The Factory Foundation Records Launch

To mark the launch of charitable organisation, The Factory Foundation Recordings, dedicated to the late, great Tony Wilson, the label releases two EPs simultaneously. With no human blood available, in otherwise classic Factory style, the bands are free to fuck off whenever they want i.e. they are only contracted release to release with the label. 50% of the proceeds go to funding the youf, finding them training and work in the creative industries, and the other 50% goes straight to the bands. Sounds good does it not?

Silverclub – All in All

All In AllAll in All marks the move for Duncan Edward Jones from techno DJ heavyweight to live act front man, and it is a strong, compelling statement of intent. With the Kraftwerk/Human League processed beats of opener ‘All in All’, to the serene, summery acoustic strummery of closer Accoustic skit, this EP acknowledges both where Jones has been, and where he’s heading. On a wider level, it is easy to see why FFR chose Silverclub as a launch act, as it celebrates Factory’s prestigious work with New Order, but marks a refusal by the label to let its past dictate its future. No pigeons or holes will be found here.

While this EP is not particularly groundbreaking, there is still a lot to like here. Silverclub’s greatest strength is the act’s versatility. Each track is in itself an interesting exploration of different styles, varying immensely from its brothers and sisters. And while these songs are somewhat derivative, they are so in the best way, rejoicing in some of the best moments of that particularly genre’s history. This is an exciting start for both FFR and Silverclub.

Suzuki Method – Suzuki Method

Suzuki Method - EPI wish I could say the same for Suzuki Method. Combining Kasabian’s swagger and the floor sweepings of the current 80s revivalist scene, opener ‘Purple Aki’ is a horrible start. It is the scowling sound of everything the Manchester music scene should be trying to turn its back on…

Happily it gets better, each track improving on the last. ‘Anytime You Want’ is a more carefully crafted take on the schm-eighties, featuring subtle instrumentation and an emphatic build up, and ‘Balthamos’, though featuring a nice beat that sounds like someone popping their mouth incredibly quickly, just sounds like a shit version of ‘Blue Monday’. There are other bands doing this sort of music a lot better (Passion Pit, The Naked and Famous, Delphic), so why listen to this?

Both EPs are released on 8th November 2010, and they are playing the Ruby Lounge on 29th October.

7 responses

29 10 2010
Fred West

Suzuki Method haven’t written any songs called “To Stay With you Again, Tonight” or “Goodbye Blue Monday”. Try and stay off the gear you stupid schizophrenic smack head bitch.

29 10 2010
John bender

I purchased the Suzuki Method ep on the back Chimp magazines review, which might I add anyone gives it more composed review. It’s hard to take a review seriously when the person reviewing the record doesn’t even bother to get the track names correct. I hear no likeness to passion pit within that record either? Do we have the same ep citylifers?? Please try harder next time.

29 10 2010

My mistake, though not entirely my fault as my iTunes player was giving me the wrong track names. I’ve changed them to the correct ones, but my opinion remains the same.

29 10 2010

And there are distinct similarities between Suzuki Method and Passion Pit, perhaps not vocally but musically.

29 10 2010
Clare blande

Kasabian swagger?! This is just lazy! If you had done any research you would know these guys are completely against The Oasis style baggy antics of the past. And their music reflects that . This review just doesn’t add up. Great EP! Best live band in the city.

29 10 2010

Clare Blande, it is quite clear that I was only referring to one track when I wrote, “kasabian’s swagger”, not the EP as a whole.

1 11 2010
Stoke dweller.

Really surprised at this review. Saw both bands in Manchester on Friday and I think you have the two reviews the wrong way round. Suzuki Method were brilliant! The record is the first guitar/electronic crossover to have any real gutts about it in Manchester. Totally with Clare on this one.


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