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Upcoming shows: PowerSolo... Martha Tilston... The Umbrellas... Nick Harper... Chris Brain... Mr Ben & the Bens... Daudi Matsiko... Jolie Holland... Christof van der Ven + Niamh Regan... Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom... Giant Sand... Melanie Baker... Sophie Hutchings... Jerron Paxton... Ghostly Kisses... Sounds From The Other City 2024... Francis of Delirium... The Buffalo Skinners... The Handsome Family... Memorial... His Lordship... Florry... Dana Gavanski... Caoilfhionn Rose... The Lovely Eggs... Rain Parade...

When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 February 2024
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be working with Denmark’s PowerSolo for the first time!

PowerSolo had a few decades of confrontational badassery behind them already when they descended on a barn in the Isle of Mön to record Jambalaya – Xtra Spicy, their 8.5th studio album. The concept was clear: let’s boil up a crazy stew with all the ingredients that the fanbase knows and loves. Kind of a return to the roots and the early albums in the mid 2000s It’s Raceday… and Egg. Let a bunch of very diverse songs simmer together and create a beautiful dish that is both xtra spicy, surprising, complex yet super yummy. Like a Jambalaya: distinctly American fare, but not main stream at all. We’re talking Creole and Cajun food influenced by African as well as French cuisines and made by the ingredients at hand – some high end and some cheap and maybe even gone a bit stale. Seafood, chicken and smoked pork sausage combined in a vibrant, tasty and utterly unique mouthful. Yes, the metaphor promises a lot, but the album provides.

Like the aforementioned LPs as well as the break through hit album The Real Sound from 2014, Jambalaya – Xtra Spicy was recorded, mixed and produced by Ulrik Petersen and Jesper Reginal (aka The Great Nalna and Yebo of The Tremolo Beer Gut infamy) at Dark Side of The Möön / Kondi Frost Studios. The musical crew consisted of main man Kim Kix as well as his right hand man Anders “Peasoup” Pedersen. The drums were alternately manned by none other than former PowerSolo member JC Benz and live drummer Mike “ZACK” Sullivan.

A pinch of South American spice was added by Flavia Couri of The Courettes on the duet “If I Could Fly” and every dish deserved a bit of French sugar. It was applied on “She’s A Trucker” by none other than Phoebe Killdeer from Nouvelle Vague and Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws. Kix has previously produced and guest starred on these ladies’ recordings, and they were both happy to take a seat at the table of this feast that is Jambalaya – Xtra Spicy.

Now, sit down and open a can of brewski and enjoy a dinner with PowerSolo. You will get your belly full, but you’ll be yearning for more!

Local support comes from Ahmed & The Romans. The son of the Egyptian James Brown and three Italians pieced together from the bowels of the old empire. A real treat, a real sonic treat to bite into.

‘Bands out of post-industrial cities shouldn’t sound like this, like the sun-kissed garage-psych of California via Australia, but that’s exactly what Manchester’s Ahmed And The Romans do’ – Louder Than War

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