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  1. Words: Sam Geary

    Premiered on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Mac as the Hottest Record earlier yesterday evening (October 22), Sam Fender shares new single 'That Sound'.

    The track comes from his debut EP ‘Dead Boys’, out on November 20 through Polydor Records.

    “Simply put, 'That Sound' is a celebration of music, but it’s also a not-so-subtle middle finger to the naysayers that tend to rear their heads as soon as things start to work out for you, especially back at home," states the young North Shields musician, whose lyrics tackle hard-hitting subjects of social importance and generational significance.

    "Music was always ever present when I was growing up, and it’s continued to be the most important and intrinsic part of me.  It kept me from going off the rails as a kid and it gave me rare purpose and self-confidence that I couldn't find from anything else. This song talks loosely about how susceptible you can become to negativity and jealousy, even when you’re at your happiest and most confident. It’s about finding strength to ignore it all, and keep doing your own thing.”

    Following his upcoming sold out tour, Sam will play Gorilla in Manchester and London’s Electric Brixton in February, with tickets on sale now. Following the UK run next month, Sam then heads out to Europe in December, ahead of his first live dates in Australia and New Zealand.

    Live dates

    29 Mash House, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
    30 Fibbers, York SOLD OUT
    31 King Tuts, Glasgow SOLD OUT
    02 Chapel, Leeds SOLD OUT
    03 Leadmill 2, Sheffield SOLD OUT
    05 Soup Kitchen, Manchester SOLD OUT
    06 Shipping Forecast, Liverpool SOLD OUT
    07 Thekla, Bristol SOLD OUT
    09 Rock City Basement, Nottingham SOLD OUT
    10 The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT
    12 OMEARA, London SOLD OUT
    13 OMEARA, London SOLD OUT
    14 OMEARA, London SOLD OUT
    17 Newcastle University SOLD OUT
    03 Academy, Glasgow (w/ Blossoms) SOLD OUT
    13 O2 Academy Brixton, London (w/ Blossoms) SOLD OUT
    FEBRUARY 2019
    25 Gorilla, Manchester NEW DATE
    28 Electric Brixton, London NEW DATE

  2. Words: Ellie Ward

    If you happen to be in or near Manchester over the next four months and are interested in the Manchester music scene, then a trip to the exhibition at the city's Central Library will bring you to the likes of Oasis, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, IAMDDB, Pale Waves and more - in photo form at least.

    They are amongst the artists featured in There is a Light That Never Goes Out: A photographic celebration of Manchester’s rock-music history: a unique exhibition by the UK’s leading music photographers to honour Manchester’s music heritage.

    From the rise of punk, Factory Records, The Hacienda, the Madchester years and beyond, this exhibition is a retrospective of Manchester’s huge influence and continuing importance on the rock music scene. It also includes images from the One Love Manchester concert that followed the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.

    Curated by photographer Jill Furmanovsky, she said on choosing those to appear in There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - which takes its name from a song by The Smiths - she had given "priority to the revolutionary Manchester bands that had a massive impact. We start with the Manchester punk scene and go through The Stone Roses, The Smiths and obviously Oasis."

    Music photographers represented include Manchester-based Kevin Cummins, Pennie Smith, Paul Slattery, Steve Double, Peter Walsh and Howard Barlow.

    The exhibition is situated on the First Floor Exhibition Hall at Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, M2 5PD and runs until February 22 2019.
    Opening times: Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm; Fri & Sat 9am-5pm (not open Bank Holidays). Entry is free.

  3. Credit: Douglas Hill

    Words: Ellie Ward

    Like the recent 'All Dolled Up', new single ‘Sweet’ is also taken from Perth teenage outfit Parliamo's upcoming EP ‘The Thrill Of The Chase’, released on October 26 via Alt-Waves Records.

    And like it's predecessor, 'Sweet' more than lives up to its name, once again delivering a buoyant raft of jangly guitars and singalong chorus lines.

    “’Sweet’ takes a more serious tone, discussing the brutality of growing up, as our friends and relationships change and end, and we move on to different things," explains vocalist Jack Dailly. "In particular, moving away from my hometown of Perth to Glasgow.“

    Catch Parliamo live on November 15 at Glasgow's Garage Attic w/Sheafs.

  4. Live

    Sea Girls

    The Haunt, Brighton

    October 19 2018

    Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox

    Sea Girls' appeal precedes them, and as they return to the seaside of Brighton to play an almost sold out show (mainly consisting of a teen to mid-20s audience it would seem, with a few older bods scattered around) on their biggest headline tour to date, their infectious indie rock-pop and reputation for a tight live show ensure the musical charms of this band leave few immune.

    As the crowd expectently awaits and the lights go low, the most noticeable thing when the four-piece emerge on stage is that frontman Henry Camamile - he of the golden baritone - has a fresh new haircut and has shorn off his familiar dark curly locks to a close crop (think Action Man or Ripley out of Alien 3).

    After a quick introduction they soon provide the tunes as they jump right into the opening guitar riff of ‘Eat Me Whole’. Immediately igniting the floor and setting fans dancing, which doesn’t let up as they with the infectious ‘Heavenly War’ next up. The melodies here catch the attention as the sharp guitars cut to the quick through a incisive lyrics, and a bold chorus - “You'll end up spinning in a heavenly war / What you wanna stay for?” - just made for crowd participation.

    ‘Too Much Fun’ has it moments when you can see just how strong this band is together as Oli Khan’s drums seamlessly connect with bassist Andy Noswain’s heavy bass sounds, the sheer fun element in the song provides reason for the fans to jump and sing along with its grooved melodies.

    Bringing out some new songs tonight
    ‘Where Are You’, about growing up and wanting to make changes in yourself that you might not like, connects instantly with this crowd as guitarist Rory Young plays along with some sublime guitar riffs.

    Newly released single probably gets the most attention tonight and
    ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ played live is a treat for the ears as the whole room becomes one big bouncing trampoline, while fan and live favourite 'Call Me Out' glows on hooky lines and an all-encompassing appeal.

    Last song of the set ‘Adored’ has Henry out on the floor dancing amongst the hordes of fans and then gets up onto a seat at the side whilst singing his heart out. Returning to the stage for an encore, the punchy, guitar-driven ‘Lost’ causes a dancefloor furore at the front with its buoyancy aided by a juggernaut chorus. As the set concludes on a crescendo of sound, being ‘lost’ in this atmosphere tonight has been magical.

  5. Credit: Neil Parkinson

    London rock-pop trio Mauve made their debut in August with the single 'Pulled Apart', followed closely by 'Familiar'. Both tracks are taken from their forthcoming six-track EP, 'Pulled Apart', out on November 1.

    Who are you?

    I'm Ben Smith, drummer with Mauve. Then there is vocalist/guitarist Steve Campbell, and Ieuan Smith on bass and vocals.

    Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.

    Mauve are a three-piece rock-pop band from London. The band started in 2017 through Ben and Steve meeting on Gumtree (a popular forum for musicians) and Ieuan being a friend and previous bandmate of Ben's. We've been working hard to write and record these songs over the last nine months and create the most effective pop/rock songs we can. We aim mix a blend of simplistic, angsty, rocky riffs with pop soaked melodies.

    Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

    Biffy Clyro, The Xcerts, Turnover, Tiny Moving Parts and Taking Back Sunday.

    Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

    We spent the majority of the nine months writing the songs via iPhone voice recorder and met up every week to put the songs together. When it came time to record we did it in two sessions with long time friend and producer Dan J Lambert. We have a great time recording, we're all friends so there's a great vibe in the studio. He's a really great producer and he listens to similar music to us so really gets the sound we're after.

    Tell us a little about your new EP.

    During writing our upcoming EP 'Pulled Apart' we had a show in South London to test the songs out. We only invited close friends to the show and this song got the best reaction. We decided then to craft it more over the next few months before recording - during this time we almost re-wrote the whole thing including melodies and structure, there are still elements of the original song in there [title track] but it's definitely come a long way since we first played it. It's easily our favourite song to play!

    Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

    Yes, November we're playing Portland Arms in Cambridge on 18th, an acoustic set at The Gladstone, London, on 24th, and the Dublin Castle in Camden on the 25th.

    How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?

    We are back in the studio recording three songs in December which will be released with a video early next year.
    We're also working on another cover and collaboration which will be out early next year also.

    Where can we hear more of your music?

    Search us on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

    What social media platforms can we find you on?