Words by Ian Pennington
If you don’t like gig clashes, look away now. It’s the case for most of this week – seemingly the busiest on this year’s live calendar. Still, for most of us it means pickings aplenty.
The first clash is even in the same building – the Uni of Manchester SU. The Satellite State Disko DJs have pulled off a cracking booking to invite Balkan trad music party animals, Kal, over for two UK dates. Crassly labelled ‘world music’, the Serbian quintet is an upbeat outfit in the Gogol Bordello mould and is set to entertain Academy 3 on Wednesday 6th. If that’s not your thing then how about Dillinger Escape Plan’s umpteenth visit to Academy 2 in the same building on the same night?
Let barely 24 hours pass and there’s more.
Mount Kimbie first came to Manchester (well, Salford’s Islington Mill) in March 2010. Since then their curve has seen an exponential gradient, taking in two albums and international tours. The electronic duo returns for a show at Gorilla, supported by Lapalux.
Over at the Academy 2 again, the sampladelic twosome Public Service Broadcasting has intrigued and delighted in equal measure thanks to borrowing its soundbites from old public information films. Set to a backdrop of tones of ambient soundscapes to screaming classic rock guitar, the end result is well worth catching.
A third good bet for Thursday 7th is the highly-tipped Manchester electro-pop five-piece, Swiss Lips. Head to the Deaf Institute to see them before they’re too big for their boots.
Sitting pretty on its own for Friday 8th is Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whose tour campervan stops at Academy 2 for the night. They come with the Jagjaguwar record label’s seal of approval and a woozy chillwave album to share.
Three heavyweights face off on Saturday 9th – my personal pick being local ‘ethio-trad’ collective, Honeyfeet. They’re on at Band On The Wall to launch their new album, It’s a Good Job I Love You. If you’ve not experienced their live show yet then treat yourself.
In Fallowfield, half the week is spent escaping from tacky student nights and you won’t see any fluorescent tick-list t-shirts at Fallow Café (formerly Trof Fallowfield) while the Sheffield ‘sludge disco’ trio Temple of Coke rock your little cotton socks off.
Or, finally, Money (aka M O N E Y, if you’re into gimmicks). If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a band that has attracted the attention of many an intrepid interviewer lately – from The Skinny and Guardian in print to Huw Stephens on the airwaves – all seeking bandleader Jamie Lee’s snippets of self-deprecating, self-promotional wit. Now Wave has long been a supporter of Jamie’s plight, having in the past pitted them among the pews at Sacred Trinity Church exactly two years ago. This time they’ll complement the art deco architecture of the Dancehouse Theatre for an all-seater show, also on Saturday 9th.