– CLUB ACADEMY, MANCHESTER – An 80’s Matchbox B- Line Disaster gig is like cuing for a ride at a theme park. You wait ages and then you’re rewarded with a forty second or in this case, forty minute thrill. As is their want, 80MBD (sorry abbreviations necessary) like to wait for as long as possible before taking to the stage so that the crowd are like caged animals ready to be released! And when they are there is a cacophony... Read More

ALBUM: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Blood and Fire

I try not to let a band’s image or history get in the way of the music – Bowie’s alleged Nazi salutes don’t make Changes any less of a tune – and Bono’s charity do-gooding can’t rescue anything that U2 released after 1995. However, I find it hard not to sympathise a little more with the angst, pain and frustration in the music of bands like Alice in Chains, Nirvana and The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster knowing the hardship some members... Read More

SINGLE: Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster – Love Turns to Hate b/w Sushwep

On ‘Love Turns To Hate’, TEMBD could be describing their relationships with old record labels, ex-band members, ex-fans, ex-girlfriends, the weekly music inkies who dismissed them after their first LP, the end is listless. BUT, you should LOVE them. Why?,  because of their dogged determination to continue mining the dark, twisted depths of your soul, the things you think you see out of the corner of your eye, the dust motes that make strange... Read More


– DRY BAR, MANCHESTER – 2009 will see Dry Bar on Oldham Street turn 20 years of age. It was another creation from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records and was given the number of Faç 201. I have personally attended some memorable nights here since it opened on July 25, 1989, including the first year of In The City, with Mark  Lamarr and John Peel playing some of there favorite music – New Year’s Eve 2008 shall also be added... Read More