Moston hellraisers ‘All The Kings Men’ evolved from the brilliant ‘Sons of the Stage’ back in late 2013 merging the Sons raw rock n roll vibe with a highly polished version of their former selves to create ‘All The Kings Men’.
Comprising of Matthew Holland – vocals/lead, Tino Caine – bass/backing vocals, Ben Robinson – drums.
This band consistently reel off outstanding music with sublime solo work on lead guitar by Matthew and melodies that flow easily from the bands frontman matched by Caineys uptempo rhythm on Bass and rampant drums which combine to not only pick up where Sons of the Stage left off, but to add their own influences from the past two years. Influences that have included trips and gigs in America by the band.
All this shines through in the music they seamlessly create and this isnt a monotone band, the music they create is diverse from slower simple acoustic driven melodic tunes to thumping rock n roll tracks with upbeat American style summer anthem songs.
All this is delivered by the band in their latest release, the excellent ‘Making My Escape’ five track EP.
Track Listing :
1. Fever – Outstanding stand out riffs, pulsating choruses.
2. City Lights – An ode to home and an in your face rock n roll New York inspired tune.
3. Someday – A beautiful polished slower track with tempting chorus changes.
4. My Mother Son – A heartfelt yet angry personal song about a tragic event, brilliantly written.
5. Making My Escape – Brilliant slow Title track and end to the EP that has taken us on a ATKM journey
Preview and buy the EP via this link for £3.95 – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/making-my-escape-ep/id1038451311
Author – Anton Pell
As October approaches we look forward to a double header of shows in Aberdeen & Manchester on the 24th and 30th respectively which sees Liverpool’s John McCullagh & The Escorts team up with Manchester bands Black Sonic Revolver & Kaleidoscope Skies plus Scotland’s Soul Love for two quality shows North and South of the border.
John and his band are rising stars on the indie scene and gathering huge momentum as they relentlessly tour the UK an impressive back catalogue of tracks that mixes songs from Johns solo career with the bands own tracks. John & The escorts latest album was produced by Cast legend John Power and that shines through in the quality of music they released with debut album ‘New Born Cry’.
John McCullagh & The Escorts previously blew all away who was lucky enough to catch them in Aberdeen and Manchester back in the spring of this year for #MANCUNIApresents as the band toured the length of the UK following the release of the album.
Main support Black Sonic Revolver returning to Aberdeen for the second time following a support slot with Hurricane #1 back in April 2015 and fresh from recording their second full length studio album ‘life on a Knife Edge’ which we hear will be available at both shows. Black Sonic Revolver are a band thats taken gigging and being in a band by the scruff of the neck and just got out there and done it. Its impressive stuff that already in their short time together since their debut show for #MANCUNIApresents in 2013 that this band have already produced two full length studio albums of top quality and have hundreds of gigs across the UK under their belt.
As for new music, we don’t get much newer than the next band on the line up Kaleidoscope Skies who evolved from mega Manchester band The Northstands with the Aberdeen leg of this double header being the bands first live gig ever and a prelude as to whats to come in Manchester the following week.
Next up is another new band fresh in 2015 and hailing from Peterhead, Scotland – Soul Love who have already supported the likes of Black Grape since their arrival on the UK scene just 3 months ago in early summer 2015 fronted by Marc Culley who many will remember from supports at previous shows including Slydigs in Aberdeen and Modern Faces both for #MANCUNIApresents. The bands debut show being our July 2015 show with Black Grape & Alias Kid at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen.
Aberdeen – 24th October 2015 – Cafe Drummonds
Manchester – 30th October 2015 – The Live Room
Both shows will have in house after parties and DJ’s til late with no live music curfew they promise to be a double header of shows not to be missed.
Ticets available from https://em.seetickets.com/promoter/anton-pell-mancunia-promotions/11420/list
Manchester welcomes a brand new live music venue this August as Grosvenor Streets ‘Nine Four Nightclub’ gets taken over and transformed into a trendy new live music venue ‘The Live Room’.
The venue is currently getting refurbished to feature a new stage, state of the art sound system and a huge feature video wall at the back of the stage unique to Manchester venues which will allow bands to provide stunning imagery to their live sets.
The new venue has a 4am license and is looking to host a mix of live music shows and DJs to close the nights. Capacity is yet to be confirmed but will be of 250-300 mark which comes as great news to musicians in the City who have seen Manchester venues of a similar size like The Roadhouse and Dry Live cease hosting live gigs in the past year with many emerging bands now struggling for outlets to perform to their fans, this makes ‘The Live Room’ a welcome boost for Manchester’s musical creatives.
The venue is to be run by Pete Finnigan who has previously worked in the music industry as an international artist booker and has years of experience in working with bands most importantly as well as promoters, bookers, agents and venues.
Pete and the team from ‘The Live Room’ are in this for the right reasons and this shines through in the level of equipment they are installing to ensure an all round great live experience not just for the venues customers, but for all the musicians and bands that will play this stage and get the chance to plug in to their top of the range sound system while using their own personal imagery to produce intimate live shows Unique to Manchester venues of a similar size.
The venues opening night in August is yet to be announced, but you can catch #MANCUNIApresents on October 30th with a line up of the very best new music headlined by the outstanding Liverpool band ‘John McCullagh & The Escorts’ stopping by Manchester on their UK tour supported by Manchester’s own ‘Black Sonic Revolver’ & ‘Kaleidoscope Skies’ with ‘Soul Love’ from Scotland making the trip for their debut Manchester show.
Look out for more nights to come from #MANCUNIApresents & The Live Room, Mancunia.
As well as looking to build musical contacts throughout the city the Live Room are also recruiting in preparation for the opening night, see contact details on poster below.
See you at a show there soon…..One Love, Live Music.
You can sign up to the venues mailing list via their website link here www.theliveroommcr.co.uk
When Mancunia Promotions & Klub Revolution first received a hint about the possibility of an upcoming tour for Black Grape, we knew this was a gig we had to make happen for Aberdeen.
A City so often starved of great bands regularly playing in the city at the larger venues, and a city whose fans have always received the highest praise from legends to have played the town before, including the likes of Noel Gallagher who once placed Aberdeen in his top 3 Oasis gigs.
Black Grape were one of the bands in the 1990′s whose Album we rushed out to buy on the day of release, anticipation was huge as to what was about to be released, an album that smashed brit pop in the teeth, stuck two fingers up to the masses, and showed the world how f**king good they were. Crossing every genre possible, it was impossible not to like this bands music, which today still sounds as fresh as it did in 1995. Unique!
The venue for tonight’s show was the exquisite Beach Ballroom, a vintage Art Deco building stooped in musical history in Aberdeen, where bands like The Beatles & The Who have played before. Marc Culley from Peterhead got the gig under way with his new band Soul Love in what was their first ever live show together, and you wouldn’t of known as they mixed in some quality Manchester-esque tunes with original material to deliver a sweet little set to ease in the crowd who were beginning to fill the venue.
Local band The Tijuana Sun were next up, these lads are no strangers to playing this venue having bought hundreds of fans before to previous shows. This was the bands first proper gig since they called it a back day in 2012 except a local show earlier this year, and this was a gig the band wanted to get back together for, being fans of Black Grape themselves. They were at ease on stage, excellent musicianship and a great sound similar to great indie bands now no more with a hint of Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, I was impressed and the crowd gave them a great response.
Swaggering up next was Alias Kid, the mad for it new signing to Alan McGee. Alias Kid performed songs from their mega new album ‘Revolt to Revolt’ (Available from 359music now). These boys hit the stage and before the end of their set had the floor full with their tempting fast beats, bass lines to keep up and a rhythm that had the filling floor bouncing to songs they had never heard before. These are a band that not only have great industry backing, but a work ethic and rock n roll status to back it up. Catch them when you can because no doubt with the way these boys are getting about they will be near you sometime soon.
The highlight was Revolution Sometime, a tune about to receive a newly recorded twist we cant wait to hear, keep an eye and and an ear on them.
Now it was time for Black Grape to hit the stage in usual fashion band first, weapons in hand, little intro as Kermit walks out then Shaun as ‘In the Name of The Father’ kicks in and the sprung laid dance floor bounces like a tightly sprung trampoline with cups flying, arms raised euphoria for a band that were too short lived in their day and sounding as fresh today as they did back in 1995.
The band were right up for it after being in Aberdeen for two days following a cancelled Shetland flight. I met Kermit at Aberdeen airport, who said “We we’re right up for Shetland, just means we will be double up for Aberdeen” and he wasn’t wrong as the on stage chemistry between the two front men was great as they did what Black Grape do, sometimes ad-libbing, sometimes slowing to instrumentals then blasting in their famous choruses that elevated the crowd to previous states of 90′s euphoria. The atmosphere in the camp was top notch as the front men fed off their excellently synced band with Kermit bounding around the stage like time had stood still, with the crowd loving all the classics from ‘It’s Great when you’re straight. yeah!’ and cheering as Kermit gave out a Stand Free shout for the Aberdeen FC fans in the room. Shaun was brilliant as he dropped in vocals new and old that make no Black Grape live song ever the same, which is one of the things everyone loves about this band. This was a gig a performance by all that will be long remembered for all the people that came.
Video Credit – Steven Sim
With the band looking to record new stuff, this isn’t just another 90s reunion – Black Grape are back and sounding better than ever!
Written by Anton Pell for Mancunia Promotions
Its been a top past 12 months for Peterheads Marc Culley following supports with Slydigs one week prior to their Arena tour with rock behemoths The Who. Following the Slydigs gig Marc went onto support Modern Faces and Hurricane #1 more recently.
On top of this Marc received rave reviews following his debut performance south of the border when he supported John McCullagh & The Escorts on the Manchester leg of the bands ‘New Born Cry’ Album tour.
This week is a huge week for Marc as his newly formed band ‘Soul Love’ release their first track with the week completed by Marc and his new bands biggest show to date at The Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen on Sunday 5th of July supporting Manchester 90′s legends Black Grape which will be Marcs second support on the bands 2015 comeback tour where he will also play solo in Shetland this Saturday.
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Mancunia Promotions are teaming up with Klub Revolution to welcome the legendary Manchester party band of the Nineties to Aberdeen in which will be the bands first time ever playing live in Aberdeen.
Black Grape were formed by members of Happy Mondays & The Ruthless Rap Assassins in the mid nineties, fronted by Shaun Ryder and Kermit combining their unique talents to release debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight, Yeah!’ in October 1995.
The album received critical acclaim and peaked at Number 1 in The UK album charts and various countries across the world going Platinum along the way and spanning chart hits like ‘Kelly’s Heroes’, ‘In the Name of The Father’ and ‘Reverend Black grape’.
The band split shortly after the release of their follow up Album ‘Stupid,Stupid,Stupid’ and are back 20 years on for a tour celebrating the success of their debut album.
Black Grape + The ballrooms famous sprung dancefloor = One Mad Night for Aberdeen!
Support on the night comes from Manchester band Alias Kid who have been handpicked by Black Grape to join them on all 19 dates of the bands UK tour.
Aberdeen favourites The Tijuana Sun reform for this night only and Local boy Marc Culley and his band also join the bill ensuring a top night of live music from the start.
Doors are at 7.30pm with last entry 10.30pm.
Tickets are available now online from https://thelittleboxoffice.com/mancuniapromotions
Also available online from the Aberdeen Box Office
seetickets.com , skiddle.com, eventgenius.
Also available in person from the venue for direct cash & collection purchases and Aberdeen Box Office.
HURRICANE #1 UK TOUR 2015 – PLUG, SHEFFIELD. FRIDAY APRIL 10TH 2015
Hurricane #1 head back out on tour this spring, with a class line up fronted by former frontman/founder member Alex Lowe.
The tour arrives in the steel city, Sheffield on Friday 10th of April 2015 and is the bands second date of a full UK tour followed by festival appearances this summer.
Hurricane #1 were signed to Alan McGhee’s Creation Records and flourished in the mid – late nineties at a time when the band had to compete with the likes of Oasis, Blur, Charlatans and many more of the britpop era bands that dominated the nineties.
Hurricane #1 went on to achieve 5 top 40 hits with their debut Album reaching no 11 in 1997.
The band split at the turn of the century and 15 years on are back touring the UK.For this Sheffield leg Hurricane #1 will be joined by an immense line up of supports including Modern Faces, whom themselves previously supported Kasabian in the same City. The kasabian gig was followed up by two sell out headline shows at this same venue as this show – the brilliant Plug Nightclub.
Completing this spanking line up are The SSS and The Black Delta Movement with a special guest opener.
The SSS are Sheffields underground indie kings, quietly amassing a huge local following thanks to their brilliant music and nifty promo tricks. The SSS recently sold out local venue The Leadmill in 3 days!!
The Black Delta Movement are a quality hard working band from Hull, perfecting their art all across England at the moment with some impressive recent supports including Kaiser Chiefs and Jesus and Mary Chain. The sky is currently the limit for this blistering band from Humberside.
The night will be opened by a special guest acoustic performance.
Limited Tickets are available from seetickets now.
Hurricane #1 flourished in the late 1990′s at a time where they had to compete with bands such as Oasis, Cast, Manics, Blur and many more in a decade dominated by the indie wave that swept the UK during that period.
Looking and listening back to Hurricane #1′s back catalogue and there is a real depth of quality timeless indie music that in todays mainstream market would leave them standing pound for pound with the very few indie acts that make it to the fore these days.
Fronted by former boxer Alex Lowe, this is a band whose tracks hit hard and there is no one tougher to deliver them than Alex who has recently fought and won the battle of his life after being diagnosed with cancer.
With the help of old friend and former Creation Records boss Alan McGee, Alex teamed up with drummer Paul Quinn from ‘Teenage Fanclub’ and the excellent Mariani brothers Lucas and Carl on the strings to create a Hurricane #1 super band to tour the UK in the spring of 2015.
At Mancunia Promotions we are delighted to be hosting a couple of the bands upcoming shows. We are in Sheffield at the brilliant Plug Nightclub on the 10th of April 2015 then two weeks later on the 25th of April in Aberdeen at Drummonds.
For both of the above shows only Hurricane #1 will be joined by Modern Faces as main support.
Tickets for both these shows and the rest of the bands tour are available NOW from www.seetickets.com
All Hurricane#1 current dates for 2015:
3RD APRIL – THE HAUNT, BRIGHTON
4TH APRIL – BRIXTON JAMM, LONDON
10TH APRIL – THE PLUG, SHEFFILED
17TH APRIL – BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS
24TH APRIL – STEREO, GLASGOW
25TH APRIL – CAFE DRUMMONDS, ABERDEEN
2ND MAY – NEW ADELPHI CLUB, HULL
23RD MAY – MANCHESTER ACADEMY, MANCHESTER
John McCullagh signed to music legend Alan McGee’s 359 Music at the age of 15 and in the last couple of years has been busy touring his own shows all across the UK alongside supporting some outstanding mainstream artists like Cast, The Strypes, The Enemy, Babyshambles and Alabama 3 who featured in John’s single from last year ‘Towerland Lullaby’.
John McCullagh & The Escorts head out on tour in the spring of 2015 to promote the bands forthcoming album ‘Newborn Cry’and will be heading out all over the UK again.
The bands latest single ‘Box of Tricks’ was produced by John Power (Cast/The LA’s)
Support in Manchester comes from #MANCUNIApresents favourites Black Sonic Revolver, whom no doubt add to making it a night to remember. Also on the bill and introducing to Manchester, Marc Culley, another up and coming talent from the north of Scotland.
In Aberdeen we have another outstanding line up with main support The SSS making the trip up from Sheffield joined by Marc Culley and Common Ground.
Aberdeen on 11/04/14 followed by Manchester on 17/04/14 Tickets available now from www.seetickets.com.