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Frazer King are a true one off. Living proof that someone is still messing with music and twisting it inside out. Their magpie pop is starting to make waves in manchester as John Robb points out in this live revie

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Touched by the hand of genius, Frazer King are as dishevelledly brilliant as ever.
There is no-one like them out there.

I’ve seen thousands of bands play over the years and you can usually bag them up pretty quick but Frazer King are, brilliantly, on their own.

Coming from Wythenshawe- the biggest housing estate in Europe to the south of Manchester, the he band somehow manage to shoehorn a disparate bag of influences into a music that sounds like nothing else.

Living proof of the late, great Tony Wilson’s maxim that Manchester kids had the best record collections – this is a wilfully eccentric trawl through the great and the good and the plain bizarre melded into the kind of scruffy round the edges band-as-gang raucous pop that will sell a million if they could break though.

This is the brilliant eccentricity of a bunch of scruffs who know far too much. Frazer King are a ragbag record collection come to life, ”Ëœmagpie pop’ as Cath Aubergine brilliantly bagged them as.

The songs zig zag wander from indie folk to punk rock to doo wop to the kind of hymn from the village period early James (who the recently supported) to Beefheart blues to Zappa smarts to obstinate refuseniks like the early Happy Mondays or primetime Fall to esoteric stylings of warped vinyl and yet they sound like none of these.

The band are shit tight and comfortably wander around their songs, Jack the drummer is tight and imaginative and his rigid back and intense disposition is at odds with front man Nathan who swigs from a bottle of wine and rants like the classic Mancunian frontman. Nathan is a gutter poet with a fierce stare – this is the new anti hero of the indie underground.

Manchester needs new ruffian anti heroes that reflect the real nature of the city beyond the student fringe. it also needs anti heroes that stubbornly don’t toe the party line and make up their own rules and are as iconclastic as the true spirit of the city.

Frazer King could be the coolest band in Manchester, they are certainly the best underground band in the UK right now.

You have been warped.

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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.


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