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Been waiting a long time for this to hit the shelves but here it is at last. Its a compilation of all the best bits of todays youthful Manchester underground, kind of like a North Western ‘Nuggets’ if you like.
I went over to the dark side a few weeks ago and 5 minutes off the train I saw a middle aged Gallagher-a-like busking ‘Wonderwall’ with a tramp clapping along. They just can’t let it go can they? Luckily there are folks like these folk pushing things forward with new exciting sounds from the capital of the north (sorry, Leeds).
The opening ‘Planaterium’ by Former Bullies is so naggingly familiar that you’d swear it was a cover (it might be, I’ve not checked) its a brilliant slab of Jonathan Richman/Daniel Johnston/Stanley Brinks style naive proto-pop that you’ll never get out your head. The excellent Temple Songs give us a track we’ll call ‘Dollars’, a raucous 3 minute blast of punky psych kinda like Jennifer Gentle meets Ty Segall.
A lot of the bands have that garagey feel of the West Coast nu-slacker brigade; the delightfully named Sex Hands give a tremendously Pavement-like chunk of melody with some seriously deranged vocals. Gnod make an appearance on behalf of the wibbled out stoned rock brigade with something seemingly recorded underwater. Wierd Era’s ‘Summer Heights’ mixes your laid back Real Estate vibes with some crunching Ride like guitars whilst Brown Brogues make a right old swampy racket. The Bell Peppers finish things of with a sweet surfy instrumental before ending up in a screech-fest.
Even ignoring the absence of the great Horsebeach and Warm Widow, this is a strong comp. Good times, Manchester side. And there's more to come - another batch with Pins, Mazes, Irma Vep and more comes next.
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