Following Saturday’s incredible sold showcase of nine bands This Feeling have tipped for greatness this year at iconic venue Nambucca in North London, it’s time for Manchester to exhibit the talents of the North at the excellent Jimmy’s in the Northern Quarter.
Jimmy’s are hosting not one, but TWO #BigIn2018 events – with the first being on Saturday 20th January and the second being a mere 24 hours later on Sunday 21st. If you want to go, you’ll have to get in there quick, with Saturday already being sold out and Sunday having very limited tickets left. If the London leg is anything to go by, Jimmy’s basement ceiling is going to be well and truly blown off.
Saturday boasts a range of talent, from the Palma Violets-esque rock of Voodoos to the working class grit of Proletariat; the jingly-jangly indie pop of Mint and the pop-punk punch of Matter of Mind.
One act who have made a high impact at Baby Strange’s riotous club night ‘Club Sabbath’ in Glasgow will be making their Manchester debut this Weekend. Voodoo’s have gone from strength to strength since their debut at the club and have played at Glasgow’s Broadcast with This Feeling. Manchester, you’re certainly in for a treat with these boys. They may have only just turned 18, but Stockport four-piece Matter of Mind have developed a sound far beyond their years. Their debut EP ‘A State of Mind’ created a buzz among industry figureheads in Manchester, receiving praise from the likes of Louder Than War, Fred Perry Subculture, Clint Boon, This Feeling and Terry Christian. Their sound is reminiscent of what a lovechild between Biffy Clyro and Lower Than Atlantis would sound like, with dark and brooding guitars, heavy basslines and melodic vocals.
Grimsby based four-piece Mint had an absolute monster 2017. When talking to frontman Zak Rashid, he listed everything that they were proud to achieve as a band last year. Two of their songs were championed by ITV’s This Morning, they became endorsed by Eastwood Guitars, played a number of festivals (Isle of Wight, YNot?, Kendal Calling, Reading) and then had their single St. Oxford added to Spotify’s Indie List. One small step for Mint, one massive leap for Mint-kind.
I saw Manchester locals Proletariat live at just a handful of gigs last year (The Monarch and YNot? Festival) but they sure left a lasting impression on both myself and the people I was with. They are one of the many incredible British bands flying the flag loud and proud for the underground post-punk scene. Their performance packs a punky punch and are without a doubt one band to keep an eye on over the next year.
Sunday’s offering brings it even louder than the night before. The area surrounding Jimmy’s and further into Manchester’s Northern Quarter will be echoing with loud, snarling riffs and powerful vocals more suited to stadium-sized venues. If you’re still able to get a ticket for it, I recommend that you do.
The buzz and hype around Widnes four-piece The Racket came together in 2015 with a sound reminiscent of The Sex Pistols and The Libertines if John Lydon wasn’t an idiot and Pete Doherty was Northern. Their songs are anthemic social commentaries of what life is like for young people. ‘Faded Days’ states that they are “fed up of bending over backwards for a man who’s in a suit”. Aren’t we all?
With Liverpool not being necessarily famed for its reputation of breeding the best punk musicians, it’s refreshing to see a band like Generation emerging from the land of the Scousers. They’re a snarling, pouting band with cheekbones that have been chiselled by the punk gods, who seem to have also influenced their sound. Think New York Dolls, The Stooges and The Sex Pistols all merged into one sharp-suited, creeper-wearing, leopard print adorning amalgamation.
Bolton’s The Jade Assembly are one of those bands that simply everyone who loves classic noughties indie will love. They’ve got the same swagger as The Rifles paired with the sound of The Enemy and Reverend & The Makers. Inspiral Carpets/Radio X DJ Clint Boon has dubbed The Jade Assembly as ‘the best guitar band since Kasabian’. This band are the epitome of Britpop and the spawn of stadium filling sounds of Oasis, Courteeners and the like. Just see for yourself.
Sheffield’s Wulfman Fury are the kind of band that have ripped out the opening page of a book entitled Indie 101. Their latest single ‘Night Sweats’ is heavily reminiscent of early Miles Kane in the Rascals days with a smattering of The Pigeon Detectives and Milburn for good measure. Frontman George Moran has an almost haunting vibrato to his vocals, which give this Sheffield five-piece an edge and a difference to your everyday, run of the mill indie bands.
Saturday Event Page Manchester: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763157487312341/
Sunday Event Page Manchester: https://www.facebook.com/events/336188540195532/
Other #BigIn2018 Dates:
London The Monarch – 25th Jan
w/ The Velvet Hands, The Scruff, Ulysses Wells, Nadia Sheikh, Sleeptalking + Sons.
Glasgow Broadcast – 9th Feb
w/ Heavy Rapids, Rituals, Carousel + The Capollos.
All shows £6 advance…