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Live Gig Video: Other Lives at Manchester Deaf Institute

By on Wednesday, 21st September 2011 at 2:00 pm

Other Lives played at Manchester’s Deaf Institute last month. The band also went on the roof to perform an unplugged version of ‘Other Statues’. It was all recorded for your viewing pleasure by the lovely folks at Manchester Scenewipe. Watch it below.

Luke wrote a nice Bands to Watch piece on the Oklahomans in June, which you can read here.



Bands to Watch #224: The Kill Van Kulls

By on Wednesday, 24th August 2011 at 12:00 pm

Does Manchester really need another electropop band? Between Delphic and the Whip…err…probably not. Anyone who dares to do it now is also going to get the unfair New Order comparison. But I think this one, the oddly-named Kill Van Kulls, deserves a moment of your time. The bouncy bass line and gentle synths at the start of their song ‘Lost and Found’? Very new wave ’80s. (HELLO. Based on these two things alone, it’s kind of a foregone conclusion I’d love this. Have a listen to ‘Fools Wish’…uhhh…there goes my heart on the floor. Think Simple Minds. Watch them perform the song pretty much acoustically below, with the iconic wallpaper at Manchester Deaf Institute as a backdrop, filmed by Manchester Scenewipe.)


The vocals? MGMT, or possibly current darlings Foster the People. The happiness? The Naked and Famous. I can’t find much about these guys at all on the Web, so if you represent them or something, get in touch, because they seem to be the most mysterious thing to come out of MCR since WU LYF.

And if you really need more persuading, consider that this Manchester quartet will help drown out the noise of those other famous sons of the city yelling at each other. So let’s stop squabbling and enjoy the music eh, Gallaghers?


Video of the Moment #385: Dinosaur Pile-up

By on Monday, 17th January 2011 at 6:00 pm

Leeds alt-rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up recently did an acoustic version of ‘Maybe It’s You’ for Manchester Scenewipe, a Web site described as “an online channel devoted to bringing together and uniting one of the world’s greatest music scenes….Manchester”. Sounds like a great idea to me.

This track is from Dinosaur Pile-Up’s debut album, ‘Growing Pains’, released in October 2010.



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