The British Sound Project Battle of the Bands Preview

Looking for something to do this Friday in Manchester? Then make your way to Dive NQ for this year’s British Sound Project Battle of the Bands. In association with The British Sound Project Festival that is taking place on the 29th and 30th of September at Victoria Warehouse, whose line-up feature White Lies, The Horrors, Twin Atlantic, Foals (DJ Set) and much more, Friday’s Battle of the Bands will see four North West acts competing for a chance to play at the festival.

After their recent support slot with up-and-coming local heroes Proletariat, King Kartel are in fine form and are ready to scoop-up a set at the festival. Singer-songwriter Ryan Jarvis, The Mantells and Partisan will also be fighting for a slot. With all four acts having a strong local following, it’s anyone’s game at the moment.

Closing the night will be everyone’s favourite XS Radio presenter and Manchester music legend Clint Boon, who’ll be doing a DJ set afterwards.

Advance tickets are available for £4 (plus booking fee) at Skiddle

Tickets for British Sound Project are also available at Skiddle for the 29th and 30th

Liam Egan

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Toothpaste bring sparkling dream pop for debut ‘TV Years’

After lending their trade to a variety of musical projects in London’s indie scene over the recent years, Toothpaste sees Amol Prabhu (Vocals, Guitar), Daisy Edwards (Bass), Poppy Waring (Keys) and Sami Parisis (Drums) promising “minty fresh pop bangers” and “okayish oral hygiene”.

With their debut TV Years, Toothpaste bring us a slice of sparkling dream pop. From the slinky guitars to the gorgeous and velvety synths, frontman Amol Prabhu’s idyllic vocals glide over the instrumentation exquisitely as he explores the detachment between people in the post-modern world in which we inhibit.

A dazzling, vivid and memorable listen, Toothpaste have not only released a brilliant debut track, but have also shared one of the best dream pop tracks of the year.

By Liam Egan

Photo by Max Phythian