WAM FESTIVAL // WORDS AND MUSIC // DAY 1
4 days of spoken word and music performances curated by Dave Haslam.
“LIINES, a band I’ve been dying to see for so long…they lived up to every expectation. Absolutely incredible.” John Kennedy, Radio X, X-Posure
LIINES release much-anticipated debut album, Stop-Start, on 4 May 2018 through Reckless Yes.
LIINES are Zoe McVeigh (vocals/guitar), Tamsin Middleton (bass) & Leila O’Sullivan (drums) – a prominent part of the post-punk/new-wave scene, with comparisons ranging from Savages to PINS to Desperate Journalist. They blend Riot Grrrl, post-punk and alt-rock sounds with collective influences in Joy Division, The Pixies and Sleater-Kinney.
LIINES have released a string of hotly received singles – Never There (2016), double-A single Disappear/Be Here and Blackout (both 2017), Shallow (2018) and most recently Find Something (2018).
LIINES have garnered support from the likes of Gigslutz, Louder Than War, Collapse Board, and The Quietus, with spins on Radio X (John Kennedy), BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson) and Amazing Radio,
Over the last 18-month LIINES have played a string of festivals including Head for the Hills, Dot to Dot, Camden Rocks, Off The Record, Loud Women, #Blogtober, When in Manchester. They’ve headlined John Kennedy’s Radio X night at Tooting Tram & Social and performed alongside Hot Snakes, Desperate Journalist and Nelson Can.
Hailed as “fresh sounding, future-facing” by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and praised by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway for their “operatic, off-kilter, syncopated prog-pop”, KAZE have already firmly earmarked themselves as a band who demand your attention.
Formed around Graham McCusker from Paisley and Amy Webber from Kent, KAZE’s story first began when the pair acquainted studying opera at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Finding a natural chemistry from the off, they soon began writing and performing together; Amy providing the soaring, operatically-charged vocals and lyrics that are so intrinsic to their spellbinding sound and Graham masterminding the complex and definitive musical arrangements from the keys and beyond.
However, the band’s origin was far from plain sailing, with Graham being diagnosed with a leukaemia in 2016. While he went through the trials and tribulations posed by the chemotherapy treatment, the pair used their time spent together for the positive by creating new and beautiful music out of this world. The songs to emerge from this time became KAZE’s exceptional 2017 debut EP: ‘No Filter’, a release that was not only launched with a sell-out show in Manchester, but also commemorated the triumphant completion of Graham’s course of treatment.
Among the tracks on the ‘No Filter’ EP was striking single “Pinned On You”, which was picked up radio play from the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland (Single of the Week), BBC Radio Manchester and more; whilst having their one-take music video for the track made ‘Video of the Month’ by OurStage and consequently selected as ‘Artist of the week’ for Richer Unsigned.
Emily Oldfield is a writer and poet from Burnley, now based in Manchester, where she is The Editor of HAUNT Manchester – ‘Revealing Manchester’s Mysterious Side’ and Editorial Assistant at I Love MCR. Her poetry explores unnerving connections to people, places and Northern grit. Emily is also passionate about music, and writes for Louder Than War and Bittersweet Symphonies music sites – often incorporating recorded sound into her work and also writing lyrics. Expect emotional exploration and unusual angles in what is to come.