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


Interviews: UWS 264 – The Strypes and Ghosts of Social Networks

Josh McClorey of The Strypes chatted about his band, their new album (due next year), the Irish national team and also United. Part 2 of the interview – where McClorey talks about Elton John (who signed them) and David Beckham, is in next month’s mag.

I also met new band Ghosts of Social Networks, based in Old Trafford and, at that time, yet to play a live show.

The Strypes – Website

GoSN – Website

Ghosts of Social Networks

Ghosts of Social Networks

The Strypes - March 2013

The Strypes – March 2013

Interview – Austin Brown, Parquet Courts – UWS 261

Interviewing Austin Brown, guitarist and singer of the band Parquet Courts (who made my number 1 album of 2013), and Man United fan, for United We Stand, we had a good chat about becoming a fan, supporting United whilst on the road in the States, and the emergence of New York City in the MLS. The interview was printed in issue 261 of UWS. You can order print or digital issues here.

As well as talking about football, Brown also talked me through the new Parquet Courts record, Human Performance, the themes behind the songs, use of the mellotron instrument, and how they capture that Parquet Courts sound. The full interview is available on the (sic) Magazine website.

“There was this crossroads we came to where we wanted to spend more time making the record because we wanted to evolve our sound, and we wanted to take some time to get some perspective on our sound. Some perspective on our lives, and what’s going on, and ‘Who are we? What kind of music do we make? And what’s the next step for us?’”

Click here for the full interview.

Parquet Courts website

Parquet Courts performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Saturday October 5, 2013.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Parquet Courts performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Saturday October 5, 2013. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Interview UWS 260 – Sounds From the Other City

I interviewed Mark Carlin, United fan and Director of the Salford festival. He told me the origins of the festival, how the line-ups are chosen, his favourite acts, and his pride at its place within the Salford social and musical calendar.



UWS 258 Interview – Lippy Kid Music

For issue 258 of United We Stand, I interviewed United season ticket holder and electronic music-maker Paul Scott, aka Lippy Kid. During the interview, Scott told of his love of the Hacienda, how he started following the Doc’s Red Army, and the recent 6 Music and Mary Anne Hobbs support for his music.

Lippy Kid

Here is a link to the Lippy Kid website, which contains a free download of the Echoes and Answers album.



UWS 257 Interview – Independent Venue Week / The Ruby Lounge

Independent Venue Week is now in its third year, and I spoke to founder Sybil Bell and social media coordinator (and United fan) Smittens, who told me how IVW came about and what it represents. I also interviewed Manchester venue, and IVW participating venue The Ruby Lounge.



UWS Interview – Martyn Walsh of Inspiral Carpets

For the final UWS of 2015, I spoke with Martyn Walsh, bass player with Inspiral Carpets. We discussed his band’s latest album and tour, Walsh’s thoughts on Louis van Gaal, and of course the Inspirals hit-cum-terrace anthem, ‘This is How it Feels’.

DSC_1471 Inspiral Carpets - Martyn Walsh

UWS 254 and 255 Interviews – Orphan Boy, The Slow Readers Club and a Professional Backline Technician

For issue 254 of United We Stand, I caught up with Rob Cross, singer/guitarist with Orphan Boy, and former favourite at BUSK at The Garratt. He told me about the Orphans’ recent reformation, and their brilliant new album ‘Coastal Tones’, which i really do recommend. I bumped into the band in town after the United-Liverpool game in September, so arranged to do an interview with them for the next issue now that they were back out playing music again.

I also spoke to Rory Sakalas, a professional backline technician for the likes of Jack Savoretti, The Ting Tings, Echo and the Bunnymen, Courteeners and The XX. He told me about life behind the scenes setting up a stage, touring the world, and watching the football on the road.

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Part 2 of the interview with Rory was in issue 255, along with an interview held with Manhester band The Slow Readers Club, who have just finished their winter tour in the year they released their second album ‘Cavalcade’, another great album of 2015.


Orphan Boy website

The Slow Readers Club website


Interview – Cian Ciaran

I recently interviewed Cian Ciaran, keyboard player with Super Furry Animals, and who also releases music with Zefur Wolves, The Earth and as a solo artist. United We Stand’s May issue has a large part of the interview, where Ciaran discusses the upcoming SFA tour and Zefur Wolves album, as well as football.

The second part of the interview appears on (sic) magazine‘s site, and is reproduced below.


[sic] scribe Neil Meehan didn’t need asking twice when it came to grabbing a few minutes with Super Furry Animal Cian Ciaran, asking him about various current projects. And, as far as promotional duties for a new album go, his Zefur Wolves outfit is taking an unconventional approach:

“Playing London on the 13th,” explains keyboardist and co-songwriter Cian Ciaran. All sounding fairly typical so far, then. “Outside the ministry of defence,” continues Ciaran. “It’s part of an anti-trident protest with the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament).”
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Interviews For UWS

Below are some details of recent interviews for United We Stand:

Rick Witter, singer with Shed 7, told me about the band’s comeback successes, and the possibilities of a new album… Plus, he spoke fondly of Louis van Gaal.


Rupert Arkel, assistant Manager at Fopp in Manchester, spoke about life in a record shop, recent music-buying trends, and who, out of United or City, sells better in Manchester city centre.

Paul Heaton, best known s singer with The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, completed an interview in the venUWS series on the Kings Arms, Salford, of which he is now landlord.




Here is an old Shed 7 ticket of mine:

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Interview – Mark Burgess

For the first issue of United We Stand of the new season, I interviewed Mark Burgess. Singer, bassist and founding member of The Chameleons, Burgess is currently touring as Chameleons Vox.

The first part of the interview is available in the printed and digital issues of UWS. There is also a second part to the interview, which is on the UWS website.

Thanks to Rob at Sonic PR for the assistance with this interview.




Interview – UWS Summer Issue

For the Summer edition of United We Stand, I interviewed Simon ‘Ding’ Archer, who spoke about the remarkable story of his band A.A.A.K. Ding has also performed and worked with The Fall, Pixies, PJ Harvey and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

UWS Summer Special is available now, details on how to get your copy are available here.Ding Summer