Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds “Revolution X”

Manchester again with ED BANGER & THE NOSEBLEEDS, a band that was formed in Wythenshawe in 1976! In 1977, the band featured future PRIMAL SCREAM drummer Toby Tomanov. Then, ED Banger left the band in 1979 and later joinded SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS while Morrissey (The SMITHS) and Billy Duffy (The CULT) briefly passed through the ranks!
ED BANGER & THE NOSEBLEEDS were reformed in 2013 by Ed (now Edweena Banger, and identifying as a trans woman) who also has a solo career. “Bite Back Rock N Roll” opens the album with a bang and sets the rock’n’roll mood for the whole album. It is as incisive as early ROSE TATTOO! Songs like “Nobody Tells Me”, “Freedom”, “Worlds Collide” or “Rolling Thunder” all have some raw ’77 punk energy mixed to glammy catchy hooks and melodies while “Can’t Stand The News” brings the NEW YORK DOLLS to mind. “Babylon” is more surprising since it has a jazzy/cabaret vibe and it actually is a nice interlude with saxophone and piano. Songs like “Walk Away” or “The Love Of The Night” will stay in your head for the day after listening to them while the atmosphere almost gets Brit pop with “One For The Road.”The band also gets back to the 50s rock’n’roll roots with “My Kinda Rocker” and offers us their own tribute to the STONES (“Rolling Stoned”) before taking us in the psychotic world of “Riding The Whirlwind.” The last song on the album, “Blinded” sounds more heavy rock’n’roll with a slight touch of DEAD BOYS thrown into it. Far from being a simple revival album, “Revolution X” is a great rock’n’roll record! /Laurent C.

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Eddie Mooney & The Grave “Telephones”/”Lockdown Baby” 7″

EDDIE MOONEY started in 1978 in Manchester when the punk scene was at the height of its no future fame. Still Unbeatable Records from Germany reissued the band’s early recordings but also has released two singles recently. The latest one “Telephones” is a good powerpop song with sunny positive energy, hand claps and nice vocal harmonies. “Down The Drain” on side B is also quite a catchy powerpop tune that might stay in your head for a couple of hours!

“Lockdown Baby” is another single with lots of handclaps but this one sounds more glam rock’n’roll with a groovy bass than 60s powerpop. “Working Man”,the second song has a bootboy glam vibe and a catchy chorus too. The production makes it sound like it was recorded in the early 70s, check it out! /Laurent C.

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Slaughter and the Dogs “Il Tradimento Silenzioso”

Manchester’s legendary SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS is actually now based in Lyon, France. Original singer Wayne Barrett surrounded himself with with four French punk rockers including Thib (NOT SCIENTISTS) and Simon (CLAIMED CHOICE.) Opening with the anthemic street punk “Manchester Boys” and its hooligan backing vocals, things quickly calm down with “Silent Cities” bringing some urban punk desperation and melancholy through a catchy mid-tempo song. You’ll hear a pop touch in “Good Times Are Coming Here Today” and “Ultimatum” is the kind of songs designed to make you sing at their show. The melodic side of the band can especially be heard in “The OK Man” and its acoustic guitar while their rock’n’roll roots come out in “Five Star British Hotel” and their angry punk side in the pychotic up tempo song “Cocaine Smile.” You’ll even get a bit of boogie in “Hooligan Blues” just before “She’s So Far From Home”, one of the catchiest songs on the album. “You Make Me Feel Brand New” brings a sweet pop touch while “Maybe If We Followed The Devil” puts an end to this album with a cinematic atmosphere. Good songs, great vocals and tight musicianship, well you should definitely check “il tradimento silenzioso” out. The album is out on Spaghetty Town Records (US) and Contra Records (Europe.) /Laurent C.

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Matty James “Uncertain Times” EP

MattytJamescoverDrummer in horror rock band CADAVER CLUB (Manchester, UK), Matty James is also a solo artist playing gutter-gypsy-troubadour rock’n’roll. This second EP opens with “A World Away”, a song that mixes the best of Izzy Stradlin’ with ELECTRIC ANGELS, quite a killer opener that won’t leave your mind after you’ve listened to it!
“Uncertain Times” slows things down in a Johnny Thunders way while “State Of Mind” and “Someday” could have been written and played by The DOGS D’AMOUR. The last song, “You’re Not The Only One” is an acoustic/piano rock’n’roll ballad that QUIREBOYS fans will enjoy with a good glass of wine!
It’s crazy to think that Matty is only 22 when you hear these 5 songs. I definitely look forward to what’s coming next!/Laurent C.

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