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“…Anything that does happen we grab with both hands”: An interview with LIINES

“…Anything that does happen we grab with both hands”: An interview with LIINES

It’s been a stellar twelve months for post-punk all-female three-piece LIINES. From launching their first single in Manchester’s Night & Day Café last November to a homecoming show at AATMA, they’ve been signed, worked with producer Paul Tipler (Idlewild, Stereolab, Placebo, Elastica), and have started work on first full album. Are We Alive? sat down with Zoe McVeigh (Guitar,… Read more

“I’ll look back in 20 years and think ‘fuck, that’s such a magical thing’: An interview with Todd Howe

“I’ll look back in 20 years and think ‘fuck, that’s such a magical thing’: An interview with Todd Howe

“Ah, look I’ll get straight to the point.” Somehow, Todd Howe has found time to grant an interview to Are We Alive? on what has to be one of the busiest afternoons of his year. Within moments of our introduction, in the tiny office he’s using in the bowels of Liverpool’s O2 Academy, he launches full-speed into his tale. Intense, focused, but… Read more

Jess Kemp: “I never expected to be headlining a venue, ever…”

Jess Kemp: “I never expected to be headlining a venue, ever…”

Jess Kemp is one of Manchester’s newest musical success stories. In 2016 she’s launched an EP (Camden) headlined at Manchester Academy 3 and, as a part of IndieWeek EU, headlined the city’s historic Factory venue. In an IndieWeek competition full of talented bands and soloists, she placed third, as well as coming third in the Best of British… Read more

“The Lucid Dream are gobshites,” say The Lucid Dream

“The Lucid Dream are gobshites,” say The Lucid Dream

In the basement dressing room of Manchester’s Night & Day Café, The Lucid Dream are preparing for what is, to them, something of a homecoming gig. “Manchester took us as their own.” says singer Mark Emmerson. “We used to play here in the early days. It wasn’t particularly busy, but you’d have 15, 20 people who loved… Read more