Hey! Manchester presents System Exclusive w/ Phia Sky
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System Exclusive are Ari Blaisdell and Matt Jones – a Pasadena, California duo bearing an armful of mini synths and a pocketful of Tarantino-dusted riffs who make heart-throbbing, capital P pop punch with more than a hint of post-punk. Blaisdell’s vocals hearken back to open hearted 80’s hitmakers unafraid to quaver in the name of love, and they’re buoyed by Jones’ laser-gridded synth concoctions and heavy hand on the ones and twos. The self-titled debut via Castle Face Records has
seen the band invited to perform in many new countries as well as lengthy tours across the USA, the road awaits…
System Exclusive will be embarking on an extensive 22-date UK tour throughout September 2023 including a performance at the prestigious End of the Road Festival.
Local support comes from Phia Sky. In a bedroom somewhere in Manchester, Phia Sky is plugging things in – repurposing obsolete, kitsch equipment to create forward-thinking pop music that melds erratic dance-pop, atmospheric electronica, and acid chiptune excursions. Much of her work is influenced by the relationship between nature and technology, and where the two overlap. She is also 1/3 of queer art-pop project Flowers of Evil.