‘The Pixies do Britpop…kinda.. and the results are pretty magnificent’ Louder Than War.
“Brash and uncompromising alt-punk for the greyest of skies and the toughest of times…” God Is In The TV Zine
‘Informed by the likes of Bikini Kill or Veruca Salt… with their percussive chassis recalling Fugazi’s righteous fury.’ Clash Magazine.
Taking their name from a Sonic Youth song which in turn was inspired by Jack Kerouac, 90s alt-punk inspired Northerners The Empty Page have been making steady headway since their inception in a draughty warehouse in Ancoats, Manchester.
Following an invite from rock production royalty Gggarth Richardson (RATM, Biffy Clyro, Melvins), their debut album, ‘Unfolding’ was recorded with him in Vancouver, Canada, with tracks receiving national airplay by the likes of Steve Lamacq on 6 Music and receiving praise from the underground press.
As well as diligently ticking their favourite UK venues off their collective wish list, from Manchester Ritz to Hebden Bridge Trades, the band went back to Canada to play shows in Toronto after winning Indie Week UK. Carefully selected UK shows are planned for 2019.
Their newest offering ‘When The Cloud Explodes’ is a paean to the North. A sort of love song. ‘Anyone that has ever spent much time in the North-West can attest to the fact that it’s always bloody raining’, says singer/bassist Kel, ‘I think that’s one of the reasons why cities like Manchester and Liverpool are full of creatives. There is so much art, poetry, literature and music here. It’s because we’re always stuck inside having to find novel ways to entertain ourselves.’
It’s a simple but powerful song about rainy day creativity in a Northern town. Recorded and produced with local trendsetting production duo Sugar House, it’s noisy, it’s gritty, and it’s definitely Northern.
When The Cloud Explodes is out on Feb 22nd on all the usual digital platforms.