As the North West continues to sit proudly at the top of diverse and vibrant new music, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley has a triple-threat of fresh sounds for your listening pleasure.
For many bands, radio breakthrough is the sign of real progress, and for Manchester band LIINES this is exactly the case.
Radio X‘s John Kennedy has been making a racket about LIINES for a while now, most recently he’s announced they’ll headline his show at Tooting Tram and Social next month.
Then, there’s the music itself. Zoe McVeigh (guitar/vocals), Tamsin Middleton (bass) and Leila O’Sullivan (drums) released the snarling yet melodic Disappear/Be Here 2-track package last year and are now out promoting their latest track Shallow.
“We have a very bass and drum led, sometimes quite sparse sound with guitar and vocals coming in and out over the top,” says drummer Leila.
About the lyrics of Shallow, Zoe says: “It’s relentless and on loop, which I hope shows how it feels when those kinds of obsessive feelings develop and won’t let up. I wanted a song that made the listener feel like they were suffocating and almost relieved when it was over.”
LIINES head out on a UK tour which sees them play:
- March 2 – Manchester, Night People
- March 10 – Sheffield, Audacious Art Experiment
- March 16 – London, Tooting Tram and Social (for John Kennedy – Radio X)
- March 30 – Todmordon, The Golden Lion
- April 13 – Liverpool, Sound Food and Drink
Elle Mary and The Bad Men are Elin Rossiter (vocals/guitar), Michael Dubec (bass) and Pete Stitch (drums). They’re signed to Sideways Saloon in the UK and most recently released gentlest of gentle Falling earlier this month.
She produces a raw sound, solo with only an acoustic guitar for company, yet a vocal strength that increases her sound tenfold.
She describes herself as a one-man indie pop band, and told Getintothis about her musical dream: “I graduate in July so I’m currently in the process of working this out too! The dream would be to be able to perform and make a living from it, so I’m just going to do all I can to hopefully get there.”
Debut single Heat was released in April last year and has been followed by numerous covers, unsurprisingly BRIT award winner Ed Sheeran features amongst them.
Ellie Keegan plays Sound Food and Drink on Friday, March 23.