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British Sea Power – Moho Live, Manchester – 26th April 2010

April 30, 2010


written for High Voltage British Sea Power’s performance here in Manchester tonight was notable for numerous reasons. Firstly, the band offered a great display of musicianship, with each member worthy of high praise. An expert display of intricate songs demonstrated their undoubted ability and professionalism. They are also a band who possess great presence, with […]

Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth

April 30, 2010


written for High Voltage The wait is finally over. Beast Rest Forth Mouth, Bear In Heaven’s second long player, was released in the US in October last year, but it has taken its sweet time to arrive on these shores. It bristles with purpose, retaining many of the psychedelic undercurrents that underpinned their first album, […]

Bear In Heaven – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 22nd April 2010

April 25, 2010


written for High Voltage Tonight saw yet another Brooklyn-based band descend upon The Deaf Institute and provide an impressive display of musical ability. Bear In Heaven are little known in the UK at present, but expect them to become more widely recognised in the not too distant future. They create vast musical landscapes that contain […]

Love Is All – Two Thousand and Ten Injuries

April 23, 2010


written for High Voltage It is difficult to define ‘Love Is All’. Their latest long player, ‘Two Thousand and Ten Injuries’, quite clearly exhibits indie, pop and punk influences, but they also attempt to make use of saxophone and boy/girl harmonies, making a definite description of their approach difficult to arrive at. What is clear […]

Laura Marling – The Lowry, Salford – 12th April 2010

April 18, 2010


written for High Voltage Laura Marling delivered a spectacular set of folk songs tonight at The Lowry, and left her audience in no doubt that she has the talent and ability to continue her ascent in music. Her vocal delivery is excellent but she also possesses the more difficult skill of being able to write […]

Andy Murray – Monte Carlo Rolex Masters – 2010

April 18, 2010


written for Student Direct Andy Murray’s abysmal form shows no signs of subsiding, with a lacklustre defeat meaning that he has now slipped to fifth in the world rankings. The red clay of Monte Carlo may not be his preferred surface, but a dismal 6-2 6-1 second-round defeat to world number 33 Phillip Kohlschreiber has […]

The Paris Riots – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 8th April 2010

April 16, 2010


written for High Voltage The Paris Riots demonstrated tonight that last year’s appearance at FIB was not a fluke, and that performances on larger stages may become habitual in the future. Their stage presence is exemplary, and they write pretty impressive stadium rock songs, meaning they are quickly outgrowing the smaller music venues, and, judging […]

The Smiths Indeed – Manchester Academy 3 – 10th April 2010

April 14, 2010


written for High Voltage The Smiths have left behind a unique and enduring legacy. Their songs are listened to by more people now than ever before and they continue to influence an untold number of new bands. Morrissey’s unsurpassed ability to write poetic lyrics, that were both witty and sorrowful, meant that the band were […]

We Have Band – Divisive

April 12, 2010


Written for High Voltage Things are going extremely well for We Have Band. Having built a strong reputation as an impressive live act, the London-based three-piece have signed to France’s largest independent record label, have an album pending and are booked to play a plethora of live dates across the UK and Europe. If their […]

Magnetic Fields – The Cathedral, Manchester – 19th March 2010

April 7, 2010


The Magnetic Fields played an extraordinary 29 songs at the glorious Manchester Cathedral tonight, and their set was as impressive as it was long, offering a beautiful sound that matched the spectacular visuals inside one of Manchester’s oldest buildings. Even with a back catalogue as extensive as theirs, it was an unexpected but pleasant surprise […]

Andy Murray – Sony Ericsson Open – Miami Masters – 2010

April 7, 2010


Andy Murray lost 6-4 6-4 to American Mardy Fish in the second round of the Miami Masters, leaving little doubt that, if his current poor form persists, it will threaten his position among the tennis elite. Since mid 2008, Murray has continually improved his game, winning numerous Masters Events and contesting 2 grand-slam finals, however, […]

The Drums – Deaf Institute, Manchester – 30th March 2010

April 1, 2010


written for High Voltage Manchester’s Deaf Institute was packed to the rafters as The Drums made their much anticipated return to this growing left-field venue. An expectant audience did not leave disappointed as the New Yorkers provided an energetic performance full of vocal hooks and superb dancing. Support tonight came in the shape of Uranium […]