Easter Album Launch

Hey! Manchester are pleased to be working with one of this city’s best bands, Easter, to present the launch show for their debut album. 7.30pm on Friday 22 June 2012 Hailing from Crumpsall, North Manchester, Thomas Long has been writing, jamming and gigging in the city since he was fifteen. Easter is the outlet for his songs, given form by a band that has existed in some form since 2009, when the beautiful Hob Talk EP was released. For two years it was tough to find a settled band and gain momentum but things came good and now Easter have a choice line up of musicians in place – Lonelady drummer Andrew Cheetham, experimental musician Danny Saul on guitar, and bass player Gavin Clarke. Having played with David Pajo, Tall Firs, The Phantom Band, Rangda, White Hills, The Fresh and Onlys, Yuck and Pontiak, Easter have built up a solid underground fan base and ‘couldn’t be any more different or intriguing than anything on the current rock scene’. On 11 June their debut album Innocence Man will be released on White Box Recordings. The album was recorded live in a single night in a Northern Quarter loft studio – it should have been two but the first session was completely erased and with no spare cash or time left, this fuck-up served only to enhance the raw, intense vibe of a perfectly lo-fi recording situation. Innocence Man also features a wonderful turn on backing vocals and cello by Julie Campbell on the Americana-infused centre-piece Begin Again. Genre mixers in the manner of Sebadoh, Easter possess hooks born from screeching, wailing guitars and lead-heavy drums. Songs veer wildly from their expected course into psyched up jams and Crazy Horse wig-outs, but there is always a hint...

Milk Maid

Milk Maid play at Kraak for the Manchester leg of their tour promoting their new single Dead Wrong Milk Maid Dead Wrong With his band Nine Black Alps on indefinite hiatus, bassist Martin Cohen found he had time on his hands, recording at home Milk Maid’s debut album ‘Yucca’. The result is an album that might have come out on Creation Records in their 80’s heyday, recalling indie stalwarts like Comet Gain and marrying timeless pop hooks to the raw spontaneity of home recording, and sweet, sun-drenched pop hooks pitched against viscerally dark lyrics. On new single ‘Dead Wrong’ (Suffering Jukebox/ FatCat, September 19) Cohen sings ‘You’re killing yourself to cut your arms off, you’re stabbing yourself in the gut’ and manages to make it sound like a lost Buddy Holly tune – albeit with the production values of a Sic Alps track! Jack Cooper, of fellow FatCat band Mazes, and the man behind Suffering Jukebox, summed it up when he compared Milk Maid to Guided By Voices for their “laissez faire approach to recording solid gold melodies; throwing songs away most bands would kill for.” Whilst Milk Maid wouldn’t sound out of place on the Woodsist label, ‘Yucca’ shuns the psychedelic instrumental jams of those bands in favour of pop songs with 60’s girl group melodies reminiscent of The Crystals sitting amongst Jesus And Mary Chain-like fuzz and choppy John Densmore-esque drums. Also on the bill are Then Thickens – the home recordings of Jon-Lee Martin (Kong, Fi-lo Radio) and Easter – “spectacular and daring, firing out like Neil Young versus Pavement and Sonic Youth” MANCHESTER...