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LIVE: Sink Ya Teeth @ The Eagle Inn | 23.10.18


Even when getting lost down its maze-like industrial side streets seems all but inevitable, Salford’s The Eagle Inn prevails as a warm respite from the snappy autumn evenings. The twisty, linear corridors are packed through, with the distant hum of krautrock emanating from the evening’s cosy side-room venue – oddly enough, the Peel-championed and only relatively recently reformed Dutch post-punkers Eton Crop serve as tonight’s support, attracting more than their fair share of wizened musos.

The band’s three-strong guitars, plus bass and a drumkit, almost entirely fill out the stage, which is mirrored in the thickly-layered, reverberating chords – it’s an assault on the senses, with an eerie, sparse melodica melody and clattering percussion providing a semblance of structure in the delicate, twitchy interplay. Songs such as ‘Gay Boys on the Battlefield’ and ‘Wake Up’ marry rattling garage grooves with dense, socio-political lyrics, raising both a number of eyebrows and a fair share of spirits.

Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford, who make up the irrepressible Sink Ya Teeth, then take the stage, grinning at various punter mates and looking unsure with what to do with the limited space they’ve been provided. Their set is heralded when the room suddenly bursts into life, with unfolding layers of pre-recorded synth and percussion sparking a dance-ability that wasn’t there previously; the bouncy opener ‘Freak 4 the Kick’ and the icily minimal ‘If You See Me’ set the tone for the band’s wide-ranging energy – from the rigorous to the more subdued – all linked by a singular incessant groove.

Cullingford’s driving basslines act as the consistent anchor for Uzor’s flailing synth patterns and ethereal vocals, alongside the forceful rigidity of the backing track – this reaches a rhythmic apex in the single ‘Substitutes’, in which Uzor picks up a curio guitar to join in with a spiky staccato line. The pair begin to beam when proudly referring to this as their “third Manchester gig” (before hastily correcting to “Salford”) and have an air of genuine excitement to be playing most of their debut album; the crowd seem to be quite taken with their earnestness and show it with a constant sea of excitable movement.

The band plough on with squelchy synth arpeggi and grungy, industrial beats, pairing them with wry lyrical parts and a rhythmic marching. The track ‘Glass’, a self-professed nod to Giorgio Moroder, bounds effortlessly until reaching a climax of pulsating synth bass in a glorious ‘I Feel Love’ homage, before slowly scrubbing to a stripped-down pulse – the bass, synth and guitar are then reworked into a densely-layered spiral, with each component individually returning one-by-one for a thoroughly engaging climax. After gingerly thanking the crowd, the pair share a warm onstage hug, their musical and ideological chemistry clearly self-evident – and kept  in store for their no doubt countless future audiences.

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 PREVIEW – The Ritz All-Dayer ft. The Membranes , The Lovely Eggs & Sink Ya Teeth


Independent minds meet for an independent all-dayer. Run by Interior – the promoters with a penchant for novel venues and formidable artists – The Ritz All-Dayer presents the likes of The Membranes, The Lovely Eggs, Sink Ya Teeth and other transcendent artists. Set against a backdrop, one of Manchester’s listed buildings, there’s little else this bank holiday weekend that can offer such variety within the music spectrum. Featuring LIINES, The Cravats and more, fused together with DJ sets from PINS and Beat Chics topped off with The Membranes starring the full cast of The BIMM Manchester choir in the wings – it’s a delectable day for the music fan.

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To further feed your appetite, we caught up with the wildly unique Sink Ya Teeth and The Lovely Eggs ahead of their consecutive slots at The Ritz All-Dayer to discuss what it takes to make it as an independently fierce act in today’s Instagramable, Snapchat-able world.

Playing host to the 8PM slot, the warm-up for John Robbs’ set are The Lovely from Lancaster. Having met at a music co-operative in their hometown in the early noughties, the duo comprises of married couple Holly Ross (former member of Angelica) and David Blackwell. Much to many a record label and aspiring managers disappointment, The Lovely Eggs have always been (and always will be), wildly independent. There’s little to deter them from this case and point, with the age of money-snatching publicists upon us and an enigmatic career to boot, that’s inspired by the twists and turns of “life itself”. The pair are keen for the All-Dayer, which arrives just ahead of their May tour and brings them predisposed with their new – fifth – studio album: This Is Eggland. As the name suggests, the record is a satirical point-the-finger at the mass of “bad things that are happening in the world at the moment” mentions Holly – a subliminal mockery of ‘This Is England’ and what our country has become.

The pair are known for being passionately autonomous psych rockers with a lo-fi punk edge that happen across the most maddening experiences. “Lots of weird sh**t just happens to us all the time” comments Holly as we discuss This Is Eggland and how they drunkenly left a voicemail with the legendary David Fridmann over a year ago. Fast forward a year on from said voicemail and out of the blue Fridmann got in touch and thus produced the recent album. Controversial and mightily individual, The Lovely Eggs almost weren’t here as Holly hung up her guitar with the thought that the entertainment industry eats individuals up whole and spits them out. Fortunately, her mind was changed: “I realised you can do it your own way, away from the labels, away from the greedy corporations…” and so The Lovely Eggs are fourteen years strong and passionately counting.

Ahead of the calamity of the evening but by no means, tame are another duo – Sink Ya Teeth from Norwich. Gemma and Maria met during their time in the same band. But, once that fell through, just over two years ago, the pair joined together and have been formulating their own sound of synth-driven post-punk pop fantasia. It’s danceable, jive-able and live-able music. “It’s got to groove. That’s the only requirement really.” The foolproof warm-up for the night ahead, to engage the frighteningly wonderful bank holiday feeling across the room, there’s little that can be said to put you off this LCD-Soundsystem-with-a-pop-centre combination.

They too are bringing with them an album, but this time – it’s a debut. The 10-track record was written and produced in true independent manner, from within the four walls of their spare rooms in Norwich featuring “songs about partying too hard, modern-day insecurities and narcissists, with plenty of bass-lines and synths.” Set to be released on June 22nd it features new tracks including new track ‘Substitutes’ which is soon to be released. Next up for Sink Ya Teeth are album launches at The Social in London and Norwich Arts Centre amongst and Summer festivals galore but catch them before all that, at The Ritz All-Dayer Saturday 5th May 2018.

That’s not all,  Tickets are now exclusively £12.50 for MCR readers – what more could you ask for?