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Listings for February 19th, 2010

APPEARING ON Friday, February 19th, 2010


BIG ! “Great songs for all the girls!” John Bramwell I Am Kloot

“Bloody lovely” Guy Garvey after playing “circus” on bbc 6 radio

No-one’s going to mistake Stockport’s favourite minstrels for anything quite as melt-in-the-mouth as Xenomania’s factory outlet productions. The boys from Moolah Rouge studio’s prefer full fat to fast food. ‘Rise Up And Be Thankful!’ is a banquet. And it’s one you’d be advised to attack with your belt loosened. The French, of course, are masters at languid, melodic pop, soaked in absinthe and unnecessarily theatrical foreplay ? and it’s wise to assume that singer, Martin Travers spent his formative years locked in his bedroom, smoking Galois and listening to Jacques Brel. Who can honestly say they didn’t? But while, for the rest of us, all we’ve got to show for it are teeth the colour of butterscotch and an ill-advised purchase of a Victorian frock coat or two, Travers has fashioned a pick’n’ mix formula which can trace its lineage back through Neil Hannon and on to Gilbert and Sullivan, via a pit stop at Manhattan Transfer. And that’s not an easy route to manoeuvre. David Lloyd

BIGFINN members can be heard playing on many albums as well as their own. Che, Ollie, Norman and Colin can be appear on Cherry Ghost debut, Happy Mondays newest album, Badly drawn boy old and new(just finished doing film soundtrack”fattest man in Britain”, I am Kloot old and new, all of which were recorded at their studio Moolahrouge. This is why the odd person from this list can be heard on their latest album “Rise up and be thankful”. BIGFINN are currently finishing a new album set for completion in feb 2010. BIGFINN have always gone for a big sound and have always enjoyed using strings also to add another dimension to their sound.. What we think:bbc Manchester “It’s easy to be dazzled by BigFinn’s list of friends, but the most striking thing about their sound is that it sounds like all their own work – and impressive work it is too. Following the same path of dark cinematic soul that Barry Adamson walks, it is thrillingly sumptuous music for films unmade and has the potential to make them just as well known as their collaborators.”