MAN & THE ECHO+ GHOSTS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS + ALPHABET CITY
Three years on from previous band Cheap Cuts, neither Gaz Roberts or his Warringon bandmates have had much time to ponder their brush with the pop scrapyard. With the name changed and the songs duly written, they’ve signed to James Endeacott’s hugely respected 1965 Records, been invited to play Billy Bragg’s leftfield stage at Glastonbury, enjoyed lots of airplay and had influential BBC DJ Steve Lamacq call Gaz “a great northern storyteller”, comparing him to Jarvis Cocker and their gigs to the first time he saw Pulp.
There is a bit of Sheffield’s finest’s era-defining mix of smart, observational pop and musical glam about Man & The Echo. But there’s also a bit of ABC, The Smiths, the Divine Comedy, Dexys, Super Furry Animals, blue eyed soul, 50s/60s crooning, literary references, social commentary, humour and much more, as they have arrived at a sound that isn’t retro so much as ricocheting through pop’s many decades and landing squarely in the post-Brexit, conflicted, chaotic UK of the here and now.
Watch the video for ‘Operation Margarine’ below:
Plus support from GHOSTS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
Ghosts of Social Networks, the alter-ego of Manchester-based Nathan Till, turned musical heads from day one, with an April 2016 debut drawing immediate support from likes of 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Amazing Radio. Inspired by new wave, Nick Cave and The National, Nathan’s music is classic yet innovative and, with the addition of Ben Dargue (drums) and Andrea Gobbi (bass), GOSN create a stunning live sound.
The echoey chords and radio-friendly Manchester vibe of debut single ‘Love Potion’ received support from BBC 6 Music and several Triple-A stations in the USA, a live session on Fubar Radio and playlisting at Amazing Radio. October’s follow-up, ‘Comeback Kid’, a retro-tinged, indie rock track with infectious choruses and soaring harmonies, was championed by the team at BBC Introducing Manchester.
Fresh out of Magic Garden Studio recording with producer, Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Paolo Nutini, The Sherlocks), Ghosts of Social Networks kick off 2017 with new single ‘No Going Back’ on 10th February via Integrity Records.
“A very embracing sound” – Steve Lamacq
“The band’s intrinsic sound is still one which proudly captures an essential Manchester vibe” – Louder Than War
“A mystique soaked romancing of the ears” – Ringmaster Review
Listen to ‘Comeback Kid’ below:
Plus support from ALPHABET CITY
Former Birmingham based indie rock band Fallen Clouds took a slight line up change in 2016 to create Alphabet City. Two brothers and two outsiders to keep them in check. Debut EP out soon. Their sound brings together a mix of rock and indie to create a unique sound.
Listen to ‘Fishtails’ below: