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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Mighty Boof to create some Northern Uproar

MANCHESTER BAD BOYS: Northern Uproar are playing soon

IT’S a third event for the Mighty Boof on Friday, November 9 with a return to the Civic Hall and an exciting line-up headed by Indie legend Northern Uproar.

Almost 10 years after releasing their last recording Manchester bad boys Northern Uproar return to the music arena with a new album, following a string of UK and European tour dates.

It’s a real coup for the Mighty Boof organisers to nab a band of this calibre.

Stand and Fight is the band’s first musical offering since the aptly titled single Goodbye was released in 1998, pre-empting the band’s subsequent split in 1999. The eleven-track album (the first on Manchester’s Tiny Rebel label) includes forthcoming singles Nothing You Can Do, The Fear Inside and title track Stand and Fight, as well as an acoustic version of favourite Town included as a bonus track.

Mighty Boof organiser Dan Maudling, said: “Northern Uproar were never a band for mediocrity and like the their sporting idol Eric Cantona, the fledgling Uproar were lauded and despised in equal measure.

“The band as 16-year-olds crashed onto the music scene with a bang in 1996 and enjoyed a succession of hits with From A Window, Rollercoaster and Town, made the front cover of the then NME rival mag Sounds and did support tours with Paul Weller and the Charlatans before embarking on their own national tours. Quite a CV.’’

Founder members Leon Meya (vocals/bass) and Jeff Fletcher (lead guitar), are now 28 and 29 years old respectively and feel their new album is “amongst the best stuff we’ve ever recorded because we did exactly what we wanted and wrote without any interference from industry people telling us what was best for us”.

Older and wiser, the band feels their early singles, written when they were just 16, are still as good today and stand up to any scrutiny or comparison.

Following Meya’s recent appearance on Channel 4’s ‘Transmission for T4’ and an interview with Dave Simpson in The Guardian, the band will play a number of support shows with The Coral before the first single Nothing You Can Do will be released for digital download via the itunes music store on Saturday, November 3.

The November 9 gig at Whitehaven Civic Hall is much anticipated, when support from will come from new band The Geoffs.

Dan Maudling says: “I went to see this band a couple of weeks ago and they blew me away. They have considerable stage presence and high energy and you’d think they had been performing for at least 10 years. I’d describe them as Kaiser Chiefs on 50 cans of Red Bull!”

Also on the November 9 bill sees the return of The Return, after going down a storm in Manchester a couple of weeks ago they will play the Civic for the Mighty Boof, sporting a new line up comprising Kev Armstrong, Paul Tomlinson, Sean Doyle and Russell Ford.

Songs include Let It Go, I Need A Holiday and Never Fails. Band style brings echos of Graham Coxon and The Charlatans blended with a swirling Jimi Hendrix guitar.

Local lad Gav McKew completes the line up, with his acoustic style and melodic rhythms fused with vocal content. Mighty Boof’s Couch (John Fitsimmons) says: “I have seen this guy perform locally and was so impressed, offered him a gig on the spot”.

The night starts at 7pm. Advance tickets £7 from the Civic (01946 514960) or Contemporary, (01946 590605).

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