They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but presumably the first person to say that is now cowering in a corner, sincerely feeling flattered about the cyclical aping unleashed every time the idiom is repeated. Serves them right, you say, as it excuses Hannah Wants’ copycat single, ‘Found The Ground’, from its cosy mimicry of Boddika & Joy Orbison’s ‘Mercy’, which incidentally isn’t a compassion the Twittersphere has shown. To be fair, in a world ram-packed with records, creating a track that doesn’t sound similar will be increasingly difficult, unless you’re exploring the dark recesses of tonality, like this guy.
But there’s similar and then there’s Hannah Wants, and don’t tell Marvin Gaye’s estate, whose favourite pastime seems to be alleging that the late Motown singer produced every combination of chords ever popularised by the recording industry. This week, we’re mixing it up between those who’re treading new territory, those who’re retracing their own steps and those who’re doing a little jig in someone else’s shadow. Whatever flatters your auditory senses, it’ll be on in Manchester over the next seven days.
Woozy indie pop’s next big tips, Lionlimb, hit Soup Kitchen on Monday 12th. Are they the same as the last ‘next big tip’, you wonder aloud? You’ll have to go along to find out. The same goes for hardcorers Cassels‘ Whiskey Jar show and guitar janglers Club Kuru at Castle Hotel – can they stand out on their own?
Wednesday 14th’s day in court for originality includes swing bluesman Huw Eddy and his Carnival in tow at Whiskey Jar. Although his exquisitely crafted finger picking may have been done before, Rory Butler‘s subject matter, including Brexit, may be less frequently strummed so far. Slightly out of season, the hearty blues-pop-rockers July Talk are trialling their brand new sophomore imprint, Touch, at Sound Control.
Shows for NYC’s KRS-One (Club Academy) and MCR’s Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon (Ruby Lounge) make Thursday 15th one for the sounds of hip hop, old and new. Equally eloquent with his rhymes and spits is local lyricist Thick Richard, whose fiery delivery evoking Dr Cooper Clarke tops a stellar spoken word bill at the Wordlife anthology launch. Finally, serial award-winner Terence Blanchard is set to recall and join the New Orleans jazz greats at Band on the Wall.
The big one for the weekend is the latest edition of Ramsbottom Festival, running Friday 16th to Sunday 18th at the north Bury town’s cricket club. Their headliners, Public Service Broadcasting, are frank about their sources, having sampled recorded clips from the US-Soviet space race for their second album.
Closer to home, there’s a Supreme Foliage EP launch for Lavender at Night & Day Cafe, paying homage to the 1960s Nuggets psychonauts.
Staying in the psychedelic realm, Purple Heart Parade headline Scruff of the Neck’s Psychetropic showcase at Soup Kitchen on Saturday 17th. The electronic end of the psych spectrum sees Tregenza welcomed to Castle Hotel for AnalogueTrash’s mind-warping soundwaves, while acoustic songwriter Aidan Holt is among those playing at Horn & Hoof Records’ September Special at the Blossoms pub in Stockport – infamous for being the place to lend its name to the hard-to-miss buzz band.