Tag Archives: Manchester

2-4-6-8 motorway networking with Pip Blom

It was a ‘sunny-ish’ day in Amsterdam (her word, not mine) when I caught up with Pip Blom, lead singer and guitarist of the group of the same name, soon to release their second LP. And let’s face it, chatting … Continue reading

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Coming to the boil – talking Hot Milk with Han Mee

It would be easy to surmise that power punk four-piece Hot Milk are on a high right now, main stage appearances at Leeds and Reading Festivals later this month being followed by the release of second EP, ‘I Just Wanna … Continue reading

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Examining Heart-Shaped Scars – the Dot Allison interview

‘I don’t know why I’m telling you any of this,’ as the opening line of mesmeric debut One Dove single ‘Fallen’ – first released 30 years ago – had it, but I revisited Morning Dove White before a final read-through … Continue reading

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On the frontline, embracing the future – putting the world to rights with John Robb

Music writer, Louder Than War founder, Membranes/Goldblade bass player/vocalist and eco campaigner John Robb was on his bike when I called, dismounting to answer his phone, the two of us quickly getting on to the Government postponing its so-called ‘Freedom … Continue reading

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Life after lockdowns – talking The Lovely Eggs with Holly Ross

Just as The Lovely Eggs were set to release landmark sixth album, I Am Moron, in early 2020, came national realisation that we were headed for a pandemic. The Lancaster-based psychedelic punk duo – Holly Ross (voice/guitar) and David Blackwell … Continue reading

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Staying Sane with James – back in touch with Jim Glennie

“Everybody’s in their cave, facing what we can’t escape; Every time we’re through, your shit sticks to my shoe; Tell me how you’re staying sane, haven’t hugged a human since the end of May; Quarantine with you, our world’s a … Continue reading

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Back in time with K÷ – in conversation with Peter Hook

It was suggested I should persevere when trying to get hold of Peter Hook, the Joy Division and New Order bass guitar legend not always likely to answer his phone. The moment I was told that, I was reminded of … Continue reading

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The further rise, beyond The Fall with Brix Smith

Brix Smith has a defining year ahead of her, having made best use of her pandemic downtime, despite personal loss and heartache, like so many of us. The Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter and guitarist – her moniker in tribute to a … Continue reading

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Independents’ Day – fighting the lockdown from behind closed doors at Action Records and Vinyl Exchange

As the UK returned late last week to ‘non-essential’ retail limbo – aka Lockdown 2 – amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic, I felt it was high time I caught up with two treasured independent North West record shops among many … Continue reading

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Graphic twists on a compelling tale – back in touch with The Wedding Present’s David Gedge

It’s been a long time in the planning, but late next week the first instalment of David Gedge’s long-awaited memoir-in-comic-book-form will be released by Scopitones Books. Stories featured in 176-page, matt-laminated, hardback Go Out and Get ‘Em Boy! – Tales … Continue reading

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