Rose and The Diamond Hand

If you really want to know about what is happening in the Manchester music scene, and I mean really happening, you need look no further than the video above, or the EP below. Rose, of Poppycock and Locean fame, stands very well on her own merits with band members Mark Corrin, Bob Clowrey, and Leonie Fox. There are some strong female voices on the Manc scene at the moment Anne-Marie Crowley, Susan O’Shea and Rose Niland are three of the leading lights. The latter perhaps demonstrating that in a jungle of Tribute Bands, Oasis wannabees,  and JD/NO clones there is room for cutting edge, genre defying change. We put this EP out last year, there was a successful launch gig, but then things sort of drifted away as they usually do with such a small operating team. There was a better distribution deal earlier this year and we took the view that this should be taken wider and further than inside the M60 ring road. I look at what is successful and hip these days and I see people wandering down nostalgic side alleys, being safe and predictable in their listening habits. I challenge those people to open their ears and broaden their experience. This is the best place to start.

Available on Bandcamp as below, but also Amazon, Google Play, I Tunes, Spotify and lots more digital outlets.

You can see them live next on 25th March at The Wonder Inn, Manchester as part of the Spring Equinox Festival


Aural Delights 219


  1. Half Man Half Biscuit – Jag Armani – And Some Fell on Stony Ground
  2. SPC ECO – Under My Skin – Under My Skin
  3. Rose and the Diamond Hand – Icicle – Universe Is Woman
  4. Groundhogs – Garden – The Lost Tapes: Vol. 1
  5. Sam Smith – Bad Water – Bad Water
  6. Mick Harvey – Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth – Intoxicated Women
  7. Jackson Code – Strange Lullaby – Del Musical Del Mismo Nombre
  8. Curry Quiche – Nostalic Sunset – Behind The Machine
  9. Faust – So Far (Alternative) – The Wumme Years 1970-1973
  10. Fripp & Eno – Swastika Girls – Live In Paris 28.05.1975
  11. Michael Brook,  Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois – Hybrid – Hybrid
  12. Disnae – Breaking Me Down – Space Tapes E.P.
  13. SPC ECO – Creep In The Shadows – Under My Skin
  14. They Called Him Zone – Devil Dying – Crow Swan Wolf
  15. Divisionists – Say You Can – Daybreak
  16. Gavin Bryars – Last Hymn – The Sinking Of The Titanic
  17. Vince Grant – Edge of the World – Edge of the World
  18. Factory Acts – Clocking On – Clocking On
  19. Linnea Olsson – Hall of Tragedy – Hall of Tragedy
  20. The Permanent Smilers – Identity Crisis – Identity Crisis
  21. Sam Smith – Moonshiner – Bad Water
  22. Rose and the Diamond Hand – Extended – Universe Is Woman
  23. The Junta – Wild is the Wind – Wild is the Wind
  24. Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Fraudentanz – Wenn Der Südwind Weht
  25. Dadawah – Run Come Rally – Peace And Love, Wadadasow
  26. Curry Quiche – Oxygen Thief – Behind The Machine
  27. Man – Kerosene – Whinos, Rhinos and Lunatics
  28. King Crimson – Starless – Red