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Upcoming shows: Vinny Peculiar... Haiku Salut... Houndstooth... Jessica Pratt... Stephen Steinbrink + Julie Byrne... Great Lake Swimmers... Piney Gir... The Weather Station... Walter Lure... Gwenno + H. Hawkline... Tom Brosseau + Jo Rose... Sweet Baboo... Pinkshinyultrablast... Jenn Grant... Dengue Fever... Lady Lamb... Treetop Flyers... Alabaster DePlume... Born Ruffians... Rozi Plain... Euros Childs... Simone Felice... William D. Drake... Vetiver... La Luz... Left Lane Cruiser... Mates of State... Liam Frost... Oui Love presents…... SLUG... Ultimate Painting... Jenny Hval... Joe Pug... The Lovely Eggs... Tom Williams... Ezra Furman... Beans on Toast... Hatcham Social... The Burning Hell...

When: 7.30pm on Friday 4 September 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Vinny Peculiar once again!

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Uncut magazine described Salford based singer songwriter and poet Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) as ‘the Tony Hancock of Pop’ upon the release of his 2002 album Ironing the Soul. Since this inspired debut, he’s put out ten albums of ‘alternative pop’ music to considerable critical acclaim.

He has worked with an impressive list of collaborators includes Bill Drummond (KLF), Luke Haines (The Auteurs), Jah Wobble (PIL) – and his various bands have included ex-members of The Smiths, Oasis, Aztec Camera and The Fall. Vinny is also one half of Parlour Flames, the collaboration with ex-Oasis rhythm guitarist Bonehead.

Vinny has played European and US tour dates opening for the likes of Nils Lofgren, British Sea Power, Edwyn Collins and Luke Haines, and he’s a former compere on the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage. New album – his 12th – Down The Bright Steam was released in March 2015:

‘Peculiar songs are hyper literate, confessional and often very funny. He can make you laugh and cry at the same time, a rare and precious gift’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

‘The missing link between Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough and some of the wittiest lyrics this side of Wreckless Eric’ – Irish Times

‘Autobiographical fragments brightened by adoration of Bowie, punk and ‘Alice Cooper on TOTP’ – Classic Rock

Main support comes from Manchester’s own Steve O’Donoghue, who has been compared to Roddy Frame, Edwin Collins and Glen Tillbrook.

Opening the show is Tony Walsh. Also known as Longfella, Walsh is ‘one of the UK’s most renowned perfomance poets’. The official Poet in Residence for Glastonbury Festival in 2011, his poetry has featured on BBC1, BBC2, Sky, XFM, BBC Radio 2, Radio 4, 5Live and on 6 Music’s An Audience With The Clash programme.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015
Where: Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF

We’re delighted to present Haiku Salut, performing their ‘lamp show’ in one of Manchester’s hidden gems.

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Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.

Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out last year, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by the Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, MOJO and many more – and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

After the release of Tricolore, the trio of Gemma, Louise and Sophie toured the UK and France, and won the Green Man Rising competition, going on to give a magical, coming-of-age performance on the Mountain Stage at the Green Man Festival. Writing about the band after the final of the Green Man Rising contest, MOJO and Clash were full of praise for the band. ‘They mesmerised the crowd into silence with their intoxicating blend of delicate electronic textures and collision of curious instruments’, noted MOJO, while Clash said: ‘Haiku Salut’s elegant weaving of minimalist electro tones around warm, somewhat folk-like arrangements – continental of feel, but very British of build – possesses that impossible-to-define X factor.’

Etch and Etch Deep is their new album, released on 31 July. The new album sees the Derbyshire trio melt their folk, classical and electronic influences to create a sound that’s both inventive and inquisitive, at times more boldly pop, at others startlingly impressionistic. The opening track on the album, Bleak And Beautiful (All Things) was called ‘uniquely stunning’ by The Line Of Best Fit, who added: ‘This tune merges worlds and genres with callous disregard for adhering to the norm. We see techno and minimalist beats coalesce with trad folk melodies; pastoral pop pirouette with carnival-noir accordions, tinkling glocks and ambient synths. It’s instrumental post-folk that isn’t afraid to tear up the rulebook and begin fresh,’ while the album itself was hailed as a ‘vividly coloured sonic canvas’ by Popmatters.

This is a rare ‘lamp show’ performance which features an orchestra of charity shop lamps which are programmed to flash, flicker and dance in time to the music.

Hallé St Peter’s, located on Blossom Street in Ancoats, is a Grade II-listed, deconsecrated church, which was built in 1859. Having stood empty for decades, it was recently restored to provide rehearsal and recording space for the Hallé orchestra.

Age restriction: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Portland’s Houndstooth for the first time.

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Houndstooth are an American rock and roll band from Portland, Oregon. They draw from familiar wells – including 1950s and 1960s rock classics, Link Wray, the old American country song, and Brit-folk – all the while making new music from this infinite palette of inspiration.

Katie Bernstein and John Gnorski started writing together in 2010, adding more words and chords over time. The band is now a four-piece workhorse (with Graeme Gibson on drums and Cari Palazzolo on bass) with a brand new LP No News From Home out in March of 2015 on New York label No Quarter. The new songs range from a Velvets-style churner with James Baldwin references (Witching Hour) to a shimmering tremoloed-out tale of unrequited love revolving around a postcard (the album’s title track).

Houndstooth take things song by song, and all the music they’ve absorbed comes out in surprising ways that remain mysterious even to them. One minute they might strike you as a kraut-rock band with a country lead guitar player and the next more like a mournful surf quartet. Their music is easy to approach but it’s no quick read – you can visit the records over and over and find a new idea every time.

‘There’s a subdued swing in the rhythm section and scrappy drama in the guitars, as the song builds fluidly into an epic jam that’s part Can, part Byrds. No News from Home has a determined cohesion, sequenced to evoke the choppy rhythms of the road’ – Pitchfork

‘They mix up Southern rock, psychedelic rck ‘n’ roll and indie pop for a collection that sounds from a time long gone. This album that demands your attention and repeated listens’ – Rough Trade

Support comes from Butcher The Bar. Butcher The Bar are five young(ish) men playing – sometimes jangly sometimes fuzzy – power pop. They do this in Manchester. They share a love for, among other things, Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith, Flying Nun Records and Yo La Tengo. Once the solo project of Joel Nicholson, Butcher The Bar has long outgrown its beginnings in his Rotherham bedroom, and the band are now adding the finishing touches to the third album – the first to capture this bunch on record. Currently signed to Berlin indie Morr Music (múm, Telekinesis, Seabear, Lali Puna), Butcher The Bar have toured around Europe and the UK – including a jaunt supporting Death Cab for Cutie – and you may have seen them in Manchester opening shows for Mark Eitzel, Allo Darlin’ and Francois & The Atlas Mountains.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 9 September 2015
Where: The Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1NY

We’re excited to be promoting Jessica Pratt’s upcoming Leeds show.

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In a matter of months since Jessica Pratt released her Drag City debut, On Your Own Love Again, the world has caught on to, and is decidedly enamoured by, the inimitable songs and sounds this guitar-playing and singing songbird has created.

On Your Own Love Again is an enchanting and involving listen – arresting from first strum and demanding of repeated listens. And with the audience demand-o-meter banging in the red following a most successful spring European tour, we’re pleased to announce that Pratt is coming back, baby!

If the equilibrium brought on by the forthcoming summer solstice isn’t enough to centre your mind and body, all those in the UK and Scandinavia can rest even easier knowing that Jessica’s beguiling voice and harmonious guitar pleasantry will be visited upon them once again, beginning at the end of August and into September!

‘A timeless, deep wonder… the melodic charms are epic, the lyrical insights about romantic disappointment universal. It’s like finding a lost masterpiece, but carved from today’s margins’ – Q Magazine

‘Folksy songs that – tape hiss an all – are marginally out of time. They sit neatly alongside Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Nico’s Chelsea Girl and Angel Olsen; ethereally beautiful with a dark undercurrent… but no one sounds quite like this’ – the Guardian

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You and the Brudenell.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are also available from the Brudenell bar, Crash RecordsJumbo Records and on 0871 220 0260.


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When: 7.30pm on Friday 11 September 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re excited to be promoting a great double-bill featuring Stephen Steinbrink and Julie Byrne

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Two of America’s great young wanderers, Stephen Steinbrink and Julie Byrne, will fly the Atlantic this September and embark on a co-headline tour around the UK, following appearances at the End Of The Road festival.

Stephen Steinbrink is a 27-year-old songwriter and recording engineer born and raised in the arid desert of Arizona and currently floating around the western USA, dividing his time between the green spaces around Olympia, Washington and the concrete flats of Oakland, California. Having spent the better part of a decade touring North America and Europe in buses, vans, and trains, his wanderlust travels shaped his stunning breakthrough album Arranged Waves, released last year on Melodic (Malcolm Middleton, Dark Dark Dark). Truly engaged with the unintelligible and absurd, Steinbrink is more cultural observer than 21st Century busker with his intelligently cool left-of-centre approach to a sincere melody, using pop tropes to convey something deeper. At the same time, it’s his lyrics that mark Steinbrink out as a true punk troubadour trying to how to figure out how to be a person in the world.

Julie Byrne has counted Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northampton, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Seattle, New Orleans and New York as her home in recent years and spent the majority of the last two years on the road. It’s these travels and new places that inspire and influence her most, giving us a glimpse inside her own quietly mystical world and her unique slant on the one the rest of us happen to inhabit. Her debut long player Rooms With Walls and Windows, released last year on Orindal (Advance Base, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone), is a true modern-day word of mouth success and was voted number 7 in Mojo’s best albums of the year and Huffington Post called it ‘2014’s Great American Album’. It’s a stunning set of front porch psych-folk that unknowingly recalled the greats – Vasthi Bunyan, Linda Perhacs, Karen Dalton – but very much for our time. For all her otherworldliness, there is a realism too to Byrne, she is street smart and more punk in spirit than searching for the hippie ideal.

Local support comes from I Am Your Autopilot, who blend analogue synth oscillations, choral vocals, orchestral textures, and chiming guitars. A truly eclectic sound, ranging from pure electronica to orchestral psychedelia, from psych-folk to dirty pop, I Am Your Autopilot have released two albums: Robots in the Orchestra (2009) and The Stillness of the Sea (2013).

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Monday 14 September 2015
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be welcoming back Great Lake Swimmers – their first Manchester show in over three years.

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A Forest Of Arms is the sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012’s New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, banjo and guitars and flourishing, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.

Those familiar with the decade-long output or Great Lake Swimmers will recognise the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations or close personal ties that hold us together. The familiar versus the strange theme is ook running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the songwriting.

A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several at locations over the span of several at months, covering extensiveness new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of the unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks-including the main parts for Do not Leave Me Hanging, The Great Bear and With Every Departure were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites and circling bats.

The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces throughout the album.

The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track The Great Bear, a song inspired by a trip Dekker firing to the northern rain forests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It’s a pristine wilderness area that’s under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is a reference to the sense of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band’s own growing families exhibited in the songs Something Like A Storm and Expecting You.

Great Lake Swimmers consists of Tony Dekker on lead vocals and guitar, longtime guitarist and banjo player Erik Arnesen, Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals, Bret Higgins on upright bass and newcomer Joshua Van Tassel on drums. There are several at special guest appearances on the album by Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath) on 12-string electric guitar, as well as backing vocals on the song A Bird Flew Inside The House.

Recorded and engineered by Their longtime live sound technician Justin Shane Nace, and mixed by the wonderfully talented Howie Beck (Feist), A Forest Of Arms marks Dekker’s 8th release of new material. In 2013, he released the solo album Prayer of the Woods, and in 2014, he released a tribute album for the artist-loving digital music distribution site Zunior on the occasion of its tenth year anniversary, Tony Dekker Sings Entitled 10 Years Of Zunior. Last year saw their debut headlining performance at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, which was documented for the Live At Massey Hall series. The band participated in the Polaris cover sessions with their version of Sarah Harmer’s I’m A Mountain.

Tour support comes from Meg Baird. Baird’s last decade would be remarkable by any artist’s standards. She co-founded and recorded three albums with Espers – one of the most distinctively mysterious acts of the century’s first decade. She recorded two solo LPs for Drag City: Dear Companion and Seasons on Earth. She also collaborated with Will Oldham, Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Ettenand Steve Gunn, and toured with Bert Jansch.

And while Meg’s last official solo release came in 2011, the days since have been anything but restful. She played drums and recorded with Philadelphia cave punks Watery Love, toured with Michael Chapman, Hurley, Vile, Cass McCombs, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Lambchop, and contributed to compilation LPs honouring Michael Chapman and Shirley Collins. And after more than a decade as a fixture in Philadelphia’s boiling-over musical scene, Meg moved west to San Francisco. There she joined forces (as drummer and lead vocalist) with members of Comets on Fire and Assemble Head to form the moody and thunderous Heron Oblivion.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar, Common (both no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 17 September 2015
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We’re delighted to be working with Piney Gir.

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Piney Gir hails from the American Midwest, home of wide-open plains with sunflowers that go on as far as the Earth curves. The ‘you’re not in Kansas anymore’ jokes never wear thin, because Piney embraces her heritage bringing it with her to the UK, where she’s lived in London for over a decade now (yes she does have a sparkly red shoe collection and yes she wears a lot of gingham).

Piney was raised to fear God, like a lot of kids in the Bible-belt she wasn’t taught about Darwin in schools, she memorised Bible verses and chapters every week… It was this religious upbringing that spurred her into rock ‘n’ roll. ‘All we like sheep have gone astray…’ Isaiah 53:6.

All teenagers rebel, but Piney had a lot to rebel against and so she went through a series of extremes on an epic journey to figure out what’s what and who the heck she actually is. She was a bit of a Laura Palmer, with a mysterious double life burbling underneath her wholesome persona. After lots of phases, from pop to goth, hippy, rocker, hip-hopper, metaller, psychedelic traveller, straight-edger, grunger, raver, country rocker, folky lady, funkadelic, electro-girl, jazz lover, mod, rockabilly quiff-wearer… she finally settled on ‘everything’ as a genre for herself. Because the conclusion that Piney came to was that she didn’t need to be categorised and that maybe not being categorised could be her niche.

‘If you appreciate many types of music, why only limit yourself to one thing all the time? So much inspires me!’ she says. But there is a Piney Sound: it’s perfectly-formed indie-pop with tuneful riffs and Piney’s lovely voice unifying it all. With that lyrical rhyme/reason that you can’t quite put your finger on; it’s pleasing, charming and poetic. Piney Gir thanks the church for her early music education – she went to one of those Pentecostal churches with speaking in tongues and fainting – music was a big part of the Sunday ritual and there was a lot of drama in the sermons. She also thanks her glamorous Aunt Mary for the piano lessons without whom she would have never learned her scales… she then took up the drums and studied them for 10 years going to University to major in music. Her drums were nicked from her ghetto apartment, and so she changed her major to voice (which nobody can steal).

Never really having the voice for Verdi, she moved to London after uni to see what she could see. It never occurred to her that she might sing in a band and write songs, but she knew she liked singing and writing songs (she was 9 when she wrote her first song). When she moved to London she worked in a cocktail bar and took some classes at St Martins mainly to meet people and find new ways of expressing herself – and it was then she joined a synth pop duo called Vic Twenty. Vic Twenty released a single on a Mute label and toured UK and Europe with synth-pop legendary duo Erasure. Vic Twenty split up and thus Piney Gir the solo artist was born.

She even did her first tour of America, having played CMJ Festival and South By Southwest. She did two national radio sessions for NPR, including a gig at the esteemed Mountain Stage, which was a real milestone for her. ‘It’s nice to feel welcomed by your homeland,’ says Piney. She will be playing a few select UK festivals and touring her latest album, Mr Hyde’s Wild Ride, in 2015.

Support comes from Ash Mountain. Manchester’s Ash Mountain return re-energised with the arrival of new vocalist Ali Matthews, all the way from New Hampshire, and guitarist Steve Hatton from er, Macclesfield. Expect more of their dark-americana and Neil Young- and Be Good Tanyas-influenced tuneage.

The Eagle Inn is an excellent traditional pub from the team behind the Castle Hotel, the Parlour and Gullivers. It’s just off Trinity Way, an eight-minute walk from Manchester Cathedral on Deansgate.

Book tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 18 September 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with The Weather Station for the first time.

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The Weather Station is the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman; folk music based in classic elements of songcraft – melody, tension, meaning. On the acclaimed All Of It Was Mine, and follow-up What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know – both for You’ve Changed Records – Lindeman established herself as a songwriter’s songwriter, earning accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors and rich details of the everyday.

Her much-anticipated third album, entitled Loyalty, is due out in spring. Recorded at La Frette, a legendary studio just outside of Paris, France, the record retains the humble immediacy of Lindeman’s previous record, All Of It Was Mine, while adding a high fidelity sheen, a clarity, a new confidence. Produced by Robbie Lackritz (Feist), the record is a collaboration between Lindeman and Afie Jurvanen, also known as Bahamas. The record is set for worldwide release in May on Outside Music (Canada) and Paradise Of Bachelors (US/Europe).

The Weather Station has toured North America with acts like Bahamas, Basia Bulat and Timber Timbre; recently, she toured Japan. She is also in demand as collaborator, appearing on new records by Doug Paisley (No Quarter), Field Report (Partisan), Daniel Romano (New West/You’ve Changed), and Siskiyou (Constellation) among others. A co-write with Steven Lambke (The Constantines) garnered a 2013 SOCAN songwriting award nomination, and her work has drawn accolades from Pitchfork, The Globe and Mail, Exclaim, The Toronto Star and many more.

‘Plain but elegant, simple but intricate… her songs feel very much like attempts to understand and appreciate the world in spite of its bitter ills; like the most basic forms of folk music, a term Lindeman readily embraces, they come with intent and aim’ – Pitchfork

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 19 September 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Walter Lure – New York punk legend and ex co-frontman of Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.

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One of the original members of Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, Walter Lure maintained a fairly consistent career in the face of working with some rather tumultuous characters. After the ‘official’ breakup of The Heartbreakers in 1977 – the band would continue to play the occasional gig right up until Johnny Thunders’ death in 1991 – Lure worked with The Ramones on their LPs Subterranean Jungle and Too Tough to Die, released a single with The Blessed, and started a number of bands, including The Hurricanes, The Heroes and The Waldos, who released their debut, Rent Party, in 1995. Lure continued to play New York City venues with The Waldos well into the 21st Century.

With the passing of bassist Billy Rath last year, Walter Lure is now the last man standing from the classic line-up of The Heartbreakers – not that arena band from Florida, but rather, the real ones that Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan formed to keep the rock and roll party going after the wheels came off the New York Dolls’ apple cart. (And sure, original Heartbreakers bassist-vocalist Richard Hell is still around, but does he really count, in this context?)

The Heartbreakers took their Lower Manhattan guttersnipe attitude to the UK, where they rubbed shoulders with The Sex Pistols and The Clash on the ill-fated Anarchy Tour, and cut a representative (if over-tweaked) slab of first-generation punkitude, L.A.M.F., that could have made them contenders … if only. (The record label folding didn’t help.)

Nevertheless, to this day, for fans from Stockholm to Sydney, the Heartbreakers’ sound remains emblematic of first-generation New York punk, and Thunders’ legend in particular looms large. Repackages of their meager discography abound. (For my money, the best way to hear them on disc remains the Nolan-less Live at Max’s Kansas City, as much for Thunders and Lure’s smartass repartee as for the tunes.) A crowd-funded documentary, Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders, was released last year.

Mr Lure was drafted into the original Heartbreakers line-up after some less-than-snazz gigs as a three-piece, but rapidly became their secret weapon. He promoted himself from singing one song in the Hell era to writing and singing half of the setlist. His ebullient bark was a worthy foil for Johnny’s nasal wiseguyisms, while his guitar work was both solid and fundamental enough for him to get tapped to provide uncredited (although remunerated) session assistance on three latter-day Ramones albums.

Even after taking a gig as a stockbroker, Mr Lure continued to run with a fast crowd that took their rock and roll lifestyle seriously – so seriously, in fact, that he’s buried more bandmates from his follow-up outfit, the Waldos, than he has from the Heartbreakers. The Waldos didn’t record until 1994, but some folks will tell you that their Andy Shernoff (The Dictators)-produced album Rent Party, which Jungle has just re-released, was the sequel to L.A.M.F. that the Heartbreakers never got a chance to cut.

More recently Walter was the special guest for The Jim Jones Revue’s swan song show at a sold out Forum last year. Walter blew the roof off with his UK band – made up of members of Birmingham’s Gunfire Dance, who will also join him in September.

Support comes from Bones Shake, a scuzzed, fuzzed blues three-piece from Manchester. They play everything into the red; violent bottle neck blues riffs, drums kicked, pounded and twatted and squeals of reverb drenched vocals all combine to help save your soul. Manchester Music described Bones Shake as ‘a frenetic, intense and vibrant display of dirty, gritty blues’. Their debut album, Kicks, is out now on Abattoir Blues Records.

This show is a co-promotion with Wotgodforgot.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Common (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, Billetto.co.ukWeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 20 September 2015
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be promoting the Manchester leg of Gwenno and H. Hawkline’s joint tour!

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Gwenno Saunders is a sound artist, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff. She released her Ymbelydredd EP in 2012 to critical acclaim, and more recently released Chwyldro and Golau Arall – a series of singles leading up to her debut album Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day), which was released in October 2014.

From 2005 until 2010 Gwenno was a writer and performer as a member of Brighton-based conceptual pop band The Pipettes and more recently, toured as a synth player with Australian duo Pnau (Empire Of The Sun) and Elton John. She is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker – and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting Welsh language show Cam o’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrete-inspired beats.

In The Pink Of ConditionH. Hawkline’s first record for the irrepressibly brilliant Heavenly Recordings – is a transportational record. Through twelve tracks, it folds the space between a pinched grey seaside town in North Wales and the bleached-out wide-open spaces of the City of Angels. In doing so, it creates a glorious hybrid environment – one where a rundown, rough and tumble branch of Pontins could occupy the space once reserved for the Disney castle and where ‘spooky dogs’ wait for you around corners, their ‘two eyes set in a lick of fog’.

Shot through with the blues, the reds and the golds, the greens and the wispy white clouds that hang lazy over the rolling Pacific, In The Pink Of Condition truly marks Huw Hawkline’s arrival. His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it blossoms with all the charm, beauty, wit and wonder that’s been hinted at over the last few years across the artist’s limited run releases, singles and EPs and adds a brilliantly clear-eyed focus.

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