Guardian's New Band Of The Week: GIRL FRIEND

The Guardian Music: "Manchester trio whose immaculate tracks evoke early- 80s synthpop and late- 80s Balearica "

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Date published: 15th Feb 2015

"Hometown: Manchester.

The lineup: Amory (vocals), Jake (guitars, keyboards), Sam (drums, percussion pad).

The background: We remember reading of Steely Dans 1972 album Cant Buy a Thrill, something to the effect that it made a cool mockery of the notion of a debut, so fully formed and audaciously sophisticated was it. Since then, there have been several memorable examples of the band whose first offering is so flawless ABCs The Lexicon of Love springs to mind, as does Phoenix United it obviates the need for a follow-up. Say hello immaculately, wave goodbye quickly. The perfect career, before repetition and atrophy set in. Monte Carlo, the first single from Manchester trio Girl Friend, is not quite in that superleague and besides, its only a single but still, credit where it is due: it is 3mins 41secs of sleek accomplished disco-pop, with a shiny propulsion that will stop you in your tracks even as it invites you to become a slave to its melancholy rhythm. We are moved to controversially suggest that, in the pantheon of Manchester debut singles, it is in the ballpark of The Stone Roses So Young and Happy Mondays Delightful and within kissing distance of Hurts Better Than Love, even if the likes of Shot By Both Sides, Ceremony and Hand in Glove remain comfortably over the horizon." For full text: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/13/girl-friend-no-42

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Honeymoan

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Sunday 17th Nov

7:30pm til 11:00pm

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Honeymoan appearing at Manchester The Castle Hotel.

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Final 20 tickets >> Girls in Synthesis + Eric Random

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Friday 22nd Nov

7:30pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 18

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INTERIOR PRESENTS: GIS / ERIC RANDOM

Little Strange
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Little Strange

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Saturday 23rd Nov

7:30pm til 12:00am

Minimum Age: 18

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Little Strange present their headline show along with special guests at the Castle Hotel

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Clews

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

24th November

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Clews

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

Sunday 24th Nov

8:00pm til 11:00pm

Minimum Age: 18

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