21 Sep 2004
It all comes back 
The intimate Po Na Na club on Charles Street in Manchester (just along from the Lass O' Gowrie) played host to an In The City event headlined by Silent Partners last night. The other bands included Young Offenders (who lived up to their name after the show), Franc and Evanfly. And then there was Flipron, the band on immediately before SP, who featured a vocalist who sat down the entire show, played guitar, harmonica and accordion (not at the same time) and sang 8-minute long drinking songs!

Coming on late due to the plethora of aforementioned talent, Silent Partners oozed with confidence with Dermo showing a cool swagger on the tiny stage. Their sound is soulful and the songs, like Killer and News of the World, are instant classics. The falsetto backing vocals complemented Dermo's singing which is a downright revelation in its assured quality. It was all over too soon as the gig drew to a close with the refrain "You gotta give a little love and it all comes back to you" ringing over and over.

It was great to meet Dermo, Iain and everyone before and after. Watch this space for a photo gallery.



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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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