by Victoria Adams / November 29th 2015 / No Comment
Alt-metal band, Bring Me The Horizon kicked off the UK leg of their “That’s The Spirit Tour” at Glasgow’s02 Academy on Tuesday night.
The Sheffield-based band launched into “Doomed”, the lead track from their latest LP, much to the delight of fans. “Happy Song” followed, before “Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake” and “The House Of Wolves”. Frontman, Oli Sykes thanked the crowd for their support since the band’s formation in 2003, before a nostalgic nod to Bring Me The Horizon’s early days with, “Chelsea Smile”, the lead track from the band’s 2008 album, “Suicide Season”.
The band jumped right back into the present with, “Throne” which saw the youthful crowd respond in a fit of energy with mosh pits forming throughout the venue’s floor-space. “Shadow Moses” and “Sleepwalking” were aired, with Sykes once again expressing the gratitude of the band at the loyalty of their fans who helped make, “That’s The Spirit” their best-selling LP to date; he then introduced the latest single from Bring Me The Horizon, “True Friends”.
“Can You Feel My Heart?” and “Antivist” closed the set as smoke cannons exploded from the front of the stage, marking the band’s exit. However, the music-hungry, Glaswegian crowd were not ready to accept that their night was over just yet, and began chanting for more! The headliners reappeared onstage and granted their wish; taking a trip back in time once again with, “Blessed With A Curse” kicking off the encore. The screens behind the band went black, before “BMTH” was spelled out in white and the intro to the final track of the night, “Down” closed the gig on a high amid smoke and confetti.
With just 13 tracks shaping the set, Bring Me The Horizon’sGlasgow gig may have been short, but it was exceptionally sweet; an evening of raw, raucous rock music exceeding all expectations and making for an unforgettable show.
by Kimberley Manderson / November 26th 2015 / No Comment
If you haven’t yet heard of Cut Throat Razors, the chances are it won’t be long until you do. This exciting and expansive Glasgow ensemble drop their brand new EP, “Motown’s Lost Its Soul”, and it’s an absolute belter!
Certainly one for any fans of ska and funk, the bassy vibes and treacle-like melodies are enough to catapult you into a dream world. Kicking things off with the eponymous track, this 11 piece outfit each have their own place and purpose, adding a distinct flavour to the track, whether that’s from their instrumental or vocal contribution. Vocals blend well together in harmonies but almost have an eerie quality, which only adds to the sentiment of the song.
“She’s My Baby” is more of a bluesy number, still with horns present. The repetitive chorus, which is essentially just the song title repeated a few times, is sure to get stuck in your head for days. A thoroughly 60s affair, this track wouldn’t be out of place 50 years ago. With lots of retro vibes, you’ll want to dig out your best miniskirt and start shimmying. “Beautiful Day” is certainly the strongest and most upbeat track on the EP, and will surely have you hankering for the longer nights and warmer days of summer. The energy of the chorus, plus the upbeat melody makes for a totally joyous listening experience; one which could only be bettered by seeing the band perform this track live.
With so many members, each track comes with its own distinct layers, offering room for keyboard leads, bluesy guitar instrumentals and of course, time for those horns to shine. If you too think that “Motown’s Lost Its Soul”, and you’re looking for something fresh and new from the Glasgow music scene, The Cut Throat Razors are your ska-soaked salvation.
The Cut Throat Razors Launch “Motown’s Lost Its Soul” on Friday 27th November 2015 @ Stereo
by Siobhanne Beattie / November 26th 2015 / No Comment
Gig This Week
Electro-garage duo, Disclosure take on Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday (26th November 2015). Brothers, Howard and Guy Lawrence dropped their debut LP, “Settle” in June 2013. Their second studio effort, “Caracal” was released in September of this year; it features the singles, “Omen”, “Jaded”, “Magnets” and “Holding On”.
Electric Six are at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Thursday (26th November 2015). The eccentric band from Michigan are best known for their hit singles, “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”. The band formed in 1996 and are out in support of latest LP, “Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die!”
Coventry-born, indie band, The Enemy are at Glasgow’s Garage on Thursday (26th November 2015). The band, who formed in 2006, have released 4 LPs to date, the most recent being 2015’s “It’s Automatic”, released in October.
Home-grown talent, Idlewild are at Glasgow’s Barrowland on Friday (27th November 2015). The band, from Edinburgh, formed in 1995 and are out in support of their seventh LP, “Everything Ever Written”, which dropped in February of this year.
Glasgow’s Stereo plays host to The Cut Throat Razors this Friday (27th November 2015). The 11-piece band are launching their brand NEW EP, “Motown’s Lost Its Soul”; it follows 2013’s “Dr Gelati & The Lemon Tree”. The band won The Sunday Herald’s “BestUnsigned Band” in 2014.
Glasgow’s Oran Mor play host to London-born band, Palma Violets this Friday (27th November 2015). The band are out in support of their second LP, “Danger In The Club”, which dropped in may of this year.
02 ABC plays host to some of the hottest home-grown talent this Friday (27th November 2015) with Sounds Of Scotland. Motherwell-born, The LaFontaine’s headline; the band released their debut LP, “Class” in June of this year. Support comes from Hector Bizerk, an experimental, hip-hop outfit who have released a string of EPs since forming in 2011 and Model Aeroplanes, who formed in 2013. Kloe and Monogram are also on the bill.
Tribute to melancholy, Mancunian legends, The Smiths are at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Friday (27th) and Saturday (28th November 2015). The Smyths formed in 2003 and play gigs across the country in honour of Morrissey and Co’s unique sound and style, and are the next best thing to seeing The Smiths themselves play live.
Home-grown heroes, Simple Minds are at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday (28th November 2015) with support from special guests, The Stranglers. The band, who formed in 1977, are best known for their “Breakfast Club” hit, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and are out in support of their 16th studio LP, “Big Music” which came out in October 2014.
Electro-dance legends, The Orb are at SWG3 in Glasgow this Saturday (28th November 2015). The London-born band formed in 1988 and are out in support of their 13th studio effort, “Moonbuilding 2703 AD” which dropped in June of this year.
Indie band, The Courteeners are at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday (29th November 2015). The band, from Middleton, formed in 2006 and have released four LPs to date, the most recent being 2014’s “ConcreteLove”.
Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall plays host to Ronnie Spector on Sunday (29th November 2015). Spector first found fame in the 1960s as lead singer of girl group, The Ronettes, best known for their signature song, “BeMy Baby”. Spector went on to enjoy a lucrative solo career; she released a version of Amy Winehouse’s“Black To Black”, following the singer’s tragic death in 2011.
Nottingham-born, singer/songwriter, Saint Raymond is at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Sunday (29th November2015). Saint Raymond, aka Colin Burrows released his debut LP, “Young Blood” in July of this year.
Glasgow’s Garage plays host to home-grown talent, Altered Sky on Monday (30th November 2015). The band are currently on a UK Tour in support of their self-funded, debut LP, “Without Wonderland” which dropped on Friday 20th November 2015. The band formed in 2010 and are from Glasgow.
Scotland’s own, Sandi Thom is playing LIVE at The Clutha in Glasgow for a very special show on Monday (30th November 2015). Thom released her debut single, “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In MyHair)” in 2006; she has gone on to release five studio efforts, the most recent being, “The Covers Collection”, which came out earlier this year.
LA-born band, Hey Violet are at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Monday (30th November 2015). Hey Violet formed in 2008 as Cherri Bomb before changing members and their name earlier this year. The band have released one album to date, 2012’s “The End Of Control”.
The Proclaimers play TWO consecutive gigs at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday (1st) and Wednesday (2nd December 2015). Identical twins, Craig and Charlie Reid are currently on tour in support of their 10th studio LP, “Let’s Hear It For The Dogs”, which came out earlier this year.
Coldplay have announced a World Tour to accompany forthcoming LP, “A Head Full Of Dreams”, due for release early next month. The band will be at Glasgow’s Hampden Stadium on Tuesday 7th June 2016.
Tickets go on-sale on Friday 27th November 2015 @ 9.30am
Pop princess, Rihanna has announced a date at Glasgow’s Hampden Stadium on Monday 27th June 2016 as part of her “Anti World Tour”.
Tickets go on-sale on Thursday 3rd December 2015 @ 10am
by Siobhanne Beattie / November 25th 2015 / No Comment
One of Glasgow’s most talented, unsigned bands, The Cut Throat Razors drop their brand NEW EP, “Motown’s Lost Its Soul” this Friday (27th November 2015) with a LIVE launch at Glasgow’s Stereo this weekend.
We caught up exclusively with frontman, Scott Crawford for his razor-sharp (!) thoughts on inspiration, taking on Wickerman’s main stage, lusts of the animal world and life as the underdog . . .
For those who don’t know, who ARE The Cut Throat Razors?
We are an 11 piece band based in Glasgow. We play all our own original material with a huge repertoire of messages and influences from Ska, Motown, Funk, Jazz, Blues and New Wave. They are full-on bouncy tunes with a dramatic undercurrent which will get you from the door and onto the dancefloor! We released our debut LP “Dr.Gelati & The Lemon Garden” in 2013 and won the Sunday Herald’s Best Unsigned Band in 2014.
How was the experience of competing in The Sunday Herald’s “Best Unsigned Band” and winning a live slot at The Wickerman Festival?
The final of the competition was intense. Us and another two bands; a full on slog-fest, no quarter given. It was like a badger in a square-go with two pit-bulls, and we were the underdog (or under-badger). It came as a total shock when we won! It was a great feeling; I’ve only ever won a portable transistor radio at the Prize Bingo before, so it is not an emotion that I am altogether familiar with. Wickerman was brilliant; nice vibe, great bands and to play the main stage was a real pleasure!
The live music scene can be tough; bands have their work cut out trying to differentiate themselves from the competition.What makes a Razors live set special and keeps the punters coming back?
I would like to think it was full on entertainment. We try to give punters it all: great, bouncy original tunes, heavy-weight 4 piece horn section, three vocalists and skilful instrumentalists. The music demands 100% enjoyment and involvement and that’s what we give. I think the punters see us enjoying ourselves and have a good time themselves.
Your new EP, “Motown’s Lost Its Soul” is out this week; the title suggests a disappointment or disillusionment with music, is that intentional?
We’re not gallus enough to overtly try to put a message across but there are a few messages in there. The title came from one of the songs on the EP and has a double meaning; you could read it as Motown music has lost its soul, or Motown, the city in Detroit has. What seems to be happening to western society seems to be reflected in the music industry; the 1% elite are making millions, while another larger group are just making enough to get by and the rest of us (the vast majority) have nothing to show for all our hard work. It is easy to become depressed and disillusioned about it, but I try not to. Take the music scene in Glasgow, for example; they are so many amazing bands of every genre playing week in, week out where they probably don’t make a penny and they just do it for the love of it. That’s real soul music, not the bland manufactured plastic that is served up to us by the industry.
Where did the inspiration for each EP track come from?
“Motown’s Lost Its Soul”– The lyrics were inspired by Julian Temple’s documentary, “Requiem For Detroit” about the disembowelment of that once great city. The de-industrialisation and societal chaos that accompanied it, chimed loudly with my own experience of growing up in Paisley.
“Losing My Mind” – What is it about lust that can turn otherwise sane people just a little bit bonkers? It’s not just people either, in the animal world it could be argued that it’s even worse. Take hares for instance, they’re normally very happy to get chased around a dog track by half a dozen greyhounds, but come the month of March they take up boxing and can be found knocking lumps out of each other in farmers’ fields everywhere. All for a little bit of nooky . . .
“She’s My Baby” – A story of young love between young Mods. Music, style, love. The holy trinity of life.
“A Beautiful Day” – This is a story about rebirth and regeneration. It’s set in Glasgow; a city that knows all about rebirth and regeneration, and it is about a man finding beauty again all around him after a broken relationship. It was written the day after Thatcher died. It was indeed the most beautiful of days!
The Razors have had an incredible year, what has been your highlight?
People and places. We recently played the Britannia Panopticon; it’s the world’s oldest music hall and is in Glasgow. It was a bit battered and dig eared, but it was beautiful and atmospheric. Stan Laurel made his debut on the very stage we were playing. My own personal highlight though was filming our new video for “Motown’sLost Its Soul”. We recorded part of it one Sunday in The Barras; the stall holders were a bit wary seeing a couple of guys with cameras but once they found out we weren’t CID, The Social Security, Trading Standards or Customs And Excise they really opened up! We met one guy who was an amateur film maker and he made films of the punters in The Barras. He took us into his office and there were all these beautiful photographic portraits.
“Motown’s Lost Its Soul” is out on Friday 27th November 2015
The Cut Throat Razors are LIVE at Stereo on Friday!
by Siobhanne Beattie / November 23rd 2015 / No Comment
The Hunger Games : Mockinjay (Part 2)
Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen for the fourth (and last time). Everdeen prepares to take on the tyrannical President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his oppressive forces in the final explosive chapter which sees the return of Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Plutarch Heavensbee (PhilipSeymour Hoffman), Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and Effie Trinkett (Elizabeth Banks).
Kate Winslet is Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage, who returns home to her native Australia in 1951 to care for her sick mother (Judy Davis), 20 years after she was hounded out on suspicion of murder. Having spent the past two decades as a high-class dressmaker in Paris, her fashion background makes her popular, but behind her role as the town’s new dress consultant lies a deadly desire to exact revenge on those who ran her out of town all those years before . . .Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving co-star in this quirky comedy.
Bridge Of Spies
The year is 1957 and the world is caught in the grip of the Cold War. Tom Hanks is unlikely hero, James B.Donovan, a noted American insurance lawyer who is recruited by The CIA to defend incarcerated Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). However, the fate of the world rests on Donovan’s shoulders when he is sent to East Berlin to negotiate the release of American pilot, Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) in exchange for Abel . . . Steven Spielberg directs this powerful examination of the tense relationship between two superpowers.
The Perfect Guy
Unhappy in her relationship with boyfriend, David (Morris Chestnut), lobbyist, Leah Vaughn (SanaaLathan) breaks up with him. Soon after, she meets Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a charming IT consultant who quickly wins over her friends and family. However, a violent fracas with a stranger at a gas station shows a sinister side to Carter and Leah quickly dumps him . . . and that’s when her troubles really begin!
Black Mass (*Released on Wednesday 25th November 2015)
Johnny Depp gives a career defining performance in this taut, gripping thriller as notorious real-life gansgter, James “Whitey” Bulger, who controlled the streets of 1970s Boston. Bulger’s strong-hold is threatened by The Angiulo Family who are looking to muscle in on his territory; Whitey’s childhood friend, FBI Agent JohnConnolly (Joel Edgerton) is under pressure to nail The Angiulo’s and offers Whitey immunity from prosecution in return for turning informant. While Whitey’s powerful State Senator brother (BenedictCumberbatch) turns a blind eye, a extraordinary crimewave grips the city. Kevin Bacon and Dakota Johnson co-star.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (40th Anniversary Party) @ Cineworld
Wednesday 25th November 2015 @ 7.30pm
Richard O’Brien’s 1975 cult, all-singing, all-dancing camp classic turns 40 this year! To celebrate, Cineworld are screening the ultimate “Midnight Movie” this week, complete with exclusive LIVE Q&A with Dr Frank ‘n’Furter himself, Tim Curry. Pull on your suspenders and “Let’s do The Time Warp again!”
Vertigo @ The GFT
Wednesday 25th November 2015 @ 5.40pm
Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless 1958 thriller about obsession, manipulation and fear gets an airing at The GFT this week. Detective John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer and the girl (Kim Novak) he was hired to follow. Plagued by a double of the dead girl, Ferguson descends intp a cycle of madness and lies.
by Victoria Adams / November 18th 2015 / No Comment
Gigs This Week
New Order are at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Thursday (19th November 2015) as part of their current UKTour. The band, who formed in 1980, are out in support of their 10th LP, “Music Complete” which dropped in September of this year; the album is their first without bassist, Peter “Hooky” Hook and features Iggy Pop, Elly “La Roux” Jackson and The Killers’ Brandon Flowers.
Nebraska’s very own, Jack & Jack are at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Thursday (19th November 2015). The rap duo, Jack Johnson and Jack Gillinsky, are best known for their track, “Wild Life” and released their debut EP, “Calibraska” in July 2014.
Glasgow’s 02 ABC play host to punk duo, Slaves on Thursday (19th November 2015). The pair, LaurieVincent and Isaac Holman, released their debut offering, “Are You Satisfied?” in June of this year.
Hometown heroes, Prides will be delighting Glaswegian fans this weekend with TWO very special shows at King Tut’s on Friday (20th) and O2 ABC on Saturday (21st November 2015). The band, who formed in Glasgow in 2013 and released their debut LP, “The Way Back Up” in May 2015. Support comes from Fatherson.
American alt-rockers, Mercury Rev are at The Art School in Glasgow on Friday (20th November 2015). The band, who formed in Buffalo, New York in 1989, are out in support of, “The Light In You”, their ninth LP which dropped in October of this year.
Maximo Park are at Glasgow’s Barrowland on Friday (20th November 2015) for a very special show celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their debut LP, “A Certain Trigger”. The band, from Newcastle, have gone on to release five studio LPs, the most recent being 2014’s “Too Much Information”.
Wishaw-born band, Vigo Thieves are at The Art School in Glasgow on Saturday (21st November 2015). The band, who formed in 2010, have supported The Fratellis, The Wombats, Billy Idol and The Courteneers. The band have released two EPs to date; 2012’s “Heart & Soul Pt I” and 2013’s “Heart & Soul Pt 2”. Support comes from Nieves.
Shock rocker, Marilyn Manson is at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Sunday (22nd November 2015). Manson, aka Brian Warner, is out in support of his ninth studio album, “The Pale Emperor”, which dropped in January 2015 and features the singles, “The Devil Beneath My Feet”, “Cupid Carries A Gun” and “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”.
The SSE Hydro play host to old-school electro-dance outfit, The Prodigy on Monday (23rd November 2015). The band, who are best known for their smash-hit single, “Firestarter”, released in 1996, are out in support of their sixth LP, “The Day Is My Enemy” which dropped in March of this year.
Singer/songwriter, Paul Weller is at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Tuesday (24th November 2015). TheModfather first found fame with The Jam and The Style Council before releasing his self-titled, debut solo LP in 1992. Weller is out in support of his latest solo LP, “Saturns Pattern”, released in May 2015. Support comes from Young Fathers.
Alt-metal band, Bring Me The Horizon are at Glasgow’s 02 Academy on Tuesday (24th November 2015). The band, from Yorkshire, formed in 2003 and have released five LPs to date, the most recent being, “That’s The Spirit” which dropped in September of this year.
Ohio-born band, Walk The Moon are at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union (QMU) on Tuesday (24thNovember 2015). The band, who formed in 2008, are best known for their radio-friendly hit, “Shut Up &Dance”; taken from their latest LP, “Talking Is Hard”, which was released in December 2014.
Japanese, metal-core band, Crossfaith have announced plans to return to The UK in March 2016, including a date at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on the 28th. The band’s latest LP, “Xeno” is available now.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th November 2015 @ 10am
Singer/songwriter James Morrison has unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 4th March 2016. Morrison released his fourth LP, “Higher Than Here” in October of this year.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th November 2015 @ 9.30am