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Manchester Punk Festival Volume 14 Released Via Bandcamp

MPF 17 Feb 17The Manchester Punk Festival is almost upon us, the event takes place between 20th and 22nd April across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the final volume of the compilations that precede this years festival. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume 14 features  Throwing Stuff, After The Fall, Martha, Dirty Twisters, Clowns, Jakal, Inner Terrestrials, Riggots, Fair Do’s, BONO!, Foetal Juice, Kollapse, Wadeye, Billy Liar, The Kirkz, Doe, The Burnt Tapes, Helen Chambers and Matlida’s Scoundrels. The previous 13 volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that cover the 2015 to 2017 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.

The final 200 tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale here

You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume 14 as a name your price download here

Manchester Punk Festival Confrims Latest Additions For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between the 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre, the festival has now added the energetic punk rock of Canada’s Brutal Youth, the politically charged punk rock of Essex’s The Filaments, the melodic hardcore of Liverpool punkers Chief, the acoustic pop punk of Onsind, the 80’s hardcore of Throwing Stuff and the anarchic folk punk of Matilda’s Scoundrels to the 2017 line up, as well as TosserladBobby Funk, Rash Decision, Iron Drugs, Grotbags, Dirty Twisters, Muskets, Lineout and One Hidden Frame being added to the already impressive bill.

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Manchester Punk Festival Announces Latest Acts For 2017

mpf-oct-16The Manchester Punk Festival has announced the next wave of bands that will be descending on Manchester for MPF2017. Canadian skate punk legends Belvedere will be returning to the UK for their first show in over five years, German tech-punkers Money Left To Burn, Danish singer-songwriter Stoj Snak and German ska-core kings BrainDead have also been added to the party. Grand Collapse and Petrol Girls will both be playing to add some fire to the performances, along with bands including Faintest IdeaMaid Of Ace and a rare appearance from AOS3 to get you moving.

Early bird tickets sold out in 24 hours, general tickets are on sale now for £30 and are available here

Further announcements and offers for MPF17 can be viewed below

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Martha BITPOMH

Martha

Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart

Fortuna Pop / Dirtnap Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Martha is a four piece indie band from the oddly named village of Pity Me in the north east of the UK, Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart is their sophomore album, it follows hard on the heels of their acclaimed 2014 debut, Courting Strong. They have retained MJ, from acclaimed Yorkshire psyche band Hookworms, to produce the album, presumably this is an “if isn’t broken don’t fix it” move as he did such a sterling job on their debut album. All four members of this quartet share the vocal and songwriting duties, this means that no two songs are the same and Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart never once gets repetitive, it constantly keeps you guessing what direction it’ll head off in next. 

Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart opens with the frantic, and all too brief, Christine, the tempo rarely relents from this point, even when it does you know that it’ll only be a brief wait before it picks back up again. Martha make a frenetic noise that comes across as a hybrid of punk attitude and indie style, but all done with a sunny pop sensibility. They certainly know how to put a catchy tune together, their songs feature slightly discordant harmonies that are pleasing to the ear and on some of the vocal duties the north east accent is detectable, which for me only adds to their charm. I think that’s the right description for this release, charming, for all it’s frantic guitar riffs it maintains a summery disposition throughout, you can’t help having a smile on your face when listening to Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart.

They owe a heavy debt to indie bands from the late 80’s and 90’s, you can hear echoes of the likes of Lush and The Arctic Monkeys finest moments on this release, that’s not to say they are recreating the past, Martha are a band that wear their hearts, and their influences, on their collective sleeves. The end result is that his is a triumphant and upbeat album with smart and witty lyrics that deserves to be part of your summer playlist. Weirdly my download of Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart came with a mysterious bonus track by a band called The Marketts, a piece of odd go-go sixties strangeness that is akin to The Mummies on an acid trip, did anyone else get this attached to their copy or am I just lucky?

Blisters In The Pit Of Your Heart is released by Fortuna Pop in the UK and  Dirtnap Records in the USA, it can be ordered on download, or on black, or limited edition splatter vinyl, from the usual outlets