Bipolar Sunshine is a pasture new for a constituent part of Manchester’s most successful indie ska accident of the last few years. It’s probably best for all involved if you try and ignore this fact, though. Adio Marchant – once a member of Kid British, a band who despite your best efforts you probably quite liked – now goes by the name Bipolar Sunshine. Under this guise, he will be playing the Now Wave stage in St. Philip’s Church for Sounds From The Other City. If you wanted, you could construct a narrative about religious rebirth or how bank holiday Sundays are, as a rule, usually devoid of ‘sunshine’, but it would be better if you didn’t.
The first we heard of Bipolar Sunshine was the track ‘Fire’, which thoroughly dispelled any preconceived notions of what a Kid Brit grown up might sound like. There’s a distinct absence of pop hooky pop culture commentary, and Adio’s impressively sincere vocals construct kitchen sink imagery of a pretty miserable situation. It’s got a lot less to say about the shitness of society, but the presentation of the shitness of people and feelings and everything else is somewhat braver.
A couple of weeks ago ’A Little Sumthin’ arrived, a collaboration with electro-pop producer FTSE. It’s marginally less bleak, with complex beats and distant emotions and such. With no apparent plans to release a tangible collection of music in the near future, you should seize the opportunity and put Bipolar Sunshine on your tightly scheduled plan of action in preparation for the 5th May. Or not, you’re all autonomous human beings and I’m not going to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do with your time.
by Lucy Holt
Bipolar Sunshine plays SFTOC for Now Wave at St Phil’s Church