The Wrap: January 2022 ✨

we’ve just sorted our January edition of The Wrap for you guys! ☀️ there’s been some fantastic releases over this first month of 2022 and it’s brill to be able to write up a lil bit about em all. 😊 check out our reviews below!

Liverpool-based punks Tits Up are kicking things off in style this year with their debut release “Greatest Tits”! Reminiscent of post-punk and riot grrrl bands such as Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney and Bratmobile, they’re really setting the bar for themselves with this EP. No-nonsense tracks that hold that classic punk sound and with so much self-appreciation and positivity in their lyrics, we absolutely love this! 🤘 gorgeous guitar riffs throughout, chunky basslines, massive drums, feedback and distortion all over the place, not to mention vocals that range from a delicate whisper all the way to all-out screaming, this is one powerful EP. We can not wait for more (ps we want to see you live. that’d be a hell of a gig!) (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP)

One of our favourite unique talents of the scene, Hayden J Barlow returned with YET another single, “AL0NE”! It sounds so great, bringing together so many influences, from indie, to folk, to electronic, to soul.. too many to mention. That sub bass sounds so fantastic and really lays the foundation for the track – the electronic synths and little samples really create a layered and unique soundscape to the track; not to mention Hayden’s amazing vocal ability throughout the track. Not only is his main vocal on point, the harmonies are insane, the effects on the vocal are superb and just really shows the talent that he has with his vocal ability. 🙌 we love the end synths in that final section, really showing off the production and unique stylings of his capabilities. What a diverse talent! Well looking forward to what the future holds for him. (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP)

Green Wire are back with a brand new tune, Mrs. Artois! Sounding boss, with that classic indie sound of their other singles, it’s opened up even more for them with elements of ska in that rhythm guitar, lovely riffing throughout the verse, and a bassline that really unites the two throughout the tune. 🎸 we’re massive fans of that synth lead too, it sounds super lush, and the vocals really glide across the track seamlessly whilst effortlessly telling their story. They’ve been gigging across Manchester a lot lately and we expect big things from them! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC)

Morecambe-based Inadequate Flaws have just released a brand new single “SAFTB”! 🏵 it sounds fantastic, with driving riffs, hard-hitting drums carrying the track along, and then a familiar Northern twang to the vocal, they’ve really created a unique sound for themselves with this tune. The imagery in the lyricism of this track is fantastic, really well written, feels like a proper night out up North. The b-side “Sorry” is a proper contrast to the a-side, something that we love. It’s a real introspective and personal track – the strings add so so much to it, and the feel to the track is so melancholic and mellow. What a release! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC)

A familiar sight on the Manchester scene, Migson Pollock has just put his debut EP “New Meigs on the Block”! It’s absolutely boss to be able to hear these tunes in a studio setting and he’s really outdone himself, really being able to transfer that live feel into the recording. Each of the tracks is unique in itself, yet maintains a sense of continuity across the EP in full – brilliant to see and such a show of his class and talent. 🎸 Migs sounds great on this, vocally and through the instruments, and this really shows how intricate and how much delicate effort is put into each track – well worth a listen. Our favourite has to be “One With The Daggers!” (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC / BANDCAMP)

Hartlepool indie-rockers Leopard Rays return with yet another fantastic tune to their belt, “Something Like Hell”! 📼 following the success of their earlier tracks, they’ve gone for a calmer and mellow atmosphere for this, but with the charm of their usual sound! They’ve been smashing it out across the North East and we’re blown away with how incredible they’re sounding. Huge vocals throughout the tune, lovely songwriting and the band sounds absolutely class, guitar riffs, drum fills, vocal harmonies; it’s a real indication that these guys are gonna go super far. Not ones to sleep on! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC)

Manchester favourite Ayanam returns with a brand new single, following the success of his debut EP a few years back – “Back to Lagos” really shows Ayanam’s mellow and chilled side, a real personal song for him about the joys of travelling and returning back to his native Nigeria. The production on this sounds fantastic, really bringing a sunny and summery atmosphere to the song, and Ayanam’s vocal sounds heavenly throughout the song. 🤘 you can really feel his raw emotion and positivity throughout the lyrics and it’s a real testament to his fantastic songwriting ability! Amazing stuff. (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC)

Manchester/Yorkshire-based Deano has just released their second single, “Good As Gold”! ☀️ an upbeat, feel-good tune with lovely pop elements, crunchy power chords throughout, it transcends the typical limits of genre; blending together rock and alternative with more electronic and pop influences to create a real unique sound. We absolutely love the guitar solo in it, and with expertly crafted sounds, personal and relatable lyrics, these are definitely ones to watch on the scene! (SPOTIFY / APPLE MUSIC)

It’s been such a diverse month of music, with genres ranging from punk to ska to indie – absolutely beautiful to see such creativity in the North. We love to see the music scene doing so well and it’s only going from strength to strength, there’s been a real explosion of talent on the scene lately and we can’t wait to hear more and more from all of these artists 🤘 we absolutely adore making up this feature and hope you found something you like! Big thanks to everyone who checks this out ❤️

Make sure you head on down to open mics, gigs, support local music and arts and keep your scenes going! 😊 all music, videos and images remain copyright of their respective owners. 🍞

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