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Pumarosa Live Review – Manchester, Soup Kitchen 19/04/2017

Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of indie bands succumbing to the cliché cycle of intense hype, endless tours and ultimately an average debut album. This archetype leads to inevitable fatigue and, before we know it, the destined ‘saviours’ of guitar music are gone and now work in your local Asda.

One band who haven’t conformed to this stereotypical nature of today’s indie psyche is Pumarosa. From their sprawling 7 minute saxophone harnessed debut Priestess, to their limited live dates and material, Pumarosa have seized control of their own path and it has resulted in them becoming one of the UK’s most intriguing and sonically interesting guitar bands.

Their debut record The Witch is set for a May 19th release and, in turn, Pumarosa embarked on a short tour in showcase of said album. With the already popular tracks Honey and Dragonfly in their arsenal, would their upcoming material match up with what fans have come to expect from them? And, more importantly, will Pumarosa be able to summon the magic that they first conjured up when they arrived in 2015?

As each individual member made their way onto the stage, the London outfit filled the room with a illuminated krautrock rhythm. Transforming into Dragonfly, Pumarosa’s musical prowess outstretched and infected every corner of the room. Culminating with a all-consuming wall of sound, Pumarosa were here to make a statement.

Cecile and Honey followed, with the former exploding with a brooding saxophone solo from Tomoya Suzuki during it’s climax. However, it’s Lion’s Den that takes the limelight early on in the set. One of band’s unreleased tracks off of their album, Lion’s Den sees Pumarosa at their darkest. Starting with haunting piano keys and ghostly vocals, this eerie track becomes draped in chilling guitars that begin to wail and moan. All this darkness and gloom results in a finale that has the sonic vigor of a doomgaze band.

As for other new music, The Witch sees frontwoman Isabel Munoz-Newsome hanging like a puppet on a string as she looks on to the crowd glassy-eyed. This is then juxtaposed later on in the set when she is prowling around the stage with passion similar to that of Jenny Beth of Savages. An intoxicating leader, Munoz-Newsome’s zeal grips the crowd and refuses to let go.

Elsewhere, other offerings from The Witch range from Warpaint-esque spacey atmospheres to an anthemic set closer that is guided by a wonky feverish beat. However, it’s Priestess that truly owns the night. Cascading into a flurry of tropical beats, akin to that of Jagwar Ma, this tribal ritual has an almost Madchester feel to it. Spell-binding, spiritual and stunning, Priestess still sounds as fresh as it did 2 years ago and maybe even better.

To put it bluntly, Pumarosa are a special band. Uncompromising and bursting with ideas and creativity, tonight showed that Pumarosa have crafted a wonderful debut. Masterful in their live execution, this album release will surely spark their immediate rise and there is nobody who deserves it more.

Liam Egan

Line-up Announced For Strange Waves II

After the success of last year’s Strange Waves Festival, Strange Days and Now Wave have announced that a second iteration of the festival will be taking place on September 2nd 2017 at the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

With this announcement comes the first set of names confirmed for the festival, which includes Parquet Courts, Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever, Ultimate Painting, Omni, Beach Fossils, Nap Eyes and Laurel – with more to be announced.

Early bird tickets are priced at £17 and go on sale at 10am on Friday (7th April).

http://www.seetickets.com/event/strange-waves-ii/o2-ritz/1086477

Last year’s line-up consisted of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Wytches, The Big Moon, Methyl Ethel, The Parrots, Shame and Charlotte Cannon (You can also read our coverage of it here).

 

 

Liam Egan

Strange Waves 2016 Review

What do you get when you mix various musicians, a hand full of DJs, sweltering heat and enough beer to kill a large heard of cows? Well Strange Waves of course! The lovechild of Manchester promoters Strange Days and Now Wave, this new metropolitan festival promised punters the best in up-and-coming music. Topped by psych-garage rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Strange Waves certainly had all the right ingredients. But should it become an annual staple in Manchester’s music calendar? We at Nothing Left Unsaid decided to head down and see what all the buzz was about.

Beginning the night was Manchester’s very own Charlotte Cannon, who was opening up The Ritz’s basement stage. Up in the main ballroom, Methyl Ethel’s spaced out dream pop was filling the air with infectious precision. Almost channelling shoegaze at points, Methyl Ethel’s set was powerful and spiritual.

Back down at the basement stage was London punk outfit Shame. Praised by the likes of Loud & Quiet and NME, Shame have already been making quite a name for themselves. Beginning on Tasteless, Shame erupt with energy and uncontrollable power. As frontman Charlie Steen howls like Ellery James Roberts of LUH and WU LYF fame, he slaps his face like a man hell bent on his own destruction. Climbing up speaker stacks and making his way into the crowd, Steen is one of the most fascinating and primal frontmen around at the moment. The spoken word The Lick is unforgettable as Steen rolls off line after line, with the rest of the band clanging away and enveloping the crowd in their menacing sound.

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Described as a “love song of sorts” by Steen, Shame proceeded to play a track about everyone’s favourite lady. “Theresa May, won’t you let me stay, just for one more day” is sung around the basement, whilst everyone sways their arms to the sound of post-Brexit blues. With Steen finishing the set shirtless, and donning a rainbow coloured feather boa and sunglasses, Shame end as they started. Visceral and engaging, Shame aren’t just a success for Strange Waves but also for UK music.

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Photo by Saesha Blue Ward, https://www.instagram.com/saeshablue/

The Big Moon followed Methyl Ethel in the main ballroom, playing fan favourites Cupid and Silent Movie Susie. Meanwhile Madrid heroes The Parrots were closing the basement with unprecedented chaos. Tracks such as Let’s Do It Again and No me gustas, te quiero had fans crowd-surfing and absolutely losing themselves in the moment.

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Photo by Saesha Blue Ward, https://www.instagram.com/saeshablue/

Headliners King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard were up next, and what a performance they gave. Starting on Nonagon Infinity’s Robot Stop, King Gizzard played over half of the album without stopping. After a blistering twenty-five minutes, which saw the 7-piece play Robot Stop, Big Fig Wasp, Gamma Knife, People-Vultures and Mr Beat, King Gizzard announced that they’d be playing some new tracks. Going by the names The Balrog, Lord of Lightening and Crumbling Castle, these tracks are sure to turn up on the band’s inevitable 2nd 2016 release.

The collective I’m In Your Mind, I’m Not In Your Mind and Cellophane came along and melted the brains of everyone in The Ritz. Invoking mass hysteria, the audience was a sea of flailing limbs and manic screams. King Gizzard were causing utmost carnage and it was spectacular. Even Trap Door from their acoustic album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon had everyone goggle-eyed and insane.

Ending on the rest of Nonagon Infinity, with Quarters!River thrown in for good measure, King Gizzard showcased why they are considered one of the industry’s most hard working bands. Not only do they have a prolific output of material, but they also back it up with an incredible live show. They’re truly remarkable.

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Photo by Saesha Blue Ward, https://www.instagram.com/saeshablue/

Ending the whole night was everyone’s favourite surf-rockers, The Wytches. Showcasing tracks off of their upcoming album, All Your Happy Life (released 30th September), Kristian Bell & co didn’t hold back. The new material sees the band at the heaviest they’ve ever been, with the recent addition of new fourth member Mark Breed certainly adding another dynamic to the group. Even older tracks such as Digsaw and Wide At Midnight have received the more heavier treatment, giving them a new lease of life. Twisted, wicked and downright amazing, The Wytches proved once again that they are a formidable live act.

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Photo by Saesha Blue Ward, https://www.instagram.com/saeshablue/

So was the Strange Waves a success? In short, yes. It’s a night to celebrate the work that Strange Days and Now Wave do for the city. Week after week, they both bring in the best names in music to Manchester. Without them, Manchester’s music scene wouldn’t be the same. So here’s to another year of amazing gigs and Strange Waves 2017.

Liam Egan

Introducing Crimsons

Formed in 2015 and boasting “more flower power than your local bakers” (a direct quote from the band themselves), Crimsons are one of the most intriguing bands to come out of Manchester’s recent musical surge. Consisting of Sam Cartwright (Vocals/Guitar), Lucas Berry (Bass) and Adam Kenny (Drums), the self-confessed “melody makers [and] hip shakers” have just released their debut single I Bring The Rain.

A dark and brooding dose of psychedelia, drummer Kenny drives the track along with unrelenting force. At times being almost theatrical, I Bring The Rain is aided along with haunting piano chords and gothic undertones. Frontman Sam Cartwright’s breathy vocals are effortless and ooze style. Flashes of guitars are scattered throughout and add to the track’s dramatic and unpredictable nature. Bassist Berry’s full-bodied bass revels in its own menacing and ominous aura, which creates another instrumental dynamic to Crimsons. Culminating with a burst of scuttering guitars and frantic percussion, I Bring The Rain ends with spectacularly arranged chaos.

Listen to I Bring The Rain below.

Catch Crimsons at the Kings Arms Festival on the 16th-18th of September, and also supporting Johnny Lloyd on the 4th of October at Manchester’s Gullivers.

Liam Egan

5 ‘New’ Artists You Should Check out At Manchester’s Dot To Dot Festival

Another year of Dot to Dot, another list of names to wade through. Even though the plethora of acts may seem overwhelming, there is no need to worry. Because here at Nothing Left Unsaid, we’ve always got your back. We’ve done all the work for you and have listened to everything that the line-up has to offer. However, this isn’t going to be a list of acts that you already know like Mystery Jets and The Temper Trap. This is THE list of five ‘new’ artists that you should check out at this year’s Manchester Dot to Dot Festival.

 

FEWS

Quick question, do you like DIIV? If the answer is yes, then FEWS are the band you must check out this Friday. With their dark pulsating basslines, sharp melodies and reverb soaked vocals, FEWS will be one of this year’s highlights. Also their album Means happens to be one of the best debuts released so far this year, which is rather good isn’t it?

What Time? 22:30 – 23:00

Where? AATMA (Formally Kraak) (18+)

For fans of DIIV, Beach Fossils

 

Day Wave

Creative outlet of Oakland born Jackson Phillips, Day Wave is the one act that you really can’t afford to miss at this year’s festival (unless you’re under 18, whoops). Having recently released his second EP Hard To Read, Phillips’ jangly indie dream pop is some of the most exciting new music you’ll hear at the festival. Plus, where else are you going to hear a sublime cover of New Order’s Ceremony this Friday?

What Time? 18:45 – 19:15

Where? Soup Kitchen (18+)

For fans of The Drums, Horsebeach

 

Liss

It’s approaching nine o’clock and you’ve overdosed on indie. Well guess what? We know exactly what you need in your life, some Danish pop right? Well you’re in luck because Liss are about to start at Soup Kitchen. So grab your mate Gary, who’s itching to dance, and prepare him for the time of his life. Liss’ sound is so lavish and sparkling, you’ll fall in love with them instantly. If you don’t, then you’re boring and don’t deserve to be partying with your mate Gary.

What Time? 20:45 – 21:15

Where? Soup Kitchen (18+)

For fans of getting funky with their mate Gary.

 

Góða Tungl

One aspect of Dot to Dot that gets celebrated each year, is their focus on shining a light on new local talent. This year is no different, with Manchester band Góða Tungl leading the line. From the shuffling Shaba, to the American Football-esque Drive, Góða Tungl’s infectious math rock will be one to tell the kids about.

What Time? 18:30 – 19:00

Where? Kosmonaut (18+)

For fans of Foals (Antidotes Era), American Football (well sort of…)

 

Pale Waves

Ah Dot to Dot 2013, a time where B-Town bands reigned supreme. From Peace, JAWS and Superfood, it was a much simpler time. Still wanting to capture the reverb drenched glitter phenomenon? Well get down to Pale Waves. Another Manchester band, Pale Waves have picked up the B-Town baton and are running through the sunny streets of Mancunia with it.

What Time? 19:15 – 19:45

Where? Central Methodist Hall (14+)

For fans of JAWS, BREEZE

 

 

Liam Egan

‘FLESH – NOT GNA’ Track Review

When I spoke to FLESH back in May, conversation about their next single was kept at a minimum because as bassist Hazza put it “That would be giving it away wouldn’t it?”. Same went for their upcoming tour plans. That’s all changed now as they are heading out on a full UK tour in September and this morning they released new single NOT GNA onto the world. For those unknown to FLESH, let me give you the #lowdown. Hailing from Manchester, the self-confessed pioneers of snotpop are certainly not the type of band you tell your grandparents about. From getting one of their mates onstage at gigs and making himself sick to said mate actually drinking that sick, FLESH do want they want really. Tapping into to 90s Manchester/Britpop scene but adding a 2k15 feel to it, FLESH’s music is exactly what the music scene needs right now.

Let’s get talking about NOT GNA then.  NOT GNA comes swaggering in as new drummer Conor supplies an insanely catchy and danceable beat that turns anyone listening into the next Bez. Vocalist Robbie snarls throughout and delivers the lyrics with such a strong Manc accent that it would give Liam Gallagher a run for his money. Wicked and whaling guitar solos are littered all along the track by lead guitarist Jon, who has recently moved from drumming duties to the six string. Bassist Hazza adds to what Conor is laying down with some chunky and beefy basslines that really emphasise the band’s similarities to the late 80s/early 90s MADchester scene. NOT GNA is grungy, massive, mean and, most importantly, mint.

As I mentioned earlier, FLESH are on a full UK tour in September so you all should head down because it’s obviously going to be sick. Link to tickets are below, along with the bands social media.

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http://www.seetickets.com/artist/flesh/1029071

Twitter – @LUVFLESHH

Facebook – FLESH

Instagram – @LUVFLESHH

Liam Egan

Model Aeroplanes Interview

Well what a bloody stressful day I was having. Interviewing Breeze and FLESH, *cough* you can check those out on here *cough*, and running around Manchester trying to get to to every act at Dot to Dot. But y’know what, I deserve some rest sometimes. So I met up Dundee indie quartet Model Aeroplanes in one of Manchester’s many fine drinking establishments, the Blue Brick Club to be exact.

Firstly welcomes to Manchester, how have you found it so far?

Rory – Thank you very much.
Ben – It’s so nice.
Kieran – The bouncers down here are so much nicer compared to the ones up north.
Rory – We’re very much enjoying much. We’ve only been here an hour and a bit but we’re loving it.

So you’ve got quite a late set tonight, any nerves?

Ben –  We won’t have any nerves because we’ll be steamin’.
Kieran – I think we’re all pretty buzzin’ for it, it’ll be a good show.
Rory – It’s nice to be playing a let set because usually we’re just rushing about all day and kind of job done but I’m looking forward to it.

You’re supporting Saint Raymond, that should be a big gig. You looking forward to it?

Grant – It’s going to be a big show.
Rory – It’s at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Kieran – Apparently it’s a really nice venue.
Ben – Callum is a really nice guy, so we’re really thankful for him having us on.
Grant – I think it’s a really good milestone for us to be playing that venue.

Your latest single is Deep In The Pool, what can you tell me about the track?

Rory – Well…
Ben – It’s a song.
Rory – It kind of started when, just for fun, we tried to write a really corny 80s montage song. It had like a key change in it, it was pretty 80s. But it kind of made a little tangent and it ended up how it is. I’m quite happy with it and I think it’s a sign of things to come from us. We’re trying to diverse ourselves a wee bit. Some people still say it sounds upbeat but I don’t think it is.

Where did you record it?

Ben – We recorded it with two guys down in Hertfordshire, which is the poshest place in the world. Two guys called One Bit and they are like electronic dance music producers, they’re really easy to work with and they totally get us.
Rory – They get us, we get them, sick humour, disgusting chats.
Kieran – Off the chain man.
Rory – It’s actually Joe’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday Joe.
Ben, Grant & Kieran – Happy Birthday Joe!

You were at The Great Escape Festival, how was that?

Rory – We brought the Scottish weather, it was fucking mingin’.
Kieran – It was brilliant, pretty crazy. Like we had heard that it was meant to be off the chain but we didn’t expect it to be as crazy as that.
Ben – Pretty dank.
Grant – Yeah it was a good festival. Obviously it is pretty industry orientated but people just let their hair and go a bit mental, it was nice.
Rory – I think we were a lot more nervous going into it then we should have been, was good fun.
Kieran – All the gigs we did we really busy and we got a good reception, so we can’t ask for anything more really.

Earlier in the year you supported Little Comets and with them they seem to chose support acts who go on to be being really successful, with The 1975 and Catfish & the Bottlemen as examples. Are you hoping you could possibly mirror that?

Rory – Yeah, it probably is just a streak of luck. With Little Comets, they’re such a good band and I think that’s the key. They’ve got the right fans who really enjoy being at their shows. Before the tour where we supported them this year, we supported them when Catfish were supporting in Scotland for one show. So that’s been nice to move up a slot. We got to meet Catfish before they exploded, so that was good. It’s a nice wee family .

In terms of new music, when are we likely to hear to some new material?

Kieran – We’re currently doing a lot of writing at the moment.
Grant – We’re not too sure, I think to just keep writing is the most important part.
Rory – It’s not even writing, I think we’re evolving right now. Before we used to just fire songs out and do it really spontaneously but what we’ve been doing recently is sitting down and getting into the total atoms of the song. I think we take a lot more care now and think that’s what you get from touring and maturing as a band. Without giving anything away because we don’t know what we’re doing yet but we’ll be doing some sort of body of work.

Finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you?

Ben – We’ll be down in England loads, boycotting Scotland a wee bit. We’ll just see what the year holds for us, continue to build and grow.
Rory – What Ben meant to say was that “We’re going to be the biggest fucking band on the planet”. Nah I think it’s just abou growth for this year.
Grant – Write as much as we can, make as many fans as we can.
Rory – We don’t want to jump onto some wave or roller coaster, we just want to take it as it comes.

Big thanks to all of Model Aeroplanes for the interview and good luck for your gig supporting Saint Raymond tonight.

Liam Egan