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SALFORD MUSIC COOPERATIVE REVIEW
 

Star date: 3rd May 2010

SALFORD BANDS STORM SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY
Salford Music Cooperative at the Rovers Return

`Someone forgot about Salford bands when they organised this festival, so the Salford Music Co-op stepped in' says Salford Star reviewer Suzi Hoffman. By all accounts they did the city proud…

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The Salford Music Co-operative exploded into reality last night with their first music fest - all part of Sounds from the Other City.  Someone forgot about Salford bands when they organised this festival, so the Co-op stepped in. 

The Co-op started in March when a few DJ's, musicians and promoters got together to big up Salford talent and to put on regular gigs in our underused venues. And the quality of music here at the packed Rovers Return was awesome. 

Expertly MC'd by John Herring, first on was Kingfishers Catch Fire, dramatic and sombre, tending towards an operatic Jeff Buckley. Then (still unsigned) Death to the Strange played, led by the iconic Clarkey who introduced the first song thus: 'This is the song you write when your mum kicks you out!'  Folky tunes with a weird electronic backing.

Next up - Black Knights, unleashing their primal brand of voodoo trash/blues and astounding the Rovers Return with purple suit and loads of eye-make-up. 'How can I follow that?' said John Herring as he got up to play. But he quickly lulled the crowd into submission with his emotive protest songs such as 'Urban Decay' and 'Home', written about his beloved Langworthy.  His mum was sat by the sound desk, to oversee proceedings.  Another famous audience member was John Hanley, ex-Fall ('Who hasn't been in the Fall?', you might ask) 

Last on, but not 'headlining' (this is a co-operative!) was telecaster-wielding Lennie Butler and Sandbox.  An athletic performance by Lennie, who carried on even when her voice started to go.  Likened to Blondie and Polly Harvey - but Sandbox are of course unique. 

The whole evening was uniquely Salford - thanks to the Rovers Return, thanks to the amazing talent and thanks to the Coronation Street Bitter.

Review and photos by Suzi Hoffmann

You can hear Suzi at www.salfordcityradio.org 10am Mondays

 

wrote
at 7:22:41 AM on Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Salford Music Co-op presents its offical Launch Party at the Kings Arms Bloom Street, Come along and see some of salfords best live acts plus some special guests*- Two nights of great music for just £4, tickets on sale from the Kings Arms bar. £5.00 on the door A bank Holiday Bonanza - get down and support Local music Sunday 30th May Death To The Strange John Herring The Violet Bones* Briggzy Ungarded Moment Push Kodi 31st May Whipcord The Brink* Sandbox Mr. Heart China White* The Abstracts
 
Paul Travis wrote
at 7:22:19 AM on Thursday, May 13, 2010
You can see more work from the Salford Co-op when the Kings Arms hosts the Launch party with 12 live Salfrd bands & Special guest from Cambridge over two nights late spring bank holiday 30/31st May 6pm-11pm tickets just £4.00 in advance and that gets you in both nights, on sale behind the bar at the Kings arms
 
Clarkey d2ts wrote
at 11:41:29 PM on Thursday, May 6, 2010
A great day and night all round with some fantastic music and a great crowd. well played to everyone who perfomed and thanks to the organisers and all the people involved that made it happen!
 
Nathan wrote
at 12:09:06 PM on Thursday, May 6, 2010
top night with some great bands. death to the strange were amazing!!!1!
 
david wrote
at 8:44:46 AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Black Knights are amazing and really entertaining! They were awsome!
 
Ben wrote
at 6:04:57 AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Great gig. Great bands. With bands like Sandbox and the Black Knights around, Salford is in safe hands!
 
EM 3 wrote
at 4:00:51 AM on Tuesday, May 4, 2010
yes and unbelievably, this gig was free! see more of Salford bands this SAT (8th May) at Islington Mill £5 on the door. And look out for the Salford Arts theatre gig - think its 5th June.
 
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