LIVE: VESSELS – 16/03/2015

Vessels - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Vessels’ recently released album Dilate is something of a departure from their lean, guitar-focussed Slint-via-Radiohead post-rock stylings. Previous record Helioscope is a brilliant, greyscale exercise in tension and release and where Dilate still uses similar dynamics in terms of building layers to a dramatic climax, this time it’s in glorious electronic Technicolor. It’s no coincidence that... Read More

LIVE: LONELADY – 26/02/2015

LoneLady - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - There was huge disappointment for me, almost 5 years ago – Manchester’s own Julie Ann Campbell, aka LoneLady, withdrew from a support slot for Chris Cunningham due to illness. Her superb debut album ‘Nerve Up’, released on Warp in 2010, had piqued my interest enough to leave me wanting more. It’s been a long wait. Digital culture connoisseurs Future Everything are our hosts tonight,... Read More

LIVE: GIRLPOOL – 18/02/2015

Girlpool - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Soup Kitchen is heaving tonight. That’s because we are about to watch Girlpool, the surprise package of 2015 who have inspired support from nearly every blog and quarter going, despite comprising of just two women with two guitars. This hype may seem perplexing to many, as unlike the breakthrough acts of the last few years, see FKA Twigs, Girlpool pose very few challenges to their listeners and create songs... Read More


NISENNENMONDAI - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER –  This is my 100th Silent Radio review, and I’ve still no idea what I’m doing. It’s only appropriate that I’m, typically, at an intimate gig for a band that I’d not heard of 2 weeks ago, until recommended by editor Simon Poole. Soup Kitchen is filling up nicely, as you’d expect from a Now Wave doo. The Northern Quarter urban decay basement is a very fitting scene... Read More

LIVE: EX HEX / PRINCESS – 12/02/2015

Princess - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - By the end of their short five song opening set, South Dublin’s Princess have sensed, stalked and snared an initially passive Manchester crowd.  Ostensibly a two piece recording project, tonight Liam and Aoife are supplemented by a full band and are now equipped with the artillery to deliver.  Their approach is simple and effective. Looking for an epic sound, they trade in walls of atmosphere, pierced by shards... Read More


The Lovely Eggs The Lovely Eggs have announced their new album, This Is Our Nowhere, will be released on May 4. The two-piece will release the record, which has been recorded in their home town of Lancaster, through their own label, Egg Records. Before the album is released, the band, comprised of husband and wife Holly Ross and David Blackwell, will play an 11 date UK tour, including a gig at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester. The punk rock duo, who... Read More


The Xcerts It feels nice to be stood in Soup Kitchen this evening, a pint in hand, knowing I have the weekend ahead and not much else on the agenda apart from watching bands and drinking beer. Sadly, Soup Kitchen seems a little on the quiet side as I eagerly await tonight’s support, Nottingham outfit Kagoule. It’s been a good year for the trio, having toured the UK vigorously and released a bunch of killer singles. Tonight’s set... Read More

ALBUM REVIEW: 2:54 – The Other I

2:54 The Other I 2:54’s ‘Scarlet’ EP instantly caught my attention a couple of years ago, prompting me to sign up for their 2012 Deaf Institute gig. The London based alternative rock band’s self titled debut long player shortly followed, and didn’t disappoint – their broody, understated, infectious melodies hit all the right spots. Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow front the four-piece, having previous formed... Read More


The festival poster The fourth A Carefully Planned Festival, which includes more than 120 bands playing seven venues, will hit the Northern Quarter this Saturday and Sunday. The eclectic festival, which has previously attracted the likes of Alt-J, Everything Everything and Peace, will be held in The Castle, Cord, Gullivers, Kraak, Mint Lounge, Soup Kitchen, and the Whiskey Jar. This year’s line-up includes Post War Glamour Girls, Tellison... Read More

LIVE: TALL SHIPS – 08/10/2014

Tall Ships - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - A few years back, I had the pleasure of seeing Tall Ships play to a packed out crowd at Soup Kitchen, as part of the annual Carefully Planned Festival. I’ve been a big fan of Tall Ships for a while now, so I was delighted to hear they were coming back to Manchester, even more so that they would be playing that very same venue. Back then, they were closing the weekend of a great festival. Tonight they’re... Read More


The Twilight Sad - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - I’ve spent the past few days downing lemsip, using all the toilet roll and refusing to take off my coat. Winter is here folks. Despite my immune system being at its weakest, there is something about this time of year that I love. There seem to be a few bands that I’d cite as ‘winter bands’, making theatrical, dark, atmospheric music to sooth me on this harsher, colder days. Scottish... Read More

LIVE: OWL JOHN – 05/08/2014

Owl John - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Believe it or not, tonight is my first time watching a gig at Soup Kitchen. Almost deceived by the two separate entrances, I manage to make it downstairs in time to grab a beer before the live music begins. First to the stage are James Graham and Andy MacFarlane, two fifths of the usual Twilight Sad live lineup. Graham starts by announcing that they’re usually loud, but tonight they’ll be doing their... Read More

LIVE: WYE OAK – 11/06/2014

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Almost 3 years since I saw them play The Ruby Lounge, Wye Oak return to Manchester with a whole new albums worth of tunes to blend into their set. Despite the extra depth in the sound that runs through ‘Shriek’, the  band continue as a duo – Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner from Baltimore. Bacherlorette support – New Zealand’s Annabel Alpers, with her sidekick ‘Ableton’ trigger dark... Read More


Hiss Golden Messenger - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Donning a well-worn Caterpillar hat, Hiss Golden Messenger takes the stage with deck-chair strung aside as the one man band looms threateningly in-front of us. The first song of the night is ‘Daylight’, a song off the masterful yet unfortunate Bad Debt album, which was originally destroyed in the Sony Warehouse fire in the London riots, before bursting back to life this January, three years later. Hiss... Read More


Here’s a bit of a low-down on some of this Saturday’s RSD action in Manchester. INSTORE AT PICCADILLY RECORDS DJ sets: 12pm-1pm: Ben Ward (Sways Records) 1pm-2pm: Eccentronic Research Council ft. Maxine Peake 2pm-3pm: Nev Cottee 3pm-4pm: The Emperor Machine 4pm-5pm: Smoke Fairies Exclusive live performance: 5.30pm-6.00pm: Smoke Fairies COMMON AND PICCADILLY RECORDS PRESENTS THE 3RD ANNUAL RECORD STORE DAY LIVE! Common have teamed up once again... Read More

LIVE: PEGGY SUE – 09/04/2014

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Choosing Peggy Sue as my first review for Silent Radio seemed like a safe bet having seen them a few years previously, and having followed their progress from their formation in Brighton way back in 2005. Numerous tweaks to the name, side projects, additions to the sparse line up  and the dogged determination of Rosa Rex and Katy Klaw has resulted in the 2014 version of Peggy Sue, on the road following the release of... Read More


-  SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - The French, cigarette smoking, beret toting sock puppet poet that greets me as I enter the Soup Kitchen (though he wasn’t literally working on the door) is not the same one that finishes the support slot around 20 minutes later. Oh no, we are treated to a merry-go-round of comedic footwear ranging from a squeaky butter wouldn’t melt mini frog telling an extended joke about choking people in a well-known supermarket... Read More

LIVE: BRETON – 04/03/2014

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - I remember hearing London-based indie dance outfit Breton a few years ago and being blown away by how many great artists they managed to sound like in one piece of music. With Foals-esque vocals, Tom Vek’s grooves and the weirdness of Late Of The Pier, Breton made an eclectic debut album which impressed pretty much everyone back in 2012. After a big tour in support of said record, the outfit pretty much disappeared... Read More


photo by Harlan Campbell 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 musician from North Carolina MC Taylor, who produces music under the name Hiss Golden Messenger, was about to release... Read More


Life in the sticks can be seriously strange. From Myxomatosis-stricken rabbits to agoraphobic house parties, Postcards From Jeff offers a brutally honest perspective of looking out from windswept valleys to neighbouring city lights – it’s channelled through the peculiar new Lynchian video for ‘A House’; the first track to be revealed from the melodic explorer’s forthcoming debut EP. Recorded in the heart of rural Yorkshire between producer... Read More

LIVE: THUMPERS – 17/02/2014

THUMPERS - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Opening acts are often overlooked, sometimes even skipped. But boy, am I glad that I caught Thumpers when they pumped up the stage for Chvrches last October. The London-based duo consists of Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr., who have been friends since secondary school. A cast of supporting musicians accompanies them on their live shows. I had a rather gruelling interview in the afternoon, so it’s music... Read More


Breton have released the video for their latest single ‘Envy’. ‘Envy is taken from their second album ‘War Room Stories’ which is released by Cut Tooth/Believe Recordings on 3rd February 2014. The album was written during a year spent touring incessantly and playing festivals across the world. It was recorded this summer at the Funkhaus in Berlin – a building with the same otherworldly weirdness as Breton’s beloved creative... Read More


Carrying on from where other urban festivals such as In The City left off, A Carefully Planned Festival is back to bring more than 100 national and international acts to Manchester’s musical hub, the Northern Quarter, for a weekend of live music, art, spoken word, and partying – all for the princely sum of £12.50 for a weekend wristband. Spread over six venues encompassing Manchester’s best-loved to the surprisingly intimate, the event... Read More

LIVE: BC CAMPLIGHT – 28/09/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - I love a good story me, and boy, does Brian Christinzio aka BC Camplight, come laden with a whole heap of baggage. Namely the few the suitcases he packed in 2011, when he upped sticks from Philadelphia to set up home here, in Manchester. “Someday the press will awake to the fact, already known abroad and to some few of us in England, that the living centre of music in Great Britain is not London, but somewhere further... Read More

LIVE: THE ORWELLS – 13/09/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Looking around, there is no shortage of garage rock crawling out of the bins in every suburb and back alley of America, infecting itself among the fuzz-demented noise craving youth.  That being said, barely legal Chicago five-piece The Orwells fit this mould of what you might call yet another “underground revival”, catching the ears of today’s mud hungry counter-culture with every rare EP release. The... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Nine years. It’s been nine whole years since Jetplane Landing were last in town, nine whole years since they last toured at all, in fact. Time flies, times change, but with their ‘Don’t Try’ comeback album, Derry’s finest are proving to still be as vital as they ever were. Twelve days. It’s been twelve whole days since Doctrines were last in town, twelve whole days since the local heroes... Read More

LIVE: BLONDES – 24/08/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - The bunker beneath one of Manchester’s finest bars, Soup Kitchen, is the perfect place for Blondes and their brand of ecstatic, build, build and then build some more repetitive house (I think it’s mostly house, with about a million genres of dance music that all merge into each other, who can tell?!) It’s also the perfect time for them, unusually for a gig they don’t come on until 1am, but no headlining... Read More


Ducktails are to release ‘Under Cover’ as the second single from their recent album, ‘The Flower Lane’, on 23rd September 2013. Directed by Charles Poekel, the plot for the video was written by Matt Mondanile and filmed in his home town of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA, in an abandoned house that will soon be torn down. Matt has filmed two other music videos in the house because of his love for its unique design. Ducktails will be playing... Read More


Following his spring US tour, Ducktails is back to share a new video for The Flower Lane highlight, Under Cover.Directed by Charles Poekel, the video plot was written by Matt Mondanile and filmed in his home town of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA, in an abandoned house that will be torn down very soon. Matt has filmed two other music videos in the house because of his love for its unique design. The video comes in conjunction with the announcement... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - It’s Friday and it’s the longest day of the year. The sun is shining and I’m descending into the depths of the Soup Kitchen, airless and dark, filled to the rafters by an animated hubbub of hot revellers. “Why would you want to do that?” I hear you ask. Well, we’re here for Bipolar Sunshine, a solo project fronted by a Mancunian, hailing from Chorlton, Adio Merchant. There has been fair bit of... Read More

LIVE: THE FRESH & ONLYS – 12/6/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER –  Maybe it’s the three day recovery from Parklife Weekender, but inside I hardly feel top for tonight’s Fresh & Onlys gig, a band who have been on my list of who to see live for quite a while now…so I have to power through. And is it me or has Soup Kitchen done a little… rearranging? I’ll say it’s probably all for the better this place has a mini makeover. Hardly recognizing which venue I’m... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - On a summers day such as this, psychedelic 60’s baroque pop is as good an idea as ordering a tall glass of iced lemonade. The Parklife festival is in full swing just north of here; Netherlanders Jacco Gardner’s stage, however, is in a basement in the centre of town. Patrons are in short supply, half of whom seem eager to continue their conversation throughout. Now Wave’s Parklife after party begins here... Read More


Big Deal release a new single, ‘Dream Machines’, on 22 July and hit the road in support of their new album, ‘June Gloom’, which is out now. Two new tracks, ‘Teradactol’ and ‘In Your Car’ have already given listeners a glimpse of the Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood’s newly revved up and deliciously amplified sound ahead of the release of ‘June Gloom’ on Mute. The band will be playing their very own headline dates... Read More

LIVE: MOUNT EERIE – 23/05/2013

 – SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER –  I’ve only relatively recently gotten into Mount Eerie, the moniker adopted by Phil Elverum after he stopped the incredible Microphones (seriously, if you never have, check out The Glow Pt 2 album…all sorts of amazing), so this show at the ever brilliant Soup Kitchen was my chance to see an act that I’m still discovering the back catalogue of. Elverum is quite the prolific artist, indeed he... Read More


 - SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER -  I think we’re all starting to lose count of the number of bands like Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs who have emerged in the last 2 or 3 years. You know the ones – bands in a perpetual haze of smoke, with brightly coloured imaginations and great swathes of static noise encompassing the beautiful melodies that they appear embarrassed by. See Tame Impala, Temples, The Horrors or Toy, the last of which The Voyeurs... Read More

LIVE: NIGHT BEDS – 17/04/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Having watched Night Beds somewhat brief appearance the previous evening on Later…. I  was expecting a more lengthy performance tonight at Soup Kitchen. A double debut really. Night Beds first Solo UK tour, and my first time at this venue. From Jools to a damp Manchester cellar, a real baptism of fire for the young band formed in Nashville. Frontman, Winston Yellen is not a native of the country music capital,... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - It’s Friday night and the Soup Kitchen crowd is itching for a musical tussle. Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of New Mexico walk quietly onto the stage and without any introduction, shift the collective mood up an intellectual notch. Trost leads the opening piece with a gentle chorus that reverberates as if she has a hundred voices, and while she teases her violin expertly, Barnes colours the empty notes with his beautiful... Read More

LIVE: HOOKWORMS – 05/04/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER – According to the bastion of truth that is Wikipedia, a hookworm is ‘a parasitic nematode that lives in the small intestine of its host, which may be a mammal such as a dog, cat, or human’. A parasite, something that sucks the life out of whatever unfortunate host it happens to take residency in. That the Leeds based youngsters I’m seeing tonight have taken this moniker upon themselves is a bit strange,... Read More

LIVE: MMOTHS – 07/03/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Almost exactly a year ago I saw electronic musician Mmoths (Jack Colleran) play in the small, dark, hidden backstreet venue that is the Kraak Gallery. The progress that he’s made over the past 12 months now affords him a climb onto the next rung of Manchester’s trendy venue ladder. In 2012, still just 17, he quietly went about his business on stage, looking rather lonely with his laptop and Maschine, skilfully... Read More

LIVE: MAZES – 19/02/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Flannel shirts, member only jackets and Levi jeans bring back distant memories of the 90s and I am expecting more of the same tonight with London’s shoe gaze specialists Mazes stopping off at Soup Kitchen before continuing along on their nation wide tour. I’m pleasantly surprised to find Pierre Hall’s Golden Glow on the bill tonight. Having seen them a couple of times before I’m intrigued to see whether they have... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - As you are all aware, today is the trashy commercial day often called Valentines, so I thought there would be no better time to lose my Soup Kitchen virginity and head to the venue for the first time. Good beer on tap, fun toilets and an eclectic mix of a crowd shows promise that a good time will be had by all at tonight’s Cosmo Jarvis show. Richie Syrett opens the night’s proceedings, with the local artist spurning... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - It’s fair to say that it’s a pretty miserable night in Manchester tonight. But the few that are brave enough to battle through the wind, rain and snow are to be rewarded by catching two ace up and coming indie bands that we’re hoping will warm up our cockles with their fuzzy guitars and instant melodies in the uber cool surroundings of Soup Kitchen. First up are local lads Shinies, who I remember seeing... Read More

LIVE: METZ – 28/01/2013

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - There is a moment roughly 10 minutes into Metz’ set, not long after the call-to-arms opening salvo of ‘Knife in the Water’ has jolted the Soup Kitchen into a frenzy, and just as the first circle pit of the night materialises, that you could just take a moment’s pause and find yourself in the centre of a classic cliché of the rock ‘n’ roll mythology. Here are a young Canadian band, still fresh faced and un-jaded... Read More

LIVE: HALLS – 12/11/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Having been a huge fan of Halls’ ever since their debut single, Solace, I came to Soup Kitchen in Manchester tonight with high hopes and a particular hankering for a spot of blissed out, ambient 2-step. Upon entering the venue however, said hopes were subsequently dashed as I noticed the live drum kit that happened to be set up on stage. Normally this is the sort of thing that makes me wince my way through a whole gig.... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Thanks a bunch Canada, for Celine Dion and environment-boning Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Fortunately some Canadians have a sense of decency, and tour the world trying to make amends by entertaining us all. Tonight, I am at Soup Kitchen to see some of those good people. I’ve never heard of Rich Aucoin, so I don’t know what to expect – and boy am I surprised. Before the show, he gathers the audience close... Read More

LIVE: HOW TO DRESS WELL – 03/11/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - There’s a rare down moment during How To Dress Well’s exposed performance when someone nervously shouts for a drum solo. Eyes turn to the nominal ‘drummer’ of the trio on stage, and what emerges as he tinkers with his magical toolbox is nothing like a drum, rather a highly strung synthetic keyboard effect. “Hey, this is the 21st Century”, reacts Tom Krell. It’s an off the cuff remark, but it cuts to the centre... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Well. Soup Kitchen. It’s a pleasure to meet you at last. I stand a few yards from your doors at five-ish most nights waiting for the bus to take me home and frequently wonder what the venue within is like. And now I know. You’re ace. Bare, flakey-paint walls and all. Almost über-Northern Quarter. A bit tatty round the edges, quirky, quietly trendy and with an overwhelming sense of bonhomie. Which might be slightly... Read More

LIVE: TAMARYN – 14/10/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - A Tamaryn press release featuring ‘I’m Gone’ from the forthcoming new album ‘Tender New Signs’ made an instant impression on me. Some bands just press all the right buttons, 5 seconds worth of listening could be all that’s needed to make you aware that a certain band is about to feature heavily on your MP3 player. They’re like My Bloody Valentine, soothed by the presence of... Read More

LIVE: ERRORS – 10/10/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - It’s Wednesday night and Errors are playing at Soup Kitchen I have my name on the guest list with a plus one, so have my own purchased ticket to sell. Thankfully, on cue, a group of ‘revellers’ come round the corner “I haven’t got a ticket” a revel (er) announces, spotting my opportunity I say, “I have one!” Not hearing me, his friend says (in the kind of voice reserved for old, deaf people) “This lady... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Looks can be deceiving. I remember seeing a picture of Manchester based outfit Egyptian Hip Hop before hearing them and with their angular haircuts and flamboyant vintage outfits I was expecting to hear something loud, noisy and full of youthful exuberance. Instead, I heard perfect pop songs with electro tinges, strong grooves and even stronger hooks that have refused to leave my head since I heard them back in 2010. Since... Read More


VENUE NAME: Soup Kitchen ADDRESS: 31-33 Spear Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester. M1 1DF CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER: 0161 236 5100 CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: WEBSITE/FACEBOOK/TWITTER:  Facebook/soupkitchenmanchester  @Soupkitchen_Mcr ESTABLISHED/HISTORY: Serving Soup since 2010. Providing the best DJs CAPACITY: 180 PEAK TIMES OF THE YEAR: End Of Jan – End Of May, End Of Septmber – December BEERS... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Haunting and spellbinding songs  in a basement as it draws close to midnight.   The Brighton trio’s band name acts like a book title, alluring to its contents, which stray uncompromisingly away from anything mainstream. Grimes are playing a sell-out gig at The Ritz tonight across town, and so I assume Esben and The Witch have been given a late set time in the hope that some punters will attempt to catch both. This... Read More


One of the UK’s exciting new bands, 2:54 -sisters Hannah and Colette Thurlow- have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Sugar’, taken from their self-titled debut album released in May on Fiction. Ahead of their September tour with the XX and slew of high-profile summer festival dates including Reading, Leeds and Bestival they debut this nocturnal visual feast, directed by buzz new director, Georgia Hudson. For the fan-favourite... Read More

LIVE: PLANK! / HOOKWORMS – 27/07/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - It’s certainly the night for a mind-altering statement. At the very same time as one great Mancunian artist is subverting all expectations in front of a global audience, another group of them are tapping into the dark recesses of our imaginations on a far smaller scale. But whereas Danny Boyle might be taking the opening ceremony into uncharted territory, this is just another night in the life of Plank. It’s the Hookworms... Read More


Errors have announced the release of a brand new 8-track mini-album due for release on Rock Action Records in October and UK tour including a show at Heaven in London. The new record entitled ‘New Relics’ follows on from the critically acclaimed ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’ released earlier this year. ‘New Relics’ was recorded by the 3 piece during the Spring of 2012 in their Glasgow studio and will be released on... Read More

LIVE: TENNIS – 25/05/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Tonight, in the dark underbelly of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a cluster of like-minded music fan poseurs are readying their Friday nights with a low-profile offering from Denver’s most cherished lo-fi indie poppers. The crowd is modestly sized, given the relatively established nature of the night’s headliners – Tennis released their second full-length, ‘Young & Old’, this last February on Fat Possum... Read More

LIVE: POND – 26/05/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - England are playing a pointless friendly in Norway and the Eurovision circus is on the hypnotic light box, making my journey to see an Australian psychedelic rock band in a sweaty basement all the more satisfying. The Soup Kitchen is, as always, pretty busy. The extended, repetitive soundcheck gives a clue to the lunacy that lies ahead, Pond have been drinking and are in fine form. They swagger onto the stage and beckon... Read More

LIVE: JAPANDROIDS – 23/05/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Rewind to November 2009, and a certain SR scribe is cursing his luck after only catching the vinegar strokes of Japandroids’ début Manchester show at Moho Live, so he makes a solemn oath that night that he’ll definitely, 100%, without any shadow of doubt catch them on their headline tour a few months hence. Little did he (it’s me, in case you hadn’t guessed) realise that the gig would coincide... Read More


- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - When I hear word that FAWN SPOTS are coming to Manchester I cancel plans and jump at the chance to go see them.  Fawn Spots are Lee Bowden and Jonathan Meager; based in York where they are proactive in the music scene being heavily involved in truly great projects such as Wrong Side of the River and where I had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of Fawn Spots in 2010 at their very first (informal) gig at The Basement.... Read More

LIVE: TOY – 10/04/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Having never entered the basement of the Soup Kitchen before I am pleasantly surprised! I get in very early and there is about ten people inside, which makes the room look huge. I decide to leave and come back when the bands are due to start. As I walk down the stairs for the second time, support act Golden Glow has just started. The place is absolutely packed and it looks like a different venue from half an hour ago. Pierre... Read More

LIVE: KINDNESS – 22/03/2012

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - I am underneath a kitchen. Upstairs they’re serving soup. On tonight’s menu: Kindness, the creation of London lad, Adam Bainbridge. His name has been floating about the online music atmosphere since 2009, but now in 2012 he has released his debut album, ‘World, You Need A Change Of Mind,’ produced by French dance producers, Cassius. The sound of Kindness can be described as off-kilter funk, heavily inspired by... Read More

LIVE: I BREAK HORSES – 03/12/2011

- THE SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER - Rumour has it, this is I Break Horses second (or maybe third) gig. Ever. It’s certainly their first gig in the UK. The debut album ‘Hearts’ gained many a rave review after it’s summer release. The Swedish pairing of Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck have recruited 3 others to take their sound on the road. Wot God Forgot appear to have made something of a coup bringing them here so early on in... Read More

LIVE: I AM BLACKBIRD – 04/11/2011

- SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER –  As I walk down into the dusky basement of the Soup Kitchen I can feel the goodwill in the room. It’s been nearly six months since I Am Blackbird have played in their hometown and, by the looks of it, their loyal local following have missed them. After a self-imposed exile to the studio, tonight is the second in a series of comeback gigs for the five-piece band. Lead singer Jon Baldwin may have hoped for a decent... Read More