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Chupa Cabra

ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Chupa Cabra

A band who describe themselves gloriously as ‘one generation or another’s alienation, derangement and dirty washing’ projected back at you through their ‘nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator-blues’ should never go amiss. We’ve been big fans of the lads from North-Wales for some years now, and can tell you that Chupa Cabra are exactly the description set-out above.

What’s more, ahead of supporting the formidable Cabbage for a few dates, the hotly rising 3-piece will be joining the bill for our final Free Vibes event at Band on The Wall, alongside Leeds’ Elephant Trees, Mancunian acid-punks Springfield Elementary and quirky art-pop, ex-MCR Live residents The Vanity Project.

Sending us out in style, we want you to be there to party with us and celebrate the past two years. Entry for Free Vibes is totally free, but make sure you don’t delay… Our last event sold out the 600 capacity venue! As our closing party – and with one day to go reaching similar figures – we’re almost certain it’ll happen again.

Find out a little more as to what you can expect from Chupa Cabra on the night by listening to their ultimate playlist, below.

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Tayt (Drums)

Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

Everything about this tune gives me goosebumps. One of my all time favourites. I always think to myself how much acid I’d need to take to get me to a level where I could write a song anything like it.

The Model – Kraftwerk

My favourite kraftwerk song, electronic at its finest. I could’ve picked any song from the man machine but this always stood out for me. Probably something to do with rammsteins cover, my favourite band when I was 13.

Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin

No one will ever top John Bonham in my eyes. Big, heavy drums in a tune about heartbreak just gives it a completely different edge. Just a dramatic song that needs to be felt, not heard. One to piss your mum off with.

Bournemouth Runner – The Fall

A man who needs no introduction, deffo my favourite one from a very long list. Everything you could want from a fall tune.

Jazz (We’ve Got) – A Tribe Called Quest

Tribe are the arguably the biggest legends of the East Coast. Seem to just top everything that came out era for me, and

Q-tip is just the coolest guy I’ve ever seen in my life.

Hayden (Vox / Guitar)

I’m Not a Sicko Theres a Plate in My Head- Oblivians

If an alien were to ask me what garage punk was, I’d show them this- provided they don’t probe me first.

Elastic Seal- Duds

A sure-fire combination of deadpan lyricism and delivery set to mechanical-clockwork no wave.

Mr Eliminator- Dick Dale and his Del-Tones

RIP king of the surf guitar! This dude invented shredding. Fuck Yngwie.

If It Takes All Night- Roxy Music

I just want to be Bryan Ferry.

Diversion- Ty Segall

Sabbath worship at the altar of Marc Bolan.

 

Nath (Bass)

I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself  – Elton John

I have a lot of love for Elton, less love for skagging yourself but can appreciate the sentiment.

Nice One Eckhart – Chris Young and the Ever diminishing ego

Who the fuck is Eckhart Twolle? Chris is absolutely great and ‘Nice One Eckhart’ is a phrase for the ages

Poptones – Public Image Limited.

Poptones is the best song ever written turn off your mind relax and float downstream

It’s the End – Mr Ben & the Bens

These are gonna be massive and this is a beautiful song. Nice chap is Mr Ben.

Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Bob Dylan

One of those great mythic  Dylan songs that do nothing and are epochal in equal measure

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PREVIEW: LIVE AT LEEDS 2019

Festival season is finally upon us and Live At Leeds are once again at the forefront of promoting the freshest new bands around. This year it has a mouth-watering selection of 100+ bands performing across 21 different venues in the Yorkshire paradise that is Leeds. 

Stellar names such as Metronomy, Kate Tempest, Tom Greenan and Sundara Karma will be joined by acts that will be shaping the musical landscape for many years to come such as Bloxx, Sports Team, Gengahr and Goat Girl. This is Live at Leeds’ biggest line-up to date so make sure you keep May 4th free in your calendar and bag yourself a ticket before you miss out on discovering your new favourite band.

Heading up the lineup this year are some of Live At Leeds’ true success stories, led by returning guitar heroes Sundara Karma. Since forming in Reading, their blend of infectious hooks and direct lyrics have taken on the globe – with a debut album that took them to headline nights at London’s Brixton Academy and beyond. After returning last month with the mesmerising ‘Illusions’ and a hotly anticipated second album on the cards for next year, their set at Live At Leeds is bound to be an unmissable spectacle of what a band can be in 2019.

One of the most acclaimed and creative bands of the past decade, Metronomy will return in 2019 to open up a bold new chapter. Formed in the creative mind of frontman/band leader Joe Mount, their tear-stained lines of indie heartbreak have become a signature sound – with five studio albums morphing and growing into swaggering neon-pop with a catalogue of anthems to boot. An unmissable live act, Live At Leeds 2019 will be in for a treat when Metronomy come to town.

Tom Grennan is arguably the breakout artist of 2018, with an incredible year that has sent him to some of the biggest stages in the UK. After scooping a Top 5 Album with debut LP ‘Lighting Matches’, Tom has packed rooms across the country – with his gravel-smooth voice and unstoppable stage presence making him one of the most beloved songwriters that the UK has seen in quite some time. Bound to bring passion and charm to Live At Leeds 2019, he’s one only set to get bigger and bigger from here on out.

This is no doubt one of the most exciting weekends of the year if you’re keen to discover great new music. Over the years Live at Leeds has cultivated itself a reputation as being one of the most eclectic festivals on the circuit and has always been a keen promoter of new and exciting talent.

Tickets are still on sale but make sure you grab yourself one quick before you miss out on one of the best weekends of the year.

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springfield elementary

ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: Springfield Elementary

Merging their favourite sounds from the last 50 years of Punk and Psychedelia, Springfield Elementary have only been going for a year but are already making waves in the North – creating their own fuzz-soaked cocktail that truly speaks for itself. The 4-piece will be joining the bill for our final Free Vibes event at Band on The Wall, alongside Elephant Trees, Chupa Cabra and MCR Live favourites The Vanity project.


But, as a new band it’s likely you’re asking yourself “what can you expect” and “why should I come”? If the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Sonics had a baby, Springfield Elementary would be the fruit of that labour – if that doesn’t whet the taste buds then we’re truly baffled. Championed by publications including Louder Than War, No Fun Magazine and ourselves the Manchester-based quartet have a real penchant for the pulse of punk’ and we know they’re going to add something different to the bill. 

Entry for Free Vibes are totally free, but make sure you don’t delay! Our last event sold out the 600 capacity venue and as our closing party, we’re sure it’ll happen again.

Find out a little more as to what you can expect from Springfield Elementary on the night by listening to their ultimate playlist, below.

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Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk to Fuck

One of our biggest influences, a lot of their songs are quite hectic yet articulate and it’s something we think we achieve.

Happy Mondays – Olive Oil

The Squirrel and G-Man album is a constant feature on road trips to out of town gigs. Shaun Ryder is my dad.

Bleached – Think of You

There is a tiny section of one of our songs that we subconsciously ripped off from one of Bleached’s songs… we aren’t gonna say which one, but this is a nice nugget of a tune!

Goat – Goatman

Again, one of our favourite bands. We bonded over Goat before we were a band, we are really drawn to raw psychedelic music like this. They’re top live too!

The Rats – The Rats Revenge

We always swap records with each other and this tune is on the Back from The Grave compilation, which is full of old, garage punk tunes from the late ’60s. This specific song stood out to us and soon we started greeting each other by saying ‘the rats!’ (like how they shout it on this song… ) fuck knows why.

Bloc Party – Helicopter

A tune from our childhood… the energy of this tune is so infectious – especially the drumming. Pretty sure it was on Fifa too.

The Doors – Soul Kitchen

Another raw piece of psychedelia!

Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer

We love this band… they remind me of a more fuzzy Gang of Four.

The Growlers – Red Tide

Another band we all bonded over before we made the band! All their albums are great but everything on Are You In Or Out is so sick!

Goat Girl – Crow Cries

We realised that most the songs on this playlist are pretty old so here’s a token new tune from one of our favourite albums from last year.

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The Vanity Project | 06/04/19

The Vanity Project are a Manchester based indie pop duo, who spend 1/3 of their time on stage playing music and 2/3 making jokes. The city council, therefore, demanded that they are given a radio show in order to vent their waffle so that they can actually play some gigs. Expect silly skits in the vein of Adam & Joe and ill prepared tangents in the vein of Shaun Keaveny, along with a diverse mishmash of tunes from the likes of Father John Misty, The Kinks, XTC, Kero Kero Benito and their favourite upcoming artists.

Listen back to all of The Vanity Project’s shows here.

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Pretend | 06/04/19

Every other week James brings you some fresh dance music for indie kids. From Wolf Alice to Kelly Lee Owens through to the likes of the Ezra Collective Pretend will help you hold onto that faint hope that indie might one day be cool again while allowing you to pretend that you know something the stuff you’re dancing to in Warehouse Project. Pretend is based in Leeds so expect to hear some of the best bands and selectors come at you from across The Pennines. Don’t expect the Arctic Monkeys because it’s not going to happen.

Listen back to Pretend’s shows, here.

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Ben Pearce

Ben Pearce w/ Ryussi | 04/04/19

Ben Pearce joins MCR Live for a monthly residency, playing a mix of his favourite tracks inviting a different guest into the studio each month.

It’s been a fascinating journey for Ben Pearce so far; his prowess as a producer has led to an exhaustive list of accolades, plaudits from his peers and idols alike, and taken him around the globe on tour and made him a household name. Ben’s tracks resonate with a broad cross-section of dance music lovers, transmitting emotion while also keeping the dance floor bouncing.

Listen back to all of Ben Pearce shows here.

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Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita | 05/04/19

 

Terra Incognita is a brand new show coming to MCR Live designed by a new anonymous music collective from inner Manchester.

Join us on a cosmic journey exploring the realms of psych, post-punk, new wave, jazz fusion, mutant disco, space funk and a lot from the unexpected. Be prepared to hear a unique blend of gems from across the globe compiled by these enthusiasts and passionate DJs!

 

Listen back to all of Terra Incognita’s shows, here.

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