Given that we’re a festival that prides itself on showcasing some of the best in new music from around the North-West (and from further afield too, actually), we thought it might be a good idea if we did some of the ground work of getting people into the bands before the day itself. So, in this series, we aim to give a potted history of a couple of the acts booked to play SFTOC 2013, starting with the brilliant G R E A T W A V E S
Let’s get the cliche stuff out of the way first — there’s two of them, they’re based in Manchester and they’ve been in a couple of (incredibly different) sounding bands before. Starting out as a bit of a side project a couple of years back- somewhere around 2011 – it soon became apparent that they were easily good enough to be an entire thing in their own right. Following from a couple of notable performances supporting acts at The Deaf Institute, the first couple of tracks appeared online – including the gloriously anthemic (in a good way) ARE CALLING
More direct than the majority of their work – which is often more based around ambient exploration of the limits of their synths – it was enough to pique the interest of SWAYS records, who spent a good few months desperately trying to convince the band to release through their imprint – which eventually came to fruition with The Shore (as seen above) / Into The Blue on 7″
A launch show at a packed Bunker (SWAYS records HQ, in the shadow of Strangeways prison) followed – as did the interest from various A&R men. As usual, G R E A T W A V E S are taking their time, and thus are still the cream of Manchester’s talent unburdened by a label. 2013 has been relatively quiet for the band – but expect that to change very quickly as the year grinds on. We expect big things – and for once, those hopes are likely to be fulfilled. They play Sounds from the Other City on Now Wave’s stage at St. Philips Church – a ridiculously good fit for a band who revel in atmosphere and rarely sound anything less than divine.