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House of Cards are delighted to present a return to Manchester by Mantraluna. Support comes from hotly tipped Liverpool band Loved Ones. This will be a very special night indeed...
Mantraluna are from London, originally formed in Oldham, Lancashire in the late 1990s. Frequenting Manchester's Roadhouse & Night & Day venues, famously supporting Elbow, Placebo, Clint Boon, Campag Velocet, Dodgy. They were great nights, back when the music industry had extensive expense accounts, mp3 sounded awful & nobody recorded an album on a laptop.
In the noughties, concentrations turned to growing up, cooking, working, listening, reading & breeding.
Present day, 2013: Marco Centore (vocals) & Mike Laurie (guitar) link-up with the band's former Trumpeter, Richard Stubbs (bass) & Ric Nash on drums. With a decade of material, a wealth of experience, influence & fresh perspective, they've been grafting in an archway rehearsal room in East London to harness pent-up energies, to escape, to pursue, to rock like Hendrix, The Fall & Demis Rousos.
With beautiful baggage in tow, loved ones accumulated, life is richer & better than it was last century. It was good then too, but this is different, not too different, just definitely not the same.
Loved Ones have been hibernating since winning the inaugural Get Into This Award for new Liverpool music in April; but unlike certain tree-dwelling mammals we could mention, they haven't been wasting our time.
Recording new tracks for their debut album (Ale Hood, Paper Crown, Weekends Are Ours) whilst re-recording some others, writing and performing a radio play based on Olaf Stapledon's sci-fi epic The Last and First Men for Radio Merseyside, remixing other artists (Dan Croll, White Belt Yellow Tag, Vasco Da Gama), and appearing for their first live date in four months supporting Jeffrey Lewis at Liverpool's already legendary Kazimier, they are also going about the murky business of preparing to release their first ever piece of real, solid merchandise.
New Liverpool label Witchfinder Records released the moody, melancholic Weekends Are Ours on 7-inch vinyl back in October 2012, with artwork supplied by Liverpool designer John Biddle. As 2013 commences Loved Ones are putting the finishing touches to their debut album 'The Merry Monarch'