MAGAZINE 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Cardinals / The Pioneers / Brigade / Azure Glow
Tuesday 21st June
Night And Day Café (Oldham Street, Manchester)
£5 on the door / £4 with a flyer
Which other music and entertainment magazine would have the
audacity to place interviews with Tony Benn and George Galloway
in the same week as S Club 8? It's the question Designer Magazine's
Editor Alex McCann asks himself as he looks back at 6 years
of running the Manchester based website.
"Designer Magazine hasn't intentionally tried to be this
eclectic, it's just what the team have been into over the years.
The weeklies were always too straight down the middle indie,
despite protestations they provided an alternative. When we
set up the website we always said our coverage would be from
S Club through to Slipknot, but that only tells half the tale.
It's even more extreme than that when you look at whom we've
covered over the past few years. It's unbelievable that after
running the site for 6 years only the Observer Music Monthly
covers this wide scope of music on a regular basis"
Over the years Designer Magazine has interviewed veterans such
as Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Run
DMC and The Dead Kennedy's, but its core area of coverage is
new bands on that first rung. Alex McCann explains
"There's nothing better than seeing that raw potential
at such an early stage and then watching it grow. I remember
when we saw The Darkness playing to about 40 people acting every
inch the stadium band they grew into. Whether it's Scissor Sisters,
Keane, The Killers or more recent success stories such as The
Bravery and Rooster we've been there since day one"
On Tuesday 21st June Designer Magazine, in association with tcblive.co.uk
and Club Fandango, puts it's money where it's mouth is at the
Night & Day in Manchester with a stunning line-up which includes
Manchester bands The Cardinals, The Pioneers and Azure Gold with
Brigade coming up from London to play their first ever City Centre
"The Cardinals did their first ever interview with Designer
Magazine about 4 years ago so it was only right we asked them
to headline. They've been hidden away in the studio for the past
few months recording their debut album with Ian Broudie (Lightning
Seeds) and Youth, famous for producing The Verve's "Urban
Brigade feature Will Simpson, brother of Charlie Simpson of Busted
and Fightstar fame, on vocals and remind us of classic indie bands
such as Sonic Youth, Feeder and Placebo. It's a real coup to bring
them to Manchester for their first date in Manchester city centre.
The Pioneers and Azure Glow (formerly Kid Conspiracy) to us show
two very different sides to Manchester, which complement the line-up
perfectly. All in all we couldn't ask for a better line-up."
And what's the most important thing about Designer Magazine over
the past 6 years?
"The respect we have from the people we work with each day.
Designer Magazine was set up independent, we've never had financial
backing from a major publishing house, and people respond well
to that fact. Over the years we've had Huw Stephens write columns
for us, Huw was recently named as one of John Peel's replacements.
Our photographers are personally asked by bands such as Scissor
Sisters to work with them on tour and the whole team are able
to make a living freelancing. What more could you ask for?
The Designer Magazine 6th Birthday Gig looks set to be the first
of many gigs in collaboration with TCB:Live showcasing the up
and coming talent from the Northwest.
For more information / press requests please contact Designer
Magazine's Editor Alex McCann:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
http://designermagazine.tripod.com (Note: No www. before the
Rez - Guitar/Vocals
Joe Wilson - Bass
Lee Thompson - Drums
seems that Manchester has forever been home to a scene; in one
form or another, from the halcyon days of the Hacienda and Factory
through the Roses and the Britpop frenzy of Oasis to the current
then, that The Cardinals are a band who, despite having a very
strong sense of origin and loyalty to their home town, do not
feel in anyway bogged down with the comparisons or tarred with
the same brush that many Manchester acts experience. Though coming
from the same place geographically, their music is an all-together
different proposition from many of the acts currently gigging
the cities well-worn venues.
three years and we find four young guys starting a band fuelled
by an irregularly wide variety of influences, the common aim?
To write fantastically epic songs that come straight from the
heart, without bucking to any trends or holding anything back.
of following the well worn path of getting out on the road as
soon as possible and hauling themselves down to London every three
weeks to perform like dancing bears for the A&R fraternity,
The Cardinals chose their own path, preferring to concentrate
on the development of their own songs and building a loyal fan
base in their home town.
effort and hard work paid off, in late 2004 the band signed with
past few months have seen the band putting down their well honed
songs with producers Gavin Monaghan (The Smiths) and Steve Harris
(U2); a working relationship that caters perfectly for the bands;
strong sense of the epic and experimental, whilst never losing
sight of their desire to pen catchy, broadly appealing tunes.
debut release will hit the shelves in Summer 2005; which may seem
a long while off, but in true Cardinals fashion, it will be more
than worth the wait.
are a bunch of twenty-somethings, who are currently lighting up
the music scene in and around Manchester. Formed in February 2001,
Phil Ziedler (Vocals), Matt Brock (Guitars), Phil Bulleyment (Keys),
Ryan McNulty (Bass) and Phil Styles (Drums) all met in Manchester
with one intention, to start a band together. They stumbled across
the name of the band one night, at a gig in 2002, when Oxford
indies Goldrush decided to dedicate their debut release, 'Pioneers'
to the Manchester newbies and the band was officially christened.
a collective eclectic mix of influences which include, The Smiths,
U2, Neil Young, DJ Shadow, Elbow and The Pixies, the band themselves
describe their music as 'Indie Alternative with keyboards,' and
although you can spot some of their influences at times within
their songs, their overall sound is fresh and original.
Formed in September '03, London based 4-piece Brigade have been
touring and gigging non-stop in the last year, including shows
with Aereogramme, Fightstar and Biffy Clyro.
Described as having all the balls of Placebo, but with some of
the bounce of Feeder, and the sheer punk brass neck of neither,
Brigade produce 'fast, furious, raw energy, juxtaposed with moments
of heaven-sent delicate melodies. Impressive and rather recommended
guitar rock with an extra bit of class.'
band also contributed 2 tracks to a compilation entitled 'The
Suffolk Explosion' which was released April 25th on Sandwich Leg
are a new Manchester band playing melodic guitar rock with their
own personal twist.
Their sound is the result of 12 months locked away in their own
practise room writing new material, some of which is shown on
their new self titled 4 track EP.
"As a band we don't like to overstate the music we play with
comparisons to other bands or massive descriptions, we like good
strong songs and we'd rather people just came along and listened."
Samples of the EP can be heard at www.myspace.com/azureglow