Money

Esoteric Manchester band Money wear their hearts on their sleeve with first album The Shadow of Heaven. It’s an ambitious debut that’s halfway between the euphoria of Wu Lyf and the epic magic of Grizzly Bear or Beach House. Proclaiming that ‘Manchester is paradise’, they use the city as their muse, making music to reflect its ‘transvestites, drunken lovers, drug takers and holy fools’. After two singles for smaller indies, Bella Union has just added the band to its impressive roster.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 17 Jun 2013
  • min read
Esoteric Manchester band Money wear their hearts on their sleeve with first album The Shadow of Heaven. It’s an ambitious debut that’s halfway between the euphoria of Wu Lyf and the epic magic of Grizzly Bear or Beach House.

The four-piece - comprised of Jamie Lee, Charlie Cocksedge, Billy Byron and Scott Beaman - have been part of the Salford music scene for a few years now, hiding under various guises such as Youth and Meke Menete before settling on the Money moniker.

Proclaiming that ‘Manchester is paradise’, they use the city as their muse, making music to reflect its ‘transvestites, drunken lovers, drug takers and holy fools’.

Their live sets are two parts art exhibition, one part gig, as the band push their musical and intellectual ambitions, teasing the audience with intense light shows and oblique sexual references.

Songs titled Lonely Sexy Death put you in mind of a Mike Leigh film, while stripped back piano lament Goodnight London (B-side to their debut single) hits like a knife in the guts.

After two singles for small indie labels, including Manchester’s SWAYS, Bella Union mogul Simon Raymonde tracked the band down and persuaded them into the studio for a full-length record. The results will be released in August, but beforehand, the four-piece have embarked on their first UK tour.

Remaining dates include:
12 July - Festival Square & Pavilion Theatre, Manchester International Festival
13 July - Festival Square & Pavilion Theatre, Manchester International Festival
19 July – Tramlines, Sheffield
21 July – Latitude Festival, Southwold
15 August Green Man Festival, Glanusk
30 August - End Of The Road Festival, Dorset

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