Spray Founded in 2001, Spray is comprised of Ricardo Autobahn (synthesizers) and Jenny McLaren (vocals, guitars), both formerly of the Cuban Boys, who took their chaotic technopunk to number 1 on
Founded in 2001, Spray is comprised of Ricardo Autobahn (synthesizers) and Jenny McLaren (vocals, guitars), both formerly of the Cuban Boys, who took their chaotic technopunk to number 1 on the Festive 50 (twice), recorded one of the best Peel Sessions ever and went head-to-head with Sir Cliff Richard in a Christmas Chart Battle (but ultimately lost). Their hit single 'Cognoscenti Vs Intelligentsia' (a.k.a. 'The Hamster Dance Song') sold a million copies, reached number 4 in the UK single charts, landed them on Top of the Pops and, in the words of John Peel, was “the most requested song I’ve had since 'God Save The Queen'.
In a mathematically constructed list presented by RockListMusic.co.uk, the Cuban Boys registered as the 30th most popular band in the history of the John Peel Show, ranking ahead of the Inspiral Carpets (31), The Cure (34), Nirvana and The Stone Roses (=tied at 35). BBC producer Mike Engles selected the Cuban Boys' first Peel Session as one of his top 10 all-time favourites, alongside Nirvana, The Damned and Ivor Cutler.
A Salford-based post-punk dark-electro duo, Factory Acts exist at the edge of the analogue-digital divide, sometimes dreaming, always dancing. Cork at heart.
They are Susan O'Shea on vocals, synths and analogue digital devices, and Matt Davies covering bass guitar, beats and mixes. Factory Acts was born following the accidental creation of a new sound, and a hastily written two song instrumental debut at the legendary Salford Lad's Club. After wowing audiences and critics alike with their debut EP Thirst in 2014, Salford's underground, postpunk maestros released their highly-anticipated follow-up, the Second Amendment EP, in April 2017 on Manchester’s alternative electronic label AnalogueTrash. Factory Acts have received repeated air play on BBC Introducing Manchester, Ireland's 2FM, Salford City Radio and numerous internet stations worldwide. They played two sets at electric Picnic 2017 and are regulars on the Manchester and Salford gig circuit, also having played in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Dublin and Susan’s native Cork. Factory Acts have supported Kite Base (Savages), Brix and the Extricated (ex-Fall), The Skeletal Family, 1919, Cruxshadows, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Clan of Xymox and electro-Goth legends Naked Lunch.
Coming from the dirty end of Rock ‘n’ Roll; owning band rehearsal rooms in Leicester UK for a number of years, Caroline McLavy emerged with an electro pop album quite possibly as polar opposite to her day job as it can musically get! But as it goes, her album ‘Electrostatic’ has plenty of hard-core grinding bass lines and provocative lyrics so maybe there’s more influence there than she cares to admit.
Her music wanders around relationship issues, social anxiety, dancing like your life depends on it, facing depression, general frustration with humanity and to finalise an end track about battling with bailiffs. What’s surprising is that with a gentle vocal, catchy pop melodies and uplifting synths, you hardly even notice.
Caroline wants to tell you her story with her music.
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