Words from the Underground: Shredding Faces, and a Night at the Flicks

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This month we’ve got some absolute crackers for you. First off, we revisited Manchester punk scene’s favourite haunt for an evening of face shredding skate punk with Guildford’s Darko, and out-of-country label-mates, Straightline. We were at Anarchistic Undertones’s ShredFest, as it’s come to be known, billed as a celebration of double-time finger tapping, outrageous spider hands, and the speediest drum …

The Slow Readers Club + SKIES

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Liverpool Arts Club, Saturday March 25th, 2017 We last saw Manchester’s The Slow Readers Club at their massive hometown show at the O2 Ritz in November 2016, and now they are embarking on their biggest UK tour to date, building on the attention thrown their way since playing dates with James last year. First up though are Folkestone two-piece SKIES whose …

The Moonlandingz

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Manchester Gorilla Thursday, March 29th 2017. After their conception as the mythical band in the Eccentronic Research Council concept album Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine, glam punks The Moonlandingz have become a bone fide successful, tangible group. Having played several shows in late 2016, the release of the Sean Lennon-produced album Interplanetary Class Classics sees the oddball bunch on …

Stiff Little Fingers

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Barrowlands 17.03.17 With all the fuss going on around 40 years of punk, with exhibitions and special ltd edition box sets, books and all number of things to mark the occasion. There are only a select few bands that can say they have made a real impact on people’s lives from that time, the band that’s on tonight are one …

ELVANA

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Elvana Ruby Lounge 25/02/17 This week would’ve been Kurt Cobain’s fiftieth birthday. When he voluntarily checked out of this plane back in 1994 (depending on what you read), I wasn’t vaguely interested in grunge. In fact, I was more interested in massive moussed hair, white jeans and Cotton-Eye Joe by the Rednex. However by the summer of 1997 I was well-versed …

words from the underground

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‘WFTU: Drowned in sound with Oathbreaker, and SNFU deliver a blast of the fast For the first proper edition of 2017, we’ve a tale of two front-people. A duo of equally spectacular lead vocalists for our listening and viewing pleasure. First up, we’re at another Anarchistic Undertones gig on a suspiciously sober Thursday evening in mid-January. The venue will be …

New Year, Same Words From The Underground: The Last Chance To Dance With John Player Specials

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I’ve decided to spare you the anti-2016 diatribe that seems to have stained just about every corner of digital media recently. Sure, the proportion of ghastly happenings occurring the world over and the bowing out of several musical heroes has definitely made this particular orbit feel like a bit of a shit storm but all is not lost. Trying times …

Four Candles

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Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme, January 6 2017 Fred’s Ale House, might sound like some ancient pile full of gnarled oak-framed mirrors and walls lined with Tony Husband cartoons. Forgive my ignorance, for I have not wandered the Levenshulme side-walks since my Heaton Moor days…and that was a time when Vince Clarke was still a member of Depeche Mode. So it came as …

Words From The Underground: Balkan Beats and Swinging Feet

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For this month’s round up of the sounds from beneath the streets we’ll be heading to a couple of pretty eclectic shows. First up, we’ve got a mash-up tribe of Balkan fascist-smashers all the way from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bringing their infectious rhythms and politically-charged swagger to Manchester’s Band On The Wall, is the Dubioza Kolektiv, a rag tag bunch …