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CANCELLED Wearemanchesterlive: December: Sea Fever. Special guests: Charlie and Phil (Sylvette)
December 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm£8.50
Grey dawn breaks and a tall ship leaves the shore; and like a sweet dream from a quiet sleep, SEA FEVER sets sail.
A breathtaking new band fronted by Iwan Gronow (Haven, Johnny Marr) on vocals and guitars alongside singer Bethany Cassidy (Section 25), SEA FEVER fuses intelligent electronics with classic melodies and chiming guitars, underpinned by soaring, hypnotic strings.
Formed in 2019, the band also features New Order’s Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham with Tom on bass, guitars, synths and programming, and Phil on guitars. Powering the band’s pulsing beats is Elliot Barlow, who is joined on the band’s debut by New Order drummer, Stephen Morris.
As Iwan explains, coming together as a unit felt inevitable: “We’d wanted to work with each other for ages, so when we finally sat down in the studio, the band just seemed to come together naturally.”
“It felt like we were really free to explore the kinds of music that have always inspired us,” says Tom, “we dug right through the record crates of our minds to shape the sound of SEA FEVER.”
And what a sound it is. Upbeat pop makes waves alongside wistful descending minor chords and surf guitars. Teutonic rhythms kling and klang their way against echoing layers of melancholy and hope. It’s a combination unlike anything you’ve heard before.