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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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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2016.

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2016 has been a weird one, that’s for sure. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re all getting older that everyone’s dying and we’re seeing the world fall apart, or whether it’s the beginning of the end all together, but one thing I do know is that there’s been some outstanding music produced in a year where putting on your headphones and zoning out for a bit has become all the more necessary. Continue reading

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Oi, listen up, I’m talking to EU.

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There’s no .jpg that I can share, no link to an independent study, no hastily made meme with a statement that could be true or false. Every time I vote in an election, it matters a lot but I know that chance will come around again. I think that’s why the EU Referendum vote terrifies me more than anything else going on at the moment, this won’t happen again.

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Apologies, I Have None + Hindsights

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Not long to go now until our penultimate gig of the year and the line-up , if I do say so myself, is bloody brilliant. We’ve got two of the best bands in the country on a co-headline tour in Manchester (well, Salford) on a Saturday night.

Apologies, I Have None are a firm favourite in this city, having played here a number of times on headline and support slots while Hindsights were last seen a couple of months ago playing at A Carefully Planned Festival. Both bands are loud, dark and play with so much energy and honesty it’s fantastic. Continue reading

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MODERN BASEBALL RELEASE SHOW! (and other shows)

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Time for a nice update on the gigs we’ve got coming up. Firstly, we’ve just announced that Moving North will be hosting one of only TWO shows for Modern Baseball in Europe next year when we welcome them to Gorilla on Friday 26th February.

This is a release show for the “Mobo Presents: The Perfect Cast” EP that you can listen to below.  Continue reading

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Manchf3.5ter Set Times

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It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, I’ve finally found some time to write up all the Manchfester 3.5 set times!

The first band are Selmer Thurma from Leeds and they’re on at 1:30pm, it’s their first ever gig so be sure to come down early and watch them. They’re a three-piece, for fans of Dads/Healing Powers and don’t you dare miss it.

Set times… Continue reading

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