The Minx are rocketing towards the launch of their new single, No Friends, and are clocking up some exceptional supporters of the brilliant power-pop song en route: Gary Crowley, John Kennedy, BBC Introducing – and repeated support from one of the world’s main punk sites: Louder Than War.

A strong supporter of The Minx since they began, Louder Than War have excitedly backed them as “the best new band in Manchester”, and were the perfect place for The Minx to launch their new video.

No Friends‘ video is a tone-perfect accompaniment to this bounciest of punk-pop songs: colourful, irreverent and – most of all – a ton of fun.

The band’s biggest headline show yet, at Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Saturday 23rd August, is set to be yet another sell-out for a band whose fanbase can’t get enough of their boisterous gigs!


Following strong radio play support from BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – and previous formidable online support from Idolator, Popjustice and The Guardian – MDNGHT have another huge feather to squeeze into their cap in the form of an international video exclusive on TIME Magazine‘s website.

Time enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

The video to their previous single, Into The Night, snagged a whopping 140,000 views in the first week – and after TIME’s huge boost, the Breeze video is now also available to watch online via VEVO.


Hannah and Sam Hird‘s story – they began making music after they got married – has always been woven inextricably with the music they make as Bird to Beast.

And their touching, life-affirming new video for their brilliant new single, Catacombs, makes explicit the journey we all take through life to love, hope and happiness.

The video is comprised of recently discovered video clips from Sam and Hannah’s childhood, cut to the music. They grew up in the same small town, but didn’t know each other until adulthood; the video takes on extra poignancy as it intertwines their separate childhoods.

It’s a touching reminder of the paths our lives take, and how one turn down the catacombs of life can change our world forever.

With video clips of their young selves in their hometown of Colne, as well as on holiday in Portmerion, it’s a perfect, emotionally off-kilter reminder of all that is so wonderful about Bird To Beast.

Bird to Beast are touring extensively this summer:

18th May Great North Run, Manchester
23rd May Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester
29th May Supporting Ren Harvieu, The Trades, Hebden Bridge
1st June Smoked & Uncut Festival, Hampshire
12th June Isle Of Wight Festival
17th June Topolski, Southbank, London
21st June Camden Crawl, London
22nd June Barnaby Festival, Cheshire
3rd July Ruth Barnes Presents @ The Finsbury, London
7th July Mad Ferret Festival, Preston
2nd Aug Kendal Calling Festival, Cumbria
3rd Aug Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn
8th Aug Strawberry Fields Festival, Leicestershire
30th Aug Bingley Festival, Bradford
19th Sept Ramsbottom Festival, Lancashire


Hotly-tipped Manchester collective Red Sky Noise have released the video for their forthcoming single, Only You (Darkness Inside), ahead of its 23rd June impact date.

Just like the song it accompanies, the video is powerful and emotive, depicting family strife, urban life and escapism; showcasing Red Sky Noise‘s bassy, brassy sound, soulful vocals and gritty hooks.

And this isn’t the only attention-grabbing piece of news from the Red Sky Noise camp: another of the bands’ songs, She Don’t Know, has been chosen by EA Games to feature on their multi-million-selling hit video game NHL 2015.

They’re a band on the up – with international appeal – keep a keen eye out for Red Sky Noise in the coming months!


The Luka State have released their thrilling, driving new single, 30 Minute Break. It’s accompanied by a visceral and powerful video, featuring Thomas Brodie-Sangster of Game of Thrones fame.

The video’s abrasive and down-to-earth subject compliments The Luka State‘s music perfectly – and 30 Minute Break is the kind of punchy guitar pop that will connect the band with many new fans.

Brodie-Sangster and the band go back a while. He met Sam Bell, The Luka State’s bassist, when they appeared in Sam Taylor-Wood’s Beatles biopic Nowhere Boy – playing Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

The single is out on March 24th and is available now for a short time on the band’s Facebook page.


IMPACT DATE: 24th March 2014

Bird To Beast are following their recent glut of national, repeated radio play from Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie, Chris Hawkins, Alex Lester, Ruth Barnes, Shell Zenner with this fantastic new video.

The video stars classically trained dancer Patrick Carroll-Fogg in a mesmerising turn as a drag artiste, who compliments the song’s offbeat lyrics perfectly in bewitching style.

Bird to Beast are playing a daytime show at Union Chapel on Saturday 15th February between 12-2pm, and are playing with The Hosts in Manchester on Thursday 13th March at Gullivers.

SPACE release new single “Fortune Teller”; Announce New LP and 20th Anniversary

spacefortuneteller900ASKME -singles-button-smallIMPACT DATE: 3rd March 2014

90’s favourites Space are back, armed with a new single, album and UK tour with Republica to coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary.

Writing top oddball pop songs is no easy feat, but it’s something Space have been doing for two decades. Fortune Teller is their first single in a decade, and their signature quirky, up-beat pop is a welcome breath of fresh air.

“I’m keeping up with the mystic vibe!” says frontman Tommy Scott, who can’t wait to get back on the road and play the hits – and the new tracks –  to their many fans:

“When we tour, we love playing the old stuff, but I always knew I wanted to record some new material. We know the fans like to hear the old classics from our multi-million selling albums ‘Spiders’ and ‘Tin Planet’, but we wanted to give them something extra.”

The platinum selling band came to prominence in the mid-90’s with hit singles such as Female of the Species, Neighbourhood, Me and You Versus the World and The Ballad of Tom Jones.

Space reformed in December 2011 for a special one-off hometown show at the O2 Academy.

The show sold out in double-quick time and the response so positive that they decided to get back in the studio… and they’ve teamed up with fellow 90’s million-sellers Republica for a UK tour in March to coincide with the new single.

Says Tommy:

“It will be great to see all of the loyal Space fans who have supported us for years, and we’ve also noticed that we have a lot of younger fans out there who are just getting into our music.”

20th Anniversary tour with Republica:

Tue March 18th 2014 – GLASGOW King Tuts
Wed March 19th 2014 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Thu March 20th 2014 – MANCHESTER Academy
Fri March 21st 2014 – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy Liverpool
Sat March 22nd 2014 – COVENTRY Kasbah
Sun March 23rd 2014 – LONDON O2 Academy Islington

Blind Atlas – These Days

Label: Fallen Swine

Impact Date: 19th November

Fresh from their recent session for  Whispering Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show, Blind Atlas release ‘These Days’, taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Kodiak Bear‘. As we’ve come to expect from the band, there’s a brilliant video to accompany the single too:

“Mancunian country blues grooving to a Burritos beat…Kodiak Bear brooding and reflective…hints of Exile on Maine Street, Calexico and Frontier Ruckus…” Classic Rock Magazine: 7/10

Blind Atlas – Kodiak Bear

Blind Atlas have teamed up again with the incredible animator Volkerfirma films who created the video for ‘My Proud Mountains’ which was ‘Video of the week’ on the BBC6 Music Nemone Show. The latest animation for Kodiak Bear  is for the title track to their debut album, which is due out in April 2012. The results are simply stunning.

Hailing from Denver, Colorado and disparate points around the UK, Blind Atlas came together in the bohemian suburbs of South Manchester, united by a shared preoccupation with drinking, failed relationships and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Led by singer/guitarist Ross Thompson, Blind Atlas concoct a new take on American alternative country and classic British rock ‘n’ roll, taking inspiration from The Rolling Stones and Townes Van Zandt right through to artists such as Calexico and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Blind Atlas have notched up headline slots at some of the most iconic venues in Manchester, with dates planned around their forthcoming debut album. They recently released their ‘Iron wall’ EP which, along with their double A-side single ‘4th Street/For Carol“, was produced by The Earlies. Both releases garnered numerous radio plays including BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris) and BBC6 Music (Cerys Matthews, Jo Good, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe).

“… dramatic, spellbinding with a touch of darkness in parts make Blind Atlas a thoroughly hypnotic act … powerful and mesmerising… well worth your attention”.  [BBC]

“… grizzled vocals and a heart-wrenching lyric sheet … think Ryan Adams fronting The Black Keys, or perhaps Fleet Foxes with a Led Zeppelin fixation; and clearly all designed to soundtrack long, whisky-addled nights of anguished soul-searching.”  [CityLife/Manchester Evening News]