In a world where robots are programmed to be more like humans, where humans are programmed by the algorithms and formulae of a digital world that competes for the control of emotions and behaviours…some guys got together in a cellar and said, “This is weird but let’s make some music and sing about it a bit”.
Sentient Robot have already put out their three digital singles ‘Visualanti’, ‘Easy Promises’ and ‘Leave Now’, and will transmit more as they lead up to this debut gig at Night and Day.
It began with a writing partnership formed in 2018 between Steve Marsden and Nat O’Brien after years playing live in bands with drummer Pete Marshall and bass guitarist Sam Morris. O’Brien had a clutch of lyrics, ideas and melodies, and Marsden had a guitar and a mind for creating and producing. And so with alternative indie pop sensibilities at its heart, the Sentient Robot – a fresh, retrospective, forward-looking, Mancunian, but internationally concerned musical machine – was born.
The Robot is programmed to make you dance, sing or shout. Bowie, LCD Sound System, Talking Heads, John Grant, Grandaddy and Hotchip flow through the music as Marsden makes seamless transitions from clean 80’s pop guitar and synths into soaring guitar licks, all nailed down by the dynamic rhythm section of Marshall and Morris. O’Brien’s lyrics and vocals draw on the band’s influences with similarities to Bowie and Byrne in tone and rhythm.
CHRIS WISE & THE HIDDEN REVOLUTION
Chris Wise and The Hidden Revolution celebrate their first release with revered Manchester indie label Uglyman Records (Elbow, I am Kloot). With tracks ranging from anthemic sweeping epics through to snapping staccato pop, the three-piece showcase a diverse set of songs in each show. Having kept their toes wet in the live waters recently with festival and tour shows in Ireland, as well as local shows for Manchester International Festival, Neighbourhood Festival, and in support of Ocean Colour Scene at Manchester Apollo, the band are now embarking on a new chapter, ready to pull audiences across the UK into their world of sound.
“A band who should be selling out arenas” Music From Rainy Sies
“First class work from start to end. 5/5” Cool Manchester
“If you looking for the definition of anthemic, then THR may well just be it” Manchester Music
“The Hidden Revolution’s name is an apt one. What might seem like rock on the outside actually comes with a gently twisted heart, capable of sideswiping you as you sway along. They sound as if they have something mighty brewing. Who knows how big it could be if they manage to let it out” Chris Long / BBC Manchester
“The band played a very slick set that sounded like they were out on their gold album lap of honour” John Robb / Louder Than War
“Epic sound, one of the best new bands. It would be foolish not to expect bigger things for The Hidden Revolution” Mcr Music
Following the break-up of his beloved band anaesthetics, Mount Famine (alias of songwriter and singer Martin Stanier)headed for the Peak District and began crafting a new sound. The result is intimate, emotive and timeless piano-based alternative pop. This will be his debut performance.