Listings for June 1st, 2012

APPEARING ON Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Janice Graham Band [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.oo thereafter

JANICE GRAHAM BAND Announced as HMV’s Next Big Thing!

RELEASE DEBUT MINI ALBUM ‘ITS NOT ME’ – FEB 27TH 2012

ESSENTIAL TRACKS – Shades of the Arctic Monkeys lyrical chutzpah and The Specials at their lairiest. Thai brides, illegitimate kids, arson and brass fanfares – It’s got the lot! (THE SATURDAY TIMES)

Snotty as a used hanky and all the better for it. Future Stars: This is musical Murder indeed (EDITOR OF RECORD COLLECTOR)

“I don’t know how my city does it, but I’m glad it does …… The North is about to rise again (MANI, STONE ROSES/PRIMAL SCREAM)

‘These young Mancunians are the best new band we’ve seen in years” (HAPPY MONDAYS)

“One of the best of the new breed of Manchester bands who could easily become our next big thing. Deffo” (CLINT BOON, XFM)

Janice Graham Band could start a party in an empty room. Described as the best thing to come out of Manchester in years the band release their highly anticipated debut mini CONCEPT album It’s Not Me’ on Feb 27, 2012.

Featuring the swinging beats of live favourite and current single NO MONEY HONEY (play listed on XFM, as well as plays on BBCRadio 2, 6 Music, Absolute Radio and features on Sky One’s Soccer AM), alongside the band’s successful debut single MURDER (play-listed on XFM, Q and NME this year), JGB fuse hip-hop, soul and reggae beats with the aggressive tones of lead singer and bass player Joe Jones’ signature vocals, to create a mini-album to sate the hunger of their eager and always growing fan base and fulfil the buzz that has built around the band over the past year.

The mini album is not the band’s first “proper” album, it’s a concept album, a soundtrack to a film screening in the mind of the listener and in the grooves of the record. The album deals with questions and answers on love, life, sex and death. It concerns itself with the harsh brutality of life seen through the eyes of a man whose hedonistic incline leads him down a dark and twisted path of increasingly questionable morality and self –destruction.

“Is it too soon to start talking about album of the year?” (MUSIC-NEWS)

“If It’s Not Me isn’t one of 2012’s albums of the year then this isn’t 2012” (GOD IS IN THE TV)

“It’s Not Me is a contender for a top album of 2012” (MANCHESTER MUSIC)

“The sound of a band in full experimental flow” (ART ROCKER)

With a handful of high profile supporters, ranging from Mani (Primal Scream/Stone Roses) who’s backed the band from the start, to XFM’s Clint Boon and John Kennedy, JGB possess that certain something most bands can only wish for; the band’s passion, attitude and musical insight beyond their years is portrayed even more intensely in their energetic live sets. With a brilliant year of high profile gigs under their belt such as Isle Of Wight Festival and having sold out the Ruby Lounge in Manchester for their single launch, the band followed this by being hand-picked by HMV for their Next Big Thing tour in February 2012. A crowd of over 1000 people saw them destroy the legendary venue ‘The Ritz’ in Manchester. 2012 is about to get better …