Monthly Archives: February 2012

Neil’s 2010

We have maintained a fairly low-key start to the decade.  Short of a few shows such as January’s Friends of Manchester event (see previous blog) and the Biko Records launch night, we have been hidden away.  The reason is that … Continue reading

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Autumn / Winter 2009 – Neil’s recollection

We were invited to play the FC United end of season party / treasure hunt, which also coincided with the Looking For Eric release.  Playing an early evening post-punk set in a jazz club, with a sea of moody, black-jacketed … Continue reading

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Summer 2009 – Glasgow

Current mood:evil Glasgow 16/05/09 – King Tuts – with Hip Parade and Danny Shah “…people mistake her for a wee boy, but she iz’nee…” Piled into Lucy’s van at 10 am, all a bit hung-over from a night of drinking … Continue reading

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2010 Live Reviews

Freinds of Manchester Festival 2010 – Reviews (SIC) MAGAZINE: The performance that local regulars Optional Wallace turn is a beefy one this evening. Supporting their politicised rock with aggressive guitar, militaristic drumming and loose, low bass, they let the music … Continue reading

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2009 Live Reviews

http://thenme.com/live-reviews/ Optional Wallace – Academy, Manchester. 18/07/2009 The usual step up from headlining your own small intimate gigs will see you generally filling the support slots for bigger names. The main change will be that you now know the audience … Continue reading

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2008 Live Reviews

Live review of Optional Wallace at InTheCity 2008 from The Fly magazine: “Next up three-piece Optional Wallace, winners in the crap band name stakes but equally good for blasting us away with their retro 90s Mansun/Placebo onslaught of dark noise. … Continue reading

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2007 Live Reviews

Manchetsr Academy 3 – Sun 2nd Dec 2007 Sunday night, anyway, sees four of the regular fixtures of the year all on one rather excellent bill courtesy of Stuart “S.A. Promotions” Avery. “You reviewing tonight?” shouts Liam “Tides” Pennington at … Continue reading

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