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The best kept secret in music



And now for something totally different.

Aristocrash are a punk-rock band from Manchester who sound like…. a punk-rock band from Manchester despite the fact that none of the four band members come from there.

The band is Pauline Johnston- Singer, Sean O’Meara –Guitarist, Dom Fennell– Drums, Tom Michell – Bassist and these four members make quite a striking image.

The sort of tunes you can expect from these rockers is late seventies punk, Blondie meets Scissor Sister with the face to match. Singer Johnston has more then a touch of Kate Bush to her vocal style and knows how to let it rip.

‘Disco Girl’ is the first track to be penned by the two original members and the two members and is the best on the CD as it is a proper rocky number full of Johnston’s shrieks and dirty riffs, a track that is sure to appeal to many with lyrics like ‘you’re dirty, trashy and you can’t dance..’, says it all really.

‘I Want to Love You’ continues in the same vein but has a much more off the wall aspect to it. With Status Quo style riffs and Johnston doing impressions of a wah-wah pedal it really is different and sounds well polished.

Title track, ‘Forget About Yesterday’ is a much more funky number, full of beats that you can actually dance and harmonised shouts and riffs.

Having just performed at Manchester’s ‘In The City’ event, this band are sure to go onto bigger and better things.



Forthcoming release - ' Disco Girl'/'Cheating (at The Swingers Club)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Founder members and verbal sparring partners Pauline Johnston (voice) and Sean O’Meara (guitar) formed the songwriting core in 2002. After driving away no less than six drummers and three bassists with a fiercely contested battle for superiority in the rehearsal room, the two managed to ensnare the unwitting Tom Michell(Bass) who relocated from Newcastle to be part of the madness, and the angelic looking Dom Fennell (Drums) arrived from Mold, in Wales to complete the line up.

Now with their first release still hot from the presses and tucked under their arms, the four pale and squinting figures of Aristocrash have something they think you need to know about.


‘Disco Girl’ is the first track from the quartet’s forthcoming double a-side single. With a lyrical agenda formed by the clearly evil Pauline Johnston, the track is a throbbing and twitching ode to a former friend who, as the frequently hysterical vocalist puts it, ‘had no soul’. Solidified by a rumbling rhythm section, the track weaves it’s warped little way into thoughts you wished you’d never had. “It is a proper rocky number full of Johnston’s shrieks and dirty riffs, a track that is sure to appeal to many.” –

Scheduled to appear as a double a-side, ‘Disco Girl’ comes accompanied by the track ‘Cheating’ (At The Swingers Club), offering up another dimension to the Aristocrash puzzle and providing a welcome come back for brackets in song titles.

Aristocrash have an infectiously sleazy sound, drawing on the group’s love for glam trashiness. The back bone of their individuality stems from the two songwriters of the group and their stubborn need to out do each other. Vocalist Pauline Johnston and guitarist Sean O’Meara’s vision is crystal clear. Drawing from a pool of influences as decadent as Prince, Alice Cooper, Cyndi Lauper, Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Kate Bush, they manage to expand on their radio mentors and create stand-out pop tunes.

“Song’s don’t need to be depressing to be taken seriously. If you listen to any of our song’s you will react in a positive way, even if the song is about fear or hate…or lack of money.” - Johnston.

Now with the quartet galvanized and ready to go, this summer will see them embarking on a UK tour with their first single due out in August.