Singles : Ellen and the Escapades, Just Handshakes (We’re British), Xavier, Cokiyu, Stagecoach, Shugo Tokumaru, Straw Bear, Louville, Dead Gaze, Ola Podrida, Little Tybee, Cyril Snear, The Smösh, Psychic Twin

Greetings, readers drinking Sidral Mundet (via smuggling) and eating twiglets because you gave up cheese for lent (idiots).  Welcome to another edition of our “reviewing releases late again” single reviews column.

This week’s singles come courtesy of a lifelong depression triggered by The Fridge Episode, from staple 80s show Punky Brewster. Shit, that is the second most fearsome fridge I’ve seen in my life (after the one in Requiem for a dream). Get an icebox.

Ah, singles, right. In the tradition of being nerds and spending a shitload of cash in Pathfinder figurines, books and dices, we’ll change our surnames to the various methods Dungeon Masters have exterminated us. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED:

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From Leeds with Love. And free of charge.

Here’s another round up of free stuff we’ve scoured up for you. -The ace ensemble that is Milk White White Teeth is giving away a whole EP for free. It’s called ‘The Holy Trinity’ EP and it’s so good, I might go to church again. Might. In the meantime, you just have to become a fan of them on Facebook. Click! -That lovely foursome, Just … Continue reading From Leeds with Love. And free of charge.

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Underachievers please try harder – August 14, 2010

(or, a round of applause for the 24 hours of Le Mancs)

The Cavalcade + Just Handshakes (We’re British) + The Felt Tips @ Saki Bar, Manchester.

It was not a dark and stormy night, but the end of a sunny day in the Saki Bar, the last music joint you’ll find before venturing into Manchester’s Curry Mile (actual length: less than a mile).

It also was the Underachievers please try harder event, an event held every fortnight at the Saki bar, in Manchester. The event mixes a live gig with varied acts and some nice ditties to dance to.

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Just Chatting (They’re Charming)

Just Handshakes (We’re British) – Interview

 

 

“I’m not being filmed, am I?” asks Clara (voice, keyboard) as the camera-passing-as-Dictaphone     is precariously balanced. “It’s filming but I’ll delete the footage”, assures them. “The video output is the size of my thumb”.

Sitting besides Clara are Stephanie (Drums) and Mike (Guitar). They are Just Handshakes (We’re British) and the atmosphere is cosy, maybe an 7 out of 10 in the scale of snuggles. On the sloucher.org side of spectrum it’s PM and Sam doing the third degree duty on the band.

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Not just a pretty package

The singles (so far) of Just Handshakes (We’re British)

(Editors’ note: From time to time we have to deal with our writers’ overzealousness with a band (or a specific band by a band). We decided to finally let our reviewer gets his stinky paws (garlic-ey, though) on these special singles. Q & M.)

A while ago (November), I had the luck of watching Just Handshakes (We’re British) at Bungalows and Bears twice. Got a couple of extremely well packaged singles from them and after a bit of procrastination, I get to review them.

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