The 99 Degree


Manchester Night People

March 2018

Live review

photo : Ric Harris 


The mercurial rise of Liines takes another step forward with their first sold-out show in Manchester with 200 people crammed into the new Night People venue to celebrate the fast-rising band.

Liines dislocated post-punk has now hit perfection – the three-piece have hit on a perfectly measured sound that combines the rhythmic propulsive drumming hooked around death disco beats and a perfect running bass with the guitar doing the shrapnel thing over the top. Think Delta 5 but for the now.

Liines are a perfect band for the moment – they have a raw edge but their super tight rhythm section is a perfect engine room for dancing – a punk-funk powerhouse, a dislocated rhythm machine, a dirty disco angular trio – they are on fire and they are stunning. And they turn this into a modern pop with vocals that are impassioned but melodic with their minimalistic clipped sonic assault delivering a set of perfect songs that are full of ideas and space.

It can’t be long before the word gets out and Liines become a byword for the sassy and thrilling modern and a soundtrack for the now and one of those bands that define 6music. By xmas, they will be that band.

The support bands on a packed bill are The 99 Degree whose scuzzy reverb drenched fuzz garage is like the Gun Club with a hangover – a disheveled rock n roll with seat of the pants, daredevil riffola, garage clatter and Link Wray dervish licks and  a charismatic frontman who has got the caveman stomp down to perfection.

First on are Lynchs who astonishingly are only playing their sixth gig with a set of tight and perfect songs that hint at the melancholic eccentricity of British Sea Power or the high IQ, arch, guitar rushes of a Monochrome Set and a whole host of late seventies that they surely can’t have heard of.

The band all look about 16 – skinny rats in sharp linear post-punk clothes and songs to match. The drums are tight – more disco punk 4/4 bass drum throb and the guitars tread the line between discord and jangle – maybe raising an eyebrow to Johnny Marr when he turns his attention to the left field end of the indie times. Great songs and a cool detached attitude – there is something quite special about Lynchs and they are well worth keeping an eye on.



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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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