Mancunia Rising

Manchester has always produced great bands, be this because or despite of the terrible weather, the economic problems or that the kids in Manchester just have great record collections there always seems to be a new group of bands ready to pick up the baton from those that have out grown the city.

Here are my Manchester bands waiting in the wings ready to fly.

Slow Readers Club

Started out life in 2003 as Omerta playing live, recording and receiving support from XFM and 6Music. By 2006 though, Omerta was no more, with 3 of the members subsequently going on to form Slow Readers Club.

They released their self titled debut album in May 2012, and what an album it is, brooding dark lyrics, strings, electro beats, driving rhythms and ringing guitar that builds to a crescendo, drawing you right into the emotion of the song. They’ve got the Manchester groove to their sound that New Order made famous and it’s no surprise that they’ve supported Barney Sumner’s Bad Lieutenant and Peter Hook is a fan recently tipping them in the NME.

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The power of Twitter got me onto this band, thanks to a random follow, on hearing the 1st track off their debut album – Infidelity, I knew I was going to like this band. A sound that gives a nod to the best of the 80’s  – The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and New Order, beautifully crafted songs with epic chiming guitar.

The kind of band that make music which should get major radio play but are being driven out by the throw away drivel that clogs up radio playlists.

Their debut album Friends, Lovers, Rivals was released in October 2010, I’m hoping the 2nd won’t be too far away.

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Janice Graham Band

There’s been a buzz around this band for some time now, with support from the likes of Clint Boon, Happy Mondays, John McClure and Mani from the Stone Roses, who said:

“Janice Graham Band are a gang of funkateers from Manchester who sound so unique in an age when it is so easy to copy what has gone before. They have got attitude aplenty and hearts full of soul. I don’t know how my city does it, but I am glad it does. The North is about to rise again.”

A sound that ranges from Jazz to Reggae via Ska, Two Tone and Garage Rock combined with gritty witty lyrics. They released a mini album, It’s Not Me, in February 2012 too much critical acclaim and have since followed it up with a new single Assassiner.

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Dirty North

Coming from the same Wythenshawe scene as The Janice Graham Band and receiving support from another Stone Roses member in Reni, who put them on the bill for the Sunday night leg of the Roses Heaton Park gigs. Dirty North mix a blend of dub bass lines and reggae vibes with razor-sharp social commentary lyrics. These guys need to be heard and surely it’s only a matter of time before they are heard!

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What do you think? Is there a band I’ve missed out? Let me know.


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