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Upcoming shows: The Catenary Wires + Milky Wimpshake... Gratis: John Myrtle... Gratis: Butcher the Bar... Peter Broderick & Friends... Tacocat... The Beths... Deerhoof... Mark Mulcahy... Jenn Grant... Tallies... The Bevis Frond... Sam Outlaw... The Album Leaf... Jesca Hoop... Chance McCoy... Peggy Sue... Gratis: Dumb... Skating Polly + She Makes War... Gratis: Dehd... Shana Cleveland... Lambert... Robyn Hitchcock... Samana... Martin Kohlstedt... Francis Lung... Weyes Blood... Sinkane... Sam Amidon... Tropical Fuck Storm... The Delines... Sebastian Plano... Erland Cooper... BC Camplight... Sean Rowe... Jesse Malin...

When: 7.30pm on Friday 19 July 2019
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with the Catenary Wires for the first time – plus very special guessts Milky Wimpshake!

The Catenary Wires are Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher. They specialise in emotive indie duets, capturing the spirits of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, and releasing them into modern Britain. In their previous lives, Amelia and Rob featured in indie bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap.

Live, The Catenary Wires become a five-piece, with musical heavyweights Andy Lewis (Paul Weller Group, Spearmint) on bass and cello; Fay Hallam (Makin’ Time, Prime Movers) on Hammond organ and backing vocals, and Ian Button (Death in Vegas) on drums.

The new Catenary Wires LP, Til the Morning is available on Tapete Records from 14 June. The album was recorded during 2018 at the Sunday School, in the middle of nowhere in Kent. It is a big step forward from their first album (Red Red Skies on Elefant Records/Matinee Recordings): more complex and more beguiling, with a multi-layered sound that reflects a range of additional instruments, including harmonium, bells and an old trailer. It was produced by Andy Lewis, who has recently produced albums for Judy Dyble and French Boutik. Track 1, Dream Town, is the first single from the album.

Milky Wimpshake were formed in 1993 by Pete Dale and Joey Ramone (not the Joey Ramone; she officially changed her name to that for reasons which are obscure). In 1994, Christine Rowe joined the band on bass. Joey left in 1995 and a number of drummers have appeared over the course of seven or eight LPs, but the latest drummer Ione Downs will hopefully be a permanent addition.

The band has a small but enthusiastic cult following, numbering the late John Peel and Iggy Pop (who recently professed his enthusiasm for the band on his 6 Music show) among its fans. In 2014, Alexis Petridis compared Milky Wimpshake to Arctic Monkeys in the Guardian on grounds of both bands’ longstanding reputations. The 2015 album Encore, Un Effort! was awarded 7/10 in both NME and Uncut.

Wimpshake recorded for the Fortuna POP! label for 15 years, gigging regularly with labelmates Spook School, Martha and others from the UK’s current crop of younger DiY punk-related groups. Milky Wimpshake are considered grandees of the UK DIY scene, indeed, having survived as a group from the heyday of Riot Grrrl through to the present with gigs every year and regular record releases over the last 25 years.

Milky Wimpshake regularly appeared on bills with Amelia from the Catenary Wires’ previous bands (Heavenly, Marine Research, etc) and are delighted to be on this bill.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 10 August June 2019
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

As part of our new series of free entry shows at the Eagle Inn, we present John Myrtle and Rosey PM.

John Myrtle is releasing his debut EP, Here’s John Mrytle, on Bingo Records and is taking the jangle pop that has earned him fans at BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade on the road.

Here’s John Myrtle sees John collect a number of his early demos and live favourites, as well as new songs, and record and mix them proper for the release on Bingo. The EP shows the best of John Myrtle’s idiosyncratic pop songs so far, and builds on the recordings done on old tape machines in his bedroom by adding parts from live band members Ben Bartrop and Sean Harper. Tracks Cyril The Slug and Foggy have already gained extensive airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and the band played their first live session for Marc Riley on the station in March. Radio X and Amazing Radio have also been backing the tunes, and Cyril The Slug attracted the praise of Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and FFS.

John’s music calls to mind The La’s, The Kinks and Harry Nilsson, while his lyrical subjects are reminiscent of words by Richard Brautigan or Ivor Cutler. John Myrtle and his band have been honing their live show all year, having played with labelmates Mr Ben & the Bens as well as fellow 6 Music favourites Lavinia Blackwall and Wesley Gonzalez.

Local support comes from Rosey PM. Self-proclaimed pyjama-jazz singer-songwriter Rosey PM trips over jazz-pop beats and flirts with young romance, wrapping harmonies around lazy-day tunes and hypnotic bass lines.

This is a free show – but we strongly advise booking your place in advance via Ticketweb.co.uk

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 23 August 2019
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

We continue our new series of free entry shows at the Eagle Inn with Hey! Manchester favourites Butcher the Bar!

Butcher the Bar is the once-bedroom-pop recording project of Joel Nicholson, now a five-piece guitar band based in Manchester.

Releasing two records via Berlin based indie label Morr MusicSleep At Your Own Speed (2008) and For Each A Future Tethered (2011) – Joel has taken Butcher the Bar across Europe and UK solo, as a duo and a full band, playing venues large and small in places far and wide – and after eight years, is ready to release a third LP.

Written and recorded between 2013 and 2015, III is the first BtB album to feature a full band, originally put together to tour in 2011 following FEAFT. Recorded in studios and houses across south Manchester, this collection of songs is the most dynamic, diverse and fully realised of any BtB release to date.

Joel says: ‘A lot has happened since we made this record but, having recently spent time putting it together, and going back through the songs and album as a whole, we’re finally ready to offer it up. They’re the best songs we’ve done, and just want people to hear them.’

Support comes from Joe Edwards.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 24 August 2019
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be hosting Peter Broderick & Friends, who will be playing the songs of Arthur Russell.

Spirited musician and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick presents an entire album devoted to the songs of Arthur Russell. This diverse collection, named Peter Broderick & Friends Play Arthur Russell, includes ten renditions of Russell’s songs, two of which have yet to be released in their original versions.

What began as an idea from his former Efterklang bandmate Rasmus Stolberg – who invited Peter to perform an entire set of Arthur Russell songs at his festival in Denmark – evolved into a passionate voyage of discovery, when Broderick’s live performances caught the attention of Russell’s long-time partner Tom Lee. This connection has since led to Broderick examining some of the remaining archival work, and performing audio restoration on some of the old tapes, finding himself closer to Russell’s music than he could have ever anticipated. Broderick’s strong love for his work has grown exponentially, as he delved deep into the psyche of his hero, listening to hours and hours of unreleased material. Inspired to learn some of this music himself, Broderick also discovered that some of his favourite Arthur Russell songs have yet to be heard.

Peter Broderick & Friends Play Arthur Russell is a vibrant and joyful tribute to one of Broderick’s greatest heroes.

The album was recorded in the state of Maine, where most of Arthur’s surviving family are based, where Broderick himself was born back in 1987 and with a large cast of friends and family, including Russell’s niece Rachel Henry and nephew Beau Lisy. The cover is adorned with an original painting by Tom Lee.

Peter would like to extend his deepest gratitude to all of Arthur’s family, friends and fans who have been so warmly welcoming of his own versions of these tunes. It is hoped that these recordings will serve to honour the truly staggering legacy of Arthur Russell.

The album was initially made available, free to download as a gift to fans on Christmas day. Physical versions are also now available: the CD version is being released by Lirico in Japan. A vinyl pressing of 300 copies and a cassette format are both available through Pretty Purgatory.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 27 August 2019
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be welcoming Seattle’s Tacocat back to Manchester!

After recently releasing their new album This Mess Is a Place via Sub Pop, Seattle pop-punk four piece Tacocat have just announced a UK tour for this August with shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Brighton. The have also unveiled the video for the album’s standout track, New World.

When Seattle band Tacocat – vocalist Emily Nokes, bassist Bree McKenna, guitarist Eric Randall, and drummer Lelah Maupin – first started in 2007, the world they were responding to was vastly different from the current Seattle scene of diverse voices they’ve helped foster. It was a world of house shows, booking DIY tours on MySpace, and writing funny, deliriously catchy feminist pop-punk songs when feminism was the quickest way to alienate yourself from the then-en vogue garage-rock bros. Their lyrical honesty, humour and hit-making sensibilities have built the band a fiercely devoted fanbase over the years, one that has followed them from basements to dive bars to sold-out shows at Seattle’s Showbox. Every step along the way has been a seamless progression – from silly songs about Tonya Harding and psychic cats to calling out catcallers and poking fun at entitled weekend-warrior tech jerks on their last two records on Hardly Art, 2014’s NVM and 2016’s Lost Time.

This Mess Is a Place, Tacocat’s fourth full-length and first on Sub Pop, finds the band waking up the morning after the 2016 election and figuring out how to respond to a new reality where evil isn’t hiding under the surface at all – it’s front and centre, with new tragedies and civil rights assaults filling up the scroll of the newsfeed every day.

Tour support comes from TWEN. It’s fitting that lo-fi garage rockers TWEN’s only released project to date is a live EP – the Nashvillian quartet’s fuzzed-out riffs and frontwoman Jane Fitzsimmons’ powerful vocals sound immense through a venue’s soundsystem in a way that a studio recording wouldn’t do justice. They’re noisey and heavy, but never sloppy; their often complex rhythms & melodies are executed with a precision that will leave you with your head banging and your jaw hanging open.

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When: 7pm on Saturday 31 August 2019
Where: Band on the Wall, 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

Following their upgraded, sold out show at Band on the Wall this spring, we welcome The Beths back in August – this time, to Gorilla!

New Zealand four-piece The Beths channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite. Guitarist, lead vocalist and primary songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce attended high school together before meeting up with longtime mates bassist Benjamin Sinclair and drummer Ivan Luketina-Johnston at the University of Auckland, where all four studied jazz. After gigging together in a variety of configurations, the quartet came together for a project exploring the pop and rock sounds of their youth. Everything clicked, and The Beths were born.

Their debut EP, 2016’s Warm Blood, overflows with explosive guitar riffs and infectious indie-rock hooks. Produced by Pearce and featuring all four members on joyful vocal harmonies that recall the best ‘60s pop, tracks like ace lead single Whatever and impossibly catchy standout Idea/Intent earned the all-killer, no-filler release rave reviews from the New Zealand music press.

2019 promises to be a breakout year for The Beths. A beloved live act across Australia and New Zealand, the band will tour the U.S. and Europe. Their freshman album, Future Me Hates Me, also produced by Pearce, arrived in August 2018 on Carpark Records; fans of artists like Sleater-Kinney and Best Coast should remain on high alert.

Special guests are Peaness. Three-piece indie-pop band Peaness formed in Chester, England in late 2014. Their latest EP, Are You Sure?, is out now via Alcopop Records! and is available online, on CD and on 12-inch limited edition yellow vinyl.

The debut EP No Fun was self released on cassette tape in 2015 and began their flourishing ascend. The trio have gigged extensively since then, winning ‘the hearts of unsuspecting listeners across the length and breadth of the DIY scene, right through to BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens’.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 1 September 2019
Where: Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW

We’re delighted to be bringing Deerhoof back to Gorilla!

Satomi Matsuzaki plays bass and sings, Greg Saunier plays drums, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez play guitars. But what is Deerhoof really? Hell if we know. Pitchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as ‘the best band in the world’.

From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they’ve become one of indie music’s most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop.

‘Deerhoof are amazing. They’re nuts, they’ll freak you out’ – Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

‘Deerhoof deserve far more recognition’ – Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead

This show is a co-promotion with Gorilla.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 September 2019
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Mark Mulcahy!

Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of the well regarded and influential Miracle Legion. He also formed the band Polaris and wrote the music for the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

Mark’s solo career began with Fathering, an album that received universal praise including Album Of The Month in Uncut and Album Of The Week in the Guardian, and featured the track Hey Self Defeater, which was featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs.

From there followed the albums Smilesunset and In Pursuit Of Your Happiness, several tours of the UK and Europe, countless radio sessions and huge critical acclaim for both his songwriting prowess and his remarkable voice. In 2008 he quit everything to look after his children following the tragic death of his wife. To assist him through these troubled times many of his long-time friends and fans banded together to record an album of his songs as a tribute to his wife and the result was 2009’s Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes of Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, Frank Black, Mercury Rev, Dinosaur Jr, The National and many others. Mulcahy’s most recent album, The Possum in the Driveway, received stellar reviews and in 2017 he appeared on the Marc Maron WTF podcast.

The Possum in the Driveway is out now on the Mezzotint Label.

‘A rare and wise treat from an underrated songwriter’ – Mojo

Special guest is New York’s Hannah Cohen, performing here with her band. Hannah Cohen has arrived home. From the title of her new album to the depth and beauty of the music, the Woodstock, NY-based singer-songwriter’s third album, Welcome Home, displays a new level of confidence and comfort with the many creative tools at her disposal. Cohen’s remarkably evocative voice is surrounded by dreamy, swooning incantations, from the rippling This Is Your Life and the slow-burning, forthright statement of All I Want, to the soul swagger of Get in Line and dramatic vocal leaps of Wasting My Time. Welcome Home was released on 26 April via Bella Union.

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When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 October 2019
Where: Gullivers Lounge, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be bringing Jenn Grant back to Gullivers Lounge!

Jenn Grant’s voice and song-writing has been celebrated over the world by critics and the industry alike. She has been described as one of the ‘best singers in the world’ by her ongoing collaborator, Buck 65, ‘captivating’ by The Line Of Best Fit, and making the ‘work of a painter born in paradise’ by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The three-time JUNO-nominated singer’s seventh record, Love, Inevitable, establishes a mood of transition; sliding the old back and making room for the new. Grant recorded the album with Grammy-nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine.

Love, Inevitable the follow up to 2016’s Paradise, around which Consequence of Sound called out Grant’s ‘majestic vocals’ and Stereogum noted she created ‘something that’s both a bit familiar and a little otherworldly’.

‘Grant’s gorgeous voice swoops and soars across shimmering pop anthems, folk gems, and sunset ballads’ – CBC Music

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 28 September 2019
Where: Aatma, First Floor, 14-16 Faraday Street, Manchester, M1 1BE

We’re delighted to be working with psychedelic rock band The Bevis Frond!

If there is any artist who could be considered as having followed a tangential path from Hendrix to Big Star to Spacemen 3, that would be The Bevis Frond… and that’s not hyperbole, the evidence is to be found in countless albums over 30 years of thrilling musical innovation that few have matched. Filtered through The Groundhogs, The Who, Neil Young, Captain Beefheart and Kevin Ayers, this is an iconoclastic collision of distinctly British psychedelia, space-rock, grunge, slow-burning soulful laments, even grizzled folk and more than occasional moments of sublime pop genius. Yet, he remains the best kept secret in Rock ‘n’ Roll – isn’t it about time you discovered one of England’s finest songwriters and insightful lyricists.

The Bevis Frond is guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire Nick Saloman who’s prolific output has seen him hailed as ‘a Hendrix devotee ever bit as tough and contemporary as the serrated guitar chorales of Sonic Youth and Pixies‘ by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and become a cult figure in his own right.

A labour of love and fiercely independent with an uncompromising vision under his own label Woronzow, Saloman is also ex-co-publisher of respected Ptolemaic Terrascope psych magazine and owner of Sussex-based second-hand record shop. Revered by his contemporaries he has remained firmly on the periphery whilst being hugely influential.

Saloman has released no less than 22 albums under The Bevis Frond name with many collaborations and releases under various pseudonyms. Sounding as bracing today as he did then, he constantly writes with his musical journey beginning as The Bevis Frond Museum and later The Von Trap Family.

Following a motorbike accident that almost left him unable to play, he revived The Bevis Frond name using his compensation to set up a basic home recording studio. Armed with a four-track portastudio he began recording his completely self-made stunning debut Miasma.

Playing and writing everything on Miasma, the record was released through his label. Following a call from Margate’s Funhouse Records who specialised in psychedelia, they requested the album. A few weeks later requested more copies, completely taken back and now completely sold-out, he repressed. The next year tripped out Inner Marshland (1987) followed with the anglophile’s dreamscape of Termination Station Grey and epic psych-blues-rock rave up of I’ve Got Eyes in the Back of My Head.

Not expecting things to take off, Saloman began to dig out music he had written over the years and a wave of material was released including Triptych, Bevis Through The Looking Glass and Acid Jam.

Seventh album was double LP New River Head (1991) featured David Tibet and Barry Dransfield. Even stronger records ensued and the 90s brought It Just Is, Superseeder and Son of Walter.

In 2015 his 22 record, Example 22, was released to critical acclaim, produced by Nick Saloman and Dave Palmer, and featuring Paul Simmons (guitar), Bari Watts (guitar), Dave Pearce (drums, vocals) and Nick.

The Bevis Frond have ultimately become the UK’s leading underground psychedelic rock band with supporters such as comedian Stewart Lee requesting them for his self-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties. Live, the line-up today includes: Paul Simmons (guitar), Adrian Shaw (bass, vocals), Dave Pearce (drums) and Nick Saloman (vocals, guitar and sitar).

‘Arguably Britrock’s most prolific one-man cottage industry’ – Uncut

‘The main strength of the Bevis Frond is the exquisite songwriting, with pithy and poignant lyrics delivered in a very uncompromising English roots accent. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith and Mary Lou Lord have covered their songs, while he’s played with Current 93, The Hawklords, Oneida and Arthur Lee of Love, amongst many others, and counts J Mascis amongst his fans’ – The Quietus

This show is a co-promotion with WAAIL.

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