THE NIGHT & DAY SHOWCASE
One-Way Song hold the rather odd title of being the first Manchester rock band to form from a theatre group.
One-Way Song formed in Manchester in 2017. Operating as a collective rather than a traditional band, the name is taken from a poem by Wyndham Lewis — Britain’s ‘original rebel artist’.
The One-Way Song story begins a few years earlier when two 18-year olds (Luke Gilfedder, Angus Macalister) forewent university to start a theatre group, writing & producing plays across the UK including at The Royal Exchange Manchester & on London’s West End, and even being based at an allegedly haunted theatre in Wilmslow on the estate of Sir Henry Boddington. But an idea to write songs for a future show soon snowballed into a wholly new project, hence ‘One-Way Song’.
The group took the fledgling project live on the Manchester circuit and shortly after recorded a selection of their live tracks for a debut release, entitled ‘Passionate Leave’. It was produced at Hilltown Studios in Colne by Keiron Melling (The Fall / Imperial Wax) and Mat Arnold (who has previously worked with artists as diverse as Tom Jones and Kanye West), who also play drums and guitar on the release respectively. The record features vocals from Angus Macalister, South African model Danielle Roseler & Jay Stansfield (a veteran of two Peel Sessions with tRANSELEMENt).
In November 2017, One-Way Song were honoured to debut the new songs at their biggest performance to date at the Imperial War Museum in Salford as part of its exhibition on Wyndham Lewis, incorporating video and theatre into the performance.
One-Way Song are currently gearing up for the November 2018 release of Passionate Leave,due out on Hilltown Records.
A tour will be announced shortly afterward.
“With song topics ranging from Nostradamus to Marseille, Brutalism to the Mafia, this group promise to be an entirely original proposition” Guardian
“They are otherworldly and are like nothing you have ever heard before. They are just slightly odd, but they make sense. And surely this is what art is about?” Louder Than War
‘Sensational, where do you gig?’ John Cooper Clarke
‘Sorry we haven’t got anything for you at the moment’ The Five Bells
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