Penetration + The Distractions review

16 November 2017

The Distractions' tenth 'Live' show (yes, we're counting 2015's Jon The Postman tribute night at the Tiger Lounge) was a triumph here in support of punk legends, Penetration, and after local band, Three Day Weekend. The large crowd at Preston's brilliant venue, The Continental, was admittedly mainly here for Pauline Murray and Co., but the reception after a tight Distractions set full of energy was terrific.  

Soundcheck

Kicking off with tracks from the debut EP, Maybe It's Love and Too Young, a strong set of 45-minutes plus included all the favourites, Nothing, (Untitled), Stuck In A Fantasy, It Doesn't Bother Me, Something For The WeekendStill It Doesn't Ring and Waiting For Lorraine. Mike briefly missing his line just seemed like part of the show!


Plenty of the knowledgeable punk crowd seemed familiar with Time Goes By Slow, and the now standard closer, the stunning reworking of Adrian Wright's Nothing Lasts, brought the show to and end. It earned a tremendous and well-deserved reception from the crowd, as well as the lively Distractions fans down the front.


Penetration need no introduction or review from us - just check the glowing reviews they are receiving during the current '40 Years' UK tour! The set from Pauline and the band, and the huge, loud and loving crowd, crowned what was surely the best night for the new Distractions Live line-up yet.


There was plenty of positive feedback on the night and we have had more since via social media:

  • "Great set gents. Good to see a band happy in their work. My first intro to you last night. Will be investing in your music."
  • "Really enjoyed seeing & hearing you for the first time last night. I'll definitely look out for you again."
  • "We really enjoyed seeing you in Preston and will definitely come and see you again. I will be hunting down a copy of the first album."
  • "Really enjoyed your set."
  • "Well done Distractions. Best gig so far!"
  • "@DistractionsMcr superb again."

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Next up is a return to Stockport at the Spinning Top on Friday 1st December. Then, the one that many have been waiting for, The Distractions Live in London - at the famous Dublin Castle in Camden on Saturday 27th January 2018.

Back to Stockport

11 November 2017

The Distractions Live return to the venue where they played a homecoming show in summer, the Spinning Top in Stockport. This cracking venue is close to Stockport station, and several of the town's best pubs, on Wellington Road South. The gig is on Friday 1st December, entry is free, plus support comes from The Trend's Mark Revell, so see you there!


Friday 1st Dec – THE DISTRACTIONS + support from MARK ‘REV’ REVELL (front man from THE TREND & ex ICICLE WORKS)

Welcoming back The Distractions after their great gig in the summer!

The Distractions were around in the late '70s and early '80s and were well known in Manchester and beyond on the post-punk music scene and released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels. They played with Joy Division, The Fall, The Members, Stiff Little Fingers, Squeeze and many others as well as touring the UK and Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up.

About a year ago two of the original members, Alex on drums and vocalist Mike Finney, got together with some friends after being asked to play at a memorial gig for a huge fan of the band, Manchester punk legend, Jon The Postman. It went down so well and they had such a great time they thought it would be a good idea to continue as a live act performing the singles and the great songs from the album.


After extensive rehearsals and finalising the line-up they have been playing headline gigs since the beginning of 2017 as well as supporting bands such as Eton Crop, The Flamin' Groovies and Penetration. In January 2018 they will be playing the iconic London venue The Dublin Castle, which gave a start to bands such as Oasis, Madness and Amy Winehouse, as well as several major festivals next summer.

The Distractions are attracting a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!

They have a major retrospective box set, Age + Geography, on the ‘Hidden Masters’ label coming out soon.

Check out the band’s Music Glue page for lots more information, videos and downloadable tracks: www.musicglue.com/thedistractions.


They are: Mike Finney (lead vocals)

Joe Brehoney (bass)

Johnny Poole (guitar)

Chris Dutton (guitar)

Alex Sidebottom (drums/percussion)

Live at the Peer Hat, Manchester

3 October 2017

The next Distractions Live date is again in central Manchester, this time supporting Dutch band, the Eton Crop, with Faerground Accidents, on Thursday 26th October. The venue is the new Peer Hat on Faraday Street, which is between Lever Street and Newton Street in the Northern Quarter, off Piccadilly.




The Distractions

They shared bills with the likes of Buzzcocks, Magazine and Joy Division, and their debut EP, 'You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That', released in 1979, led to a deal with Factory Records, who released the follow-up, 'Time Goes By So Slow'.

See the Facebook page for the gig:  www.facebook.com/events/1977289259157321

Buy tickets here from just £5.50:  www.seetickets.com/event/eton-crop-nl-support/the-peer-hat-manchester/1124164

Ruby Lounge review: The Distractions + Flamin' Groovies

25 September 2017

Two under-appreciated classic guitar pop bands graced the same stage in front of a loving and appreciative crowd at the Ruby Lounge, High Street, Manchester on Tuesday 19 September 2017.


Opening were local heroes, The Distractions, who are currently gigging in a live line-up including original singer Mike Finney and drummer Alex Sidebottom. The recording band have officially disbanded following their third and final album ('Kindly Leave The Stage') what with original guitarist Steve Perrin now living in New Zealand, while newer songwriter Nick Halliwell is at the other end of England. However, this new incarnation are currently gigging their late '70s and early '80s material to great success.

(c) Nick Barber, 2017.

A short but rocking set included "Maybe It's Love", "It Doesn't Bother Me" and the timeless Factory Records single "Time Goes By So Slow". A quite brilliant closer was a furious version of "Nothing Lasts" which the new live band - including Joe Brehony, Chris Dutton and Jonny Poole - have put their mark all over. The Distractions Live are a post-punk pop force to be reckoned with, and surely more gigs around the North West and hopefully beyond will follow. Next up it's The Peer Hat in Manchester on 26th October, then The Continental in Preston in November supporting Penetration.

(c) Nick Barber, 2017.

Joining several well-known local faces who turned out for The Distractions - such as CP Lee and Mick Middles - was Marc Riley (founder member of The Fall, and current BBC 6Music DJ) for the main attraction. Chris Wilson partnered the original Flamin' Groovie, Cyril Jordan, and they rolled back the years (65 and 69, respectively, Wilson informed us!) in a rocking hour-plus set.

Tracks from their new album, 'Fantastic Plastic', like "What The Hell's Going On?" and "End Of The World", were scattered amongst choice cuts from the late '60s and '70s. The inevitable and rightly lauded "Shake Some Action" brought the house down, and the smiles in the crowd lasted until after the show when Jordan and Wilson joined the fans for photos, chats and signatures.

(c) Nick Barber, 2017.

These two legendary but still fresh-sounding bands hail from opposite sides of the pond, but are hewn from the same rock: melodic guitar pop rock. We can only hope that they will both be playing to appreciative Manchester audiences again in the not-too-distant future (update: The Distractions are playing at The Peer Hat, Manchester on 26th October).

Stage times for Ruby Lounge

18 September 2017


We have been advised that approximate stage times for the Flamin' Groovies and first of all, The Distractions, are as follows:


  • 19:30 - Doors 
  • 20:15 - The Distractions
  • 21:15 - Flamin' Groovies

See you there for what's going to be a memorable night of post-punk and power-pop!



Live in Manchester this week

16 September 2017


The Distractions open for the Flamin' Groovies this Tuesday 19th September. Get your tickets here!


The Flamin’ Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as The Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called “Sneakers”, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, “Supersnazz”, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin’ Spoonful): “Flamingo”, and the now revered classic “Teenage Head”.
Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson taking over as front man. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early ‘70s. In ‘76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: “Shake Some Action”, “Flamin’ Groovies Now”, and “Jumpin’ In The Night”.
The band’s upcoming new album “Fantastic Plastic” will receive a very limited European release on Otis Recordings and will be available ONLY at their live dates

“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine. USA)
The Distractions in the late 70s and early 80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.
They played all corners of the UK, Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up. The present group has two of the original members: Mike Finney on vocals and Alex on drums as well as ex members of The Things and The Blue Orchids, all steeped in the Manchester music tradition. The Distractions (live) have been gigging regularly since the start of the year and are building up a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!

Ruby Lounge tickets - special offer

21 August 2017



We are pleased to announce that tickets for the Manchester gig at the Ruby Lounge with the Flamin Groovies on 19 Sept are on special offer, exclusively for Distractions friends and family!

Instead of the full price of £19.50 (which is great value for two legendary bands anyway!, you can pick up tickets using the details below for just £7.50.  This is a limited offer so move quickly!


Enter the promo code: DISTRACTIONS01

See you there!



Shake Some Action! - The Distractions Live in Manchester

2 August 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Distractions Live will be supporting the legendary Flamin' Groovies at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. Tickets for this unmissable show, on Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 19:30, are available via the link at the Ruby Lounge website.


The Distractions have featured on a couple of compilations named after the Flamin' Groovies classic album, 'Shake Some Action'. On the original Shake Some Action Volume 1, 'It Doesn't Bother Me' featured, while Volume 3 boasted 'Something For The Weekend'. Here's more history from the gig webpage:



“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine, USA)

The Distractions in the late '70s and early '80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.

They played all corners of the UK, Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up. The present group has two of the original members: Mike Finney on vocals and Alex on drums as well as ex-members of The Things and The Blue Orchids, all steeped in the Manchester music tradition. The Distractions (Live) have been gigging regularly since the start of the year and are building up a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!


Buy your tickets here: https://therubylounge.com/event/flamin-groovies 

https://agmp.ticketabc.com/events/flamin-groovies-1909/ 

and enter the promo code: DISTRACTIONS01

Glaston-BURY

9 July 2017


After yesterday's #MancsGiving festival in Whalley Range (more photos and videos of that later), here's confirmation of the next festival appearance by The Distractions Live. While they never got round to performing in a farmer's field in Somerset, the next best thing is surely Bury's Glaston-BURY festival on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th). This huge festival is also in a great cause - Bury Hospice, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and other local charities. Just £7 in gets you 130 acts over 13 stages. Further details soon.