Saturday, 30 August 2008


Dry Bar
28 August 2008

The reaction of the local media (e.g.) to the release of the debut album from Manchester's The Whip earlier this year proved that whilst you can't polish a turd, you can roll it in glitter. Thankfully Late Of The Pier's own d├ębut album, with the help of Erol Alkan, has shown just how to inject not only electro into your average indie-rock but weight and substance too. In so doing, LOTP completely exposed the redundancy of The Whip's baggy beats to the point that even lobotomised berk, Bez, now politely refuses seconds. Fortunately, Manchester doesn't have to look to Castle Donington to highlight the redundancy of its former-glories-obsessed music scene, we have our own spazzcore pop trio, Copycats.

Copycats - 'Suns Son' (original version).mp3

Flagged by a couple of their own friend litter onstage, New Ears' favourite Manchester-not-Manchester band ripped through a stirring if slightly disjointed set of scratchy guitar lines, skewed techno beats and broken/temperamental Korg melodies. Being that he was the only one who looked comfortable in his own skin and has his own techno-pop knob-twiddling side project, it's clear, ably supported though he was, that expertly fringed vocalist Alex Hewett is the ringmaster, on and off stage, to these young felines.

That they played to a crowd barely sufficient for a decent game of Cluedo was disappointing but there was more than enough to suggest a luminous future for both Copycats and a slowly emerging new Manchester scene. Check their myspace to stream the recently reworked version of standout track, 'Suns Son'. Go now!

Copycats - Bed Room Demon (Alex Hewett Rmx).mp3

Words: SS

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