Def Robot: I Always Thought I Was The Funny One – album review

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Def Robot I Always Thought I Was The Funny One Pearls For Swine Records Available here Def Robot return with their 12th album in two years and it’s a blast of a mixed up style of genres to prove there is still life in their endless tunes. Wayne Carey does the usual DR style track […]

Stephen Fretwell announces new album release date and live acoustic set.

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Photo credit: Holly Whittaker After dropping the excellent new track Oval back in March, the lone troubadour Stephen Fretwell announces the release date of his new album produced by Dan Carey (no relation!) and it’s a nice mellow affair that tugs at the heartstrings with some cracking stories about relationships and the scenes he’s witnessed […]

New band alert! Afternoon People: Corner Of My Eye – new single and video premiere!

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  Every now and again I get a recommendation from a friend that is excited about a fresh sound emerging from the streets of underground Manchester. This one is the best I’ve had for a while from a grass roots venue veteran and promoter, published author and head of MMTV Anton Pell. He’s bang as […]

SHADE : Jump Into Heaven – single review

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Photo Credit : Anthony Jones SHADE: Jump Into Heaven (Fear Records) DL and Streaming Out Now Jump Into Heaven, the third single from SHADE, is proving lucky for the acclaimed Manchester 4-piece if early reactions are anything to go by. Following their previous releases NEVERDIE and Head In The Clouds. The band ended 2020 with a […]

Pink Drone: Fluxus – album review

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Pink Drone: Fluxus (Hip Slang Records) CD | DL Out now Pink Drone recorded and released the hypnotic, synth-driven album Fluxus late in 2020. It’s recently picked up attention from 6 Music, with Gideon Coe playing a few tracks in the evenings. Iain Key investigates for Louder Than War. Pink Drone is the solo project […]

Saccades: Flowing Fades – album review

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Saccades: Flowing Fades (Fuzz Club) LP | Streaming | DL Released 9th April 2021Flowing Fades, the second Saccades album, Nicholas Wood from The KVB’s solo project, is due for release on the 9th of April on Fuzz Club Records. To be honest the press release description of ‘escapist psychedelic pop, with blissed-out synths and languid carefree […]

Gardenback: Word Of Mouth EP – review

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Gardenback Word Of Mouth EP Sour Grapes Records DL all available platforms / Limited edition cassette Oldham trio Gardenback have been on the scene pre lockdown for a few years now and they return with an EP of raw DIY that threatens to get you infected when the live scene kicks back in reckons Wayne […]

Stephen Fretwell returns after 13 years with new track and album news!

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Stephen Fretwell is back after a long hiatus. Always the honorary Manc troubador from Scunthorpe he made a mark on the Manchester scene and was always respected in the same circles of fans of people like Jonny Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Liam Frost and Cherry Ghost. A cult figure that was on top of the […]

SHADE : Jump Into Heaven – Single Announcement

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SHADE Jump Into Heaven Fear Records SHADE, the acclaimed Manchester 4 piece have chosen Louder Than War to exclusively announce that Jump Into Heaven, their soaring new single will be out on 26th March 2021. The band ended 2020 with a hardcore following and over 75,000 Spotify Streams (which has now surpassed 100,000). With its […]

Cold Water Swimmers: So Young – new single and debut album news!

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Photo credit: Nidge at Trust A Fox Cold Water Swimmers are back to sooth your soul with their first single of 2021 So Young. The experienced trio of Chris, Carrie and Selina are ready to tackle their debut album this year under the hands of Salford’s answer to Albini, Simon ‘Ding Archer’. Lead singer songwriter […]