Folks are Manchester’s best kept secret.

The internet offers up little evidence of the band whose great music I’ve heard in snatches on a mobile phone with headphones from their manager in a bar.
There is a website that offers few clues but is worth a look, a couple of the bands old demos recorded at one of our favourite studios- Toerag- are available on there, a hint at their past but no clues to their big future. Maybe we will find out soon. They will be touring at some point this year and there is talk of a release.

The band are outrageously talented, built around their gifted vocalist they are out on their own and run through several styles from the plaintive to the neo- Queens Of the Stone Age 21st century boogie. They have a raw edge but enormous songs. There is some Oasis connection but they very much have their own sound. They don’t sound Mancunian, they sound, well, international, continental, as someone once said.

There’s a few snapshots of recently joined band members and finally a dedication to our God, Captain Beefheart- what’s not to love?

Folks website

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Finally a band that I really like and they are from Manchester, bonus. Welcome back fine playing and melody…

  2. […] BBC wrote about them in 2005, their last MySpace blog was in April 2009, John Robb wrote about them in Feb 2011, with most other music websites featuring them from September the same year. I first found them […]


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