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

When: 7pm on Thursday 27 June 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be presenting the Burning Hell’s biggest Manchester show to date – at the Deaf Institute!

In 2007, Mathias Kom collected some of his many songs and started a band, named after a religious tract handed to him by a wide-eyed zealot in Toronto. Mathias subsequently invited all of his friends to join him in performing these songs about seagulls, shopping malls, and the similarities between love and hurricanes.

Over the next ten years and almost as many albums, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell have changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable – much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always remained Kom’s singular outlook on the world: wise and naive, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant, unexpected narratives and a deeply felt generosity of spirit.

The band’s live performances underscore these themes: they exhibit a joy and camaraderie too infrequently seen on stage. Indeed, the essence of the band is inclusive and celebratory; whether live or on record, there’s something for everyone. As Tom Robinson of BBC Introducing said about The Burning Hell, ‘even Jesus is going to enjoy this, once he finally gets here’.

Tour support comes from Quiet Marauder / My Name Is Ian.

Opening the show are The Vanity Project. The Vanity Project can’t sit still. Using a loop pedal and far more instruments than it’s wise for two people to play, the duo incorporate monologues, interludes and the occasional dance routine into their set. They write apocolyptic disco jams about corrupt politicians and anthemic ballads about the death of idealism, all of which ooze fun and catchiness despite their quirk and valour. Winners of the 2016 national iSessions contest, they’ve been written about in the Independent, played on BBC 6 Music and garnered praise from the likes of Marc Riley and Everything Everything frontman Jonathan Higgs.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 11 July 2019
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with the Stroppies for the first time!

Whoosh is a silly word,’ says Gus Lord of the Stroppies. ‘There is something completely nonsense about it, especially when removed from any kind of context. For me it conjures up images of something absurd and transient – two things fundamental in the experience of listening to or making good pop music.’

Whoosh may indeed be a silly word but it almost onomatopoeically captures the sound and essence of the Stroppies first proper debut album, one that breezes along with boundless energy, a refrained pop strut, infectious grooves and the sort of jangling guitar melodies that sound like a prime-era Flying Nun band.

Between them, the Melbourne-based band – currently comprising of Gus Lord, Rory Heane, Claudia Serfaty and Adam Hewitt – have been in countless bands such as Boomgates, Twerps, Tyrannamen, Primetime, Blank Statements, The Blinds, White Walls, See Saw and Possible Humans. The band formed together around a kitchen table in 2016 with a heavy focus around the essence of collaboration and a DIY ethos. This led to an acclaimed cassette release of lounge room recordings, which was then pressed onto vinyl to more acclaim. The Stroppies next step was then taking their DIY approach to home recordings into the studio to make a transitional leap to what would become their proper studio debut. ‘Whoosh is our first concerted effort to make something with a bit more sonic depth,’ says Claudia Serfaty (the bands other primary songwriter). ‘It was an attempt to take working processes that had been established in a home recording setting and build on them with a broader musical palette in the studio in order to push the band into new territory without compromising what made initial releases so endearing.’

Endearment is something that the Stroppies have no problem retaining on Whoosh. It’s a record that possesses all the spunk and gusto of a young band hurtling forward yet also knowing when to take their foot off the accelerator. It’s an album that simultaneously feels young and fresh but wise beyond its years. ‘Whoosh is the most robust sounding release we have ever recorded,’ Serfaty says. Combining taut post-punk rhythms, indie jangle, seamless melody and sugary pop, it’s a record that Lord says is influenced by: ‘All sorts of things – life, work, relationships, old cartoons and the last 60+ years of guitar-based pop music in some form or another. This includes everything from Bill Fay to the Clean to Stephen Malkmus.’

Whoosh is a record that combines a natural sense of urgency with a thoughtful approach. Something that the recording process itself was emblematic of. ‘Budgetary restrictions meant that we had two days to lay the foundations,’ Serfaty recalls. ‘So it was axe to the grind: burning through live takes interspersed with tea and Turkish food from the local kebab shop, which culminated in twelve half finished cuts, rough and ready.’ That was the urgent part, what then followed was a focused and labour intensive approach to get the most out of the bare bones of the record as possible. ‘We spent hours building up, stripping down and mixing the work that had been recorded the month prior, throwing everything we could think of at the songs to see what would stick. We utilised whatever was on hand to pull sounds, including but not limited to vintage synths, rain sticks and an old door frame that we used for percussion.’ This was done with Zachary Schneider, a friend of the band, budding producer and established musician who is most notable for his guitar work in bands such as Totally Mild, Free Time and Full Ugly.

By the end of that period the band got so absorbed in the record that they almost lost sight of it. ‘I’m still a little too close to this record for it to evoke anything in particular,’ Lord says. ‘Except for perhaps dull anxiety. Towards the end of recording I felt like I was drowning in the process and lost all clarity on what it meant or it’s value. Kind of like saying a word over and over again – it starts to lose all meaning.’ Although with time comes clarity and even amidst the fog of making a record that has taken over his life, Lord knows the band has made something special. ‘Reflecting on the process I feel really proud of the album.’

Opening the show are Unpaid Intern. Manchester’s favourite overeducated/underemployed non-slackers. Work well as individuals and as part of a team. Excel under pressure. References available on request.

This show is a co-promotion with Comfortable On A Tightrope.

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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.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 23 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: 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.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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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.

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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.

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: 8pm on Wednesday 2 October 2019
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

We’re delighted to be welcoming Sam Outlaw back to Manchester!

Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN. Born Samuel Morgan in South Dakota, his stage name comes from his late mother’s maiden name.

Working as an advertising executive in his twenties, he performed small bar gigs near his home in Los Angeles starting in 2009 but kept his marketing career until 2015 – when he finally left his job to become a full-time musician. Turns out that was a good decision.

At age 33, Sam released his debut album Angeleno in 2015. Produced by Ry Cooder and Joachim Cooder, Angeleno introduced Sam as a distinctly assured voice in the country and Americana scene. The album garnered awards and critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, NPR and countless others. His follow-up album, Tenderheart, gave Outlaw his first foray into self-producing and further evolved his ‘SoCal Country’ sound by introducing more elements of pop and rock music. Also a critical success, Tenderheart was heralded as one of the year’s best country albums, supported by a full tour of North America and dozens of shows in Europe.

With new music planned for 2019, Sam recently moved his wife and kids from LA to Nashville to seek a better environment for raising their two small children.

He made his Grand Ole Opry debut in May, to be followed by a European tour in the autumn.

‘Sam Outlaw has a wonderfully rich and mournful country voice’ – The Telegraph

‘A legitimate contender to be the biggest country star LA has produced since Dwight Yoakam’ – LA Weekly

This show is a co-promotion with Please Please You.

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

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