DESIGNER MAGAZINE PRESENTS....... FOX FORCE FIVE & DECIMALS (14+)
plus special guests Fake Kings, Chuck Farthing, Swallows & Amazons
VENUE: Sub 61, Artillery Street, Manchester (See directions below)
DATE: Friday 3rd July
PRICE: £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/49265
FOX FORCE FIVE
Formed in late 2007 from the ashes of less illustrious outfits, Fox Force Five's eloquent songcraft is set to blaze a trail through the UK music scene. The Pictures & Puzzles EP stands this Manchester band apart from the current dirge of landfill Indie and pretentious identikit Electro. Fox Force Five boast deftly woven songs played by hungry young men who mean every last drop.
Last year was largely spent honing these talents in the live arena. A hometown debut at Danny McNamara's Aftershow club night was followed impressively by a strongly attended Sunday evening slot at the city's fledgling MAPS Festival. The band's raucous first London appearance at Alan McGee's Death Disco in November was preceded by an emphatic support slot with The Music in October.
Pictures & Puzzles EP
Recorded with Martin Coogan and Yves Altana in late autumn 2008, the Pictures & Puzzles EP combines this raw excitement with a deftness of touch which allows the songs to do the talking. Influences from Echo & The Bunneymen and The Shins are in evidence alongside Neil Young and The Doors because, like all quality bands, Fox Force Five have great record collections.
To anyone who knows Gethin Pearson (24), Alun Thomas (24), and Alex Pennie (23) Decimals' pop sensibilities might come as a surprise. However, reason states that our knowledge of them and their recent musical past should not dictate their musial future: we do not know them, and it is what they do now that is of interest.
There are computer algorithms, derived from an entire history of pop, that can point labels in the direction of the perfect pop song containing everything needed to get to number one. So how is it that three guys using synths, apples and guitars in a converted basement studio in South Wales are able to craft three minute pop gems? Collectively they have sixty years of listening to Everything to thank; they know pop-music inside out. They've rickrolled; they've discovered Phil Spector through listening to the Ramones; they've had Tommy Emmanuel, the Who, New Order and Dire Straits pushed upon them through long car journeys with their dads; and overheard Roxy Music, Paula Abdul and The Police with their mums. They have discovered Daft Punk because the girls in school were playing Stardust at house parties; listened to Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre because the bigger boys made them hip hop mix tapes; and listened to Oasis, Life Without Buildings and Chemical Brothers because Steve Lamaq told them to
Fake Kings are a Swinton, Manchester born quartet united through the love for making and listening to bangin’ tunes! With a cock-sure attitude and seemingly raw sound, a combination of quality tunes, built up over the last year of gigging around town and cheeky image to match, Fake Kings pull off a top-class gig.
Recently storming their way through the Manchester scene, Fake Kings, have shaped a twisted path of musical intensity forever leaving the faithful supporters in the crowd wanting more.
Clint Boon – ‘I thought they were brilliant like watching a proper established band, looking great for the future.’
Elliot Rashman (Happy Mondays Manager) - ‘I know top bands who can’t perform like that, very Impressed.’
Designer Magazine - 'fluent basslines and melodics riffs complemented by aggressive colloquial lyrics, prompting crowd surfers on more than one occasion to rock the ceiling-speakers menacingly'
Trying to get in the recoding studio as much as possible, Fake Kings, are eternally producing a progressive fresh sound. Finding their own individuality and incorperating it into their songs has become a smooth transition for the band from their ealier days on the music scene.
Recieving airtime on Xfm 97.7 and recently recording some live sessions with the station Fake Kings look forward to what the future holds.
If you haven't already become a faithful, get on the band wagon and get yourself down to one the lads upcoming gigs!
Wallis Bird - "absolutely excellent, i'm really enjoying it, reminds me of the inginuity of a savage band from the 70's called Yes".
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
FINDING THE VENUE
* From Deansgate head down Quay Street and pass Walkabout on your left
* When you're opposite the Opera House take a left
* Take 1st left again and you'll see the entrance to Sub 61
Nearest Tram Stops are G Mex or St Peters Square