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Dixie Ernill catches up with Glenn Melia, mainstay of cult York indie outfit St Christopher for a chat about the band’s recent return to the fray with new LP ‘Of Angels and Kings’ and their appearance on the Skep Wax compilation, 'Under the Bridge'
The Brilliant Corners and the Experimental Pop Band's Davey Woodward talks to Dixie Ernill about 'Love and Optimism', his second album under the moniker of Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans.
Set to play the next Pennyblack Bands Night in Manchester at the Peer Hat on the 18th October, Brighton indie pop notables The Popguns discuss their re-emergence and future plans with Dixie Ernill.
THe Uncertainties' Ollie Winder, who will be playing a special acoustic set at Pennyblack’s Manchester gig at The Peer Hat on 18 October 2019, talks to Dixie Ernill about his forthcoming solo album and his plans for the gig.
Dixie Ernill chats to Morrissey's favourite band of the late 1980s Bradford about their recent reformation and their forthcoming first gig in Manchester in twenty-five years.
Dixie Emill talks to ex-Brilliant Corners and Experimental Pop Band front man Davey Woodward about his new band Karen and their appearance at our next Bands Night at Gullivers in Manchester
Dixie Ernill speaks to Simon Barber, the front man with 80's indie pop act The Chesterfields, about their reformation after an absence of twenty years and their forthcoming appearance at our next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night at Gullivers in Manchester on February 18th
Dixie Ernill speaks to Liz Hunt, the front woman with 60's-influenced indie pop band The School about their forthcoming third album, ‘Wasting Away and Wondering', influences and the current indie pop scene
Experimental Pop Band
Ryan Kennedy, the front man with rising Mancurian indie pop band Horsebeach, talks to Dixie Ernill about his band's debut album and their forthcoming appearance at the Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night in Manchester on July 5th
Dixie Ernill speaks to Paul Towler from Bristol-based 80's indiepop band the Haywains, who will be playing the Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night on the 5th July as main support to the Brilliant Corners, about their recent reformation
Dixie Ernill speaks to Elizabeth Morris, the Brisbane-born singer with much acclaimed London-based indie pop group Allo Darlin' about their just released second album, 'Europe'
Davey Woodward from the Experimental Pop Band speaks to Dixie Ernill about his group's appearance and his own solo set at the Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night in Manchester on November 19th and their forthcoming new album which is due out next year
Becca and the Broken Biscuits
Robert Forster from the Go-Betweens talks to Dixie Ernill about his debut book and collection of music writing ‘The 10 Rules of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, and his relationship with his late bandmate and songwriting partner, Grant McLennan
Dixie Ernill chats to Calum Lynn, the singer with Newcastle indie pop band Brilliant Mind, who will be playing the Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night at Gullivers in Manchester, about his band's decision to release their debut single on cassette and recent appearance on Fierce Panda EP, 'Zip It Up'
Dixie Ernill chats to Becca Williams from Mancurian folk-pop group Becca and The Broken Biscuits about their soon-to-be-released second single, 'Maria', their local music scne and forthcoming appearance at the Manchester Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night on the 19th November
80s Bristol-based indiepop band the Brilliant Corners have just had released on CD for the first time two mini-albums and an EP. In what is our second interview with him, singer Davey Woodward, who now fronts the Experimental Pop Band, speaks to Dixie Ernill about his former group
Dixie Ernill examines the career of under-rated Richmond, Virginia indie-pop band The Silent Boys.
Dixie Ernill enjoys Kriv Stender's engaging documentary that delves deep into the heart and soul of Australian indie-rock band the Go-Betweens.
On the back of his recent book, 'Boy, Interrupted', original Smiths’ bassist Dale Hibbert opens up to Dixie Ernill about his life both in and out of music.
Dixie Ernill enjoys 'Boy, Interrupted', a fascinating life story of Dale Hibbert, who is so much more than just a former Smith
Despite being less than 10 years old, Indietracks is fast becoming every indie-pop fans favourite festival, Dixie Ernill goes behind the scenes to chat with co-organisers Nat and Andy Hudson
Little Man Tate
Dixie Ernill enjoys a vibrant set from Sheffield indie rock act Little Man Tate on their first national tour in thirteen years.
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 7/5/2023
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 26/4/2022
Gullivers, Manchester, 19/7/2019
Gullivers, Manchester, 19/9/2019
Gorilla, Manchester. 28/5/2018
Slow Readers Club
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, 4/5/2018
King George's Hall, Blackburn, 19/5/2018
City Calm Down
Deaf Institute, Manchester, 23/5/2018
(with the Hepburns and Karen), Thunderbolt, Bristol, 17/3/2018
Academy, Manchester, 9/4/2018
Ritz, Manchester, 24/10/2017
Deaf Institute. Manchester, 10/10/2017
Three Nights of Indie Pop
Eoghan Lyng enjoys Squid’s unusual brand of prog at Vicar Street in Dublin.
At three different venues in Manchester and Glasgow across three nights, Dixie Ernill enjoys sets from indie pop acts such as Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans, The Jasmine Minks and The Popguns.
Dixie Ernill at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool watches James play an euphoric set with the aid of an orchestra and a gospel choir.
One Thousand Violins
Dixie Ernill examines the release on 10” vinyl of two Peel Sessions from 1985 and 1988 by under-rated Sheffield C86/indiepop band One Thousand Violins.
Dixie Ernill reflects on North West indiepop band The Bodines' 1985 and 1986 Janice Long sessions, which have just been reissued on 10 inch vinyl by Precious Recordings of London.
Dixie Ernill examines the release on 10” vinyl of two Peel Sessions from 1990 and 1994 by Glasgow indiepop band The Orchids.
Dixie Ernill reflects on our recent sold-out gig at the Peer Hat in Manchester with the Popguns, Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans and Ollie Winder.
We profile our next Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night which will take place at The Peer Hat in Manchester and, a night of indie pop, which we are promoting with our writer Dixie Ernill, will feature sets from The Popguns, Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans and Oliver Winder.
Dixie Ernill, in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...', writes of his ten favourite songs by Australian singer-songwriter and Go Betweens co-founder Robert Forster.
Dixie Ernill declares our recent Pennyblackmusic Bands Night, which featured performances from the Chesterfields, Karen and Charlie Big Time, the gig of the year
We profile our next London Pennyblackmusic Bands' night which will take place at Gullivers in Manchester, and will feature sets from The Chesterfields, Karen and Charlie Big Time
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Dixie Ernill writes about his favourite songs by recently reformed 80's indie pop act the Brilliant Corners, with additional comments from their front man Davey Woodward
Davey Woodward and the WInter Orphans
Excellent indie pop released on 10” vinyl from the ever dependable Precious Recordings of Janice Long Session from under-rated band The Dentists
Excellent alternative pop from Melbourne-based band RVG who have created something that is familiar and new in equal measures on this third album
Evocative and throught-provoking second album from former Brilliant Corners frontman Davey Woodward and his current band The Winter Orphans
Slow growing but ultimately haunting first album in twenty years from former Servants frontman David Westlake
Arrest! Charlie Tipper
Euphoric indie guitar pop on the long-awaited debut album from Karen, one of the current projects of the Brilliant Corners and the Experimental Pop Band’s Davey Woodward
Mesmerising new solo album from former Loft and Weather Prophets frontman Pete Astor which proves to be one of the best records in his career
Beautifully packaged reissue for the first time on vinyl of pioneering 80's indie band This Poison's only John Peel session
Intelligent guitar pop from veteran Bristol popsters Arrest! Charlie Tipper
Davey Woodward and the WInter Orphans
Arrest! Charlie Tipper
Veteran Bristol mmsician Davey Woodward releases the flawed masterpiece he has always hinted at with the second album with his band the Winter Orphans
Bristol stalwarts, Arrest! Charlie Tipper, raise the bar on excellent new album, 'Red'
Perseverance is rewarded on excellent eighth album from often under-rated Montreal rockers The Dears
Sublime second album from Melbourne-based alternative rock band RVG which may prove to be the best album to come from Australia this year
Cool album of cover versions from indie music veteran and former Loft and Weather Prophets frontman Pete Astor
Fantastic new album from under-rated London-based indie pop outfit Spearmint which proves a first-rate return to form
Solid debut of reflective indie-pop from Tapete Records latest signing Elva, the new band of ex-Allo Darlin’ frontwoman Elizabeth Morris and her husband Making Marks’ Ola Innset
Hamburg’s Tapete Records continues to champion the underdog, as Bill Pritchard returns with an excellent new album
Davey Woodward and the WInter Orphans
Bill Botting and the Two Drink Minimums
Excellent new solo album from former Brilliant Corners and Experimental Pop Band front man Davey Woodward
Fantastic compilation of early singles and rare tracks from mysterious Bristol-based project Charlie Tipper
Fine return to form on eighth studio album from Canadian indie rockers the Dears
Ex-'Allo Darlin' bassist, Bill Botting bids farewell to the UK, with a first-rate slice of country tinged indie-pop
Red Sleeping Beauty
Excellent new shoegaze album from Bristol-based ex-Sarah band Secret Shine which is a real hit
Enjoyable second EP within a year from up-and-coming Barnsley-based indie pop band the Salient Braves
Brilliant return-to-form on ninth album from enduring indie stalwarts, the Wedding Present
Welcome return from Stockholm-based indie pop band Red Sleeping Beauty with new album, their first in almost twenty years
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