Last week we put on our first ever show at Jimmy’s in Manchester. Our debut headliners Idle Hours provided an astonishing set, along with the elegant excellence of Sequin Sally providing a stunning support slot, along with Macclesfield Samsara bringing an array of covers to the table to kick-start the evening.
Samsara opened the night with renditions of their heroes Pixies, performing ‘Monkeys Gone To Heaven’, and ‘Gouge Away’. The band faced a glaring issue, as their keyboardist was unable to make an appearance, so to adapt and perform without a member of the 5 piece was a courageous effort from the band. Renditions of Oasis followed as they paid homage to one of the cities greatest exports.
One of Manchester’s most exciting young talents, Sequin Sally offered a stunning and euphoric set which provided a sense of glorious soundscapes with melodic, and touching vocals provided by lead singer Sally Issacs. Tracks such as upcoming single ‘Pretty Girls’ gave off a true sense of Beach House with the organ like synths, guitars gently coated in reverb and harmonic vocals which strike right from the core of the song.
Sequin Sally bring true elegance to the table. Their dreamy soundscapes are stunning in their own right and offer a unique and luscious listen for any music fan. Transferred live, you get that sense of elegance straight away with beautiful vocals and gorgeous noise. Sequin Sally have a new single just on the horizon with ‘Pretty Girls’ out 27th April.
Our headliners Idle Hours arrived on stage to a packed out Jimmy’s crowd. Opening with ‘Happiest Place On Earth’. Its prominent baseline and Wombats like energy enticed an indie-party atmosphere with the song sounding enthralling and exciting. A change of pace and debut single ‘Powder White’ was drafted into the scene. A week after its release, people in the crowd recognise the lyrics, with a few singing along with lead singer Jack Waldron. The vitally important guitarist Tom Ashton imbeds powerful and hard-hitting riffs into their indie scene adding a unique touch to their sound.
The jangly and groovy ‘TV Crush’ came up next, along with the debut performance of the eccentric and gorgeous new track ‘Before The Acid Rain’. ‘Carsick’ offered more flair and roaring guitars with the bending solo from Tom producing an epic soundscape that solidifies their unique sound and bold approach to the indie genre. ‘Cityscape’ and ‘Your Mind’ offer a glimpse of yet more new material that further progresses Idle Hours, and offers a distinctive insight into their future plans and the direction of their sound. Their seminal set closer, ‘Backchat’s’ vigorous guitars and shouty, passionate vocals from Jack. It’s fast-paced, energetic and the perfect way to conclude the night.
The crowd asked for more, repeatedly, so to celebrate the release of their debut single, the band performed ‘Powder White’ for the second time on the night to close off an incredible night showcasing some brilliant talent.
We wanted to thank everyone who came down on the 18th. It was an incredible night that showed how amazing the new talent within Manchester really is. We were not expecting to draw a crowd like we did, and that’s down to the dedication of our readers, the people who believe in us, and the incredibly talented Idle Hours, Sequin Sally and Samsara. Without the trio of acts, we wouldn’t have had the night we were hoping for.
We will be bringing you further news on the future of our promotion scheme in the near future, but until then, thank you.
Words and photos by Piran Aston. (Twitter – @PiranAston_. Instagram – @piranastonphotogrpahy)