Humanizer/ Working For A Nuclear Free City – live review
Working For A Nuclear Free City.
Salford St Phillips Church
Sept 2nd 2011
St. Phillips Church in Salford is a great venue. Built in 1825 it oozes atmosphere and big echoey main hall that really suits some bands, especially if they are creating moody atmospheres and good old northern melancholia.,
Good job Working For A Nuclear Free City are playing here, the band have been around for over a decade and released several albums scratching away at the musical undergrowth. Tonight they sound quite brilliant, big washes and soundscapes and a flavour of neo-industrial noise. It’s challenging and quite hypnotic and really effective.
Humanizer have been emerging for the last 12 months. They have been sending us several demos and we had the privilege of hearing their sound evolve. Working on a synthesis of Mancunian dance and soaring indie, at their best there are moments of the crystalline Stone Roses style clarity allied to kraut rock rhythms and the chundering pulse of the kind of dance music that used to reverb round the Hacienda years before the members of the band were born. There are a couple of harder edged songs that bookend the set that sound thrilling as the band hit a tough groove with a bass driven darkness that must have attracted the ears of Peter Hook who has signed the band to his Hacienda Records.