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Listings for February 16th, 2013

APPEARING ON Saturday, February 16th, 2013

The Blind Hearts

Saturday 15 February

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

The Blind Hearts

Moving Manchester to the Mississippi

The Blind Hearts are a hillbilly rabble of 5 scruffy young guitar pickin, harmony-hollerin, bourbon-swiggin folk-blues-country yokels from Manchester, London and Japan.

?The band are used to fighting against the odds. Just as national radio picked up on the buzz – debut single (Oh Lord and I) Keep On Losing was pick of the week on Absolute Radio‘s Sunday Night Music Club show – drummer J Hirano was forced to return to his native Japan for almost 2 years. Yet the ‘Hearts vowed to wait for him, demonstrating a genuine “we’re all this together” spirit.

?The irony was not lost on them: the very thing delaying their burgeoning success was the immigration policy of a government supposedly motivated by the same attitude. “Like assaulting the working man with 2 years of cuts wasn’t enough…” they remark drily.

Meantime, unable to record but with friend Taan Parker standing in on drums for live shows, festivals across the UK saw wildly acclaimed sets from the band, supporting a growing list of greats including Seasick SteveEd SheeranMichael KiwanukaAlabama3 and Ocean Colour Scene. The performances featured guest appearances from associates as diverse as Alabama3Motorhead and new Northern soul legend Jess Roberts.

?With J’s elusive long term visa finally granted when the powers that be relented “after he provided the third copy of his great aunt’s dental records”, the reunited band immediately decamped to The Charlatans Big Mushroom studio, where Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins produced the widely acclaimed single “Crying Shame”.

Their forthcoming shows could represent the last chance to catch them in a small venue…