Photo: Factory Floor
May 3rd sees the always busy live music specialists Now Wave undertake the mammoth task of throwing three parties in one night. We focus on those below.
Now Wave head to Newton Street's Roadhouse with Dum Dum Girls taking centre stage. Having enjoyed widespread critical acclaim throughout their six year existence, the LA based quartet really hit their stride with last year's enormously well received Too True, which prompted leading music journo's MOJO to coo “this album is a perfect pop balance of cliche and rawness, with mythic ambition and songs that make you a three-minute hero”. Hear some of that form their stunning single above.
Local heroes Pins join them. Since joining label Bella Union last year with their debut longplayer Girls Like Us, the Manchester four piece have gone from strength to strength. We can't sum them up better than The Sunday Times, who called them post punk, monochromatic minimalists, complete with Adam Ant drums, Siouxsie declamation and banshees guitars – sublime. Bag your tickets here.
The delightfully bleak industrial prowess of Factory Floor will arrive at Salford's Islington Mill later that day. Having purveyed a resolutely singular sound since the outset, Factory Floor's use of soul-less drum machines, modular synths, and alienating voices makes them inhabit a world between dreary pop, washed out techno and post industrial punk, resulting in a sound that is as dark and perverted as it gets (check out their classic 'Two Different Ways' above).
Definitely not to be missed. Get your Factory Floor tickets here.
Now Wave round off a trio of fantastic gigs by welcoming one of Manchester's most fiercely original, do it yourself acts - Brown Brogues to Soup Kitchen. With the duo so adept at blasting out primal percussive power, overtly odd guitar riffs and deranged, unnerving vocals, they have created an ardent following of fans continually impressed by their irreverent and raucous approach to their craft.
Hip hop, house and bass music outfit Murkage will join them, with an intriguing collaboration between themselves and Brown Brogues on the cards. We can't begin to imagine the results of these two disparate worlds colliding, but we can't wait to find out either. Another excellent Now Wave joint. Grab your Brown Brogues and Murkage tickets here.
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