The Whip - X Marks Destination (4 stars)

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The Whip - X Marks Destination

(Southern Fried)

DANCE ROCK

Manchester has been staging a musical revival recently, and at the forefront of this uprising stand The Whip. They’re certainly a band who exemplify much of the north’s finest music: like the Mondays they’re rock and dance all at once, and singer Bruce Carter bears an agreeably weathered, Ian McCulloch-sounding vocal style.

They may have one trick, but The Whip are clearly a band who are confident in their own identity not to mention their ability to pull off that trick every time. If you’re a fan of New Order (‘Frustration’, stand-out track ‘Trash’), The Human League (‘Sister Siam’) or the fondly-remembered Lo-Fidelity Allstars (‘Fire’), this could well be for you.

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