by Siobhanne Beattie / September 29th 2014 / No Comment
Gerard Way “Hesitant Alien”
Former My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way takes the plunge today and realises his debut solo effort today. Way recorded four studio albums with MCR before their shock split last year, and this release follows a stellar set at Reading & Leeds Festival in August of this year.
Marmozets “The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets”
Feisty upstarts, Marmozets release their debut album, “The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets” today, it follows EPs, “Passive Aggressive” (2011) and 2012’s “Vexed”. The band, from West Yorkshire, were nominated for “Best British Band” at The 2013Kerrang Awards.
Prince “Art Official Age”/Prince & 3rdEyeGirl “Plectrumelectrum”
Fresh from a hugely successful tour, The Purple One releases TWO brand new albums this week; the first being his 34th studio album which includes the singles, “Clouds” and “Breakfast Can Wait”, while the second is a collaboration between Prince and his supporting band from his recent tour, 3rdEyeGirl.
Jamie T “Carry On The Grudge”
London trobadour, Jamie T makes his long awaited return this week with the release of his third studio album, “Carry On The Grudge”. It marks his first release since 2009’s “Kings & Queens” and includes the singles, “Don’t You Find” and “Zombie”.
Marianne Faithfull “Give My Love To London”
Todays see Marianne Faithfull release her 20th studio album, “Give My Love To London”. The album includes collaborations with Roger Waters, Anna Calvi and Nick Cave and the single, “Sparrows Will Sing” (written by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters).
Oasis “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?”
The Brothers Gallagher reissue their now legendary second studio album today, loaded with extras and bonus material. Originally released in 1995, the album sold a record-breaking 347, 000 copies in its first week of release and spent 10 weeks at number one here in the UK. The album spawned singles, “Wonderwall”, “Roll With It”, “Some Might Say”, “Morning Glory”, “Champagne Supernova” and signature song, “Don’t Look Back In Anger”.
by Siobhanne Beattie / September 29th 2014 / No Comment
Scotland’s local music scene has never been so exciting; meet The Indos, a shining example of the excitement and enthusiasm gripping live audiences across the country.
We spoke exclusively to the band about the 60s, their forthcoming EP and really bad dancing . . .
Who are The Indos?
The Indos are a 5 piece rock band from Edinburgh comprising of Michael Knowles (lead Vocals/guitar), Dando Myrillas (lead guitar), Jamie Gilchrist (rhythm guitar/vocals), Robbie Gilchrist (bass) and Greg Atkinson (drums).
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it?
Our sound is a mix between the blues influenced British bands of the late sixties combined with a the riff driven sounds of more recent bands like Arctic Monkeys.
Who/what influences your sound?
We are all heavily influenced by 60s music especially The Who, The Yardbirds and The Kinks. Individually, we have varying tastes from Neil Young to (funk legend) Nile Rogers.
What can we expect from a live set of yours?
You can expect to find yourself singing along even though you don’t know the words. Expect a lot of bad dancing (band and fans alike), some cracking tunes with a few squeals thrown in, and a lot of guitar!
You have an EP coming soon. Describe it in three words?
Worth A Listen!
What’s next for The Indos?
Hopefully a wee tour early next year. The Indos coming to a town near you!
The Indos EP, “Fifty Shades Of Blue” is released on Monday 3rd November 2014.
Catch the band LIVE at Pivo, Pivo (Glasgow) on 2nd October, Cabaret Voltaire EP Launch (Edinburgh) on 31st October and Bannerman’s (Edinburgh) on 28th November.
by Siobhanne Beattie / September 29th 2014 / No Comment
If I told you a Scottish singer was bringing a slice of Californian sunshine to the music scene, you’d think I had a severe case of the post-summer blues, but meet Kerri Watt; a singer/songwriter from Milngavie who releases her Orange County-soaked, debut EP, “Who’sLovin’ Me Now?” today via Libertines drummer, Gary Powell’s record label, 25 Hour Convenience Store Records.
Soulful vocals, punchy drums and a hand-clap breakdown make up this feel-good title track, while bluesy track, “Pirate Man” and heartfelt ballad, “So Crazy” also feature and give real flavour of Kerri’s exciting, eclectic range.
Born and raised just outside Glasgow, Kerri’s childhood was sound-tracked by Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and fuelled her early love for music before she learned to play the piano and competed in regional dance shows by the age of 8. She auditioned for a theatre school in California and moved to Orange County after winning a place at just 16 years old. The move sparked Kerri’s love affair with California and it has had a lasting impact on her music. She returned to London where she studied musical theatre for 3 years before embarking on relentless gigging at Open Mic Nights in Glasgow.
Drawing influence from a wide variety of artists, including Train, Katy Perry, Freddie Mercury, The Rolling Stones and, of course, Michael Jackson, Kerri has been crafting her live performance and presence with live stints at LA’s Whiskey A Go Go, Glastonbury, Dot To Dot Festival and Camden Rocks.
The Libertines’ Gary Powell offered Kerri a record deal on the spot after seeing her perform and she releases her debut EP, “Who’sLovin’ Me Now?” via Powell’s newly-reformed record label today!
For more information on Kerri Watt, please visit www.kerriwatt.com
by Siobhanne Beattie / September 26th 2014 / No Comment
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 20 YEARS since we became Friends with Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey as the hit TV series celebrates its 20th Anniversary this week. It made us laugh, cry and “OMG!” over and over again during its 1994-2004 run, and its concurrent re-runs on TV today prove just how popular the series is, despite being concluding for good 10 YEARS ago! Join us as we look back at some of our favourite Friends memories . . .
The One With The Prom Video
Like Ross, we were all disappointed that it looked as though he and Rachel were never going to happen. When she makes it quite clear that they are not going to start a relationship and that he needs to ‘accept that’, we feel our hearts sink a little bit with his. However, this episode is a stand out because it is when we and Rachel see how much Ross truly cares for her. As he stands by the door, embarrassed as Monica shows the group their prom video, we see one of the most heart-warming moments of the second season (and the whole series). Freshman Ross, clad in a tux, with flowers in hand for Rachel watches dismally as she heads out the door with her date. Cue a passionate Ross-Rachel kiss as Phoebe exclaims that ‘she’s his lobster’.
The One With Ross’s Tan
This is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most memorable episodes of the entire series. Monica’s spray tan encourages Ross decide to try it out for himself; however, despite being the most intelligent of the group he manages to mess up the simple process (of counting to 5) and comes away with two tans on his front. As an attempt to fix the mistake, Ross has another try at the spray tan and hilariously ends up with only his front sprayed again. ‘I’m an eight?!’ becomes one of the most quoted lines of the series. Meanwhile, Monica and Phoebe grudgingly entertain an old neighbour, Amanda (played perfectly by Jennifer Coolidge, known to us all as Stifler’s Mom in “AmericanPie”), who has picked up a fake English accent and (obliviously) comes complete with backhanded, bitchy comments. ‘Wow my flat is twice this size!’
The Last One
No true Friends fan can watch the final episode without tearing up- a few times. The ‘I got off the plane’ moment cements the wonderful inevitability that Ross and Rachel would always end up together, and is often quoted as the defining moment of The Last One. However, there are many other tear-jerkers in the finale. When Monica and Chandler wait anxiously but excitedly in the delivery room, minutes away from becoming parents, it is revealed that surrogate Mum, Erica is actually giving birth to twins, we are almost as shocked as them! Chandler’s reaction of freaking out and panicking is coated in humour, but Monica’s reply is what sets us off. ‘We are taking them home because they are our children’ shows that she is more than ready to be a mother and the fact that the couple are finally getting their babies after a long, agonising wait is a perfect end to their story.
*By Abbey Fleming
The One Where Ross Got High
Friends never let us down with Thanksgiving episodes mixing holidays with humour, and this one was no exception. The usually uptight Monica loosens a little and allows Rachel to prepare dessert, with hysterical results. Thanks to the pages of a cookbook sticking together, Rachel puts an unusual spin on pudding . . . Trfile with a layer of beef satayed with peas and onions. Why not? This episode also includes the most hilarious lightning round of confessions EVER!
The One Where Rachel Has A Baby
An overdue and uncomfortable, Rachel goes into labour with daughter, Emma in the finale of Season 8. The episode sparks a hysterical chain of events from an overbearing couple keen to “share” the miracle of birth with Ross and Rachel, Chandler’s infamous and irritating ex, Janice in labour, “contracting and everything” and Rachel’s frustration at how slow the process of labour can be; Rachel :“How many centimetres am I dilated? 8? 9?”, Doctor :”Three”Ross “Just three? I’M dilated three!” The labour scene is priceless; who wouldn’t want to head-butt the father when you’re trying to push a person out of the holiest of holys? Ever the style icon though, Rachel has her feet in stirrups sporting a toe ring.
The One With The Blackout
“I’m taaapped, i a ATeh vistabulle, with Jiw Goodagah!”
When a blackout plunges NYC into darkness, the Friends gather at Monica’s while Chandler’s stuck in a bank with supermodel, Jill Goodacre, constantly fretting (in typical Chandler fashion) how to talk to her. He manages to creep her out, choke on gum, and coin the phrase “perfection” as an appropriate chat-up line for non-gays everywhere, “What the hell was that? If Jill Goodacre offers you gum, you take it. If she offers you mangled animal carcass, you take it.”
*By Laura Maxwell
The One With Unagi
Mr Know It All, Ross can’t resist poking fun at Rachel and Phoebe taking up a self-defence class telling them that total self-awareness or “unagi” is the only way to properly defend themselves. Determined to prove his point, Ross jumps out in the hallway outside Monica’s apartment on an unsuspecting Rachel and Phoebe, only for the girls to get their revenge in one of the funniest Friends moments of the entire 10-year series.David Schwimmer could land a part in a B-movie horror with a girlish scream like that, “Ahhhh, salmon skin roll”.
The One With Ross’ Wedding
If shooting on location in London and boasting a whole host of special guests, including Sir Richard Brandon, Duchess Of York, SarahFerguson (“That’s Fergie, Baby!”), Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Rhea, Ross and Emily’s wedding provided some unforgettable Friends moments. Undoubtedly, the episode is remembered (and loved) for the cliffhanger finale of Ross saying “I take thee,Rachel . . .” however, for me, the jaw-dropping, OMG-moment was thanks to Monica and Chandler’s unexpected hook-up, “Do you think he knew I washere?!”
The One Where Monica And Richard Are Friends
Rachel and Joey deciding to swap literature provided one of my absolute favourite Friends moments; Joey reads “Little Women” while Rachel takes on Stephen King’s, “The Shining” and a conversation about how much each is enjoying their chosen book quickly escalates and reveals some very upsetting spoilers!
The One Where Ross Finds Out
Friends just wouldn’t have been Friends without Ross and Rachel’s on and off relationship; the will-they? won’t they? kept us glued to our screens for a decade. However, it was the early days of Friends that spawned one of my favourite Ross ‘n’ Rach moments; an oblivious Rachel discovered (thanks to a slip-up from Chandler) that Ross is in love with her during the final episode of the first season. After much soul-searching, she decides to go for it with Ross, only for him to return from a trip to China with new girlfriend, Julie in tow; Rachel wrestles with jealousy throughout Season 2 providing some comedy-gold moments that every girl can relate to! However, a drunken Rachel decides to get “closure” and leaves a message for Ross on his answering machine, resulting in a hilarious reaction from a stunned Ross and one of the best quotes of the entire series, “You’re over me? When where you . . . under me?”
On the grand scale of bold openings, confetti showers during the first song is definitely up there. Due to some impressive stealth reactions, my lukewarm Tuborg thankfully goes untainted. Azealia has gotten her shit together in the live setting, if post “212” tours felt knee jerk and rough around the edges, this is the exact opposite; tight, co-ordinated and far more confident and interactive. Perhaps, at this current stage of development the label drop could be the best thing. She mingles material from possibly the most long awaited debut LP of all time between songs from the Fantasia mixtape and earlier.
“Heavy Metal And Reflective” begins acapella and is even given the Jay-Z and Kanye false start treatment. Azealia even “Here we fucking go”s with the best of them in the build up the second time around. The chemistry between artist and DJ is clear, although the set is well rehearsed, it’s not regimented so as to allow it breath and personality. A tweet before the show announced that there would be two newer songs and after both she asks vulnerably, “Do you guys like em?” The first new song is “Wallace”, a song about “a n***a who don’t know shit” and “Chasing Time”, the radio friendly unit shifter the label asked for; a half-time groover with more focus on melody than flow. It’s typical in that the area of comfort is oddly the bottom half of her vocal range but different enough to shake up the set. “Chasing Time” also offers something fresher, a Top 10 Single by no standards, but intentionally poppier than usual.
In contrast “Yung Rapunxel” is heavy and distorted as all hell, helped furthermore by the use of a megaphone as she belts a noise ill-fitting of such a slender frame all of five feet. “1991” and “212” do what they are supposed to do and the place moves. “Esta Noche” is all sex, soul and swag. Helping to close the set in true fashion, sexual freedom and expression are paramount in the Azealia Banks mission statement. The message is love who you want and love well. Her followers (The Kunt Brigade) include a good portion of same sex couples with a strong showing also this evening. With everything said she’s far likely to liberate ya than Robin Thicke is. That’s for sure.
by Victoria Adams / September 26th 2014 / No Comment
Glasgow Gigs This Week
The Vamps will be appearing at the Clyde Auditorium on both Saturday and Sunday. The British pop/rockers will bringing their first headliner “Meet the Vamps Tour”, to an enthusiastic Glasgow crowd this holiday weekend.
Northern Ireland’s answer to Sex Pistols are coming to Glasgow this weekend; The Undertones, known and loved for their anthem of youth spirit, “Teenage Kicks” will play Glasgow’s Garage tomorrow night.
Alternative British five piece, The Marmozets will be performing at King Tut’s next Thursday (2nd October) prior to the release of their debut album “The WeirdAnd Wonderful Marmozets” due out on Monday 29th September. Support comes from Lonely The Brave.
Hailing from Arizona, The Maine will be taking to the stage in The Garage next Friday (3rd October) as part of the “An Acoustic Evening with TheMaine Tour” and is definitely a show you can’t afford to miss!
Announced This Week
Former My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way is going solo and coming to Glasgow’s O2 Academy this November which will follow the release of his debut solo album “Hesitant Alien”, scheduled for release next week.
Manic Street Preachers unveiled plans to tour later this year and will play Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands this December.
Irish rockers, The Script have announced that they will be coming to the SSE Hydro next year on both Feburary 19th and 20th. Earlier this month, the band released their fourth studio album “No Sound Without Silence”.
Train will be in Scotland in March2015 and will be appearing at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.
Scottish veteran rock band, Simple Minds will be touring next year and will also be playing a gig at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 7thApril 2014.