Between the 13th – 15th of October, Manchester plays host to the annual In the City festival. This year, it’s relocating to the Northern Quarter, and looks set to play host to it’#s most exciting line-up in years, giving both the industry professionals and the normal gig goers a chance to get involved with it’s unique mix of exciting concerts and engaging keynote speakers. Wristbands are currently priced at £29, which gets you access to some of the most exciting shows the city will see this year. If you’re not quite sure who to see yet, here’s some help:
For good or for bad, there are always going to be hoards of people trying to shape the Mancunian music landscape. Dragged from provincial Lancashire, Duncan Sime has spent the past five years doing his best to outweigh all the negatives of the city with his label, Red Deer Club. As well as putting on an infrequent (and recently revived) clubnight, Sime has overseen releases from an eclectic yet brilliant array of artists, ranging from the complex folk of The Moulettes through to the maudlin magnificence of Awesome Wells, taking in all manner of great, under appreciated and criminally under listened artists on the way. Of all the bands that RDC has cultivated from this rich cultural underbelly, there is one that looks set threatens to break the current musical hegemony.
Young British Artists are hardly on the tip of everyone’s tongues – not yet at least. There has been no burst onto the scene nor huge wave of hype surrounding them, but for the past couple of years the quartet have been putting together their sound, steadily getting more impressive over time. This steady expansion is something mirrored in there sound, a racket that slowly envelops and takes hold – intrinsically good, if a little raw. Their ‘Small Waves’ EP was put out through Red Deer Club late in 2009, a warm, triumphant racket. almost autumnal in feel, it immediately distinguishes itself as different from any contemporaries. Though potentially shoegaze in aesthetic thanks to it’s cluttered noise, at the heart of each of their tracks is a sort of ragged, melodic pop. The growth continued earlier this year, as their collaboration with the label extended to another single -the split A side release of ‘Lived in Skin’/’Million Miles’, a more streamlined, direct sensation, somewhere close to what Doves could’ve sounded like with a bit more energy and a lot less determination to sound dull. They’re not quite the finished product, but listening to them hone their craft is exhilarating enough as it is – one of Duncan Sime’s many,varied gifts to Manchester.
Young British Artists – [download from pigeon playlist #1]