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Posted by Melanie Smith on September 3, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Sam Millar photo by Mel

After a hectic Summer, the Mudkiss team are relaxing, putting their feet up and looking forward to a quiet introduction to Autumn.  Like hell they are!!

Festival season is far from over, we have new boy Callum at Leeds Festival this weekend.  Assuming he stays sober enough, a review of Friday’s activities including headliners Muse playing the whole of their “Origin Of Symmetry” album will be forthcoming.

Mel and Andy are covering The Rochdale Feelgood Festival, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Fun Lovin Criminals (Watch out Huey, Mel has her photographic eye on you!!) Badly Drawn Boy, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Ellen and the Escapades and Doyle and the Forefathers.  Looks like September 3rd will be a busy day for the intrepid two.

Over the same weekend, we’re also going to infiltrate Bingley Music Live where Feeder, The Coral, The Mystery Jets and White Denim are all performing.  Keep an eye on the site for more news.

Looking slightly further down the line, especially for the more extreme music fan, The Sophie Festival is taking place on Saturday November 19th at Ashton Town Hall in Tameside,  supporting The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity set up after the tragic death of Sophie, killed simply for looking different. The aim of the foundation is to provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures and to campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress.”  It’s a worthy cause, very dear to the hearts of many music fans and it will be a fantastic day of hard and heavy music.  Definitely one for the diary.

On the gig front, we have reviewers out and about for P.J Harvey, The Subways, Anna Calvi, Beirut and You, Me at Six (How did they get in there!!.)  We also have reviews and interviews scheduled with Viv Albertine ex of The Slits, LA sleaze rockers The Icarus Line, Alpines and the new face of major label British Heavy Metal, Rise to Remain, who signed with EMI earlier this year.

As if that weren’t enough, we’ll have the usual album and singles reviews including new releases from (love em or hate em, you can’t deny they are BIG) Noel Gallagher and Coldplay. 

It’s a chaotic few weeks ahead, but that’s we like it at Mudkiss.  Bookmark the Facebook page and the site, especially the preview section where you’ll find updated details of all the latest festivals, tours and releases.

Andy Barnes 01/09/11

Meanwhile over in the photographic corner I've had a couple of interesting shoots, from a young Guy called Sam Millar with the most brilliant 80's hair I've seen in a long time. He also plays in a local band, inspired by his favourite band Darkness. A great photographic day out at Rochdale Feelgood festival, meeting lots of bands and its always such a good vibe here, looking forward to next year. J P Harvey was brilliant but such a shame I was too late for the photo pass, had to content with my point and shoot, which ultimately fails to get that money shot. My jaunt to London in September was such a blast, not only did I have chance to catch up with my co-partner in crime Lorraine but got to meet some lovely people, who are known as the rock band 'Earth Prayer' and shot some of them naked in Regents Park. Heid Jo Hines the singer, who we interviewed earlier in the year has to be one of the most beautiful people [inside and out] I have ever photographed, I guess genes plays a big part in it, her parents are Denny Laine [Moody Blues/Wings] and the Model Jo Jo Hines. It was also one of the funniest shoots I've done to date.

Remember I am available on Fridays and weekends if you want to contact me for prices and ideas.

Mel 18/09/11


Brett Anderson @ Manchester Academy 10/10/11

Mike Marlin @ Hoxton Hall, London 28/09/11



Sanguine: Play Every Show Like It's Your Last - Interview by Lorraine


Kindest Of Thieves @ The Roadhouse, Manchester 16/10/11

The Paris Riots @ Deaf Institute, Manchester 08/10/11

You Me At Six @ Music Hall, Aberdeen 10/10/2011

Nerina Pallot @ Manchester Academy 4/10/2011

The Pierces @ Manchester Academy 09/10/11


Enter Shiraka/Your Demise/Let Live @ 07/10/11

Noah and the Whale/Bahamas @ Manchester Academy 07/10/11


Rise To Remain/The Safety Fire/Bleed from Within @ The Roadhouse, Manchester 25/09/11

Johnny Marr & The Healers @ Night &Day Café, Manchester29/09/11


The Civil Wars @ Night & Day, Manchester 26/09/11

The Subways/The Computers/The Dancers@ Manchester Academy 2 - 27/09/11

All The Young @ Night And Day 24/09/11

Cosmo Jarvis @ Night And Day 27/09/11


Awolnation @ XOYO, London 14/09/2011

Eric's launch night: OMD @ Eric's, Liverpool 10/09/11


Vic Godard And Subway Sect/The Ladykillers/Beatnik Hurricane/Mosheman @ Williamson Tunnels 10/09/2011- By Chumki Banerjee

The Great Wilderness @ Day & Night, Manchester 13/09/11

Rochdale Feelgood Festival 03/09/11

PJ Harvey @ Manchester Apollo 08/09/11


Kurt Vile/Woods @ Sound Control, Manchester 05/09/11


Leeds Festival 26/08/11- [MUSE / ELBOW / DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 / THE VIEW / FRANK TURNER]


Chad VanGaalen @ Deaf Institute, Manchester 21/08/11


Ian McNabb @ Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport, Manchester 11/08/11



Manchester Metal: Part 2 - The bands/gigs/releases/DIY ethic - Interview by Andy Barnes


The Pierces: Our Political View Is That People Should Be More Loving - Interview by Mel & Phil


The Paris Riots: Manchester's New Revolution - Interview by Nigel Cartner

Nerina Pallot: 'This Womans Work' - Interview by Nigel Cartner

Manchester Metal: Part 1 - The Scene - Interview by Andy Barnes

TJ & Murphy: Down To Their Underpants - Stripped Bare Without A Fig Leaf

Rise To Remain: Giving It All We've Got - Interview by Callum Barnes


Cosmo Jarvis: Is The World Strange - Or Are We Both Strange?  – Interview By Andy Barnes

The Subways: Don't Need Money To Have A Good Time - Interview by Teddie Dahlin


Daniel Durack: [Thee Savage Kicks] Night Of The Hunters – Interview by Den Browne

Kiria: This Is A Love Song – Interview by Lorraine

The Great Wilderness: A Bright Time For The Dark Horses – Interview by Phil King

Screaming Females: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman With A Guitar - Interview/Review by Nige Cartner

SaraBeth Tucek: A Journey Out Of The Darkness - Interview by Phil & Shay


Elsa Quarsell: All Hail The Domestic Burlesque - Interview by Mel

Damon Gough:Badly Misunderstood Boy - Interview by Andy Barnes

William Doyle: [Doyle & The Fourfathers] Go West Young Man - Interview by Andy


Angelspit [ZooG Von Rock]: Igniting The Imagination  – Interview by Phil King

Mojo Pin: The New Kidz On The Block - Interview by Callum Barnes


Viv Albertine: No Sun, No Sugar, No Alcohol - Interview by Phil King


Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Pixie Lott With A Pinch Of Salt - Interview by Chumki Banerjee

Ian McNabb: The Fire Still Burns Inside The Soul - Interview by Nigel Cartner




Andy's Anti Establishment October albums

  • The Cubicle - It Ain’t Human
  • Flashguns – Passions of a Different Kind
  • dEUS – Keep You Close
  • Not Above Evil – The Transcendental Signified
  • Exit Ten – Give Me Infinity
  • The Band of Holy Joy – How to Kill A Butterfly 


Andy's album of the Month: The Miserable Rich - Miss You In The Days

Down With The Kidz: Album Reviews

  • Cosmo Jarvis- Is The World Strange or Am I Strange?
  • Nazca Lines- Hyperventilation
  • Kasabian- Velociraptor!
  • Circus Envy – Secrets
  • The Wild Swans – The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years
  • Airship – Stuck In This Ocean
  • Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwig
  • The Duke Spirit - Bruiser




Andy's September Albums:

  • Pyjama Club - Pajama Club
  • The Karma Heart - Throw Your Light
  • Wolfcrusher - Virgin Tapestry
  • Waters - Out in the Light
  • The Waterboys - An Appointment with Mr Yeats
  • Girls - Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Opeth: 'Heritage'



  • Paley & Francis – Paley & Francis
  • Smokescreen – The Human Condition
  • Middleman – Spinning Plates
  • Prince Edward Island – This Day Is A Good Enough Day
  • Hyde and Beast – Slow Down
  • Trent Miller and The Skeleton Jive– Welcome to Inferno Valley
  • Huron- Mary Celeste
  • Thee Faction- Up The Workers
  • The Horrors- Skying




  • Death in Vegas- ‘Your Loft’
  • Monarchy- ‘Maybe I’m Crazy’
  • Alpines- ‘Cocoon’
  • TOYC- ‘Loophole’, EP
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich- ‘Atlas Hands’
  • Madam- ‘Someone in Love’
  • Nerina Pallot- ‘Turn Me On Again’
  • Kate Havnevik - ‘Show Me Love’
  • Emeli Sandé- ‘Heaven’
  • Nick Fisher-‘Regression and Progression’, 3-track demo
  • City of Glass- ‘The Diving Bell’ EP
  • ReVerbed- ‘Burn’
  • The Rubys- ‘The Fear’
  • The Jar Family- ‘Poolie Strut’ (Radio Edit)’
  • Screaming Daisies- ‘September’s Ghost’
  • The Calimocho Club-'Whoa Whoa, Hey Hey', debut EP
  • Baby Scream- ‘Hit and Run’
  • Pajama Club- ‘Tell Me What You Want’
  • Lil Jim’s Big Squeeze- ‘Cheatin’ n Creepin’
  • Water Tower Bucket Boys- ‘Where The Crow Don’t Fly’, EP




  • Tracy Moberly - Text me Up
  • Luke Haines - Post Everything
  • Byron Coley - C'est La Guerre: Early writings 1978-83
  • Nik Cohn -Tryksta: Life and Death in New Orleans Rap
  • Peter Hook - The Hacienda: How not to run a club



Mudkiss brings you the first instalment of James De Malplaquet's A - Z of The Miserable Rich's new album -'Miss You In The Day'.



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