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Upcoming shows: Funke and the Two Tone Baby... OLA... She Makes War... Robbie Cavanagh + Demi Marriner... Say Sue Me... Easter... Eleanor Friedberger... Chloe Foy... Anemone... James and The Ultrasounds... William the Conqueror... Hater... Jen Cloher... Robert Vincent... Seamus Fogarty... Blurt... Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton... The Lovely Eggs... HALEY... The Breath... Amy Rigby + Vinny Peculiar... Danny Goffey... Mr Ben & The Bens... Holy Moly & The Crackers... Saintseneca... Federico Albanese... Kiran Leonard... Ryley Walker... Curse of Lono + Izzie Walsh... River Whyless... Still Corners... Great Lake Swimmers... Lera Lynn... Liela Moss... Saint Sister... Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert... The Travelling Band... The Once... The Wave Pictures... Beans on Toast... You Tell Me... Kristin Hersh... Tiny Ruins...

When: 7pm on Thursday 18 October 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming Funke and the Two Tone Baby back to Manchester!

Funke and the Two Tone Baby is a one-man sonic explosion. Uncategorised and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.

From supporting Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast, Hayseed Dixie and Mercury Prize nominees The Comet is Coming to a 40-date festival tour in 2017, including standout shows at Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and Hungary’s Sziget Festival, Funke has quickly becoming a must-see act on the festival and touring circuit. 2018 will see yet more shows from Funke and his long awaited third album (entitled Denizen) will make it another busy year.

Opening the show is Cynthia’s Periscope. Manchester-based Aberdonian Paul Morrice has been performing under the guise Cynthia’s Periscope since the summer of 2014. His music varies from the melodic and sentimental to the brutal and cathartic, drawing inspiration from sources as varied as Robert Wyatt, Four Tet, Tunng and Arab Strap.

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When: 7pm on Friday 19 October 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be promoting OLA’s single launch show at Soup Kitchen!

Manchesters’ OLA headline Soup Kitchen to release their new single and video, made in collaboration with film-maker Paul Daly.

OLA, or One Little Atlas, are an electronic/dream-pop two-piece from Manchester. OLA blend ambient spaces, treated guitars, layered vocal harmonies and beat-driven tracks with an interest in sound design. Hard to pin down, their music is characterised by the questing, forward momentum of guitars and delicate orchestral elements, culminating in great dream-pop odysseys.

Creating sweeping aural soundscapes that are like self-contained soundtracks to an unseen film, Kevan’s otherworldly vocals sit somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Jonsi of Sigur Ros, wrapped in textured guitar, beats and orchestral elements.

OLA have released an album and two EPs since 2013, composed a score to the film Koyaanisqatsi, created various original works for Bury Art Gallery and John Rylands Library, and shared the live stage with Future Islands, Here We Go Magic, Sylvan Esso, Errors and Ulrich Schnauss.

This set promises to be an immersive cinematic experience, with the two-piece joined by additional live musicians, alongside their ethereal projections.

The band are set to release two new singles in October, as well as working hard on their next full length LP.

Main support comes from IORA – aka Manchester-based Holly Phelps, who combines looping vocals, instrumental harmonies, electronic samples, live instruments and her unique and versatile voice, creating a sound-world that sits somewhere between trip hop and folk music.

Opening the show is Manchester-based musician Mat Peters.

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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 20 October 2018
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with She Makes War once again!

Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist She Makes War has released her new single Devastate Me, taken from her upcoming album Brace For Impact. Pre order the album here.

A blend of raucous guitar and infectious vocals, Devastate Me is an unrestrained commentary on the impact of our collective online presence on our lives, from stalker exes to the hysterical screeching of Twitter.

She Makes War mastermind Laura Kidd comments: ‘It’s about photography as a reflex, the way people overshare online and how when we die our online profiles just stay there. The internet is amazing – I’ve built my career using it, but it can be so awful.’

Simultaneously scintillating and scathing, the track is an infectious dose of punk-infused pop with a conscious message. The track is taken from her upcoming album, Brace For Impact, the follow up to 2016’s acclaimed Direction Of Travel.

On her new record, up steps a femme fatale who slays with words of passion over ruthless action. Embarking upon a voyage of self-discovery, her songs stay close to hand-crafted journals packed with stickers and photographs, sparks of lyrical imagination and inspirational notes, simultaneously slaying with killer riffs.

‘After finding myself in a happy relationship after a long period of sadness, this record enabled me to ruminate and find ways of creating beauty where there was once pain,’ Kidd says. ‘I’m the strongest I’ve ever been because of all I’ve been through.’

The album naming decision was as dramatic as the music itself, coming after she broke her foot moments before supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre. With barely enough time to visit A&E, a face full of glitter and steely resolve, she performed a slew of summer festival sets and a BBC 6 Music Marc Riley session sporting a fetching knee crutch.

‘Having my mobility stolen from me was exhausting and depressing. I’d come up with the album title while driving on tour, daydreaming about what it must be like to be in a high-speed car crash,’ she recalls. ‘After struggling through the summer with that phrase in my mind, then finding it written in the venue toilets at the end of a tour in Brighton, it just had to be the album title. It couldn’t have been more apt.’

She Makes War has built a strong following, having played over 600 shows in the UK and Europe and receiving extensive online acclaim plus support from BBC 6 Music. Her last album Direction Of Travel earned plays from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Chris Hawkins, Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe, as well as John Kennedy at Radio X and Alex Baker at Kerrang.

A fiercely devoted, independent DIY force, She Makes War has crafted her success from a close relationship with fans, placing importance on her music’s physical form and an emphasis on the live experience.

Equally at home playing heartbreaking pin-drop solo sets and fronting her explosive five piece band, she brings the experience back to its core by constantly finding new ways of communicating songs to people, striving to make art a part of the fabric of everyday life.

Tour support comes from Eliza Rickman. There is always a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of Eliza Rickman’s voice, whatever register it occupies. Her presence on stage- whether she wears flowers in her hair, or stuffed birds; whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano – is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore.

It has been three years between Rickman’s first album, O, You Sinners, and her newest effort, Footnotes for the Spring. In those intervening three years, Rickman added the autoharp to her repertoire, fought illness and heartbreak (and won), and turned 30. But mostly, she toured. She is a frequent featured musical act for the live rendition of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she joined the band Rasputina for a handful of dates, and she organised her own successful solo European tour.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 21 October 2018
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Robbie Cavanagh and Demi Marriner again – this time, at the Castle!

Robbie Cavanagh performs self-penned, unscrubbed tales of heartbreak, loss, love and discovery, and when he puts pen to paper, he lives by his own words. ‘The more you wrestle with an idea, the more contrived it becomes.’ Robbie writes with honesty, emotion, and, most importantly, instinct.

With a stack of notebooks, a head full of ideas and a collection of incredible jackets, Demi Marriner is a songwriter well worth keeping track of. Demi’s heart and mind are equally beautiful, soulful places and her songs and performance encapsulate that perfectly.

Since their first co-write over a year ago, Demi and Robbie have developed a strong collaborative bond, writing and recording stronger and more moving songs as their creative relationship continues to grow. In this run of shows, the pair will be showcasing individually self penned songs, as well as co-writes from their upcoming EP This House.

Opening the show is Joe Martin. Joe Martin, a Lancashire-based singer-songwriter, is deservedly gaining major attention on both sides of the Atlantic. As a child Joe was brought up listening to artists from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Songs that tell a story played a big part in what Joe would be listening to in his formative years. This can be heard in the music he’s making now.

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When: 7.30pm on Sunday 21 October 2018
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Say Sue Me for the first time!

Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie-rock/pop act from Busan, South Korea, cited as one of 2018’s ‘break-out bands’. Childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi turned out to be a natural at songwriting. Semin sadly suffered trauma from a fall. New drummer Changwon Kim stands in while they await Semin’s recovery.

Following showcases at SxSW in 2018, the band released their sophomore album Where We Were Together and a Record Store Day covers EP, which won praise from Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, i-D, the Independent, Stereogum, Paste, MTV, Uproxx, Fader, DIS, The 405 and more.

Three tracks were playlisted on BBC 6 Music where Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Don Letts have championed the band, as well as Elton John on Beats1 and KEXP.

‘Jangle-pop hooks, stunning vocal melodies, and intricate guitar work that stands up proudly against some of their influences like Yo La Tengo and Pavement’ – KEXP

‘The most famous Korean indie band in the world’ – GQ Korea

Support comes from trio Sewage Farm.

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

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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 25 October 2018
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Easter once again!

Manchester indie rockers Easter returned this year with their second album, Meander Lines, released in April on Super Smash Hit Records. Receiving praise from Uncut, Record Collector and The Crack Magazine among others, the album cements the band’s reputation as one the city’s current finest. Having toured the UK in May they’re back on the road again in the autumn to support the release of upcoming single Pixel Princess.

Meander Lines blends disparate elements, embodying the spirit and technique of Ragged Glory-era Neil Young, Television and Dinosaur Jr whilst also recalling the likes of Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band and The Dream Syndicate. The free-improv tendencies of drummer Andrew Cheetham combine with Gavin Clarke’s guitars to weave an intricate patchwork over the songs, while Rich Clarke’s bass driven playing anchors and exhalts. For all of Manchester’s illustrious musical history, it’s hard to bring to mind a local act that they compare or aspire to. Singles Suicidal Kiss and Open Grave fit the three-and-a-half minute rocker format, album centrepieces I Lost My Pen and Pixel Princess break free into heaviness and exploration while the gentler excursions of My Dreams Were Dead and New Clothes wear their slow core influences gladly. Live all these aspects come together to create a powerful melee which has earned support slots with White Hills, Rangda, Mugstar and Mono.

Since recording debut album Innocence Man, singer/guitarist Tom Long spent wo years on the road as multi-instrumentalist with LoneLady, promoting her second album for Warp, while drummer Andrew Cheetham was in high demand, touring with Kiran Leonard, Jane Weaver and a host of improv projects. In this interim the band shared How You Spend Yr Time online and it was quickly picked by Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, yet initial sessions for the follow up were abandoned. After an intense period of writing, re-writing and whittling down a huge batch of material, the band regrouped for two days of live recording at Eve Studios, Stockport with producer Karl Sveinsson (Gnod/Vanishing) and finished the record at Queen’s Ark in Levenshulme, Manchester.

The title sheds light on a difficult process, as Long reflects: ‘It’s an architectural term, when city planners design paths for people to walk, meander lines are the routes they often end up taking instead – shortcuts, cutting across spaces etc. It’s a break-up record and this seemed to be the perfect metaphor for my experiences, having a path laid-out in front of you, a life you’ve built, but for whatever reason, you just don’t take it. It also fits the arc of most of our songs, they tend to be heading in a certain direction, then they veer off.’

Featuring stellar players from Manchester’s fervent underground, with virtuoso multi-instrumentalist DBH adding strings on several tracks and the ethereal backing vocals of Tekla sprinkled throughout the record, Meander Lines has the scope and vision that should see the band meet a whole new audience.

‘A welcome throwback to the wry, self-lacerating alt.rock of the early 90s, fans of Lotion and early American Music Club step this way’ – Uncut

‘Built on 90s US alt-rock foundations – think a holy trinity of Sebadoh, Slint and Sonic Youth‘ – Folly of Youth

Support comes from Omit Sleep. Omit Sleep have mutated. Having built a loyal following for their fun and often frantic take on psychedelic indie dance rock and high energy live show, the band went into hiding in 2017 to gestate and emerge with a darker synth-driven sound. Incorporating elements of electronica and jazz, their rave-inspired alt-pop is designed for dancing. Their songs tackle existential crises, hedonism and the inevitable submission to our robot overlords.

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.

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When: 7pm on Friday 26 October 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be welcoming Eleanor Friedberger back to Soup Kitchen!

On Rebound, Eleanor Friedberger has created a subtle world that is a little fizzier, a little synthier – more cinematic, more meditative – than her previous three albums. In the wake of 2016’s jarring political shift, Friedberger felt a need to be even more self-reliant, right down to the album artwork, in which she painted a backdrop and styled herself as an attempt to look like an amped up Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

In contrast to the sonic serenity of 2016’s New View, which she arranged and recorded with her touring band, Rebound was recorded mostly on her own and with the producer Clemens Knieper. Programmed drums, a Juno synthesiser, and muted rhythm guitars dominate the landscape where influences range from Stereolab and Suicide to Lena Platonos and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

From Eleanor:

‘I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn’t get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.

‘After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician ?tella, “What’s one thing I have to do before I leave?” After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, “you have to go to Rebound. It’s a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it… but it’s only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM.” Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The “chicken dance” Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself– one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating. “In Between Stars” is an attempt at a song you could hear at Rebound. It’s a dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco.’

Eleanor Friedberger’s Rebound is released via Frenchkiss Records on 4 May 2018.

Tour support comes from Anna B Savage. Anna B Savage is a London-based singer-songwriter and musician. Her songs are stark, skeletal paintings of moods and reflection, using a palette of mainly voice and guitar. Most prominent is her voice – strong and sonorous, yet with a vulnerability that feels as if it is in the same room as you. Released last summer, her debut EP consists of four tracks simply called I-IV. In support of the release, Anna embarked on an extensive tour across Europe with Father John Misty, as well as supporting the likes of Jenny Hval, Owen Pallett and DM Stith.

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When: 7.30pm on Friday 26 October 2018
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Chloe Foy again – this time, with strings!

Chloe Foy writes a brand of melodic, homegrown music that has been likened to such artists as Laura Marling and Sharon Van Etten. Her songs are imbued with lyrical and textural inflections evocative of much of the music she loves – taking inspiration from classical music as much as wider transatlantic trends in folk and indie music, Chloe’s songs comprise of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment her cryptic lyrics.

In 2017 she was chosen to collaborate on a residency with Mercury Prize-nominated artist Beth Orton and this year has seen her gain the backing of some highly influential industry figures after a string of dates at SxSW festival. Her performance at The Driskill garnered support from Bob Boilen and NPR’s late night dispatches. Chloe has received substantial support from Steve Lamacq on his BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music shows, and singles In The Middle Of The Night, Flaws and Asylum have featured on a wealth of Spotify official playlists including Lost In The Woods and The Most Beautiful Songs In The World, generating over 3 million plays.

She has spent the summer touring in support of Jesca Hoop, also providing backing vocals in Jesca’s band and has her first headline tour in the Autumn.

For this performance, Chloe will be unveiling special arrangements of her songs, past and present, for string ensemble, before being joined by full band for a glimpse of the shape and sound of things to come.

‘Her huge talent lies in creating delicate yet intense atmospheres that swallow us in bliss, while her voice remains our steady link to reality’ – The405

‘Beautiful and relatable’ – The Line of Best Fit

Special guests are Peakes. Precocious deep-groove pop trio Peakes make effortlessly cool music for such a tender age. Female singer Molly Puckering’s accomplished vocal brings the songs to the foreground over magical surreal landscapes from musical scientist Maxwell Shirley. Hailing from Leeds, Peakes have built a community from the bands that centred around their first headline show and single launch at the Brudenell Social Club earlier this year. The next single from their debut EP, out 27 October, Waves is a synth heavy sultry track with rushes of electronic texture and heavy drums. The track also sees the band breaking into more experimental territory with a warped and aggressive middle-eight section.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 October 2018
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Montreal’s Anemone for the first time!

Anemone is a real live band, not just a solo bedroom studio project. Led by songwriter Chloé Soldevila, it is music to be blasted from car speakers and at parties, a communal experience intended to be shared, the kind of emotional catharsis that can pack a dance floor – sometimes even packing the stage as well.

Creatively incorporating aspects that can vary from dream pop, dance music and Krautrock, it is music that will stick with you, that will live inside your brain, that will become a part of you forever. Music that refuses to be ignored.

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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 October 2018
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be welcoming James and The Ultrasounds back to Manchester!

If you haven’t yet heard James and The Ultrasounds, or seen them live, do yourself a favour and strap in. Brash yet thoughtful with unpredictable guitars, soulful organ and pummelling, yet danceable, Memphis-style rhythm, the four-piece rock and roll band is the brainchild of James Godwin, a long-standing face in the Memphis music scene.

Godwin & Co take you on a ride that blends garage, soul, punk, surf, country and good ol’ Memphis rock and roll. There isn’t anything quite like them in Memphis – or anywhere else.

On the heels of successful tours in the US and Europe behind their debut LP, Bad To Be Here, on Memphis’ own Madjack Records, as well as releases on Memphis-centric 7″ label Misspent Records, James and The Ultrasounds find themselves poised as one of the breakout acts from the Southeast in 2018.

The upcoming follow-up LP on Madjack, None Of The Above (produced by John Paul Keith), serves as a new testament to the band’s prowess, as well as Godwin’s validity as a songwriter. The latest 45 on Misspent, I Get The Shakes b/w Apocalyptic Love, highlights Godwin’s early roots as a four-track/lo-fi enthusiast.

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