Posts Tagged ‘Glasgow’

After a handful of singles, Glasgow’s Spinning Coin finally deliver the goods in their debut long player. As you might expect it’s a combination of ramshackle Pastels like pop and good natured Teenage Fanclub guitar pop.

I highly recommend you all check out Spinning Coin. Sean Armstrong is one of the most prolific and creative songwriters I know – I recorded an early EP of theirs and they just finished their debut album with Edwyn Collins. It’s out soon on Geographic RecordsSpinning Coin have determinedly, and with single-minded purpose, made their music heard: beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration, escapism, but also gracefulness and splendour, in equal measure.
The five-piece now announce that their debut album “Permo” will be released on November 10th via The Pastels’ Domino imprint, Geographic Music.
The fourteen songs on Permo trace all kinds of terrain, though the overarching story might be that of a group looking for escapism, somehow and anyhow, in the midst of a social and cultural climate that’s closing down possibilities for difference and community.

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Following on from her critically lauded 2013 album, “Crystal World,” Ladytron’s Marnie continues to develop her very own take on a modern pop sound through the release of “Strange Words And Weird Wars.” Comprised of ten pulsating tracks, “Strange Words And Weird Wars “showcases the most impressive elements of Marnie’s incarnation as a solo artist along with those that made her band, Ladytron, one of the most respected pioneers in electronic music; soul crushing synths are wonderfully accented by hook-laden choruses as Marnie boldly explores up-tempo electro dream-pop.

Marnie’s ability to effortlessly play with genres becomes more and more apparent as you work your way through what is such a sonically impressive record. Tracks such as ‘Girls’ expertly creates the immediacy of Ladyhawke’s best work, with ‘Electric Youth’ channeling 80’s mall pop; a glorious guilty pleasure and one of the stand-out tracks on the album. Introspection comes in the form of the shoegaze-inspired ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’, giving the air of an unreleased b-side from a cult vampire movie, while forthcoming single “Lost Maps” is a pop classic in the making; a single that should be heard on dance floors all over the world.

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After moving back to Glasgow in September 2012, after many years living in London, Marnie continued to write music following the success of her solo project and subsequent album release in 2013. Influenced by life, love, loss, politics and all things 80’s pop, Marnie has created an album that has an intelligence and a depth behind what, on the surface, is a melodic contemporary pop record. With support having already come from tastemakers like Pitchfork, Pop Matters and Under The Radar, Marnie will be looking to build upon this through the release of her second solo record; an album that will rightly be deemed one of the most anticipated of 2017

Fresh from touring with Scottish Fiction stalwarts Mt. Doubt, vocalist and guitarist Annie Booth will released her solo debut LP ‘An Unforgiving Light’ in October 2017.

A joint venture from Scottish Fiction and Last Night From Glasgow, the record is an ambitious solo effort of puncturing melody and raw lyricism in the vein of alt-rock titan Jeff Buckley, marked by the contrasts of folk roots paired with alt-rock backing, and urgent instrumentation contrasted with introspective vocals.

The album starts as it means to go on, opening with the honest and tender ‘Demons’. Annie introduces herself in the most personal fashion in a track weathered with vulnerability and reflection. From here, the record opens up to more sonic possibilities on ‘Over My’ and ‘Little Lies’, stretching Annie’s excellent vocal capabilities as the backing grows in stature and strength.
The record’s middle section tackles poignant universal issues such as apathy, anxiety, and a loss of faith, making it’s way through a wide variety of musical textures: from delicate arpeggios, to dynamic rhythms, to glacial hymn-like vocal climbs.
Perhaps ‘An Unforgiving Light’s greatest achievement comes when it reaches the crescendo of ‘Reverie’, a track which manages  more

Released October 20, 2017

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Frux Tapes has been a consistently great label for EP’s, and this year was no different. “Lucky”, the four track offering from dreamy Glaswegians Life Model. Produced by Susan Bear from Tuff Love alongside the band’s own Christopher T Smith, it is a significant sonic leap forward for the band, fusing their natural flair for a gorgeous melody with layer upon layer of aggressively beautiful noise.

At the centre of Lucky’s appeal is the stunning vocal performance of Sophie Evans; crystal clear melodies, a wonderfully playful inflexion and an effortless flair for carrying nonchalance and emotion in one single swooping refrain. All of which would count for little without the tracks to accompany the voice, and thankfully Life Model had them in spades; Skin & Bone with its propulsive bass and clattering distant drum beats, the almost nostalgic shoegaze of 4Ever, and perhaps best of all the paired back, and utterly beautiful, Together. In a year where many clamoured for the return of some shoe-gazing legends, Life Model’s updated version of the genre arguably sounds better than any of them.

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Sophie Evans
Chris Smith
Joanne McCafferty
Michael McDonald

From Life Model’s EP, ‘Lucky’. Released 21st July 2017 on Frux Tapes.

KELORA – ” Boy ” EP

Posted: November 16, 2017 in MUSIC
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Check out Kelora. Like Herbert Powell, they hardly have anything online yet, but their new EP which is just finished recording is going to break hearts. Their live shows are more like art installations and the music is genuinely hard to describe – it’s truly unique. I think it’s the future. Can you imagine The Cocteau Twins, Portishead or Beach House playing medieval folk? .” Filmed on their phones, the video collates footage taken walking or riding the bus around Glasgow at night interspersed with eerie shots of them standing on a dark, blustery beach in hi vis jackets like two fisherman having an existential crisis. It brings a surreal and lingering sense of urgency to a climate where the general reaction to discomfort or disaster is to close one app and open another. “BOY” sticks with you – as well it should.

“BOY” will be released through Kelora’s own label CALX as a 4 track EP. It’s physical form will be a limited edition glow in the dark screen print containing a scratch off strip with a download code on the back. Catch them at their launch party on November 18th at the Pipe Factory in Glasgow

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SPINNING COIN – ” Permo “

Posted: November 13, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Spinning Coin – Permo

Spinning Coin are the latest in a long line of top-notch Glasgow guitar bands. On their debut full-length, the five-piece pull together elements from a host of their forebears into a new and exciting whole. Given all the “legendary” names attached to Spinning Coin’s debut album, Permo – a reference to being on a permanent drug trip as made famous by Glasgow comic Limmy – one might be surprised that they’re not superstars already. In their three years as a band, though their story as Glasgow art-school musicians goes much further back, they have toured with Teenage Fanclub, signed to The Pastels’ Domino imprint Geographic Music and recorded with Edwyn Collins, with upcoming shows with Girl Ray and Dinosaur Jr. to come.

There’s a playfulness between songwriters Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin that keep things fresh and exciting even when the band are at their most reminiscent of 90s jangly indie-rock. New single Sleepless for instance has a Pavement-esque slacker quality to it, showing their ambitions lay far beyond just Glasgow, while Sides, which precedes it, is a post-punk song of Wedding Present distraction. However, for every stirring pop song, there are also the more intentionally awkward songs like Metronome River, or the mysterious Starry Eyes which shows an inventiveness that goes beyond pure pop.

On top of working with those aforementioned highly notable names, Spinning Coin manage, across the 14 songs of their first full length, to sound like a cross between all of them. The quintet may wear their influences on their sleeve, and pretty broadly at times, but there is such a fascinating range of them for such a young band that Permo can only be seen as a success, both as a record but also within a long line of great Glasgow bands. Long may it continue – Spinning Coin are clearly destined for far bigger stages.

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Glasgow Living, Live Music, Glasgow Bands, Van Ts

The Van Thompson twins Hannah and Chloe are joined by bassist Joanne Forbes and drummer Shaun Hood to create their grunge/surf-rock sound. They recently played a sold-out headline gig at King Tut’s and were overwhelmed by the love they felt from the crowd, who knew every word and were more than ready for a good dance. With two EPs and a whole host of brilliant gigs under their belts, as well as their singles being featured on TV shows like Tattoo Fixers and Made in Chelsea, they’re one of the hottest bands on the scene right now, and are clearly going places.

Bittersweet’, the latest single from Glasgow’s The Van T’s, now accompanied by a video . The clip, features the four live on stage at Jumpin’ Jacks in Newcastle, hanging out back stage, and out on the street having fun.
Catch The Van T’s live at the following dates:

NOVEMBER
11 North Britain Festival, Stockton
21 The End Festival – The Social, London
22 Jimmys, Manchester

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The demise of the label Fortuna Pop, which we’re still not okay about by the way – has left a number of superb bands, musically homeless. At the top of the list of bands we didn’t think would have to rough it outside for long were The Spook School, and this week they’ve announced they’ve found a new home on Alcopop Records. The band’s third album, Could It Be Different?, is out early next year, and the Glasgow-based quartet have this week shared their new single, Still Alive.

A live favourite, with a chorus so catchy it’s been in our head almost constantly since The Spook School’s set at End Of The Road, Still Alive, is a fuzzy and furiously energetic slice of hook-laden pop. Discussing the track, Nye Todd has suggested it is, “about no longer being in an abusive relationship”It’s a track that’s laced with anger at abusers, but also pride, as Nye explains, “I think there’s a kind of pride in it as well though, recognition that you had the strength to get through a shitty situation and to do what you needed to do, and that you don’t need to feel shame”. Confident, inspiring and as catchy as ever, The Spook School sound more alive than ever.

‘Could It Be Different?‘ out January 26th on Alcopop! Records

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Glasgow’s sassiest and brightest band Catholic Action release their long-awaited debut album. A record that’s been years in the making for a band that has prolifically produced great material since their inception, the album was produced by their frontman Chris McCrory alongside Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl, Dead Pretties, Phobophobes). The album is a a vibrant collection of guitar-pop anthems. Opening track L.U.V. is an example of Catholic Action’s angular approach to pop. The Shallows is one In Memory Of’s biggest moments, with it’s festival ready, sing-along chorus while New Year and Doing Well battle each other to be the album’s most catchy tune. Album closer Stars and Stripes brings together all of the album’s different elements, uniting the threads for a satisfying conclusion.

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The single Propaganda released on limited 7’ Vinyl, taken from their debut album In Memory Of. It includes B Side Sunday Driver (Divide and Conquer Edit). A breakneck paced slab of punked up art-rock, Propaganda typifies Catholic Action’s penchant for penning instantly memorable pop nuggets, with a sardonic and knowing sense of self. Propaganda is a snappy piece of morning after regret, with frontman Chris McCrory explaining that the track “is a bad reaction to a hellish night. Spent up to my neck in landfill indie and cheap pints. A drunken epiphany on the dance floor, when you realise you’re very, very lost.”

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Get on your raggiest shoes, scruffiest jacket and head down to the dirtiest bar you know. Then plug your headphones in and stroll out right into the middle of the room and put this rocking gem from Sweaty Palms in your ears and let the music take your body wherever it needs to go.‘Queer Fatwa’, is the debut single from Glaswegian upstarts Sweaty Palms, named after a phrase lifted from author Jon Ronson’s investigative novel on extremist organisations, ‘Them’. In the section, an Islamist Militant leader attempts to put a ‘queer fatwa’ on Ronson. “The phrase is hysterical, it’s just not two words you imagine to see together,” say Sweaty Palms. “The rest of the song is loosely based around extremism, from Islamist militants to the dirty gringos of the western world.” It is to be released through RIP Records Introduces Volume 1:7

Here you’ve got music that’s primal, honest and one hell of a mess. And it’s brilliant. It smashes more violently than a rampaging bull ,more powerfully than the swirling hurricanes hitting the Virgin Isles a cacophony  of sound .

Hold on to your hats because things are about to get pretty vicious up in here and there are sure to be boots flying at all kinds of unreasonable heights until well into the early hours. Utter, utter chaos.

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Released September 15th as part of the RIP Records Introduces Series