Bands explain why the city's latest sounds are so different from its 'great past'
The Manchester music is buzzing – but don’t expect a repeat of the stylistic driven scenes of the past, the city’s new bands have told NME.
With the likes of Hurts, Everything Everything, Egyptian Hip Hop, Delphic and Wu Lyf emerging from the area at the same time, music fans have been suggesting Manchester is on the bring of a new scene, like the ones that heralded the likes of Joy Division, The Stone Roses and Oasis.
However while admitting there is lots of great music currently emerging, the acts involved say the only thing they have in common in geography.
“There’s definitely something going on in Manchester, but probably less of a scene then is perceived at the moment. The point is there’s lots of bands, we’re all cooperative but we all do completely different things, there’s no stylistic element that unites everything,” explained Everything Everything‘s Jeremy Pritchard in a video interview you can watch on the right now.
“People got sick of the clichés that are associated with Manchester, and the past, as great as it’s been, became a bit of a millstone for any band coming out of the city. Everyone sounds completely different.”
Delphic‘s Matt Cocksedge agreed, suggesting that reaction against that past had help inspire the wider spectrum of music.
“There was this post-Oasis, post-Stone Roses lull, were everything sounded the same, there was a lot of homogeny,” he said in the same film. “People who were forming bands were wanting to do something that wasn’t like that, and we all came back with slightly different answers.”
Watch the full video on the right now, and get this week’s issue of NME for an investigation into the new Manchester sound, including exclusive interviews with the city’s main players. It’s on UK newsstands now, or available digitally worldwide right now.
Meanwhile Everything Everything take over NME TV tomorrow (September 18) from 9am (BST) – tune in via Sky Channel 382 or Freesat 503.