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Album Review: TV Broke My Brain // Man Made

Though some may turn up their nose at the release of another Mancunian guitar record, there is nothing to be sneered at on Man Made‘s debut LP. It’s been a long time coming too, as the band has evolved from humble beginnings as frontman Nile Marr’s solo outfit, into a fully fledged rock trio, incorporating Scott […]Read More

20 Years Strong: Celebrating Pulp’s ‘Different Class’

30th October 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of Pulp’s number one, four-times platinum, Mercury Prize winning album Different Class. Ranked at number 6 in NME’s 500 greatest albums of all time, Pulp’s fifth studio album was released at the height of Britpop and helped propel the band to nationwide fame. To celebrate the anniversary of […]Read More

Album Review: Music Complete // New Order

After the departure of New Order‘s bassist and founding member, Peter Hook, back in 2007, it seemed like the Manchester icons’ celebrated tenure was about to grind to a bitter halt. Hook constantly slated his former group in the press, while fans and critics alike questioned whether New Order could really continue without his idiosyncratic, melodic […]Read More

The Sound of the Working Class

Those who argue that class struggles were a feature of Victorian Britain alone are too far up the social ladder to understand how the other half live. Under Conservative rule, the level of poverty is increasing. With the rising number of families part of the ‘working poor’ – an umbrella term to describe those who […]Read More

A Desire for Faith

The influence of religion is fading away in society, and people are finding new, alternative ways to structure their ethical and moral beliefs.  Christianity used to be the dominant religion of the UK and now the country shares many more faiths. The Christian holidays and festivals, like Easter and Christmas, still remain part of many […]Read More