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New Music : Out This Week (29/9/14)

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 2013 Kerrang 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”.

Gutter Talk : Meet The Indos

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 WhoThe 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 OctoberCabaret Voltaire EP Launch (Edinburgh) on 31st October and Bannerman’s (Edinburgh) on 28th November.

 

Introducing : Kerri Watt

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’s Lovin’ 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’s Lovin’ Me Now?” via Powell’s newly-reformed record label today!

For more information on Kerri Watt, please visit www.kerriwatt.com

 

 

Live Review : Azealia Banks, O2 ABC, Glasgow (15/9/14)

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.

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 26/09/14

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 Weird And 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 The Maine 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 March 2015 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 7th April 2014.

 All tickets are available now.

 

 

 

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 12/09/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

Our very own Glaswegian boys Twin Atlantic will be playing at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union on Monday (15th September). The band will also play Barrowlands on Friday 24th October and an extra date for Saturdy 25th was added due to phenomenal demand. Prides and Vukovi will be providing support.

Indie rockers Owls will be at Audio on Tuesday 16th September. The band reformed after a ten year break from 2002-2012 and second album “Two” was released in March this year.

Beartooth will be coming from Ohio to perform at Cathouse on Thursday 18th September following the release of debut studio album “Disgusting” in June this year.

Announced This Week

Sam Smith will be coming to Glasgow for two nights on 16th/17th March next year performing at the O2 Academy in support of his hugely successful debut album “In The Lonely Hour”.

Chicago rapper Common is bringing his “Nobody’s Smiling” Tour to Glasgow’s O2 ABC on November 12th after his tenth studio album “Nobody’s Smiling” was recorded earlier this year.

The O2 ABC will also see Irish musician Hozier perform on November 16th after completing an American tour in October. The debut album is available to pre order now and will be on sale in the UK from October 6th.

Paul Simon and Sting announced an arena tour together to follow the success of their “On Stage Together” Tour in North America. The pair will be at the SSE Hydro next year on April 10th.

Glaswegian band Texas are celebrating 25 years as a band with a UK tour next spring. The Royal Concert Hall will see “An Evening With Texas” on Wednesday 22nd April.

Straight No Chaser will be coming to Scotland next year on 1st February with their “Happy Hour Tour” and this can be seen at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.

 

 

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