The Fabricators, based in South London, consist of Plymouth school friends and guitarists, James Matejka and Mark Beckett,...

The Fabricators, based in South London, consist of Plymouth school friends and guitarists, James Matejka and Mark Beckett, alongside Marcus Aitken on drums and James’s younger brother- Joe, on bass. Referring to themselves as being a band within the post-punk genre, they were once coined  as ‘caramelised punk’. A reference many people may not typically be familiar with,  the easiest way to describe them is be to regard them as having a small wedge of everything great spanning from rock through to pop. For this reason, it is incredibly hard not to like them.

If you try and compare the band to one particular act, you’ll probably struggle. But consider this; subtle traces of the Arctic Monkeys guitar riffs and punchy drum beats seep through before a word is even ushered in ‘Jangly Rob’, with this high tempo proving to be a captivating set up for the chorus and the remainder of the song. Even elements of The Kaiser Chiefs appear in some of song's bridges at times. Again, this might be surprising for a band that is considered ‘caramelized post-punk’ but these small aspects are what work well and mark them within this genre, especially when complemented with their strong bass lines, fitting drum beats and quirky lyrics that are consistent throughout their set.

The band had a stellar opportunity to showcase their music live at one of their February gigs. James, the lead vocalist showcases a powerful presence throughout their entire sets, and with this he establishes himself as a clear front man early on. However, it is the powerful combination of all the members that really highlights their capabilities and potential to make it big. The build up in ‘Criminal Prose’ only emphasises the perfect combination of the four boys, with an initial slow, well-crafted escalation to a high tempo, ballsy and aggressive bass and drum line. This is something they pull off incredible live in comparison to their newly released EP, ‘Junction To The Jail’. Mark manages to layer in his own vocals during this perfect amalgamation of instrumental expertise from them all. Whilst again, this complements the others well, it also adds another well-rounded dynamic to their character. These vocals though, by the outro are let down to a degree by the levels in the venue, and thus become barely comprehendible. For such a small part of the song though, it doesn’t even taint what was on the whole a fantastic song and does justice to the recording.

A new song, not featured on the EP was showcased too. It contained everything you’d expect, and would not have looked out of place on ‘Junction To The Jail’, which was released in December 2017. The brash bass is probably one of the most underrated aspects in both this track and arguably all of their work for that matter. The way Joe uses it to seamlessly blend with the guitars is fantastic and simply adds gloss to their material. This is only highlighted by the time ‘Anteroom’ is performed, which quite possibly remains one of the standout songs from the EP. It’s over a minute before James utters a word, yet the undertones of the bass in the background partnered with the two guitars keep the suspense building, which doesn’t fail to impress by the time the drums make an entrance and the = chorus hits. Metaphors are littered in this chorus, as well as most of their other songs, with ‘mushroom cloud of ideas’ being used, unsurprisingly acting as a lyrical hook. 

To say that the performance was well polished would be accurate. However, there was in fact one minor blip a quarter of the way through the gig whereby Joe encountered an issue with his bass amp, prompting a song restart. This is to be expected of course, and in fact it gave a moment to add in an even more ‘real’ feeling to the set. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the bands have, surprisingly, yet to breakthrough and establish themselves as a big act whereby live issues are non-existent. Not just yet, anyway…

Having only listened to their EP, finally being able to see them live greatly surprised my expectations. They without a doubt showcased themselves as a professional outfit. Their live performances still carried the same atmosphere; it wasn’t just contained in their recorded work.

Check out The Fabricators latest six track EP, ‘Junction To The Jail’, out now and available on Spotify and Soundcloud:

April this year has blessed the music realm with exciting new releases of which we have compiled a few of the MNGR teams favorites on ou...

April this year has blessed the music realm with exciting new releases of which we have compiled a few of the MNGR teams favorites on our Spotify.

Perfect - Anne Marie
The anthem is a particularly LGBTQ uplifting tune that shed's light on Anne Marie's own bisexual orientation. The soulful track is very much in tune with the overall sentiments of acceptance and positivity in todays cultural climate.

Brooklyn in the Summer - Aloe Blacc
Recommended by Holly Loweth

lovely (with Khalid) - Billie Eilish
The peaceful and delicate piano ballad between these two vulnerable singers delivers a poignant view of being in a state of melancholy and releasing all the feelings of sorrow. Being the first single from Eilish's upcoming debut album, we hope to expect more eye opening and thought evoking topics.

Softens - Wet
Recommended by Alex Pedrasik

I Can't Stand It- Blossoms
The resurgence of 80's synth is all to real in Blossoms new release 'I Can't Stand It'. Being the hit single from their sophomore album, Cool Like You, Blossoms started writing their materials 8 months before their single hit the charts. Looking to maintain longevity in their careers, most of the tracks on their newest album could have been released as singles. 

Roll (Burbank Funk) - The Internet
Recommended by Annika Singh

Saturdays - Twin Shadow, HAIM

Described as a slick and heartfelt, 'Saturdays' manages to capture the pasé elements that were once all too prominent in the feel good tunes of the 90's. Most definitely worth queuing in your weekend playlist for a feel-good anthem.

For the Record- Dutch Criminal Record

Recommended by Louis Andersen-Risager

Me & You - HONNE, Tom Misch
Snagging a spot yet again atop our favorite tracks of the month, 'Me & You' is the funk of the future needed in this day and age. Similar to other soulful artists such as Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, HONNE and Tom Misch manage to find the balance of synth, smooth guitar riffs, and enough funk to make Earth, Wind and Fire happy.

Towing the Line - Ben Howard
Recommended by Hannah Williams

Darlin' - Tobi Lou
With jazzy undertones, the song is a great compilation of different and contrasting styles. Tobi's beats and rapping are greatly complimented by the laid back tempo of the guitar and piano in the background.

hard rain - Lykke Li
Recommended by Ethan Bello

Dead and Gone - State Champs
Recommended by Tom Walker, this track is a blast from the past, bringing back the raging sound of early 2000's pop punk. Don't let people tell you the genre is dead, as State Champs prove the sound is still live and well.

Rock & roll is dead... or so they say. In a way, the classic rock we’ve come to know commencing from the 1950’s up until the 90’s...

Rock & roll is dead... or so they say. In a way, the classic rock we’ve come to know commencing from the 1950’s up until the 90’s is all but completely diminished, however, lately, there has been a resurgence of these nostalgic riffs and anthems.

A band that has effortlessly managed to incorporate these elements to suit a present-day atmosphere are The Lids. Stemming from the Leicester area of the East Midlands, the indie rock band is comprised of brothers Liam Butler, singer and bassist, Rhys Butler, guitarist, and drummer Sam Deas.

Their music is exciting and fresh, and enticing. Particularly their newest single ‘Delectable’ for which they also released a music video this past Friday, is a great encapsulation of the band’s sound. Upon hearing it live at Camden’s Aces and Eights, it initially brings you back to the past with a distant connection to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, as both songs possess a unique urgency and fervour. As the tune progresses and the lyrics come in, The Lids manage to distinguish it from outside influences that have given inspiration to the track and give it a signature sound.

Anyone who’s been to Camden’s Aces and Eights knows that the downstairs gig area is a very intimate setting, with a capacity of 50 people. When they performed there on the 14th of April, not a single person amongst the crowd was immune from the headbanging and hip swaying hypnotism the lads seemed to have cast over the room.

What seems to be forgotten at gigs is that the band not only composes the music, but also the atmosphere. This is a most integral part of the experience that has the ability to alter a concert from being just another night at the pub to an unforgettable experience. There’s nothing better than getting to watch a tight sounding and well-rehearsed band, and that’s precisely what The Lids delivered. The importance to connect with the audience is apparent in their stage manner, as they remain enthusiastic and engaged with the crowd.

A song that was particularly a creative melange of both the 80’s meeting the 90’s was their track, Skin. The music was 1980’s Scorpion with 1990’s vocals. In all, the material they’re producing now is a more sophisticated sound that is more complex as they test their boundaries and explore the new potentials within their music.

Having a steady and loyal fan base in their hometown, The Lids are slowly but surely growing in recognition all around. Being great Leicester City fans themselves, the band has found an unlikely ally in celebrated football player Christian Fuchs, who endorses the boys and remains an avid fan of their music.

Bottom line, The Lids possess the eclectic talent of being able to draw on influences from past artists and incorporate that seamlessly within their own music without it sounding replicated. They are a band to keep on the lookout, as with the progress they are achieving now will most catapult them into a mainstream audience in no time.

Watch their new music video for 'Delectable' here: Delectable Music Video

Written by Devon Potter

Kanye’s doing his Kanye best but ends up getting himself into a Kanye mess. Twitter seems to be his tantrum platform where he rages and ...

Kanye’s doing his Kanye best but ends up getting himself into a Kanye mess. Twitter seems to be his tantrum platform where he rages and rants at mostly incohesive topics that only Kanye would think to share in a volatile manner on Twitter.

The whole debacle started when Kanye tweeted his support for American President-Elect, Donald Trump.
Additionally, Kanye within his rant managed to drag President Obama into the narrative by chiding his time in office and complaining that he did not do enough for Chicago in his eight years as president.
We don’t precisely know what he means by ‘dragon energy’ however many fans and music industry insiders took heavy offence to Kanye’s support of the controversial leader of the United States, who has particularly demonstrated racial prejudice and discriminatory sentiments to basically all non-white races.

Famous singer, Chance the Rapper, in an attempt to defend Kanye’s tweets, also found himself in hot water.
In a way, Chance seemed to be under the impression that the issue was a partisan struggle (democrat vs. republican), but what many fans later pointed out was that it’s not that Kanye is supporting a ‘Republican’ candidate (I use that term lightly as some of Trump’s opinions and views do not all align with republican principles), rather that he supports a man who has been known for being racist, bigoted, sexist, and having an overall despicable reputation.
Chance Later retracted this statement with an apology.

Famously known for exposing private conversations (i.e text messages, snapchat stories) on his favourite social media platform, Kanye aired a text message from a close friend and fellow musician, John Legend, where it looked as if Legend was attempting to reason with the notorious hot head.

Kanye’s wife and social media mogul Kim Kardashian had a lot to add as well.

Once his Trump segment was over, in Kanye fashion, he announced his musical collaborations and hope for new professional ventures.
With all his venting and spouting, and clamour and ruckus, Kanye has stirred the pot and started conversations. He is a social media genius when it comes to publicity. As his family’s livelihood depends on his and his wife’s standing in today’s pop culture, the more noise and attention Kanye draws to himself, the more views and mentions he gets, thus cementing his relevance.

As Kim Kardashian mentioned in her tweets, though Kanye has struggled with his mental health in the past, Kanye has always been known for his outbursts, so much so that they are now synonymous with his brand. And that is precisely how he gets an audience: he does his outlandish schtick, brings in the crowds and releases content (whether it be his dystopian fashion line or his music ventures).

Final verdict:
Is Kanye mental? He’s got his demons.
Is he the King of publicity stunts? 100% yes.
On the whole, though, he has kept us enticed for the new music that he has, according to his tweets, single-handedly produced, and we look forward to hearing the self-professed Shakespeare's new work.

By Devon Potter

The MNGR was fortunate enough to snag an interview with both Bogomil Bonev and Ishy Dee, both performers who will be graduating thi...

The MNGR was fortunate enough to snag an interview with both Bogomil Bonev and Ishy Dee, both performers who will be graduating this following July. Together they will be hosting their event, The Sauce Makers, on April 26th at Brixton Jamm.

The MNGR: So what’s this event you’re putting on?

Bogomil Bonev: Basically, it’s called The Sauce Makers and it’s a showcase/live music type of event to celebrate urban pop/r&b music. We decided to go with this type of vibe because we both have similar styles of music and we thought it would be a good thing to keep up the symbiotic vibe for the whole event. It’s part of our performance assessment, and I went up to Ishy and asked if he wanted to collaborate for this.
Ishy Dee: Yeah, cause we were thinking it might be too much pressure for just one person to put on. So we decided that if we do it together, we can have a similar style of music, similar atmosphere, and we can just bounce off each other.
BB: At that point, I suggested we take it further than just an assessment, and rather make it an actual event and invite people within the music community. So we started running with this in October. So, we got in touch with Wire 4 Music about how to go about organizing an event and we went through a process similar to Dragons Den where we pitched our ideas to the organizers.
ID: It was proper intense at that point.
BB: It was our first decent presentation that we had to pitch.
ID: We had 5 minutes to sell our ideas and we had to cram in everything into such a short amount of time.
BB: We had to be extra selective when it came to what we put on paper. We were in the room with 20 other people, stood there trying to give off the right impression. Finally 1-2 weeks later we were contacted and informed that they wanted to take on our project.

The MNGR: How did you guys come up with the SauceMakerz name?

BB: Oh my gosh, when we were thinking about the name for the event, we were going through so many options, like a myriad of things. But then as we were talking, Ishy said “sauce...sauce makers”, and I was like “What do you mean?”
ID: And I was like, “sauce… the sauce. We make the sauce, people listen to the sauce. And then they be like, ‘Who made the sauce?’” We are the Sauce Makers. And that’s how we got it.
BB: It’s all quite deep.

The MNGR: Shifting over to more or your artistic styles, what traits would you say you both have in common?

ID: Well, I’ve got one. Dress sense. Remember the last LCM Session?
BB: Oh my gosh, yeah. I still have the picture.
ID: I was just standing there, and I was like “Oh my gosh”. My friends, once they saw what I had on, started laughing.
BB: After I finished my set I looked down at his shirt and couldn’t stop laughing.
ID: It was so sick. And from there we knew this was meant to happen.

The MNGR: All it took was one shirt

ID: That’s it, the one shirt.
BB: I would have to say another thing we have in common as well is we both use a lot of afrobeat and jazz influences in our music.
ID: We definitely share some similar traits.
BB: Yeah, I’ve seen some similarities definitely when we play live. I find my personality matches a lot of Ishy’s stuff.
ID: Likewise.
BB: The consistency of it all just makes it a perfect match.

The MNGR: Yeah, moving along from that, before you guys decided to collaborate on The Saucemaker’s event, what was your relationship like?

ID: We’ve actually made some tracks together before this.
BB: Yeah, basically, in First year, when we discovered we had similar interests when it came to music, I was writing a track with another student at the time for a Glastonbury competition project. We literally only had a week to write a song, make the music, mix and master it, and send it off. It was unreal. But I later went to Ishy and asked him if he could help us record and master the track because of the tight deadline.
ID: And I was so onboard for that. I basically engineered the session; helped with recording the instruments and vocals. Mixed it and sent it back to him.
BB: You literally saved us. But yeah, that was our first collaboration and it was so much fun.
ID: Those were some great times in First Year.
BB: Yeah, it definitely was. We’ve definitely helped each other out every now and then after that, but yeah, we enjoy working together whenever we can.

The MNGR: Guys, it’s so great to hear the history behind you guys collaborating. Would you work on a project together in the future?

ID: One million percent.
BB: Yes, anytime.
ID: There’s no reason not to.
BB: It’s funny too because there were some people who I was introducing the event to and they actually asked if this would be a continuous thing and not just a one-time event.
ID: You never know.
BB: It might become a new tradition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information on the SauceMakerz event check out their social media links listed below:

Interview by Devon Potter