Transformer – Manchester Victoria Warehouse

May feels like quite some time ago now, but the memories of Transformer still burn fairly brightly in my mind. Like a candle half way through bright. A full day of music from musicians heavily influenced by Lou Reed, hence the name Transformer, and not a full day of music from musicians heavily influenced by robots in disguise. Though wouldn’t that be something? Continue reading


Swans – O2 Ritz Manchester


Scraps of paper, tape or paint chippings falling from the ceiling, that’s the thing I remember most about seeing Swans at the O2 Ritz in Manchester. It wasn’t such an unusual sight to see these pieces fall into the crowd, coming from the rafters and lighting bars above, but at Swans there was a noticeable amount. I watched them fall as the music hit my ears with full force, I watched as another pointed to them hit the floor, manufactured snowflakes. Noise makes movements, and Swans makes noise. The pieces falling were a display of just how much.  Continue reading