The Minx to play biggest-ever hometown show in Manchester

TheMinxDeafManchester’s top purveyors of Buzzcocks-esque power-pop tunes, The Minx, are playing their biggest ever gig at one of the city’s most prestigious venues: The Deaf Institute this coming Saturday night – and there are only a handful of tickets left.

This coming show is just another example of their rapid ascent: they have sold out every show in the city so far, and after touring with Inspiral Carpets earlier this year, have their sights set on bigger crowds and wilder responses.

The Minx are a prime example of both a band of the new music world – they book, promote and sell all their own gigs; and of the past, when guitar bands felt like groups of friends having fun and playing top pop songs for the sheer joy of it.

They’re a band who are connecting with an under-represented segment of music-loving society – and their rabid, loyal fanbase pack out their raucous shows every time.

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IMPACT DATE:  5th August 2013
LABEL: Queen Street Records

The Minx have been effortlessly selling out venues in their home town of Manchester for months – and each gig has been bigger and better than the last.

It’s for a good reason! The Minx don’t sound like the Mancunian bands you’d expect, but have still connected with the youth in the manner you’d hope.

Word of mouth has spread the news about The Minx’s gigs quickly around town, their young acolytes packing shows to the rafters. (Word has also reached as far as Los Angeles, where Mike Davies has played them on his BBC Radio 1 show.)

And kids have found kindred spirits in The Minx. They’re lads you’d like to meet in the pub: smart, sharp-dressed, unpretentious and fun… but with the wit, brilliant pop tunes, snappy lyrics and infectious enthusiasm that have filled dancefloors citywide.

Echoes of fellow Mancunians The Buzzcocks & pop-punk pioneers The Undertones shoot through their short ‘n’ sweet paeans to the joys of real life.

Chris Haddon, singer and guitarist, says that there’s no huge secret to The Minx’s successful recipe of pop-noise:

“We’re just five best mates from Wythenshawe interested in all the cultures around us and everyday life – we all love Punk, Reggae, Soul, New Wave, and Pop, and it all comes out in the music we make. It’s Frank Sinatra meets Joe Strummer with a good backbeat!”

They’re a gang, not a band, he says. Right now, the gang is growing fast.

“I listened to [The Minx] one more time, decided I liked it and bought it”­ – Mike Davies, BBC Radio 1
“The most exciting new band I have heard in years; a ferocious live proposition”­ –Pete Jobson, I Am Kloot
“The Minx – the best thing to come out of Manchester since Oasis”­ – Sabotage Times
“Their star will continue to rise over the next 12 months”­ – John Robb, Louder Than War

Who are The Minx?

Chris Haddon – Vox / Guitar
Paul Robinson – Guitar / Vox
Steven Stuttard – Bass
Kieran McIntyre – Keys / Vox
Andy Evans – Drums

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Take That’s Mark Owen Plays A *Very* Secret Gig In Manchester To 20 People!

So… last night I met up with friends in The Castle Hotel for a drink because we had just announced that The Travelling Band are playing a surprise gig there next Monday night (which will be streamed online too).

It was pretty quiet and we were putting our coats on to go when we asked the bar staff who was playing that night – and were told Mark Owen! We didn’t believe them, and then I noticed Simon Moran (SJM Concerts, Take That‘s promoter) behind me, so I asked him, and he confirmed it.

Apparently, Mark had phoned The Castle Hotel (only a tiny venue) just a few hours beforehand to ask if they were free that evening to play a few tracks at 9pm. We quickly pulled our coats off and stayed – who wouldn’t!

The next thing we knew, Mark, a guitarist and pianist were playing in the pub’s tiny back room to about 20 surprised people! He was very cheerful, a tiny bit nervous, but came across confident and chatty.

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He opened his five song set with Take That’s ‘The Flood’, played his own songs “Clementine” and “Four Minute Warning” and a new song ‘Stars’ which sounds like a huge hit. He closed with Take That’s “Shine”. (I managed to grab video of the last two songs, above.)

There were smiles all round! He joked that if we wanted to hear more we would have to pay and come along to his gig at The Ritz Manchester in a few weeks…

Peter Hook Is BIMM Manchester’s Next Special Guest

hookybimm4It’s an amazing coup for BIMM Manchester!

Peter Hook, bassist from not one, but two legendary bands in Joy Division and New Order, will be the special guest at BIMM Manchester’s next Open Day on Saturday May 25th at 11am!

Hooky will be discussing his career on stage and sharing his incredible experience with potential BIMM Manchester students.

After the enormous success of the previous BIMM Manchester Open Days, this event continues the tradition of securing amazing speakers – in previous events, Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow), Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club) and Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) have all spoken about their life and careers.

The final BIMM Manchester Open Day until September begins at 11am on Saturday 25th May.

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The Smiths – unearthed, rare recording of preproduction/rehearsal for debut album

Rumours have been flying around for years about a possible Smiths reunion, but Morrissey isn’t budging and Johnny Marr is doing his own thing. I was lucky enough to see The Smiths a few times and I am a huge fan.

So when I discovered this early, extremely rare cassette tape recording of a rehearsal on Youtube I thought I would share it. Before I knew it Mike Joyce had tweeted it via original Oasis guitarist Bonehead and the NME were on the phone.

‘The Pablo Cuckoo Tape’ as told by bellapintura c/o http://smithstorrents.co.uk.

Unearthed, Very Rare Rehearsal Recording
{Awash with Unusual idiosyncrasies & early lyrics}
Recorded at Crazy Face, 13~15 Chapel Walks, Manchester.
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You’ve Got Everything Now
Accept Yourself 04:26
What Difference Does It Make 08:46
Reel Around The Fountain 12:52
These Things Take Time 19:28
I Don’t Owe You Anything 22:37
Hand In Glove 28:06
Handsome Devil 31:04
Miserable Lie 34:11

In May 1983 (exact date unknown), while preparing to record their debut album, The band ran through & recorded a selection of songs at a rehearsal in band manager, Joe Moss‘ jeans warehouse (Crazy Face).
The cassette tape was recorded for Troy Tate in order to give him something to work with before going into the studio
It’s pretty rough, but considering it was recorded on cassette with a stereo Mic pointing into the room, the quality isn’t too bad.
Morrissey‘s vocals are a bit distorted – maybe singing too close to the mic or maybe the cassette Mic was too close to the PA but everything else is surprisingly clear.
There is some tape flutter at various points.
I was lent the master cassette by a source close to the band who made the recording, let’s call him Pablo Cuckoo in 1997 with a view of trying to put it out as a semi-official release.
As it was recorded before the band had signed to Rough Trade, technically he had the rights to the recording.
But a combination of poor sound quality & threats from Warner Bros meant that the idea was shelved.
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Free & Safe HQ lossless audio download available at the ever excellent Smiths Torrents http://www.smithstorrents.co.uk/forum…Courtesy of the very generous bellapintura.
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The Moz & Joe Moss picture is sourced from, The Arcane Old Wardrobe http://foreverill.com/gallery/details… A Morrissey & The Smiths Photo cornucopia lovingly maintained by the indispensable Comtesse DeSpair

BIMM MANCHESTER OFFERS £120,000 WORTH OF FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY AT THEIR BRAND NEW CONTEMPORARY MUSIC COLLEGE

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OFFERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENTED MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS STATE OF THE ART EDUCATION’

BIMM Manchester is offering budding musicians and music industry professionals a life-changing opportunity to pursue their musical ambitions.

As the newest college in the award winning BIMM Group, BIMM Manchester is offering £120,000 worth of Foundation Scholarships when it opens its building in the heart of the city centre in September 2013.

BIMM Manchester will be offering one full Foundation Scholarship (valued at £18,000) for each of its seven BA (Hons) courses – meaning prospective students can study a degree level course in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Songwriting, Vocals, Music Business and Music Event Management, to cover all tuition fees.

BIMM Manchester Principal Vaseema Hamilton adds, “Since we launched BIMM Manchester earlier this year, we have been thrilled by the number of  applicants to all our courses and astonished by the level of talent and dedication that has been presented to our assessment and audition teams.

‘We also recognise that the current financial climate is immensely  challenging for many families and we have created these Foundation Scholarships in order to support members of the next generation of Manchester Music Industry creatives  who might otherwise not have been able to gain a BA (Hons).”

All BIMM Manchester BA (Hons) degrees are validated by the University of Sussex (currently ranked 21st in the UK) and studied on a full time basis, for three years.

BIMM Manchester is open for applications now, and due to continued demand is hosting its fourth Open Day on Saturday 16th March, starting at 12 noon at the Gorilla music bar.

More Open Days are planned for April and May.

Talking at the last BIMM Manchester Open Day in January, Mike Joyce said, “I wish we had something like [BIMM Manchester] when The Smiths were starting out. Nobody told us about the pitfalls of the music business. We might have avoided the problems we encountered.”

After visiting the BIMM Brighton college, Roger Daltrey CBE said, “Really impressed with what you have here, you’re very lucky.”

Today it was announced that Roger Daltrey is to be a Patron for BIMM.

For more information on the courses available, click here.

City Reign Curate Exclusive Q Magazine Playlist

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City Reign are no strangers to making albums in odd places – having just recorded their new album Another Step in Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church.

Q Magazine asked them to put together a playlist of their favourite tracks that were recorded in odd places – and they picked a varied bunch, including Johnny Cash, Doves, Bon Iver, U2 and My Morning Jacket.

 

Hear their new single ‘Making Plans’ here  – it’s released on Car Boot Records on March 11th.

City Reign – Making Plans

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Impact date: 11th March 2013

Label: Car Boot Records 

Strongly-tipped Manchester indie rockers, City Reign, have announced the first single ‘Making Plans’, from their forthcoming debut album ‘Another Step’.

BBC 6 Music‘s Steve Lamacq loved ‘Making Plans’ so much that he played the demo on his show as soon as he heard it – and interviewed the band on the show shortly after.

The single follows taster tracks the band offered as free downloads ‘Ahead of Ideas’ and ‘Retaliate’.

First taster ‘Ahead Of Ideas’ propelled them on a UK tour and led to Clash Magazine asking them to open their inaugural issue launch gig in Manchester, recognising them as one of the best bands on the circuit, naming them “One of the best new young bands to follow.”

The band teamed up with Mancunian-based producer Sam Jones (Bromheads Jacket, Alex Turner) to record and re-work the album. He took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford – choosing the church for its rich natural reverb, which helped to bring depth to the band’s classic guitar sound.

The sound builds on the raw energy and exciting promise of the early demos, including the demo version of ‘Making Plans’ which caught the ears of The Independent in late 2011.

The video was shot in Manchester’s legendary Night and Day venue, where the band played their first ever gig.

City Reign are song-writing pair Chris Bull and Mike Grice with Duncan Bolton on drums.

The album, ‘Another Step’, is due for release the same day (25th February).

February Live Dates:

Thursday 14th – Edinburgh – Bannermans
Friday 15th – Glasgow – Buff Club
Wednesday 20th – Cardiff – Buffalo Bar
Thursday 21st – Bristol – Golden Lion
Friday 22nd – London – The Garage
Saturday 23rd – Manchester – The Castle

March Live Dates:

Friday 15th March – London Bull & Gate.

 

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Darktown Jubilee – Stay

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Impact date: 11th March 2013

Label: Parade Recordings 

‘Stay’ is the emotionally charged follow up to 2012’s ‘Breakdown’ and was mixed for radio by world renowned engineer Cenzo Townsend (Vaccines, Maccabees, U2, Snow PatrolEditors et al).

Taken from the forthcoming album The World, The Flesh & The Devil (Feb 25th), ‘Stay’ is Influenced as much by Springsteen and The Doors as they are by contemporary artists like The Temper Trap and The Killers, Darktown Jubilee’s core resonates with a fundamental knack for melody, timing and simplicity.

David Boardman from the band comments:

“Stay is the most emotionally direct song on the record and has always connected with audiences so it became an obvious choice when we were considering singles. It was a dream to get Cenzo to remix it for us. He has mixed some of the greatest records of the last 10 years and I think brought out the best in the track, bringing to it an increased energy and dynamic range”.

“For the video, however, we were keen to show another, more playful, humorous side to the band whilst still remaining true to the essence of the song. The initial idea was to have the lead character enter a surreal, dreamlike scenario in which a procession of weird and wonderful characters were singing the song in karaoke style.”

“Finding the venue (a karaoke bar in Manchester’s Chinatown) was key to the look of the finished film and once Emmerdale‘s Emma Atkins agreed to play the lead role, it all began to take shape. It was a cool video to make which included nods to some favourite films and formative influences!”

LIVE DATES:
Sat Feb 9th – Manchester, Night & Day
Fri Feb 15th – Newcastle, The Cluny 2
Thurs March 7th – London, Nambucca

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BIMM TO OPEN £3M MANCHESTER MUSIC COLLEGE CAMPUS

INTRODUCTORY OPEN DAY FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY 3pm-5pm

Budding musicians and industry professionals are to be offered a top class contemporary music education in Manchester.

The award-winning BIMM Group is opening a state of the art £3M campus in the city this September, and has just appointed former EMI CEO Tony Wadsworth CBE as a director to the board.

Recent success stories from BIMM include 2013 BRIT Critic’s Choice Award Winner Tom Odell, who studied on the Professional Diploma in Songwriting course in 2010.


The college is open for applications now and to celebrate, is hosting an open day on Friday 25th January, from 3.00pm (doors open at 2.00pm). BIMM Manchester will take over Gorilla bar and live venue around the corner from the BIMM Manchester campus for the afternoon.

Guests on the day will include Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Richard Jupp (Elbow) and recent BIMM graduate, Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club), who will be talking to Jake Shillingford (Head of Music Business and My Life Story frontman) about their varied and extensive knowledge of the music industry during a live Q&A session and will be taking questions from the audience.

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There will also be live performances from former BIMM students; Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent Finalist) and Tiny Dragons.

Sam adds:

“During my time as a student at BIMM Brighton I acquired many skills key to becoming a successful musician that I would never have had access to anywhere else. I had a great time honing these skills in the local music scene. 

“The key to a successful contemporary music college is being in a city with a thriving music scene, and the music scene in Manchester is nothing short of legendary. Any young musicians like myself who are looking to learn their craft – and learn from people who have really been there and done it – should definitely consider applying.”

Manchester Evening News feature: http://bit.ly/UUABor

Two Door Cinema Club ticket give-away: at the Open Day, Ben Thompson will be giving away 6 pairs of tickets for the band’s Manchester Apollo gigs that weekend to a few lucky attendees.

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BIMM Manchester Open Day event schedule – times subject to change

3.00pm Welcome from BIMM Brighton College Manager Adam Bushell

3.05pm Live performance from Sam Kelly (Britain’s Got Talent finalist), accompanied by fellow BIMM Brighton graduate Jamie Francis

3.10pm BIMM Principal Vaseema Hamilton to present introduction to BIMM Manchester

3.20pm  Mike Joyce, Richard Jupp and Ben Thompson live Q&A session.

4.00pm Performance from Tiny Dragons.

4.50pm Presentation to end.  Drinks and snacks to be served for a ‘meet and greet / networking reception.

For more information please see BIMM Manchester website: bimm.co.uk/manchester

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  • The Open Day will be held at Gorilla (54-58 Whitworth St, Man, M1 5WW)
  • The new BIMM Manchester campus will be located on Gt Marlborough St in Manchester City Centre, to open in September 2013.
  • BIMM Manchester is now open for applications through UCAS and courses on offer for 2013 are: BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship (Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Bass) plus BA (Hons) in Music Business Management and Music Event Management.
  • Courses at BIMM Manchester are fully validated by the University of Sussex, currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 Universities at number 13 and within the International top 100.

About BIMM

  • BIMM (Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester and Tech Music School London) is the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of contemporary music vocational and higher education courses.
  • In 2012 BIMM was awarded ‘highly trusted status’ by the UK QAA Agency and is fully accredited for International student enrollment.  Also in the same year BIMM became a member of UCAS.
  • BIMM Group offers its students a broad range of course levels, from diplomas through to BA (Hons) degrees across all five colleges.  Its 2000 students can study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing, live sound and tour management and music business.  Delivered by 100 trained active professional tutors, all of whom have touring, performing and session experience and a background in the professional music industry.
  • BIMM colleges enjoy outstanding retention and achievement rates, excellent student feedback and a strong track record of alumni success; students have scored an unprecedented thirty UK Top 40 singles and have been involved in successful UK Top 20 albums including The Kooks (2 million+ album sales), Beth Rowley and Kate Walsh
  • Other student successes include Ben Thompson, currently on a world tour with Two Door Cinema Club and BIMM Bristol musician Steve Sparrow who is signed to Parlophone Records/EMI with his band Morning Parade. The band is recording their debut album with producer Jason Cox (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Blur) at Damon Albarn’s Studio 13.