On Tuesday December 12, NME and Zig-Zag presented CineJam in Manchester, taking over the city’s iconic music venue Band On The Wall, with a screening of the acclaimed movie 24 Hour Party People, starring Steve Coogan as the late Manchester music mogul Tony Wilson. The Michael Winterbottom-directed comedy chronicles the excess-fuelled rise and fall of Factory Records, featuring a host of big name characters from Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays. But while the film paid tribute to Manchester’s musical past, triumphant performances from local ones-to-watch False Advertising and firm favourites Everything Everything shone a torch towards the future. Here’s what went down.
Following the success of the Bastille-curated CineJam at Peckham’s Bussey Building in London, it was Manchester’s turn as Everything Everything took over Band On The Wall.
The anticipation mounts ahead of the screening of cult Tony Wilson biopic 24 Hour Party People.
24 Hour Party People starred Alan Partridge himself, Steve Coogan, as the maverick Factory Records Svengali Tony Wilson, with a script chock-full of memorable one-liners. Talking about the famously swivel-eyed Happy Mondays, Wilson observes: “Every band needs its own special chemistry. And Bez was a very good chemist.”
After the film, the audience watched a panel discussion with Everything Everything bassist Jeremy Pritchard, False Advertising vocalist/guitarist/drummer Jen Hingley and Matthew Krysko, Director of music at The Warehouse Project, about the past, present and future of Manchester music.
The local band – handpicked by Everything Everything – delivered a mesmerising half-hour set of fuzz-drenched neo grunge.
The hotly-tipped trio – completed by vocalist/drummer/guitarist Chris Warr and bassist Josh Sellers – showcased tracks from their recent EP ‘I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring’.
Jen Hingley and Chris Warr rotated guitar, vocal and time-keeping duties throughout their set.
Their last gig of the year, False Advertising closed a storming performance with the sucker-punch against sexism of single ‘Hey You’.
Jonathan Higgs and co opened their set with a two-pronged attack of ‘Night Of The Long Knives’ and ‘Desire’, taken from their critically-lauded fourth album, ‘A Fever Dream’, released in August.
And were treated like homecoming heroes. While the lyrics may touch on reality-as-dystopia issues like Trump v Facts (‘Run The Numbers’), the vibes were firmly good-times throughout.
The itchy lead single from second album, ‘Arc’, was transformed into a call-and-response with Jonathan holding the microphone out while the baying throng yelled back the missing lyric.
Early single ‘MY KZ, UR BF’, from their 2010 debut ‘Man Alive’, and ‘Kemosabe’ (from Arc) reaped a predictably ecstatic response, with the crowd attempting to sing along with Jonathan’s sky-kissing falsetto.
For the epic, slow building title track ‘A Fever Dream’, Jonathan began by sitting down and playing the keyboard.
After deploying tourniquet-tight renditions of the ‘Can’t Do’ (recently crowned Radio 1’s third hottest record of 2017) and ‘Distant Past’, they closed with ‘No Reptiles’, as the eccentric lyrics of ‘It’s alright to feel like a fat child in a pushchair…old enough to fire a gun’ became a battle-cry.
It was a rare opportunity to see Everything Everything up close and personal in an intimate venue, before they embark on their biggest ever tour, starting in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on February 28 and culminating at London’s Alexandra Palace on March 10.
Attendees head home with a well-stocked swag bag. which included a bottle opener and lighter.
Punters exiting with their haul…Until next time.