UWS Interviews – Issues 265-270 – Cabbage, Night & Day, Black Josh, Jordan Allen, Ist Ist, Dutch Uncles, Barry Adamson

Recent interviewees for the Transmission section of United We Stand fanzine are detailed below. UWS is available on matchdays at Old Trafford, in Wh Smiths throughout the UK, or available on subscription in print or digital format via the website.

Issue 265 – November 2016 – Cabbage

I spoke to Lee and Eoghan about the band’s new EP, forthcoming album, musical protest, and MUFC. Website

Issue 266 – Gareth Butterworth, Night & Day

Home-and-away Red Gareth Butterworth discussed his role as promoter for Night & Day in Manchester. Venue Website

Issue 267 – January 2017 – Black Josh

Manchester hip-hop star and United fan Black Josh discussed his influences, Manchester hip-hop and his track Paul Scholes. Bandcamp

Issue 268 – February 2017 – Ist Ist / Jordan Allen

Interviews with two local bands who are set for big things in 2017. Ist Ist and Jordan Allen

Issue 269 – March 2017 – Dutch Uncles

I spoke to Dutch Uncles about new album Big Balloon and the forthcoming tour. We also had a chat about football and MUFC. Website

Issue 270 – April 2017 – Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson discussed his new solo album, plus past work with Magazine, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and as a film composer. He also gave his thoughts on Manchester and growing up a United fan in Moss Side. Website

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Top 10 Musical Highlights of 2015

My ten musical highlights of 2015, in alphabetical order, compiled for (sic) Magazine:

Antemasque – Antemasque‘ Antemasque

In January, I learned that Cedric and Omar, formerly of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, had patched up their differences and were back making music together, this time as Antemasque (with Flea, Travis Barker and Omar’s brother Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez also involved). Although the album was released late last year, I didn’t hear the collection of short, frantic, power-pop bursts until 2015, making it one of this year’s undoubted highlights.

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The Charlatans – Modern Nature‘ The Charlatans Modern Nature

25 years since their chart-topping debut Some Friendly, 2015 saw The Charlatans release their best album in over a decade. Despite the tragic circumstances around its creation (drummer Jon Brookes lost his battle with cancer), Modern Nature is an inspiring, joyous collection of organ-led soulful songs, sprinkled with fitting amounts of both melody and melancholy. The summer’s triumphant homecoming-of-sorts Castlefield show capped a great year for the band.

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Tramlines 2015

I previewed Tramlines festival and interviewed the promoter for UWS earlier this year. The line-up looked strong, and the venue-hopping schedule in a great city also sounded great, so I decided to check it out. After cramming as many bands and acts in as possible over the two days, I can confirm that the festival was great, the city was buzzing and even the awful weather on the Sunday was an irrelevance. I reckon I’ll be back in 2016.

Dutch Uncles – Soup Kitchen – 21st February 2015

Dutch Uncles played a daytime show at Soup Kitchen, exclusively to fans who ordered the new album, ‘O Shudder’, which was released the following week. The album is an early contender for record of the year, and, despite the early start here and recent line-up change, the band just get better and better as a live act.

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My Top 10 Albums of 2013 – No.9

Out Of Touch In The Wild9. Dutch UnclesOut of Touch in the Wild

The upward trajectory of Manchester’s Dutch Uncles continued apace with this, their third album. As with 2011’s Cadenza, the five-piece build layers of small guitar bursts onto keyboard (and now xylophone) phrases, with unconventional time-signatures, before singer Duncan Wallis adds his distinctive, 80s-influenced vocals. But it is when performed live that Out of Touch really comes, well, alive, with the funky bass grooves of ‘Bellio’ and ‘Flexxin’ impossible not to dance to.

A Case For Vinyl

Investigation into recent increases in sales of vinyl, for the Louder Than War website, and featuring exclusive interviews.

It has been well-reported recently that people are buying more vinyl, but some sales figures I learned of from a leading Manchester music store are quite remarkable. As a city whose social and cultural identity has always been closely intertwined with music, I wanted to discover what it was about vinyl that had recently captured the imagination of so many of Manchester’s public.

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High street chain Fopp revealed that like for like sales on vinyl are up 100% this year, compared to 2012. And that is not merely a case of doubling from selling one record last year to two this, as Fopp also confirmed to me:

“Vinyl accounts for 25% sales on some new releases, such as Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend.”

Just think about that. One in every four people who went in to buy ‘A.M.’ walked out with the 12″ record. Continue reading