Saturday 19th April will see the seventh Record Store Day in the UK – a day for music lovers and bands to celebrate independent music. Nationally, there’ll be limited edition vinyl releases and special performances from acts who’re giving something back and reminding us why grass roots music is so important.
Clash are commemorating the occasion by collating a bill that includes some of the best emerging bands in Manchester for a super special, and super cheap (£3 adv), night at the Deaf Institute to bring the city’s music lovers together for a party. But who’s playing??!!!
Well, we’re massively honoured to have Ghost Outfit and Temple Songs co-headlining! The formers’ debut album was the first full length to be backed and released on massively influential independent Salford label SWAYS Records (once home to PINS, Money, Kult Country) and gained high praise in the national press. This’ll be the first time they’ve played in the city for almost a year as they gear up to the release of a second full-length, an album which looks set to expand on the first, and, if recent songs are anything to go by you can expect an ear-drum massage from their MBV meets Sonic Youth inspired sonic-assault.
The latter, a sugary garage-pop foursome, are at the forefront of the city’s current scene, and it’s no far-cry to say one of the most exciting bands in the country – ‘catchier than E Coli.’ is how The Quietus describe them. ‘On the verge of a massive breakthrough’, is what Fake DIY say, ‘A mess of jagged screeching riffs that’s worth shouting about’, is how NME put it, and we’re sure you’ll love it too.
Is that not enough to satisfy you for a measly three quid? Well how about Francis Lung – the city’s most impressive solo artist, a man who handles himself onstage like a tongue-in-cheek Morrissey, with a voice that soars gloriously while his lyrics conjure provocative abstract metaphors.
And what about The Louche? Stalwarts of the Manchester scene who have re-emerged with their shoegaze-tinged pop sounding tighter than ever. Then there’s Hartheim – an elusively cool post-rock outfit who are the newest group to fly the flag for the city, with the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Steve Lamacq spinning their latest cassette release already.
Over five acts for three quid! That’s 60p a band! And they’re all brilliant! Get a ticket!
Words: Simon Butcher