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Band of the Day (3.9.11) The Answering Machine

9 Mar

Manchester heroes might just have their moment with Lifeline - The Answering Machine


Band of the Day (3.9.11) The Answering Machine

The boys and one gal from Manchester have been creating music since their days at the University of Manchester, circa 2005. Martin and Pat wrote songs together in their final year at university, and Gemma joined on bass shortly afterwards. Do they qualify for a Laney Boggs award? Yes they do, having worked their tails off touring, releasing several albums and capturing a fairly large following along the way, but still haven’t had their moment in the sun. It’s really the release of Lifeline, that’s catapulted them into a stardom, though it still does irritate me that labels can’t break a British act in the US. Why the hell can’t they. The Answering Machine are part The Radio Dept., the vocal soulmate of Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and whole lot of bell ringing and melodies from Sparklehorse or Los Campesinos!

Vitals:
Hometown: Manchester, England, UK
Members:
Martin Colclough
Pat Fogarty
Gemma Evans
Ben Perry
Sonic Soulmate: The Radio Dept., Bloc Party, Sparklehorse, Los Campesinos!
Trackables:
“Hospital Lung” – A good quick little Bloc Party ditty from The Answering Machine

“Video 8” – The Radio Deptish track

“Lifeline’ – Title track and it captures the best of the band. Great work here.

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Band of the Day (9.9.10) Lonelady

9 Sep

BOD (9.9.10) Lonelady

Manchester, London has given us great music over the years, Lonelady is the latest to hit the scene. Lonelady is Julie Campbell. She’s a mix of Annie Lennox, Kate Bush and Niko. She belongs in 1982, but she’s not a retro 80’s New Wave chick. She’s got soul, she’s a folk singer and she’s classic. Nerve Up was released earlier this year and she’s destroying the UK press. The US has yet to discover her sound, or if they have those people are keeping it a secret. Spread the word, enjoy her music and take a listen to two new tracks.

Hear:
“Marble” – You’ll notice the similarities here…she’s got a little Siouxsie Sioux in her.

“Intuition” – This is her single and it’s darn good.

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