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When: 7pm on Thursday 18 April 2019
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be promoting William the Conqueror’s return to Manchester – this time, at the Deaf Institute!

A character, a mythology, the flicker of a younger self, William the Conqueror is many things, but in simplest terms it is the name of a band put together by songwriter Ruarri Joseph, alongside his close musical conspirators Harry Harding (drums) and Naomi Holmes (bass). The trio have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego, their shows steadily winning over fans up and down the country.

The band’s new album Bleeding on the Soundtrack will be released on Loose on 15 February 2019. Produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, White Denim, Laura Marling) at Peter Gabriel’s iconic Real World Studios, it is the second instalment of William’s story following on from debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim.

The indie-rock three piece channel classic blues and roots rock through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they signed to Loose, joining a roster that includes Courtney Marie Andrews, Israel Nash, The Handsome Family and Treetop Flyers. Praise for their live performances has drawn wildly enthusiastic comparisons to the likes of Kings of Leon, Nirvana, Buffalo Tom and The Marshall Tucker Band.

‘A thumping Southern rock and Americana grungy gumbo that hits you right between the eyes’ – Express

Local support comes from Ash Mountain. Ash Mountain is the name of Manchester songwriter Tim Scott’s rotating band of musicians. Their latest three-track EP was produced by Oasis knob-twiddler Dave Scott in Aman, Jordan. And while there’s little in the way of Gallagher bros or middle-eastern influence in the music, the production does justice to the vocal and writing talents of new singer Matt Jones. The band cite everything from The Stones and Dylan to Townes Van Zandt to Calexico as influences – and it’s great to hear a Manchester band who’re willing to push the Americana envelope without sounding dated or derivative.

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

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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