INTERVIEW/REVIEW: PHANTOGRAM – 10/05/2014

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Saturday turned out to be a typical day for Mancunians; grey and wet and one in which you’re much happier being indoors. But I was off to meet incredibly hip two piece Phantogram, so I braved the weather. Manchester did its best at welcoming the duo from Upstate New York by ensuring it was raining […]

INTERVIEW & REVIEW: THE TWILIGHT SAD – 02/05/2014

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- THE DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER – Backstage at The Deaf Institute, The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham leads me to a tiny room containing three bunk beds and room for nothing else. “It is like when you were wee and your pal came to play PlayStation” he says with a smile. Hailing from Glasgow, The […]

INTERVIEW: BRODY DALLE

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After a brief rest following my struggle up the 4 flights of stairs of the echoing university building that houses the Manchester Academy complex, the door swung open as a slim blonde welcomed me like any housewife opening the door to a welcome visitor.  “Hey, how ya doin’….” in a soft semi Californian accent. The […]

INTERVIEW: BERNARD & EDITH

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Bernard + Edith create dark pop, combining the sultry elegance of FKA Twigs with the eclectic ambition of Grimes to produce winding soundscapes which are joined by Greta’s [Edith’s] sometimes smooth tones and sometimes deep ‘murrrrs’. The duo have racked up quite the storm recently having released their debut single ‘Poppy’ through leading Manchester record […]

WHO ARE YA? GLASS TIDES

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

THE WAVE: BEN WARD (SWAYS RECORDS)

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THE WAVE –  Silent Radio’s feature where we speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite music experiences… Ben Ward (Sways Records): Meeting Ben Ward, one of three leaders of Manchester/Salford record label Sways […]

INTERVIEW: PATTERNS

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Manchester band, Patterns, having released their debut album in January are now on the verge of their biggest show yet. In eerie surroundings with the nocturnal, gothic atmosphere inspired by Salford’s beautiful, St. Philip’s Church, Patterns will expand their debut Walking Lines to widths they are yet to explore. With the support of Manchester Community Choir, Patterns […]

INTERVIEW: HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER

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The image of the Sony Warehouse after it was torched in 2011′s London Riots is a lasting one; plumes of black cloud are seen billowing out of the roof, while the right-hand side of the building where the large blue-lettered Sony sign was emblazoned is slumped, like a fallen giant. Around this time, a folk […]

INTERVIEW: BRETON

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When the Red Hot Chilli Peppers wanted an unconventional setting to record highly acclaimed ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, they chose the reportedly haunted former residence of magician Harry Houdini. The coolest location to make a record I thought, until I discovered where London natives Breton decided to record their follow up to 2012′s ‘Other People’s […]

INTERVIEW: BIPOLAR SUNSHINE

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Last June, Bipolar Sunshine performed at Soup Kitchen to celebrate the launch of his debut EP Aesthetics. That night, his performance managed to cast an eye-shielding, dazzling light over the somewhat conflicting, dim, grey concrete tiles of the Soup Kitchen basement. Helium balloons soared, and this alluring underbelly of Manchester was infused with a light, […]

WHO ARE YA? SITTIN’ PRETTY

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

THE WAVE: JONNY BOOTH (The Castle Hotel/Gullivers/The Eagle)

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Jonny Booth, Manchester Licensee- The Castle Hotel | Business Partner- Gulliver’s, The Eagle & The Parlour | Guitarist- Biederbeck | Top dude & Busy bloke The Wave: In the true spirit of “if you can’t get a job done, do it your fucking self’; the tale of how a bunch of band mates grew tired […]

INTERVIEW: BIG DEAL

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Ahead of the release of new single ‘Swapping Spit’ and their second UK headline tour, one half of two-piece Big Deal, Kacey Underwood spoke to us about shedding their ‘intimate’ label in favour of a more bullish sound, supported by two additional live band members, and how self-mutilation on-stage might be the only way to […]

INTERVIEW: TONY WADSWORTH CBE (BIMM BOARD MEMBER/FORMER EMI RECORDS CEO)

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This week BIMM officially opened in Manchester; a Hacienda inspired music school, with backing from the ex-boss of EMI. I chat to some of the key players behind the centre, to find out how they’re planning to deliver hot new talent into Manchester’s world-renowned creative scene. With well-known schools in Dublin, London, Brighton and Bristol […]

INTERVIEW: JON FRATELLI

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The Fratellis are back with a much awaited new album ‘We Need Medicine’. The guys have a string of tour dates planned around North America, UK and some of Europe. I spoke to Lead Jon Fratelli about how the band feel about uniting back on stage and playing to a crowd again after a five […]

INTERVIEW: SAMARIS

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Samaris delivered an ambitious yet wonderful album earlier this year, mixing traditional Icelandic poems with twisting and contorting electronics, all layered over and completed with the simple yet enchanting melodies of the clarinet. I spoke to possibly the only clarinet player in the electronic scene from the three-piece, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir, just after their performance […]

WHO ARE YA? MOUNT FUJI

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

INTERVIEW: MIKAL CRONIN

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San Francisco-based garage prince Mikal Cronin took us on a dissonant narrative journey this May in his latest release MCII, an inventively poetic and piano driven sophomore album that caught the ears of the music press. As he comes to terms with an orchestra of change, from the recording process to the album’s reception I chat […]

THE WAVE: CHRIS HORKAN (FOUNDER OF HEY! MANCHESTER)

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THE WAVE – a brand-new Silent Radio feature. We speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite live music experiences… Chris Horkan, Manchester Founder, Hey! Manchester promotions | Web Company boss | Journalist | […]

THE WAVE: JAY TAYLOR (CLASSIC SLUM PROMOTIONS / GIG BOOKER AT THE RUBY LOUNGE)

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THE WAVE – a brand-new Silent Radio feature. We speak to the city’s venue owners, promoters and new music advocates. The guys (and girls) behind the magic and probably the very people responsible for one of your favourite live music experiences… Jay Taylor, Manchester Director, Classic Slum promotions | Gig booker, The Ruby Lounge | […]

INTERVIEW: FINDLAY

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Natalie Findlay is just like your average twenty two year old. She likes going to festivals (having hit up Latitude three years in a row), going out with her friends around London, and yeah maybe one minor difference, she’s also the power vocals behind UK band Findlay. It’s all very très typique for a girl who […]

INTERVIEW: PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING

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With all the hype surrounding the archive savvy Londoners Public Service Broadcasting, I couldn’t help but lay out a few questions for J. Willgoose, Esq regarding the inspiration, album themes and motivations and most importantly, what we can look forward to from them in the future. Could you tell our readers how you came up […]

INTERVIEW: GHOSTPOET

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After a European tour and a string of festival dates last year, Ghostpoet’s UK ‘More Light’ tour kicked off last week, after this month’s release of second album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’. This follow-up to his Mercury nominated debut album is another creative blend of experimental electronic sounds, acoustic ideas and Ghostpoet’s […]

LIVE: THE SHEEPDOGS – 05/04/2013

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- NIGHT & DAY CAFE, MANCHESTER – Oh Canada! Tonight’s the night Saskatchewan’s blues-rock four piece The Sheepdogs grace us Mancunians with their bearded presence. Having missed the opportunity to catch the boys live in Vancouver over the Christmas holidays, I was more than thrilled to find out they’d be on tour throughout the UK […]

WHO ARE YA? EMBERS

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From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. […]

INTERVIEW: BETH JEANS HOUGHTON

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Before you head out to a live show you check your pockets for your ID, your drawers for your gig ticket and your purse to see if you have enough pounds to buy a drink. It’s the routine we all know so well. The last thing you’d expect to be doing alongside the scramble for […]

INTERVIEW: JOSH OSHO

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Josh Osho is kick starting a new breed of gritty Brit urban boy, meets souly singer-song writer. I catch up with the rising star, just before he steps into the studio to polish off his new EP (details after the big chat) and mixtape… in between a gob of breakfast. We cover such bases as […]

INTERVIEW: JIMMY BELL

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Simon Morrison: How did you career begin in Manchester?  Jimmy Bell: I used to go around the city dropping tapes off at various clubs which was the thing to do those days. I eventually got a reply from Citrus Bar in Manchester which was a cool underground spot, I played mostly every Friday and Saturday […]

INTERVIEW: DAN LE SAC

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I recently had a chat with the very affable Dan le Sac about his first full solo album ‘Space Between The Words.’ There’s quite a mix of artists featured on this release (Merz, Emmy the Great and Pete from Pete and the Pirates) and a tour to check out in October. We chatted collaborators, producing […]

INTERVIEW: CHÂTEAUX

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South Manchester’s Châteaux have been making a big impression ever since uploading their first demo ‘It’s Magic’ six months ago, and continuing to deliver ever since with their reverb-heavy, melodic mix of soaring vocals and swirling guitar sounds. I talk to Henry Flint, one half of the Flint twins George and Henry that make up […]

WHO ARE YA? (THE EXTENDED 12″ VERSION) – ADRIAN FLANAGAN

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Silent Radio’s Simon Poole recommends Adrian Flanagan for your audible delectation and your possible bemusement on how a Salford born/Sheffield based man who only a few years ago broke both of his arms so badly that he was told he’d never play an instrument again can be so darn busy musically. ***** WHO ARE YA? “I am one half […]

INTERVIEW: FRIENDS

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Brookyln-based Friends are making some pretty darn good impressions round these parts. Even without an album release, Zane Lowe’s already cottoned on and named their 3rd single release ‘Mind Control’ the ‘Hottest Record in the World’. Plus they bagged a shortlist honour on the BBC’s Sounds of 2012. Since E4 canned the Friends repeats I’m […]

INTERVIEW: DJANGO DJANGO

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Django Django are a bunch of genre-flouting, clever buggers. The Django’s, Dave Maclean (drums), Vinny Neff (vocals/guitar), Tommy Grace (keys) and Jimmy Dixon (bass), have been at it since 2009, but only this January they released their debut, self-titled album ‘Django Django’. It’s been giving all the new- music aficionados out there big, fizzy knickers. The […]

INTERVIEW: METRONOMY’S ANNA PRIOR

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Metronomy are the electric pop band that’s had us humming their catchy as fuck tune, ‘The Look’ for the best part of 2011. Like a musical version of Monty Python’s ‘The Funniest Joke in the World’ (minus inevitable death), I double dares ya not to be belting out ‘da, da, da, da, da, da, da, […]

INTERVIEW: PEARL AND THE BEARD

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Looking delicious and sounding even more so, what more do you want from a band than watching them perform an unplugged, al fresco Will Smith melody, with a cello and glockenspiel? Ah…Pearl and the Beard you had me at ‘Wicki-wild wild’. But, NY City trio Pearl and the Beard are oh so much more than […]

INTERVIEW: GHOSTPOET

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London–born Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet is one of the freshest UK MC’s to surface over the last year. Not content with flying the flag for the UK Hip Hop scene, Ghostpoet’s softly spoken, casual vocals mix seamlessly with an experimental electronic edge; creatively knocking out vibes of trip-hop, dub-step and beyond. Having received deserved kudos […]

INTERVIEW: FRANK TURNER

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For three long and often lonely years of life on the road, playing a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner continued to rise to prominence with an ever increasing following. But it was in the sweaty climes of the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds 2008 that his solo career really started […]

INTERVIEW: SYLVAIN SYLVAIN (NEW YORK DOLLS)

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Times were tough for New Yorkers in 1971. Their city was dark, dirty and full of crime. Unemployment was high – gang members even higher. Undernourished drug dealers dominated the streets, while bloated MOR rock dominated the charts. As government officials tried to sort out the city’s mean streets, someone or something needed to change […]

INTERVIEW: HUGH CORNWELL (THE STRANGLERS)

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HUGH CORNWELL, 61, was born in Tufnel Park, North London. While at School, Hugh formed his first band with Richard Thompson, who went on to become a member of Fairport Convention. In 1974 he started The Stranglers, who had a string of hit singles and became the biggest selling band to emerge from the UK […]

INTERVIEW: APRIL MAYBE MAY

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Sometimes, the anticipation surrounding a gig can build up an expectation that, sadly, isn’t met on the night. However, this also works the other way around – something that was proved to your humble writer last month upon diving into a snowed-in arthouse cinema in Cumbria for a quiet beer. On stage was April Maybe […]

INTERVIEW: IAN PARTON (THE GO! TEAM)

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- THE MAN & MUSICIAN BEHIND THE GO TEAM! TALKS TO SILENT RADIO’S RICK SIMS ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM ‘ROLLING BLACKOUTS’ – Got me questions, Got me voice recorder and like the inept monkey I am, I stammer over my first ‘sentences’ that turn out to sound more like a fumbling child who’s attempting to […]

INTERVIEW: JOHN POWER ON CAST’S REUNION

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Over the last few years, reformed bands have been largely greeted by old and new fans alike with open arms and a nostalgic cheer. However, while reunions seem to be doing a roaring trade at present, taking such a step could prove to be risky for a musician who has managed to establish themselves as […]

INTERVIEW: SRGents

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Ahead of their show, “Un Je Ne Sais Quoi”, at The Kings Arms in Salford on October 9, where SRGents will be spinning tricks with their winning twist of Anglo-Gallic charm, we catch up with Gary (or is it Peri?!) and find out how life treats such an unusual trio.   Hi Peri, how are […]

INTERVIEW: TEN KENS – ELEVEN QUESTIONS

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With “For Posterity” remaining one of the most played, most intriguing and definitely most enjoyed albums of 2010 thus far, we catch up with Dan Workman, the band’s lead singer, for a quick interview during his busy touring schedule:   Hi Dan, thanks for taking time out to do this interview. How are you?  - […]

INTERVIEW: HUNGRY PIGEON’S ALEX MCCANN

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It’s the last Bank Holiday weekend of May and the Northern Quarter is buzzing with music around every corner. One wrist band guarantees you an invite to the party, so what are you gonna do expect dive in head first? Alex McCann is one of the four wise promoters we have to thank for this three-day […]

INTERVIEW: SANDI THOM

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Punk rocker or hippy folk singer – Sandi Thom already had a split personality when she launched herself into the public consciousness back in 2006. And it looks to have taken the young Scottish troubadour the intervening four years to find her true voice . . . and the blues. Sandi’s third album, Merchants and […]

INTERVIEW: THE JIM JONES REVUE

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“Built to take on America” – The Jim Jones Revue   From their weird name to their attention-grabbing sounds, The Jim Jones Revue have been creating a buzz on the gigging circuit since they formed back in 2007.   With textured heavy guitars shot through with honky tonk piano and 50s rock ‘n’ roll, the […]

INTERVIEW: OWEN STRATHERN OF GENERAL FIASCO

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Imagine the scenario – you are barely out of your teens and you find yourself in an indie band that is tipped for greatness. Within a year of playing your first gig you are invited onto the line-up at the Leeds and Reading Festival and a few months later make your bow at the BBC […]

INTERVIEW: CHRIS URBANOWICZ OF THE EDITORS

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New York is in the grip of a snow storm when I catch up with the Editors’ lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz. The Nottingham-born musician, 29, is full of apologies as our chat is punctuated by directions to the cab driver. “I’m sorry, I’m normally much more professional than this,” he explains. Chris, who is unusually polite […]

Bombay Bicycle Club Interview

It’s 6:30pm and I’m drifting in and out of reality. I should be doing something, but instead I’m desperately trying to claw back a few hours sleep before I head out into the blistering cold. It’s the NME show tonight, and I just want to let this warm haze envelope me before the freeze fries […]

INTERVIEW: FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS

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It’s only when you hear them again, you realise how much you missed them. “No-one can really do what the Fun Lovin Criminals do,” announces vocalist, lyricist, guitarist and twinkle-eyed wise-guy Huey Morgan.  “We aren’t trying to keep up with the Joneses ‘cos there are no Joneses. There’s just us, who sound like us. And […]

INTERVIEW: CLOUD SOUNDS

Cloud Sounds started out as a one man radio show ran by a local Withington lad, mainly from the comfort of his own home. In spite of apparently modelling himself on Oscar The Grouch, once one gets over his provocative sense of humour, (which leaves you shoving your fist in your mouth to keep from […]

INTERVIEW: LIAM FROST

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Silent Radio’s collective fingers and toes will be firmly crossed for Manchester’s Liam Frost this weekend as he bids to finally break into the big time. Early signs are promising for Hold Your Hand in Mine – the first single from Liam’s second album, We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain. The […]

INTERVIEW: JESCA HOOP

If songwriters first have to experience life before they are qualified to write about it then Jesca Hoop has already earned her credentials. Born and raised in Sonoma County – a rural area of California, 30 miles north of San Francisco – the young folk songstress is now an honorary Mancunian. The fact that she […]

INTERVIEW: ROOTS MANUVA

Through a haze of alcohol, and some other things that perhaps I should not mention, I had for sometime been trying to work out where my Mad Ferret Festival level three security wrist band would let me go. I hadn’t at this point tried to push too hard the limits of my freedom. Was level […]