Save Lancaster Music Co-op! Fight the Eviction!

On October 12th, 2018 Lancaster City Council served Lancaster Music Co-op with an eviction notice on the building they have occupied for 33 years. We now need to fight to get that eviction order overturned!!

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PLAYLIST: Bill’s Best of 2018 so far

Here is a playlist of 100 of my favourite tracks from 2018 so far. A diverse list of genre spanning sounds from home and oversees released in the last six months or so, follow and listen to my Spotify playlist below.

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Ezra Furman and The Visions – A Transangelic Exodus through Liverpool

If you need to find a door inside of your head that leads to somewhere else, Ezra Furman will show it to you.  This particular door opens up to us in Liverpool.  The narrative-driven album Transangelic Exodus is passing through our outward facing city.  We’re lucky.

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‘I love this record – I think it’s my best’

Martin Carr’s latest album, New Shapes of Life, was written in the aftermath of Bowie’s death and is a wonderful collection of electronic-tinged, honest and reflective, futuristic-soul songs, but making the record took its toll on his mental health. We spoke to him to find out more…

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GIITTV: Charlotte Carpenter – Shelter EP (Let It Go Records)

The cover of Charlotte Carpenter‘s latest EP, Shelter, sees our heroine sat opposite a pint of bitter which may or not be hers (I bet it is!). Interestingly, the glass is half full…or perhaps it’s half empty? The answer to this perenial teaser is probably a closely guarded secret but key to understanding the pro-genesis behind the 4 track EP and the current state of her psyche. Look more closely at the EP cover and you will see her face split in two, subordinate to the outside light, whilst wearing a pink t-shirt under a black leather jacket and sat beneath a half and half window. The message seems uncomplicated, this is an EP of contrasts; either that or I’m reading waaaaay too much into matters.

Carpenter is arguably the most interesting Northampton export since Carlsberg opened up their brewery and her own particular brand of bluesy-rock goes down just as well with a packet of dry roasted peanuts. Not many artists are courageous enough to admit being inspired by a trip to a motorway service station (apparently ‘Shelter‘ conceived during one such visit) but then Charlotte Carpenter is no run-of-the-mill artist.

The title track percolates with a cinematic throb which provides the perfect bedrock for Carpenters’ robust vocal delivery; this is a marked progression from her previous offerings and demonstrates an artist who is growing in confidence and self-belief. Some may scoff, but there are echoes of Portishead‘s Dummy album throughout the track, a disturbing sense of the macabre mixed with a sense of impending doom. Previous single ‘Fire‘ is included here; it’s a full-on rock romp which could easily have featured as the soundtrack to a late-70s road movie and, once again, offers a contrast in pace to the rest of the EP.

The remaining tracks hint at the flip side to Charlotte Carpenter, showcasing a pencant for a delicate vocal with minimal musical intervention. ‘Hey Mr Cowboy’ comes over all spaghetti Western with an effortless strum complimenting a laconic vocal; if they ever re-make Pulp Fiction then this track is a necessity. Finally, ‘Lately’ signs off the EP with a ludicrously simple stab at my heartstrings; it feels as if the track was written in 5 minutes flat on the back of a fag packet but I bet it wasn’t.

None of this answers the question of whether her glass is half full or half empty but mine is positively overflowing. Catch her on tour now before she starts on the Diamond White trail to super-stardom.

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GIITTV: Tracks Of The Week #1

The She’s – Heartbreak

Wonky attitude-riven post-punk with a ’60s-tinged call and response choruses, from this brilliant San Francisco band of childhood friends. Lifted from their forthcoming album “all female rock and roll quartet” which is out on Empty Cellar Records 17th November. (BC)

Art School Girlfriend – Bending Back

Sumptuous minimal, pulsing pop from Polly Mackey who has been involved in a few musical projects down the years. Her new guise may be her best yet if ‘Bending Back’ is anything to go by mysterious and beguiling, echoing the works of Everything But The Girl only placed in a setting of contemporary production. Mackey’s gorgeously wistful vocals detailing the push and pull of the centre of control in a relationship. (BC)

Catholic Action – Black & White

Glasgow’s Catholic Action recently shared the video for latest single ‘Black & White’ lifted from their forthcoming album In Memory of. The track see-saws between an intimacy and riot of riffs and percussive breakdowns it’s delightfully reminiscent of mid-period Primal Scream and early Strokes. ‘Black & White’ was written by frontman Chris McCrory, as a reaction to finding out about the death of David Bowie. (BC)

The Purple Lights – Not Alone

East London duo The Purple Lights have come up with a totally original mixture of rock attitude and heavy reggae grooves, organic and totally authentic.  One of the hardest working touring acts and prolific songwriters, they’ve lugged their positive presences all over the festival circuit in 2017 and become resident artists at The Roundhouse.  This track is their most catchy, with lyrics that are designed to reassure anyone having a less than a great time in the world right now. Out on PLR Recordings on 17/11/2017.  (BW)

Photo: The She’s by Molly DeCoudreaux

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