I often found myself in Manchester in a previous life as a music journalist. These days I often find myself listening to bands from Manchester. There’s lots of them. I took onboard the landfill indie (note new favourite expression) of The Courteeners early doors and decided nah, not for me, or words to that effect. How they got an NME cover is beyond me, says more about the sorry demise of NME than anything I guess. But what do I know? Ears of cloth, me.
Anyway… Quite how I’ve missed Aidan Smith is beyond me to be frank. Just look at his CV will you? Supported Badly Drawn Boy, warmed up for Turin Brakes, opened for the almighty I Am Kloot and wonderful Calexico. Impeccable.
In short, I hold my head in shame. The man is genius. His nimble tunemongery and little piano-playing fingers probably make him a sort of UK Ben Folds. There’s a delicious hint of Andy Partridge in his voice, and very much an XTC sensibility about his music, which is slightly, delightfully off-kilter. And as regular readers will know (seriously doubt there are any regulars, but still), we do like a bit of off-kilter here.
Best of all, the fact he’s in a jazz trio, Luke and the Dukes, who you can hire for weddings and stuff makes me honk like a goose. Like I said, genius. Why on earth don’t other bands do that? Record labels take note – stop moaning about downloading and start hawking your bands out for weddings for all our sakes.
- myspace blah blah
- Old version of his proper website and so on and so forth
- BUY BUY BUY HIS MUSIC HERE
- Oh, the can you dig it in the headline? New album called ‘Allotments’. Do you see? Do you?