25 Jul 2005
Heart and Soul showcase at The Roadhouse 
Manchester's Roadhouse filled on Saturday for the first showcase of new label Heart & Soul, part of the Futuresonic festival. Many apologies to those who thought this was happening on 23 August following wrong information given on this site last week.

Label boss Martin Moscrop (ACR) was not in attendence due to holiday commitments, leaving A&R men Rob Bright (ex-Hacienda DJ) and Paul Dering (ex-Red Seal) to gladhand the numerous guests - including F4's Tom Clarke, ex-Hacienda / Dry manager Leroy Richardson, ex-Smith Andy Rourke, ex-Mondays Paul Davis, Everton and Gavan Whelan, Jason Boardman and others.

Solo artist 0898 Dave was highly entertaining, despite the obvious sound problems that were rectified (Andy Rourke still has his uses) in time for Kings Have Long Arms. Both acts present electronic cabaret with a humorous twist - 0898 Dave being of the cerebral kind - think electro Albertos - whilst Kings were reminiscent of Fat Truckers (with whom Adrian collaborates) - think funny Tack Head.

Gig over, all that was left was for Paul Dering to point out that some of the tables in The Roadhouse used to belong in Dry, along with some of the high-backed plywood chairs. Leroy confirmed this as the truth. It was that kind of night.

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Thanks to OMMCR.

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