked about Mr Nolan the most was the fact that he didn’t sugar coated anything and was not afraid to speak his mind (“your Twitter feed is boring”). He held the lads up to the task and wouldn’t let them skip answering difficult questions, if they weren’t cooperating, he dragged the answers out them! He was a fair and square host, not hired to sing praises but to present the boys as they truly are. And brownie points to the band themselves as they truthfully answered everything. Not everyone would allow to be grilled like this, majority of the bands would probably used this session as a PR stunt, but the Blinders were very honest and real.

Thomas as the front man, spoke the most, explaining the recording process of the first album, telling stories from the road and histories hidden behind his favourite pictures taken by Sam Crowston. The Q&A session lasted for over an hour and afterwards, the band posed for pictures and signed posters and records.

The performance came next and it was a revelation to those who haven’t seen the band in an acoustic setting before. We have seen The Blinders playing at the Night at the Museum in Blackburn so we were prepare for what was coming but it was still a great experience. Thomas’s keyboard skills improved greatly since the summer and he was now comfortably jamming between songs. The Blinders played 9 songs in total, two brand new ones (“I Want Gold” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”), one from Thomas’ solo repertoire (“Circle Song”) and the rest was composed from the songs  included on “Columbia”.

Matinee event
Date: 2nd of November
Time: 13:30-16:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:

L’Etat C’Est Moi
Ballad Of Winston Smith
Where No Man Comes
I Want Gold
ICB Blues
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Circle Song
Brave New World

Pictures:

 

Videos:

Q&A Session: 

 

Evening event:

We sadly could only attend the afternoon performance, but the main evening event wasn’t much different from the matinee one. The set list was a bit different (“Ramona Flowers” and “Rat In A Cage” were added) but the Q&A session was again conducted by David Nolan. If you’d like to listen to the entire performance, you are in luck as it was recorded and it is available on Youtube. All the links are attached below.

Date: 2nd of November
Time: 19:00-22:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:
ICB Blues
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Brave New World
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Ramona Flowers
Circle Song
I Want Gold

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhN1qup-etI (full show and Q&A)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxpMoToJZWE (Q&A session)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEX_2QhA0Nc (Orbit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cULZZQfT2g (ICB Blues, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVA_s1zR7UM (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwk2Bo7mE8 (Rat In A Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsOotB1ucyY (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDLpP8NnOc (Circle Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCnaj8zffMw (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pr9-OUPr6Y (I Want Gold)

 

THE EXHIBITION

After the performance, the guests were free to roam and admire the exhibition that was prepared especially for the ocassion. It was divided into two parts: the photography exhibition taken by Sam Crowston (displayed on the walls), and the costumes, artwork and everything else linked to the band was also presented on the two upper floors of the building.

The Columbia Photo Exhibition was spread on all floors of the 33 Oldham Street. The walls were decorated with over 60 framed pictures – from the main restaurant area on the ground floor, the first floor where the performance and the Q&A session took place, to the top floor sitting area that has been turned into the main exhibition room. Each photograph was given a short description underneath and each floor had their own small story board which explained different periods in the band’s history and shed a bit of a light at the displayed pictures.

The Columbia Era – all pictures by Sam Crowston
https://samcrowstonimaging.com/
https://www.instagram.com/sam_crowston_
https://twitter.com/sam_crowston_
https://www.facebook.com/sam.crowston

You can purchase the prints at:
https://theblindersofficial.com/theexhibition

Time: 2nd – 30th November 2019
Place: 33 Oldham Street, Manchester
Entry: Free

 

The second part of the exhibition was a bit smaller but also impressive. We could see the famed blue boilersuit costumes and pig masks that appeared in the “Swine” video, old promotional posters (All Seeying Eye, You Are Being Observed, Know Your Place, We Are In This Together) created for the first stage of Columbia promo tour and used in the “L’Etat C’Est Moi”short film. There was a short propaganda video displayed on the wall, covers of all four singles released from the debut album (“Gotta Get Through”, “Brave New World”, “Rat In A Cage” and “L’Etat C’Est Moi”) and artworks made out of broken vinyl created by West Midlands based artist, Kirk Whitehouse.

An old type writer took the central stage with the bands lyrics scattered around it and some of the lyrics sheet were also displayed in different parts of the room. To find them all, you had to criss-cross the exhibition several times but it was worth doing.

Outside, two red Columbia flags were battered by the winter winds and rain…

The acoustic shows and the live record (“Live at the Ritz”) closed the first chapter in the band’s history. The second album is now recorded, mixed and will be released sometime next year.

Nobody knows what the future holds for the Doncaster trio. Some shows are already booked for 2020 and the band has no intention for slowing down so we can expect bigger and better things to happen. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Please stick with the band to see what’s going to happen next. The ride is going to be  exciting  and it’s worth looking forward to it.

See you soon,
Rita and Malicia

Indieterria meets HUSK

Dear Readers,

First world problems you will say – but it is incredibly hard to sit on a great interview and wait for a right time to publish it. It been a few anxious weeks but the wait is finally over! HUSK`s new single  “Feeling Heat” is dropping on November 1st, with funky lo-fi video to accompany it, and we can only tell you to get your dancing shoes on – we are going to a proper party!

We spoke with Alfie Austin about his music, a single that may turn him into a proper pop star, artists that inspired him and where he sees himself in five years time. Despite being incredibly talented singer and song writer, he remains grounded and even humble, looking at his music in practical ways. It is such a welcoming change from all the adrenaline pumped ladsy bands with egos and arrogance bigger than the Beetham Tower. And a stark reminder that is not the hype that makes an artist – but a talent and hard work.

But we digress. Its Monday and we have an amazing singer, song producer and musician to introduce!

The sleeve for Feeling Heat single

Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.

Alfie Austin:  I’m HUSK, I’ve been dubbed as “the outsider pop star we’ve all been waiting for” and “pretty darn good” by BBC 6 Music. I describe myself as the ”love-child of 80’s synth nostalgia and fresh leftfield pop”.

Where are you based and who is in the band?

Alfie Austin:  It’s just me. I`m from Manchester, UK. I work with a lot of talent because it takes a village to make music happen!

Tell us something about the project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve to date?

Alfie Austin:  Since releasing my first EP in 2018, I’ve had some really cool stuff come my way. Being played on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing Manchester is definitely a highlight, as well as playing the revered Manchester International Festival this summer and to 15,000 at Pride in Hull. I’m so excited to be releasing my next single “Feeling Heat” on 1st Nov via really cool label AnalogueTrash, that’s already being played in Australia and the UK.

What inspires you? What artists or genres had the biggest influence on you?

Alfie Austin:  I’m a hairbrush diva at heart, and grew up on a diet of melody centred Pop, with the likes of Madonna and Girls Aloud and I’m an avid Eurovision fan. In recent years though, the rich, imperfect vocals of Northern Soul and intelligent Pop with smart production and New Wave has influenced me with artists like Prince, Eurythmics, Robyn and Little Dragon.

I’m really influenced by queer culture too. Most queer parties are full of love and expression, and I want to create that good mood in my music, whilst talking about real issues that aren’t just dancing and/or love.

Naturally, I love artist like CHVRCHES & Christine & The Queens but I can’t replicate what they do – I have my own writing style.

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Hand on the heart – HUSK by Roo Gannon Photography
https://www.facebook.com/roogannonphotography/

It`s all about the music – and we want to hear your tunes and how they have been written.

Alfie Austin:   When writing a new track, I will sing melodies and if they get stuck in my head, I know they’re a keeper. Next, I tend to create the bones of the track, including most of the synths and beats. I then take it into the studio and turn it into something really special. I’ve been working with producers Sugar House Music (Viola Beach/ Pale Waves/ Larkins), who are incredibly good at making things sound polished but interesting and work you hard to get the best out of you.

Name your best song. Is there a story behind it?

Alfie Austin:   It’s definitely the new one “Feeling Heat”. It’s got really strong 80’s vibes, which I just can’t get enough of. I was having a time where everything I wrote I absolutely hated and I was feeling really under pressure to come up with something in my really busy schedule. “Feeling Heat” is about that! And then once we got it into the studio, everything we tried just clicked – we finished it in a matter of hours.

How do you create your unique sound? What gear are you using?

Alfie Austin:  My main tools are my Arturia Microbrute synth and Propellerhead’s Reason. I use a lot of layers. There’s always like 4 snares and 2 kicks, 5 synth sounds playing the lead melody and 2 bass synths. Sugar House also used a really creepy vocoder for vocal harmonies on my EP that we have used ever since.

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Strike a pose – HUSK by Roo Gannon Photography
https://www.facebook.com/roogannonphotography/

Squad goals – where do you want to see the band in five years time?

Alfie Austin:  I’m not going to lie, it would be really nice if I was signed to Virgin EMI and had a shit hot manager that keeps me in check, filling arenas. But if I’m still making music that people enjoy, and I’m not going hungry, I’ll be okay. I have a few specific goals for this next single “Feeling Heat”, and now that AnalogueTrash are on board, that’s one goal ticked off. Every little piece written about HUSK is still really exciting though.

If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?

Alfie Austin:  Email me: husknoise@gmail.com or Facebook message me at HUSK 

 

Imagine you can record an album with any producer, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?

Alfie Austin:  Totally self-indulgent but Brian Higgins/Xenomania featuring a Nadine Coyle vocal would be a dream! Xenomania have such an amazing repertoire of innovative pop and I think it would make for a really great record. I’d also love, love, love a collab with Janelle Monae. She’s just and all round great artist!

Pre-order “Feeling Heat” 

You can follow HUSK on social media:

https://www.husknoise.com
https://www.facebook.com/husknoise
https://www.instagram.com/husknoise
https://www.twitter.com/husknoise
https://www.soundcloud.com/husknoise
https://www.youtube.com/husknoise
http://husknoise.bandcamp.com
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5rxW72hkuquJAYuBZz1now?si=WMiX_P_-R8i62o5vvTblYw
https://amazingtunes.com/husknoise/

We have absolutely adore HUSK and his music – you can expect that we will welcome him again in the future on our blog.

All the best Husk and we hope that in five years time you will be playing arenas.

M/R

Indieterria Review – “My Walk” by Pietro Blanca

Dear Readers,

Indieterria continues to showcase artists around Manchester who answered our call to submit their songs. The beauty of project “Hello Manchester” was to allow musicians to speak about their art on their own terms and bring to the light new and upcoming music from the city. It doesn’t matter if the artists were accomplished bands or people who create at their leisure. All music is equal and worth being shared. So far he had the incredible band Hot Minute and electronic indie duo Edits featured as part of our series.

Guitar man – Pietro Blanca is ready to take on the Manchester scene.

Today we meet Pietro Blanca – solo artist and a lead singer of alt rock band Clifftop Empire. And we are so happy to discover Pietro.  Let us tell you why. In March this blog had a pleasure to interview one of the most international acts ever Shiva May Care – where every member comes from different country, speaks different language but all together they create kick ass rock music. Shiva is based in Manchester and was founded by Italian multi instrumentalist and producer Federico Cossu. We are over the moon to discover that Federico is not the only hugely talented Italian artist who chose Manchester to be his home. Pietro Blanca also resides in Mancunia.

If you ever had a chance to listen to Italian guitar masters (Beppe Gambetta or Pino Daniele to just name a few) then you know that the secret of their hugely popular pop and rock music lies in combining classical guitar techniques with ear catching melodies. Continental guitarists don’t just pick up an instrument to play indie – they find their inspiration in folk, medieval, jazz and even flamenco music. Most of them are classically trained. And then bring all those elements into rock music. There is a reason why Sanremo Music Festival both inspired Eurovision and Montreux  Jazz Festival and is responsible for launching careers of Laura Pausini or Eros Ramazotti among countless stars.

The versatility, range of influences from psychedelia to The Beatles and Mark Knopfler (in his Golden Heart era) is evident in Pietro Blanca`s “My Walk” single – dreamy and yet sorrowful song that was just made to be played on the radio on a lazy summer days.  It may surprise you that it lasts just two minutes but such miniature compositions are nothing new in pop music. Just remember “Velocity Girl” by Primal Scream stands at 1:22 minutes.

We had asked Pietro few questions about his music and this is what he had to say:

Pietro during a solo show in Manchester famous Norther Quarter

Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria. Where are you based and who is in the band?

Pietro Blanca: Hello, my name is Pietro. I am folk/pop singer and songwriter based in Manchester.

Tell us something about your project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve?

Pietro Blanca:  I started my current project in 2010, when I’ve decided to create some music on my own. I was 14 years old when I discovered the guitar for the first time. Through the years, I got into different genres: from mixture of folk and pop like Kings of Convenience, The Cranberries and José Gonzàlez, to heavy metal, like Metallica, System of a Down and Meshuggah. After playing metal with my first band for 5 years, my mind went into a totally different direction! (laughs). My first demo came out in 2010 (“Andare Lontano/Nessuna Esistenza”) and the first EP was released in 2016 (“Mirrors Beyond The Sea”).

What inspires you? What artist or genre had the biggest influence on you?

Pietro Blanca:  I`m inspired by many artists but most likely by Kings of Convenience, José Gonzàlez, The Cranberries and Imogen Heap.

It`s all about the music – and we want to hear about your new single. Is there a story behind the song, where and how was it written.

Pietro Blanca: The single is called  “My Walk”. The song has been written right when I was thinking to leave my country to go abroad. Moving away meant a huge change in my life but also a new adventure to embrace.

 

Are you touring? Where can we see you playing live?

Pietro Blanca: At the moment I’m not touring as a solo artist but I am always checking out open mic nights in Manchester and wherever else is possible. I’ve been focusing on another project called Clifftop Empire in my spare time.

If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?

Pietro Blanca performing with Clifftop Empire in Sheffield

Pietro Blanca:  The best way to reach me is through my Facebook page – Pietro Blanca Music.

Imagine you can record an album with any artist, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?

Pietro Blanca:  I’d love recording some music with Devin Townsend, he is a great artist in whatever genre he plays.

You can follow Pietro on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/pietroblancamusic/
https://twitter.com/PietroBlanca
https://www.instagram.com/pietro_blanca/
https://soundcloud.com/pietro-blanca
https://www.youtube.com/user/pietroblanca
https://open.spotify.com/artist/68TkewCVzLMXtMCpoMtpUn?si=gsTYG0RwSdyANZRKW3ForA

 

You can listen to Pietro`s demos Andare Lontano/Nessuna Esistenza (“Going Away/No Existence”) at this address:

https://www.jamendo.com/album/62053/andare-lontano-nessuna-esistenza

If you would like to check Pietro`s other musical project – alt rock trio Clifftop Empire, you can do so via following links:

https://www.facebook.com/ClifftopEmpire/
https://soundcloud.com/user-434835923

Thank you kindly for reading and there is lots more in Hello Manchester to discover. We will be seeing you soon.

R/M

Indieterria meets The Howlers

Drear Readers,

As music scounts, the team at Vanadian Avenue, is always looking for new talents and exciting new music. We hunt high and low to bring artists with potential to the light and present them to our community. Sometimes we have to go to the dive bar to descover a gem, sometimes we receive an email with a great tip and in many cases, we hear from others in the business. Photoghraphers, managers, writers, bloggers, label owners – they all have their eyes opened as well and a word can spread quickly if a new talent is found.

The Howlers, a trio from London, were introduced to us by our good friends at These Bloody Thieves Records and after hearing their new single, “La Dolce Vita” we quickly understood why the label was praising them so highly. We sat down with vocalist, Adam Young to ask him about their music, background and their influences to learn more.


Adam Young (vocals and guitar)
Guus ter Braak (bassist)
Cameron Black (drums)

Official bio: Formed in May 2018, London’s Desert Rockers The Howlers have gone on to receive critical acclaim for their ferocious live performances and determination to uproot the current foundations of popular music, and are quickly emerging as one of the UK’s must see bands. Their debut single entitled “La Dolce Vita” is vailable to stream and download on all digital platforms. You can order the limited edition 7” heavy weight vinyl & “orange” casette at: https://smarturl.it/thehowlers

Clash Magazine says The Howlers have confidence of Arctic Monkeys and animalistic charms of The Cramps. Please introduce yourselves to the readers of Indieterria.

The Howlers picture by Rob Blackham

Adam Young: The Howlers are Adam Young on vocals and guitar, Guus ter Braak on bass and Cameron Black on drums. We have coined the term “Desert Rockers” as a description of who we are.

We have to say the band is having a month that other acts can only dream about:  you signed to These Bloody Thieves Records, released a single and the video debuted though The Clash website smashed 10 000 views in less than 48 hours. The Howlers did not just take off – you sky rocketed!  Are you able to catch up with everything that has been happening around you?

Adam Young:  It has been about 4 days since we released our debut single and we’ve achieved so much with Radio 1, Radio X, Clash Magazine and others. The views our video has racked up, everything has been a bit surreal. I have to admit, it has been a bit of a struggle to keep up with everything but were lucky enough to have a team around us of amazing people who are as much part of this band as we are.

The video to “La Dolce Vita” shows you being observed while playing in an empty theatre. It has a very dystopian feel to it. It was directed by Sam Crowston (The Blinders, The Pagans S.O.H, The Surrenders). How do you remember making of the video?

Adam Young: All I remember is it being an incredibly long and exciting day. We filmed the video in Sheffield so we drove up there and then back to London in the same day in order to try get to a gig that evening. The theatre was an amazing space that Sam found but I’m still washing chalk dust off my equipment (laughing). Sam is incredible. He’s one of the best content creators out there at the moment and a great lad too. He made the day a good laugh and he works his little northern arse off so we can’t thank him enough.

Your single comes with a striking black cover with an emblem of a cowboy throwing his lasso into the air. Visual presentation of a record is often not appreciated enough. Please tell us who designed the sleeve?

Adam Young: Between Sam, ourselves and a host of illustrators, we must of created 50+ designs and nothing really hit home. We got close but no cigar so in the end, I ended up doing it. I just sat down with my laptop and taught myself everything I would need to do, to get what was in my head onto the page.

“La Dolce Vita” comes with a B side, an acoustic and haunting ballad “My Apologies”. We would love to hear the story behind this track. 

Adam Young: The track is actually a monologue of how my life was at the time. Nothing was going my way. I was struggling with my mental health, financially and I just couldn’t get a break until I met someone who changed everything. They know who they are and that’s all that matters! The song was never meant to be recorded. I finished it the day before and we were about to pack up and leave the studio and I decided to lay this track down live. And it just happened in one take. I tried to do another one and fucked it up so that’s why “My Apologies” has this raw, primal nature (laughing).

There are two distinctive releases of the single: 7 inch vinyl via Rough Trade Records and an orange limited cassette via Brutalist Records. We can’t believe you bring cassingle back!

Adam Young (laughing): Nothing’s sexier than rewinding cassette though, is there? In all seriousness, we wanted it to be a bit nostalgic and a bit different.

You will be touring relentlessly in support of “La Dolce Vita” around the country. Where can we see you live?

Band picture courtesy of Rob Blackham

Adam Young: Here, there and everywhere! We are playing the length of the country, going back to some of our favorite cities. We are really looking forward to Hull, Liverpool, Sheffield, London as well as the other cities like Manchester, Southampton, Brighton & Nottingham. Those places have always shown us so much support. People in northern cities are some of the kindest we have met so we are looking forward to playing all the dates really.

You have built a reputation as a live band – your shows are wild, unpredictable and fierce.  It would not be an exaggeration to call you one of UK`s must see bands. How do you prepare before the show? Do you have any pre stage rituals or do you prefer to go with the flow?

Adam Young: We do actually. Guus gets shitfaced drunk (god knows how he manages to play) and Cam has his little moment of calm. He warms up and stretches like our very own little Ghandi. I basically act like King Kong banging on my chest getting all pumped up. To be fair, when I start doing that right before we go on, usually one of the boys takes the opportunity to clip me one, giving me a cheeky whack. Bastards!

The Howlers are no strangers to receiving backing from industry heavy weights. BBC Introducing called you “loud and ferocious”, while Jack Saunders of BBC 1 described you as band that is “here to make a difference”.  It must have been a proud moment for you to hear your music on the flag ship program on the Beeb.

The vinyl promo of “La Dolce Vita”

The cover of the single

Adam Young: It was a surreal moment! You know, every band wants to hear their tunes on Radio 1, that’s a given, but to actually achieve it is another animal entirely. We were like excited little school boys. We can’t thank Jack and the BBC enough, as well as John Kennedy for playing us on Radio X. They are all worthy of a few beers in our books.

There is a saying in the music industry that manager is make or break of the band. But having a right label is also critical. Please tell us about your relationship with These Bloody Thieves? You are label mates to some of the best new acts on indie circuit, including another London band that we admire – False Heads.

Adam Young: These Bloody Thieves have been amazing with us! Rob Hirst, the owner, has a heart of gold and he knows we love him. We had a lot of interest in the early days of the band but Rob was the first person we met and spoke with that wore his heart on his sleeve. He gives everything and allows us to be creative in our own way. The first time he saw us, we played the same night as Arctic Monkeys in Sheffield. The venue was dead as a result but Rob stood front and centre. He’s like another father figure alongside our manager Mike. We couldn’t ask for a better bunch of lads to work with. I know our label mates like The C33’s, Feral Family & False Heads all appreciate his hard work. Someone get the man a drink!

In a recent interview with The Line of Best Fit you described “La Dolce Vita” as a song that is about being yourself no matter what. You also spoke about being ridiculed and ostracized for trying to find your own way. If you had a chance to speak to those who did not believe in you in the past – what would you want to tell them?

The casette promo of the single

Adam Young: I wouldn’t want to tell them anything to be honest. I bumped into someone in the pub recently and whilst asking me what I was up to, they turned round to me and said: “You should be thanking me really then, for bullying you at school”! What do you say to that? Guess that sums up my home town very well. There’s an old saying round here that goes “strong in arm, thick in head”. I never understood the meaning until that moment I stood in a ropey boozer with a second rate pint…finally all clicked! (laughing)

Last (in) famous question. We have some tough competition for the next PM recently. If you were able to govern the country for one day – what would you do? What policies would be important to you?

Adam Young: That’s a good question. I really wouldn’t want to govern to be honest. Inevitably, whoever comes to power, never lives up to what they promise. As a working class member of society, I’d say leveling the playing field a bit would be a good place to start. There’s no need for corporate bigwigs to get million pound bonuses when there are queues at the dole office and we have teachers and doctors using food banks. I guess I would go full Robin Hood. Green leggings and all!


You can follow the band on their socials:
https://www.thehowlers.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/thehowlersuk
https://www.facebook.com/thehowlersuk/
https://www.instagram.com/thehowlersuk/

Articles:
https://www.clashmusic.com/videos/the-howlers-share-electrifying-new-single-la-dolce-vita
https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/new-music/discovery/the-howlers-la-dolce-vita
https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/the-howlers/the-howlers-la-dolce-vita/7-inch-plus
https://www.rgm.press/2019/06/13/the-howlers-la-dolce-vita/
http://northern-exposure.co/introducing-the-howlers/
https://gotothetop.co.uk/the-howlers-fiery-desert-rock-debut-la-dolce-vita-brings-an-uplifting-message-about-self-identity/

“La Dolce Vita” is out now on 28th of June and the band will be on tour with shows in Sheffield (Cafe Totem) on June 21st, Liverpool (Jacaranda Records) on June 22nd, their home town (London) at the Macbeth on June 28th, Southhampton (The Heartbreakers) on June 29th and Brighton (Hope and Ruin) on June  30th. July will see them play in Hull, Manchester, Notthingham, Tramlines Festival and many others, so visit their websites for more details.

The summer is very busy for the lads so catch them on the road. We give them a full seal of A&R approval and 4 stars of of 5 (and that’s unheard of). Nah, only kidding! It’s full 5 stars and a hug!

Till next time,
R+M

Indieterria Review – “Magic” by Hot Minute

Dear Readers, 

June is all about reviewing new singles and discovering new artists. We start in Greater Manchester and will slowly move towards different scenes across the county.

We wanted to hear about the music from the artists directly, so we made an open call to musicians in the area. The response was amazing and we are thrilled to be presenting these mini reviews to you.

Hot Minute were the first to get in touch with their music. This all female pop group has been together for only couple of months but their chemistry is undeniable. All three girls are studying and living in Manchester and their first single called “Magic” turned a lot of heads and had many feet tapping.

Hot Minute logo

They call themselves a “synth-pop outfit” and this is a very fitting description. “Magic” is a perfect marriage of the 80’s bubblegum pop a la Bananarama, Alphaville, Sandra and Tiffany with crisp, modern production. There are obvious references to K-Pop/J-pop in their sound and promotional aesthetics. Brilliantly neon pictures taken by Rhian Melvin have a strong dystopian and futuristic feeling to them, a cross between Nar Shaddaa and Los Angeles out of “The Blade Runner”.  The beat of the song is fast, the groove is right and the lyrics are easy to remember – by the second chorus you’ll catch yourself dancing around the kitchen singing along. And this is exactly what you’d expect from a good pop song. It has all the right proportions, it stucks with you for hours and you can listen to it on repeat for three days straight without getting bored.

What’s the most important, the girls can play and sing well. In the last decade, pop music relied more on looks and autotuning than singing abilities and it is  refreshing to see that the talent is being brought back to the mainstream. The harmonies in “Magic” are just magical. Believe us, the song is simply irresistible. In short – this is a proper pop banger. You will fall in love with this track, just like we did. In the first 10 seconds. And if you don’t, then we are sorry to say, but there is no hope for you.

The trio photographed by Rhian Melvin at Jimmy’s in Manchester (or maybe in some dive cantina on the Smugler’s Moon?)

Intrigued by their sound, we asked Hot Minute a few questions and this is what they had to say:

Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria. Where are you based and who is in the band? 

Hot Minute: Hey! We’re Hot Minute, Manchester’s newest all female synth pop trio comprised of Keely Hutchinson on vocals, Courtney Williams on synths and Bella Casson on guitar.

Tell us something about the project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve (festivals, radio plays, meeting your musical heroes, EPs, albums released)?

Hot Minute: This is our debut single release as Hot Minute and for us it couldn’t have gone better! We’ve been playlisted by YouTube Music and had an abundance of really lovely blog coverage and some radio play.

“Magic” front cover. Magic is strong with this one…

What inspires you? What artist or genre had the biggest influence on you?

Hot Minute: Our inspirations are women in the industry, Japan and K-Pop. In terms of bands, we love CHVRCHES, Muna, The Midnight, Depeche Mode and The Human League.

It’s all about the music – and we want to hear about your new single. Is there a story behind the song, where and how was it written?

Hot Minute: Magic is about taking the negative and turning it into a positive. The message of the song isn’t exactly a happy one but the tone and feel of the song is very upbeat. We started this band based off the mutual prejudices we’d experienced separately, taking those negative experiences and making them into something we could use to benefit us and we mimicked that in our first single to get that point across. It’s not the cards you’re dealt it’s how you play them.

Are you touring? Where can we see you playing live?

Hot Minute: We aren’t touring currently, but we have a gig in September with Section 25 in Blackburn!

If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?

Hot Minute: You can hit us up on our email itshotminute@gmail.com and you can also find us on our socials:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/itshotminute?
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itshotminute/

Imagine you can record an album with any artist, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?

Hot Minute: This one took a lot of thinking, but we eventually came to the collective decision of Daft Punk and we’d probably go for Alucard Studios. That was a tough one!

 

Or read more hot reviews for “Magic” online:
http://indietronica.org/2019/05/30/hot-minute-magic/
https://anerdyperspective.com/2019/06/05/hot-minute-magic-debut-single-review/
https://thegirlsattherockshow.com/listen-to-hot-minutes-new-single-magic/
https://reverbium.com/2019/05/29/manchester-synth-pop-band-hot-minute-release-new-single-magic/

The trio is probably the first ever pop band that we have reviewd on Indieterria. They are worth every blog post and every review, as we think the girls have not only talent but a huge potential to become something special. Given proper opportunities, they could turn into international stars in a very short period of time! We will be following their progress closely and if any pop music scout is looking for a new discovery, then here they are.

They might be called Hot Minute, but hopefully they will stick around for a long, long time.

M+R

P.S. A big thank you to Pete Eastwood who told us first about the group and who made this interview possible!

Indieterria meets RATS

Dear Readers,

Periodically, we say on the blog that these are amazing times for indie circuit – the amount of talented artists, great singles and memorable albums is astonishing. But then you hear band like RATS and it hits you with full force. Forget the 90s rock surge or noughties` garage rock triumphs –   the real revival of rock scene happens here and now. And we are all to witness it.

We are very happy to sit down with Liverpool`s finest to speak to them about their music, supporting their heroes and being described by the press as a band that you must know.

Ladies and Gents of the indie scene: RATS!

Band logo

Hello RATS! How are you guys? Please introduce yourselves to the readers of Indieterria!

RATS: Alright! We’re Joe Maddocks (vocals), Mikey Duncalf (lead guitar), Sam Taylor (bass) and Harry Maitland (drums).

Despite the bad PR, rats are one of the most intelligent animals on our planet. They are the masters of survival, family orientated creatures and great pets. What decided that the band took on this particular name? We are also wondering why the name is written in capital letters?

RATS:  We were all doing our own thing when our manager found us and decided to put us together, we swerved so many bands to be in this one that we decided to call ourselves RATS before anyone else got the chance to! I think we used capital letters because it looks fucking massive. That’s about it.

The band formed in Liverpool at the end of 2016 but two years later, you have relocated to Suffolk. Are you still based there or are you back in the Pool?

RATS : Nah, we sort of live wherever we land, we’re always travelling and moving about!

You have supported some of the music heavyweights: The Libertines, Space, The Happy Mondays. Tell us, how does it feel to share the stage with your heroes?

RATS: It’s all been a bit mental as our second gig ever was supporting Happy Mondays which was insane. Space were class lads too!

Liverpool Echo described you as one of the bands to watch next to Red Rum Club, Spinn, Circa Waves and She Drew The Gun. That’s some company to keep. How do you feel being tipped as the “next big thing”? Does it invigorates you or puts you under pressure?

RATS: To be spoken about like we are at the moment is crazy. We’ve only been going a year and a half/ 2 years so to have the support and feedback that we’re currently getting is just insane. We’ve been compared to Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and all the rest so it’s just one of those jaw dropping things to hear.

RATS are considered to be one of the hottest bands on the indie circuit at the moment. Photo by Chris Driver https://www.facebook.com/chrisdriverphoto

Your debut single “Weekend” came out in 2018 and gathered over 150 000 streams on Spotify. You followed with “Figure It Out” on February 14th this year and quickly broke 10 000 streams. Breaking record after record seems to come easy for you. What can we expect from your next release? Do you have anything in the pipeline?

RATS: We reckon our next single could be the biggest yet! We have a very special guest featuring on the track with us! It’s one of our favourite songs to play so we really hope everyone loves hearing it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. Our next single is coming this summer! You heard it here first!

Recently RATS have participated in qualifications for inMusic Festival organized by Northern Exposure and ended up in the final six. You had a chance to perform at the legendary venue The Cavern Club. It is a dream of generations of musicians to play that stage and you made it a reality.  Being on the same stage as The Beatles must have left an impression.

RATS : Oh aye, amazing venue! Some of us have played there before but it’s always such a moment to walk on that stage!

Ready to take over

The summer festival season looks really exciting for you with big gigs booked at Truck Festival, Isle of Wight, Bardfest and Tramlines. Do you have any other appearances booked that you’d like to announce now? Here’s your chance!

RATS: We cannot wait for this summer! We’re headlining the Introducing stage at L37 Festival this year as well! We have another couple to announce but we can’t say anything yet!

 UK  just celebrated Mental Health Awareness week. As touring artists – what in your opinion should be taken into consideration to make things better for artists?

RATS: Lots actually. Mental health issues are an epidemic in this industry, we think it’s because the industry at the top just want to make money from you instead of trying to protect the craft and creativity. We need to all remember what’s important, if you’re feeling under pressure then it’s IMPORTANT to talk about stuff with your mates or that person who’ll listen y’know.

RATS – photography by Chris Driver https://www.facebook.com/chrisdriverphoto

Last, (in)famous question: let’s say you can get away with the biggest guitar heist of the century. What gear are you nicking and who’s going to miss an axe or two?

RATS : If it’s a heist then the whole lot is goin’!

You  can follow the band on socials:

https://www.facebook.com/officialrats/
https://www.instagram.com/themrats/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqTTVuC0BNxvjX387BFiCIg

 

Alternatively you can  contact the band via email: Harry@wisrrecords.com

Or their management page: https://www.facebook.com/wisrmgmt

We will be eagerly awaiting RATS new single and their summer appearances. Surely this band will make return to Indieterria in the new future and we are adding seeing them live onto our bucket list.

Love good music,

Mal+Rita