DESIGNER MAGAZINE GIGS


(Pic Ryna)

Designer Magazine
presents....
Ryna
The Fifths
Belief System
The Nightshift


VENUE: Night & Day, Manchester
DATE: Thurs 29th March 2007
TIME: Doors 8pm
PRICE: £5 before 8.30pm / £6 after (No Advance Tickets)

RYNA go for the jugular, this Manchester based female fronted four piece came together late last year with the sole intention of writing spiky pop songs you could cut yourself on. Anthemic choruses, surf/trash guitars and the dirtiest bass sound this side of Kim Gordon all contribute to RYNA's sound. Sure to delight.

"Big things are ahead for this band and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of world takes notice" BBC Manchester

www.myspace.com/rynamusic

The Fifths are a new young Manchester band based in the city centre...They are a four piece group with two guitars a bassist and a drummer.They are a storytelling indie band with a lot of ambition and enthusiasm...The name 'the fifths' derived from their addiction to Famous Manchester Indie night club '5th avenue' where many nights have been spent knocking back millions of XXXX bottles and gallons of vodka red bull... A band noticably influenced be Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, and keen on keeping a youthfull and trendy image...perfoming both covers and original material The Fifths express their ambition through their choice of off-the-wall lyrics and catchy tunes.. Be sure to take a look at forthcoming gigs and keep an eye ut for new songs!

www.myspace.com/thefifthsmanchester

Belief System: We write about direct experiences of life and self, the things that define every aspect of us all. We have created a diverse range of songs, trying to approach arrangements and structure from a fresh angle. Growing up listening to a variety of musical styles has given us a deep urge to offer something in return. Like all art, music allows the possibility of profound communication and this is what we fundamentally strive to accomplish.

"I like a bit of shouty nonsense as much as the next person but a talent like this just stops you in your tracks. “First Impression” is the Sparks-meets-postpunk pop classic Franz Ferdinand would have sold their grandmothers for. There’s a lovely Northern chill in Graham Pratt’s keyboards and Starkie’s vocals are both remarkable and compelling – all in all one of the most exciting new bands I’ve seen in some time..." Cath Aubergine - ManchesterMusic

www.myspace.com/beliefsystem

The Night Shift consists of four members, david baguley (guitar and vocals), alex hadfield (guitar and vocals), andrew dranfield (bass and backing), craig johnson (drums). our sound can be described as alternative, punk, indie with an energetic feel. david, alex and andrew have been in bands together before, such as dave and andrew in locally successful dance, indie three-piece "woodsmoor"

www.myspace.com/woodsmoor


(Pic: Doug Walker)

Designer Magazine
presents...

Rambo & Leroy
Dirty Soul Club
Doug Walker
Sophie's Pigeons


VENUE: Night & Day, Manchester
DATE: Tues 17th April 2007
TIME: Doors 8pm
PRICE: £5 before 8.30pm / £6 after (No Advance Tickets)


Rambo and Leroy's fresh blend of Rock and Roll with dance-like euphoria result in a sound that is entirely their own. Since '05 they have been
recording, writing and performing music across the UK. Recent dates have included performing at the Albert Docks in Liverpool, Academy 3 in
Manchester, and supporting the legendary New Order on their latest UKtour...

"Epic, Pounding and the best is yet to come we think..." - New Order Fanzine 06

www.myspace.com/ramboandleroy

Drawing on all sorts of influences and a desire to be noticed, The Dirty Soul Club has worked on creating a sound unique to them. Blending together a love for music...a sprinkle of aw emotion and four good mates this indie/post-punk/electro four piece from Manchester have created a solid sound. In September 2006 they played their first gig at the Star and Garter in Manchester, since then gigs have been frequent, taking them to Liverpool and London as well as many around Manchester. If you’ve listened to the songs…imagine them live.

"Manchester band The Dirty Soul Club have a consistent sound on this demo. We're talking upbeat indie/ punk somewhere between Sonic Youth and The Pixies. Rather than having the usual verse / chorus structure, the 3 tracks on here all have one simple idea, which the band then work around and build up through each song until by the end they've created quite a climax." (Web Sheldon- Sandman Magazine 128/ Feb 2007)

www.myspace.com/dirtysoulclub

Back in the day Doug Walker used to take a break from his songwriting to have lunch with the then unknown Paul Abbot who went on to write Shameless. From an early age Walker surrouned himself with creative people touring the world on a Legs Akimbo style theatre company and to this day people have flocked around him. In the last twelve months it's all gone a bit mental with Popworld inviting him on tour, Rockworld declaring him one of the people to look out for in 2007 despite the fact he doesnt even play guitar and prior to going in the Celebrity Big Brother house Dirk Benedict spend his days as a recluse listening to "Stranger Than Fiction". With label interest from Vertigo Records (Razorlight / Dirty Pretty Things etc) this gig at Night & Day alongside Rambo & Leroy, The Dirty Soul Club and Sophie's Pigeons should be a career defining moment

"POPWORLD LOVES DOUG WALKER.......WE DIG DOUG! Manchester's freshest indie pop singer/songwriter.... His track 'Stranger Than Fiction' immediately starts with a dark, punchy lyrical verse, which melts well with a brilliant upbeat chorus....We say you need to check this tightly produced cracking tune now!." POPWORLD.COM

www.myspace.com/dougwalkermusic

SoPhIeS PiGeOnS are 5 friends from Manchester who create a fun sound from jamming in a living room in Moss Side. Since July 2006 SoPhIeS PiGeOnS have been busy playing in BIG cities to tiny villages, trying to pass on the fun to all who listen

"The Tori Amos reference in the programme was spot on - Sophie has a quirkiness underpinning a terrific voice. The songs are strong, and the performance and interaction with the audience spot-on. An impeccable band you can see going a long way" Listen to Manchester

www.myspace.com/sophienelson




WANT TO A PLAY A DESIGNER MAGAZINE GIG?

Designer Magazine are looking for bands to play throughout 2006. If you're in a band and wish to play a gigwith us then simply read the info below and contact us with the relevant details

WHAT GENRE'S / VENUES DO WE BOOK BANDS FOR?
All genre's, but naturally we put bands together that work well. In short we mainly book indie and rock bands, but as you can see from the main site and previous gigs below we're an eclectic bunch. The venue depends on the bands we're booking, but in the past we've used Night & Day and The Roadhouse with Star & Garter set to be used in 2006 as well.

HOW DO YOU PAY BANDS?
We generally operate variations on a flyer system. I.e. you print up your own unique flyers for the gig which enable cheaper entry for your fans and also you get £1 for each flyer your fans bring along to the night. We find this is a fairest way to do things.

DO WE BOOK BANDS FROM OUTSIDE MANCHESTER?
We have booked a number of bands from outside Manchester including Pure Reason Revolution, Engerica, Brigade, Linchpin and The Hussy's over the past fewgigs.

Unfortunately we can only book 1 out of town band per gig and if you wish to play a Manchester gig please use Myspace / The Web to build up a profile leading up to your Manchester show. We'd recommend this for gigs in any town outside your own.

WHAT DO WE NEED OFF YOU GUYS NOW?
* Naturally, first of all we need to hear you so send us Myspace link through email or a CD to the Designer Magazine address. Also, a biog with a little info about you and the press clippings gubbins. Remember to include a contact number and email

* An honest estimation of how many fans you can bring along to a gig (including how this will be affected by different days of the week, age restrictions etc). NOTE: We don't book bands just because they can bring XXX amount of people, it's purely based on the music and our personal tastes. But by giving us a truthful idea of how many people you can bring helps us decide which venue and night is right for your band. For example, a university band might do better on a week day because their friends / fans go home at weekend....or another band might be able to drag along 100 people on a Friday night, but struggle to bring 10 on a weekday. The more info you give the better!!!

A FEW POINTERS TO MAKE THE GIGS GO WELL ONCE YOU HAVE A BOOKING WITH US (Or another promoter)
* We've all been at gigs where we see a revolving set of fans brought in and out for each band. Designer Magazine works hard to put bills together where the bands perfectly compliment each other....so please treat the gig as a package rather than just your set. If each bands fans stick around / get there early for the other bands on the bill you're playing to a new audience and that helps everyone involved

* Remember you can sell merch at the gigs so if you have CDs, T-Shirts don't forget to bring them with you so people have something to take home with them

* Operate an email list system where you collect email addys at each gig. Send an email the following day thanking them for coming and let them know about your next gig etc

By doing the 3 simple steps your audiences should grow for each show

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DESIGNER MAGAZINE GIGS
C/o Alex McCann / Designer Magazine
8 Northway
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA14 1NN

Email: alexmccann@ntlworld.com / designermagazine@hotmail.com


 



PREVIOUS EVENTS


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DESIGNER MAGAZINE / TCBLIVE.CO.UK
Presents...
PURE REASON REVOLUTION
Studio Monkeys
10acre
The Second Floor

VENUE: Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
DATE: Sunday September 25th
TIME: Doors 7pm
PRICE: £5 in Advance / £7 on the door

IN BRIEF
· Pure Reason Revolution release the mini album "Cautionary For The Brave" on September 26th on Sony Records. The band support Mew on tour in September, this Manchester date is their only headline show in the Northwest. - (www.myspace.com/purereasonrevolution)
· 10acre's "Boys In Blue" is played to 50,000 people each week at the City Of Manchester Stadium. They were described on BBC Radio 1 as "One of the best acts around" by Johnny Marr (The Smiths) - (www.myspace.com/10acre)
- Studio Monkeys are filming their gig for use in a documentary - (www.myspace.com/studiomonkeys)
- The Second Floor have been called Manchester's answer to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - (www.myspace.com/thesecondfloorband)

TICKETS ON SALE HERE
http://www.ticketline.co.uk/event_details.asp?CPFlag=0&EventId=36063


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DESIGNER MAGAZINE / TCBLIVE.CO.UK
Presents...
ENGERICA
Dear Superstar
Azure Glow
Linchpin

VENUE: The Roadhouse, Manchester
DATE: Sunday October 30th
TIME: Doors 7pm
PRICE: £5 in Advance / £7 on the door

TICKETS ON SALE HERE
http://www.ticketline.co.uk/event_details.asp?CPFlag=0&EventId=36552

IN BRIEF
- Engerica have recently come off tour with Sum 41. The band are said to sound like early Therapy (www.myspace.com/engerica)
- Dear Superstar and Azure Glow are two of Manchester's finest rock band and are hotly tipped to walk away with deals from this years In The City showcases - (www.myspace.com/dearsuperstar) / (www.myspace.com/azureglow)
- Linchpin's debut EP was produced by the Madden Twins (Good Charlotte). Dave Grohl has called them "Awesome". The band are set to go out on the Vans Warped Tour next year in the States - (www.linchpinrock.com)


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DESIGNER MAGAZINE / TCBLIVE.CO.UK
Presents...
THE CARDINALS
Kill The Young
Pioneers
Outsider

VENUE: Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
DATE: Tuesday 22nd November
TIME: Doors 8pm
PRICE: £5 on the door (No Advance Tickets)

IN BRIEF
- The Cardinals were signed to B-Unique Records (home of the Kaiser Chiefs & Ordinary Boys), but have now left the label and are set to release their debut single "All Talk" independently. Their debut album has been recorded by Youth (Urban Hymns), Owen Morris (Definately Maybe) and Ian Broudie (www.thecardinals.co.uk)
- Kill the Young are three brothers in their early twenties who deal in crashing choruses and arresting anthems (www.myspace.com/killtheyoung)
- - The Pioneers are currently on tour with Starsailor and this gig is the launch party for their Norhern Ambition single "So Long" (www.pioneersmusic.co.uk)
- Outsider's debut EP, featuring the radio hit "Understanding" was released on 10th October through Blue Cat Music. The band were one of the hot tips of this years In The City showcases (www.outsidermusic.net)

NOTE: As this gig is part of Night & Day's Birthday Week, all bands playing will be also be performing cover versions and songs exclusive to this gig - miss at your peril!!!!


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DESIGNER MAGAZINE / TCBLIVE.CO.UK
Presents...
BARFLY
The Tides
The Hussy's
The Randoms

VENUE: Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
DATE: Tuesday 29th November
TIME: Doors 8pm
PRICE: £5 on the door (No Advance Tickets)

IN BRIEF
- Barfly are a north-west band who in the past year have recorded their debut album, received Radio 1 airplay and secured high-profile support slots with established artists such as Longview, Puressence, The Ordinary Boys and Snow Patrol. (www.barflyonline.co.uk)

- The Tides started off as a sensitive acoustic duo whose early gigs got compared to the likes of Turin Brakes and David Gray, by the time they'd expanded into a full band they'd started to have scraps with Mark E Smith of the Fall. The last few months in Manchester have seen them as one of the hottest tickets in town playing with the likes of Puressence, The Chameleon's Mark Burgess and the Inspiral Carpets Tom Hingley. (www.thetides.co.uk)

- The Hussy's are the new band from The Supernatural's James McColl. If you remember their hits Smile, Day Before Yesteday's Man, I Wasn't Built To Get Up...then you'll love the Hussy's pop hooks. Fronted by 21yr old ex folk singer Fifi the band are latest quirky Scottish pop band to follow in the line of Franz Ferdinand and El Presidente (www.myspace.com/thehussys)

- Jaunty, divergent, eccentric and ever so slightly twisted, The Randoms formed in Autumn 2003. They are already firm favourites on the Manchester and Liverpool circuits and in only 12 months have quickly gained a reputation as the band to provide the soundtrack of a debauched weekend that doesn't stop 'til Monday! Video for Two Stripe Trainers was partly filmed at the club made famous by Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. The Randoms recently penned the theme for a new comedy series, 'Heroes 4 Hire', due to hit TV screens next year (www.therandoms.com)

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DESIGNER MAGAZINE / TCBLIVE.CO.UK
Presents....
ROBIN NATURE-BOLD & BAND(ISM)
Air Cav
Lucky Soul
Orphan Boy

VENUE: Star & Garter, Manchester
DATE: Thursday 9th Feb 2006
TIME: Doors 8pm
PRICE: £5 on the door (No Advance Tickets)

IN BRIEF
- ROBIN NATURE-BOLD & BAND(ISM) "A cross between wild Billy Childish and Rolf Harris" Flux Magazine - www.robinnaturebold.co.uk
- AIR CAV are a Manchester (UK) based band who play ambient, often instrumental, guitar and violin driven music. "Soundscapes have found themselves in something of a revival recently and AIR CAV have the ability to keep it going. Like a geed up Durutti Column or a condensed Engineers, they weave pictures with rhythms and simply consider a voice another instrument" BBC Manchester on Air Cav - www.aircavmusic.co.uk
- LUCKY SOUL - Female fronted five piece based in Greenwich, SE London. Brought together with an ache and a sigh and a love of quality pop songwriting. Unique yet totally accesible. Too beautiful, too catchy, too ready. Influences: Motown, Dusty Springfield, Ronettes, Smiths, New Order, Kinks, Spector. Sounds Like: Saint Etienne, Magic Numbers, Blondie, Raveonettes - www.myspace.com/luckysoulluckysoul
- ORPHAN BOY - Just as people are about to ready to write off Pete Doherty & The Babyshambles as man who squandered his talent away in the smack dens of London along come a band that remind us of everything the Libertines used to be. Orphan Boy sound like Joe Strummer and Jam-era Paul Weller jamming on a tip with a battered guitar that they lifted from a porn shop. The fact that the look like Gonch and Tucker Jenkins from old skool Grange Hill only adds to the fact that Orphan Boy are the only band you should be watching right now. - www.orphanboy.co.uk

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DESIGNER MAGAZINE / TCBLIVE.CO.UK
Presents....
Other Side Of Sound
Omerta
Ellwood
RYNA

VENUE: Night & Day, Manchester
DATE: Wed 8th March 2006
TIME: Doors 8pm
PRICE: £5 on the door (No Advance Tickets)

IN BRIEF
* OTHER SIDE OF SOUND sound so melodic, structured and surreal that it's proven a difficult task to label them under a genre. In a recent interview by Step Up, when asked where they thought the direction of music would go in the future the band stressed the essential return of melody in the British music scene, which is reflected in their own innovative sound and sell out shows that keep attracting new devoted fans and a faithful voluntary team, and premiering new directions to modern music. With interest from labels such as Fiction Records, BMG and Polydor 2006 will be there year - http://www.myspace.com/othersideofsound

* OMERTA - Omerta combine synths, strings, bleeps and beeps, cutting guitar and a solid rhythm section to create music that engages both melodically and lyrically delivered by a "heart wrenching" vocal. Their sound has drawn comparisons with Radiohead and The Killers amongst others.

April 2005 year saw the band release their debut double A-side single Everyone is Frozen on a limited 7" run and stockists were forced to restrict purchase to only one copy per customer in the interests of public order. In only two hectic days stocks in Manchester and London had disappeared. Fans who were too late made brave bids on eBay for up to 15 times the disc's original value.

It is hardly surprising if you consider that before the first piece of vinyl had been pressed "Everyone Is Frozen" had been playlisted on XFM, chosen as record of the week by Claire Sturgess and been recommended by Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6Music show. On being invited to record a live session for XFM by Sturgess shortly after this first release, they became one of only three unsigned bands to have been bestowed the honour. - http://www.myspace.com/omertamusic

* ELLWOOD - In 2006 the band have received Radio airplay and have been tipped for success by Ex-Inspiral Carpets keys player Clint Boon: who keeps his finger on the pulse these days DJ-ing on one of Manchester's biggest Independent Radio Stations - Xfm. Keep your ears and eyes open for the name Ellwood in 2006, you're certain to be hearing more of them. "Ellwood take us back to a time Pre-Doherty where the song was king and while they could quite easily be played alongside Embrace or Snow Patrol there's much more going on. With the right producer these guys could be huge!!!" Designer Magazine - http://www.myspace.com/ellwoodlive

* RYNA go for the jugular, this Manchester based female fronted four piece came together late last year with the sole intention of writing spiky pop songs you could cut yourself on. Anthemic choruses, surf/trash guitars and the dirtiest bass sound this side of Kim Gordon all contribute to RYNA's sound. Sure to delight. (NOTE: Some of you may remember Beard from Manchester / Macclesfield legends Marion) http://www.myspace.com/rynamusic

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DESIGNER MAGAZINE'S 7TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Featuring
Exist
RYNA
Waiger
Powell Morgan

Venue: Night & Day, Oldham Street, Manchester
Date: Tuesday 6th June
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5 on the door (No Advance Tickets)

WEBLINK: http://designermagazine.tripod.com

IN BRIEF
* EXIST So about us? Listen to the tunes. Let them do the talking. Biogs are for journalists not myspace and bands that want to imagine what their favourite journalist in the world would say. Over to you people!!!!!!!! "Best New Band In Britain" - Steve Lamacq Radio 1 "Woooosh what the f*ck was that" The Fly "Absolutely astounding band to fall in love with"

Exist are currently in the middle of a national tour with Rick Witter & The Dukes (ex-Shed 7). For fans of Kasabian, Stone Roses, Charlatans, Primal Scream

http://www.myspace.com/existweb

* RYNA go for the jugular, this Manchester based female fronted four piece came together late last year with the sole intention of writing spiky pop songs you could cut yourself on. Anthemic choruses, surf/trash guitars and the dirtiest bass sound this side of Kim Gordon all contribute to RYNA's sound. Sure to delight.

Some of you may remember Beard from Manchester / Macclesfield legends Marion - the band are featured in next months Q Magazine as part of a retrospective feature on Marion

http://www.myspace.com/rynamusic

* WAIGER are a north-west band who in the past year have self recorded their music, gained excellent press following the buzz surrounding the band and have landed high profile slots with established acts such as EDITORS, OCEANSIZE and The Suffrajets. With increasing support from their loyal fan base, Waiger will continue to flex their unique style across the UK and beyond, ensuring that they captivate their audiences whenever and wherever this may be. 'Awesome band'
THE SUN (Newspaper) / 'Quality' KASABIAN / 'Great great songs' THE KILLERS' MANAGER

http://www.myspace.com/waigermusic

* POWELL MORGAN - We call it Prog Pop. None of us are from Manchester, All of us have put our heart and soul into bands that didnt work. None of us thought we'd ever start a band from scratch ever AGAIN, But here we are. Creating ambitious and intelligent guitar epics Powell Morgan follow the recent tradition of bringing prog back to the masses ala Mew and Pure Reason Revolution.

http://www.myspace.com/powellmorgan

DESIGNER MAGAZINE
...presents...
The Permissive Society
Aristocrash
The Otters
Ste McCabe

Venue: Star & Garter, Fairfield Street, Manchester
Date: Friday 18th August
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5 on the door (No Advance Tickets)

WEBLINK: http://www.designermagazine.org

IN BRIEF

* THE PERMISSIVE SOCIETY - Begat by wolves and spawned from the dandy gene previously thought extinct by biologists. The Permissive Society help people accross the road and provide a meals on wheels service for idiots. "I remember a man once and he was a naughty little shit" said a boy. "The Permissive Society helped him to dance and how he expressed himself". He continued, "I like those boys very much, and I even want to etch-a-sketch the living shit out of all four of those Dandy motherfuckers". The Permissive Society were last seen supporting Selfish C*nt - www.myspace.com/thepermissivesociety

* ARISTOCRASH have been tucked away in Birmingham recording studio, working with the legendary A&R man Dave Ambrose (Duran Duran, Sex Pistols and Transvision Vamp?) recording tracks for their future single and album. Described by the BBC's Great Unheard as" Dirty, Pretty, Sexy, Cool, they've got it all. A dancefloor crashing, funk - rocking, fist fighting, orgy of fun." The same sentiments are shared in a recent Glasswerk review" Aristocrash will have you tapping your feet, nodding your head or jumping round the room flailing your arms all over the place." Their main objective is to entertain and there is a wealth of depth in the songs for future fans to discover once they take the leap into world of Aristocrash. - www.myspace.com/aristocrash

* THE OTTERS - Intense psychedelic punk rock from Welwyn Garden City, featuring Mark Astroanaut of semi-legendary anarcho punks The Astronauts. Live, the Otters are a fusion of chaos, frustration, spaced out noise pop bliss, frantic drumming, thumping basslines and shredding guitar riffs, all converged together by Mark's stories of modern day suburbia. Be very worried and bring an aubergine...The band used to headline above the likes of The Subways and are just about to release an 18 minute single - www.myspace.com/theottersband

* STE MCCABE is the ex-singer of political gay punk rock band Stephen Nancy. He makes cynical music with a guitar and a drum machine and describes his music as "out, loud, proud and irritated punk pop - www.myspace.com/stemccabe

 



DESIGNER MAGAZINE'S IN THE CITY PREVIEW SHOW
...feat...
Shepherds Pi
Spoons
Dear Eskiimo
The Tigerpicks

Venue: Night & Day Cafe, Oldham Street, Manchester
Date: Tuesday 26th September
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5 adv through www.ticketline.co.uk or call 0161 832 1111(subject to booking fee)

WEBLINK: http://www.designermagazine.org

* SHEPHERDS PI are a musical melange of everyband you've falled in love with over the past 2 years. The witty lyricism of thAlex Turner and Mike Skinner, the knack for a pop hook like The Kooks, the joy you felt when you first witnessed The Magic Numbers or The Polyphonic Spree. Based around the vocal talents of Rupert Hill, the rapping bass player Sam Stockman and the lush harmonies of Ms Hazeldine. At the back on the tubthumper Claire Russell creates a symmetry that alligns them as the indie Abba. Shepherds Pi recently entered the O2 Undiscovered Competition and reached the final 10 out of 6000 entrants and this headline gig at Designer Magazine's In The City Preview should mark the gig where they go stellar!!! - www.myspace.com/shepherdspi

* SPOONS follow in the tradition of Oasis and The Stone Roses as the last gang in town and bring back a much needed attitude to the Manchester music scene, which of late was fast becoming a walking advertisement for skinny Topman mannikins and fashionistas. Along with the likes of The Young Offenders Institute and the Council Pop bands Orphan Boy and The Pedestrians the Mancunian scene has never looked better. The 5 piece Chorlton based band, average age 18, scraped together to record rough demos of tracks "The Tree That Could..." and "Kinder Scout" and although rough around the edges the demos have been compared to the much bootlegged early Stone Roses demo sessions. Listening to the classics such as The Smiths, The Pixies and Joy Division the band have attracted wide and diverse opinions with everything from "Oasis meets Blazin Squad" to "Like Boy Kill Boy...only with better tunes" through to "Spoons - a band on the cusp of greatness" www.myspace.com/spoonsmusic

* DEAR ESKIIMO are the bastard offspring of Outkast, The Sound Of Music, Space, Alisha's Attic and Goldfrapp. The sort of band you'd imagine if Richard X and Brian Higgins got together with Andre 3000 whilst creating a frankensteins monster out of every member of Girls Aloud, who had in turn been fed on a diet of Broadway Musicals. The fact that they actually look as good as they sound makes the whole spectacle even more alluring. www.myspace.com/deareskiimo

* THE TIGERPICKS - It all started as a mess about. Whilst dog-sitting a small ginger fox, three friends (the then unamed 'tigerpicks') sat at an antique piano just messing around with beats and bass in early October 2005. It sparked off some musical mayhem, in which the band considered, feasibly, to be the most experimental, alternative-electro-pop-punk-rock-glam-disco-sleaze-shabby-chic band for miles around. With random bass riffs touching on brilliancy and thought-provoking, primarily obscure lyrics. With possibly the most catchiest tunes under their belts, the band found their name - The Tigerpicks. This derived from the antics of the previous year, which included porcelain tigers and toothpicks... a story remembered....never shared - www.myspace.com/thetigerpicks

 

 


DESIGNER MAGAZINE
...presents...
Kids In Glass Houses
4ft Soldiers
Infight
Black Rose Falls (Acoustic Set)

Venue: Star & Garter, Fairfield Street, Manchester (2 mins from Picc Train Station past the Taxi Rank)
Date: Thursday 5th October
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5.50 on sale from here - http://wegottickets.com/event/11394
(Note: WeGotTickets only charge 10% booking fee so its only 55p booking fee as oppossed to neary £2 through other agencies

WEBLINK: http://www.designermagazine.org

* KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES are the lastest band to band to storm out of Wales and supporting Lostprophets on their theatre tour to over 15,000 people is certainly a good way to break out from the underground and into the mainstream. Described by BBC Wales as "Think Nirvana but less dirty, New Found Glory, but less whiny, Lost Prophets, but just less. Foo Fighters, Phantom Planet, Pavement, Bloc Party, Oasis. they've all played their part". 2006 could be their year. After playing to over 3500 people at the Manchester Apollo Kids In Glass Houses return for an intimate gig in Manchester at Star & Garter - www.myspace.com/kidsinglasshouses

* 4FT SOLDIERS This is no story of sex and drugs; it is a story of rock, hard work and talent. However, unlike most great odysseys this one began in Warrington when four would-be student rockers decided to form their very own band. Influenced by Faith No More, Led Zeppelin, and Green Day they went by the name of 4ft Soldiers which reflected their desire, like Monty and his soldiers, to succeed against all the odds. 4ft Soldiers have recently supported the likes of Towers Of London, Test Iciccles, PenknifeLoveLife, Laruso and The Bishops amongst others. www.myspace.com/4ftsoldiers

NEWS JUST IN: 4FT SOLDIERS ARE ON THE DIRTY SANCHEZ MOVIE SOUNDTRACK BEATING MAJOR LABEL BANDS AS THE LEAD TRACK FROM THE MOVIE

* INFLIGHT take the blueprint of Biffy Clyro and Reuben and write soaring rock songs. Inflight might only be just, ahem, taking off but on the basis of this gig they could quite easily cruise into being one of Manchester's best rock bands. - www.myspace.com/inflightband

* BlackRoseFalls are an up-and-coming four piece post hardcore group from Macclesfield. The bands influences range from Avenged Sevenfold to Blink-182, Atreyu, Something Corporate, Funeral for a Friend and Pantera. We sound like what you would get if you decided to get a blender and throw in Fightstar, Funeral for a Friend, Lostprophets, Story of the Year and The Bled (NOTE: This set marks the bands first ever acoustic set so its somethings not to be missed) www.myspace.com/blackrosefallsmusic




DESIGNER MAGAZINE PRESENTS
Shepherds Pi
Carlis Star
Michael Scott (aka Mikey Green)
Sandbox

Venue: Night & Day, Oldham Street, Manchester
Date: Tuesday 28th November
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5 plus booking fee in advance from www.ticketlinenews.co.uk/order/step1.php?id=13209935 (£7 on the door)


* SHEPHERDS PI are a musical melange of every band you've fallen in love with over the past 2 years. The witty lyricism of Alex Turner and Mike Skinner, the knack for a pop hook like The Kooks, the joy you felt when you first witnessed The Magic Numbers or The Polyphonic Spree. Based around the vocal talents of Rupert Hill, the rapping bass player Sam Stockman and the lush harmonies of Ms Hazeldine. At the back on the tubthumper Claire Russell creates a symmetry that alligns them as the indie Abba (or a better looking Magic Numbers for those too cool for school)

"SHEPHERDS Pi seem to make songs about getting knickers in a twist, mash potato sandwiches and scarecrows - all with a cockney rapping twist - very entertaining. Chas and Dave have been trying to do that for years, and are still trying" - ManchesterOnline.com

www.myspace.com/shepherdspi

* CARLIS STAR - Manchester based band Carlis Star formed in the summer of 2006. The 7 piece capture elements from recent decades gone by and turn them into their own style. Influences range from the dynamic structure of Wojciech Kilar, the buzz guitar of Iggy & the Stooges to the modern electro styles of M83.

"Combined with their vocal harmonies, ephemeral orchestration and engaging melodic twists, should allow Mr. Wilson (Brian Wilson) to rest in peace, knowing that his legacy is in safe hands." - Glasswerk

www.myspace.com/carlisstar

* THE SIDELINES - The History. We got our act together and started f*ckin playin. They describe themselves as "Arctic Monkeys meet Stevie Wondor on crack, with a bit of jazz" which is pretty damn accurate for this young band from South Manchester.

www.myspace.com/thesidelinesmcr

* SANDBOX - After releasing their new ep 'Back to the City' at the end of October, sandbox finish their short tour by returning home to Manchester to play Night & Day on November 28th. Sandbox have previously supported Howling Bells, Serena Maneesh, Rooster and Lorraine.

"A full-on rocking prospect. With front-woman Lennie at the helm, there’s no escaping their clutches ...They could just break out of this city yet."
BBC Manchester - www.myspace.com/sandboxuk

 

Designer Magazine presents...

Spoons
King Henry
Flynn
The Shores

Date: Wednesday 21st February
Doors: 8pm
Venue: Night & Day, Oldham Street
Price: £6 on the door (no advance tickets)

Spoons follow in the tradition of Oasis and The Stone Roses as the last gang in town and bring back a much needed attitude to the Manchester music scene, which of late was fast becoming a walking advertisement for skinny Topman mannikins and fashionistas. Along with the likes of The Young Offenders Institute and the Council Pop bands Orphan Boy and The Pedestrians the Mancunian scene has never looked better. The bands last gig was the In The City Preview show in September 2006 along with Shepherds Pi, The Tigerpicks and Eskiimo and since then the band have been orking on new material that is pushing their Joy Division influences to the fore.

www.myspace.com/spoonsmusic

* Despite their name King Henry, the history isn't important. Sure we could talk about how their previous band used to regularly sell out gigs at Manchester venues such as Academy 3 and Dry Bar, but King Henry is a rebirth set to eclipse all that. One of their first gigs was at Manchester's In The City Showcase which saw them invited to support Bromheads Jacket a week later and 2007 will bring the release of their debut single "Heart breaker", a taught angular punk as f**k anthem produced by Jim Spencer and Dave Tolan (Primal Scream / Johnny Marr). Over the last couple of months the band have been recording the promo video for the single which features Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor-Dawson who plays Darren in the hit teen show.

www.myspace.com/kinghenrysmusic

* Flynn were officially formed in Salford in 2004, but previous incarnations of the band have supported Oasis at the Leeds and Preston Heineken Festivals and were successfully managed by Peter Jobson who now plays the bass for the Manchester band I Am Kloot. The Flynn line up was completed in 2006 with the addition of new guitarist Paul Mortlock...

"flynn's songs have huge anthemic choruses and they're the band Manchester has been waiting for after too many dull as ditchwater singersongwriters" Designer Magazine

www.myspace.com/flynnsongs

* The Shores are a 4 piece Manchester based band originally from Glasgow. In October 06 The Shores supported New Order for 2 nights at the Glasgow Carling Academy receiving a great response and positive press reviews.

"Glaswegians The Shores prove the popular warm up 4-piece band with a regional vocal delivery at times sounding like a Bono-wannabe and an early The Who/The Verve/The LA's with their riffing guitars. The Shores provided plenty of warm-as-toast moments with anthemic rock tunes aimed at dispelling the blues - stand-out tracks such as 'Something To Die For' sounding like a Verve epic and the U2-tinged 'Rest Of Your Life' with a husky voice and ladles of melody." www.gigwise.com

www.myspace.com/theshoresmusic

 


 

 
 


 

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