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Albums Of The Week: Afflecks Palace | The Only Light In This Tunnel Is The Oncoming Train

If you miss the glory days of Madchester, don't miss these irreverent throwbacks & their enjoyably trippy, vibrantly energetic offering. Bucket hat & drugs not included.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “This album is an ode to escapism from the modern-day obsession with superficial status, wealth and success — propelled by social media FOMO,” says J. Fender, Afflecks Palace vocalist, producer and Spirit Of Spike Island label boss.

If you’re not from ’round where they’re from — which would be Manchester — the band are named after the legendary shopping emporium which is just down the road. Afflecks Palace was, and still is, a mecca for all things “alternative” (a word from back in the day!) and rose to fame during the heady days of Madchester. It was also home to the Identity clothing shop, which became famous for its legendary T-shirts saying “On The Sixth Day God Created Manchester.”

Afflecks Palace are real music magpies, in the best possible sense. They’ve taken the energy and attitude of ’89 and created super-melodic guitar gems that tip their (bucket) hat to The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and the like, as well as plundering classic pop from the ’60s via Britpop and right through to the present day. In doing so they’ve managed to create their own euphoric, hook-filled sound.

The new soundtrack to dancing ’til the sun comes up and weekends mooching around the Northern Quarter, thers’s just a vibe and spirit around this band that’s gonna be difficult to resist.”