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We're filming with LoneLady.

Before tonight's sold out gig in Manchester, we're catching up with Julie Campbell.  A.K.A LoneLady, Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and producer from Manchester, England. Inspired by British post-punk, Julie first started making recordings on a 4-track in her towerblock flat in Manchester while completing a Fine Art Degree.  This afternoon Carney is in Manchester with Malcolm Boyle to invterview the artist ahead of Wire's sell out gig at Band On The Wall tonight.

She told Noise Heat Power's Damon Fairclough “I’ve always been influenced by post-punk. I still love those bands – Wire and Gang of Four are key ones for me. I used to really love early REM and I think that informed my early music as well, but when I discovered the British post-punk bands I really felt like I’d come home. Particularly the northern bands – I felt I recognised the musical language they were using.”  Her work frequently reflects the ever-shifting textures and fabrics of Manchester's cityscape.

When interviewed by Spirit Studios Campbell said, "It definitely enhances your momentum touring with other bands. I

remember watching Wire perform and it really intensifies your relationship with that artist; you appreciate it more and more every night. It’s a brilliant thing to do."

LoneLady’s first live performances were a stark affair, with a solitary Campbell playing electric guitar along to a drum machine. Looking for a more powerful live dynamic, she recruited pneumatic drummer Andrew Cheetham, and as a two-piece LoneLady continued to play live throughout the UK, later expanding to a three piece with the addition of Tom Long on keyboards. An early coup was a 5-date support slot with art-pop pioneers Wire on the UK leg of their 2008 tour.

Wire's new album Mind Hive came out on Friday and tonight is the second night of their UK tour.  We'll be backstage with them and accessing all areas at Band On The Wall.  Wire are the definitive post-punk group. Since their inception they’ve 

maintained a reputation for creating music that stretches the rock form whilst simultaneously editing it down to its essence. With their gift for crafting songs that perfectly balance experimentation and accessibility, Wire were recently hailed by The Quietus as “one of the most consistent British bands of all time”. Yet Wire exhibit little inclination to look back or trade on past glories, rather they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern.

For the first time Wire are collaborating on a film about themselves and their work.  This film aims to express the very essence of Wire – the personalities, their music, their worldview, their history and their future.   This is a film which will go beyond the over-familiar conventions of the  standard music documentary.   Wire are working with seasoned director and producer Malcolm Boyle and award winning writer and producer Graham Duff, to create a film that has the humour, the unpredictability, the surrealist edge and creative agility of a Wire song. 

Listen to LoneLady's BBC6 Live Session here.  Download Mind Hive here.

All photos taken by Carney James Turner.