New Artist of the Day: LIINES

Liines by Thomas Quaye at 0161 Let us introduce you to Mancunian post-punk band LIINES.

With a growing reputation as one of Manchester’s most exciting live bands LIINES are about to release their debut single, Never There.

Powerful post-punk that brings in touches of grunge and new wave the three-piece blend the best of the rest for a fresh sound of their own.

Louder Than War alumni Dave Brown has been enthusing about the band over on his blog Even the Stars: “The only real contemporaries you could point to for LIINES are PINS and Sleater-Kinney in the way that they create something much bigger than the sum of their parts. With just guitar, bass and drums they create an unholy ferocious sound…something that it’s impossible to ignore.”

The band themselves cite Joy Division, Sleater-Kinney and PJ Harvey among their influences and formed in 2014 after individually playing in other Manchester bands.

The single, Never There, is a tight box-step of beats behind a storm of vocals, an electrifying squall of guitar. An ominous build of components that comes together in a blistering explosion of sound, accusing yet introspective lyrics a fight back, a call to arms.

One play leads to another as the climb mounts the excitement inside you too; it’s a sub-three-minute full-throttle run off a cliff just for the exhilaration of falling.

LIINES are creating a sound full of urgency and brooding menace, a sound which feels as if it could explode at any moment, the ferocity and vitality barely containable. It is a sound that, without a doubt, you need to hear.


The band will headline a show at Night and Day in Manchester on 21 November to launch the single, Never There, which will be released on 23 November. Find Liines on their website, on Facebook and on Twitter. You can also find them on Soundcloud.

All words by Sarah Lay. Find her on Twitter or read more of her articles on Louder Than War.

Band image by Thomas Quaye at 0161.

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