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Upcoming shows: Memorial... His Lordship... Florry + Memorial... Bad Bad Hats... Dana Gavanski... Caoilfhionn Rose... The Lovely Eggs... James Yorkston... Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Dominie Hooper... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Chime School... The Courettes... Tusks... Roddy Woomble... Myriam Gendron... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Pokey LaFarge... Skinny Lister... The Unthanks in Winter... Emily Barker...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 25 July 2024
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to welcome Lightheaded to Manchester – with tour support from Mt. Misery and local support from Autocamper and Juice Pops!

Lightheaded are, simply, a great pop group. Their songs are full of melody and harmony, are bittersweet and memorable, familiar yet original. Their sound is a perfect mix of jangling guitars – featuring Sara Abdelbarry’s exquisite, tasteful, but punchy Gretsch lead played over Stephen Stec’s Rickenbacker chime – anchored to singer Cynthia Rittenbach’s Hofner Violin bass, which sounds like the bass on Michel Polnareff’s first LP.

Cynthia and Stephen write pop songs in the classic sense, and though they are young they’re already familiar with the good stuff. Cynthia wears a Gene Clark tee shirt and is a fan of Dusty Springfield, The Aislers Set and Joan Jett. Stephen worships at the altar of Big Star, The Clientele and The Go-Betweens. As with bands like The Aislers Set and Belle & Sebastian, you hear an aural kaleidoscope, the history of pop music and the best rock and roll, in the music of Lightheaded.

Lightheaded’s debut LP Combustible Gems is an LP about a band finding their sound, exploring notes, chords, and melody and making uncannily great music along the way. First single Dawn Hush Lullaby features an electric folk-pop sensibility that starts like a waltz, but goes into Greenwich Village pop time, like a sweet Norma Tanega tune. Moments Notice is a killer tune, rhythmic and catchy. It starts off like Motown or The Jam, but then Sara’s hypnotic, hooky guitar riff takes the song some place else, shooting off into soft pop heaven, like kid siblings of the Free Design. Hugging Horizons is the Sound of Young New Jersey. It’s soul music, but by experimenting and playing around, they have accidentally invented some sort of New New Pop. Because of You ends the album on a real high, featuring Johnny Marr-style guitar and some gorgeous strings. It’s poignant and sophisticated, but still eager, slightly gauche even. And as always refreshingly, wonderfully, naively sincere. Combustible Gems is a jump into the sparkling blue water, excited experimentation, exploration, finding themselves, with the effervescence of youth that makes for great debut LPs. It has the youthful urgency of Comet Gain, the wide-eyed nostalgia of early Orange Juice, the suss and anti-macho swagger of those early Pastels singles. It yearns for something, it is an exciting, stumbling, falling, laughing, charming, great pop debut.

Hartlepool’s Mt. Misery released their debut album Once Home, No Longer via Prefect Records (Ex-Void, The Tubs) in summer of 2021, alongside a long since sold-out limited edition Rough Trade Exclusive LP. An EP featuring the singles Spinning Top and The Time It Takes was released in 2022. The band’s sophomore album is due to be released in 2024.

Prefect Records label head Mark Dobson (The Field Mice): ‘I wasn’t looking for a “token” band from the same town as me, they could have been from anywhere in the world and I would still want to put their album out. I could hear elements of The Field Mice and a couple of other Sarah Records bands in there, but also early Belle and Sebastian and peak period Teenage Fanclub – to be honest, it sounds like loads of bands I like, but without really sounding specifically like any of them.’

Local support comes from Autocamper. Autocamper effortlessly retrofits the jangle pop sounds of the ‘80s without the C86 revisionism. Think Sarah Records-era The Wake fused with the shambling, melodic impulse of McCarthy and The Close Lobsters, but with one foot always firmly in the present.

Opening the show are Juice Pops. Manchester-based Juice Pops have been producing sunshine indie-pop since 2018. Starting life as a solo project of singer and multi-instrumentalist Mike, Juice Pops became a trio when songwriting partner Hannah joined on guitar and vocals, and Greg on bass. In 2021 they released their debut self-titled EP, before adding Louis on drums in early 2022. Their latest earworm-pop-hit, The Death of Anne Boleyn, was released December 2023, along with a music video that lives up to the song’s name!

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