single review ~ the mannerly hoods ~ 'woodstock'

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For Fans Of: Babyshambles, General Fiasco, Circa Waves

As 2/5's of Belfast's cheekiest purveyors of indie-dance The Late Twos, David McMaster and Ryan Bennett have filled nearly every venue in the city, treaded every boardwalk and drank every pint going in the process. 'Woodstock' is the debut single from their  wonderfully named sideproject 'The Mannerly Hoods', which see's the duo retaining the loud guitars and earworm chorus's that saw Belfast fall in love with them the first time around.

Coupled with a brilliant video, 'Woodstock' isn't an ode to the legendary 60's music festival, but perhaps the even more legendary Woodstock Road in East Belfast. It's here The Mannerly Hoods excel, honestly and without pretense painting a picture of their native city that blows the Summer of 69 out of the water. Jangling guitars cascade through a frenetic and clever pop verse, leading to a chorus left in your head for days after a first listen.

Sharp, witty and brimming with energy, as introductions go 'Woodstock' is a perfect start. The Mannerly Hoods charming cheekiness, and ear for crafting a pop tune has been well honed over years of serving the indie scene. One suspects this new project won't be short of more gems like this, and long may they continue  to produce them.

Taylor Johnson

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