Friday 19th March
9pm – 3am
Retro Bar, Sackville Street, (nr UMIST), Mcr
featuring live performances from:
Mower (Transcopic Records)
Jack Cooper (Twisted Nerve)
plus resident DJs M&F playing the best in underground indie, lo-fi and electro pop
Part of the OX04 Big Weekender, all proceeds to be donated to Oxfam.
Finding their pockets suitably lined after the success of their recent nights, March finds the Indigo kids in charitable mood as the evening is taken over by the OX04 Big Weekender. So dig deep because all the money taken on the door tonight will be donated to Oxfam. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn more about Oxfam’s Control Arms Campaign which aims to prevent the misuse of arms and regulate their use on a global scale.
As if that weren’t reason enough to tempt you, they’ve also managed to attract two of the most promising up and coming acts in the country, both of whom are already darlings of the national press.
Despite undergoing several line-up changes in what has been a turbulent couple of years, Mower have achieved hatfuls of critical acclaim for their album “People Are Cruel” and their accolades include single of the week in NME for “Na” and single of the week on several radio shows for “After Dark” including Mark & Lard, Colin Murray (Radio1) and John Kennedy (XFM).
Their “Kinksy” sound is often compared to that of their mentor, Graham Coxon’s band, Blur. Indeed Q magazine said of the Stephen Street produced “People Are Cruel,”
“How Blur might have sounded had Coxon managed to wrest Damon Albarn’s hand from the creative tiller. Raucous and rowdy, this attitudinal album throbs with primal intensity….a sharp, self mocking wit worthy of Ray Davies.”
So, you’d be well advised to catch Mower in this cozy venue on the Manchester leg of their tour. It may well be your last chance to see them in such intimate surroundings.
Twisted Nerve’s latest golden boy Jack Cooper hails from Blackpool, but his sound has more in common with the sun kissed west coast of America than the rain drenched north west coast of England. He claims to be inspired by the sound and melody of Big Star, Love, The Band, The Beach Boys and a big bag of 7” records, containing Dolly Parton, The Mamas and The Papas and The Lovin’ Spoonful, bequeathed by a relative.