Manchester Rocks Presents: Sky Valley Mistress & More at Retro Bar, Saturday 1st August
Manchester Rocks has been going strong for five years – five years! – and I’ve been in charge for half of that period, having started out as a contributor to the site. Over the last few years I am always amazed at the wealth of musical talent this city has to offer and the diversity of those bands. From blues rock the prog metal, sludge, stoner, doom, punk and more, for a city labelled as indie, there really is a ridiculous amount of other cool stuff going on.
Here at Manchester Rocks we spend our time supporting the local scene and championing the bands more people need to hear. Now we’re putting our money where our mouth is and starting to host events with those bands we love making up the bills.
On Saturday, 1st August the first of these gigs takes place at Retro Bar. Headlining are a band we all really, really love: Sky Valley Mistress. The fuzz, blues/stoner rock outfit – think QOTSA, Zeppelin and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – are a band who have captured our hearts and imagination and it’s an absolute honour to have them headline this show.
“Vocalist Hayley ‘Hell Kitten’ Davies prowls the stage like the orbit to the universe to which their riffs and rhythms transport you. This is a cacophony of rock n’ roll excellence.” – Introducing: Sky Valley Mistress.
Preston’s Breaking Waves outfit – a prog-tinged two piece consisting of Phil Ireland (bass and vocals) and drummer Adam Darwen – also play. Bands like Royal Blood and The White Stripes / The Black Keys before them have proved that two pieces are a force to be reckoned with and this is one band made very much of the same ilk.
“They create a very full, rounded sound with a mix of guitar and bass sounds coming from Ireland’s virtuoso six string bass playing.” Breaking Waves – Move A Mountain Review
Completing the bill are Grantham rockers Matt Grocott & The Shrives, who have been hankering for a Manchester gig for a while, and local lads The God Complex. Matt Grocott & The Shrive’s debut EP features guest performances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who also produced the release, and grungy rock band The God Complex’s guitarist Greg Dixon is also a writer for Manchester Rocks – we thought we’d keep it in the family!
So come and join us in celebrating some fantastic up and coming talent, have some beers and a boogie with us and remember that – prepare yourself with a cheesy cliché here – Manchester really does rock, so let’s support it accordingly.
Peace, Phil Weller, Editor-In-Chief, Manchester Rocks
Sky Valley Mistress - https://skyvalleymistress.bandcamp.com/ Breaking Waves - https://www.facebook.com/breakingwavesofficial Matt Grocott & The Shrives - https://www.facebook.com/mattgrocottmusic?fref=ts The God Complex - https://www.facebook.com/TheGodComplex?fref=ts