Welcome Pariah, Dahlia FX, Sean Mcgowan And Other Southampton Area ReleasesManchester-bias, what Manchester bias? Ged Babey listens to some new releases from his home-town and keeps his ear to the ground about forthcoming attractions.

Currently working on new albums are the Flying Alexanders, the Rising, Radioactive Bones and Lo-Fi Poet band and no doubt many more.

The Novatones are back with a new line-up and played a storming set at the Isle of Wight Festival by all accounts including a surprise cover ( for a Mod band) of Killing In the Name Of. A new EP is planned for late summer. Keep an eye on their Facebook page.

Sean McGowan continues to be the hardest-working protest singer in the city ( as well as the best barman and toilet-cleaner the Joiners has ever had) and has released a new single on Rob Da Banks label feat backing vocals from his good buddy Frank Turner. A side is called Come Unstuck which despite a deceptively slow start builds into a sheer MacGowan classic about friendship and loyalty.

Crusty old anarchos Haywire reformed (with Chemical Threat guitar-hero Pintsize deputising) for Mich Hell’s 40th (LTW scribe Nathan Browns partner) only to be blown offstage by an impromptu Punk Rock Kazoo Orchestra playing Happy Birthday (the Altered Images song no less).

Local legend Rich Chorley (a veteran from Boredom City days) returns to the stage on 12th July at the Joiners with his brand new band Mush Ami. I’ve not heard any demos yet but if it lives up to the Press Release they will be immense; “It’s about taking a stand whilst you are still strong enough….Its about having a say while you can still speak….It’s about the passion of still being angry and wanting a voice when you are in your 50s…It’s about being the first generation in history to be hipper than their kids..”  One of Richs’ mates from the Men They Couldn’t Hang is involved in the project.

Two of the citys under-rated and musically-ambitious bands Dahlia FX and Welcome Pariah have unleashed a great new mini-album/EP and single respectively.

I’ve covered both bands before, here and here and they both just get better and better.

Welcome Pariahs sound have become heavier and more stadium-sized. They still look like a standard indie-band but create a stratospheric sound, kinda like the Verve with a jet engine instead of a string section. Here is a taste for your aural delectation


Dahlia FX, if there was any justice would be brand-leaders in Modern Psych/Shoegaze circles with guitars which sound like molten lava in zero gravity. Five great new songs on their Second Halo EP available here.

Here’s the video for Future Thing from the previous Stone Cold Silver EP:


It’s just an idea but a collaboration between the two bands could have stunning results.

Southampton may not quite be the Manchester of the South (yet) but as usual there’s always plenty going on … stay tuned and support your local venues.

For more in the area check out Mintsouth.


All words written by Ged Babey, you can find more work by Ged over at his LTW author archive here.

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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