2017.

2017 was a pretty healthy year for some new music, and a pretty terrible year on a personal level so those things work well together. Having spent 1/3 of the year confined to my flat with a double fracture of the knee, I thought I’d get the chance to listen to a lot of new music – however I just played a lot of Fifa and watched a lot of The Sopranos. Anyway, here are some releases from 2017 you might enjoy…

The Menzingers – After The Party
Hands down the best album that has come out this year. ‘After The Party’ is probably the best song of the year, on the best album of the year. It’s honestly astonishing how this band manage to improve their output consistently. The lyrics to ‘Midwestern States’ are some of the greatest of the bands career, who else writes and delivers a verse like “We both got worthless diplomas from worthless universities, two bachelors in worthless studies, but at least it made our parents happy, and cost a whole lot of money” immediately connecting with the ridiculous number of people like me who feel similar.

The Baby Seals – s/t
EP of the year for me. Every song is catchy beyond belief with some incredible body-positive feminist subject matter. Listen to it once and you’ll love it.

Fresh – s/t
I’d been waiting for a while for another UK band to come along that would fill me with the same excitement that the likes of Great Cynics did when they released ‘Don’t Need Much’ and this year I got it!

ONSIND – We Wilt, We Bloom
Years of ever deepening divisive politics and despair, step forward ONSIND. A band who always manage to find the words and songs to say what a whole generation are feeling.

Creeper – Eternity In Your Arms
I’ve loved following the rise of Creeper, from the early gigs to the pre-album hype. I listened to the record at midnight along with everyone else and it was even better than I expected.

Iron Chic – You Can’t Stay Here
A slow burner for me, I wasn’t immediately hooked as I’m in the ‘OH MY GOD NOT LIKE THIS WAS JUST TOO GOOD FOR THIS BAND TO EVER FOLLOW’ but a few listens over time has really cemented this album as one of my favourites of the year. The lyrics for me are the best thing about Iron Chic, and there’s some absolute gold on this record.

Throwing Stuff – Fit, Fine & Well
If you’re into Paint It Black, The Steal, Cold Ones and not into Tories, long songs, guitar solos – check out the Throwing Stuff album. It’s 22 minutes across 15 songs.

Grand Collapse – Along The Dew
This band were personal highlights of mine from the two previous Manchester Punk Festivals and I was eagerly awaiting an album. It’s ferocious, pounding and angry as fuck. I love it.
Martha – The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues
Another incredible pop song about a horrible situation of cold winters and no money delivered with a rye smile. Martha can do no wrong in my eyes, cemented by their Minutemen cover on the B-side. 
I also really, really enjoyed new albums from The Smith Street Band, The Flatliners and The Front Bottoms. New singles from The Bennies and Boston Manor. Let me know if I’ve missed any great records this year please @movingnorthuk.

Our last gig of the year is tonight at Partisan with Apologies, I Have None / Kamikaze Girls / The Sour Taste / Don Blake, hope to see ya there!

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Our last ever gig…of 2017

Another December has come around, another year finished off and we’ve got one final gig to see the year out.

The year started with a sold out show for Radiator Hospital and Martha in January, then a busy February period followed by getting my knee broken playing football that interrupted things somewhat. In April we were had Manchester Punk Festival, and then a flurry of incredible line-ups in the following months.

Three shows in 5 days in November has brought up to MN#110 and we’ve got a great mix of old and new on the line-up at a great venue.

Apologies, I Have None are taking out Kamikaze Girls on a run around the UK to finish off the year, two of the best bands in the country. One that have been going forever in various line-ups with a back catalogue of incredible songs, one that’s a little more recent that are a pleasure to watch!

Continuing the old and new theme, we’ve got The Sour Taste on a line-up for the first time. They emailed me and it said FFO: The Menzingers, The Flatliners so they had me sussed. They’re up from Salisbury, make sure you check them out. And with the old (no offence chaps) we’ve got the pop-punk stalwarts of Don Blake, if you’re into The Copyrights/The Ergs then you’ll have a great time with these lot.

Last thing to shout about is the venue! We’re happy to be returning to Partisan after a sold out show with ONSIND last weekend. Partisan is a new DIY space in Manchester that’s got so much potential to give this city what it needs, a decent size venue, not ran by idiots, not being sold an turned into luxury flats. Please come to the gig, please spend your money at the bar, also please google how to find the venue too…

So that’s it. Another year down, we’ve done over 100 gigs now, thanks if you’ve come to any of them! See you on Wednesday 13th December at Partisan.

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ONSIND album release show!

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One of our all-time favourite combination of humans have announced their third album and a Manchester based release show to go along with it! Durham’s dynamic duo ONSIND are back with “We Wilt, We Bloom” out on 17th November through Specialist Subject Records and we’ll be throwing a celebration at Partisan in Manchester on Friday 24th November.

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Upcoming shows…

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It was nice having a little break over the Summer, then ending that with a brilliant gig with Slaughter Beach, Dog at the start of September. There’s lots more on their way now! Continue reading

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Partisan

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As the venue for the Slaughter Beach, Dog is a new one – here’s some information!

Partisan is a space for independent, community led, DIY and cultural based projects in Manchester. It’s located at 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester, M4 4FY, just next to the Snooker Centre and the entrance to the gig room (basement) is on Park Street.

Partisan has great potential for Manchester and we encourage everyone to sign up as members as it’s important we support the few music venues we have left after seeing a lot close in the last couple of years.

Membership

Obviously, like all venues – you can’t bring in your own booze. So here are the drinks prices!

    Beers £3
    Wine £3 / £3.5 / £4
    Spirit/Mixers £3 / £4 (dbl)
    Soft drinks £1
    Tea £1
    Coffee £2

 


We can’t wait to host the first gig ever at Partisan and it’s set to be a bloody lovely evening with Slaughter Beach, Dog / Nervus / Parker Lee. Tickets will be available on the door for £12, £10 advance until Saturday from HERE.

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MANCHFESTER SET TIMES!

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With just a few days to go, and a General Election, Manchfester 4.5 is coming quick.

Unfortunately we’ve been hit with some mega bad luck in the forms of Broadbay, Hot Mass and Pale Kids all having to drop out, but a shining light is there in the fact we’ve been able to add Bloodmines to proceedings and also start around 4pm!

Advance tickets are £10 (£15 charity) in advance and will be available until Friday, then it’ll be £12 on the door on Saturday. Plenty of space on the door.

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