Daystar – Don’t Need This

Impact date: 12:03:2012

Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) ‘Great Stuff, and very Manchester, too’ , 

 Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets / XFM) ‘Daystar are a band I’ve been listening to a lot lately’

‘Don’t Need This’, the latest Daystar single, is set for release on February 27th. Captured by legendary Liverpool producer Ronnie Stone, the raking, shimmering guitars, cascading bass-lines, laidback somersaulting drums and the sweet, soaring melodies of front man Simon Monaghan demonstrate unflinching feeling and belief. In his own words; “This song is about the pretension and conformity of the murky underbelly of the Manchester club scene and the social whores who frequent it”. There’s evidence aplenty of the band’s respect and admiration for the work of Syd Barrett from Pink Floyd and perhaps more than a passing nod to the classic harmonies of Brit-pop heroes Mansun and The Charlatans.

Daystar’s rise over recent months has been impressive to say the least. With a sound drawing expertly from contemporary influences whilst effortlessly tapping into the feel-good aspect of sixties mod culture, the band have rapidly developed a reputation as one of the UKs most exciting up-and-coming indie acts.

Daystar songs charm through the noble art of storytelling whilst creating eclectic soundscapes that conjure fond recollections of classic tunes by The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The La’s, along with song craft reminiscent of legendary groups like R.E.M. This has earned the band many high profile fans, including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien , Radio 2’s Janice Long (‘They said I’d like this. They were right.’), Terry Christian and BBC London/6 Music’s Gary Crowley (‘I’m absolutely loving this, I can certainly hear the Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson influences’).

To mark the release of ‘Don’t Need This’, Daystar will be playing live shows at:

Manchester’s Dry Bar (18th February)

Manchester, FAC251 (16th March).

London TBC


Release date: 17 August 2009

Label: Slippery People Recordings

Available from: iTunes

The Cordels
‘ first single, Dance in Time, sees the twentysomething Warrington three-piece digging deep for their lyrical themes whilst deftly crafting an anthemic, indie-pop classic.

An early demo of the track found its way to top producer, Jim Lowe [quote below], who immediately offered his mixing skills to polish it into the gem it is now.

With a songwriting dexterity and musical prowess that belie their years, The Cordels have won airplay in some well-respected quarters. Radio 1’s Zane Lowe gives early support, as does Tom Robinson for BBC 6 Music and Loz Guest at Kerrang Radio.

After only three months in the current line-up The Cordels are drawing comparisons with the early days of that other classic three-piece, The Police, with each band member bringing a simmering passion and an effortless cool that explode into a frenetic, self-assured live performance.

Dance in Time is a fan favourite and questions how free we really are living in the affluent West and how much we’re constrained by social pressure, work, money and debt.

26 June: The Ruby Lounge [supporting Kid British] – Manchester
18 July: Whatfest! 2009, Whatcroft, Cheshire
22 Aug: Mojo – Warrington
28 Aug: The Box – Crewe

Steven Taylor – vocals and guitar
Dave Wimbush – vocals and drums
James Kennedy – vocals and bass

Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Foo Fighters): “When I heard their demo I knew I had to work with them”

Peter Nash (Helter Skelter Agency): “I have been listening to about 50 new bands over the weekend whilst getting ready for SXSW … The Cordels sound better than the lot of them”

Jim Gellatly (BBC Scotland): “I fully expect I will be playing The Cordels a lot in the future!”

BBC Manchester Introducing: “Just had my ears opened to The Cordels and I’m liking what I hear – I recommend you opening your ears too”

Loz Guest, Head of Music, Kerrang Radio: ”Great harmonies, works brilliantly well, with a fantastic identity. They’re going to do really well, I like them!” “This band are incredible to watch, not just for music, but for the obvious passion that drives the set from all three members”