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An old Shed door opens again

MUSIC has a way of making you feel your age and Shed Seven’s winter tour will do just that – it celebrates the 15th anniversary of their huge album A Maximum High.

Following festival duties this summer, the York lads, pictured below, will relive a record that consolidated their role in the Brit pop era.

“I can’t believe 15 years have passed – it will be good to revisit one or two songs untouched for many years,” says singer Rick Witter of their Sheffield O2 Academy gig on December 8.

“We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve. We want to be doing something a bit different each time we go out. We’ll also be playing the hits you’d expect.”

A Maximum High spawned four, including Going For Gold and Getting Better, went top 10 in the UK and took the band around the world.

“It was all Top Of The Pops, Chris Evans, Richard and Judy. Obviously a lot’s changed; you’re as likely to find me on the school run as swinging my mic lead on the stage but hopefully we’ve proved good songs played by a good band stand the test of time.”

Sensoria’s new Welch assembly

AS an extended Sensoria gets underway today Sheffield-born music snappper Tracey Welch has unveiled an exhibition of images of local heroes at the city bar Forum.

She has worked with the film and music festival on various projects over the past year, but this is the first time her work will be stand-alone showcased.

From Heaven 17 to the Arctic Monkeys, Sensoria and Tracey are keen to celebrate the wealth of talent born in and around the city. For a fourth year Sensoria is helping to raise aspirations and provide encouragement to new and emerging talent, while celebrating established individuals.

Rising stars The Crookes, prospect Bitter Cherry and The Third Half (pictured above and playing The Greystones on Sunday) feature in the collection until May 8.

On-the-rise band aren’t flagging

THERE are uprisings in Syria and Libya and bombs in Northern Ireland – and it’s been kicking off in the studio hired by Skindred, above, by the sound of it.

Union Black – the new album that takes them to Corporation a week today – is a call to arms at a time when political unrest has rarely been so prevalent.

“Things are really happening for Skindred at the moment,” confirms drummer Arya Goggin. “I truly believe this is the best album we’ve made and we can’t wait to get out on the road.”

Union Black emerged this week, featuring brutal lead single Warning with guest vocals from Papa Roach shouter Jacoby Shaddix.

Home James – Tim is right for a solo jaunt

AFTER a couple of fresh live rounds and albums re-fronting the band that made him famous, James singer Tim Booth returns to The Leadmill tomorrow.

The creative purple patch continues as he has just released new solo album Love Life Tour - less than a year after James played the O2 Academy between releasing two albums in 2010 (with a special edition due next Monday).

It sends the Bradford-born performer, who increasingly resembles a Victorian villain, on the road with his band.

He was last on Leadmill Road during his Booth & The Bad Angel solo period prior to the reunion of the Manchester indie legends James.

How to improv your social life

IF you fancy a night away from the mainstream Over The Top tonight welcomes Berlin improvising duo Superimpose.

Hailing from Germany’s capital of free music, trombonist Matthias Müller and percussionist Christian Marien are described as “a vivid statement of alert and physical free improvisation who thrive off intensity, intuition and faith.”

The pair recorded previously under their own names as well as part of larger ensembles Olaf Ton and The Astronomical Unit.

“Their methodology is to engage in voluble exchanges in a free improv idiom pioneered by the likes of Paul Rutherford and John Stevens,” say their hosts at the Sheffield venue at 78 Kingfield Road.

“The action is beyond any expectation of what a duo should be able to achieve.”

This concert has them playing with Sheffield-based improvisers handling tubas to bassoons.