Here’s this months rundown of tracks you need in your life. If you like what you hear go buy the music or get out to a gig and give them your support, without it they won’t survive!
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen
Currently on a mission to take over the world The Bottlemen and reaping the rewards for all the hard work spent on the road over the past 18 months. One of the few new bands who have been able to break the barrier and get real main-stream support whilst sticking to their guns. This is Kathleen the next single, set to drop April 14th, following on from the brilliant Rango and Homesick, encapsulating the rare talent of pop melody with raw energy that will see them take festival season by storm!
Mutineers – Love, It’s A Killer
A firm favourite with ALBL, Manchester’s Mutineers are set to release their new single Love, It’s A Killer on 17th March. The follow up to the stunning debut album Friends, Lovers, Rivals has been 3 years in the making but good things come to those who wait and both Tell Me Why and Love, It’s A Killer are testament to this, wetting the appetite for the new album.
City Reign – See What It’s Worth
Manchester based City Reign featured in one of the very first ALBL posts back in October 2012 with their debut single Ahead Of Ideas since then they have gone on to release their debut album Another Step and tour the UK and Europe. Recorded live See What It’s Worth will be released on the 24th March via Car Boot Recordings, melancholic and melodic the track is a hark back to Manchester past with a glimpse into the future.
Little Matador – Stitch Yourself Up
Primal, raw, rock scuzz aren’t words you’d use to describe indie stalwarts Snow Patrol but take guitarist Nathan Connolly out of his day job and that’s what you get with his band Little Matador. They’ve already played support slots for Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails, with an album set for release later this year and a UK tour throughout the spring. This is the debut single set for release on the 21st April via Fiction Records.
Moscow – Pack Animals
Pack Animals is the lead track from the new EP by Stoke band Moscow, their debut EP Hell Fire was one of my favourite releases of last year so great anticipation heralds the new material. The intelligent take on the post-punk sounds continues with the dark melody and raw energy complemented superbly by the frantic, feral vocals. Look out for a full EP review soon on ALBL.
Nine Black Alps – Supermarket Clothes
Now approaching veteran status Manchester grunge survivors Nine Black Alps are set to release their 5th album Candy For The Clowns via Hatch Records on the 21st April. This track is lifted from the up-coming album and continues the raw energetic sound of old with a hint of a more melodic sound, catch them on a UK tour soon as well.
Mourning Birds – Eve of the Isle
Creating a big buzz in a short space of time are Mourning Birds, off the back of a handful of gigs and a 1 minute 46 sec single, Oh Yeh!, the band have attracted the attentions of the NME and Huw Stephens. This is the next single and is a raw, sleazy slice of garage rock.