Our Introducing interviews chat to artists in an effort to give an introduction to their work, music and creative vision. As an outlet for them to get across the motivations and passions behind their music and art, the Q&A nature of this section gives the artist free reign to invite the curious into their world to discover what makes them tick; musically and sometimes personally too.
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Formed in the rainy city of Manchester UK, thirty years ago (with a pre-history dating directly back to the day Andy Warhol died in 1987), The Speed Of Sound ventures across the pond to California with an exclusive new recording released digitally as Big Stir Records’ Digital Single Of The Week.
Manc newcomers The Battery Farm are a band who aren’t afraid to explore the darker, more repugnant aspects of humanity. Describing their sound as ‘Doom Punk’ they serve up a visceral, guttural punk noise with echoes of Idles, The Fall and Fugazi.
Manchester-based Valentich explores some of the darker and more rhythmic recesses of electronica, techno and experimentalism in a way that is both intelligent and enjoyable. On hearing the musical and genre melange of recent album Disappear, we decided to speak to them and find out what made them tick. They’ll be bringing their innovative sound to Foundations at Manchester’s Peer Hat on the 2nd of November. The album can be streamed and downloaded on Bandcamp.
Though Play Alone Records had a very recent birth, the duo behind it have spent quite a few years involved in the alternative scene in Pennsylvania. Running events and gigs led in turn to the formation on a record label (sounds familiar!), so we decided to catch up with the founders of Play Alone Records to discover more about this very singular label.
Electronic music with a 70s, sometimes Teutonic twist, Alice Hubble is the solo project of Alice Hubley (Mass Datura, Cosines, Arthur and Martha). She’s described her music as being the ‘product of one lady locked at home with her enormous collection of synthesisers’, and that description alone made us want to chat to her.
The Pagans Shepherds of Humanity aka ‘The Pagans’ are a four-piece band hailing from West Bromwich, England. Formed in July 2016, they describe themselves as being on a’ Pagan voyage’, fusing elements of hip hop/punk/funk/jazz/metal/reggae to create their own unique sound. On the back of their recent Pagan Pilgrimage single, they’re bring their music to Manchester on July 16th as part of Manchester International Festival, so what better time to catch up with the band? Want to find out more? Then read on.
If Brian Wilson and Lux Interior had ever gone street drinking around the streets of Manchester and decided to start a band, then they’d probably have sounded like The 99 Degree. An intoxicating and eclectic collision of surf pop, dark rock and Northern humour (everywhere has a north and its humour is always oddly similar) make them an enjoyable, art-rocking outlier on the Manchester music scene. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.
With Dollie Demi taking their raucous, feminist sound out on the road for their first headline gig outside Manchester (see below for more details), we caught up with main mover Demi herself to get the low down on the band – past, present and future. Stand by for action!