‘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.
Fuzzy, alt-punk Mancs The Empty Page are Kel – Vox/bass, Giz – Guitars and Jim – Drums/Vox. After making some rough demos in a draughty warehouse in Ancoats, Manchester in 2016 they were invited to Vancouver by Gggarth Richardson (RATM, Biffy Clyro, Melvins) to make their debut album, ‘Unfolding’ in his home studio in the woods.
In February 2019, the band released a new single produced by Sugar House in the less romantic location of St Helens, Lancs. ‘When The Cloud Explodes’ was immediately playlisted by Spotify on The Punk List (alongside Idles, Fontaines DC and Big Joanie) and played on BBC 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe. Praise from bloggers and press drove the song straight into the Hype Machine’s top tracks. It was released as a 7 inch on Punk Fox recordings and chosen to appear on the Rough Trade records playlist in March.
In October 2019 a double A side ‘He’s Very Good At Swimming’ / ‘You’re Tame’ recorded with Simon Ding Archer (PJ Harvey, Pixies, The Fall) in Salford, was released – again on Punk Fox Records. HVGAS was played twice in one weekend by Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music who called it ‘immensely powerful’. Its unnerving discordance received comparisons to Radiohead, Bjork, Kate Bush, Amanda Palmer and Patti Smith. An uncomfortable song about victim blaming, and possibly the only song ever to include the word ‘speculum’. The video for You’re Tame featured the band playing with a bunch of rescue kittens.
The band are currently preparing to record new material to be released in 2020.