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Gutter Gig Guide: 20/05/2015

Gigs This Week

The 02 ABC play host to co-headliners, Circa Survive and RX Bandits this Thursday (21st May 2015). Circa Survive hail from Philadelphia and consists of former members of Saosin, This Day Forward and Taken. The band released their fifth LP, “Descensus” in November 2014. RX Bandits formed in 1995 and released seventh studio album, “Gemini, Her Majesty” in July 2014. The band come from Orange County, California.

Baltimore-born quartet, Lower Dens are scheduled to play a headline show in Edinburgh on Thursday (21st May 2015) at Sneaky Pete’s. The female-fronted band released their debut album, “Twin-Hand Movement” in 2010, followed by “Nootropics” in 2012 and “Escape From Evil”, released in March of this year. The gig will act as a warm-up to their support slot to Belle & Sebastian at The SSE Hydro on Friday (22nd May 2015).

Homegrown heroes, Belle & Sebastian are performing at The SSE Hydro this Friday (22nd May 2015), accompanied by The Scottish Festival Orchestra. The indie-pop band formed in 1996 and have since released nine studio albums, the most recent being, “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance”, which was released in January of this year. Support come from Lower Dens.

Hardcore punk band, Gallows are scheduled to play The Cathouse this Friday (22nd May 2015). The band, formed in 2005, released fourth LP, “Desolation Sounds” in April 2015, their first album in 3 years. Support comes from Baby Godzilla and Departures.

Ohio’s Walk The Moon are playing Glasgow’s legendary Arches this weekend (Saturday 23rd May 2015). Formed in 2008, the band released their second LP, “Talking Is Hard” last December.

Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers is flying solo at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Monday (25th May 2015). Flowers launched his solo career in 2010 with debut LP, “Flamingo”, which includes hit single, “Crossfire”. Having scored a string of hits over the past decade with his Las Vegas-based band, Flowers took the solo plunge for the second time this year with, “The Desired Effect”, his new LP released this week; it features the tracks, “Can’t Deny My Love”, “I Can Change”, “Still Want You” and “Lonely Town”. Support comes from Joywave.

Just Announced

Bullet For My Valentine have announced plans to tour later this year, including dates at The Music Hall in Aberdeen (10th October 2015) and The Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline (11th October 2015). The Welsh band also announced details of their forthcoming LP, “Venom”, due for release on 14th August 2015.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 22nd May 2015 @ 9am.

Slaves have announced their biggest headline tour to date, including a gig at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on 19th November 2015. The duo are set to release debut LP, “Are You Satisfied?” on 1st June 2015.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 22nd May 2015 @ 9am.

Festival Season In The Gutter . . . 2015

“I put my left foot into my wellie and felt a cold liquid; I cursed myself for being stupid enough (or, more accurately, drunk enough) to leave my wellies outside of my tent in the rain during the night. I was annoyed when I thought it was water in my wellie, so you can imagine how pissed I was when I realised it was actually vomit . . .”

It’s time to dig out your wellies, borrow money from your parents, sweat over the lack of iPhone reception and brave the horror of the portaloos; Festival Season has landed! 

Spend the summer with Gutter HQ and our annual “Festival Season In The Gutter”, now in its third year. Our quintessential guide to Festival Season will bring YOU everything you need to know; previews and reviews of the BIGGEST Festivals here in the UK, throwback to unforgettable festival performances and backstage interviews from summers gone by and our unmissable Festival Survival Guide, ideal for any first-timer.

Not enough? Not too worry! The Festival veterans of our Gutter HQ team will be bringing YOU their festival experiences (some great, some traumatic, and some very, very hazy), their fantasy headliners and answering the burning question of 2015; Should Kanye West really be headlining Glastonbury?!

Things could get muddy, but you’re in good hands. Campers, come on in!




Gig Guide, Glasgow: 13/05/2015

Gigs This Week

Black Rivers play King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Thursday (14th May 2015). The band are two thirds of Cheshire-born band, Doves who split in 2010. Black Rivers formed in July 2014.

Leading Smiths tribute, The Smyths are set to hit up Glasgow’s O2 ABC on both Friday (15th) and Saturday (16th May 2015). The band are out to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Mancunian band’s sophomore 1985 album, “Meat Is Murder”.

Folk trio, Merrymouth kick off their UK Tour at King Tuts this Saturday (16th May 2015). The band, who feature Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler, Dan Sealey and Adam Barry. They released their debut album, “Simon Fowler’s Merrymouth” in March 2012, followed by their second LP, “Wenlock Hill” in May 2014

Dire Straits lead singer and guitarist, Mark Knopfler will be flying solo at The SSE Hydro on Tuesday (19th May 2015). Knopfler, who was born in Glasgow, formed Dire Straits in 1977 with younger brother, David. Since the band’s break-up in 1995, Knopfler has released nine solo albums; the most recent being, “Tracker”, released in March of this year.

Old-school pop group, S Club 7 are set to play to a sold-out SSE Hydro on Wednesday (20th May 2015). The band, who had a string of hits between 1999-2002, including “Bring It All Back”, “Don’t Stop Movin” and “Reach”, reformed in late 2014.

Just Announced

Following the success of last week’s Glasgow gig, Twenty One Pilots have announced that they will be returning to the city this November for a show at The O2 ABC. The musical duo, from Ohio, are embarking on their Blurryface Tour, which will follow the release of the album of the same name, due for release next week.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th May 2015 at 9am.

The Darkness have unveiled plans to play Glasgow’s 02 Academy on 5th December 2015. The band originally formed in 2000 and are best known for their signature song, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, before splitting in 2006. 2015 brings a new line-up and album, “Last Of Our Kind”, which is scheduled for release on Monday 1st June 2015.

Tickets go on-sale on Friday 15th May 2015 at 9am.

State Champs will be crossing the Atlantic from New York City to rock out in King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on 21st September 2015. The pop punk five-piece released their debut LP in 2013 which features hit single,“Elevated”.

Tickets are available now.




Gig Guide, Glasgow : 08/05/2015

Gigs This Week

X Factor quitter, Lucy Spraggan is live at Glasgow’s Garage on Friday (8th May 2015). Folk/pop singer/songwriter, Spraggan was the runner up in the Urban, Pop & Acoustic category of Live And Unsigned in July 2011 before coming ninth in The X Factor in 2012; Spraggan was forced to quit the reality TV talent show over illness. Spraggan released third LP, “We Are . . .” this week. Support comes from Kal Lavelle and Kerri Watt.

The TV talent continues on Friday (8th May 2015) over at 02 ABC2 with pop quartet, Only The Young. The band; made up of two girls and two boys, came seventh in the 2014 series of The X Factor

Glasgow’s very own homegrown talent, Twin Atlantic make their SSE Hydro debut on Saturday (9th May 2015). Formed in 2007, the four-piece band have released three studio LPs, the latest being, “Great Divide”, released in August 2014

Norwegian, all-girl group Katzenjammer are bringing their blend of fairground burlesque inspired folk, pop and gypsy punk to Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Saturday (9th May 2015). The band released their third LP, “Rockland” in January of this year.

British punk duo, Slaves are at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut this Sunday (10th May 2015). The pair are scheduled to release their debut offering, “Are You Satisfied?” next month, it follows their 2012 EP, “Sugar Coated Bitter Truth”. Support comes from Babystrange and Crows.

American duo, Twenty One Pilots are live in Glasgow this week; the pair, from Ohio, are at 02 ABC2 on Monday 11th May 2015. The band release their fourth studio LP, “Blurryface” later this month.

Electro-pop outfit, Hot Chip are at The Art School in Glasgow next week (Tuesday 12th May 2015). The band, who formed in 2000, are set to release their sixth album, “Why Make Sense?” on Monday 18th May 2015.

Scottish singing sensation, Lulu will be showcasing the best of her 50 year career at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall next week (Tuesday 12th May 2015). Originally from Dennistoun in Glasgow, Lulu is best known for her hit, “Shout”, her take on an Isley Brothers song. Lulu released, “Making Life Rhyme” in April of this year; the first new material from the singer in over a decade.

02 ABC plays host to The Maccabees on Tuesday 12th May 2015. The band, from Brighton and London, formed in 2004 and are scheduled to release their fourth LP later this year. Lead single, “Marks To Prove It” is due for release next week.

Just Announced

Brit Pop has been resuscitated for the iPod era! Blur are back! Arch rivals of The Brothers Gallagher have unveiled plans to play 3 very special UK shows later this year. The band are currently at Number One in The UK Album Chart with, “The Magic Whip”, their eighth studio album and the first new material from the band since 2003’s “Think Tank”. Blur will be live at The Barrowland in Glasgow on Tuesday 9th June 2015.

Tickets are on-sale on Friday 8th May 2015 @ 9am

Live Review : Take That, SSE Hydro (2/5/2015)

What was missing from Take That’s crowning gig at The SSE Hydro this weekend? Geishas? No. Flying bicycles? Nope. Nostalgic 90s dance moves? No. Bromance-tinged ballet? Absolutely not! Let’s face it; the newly three-piece boyband pulled out all the stops for their current tour, which kicked off in Glasgow last Monday (27th April 2015), for the first of five sold-out shows.

“I Like It” kicked things off in a flurry of dancers, bicycles and fireworks; it was clear from the get-go that fans were going to get their money’s worth from the production alone. “Love Love” followed before Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald jokingly introduced themselves as “what’s left of Take That” and thanked Glasgow for being “the best way to kick off their tour”. The first big singalong of the night followed in the form of 2008 single, “Greatest Day”.

Take That reminded us why they have become and better than ever since reforming in 2006 with,“Patience”, “Up All Night”, “Said It All” and “The Flood”, the first Take That single since 1995 to feature Robbie Williams. As good as they are in the present, it was the hits of the past which provoked the highest level of hysteria from fans; “Relight My Fire” (minus Lulu) and their version of Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic?” which kicked off with Barlow on piano, before announcing, “I don’t want to do the slow version of this” which saw the trio burst into their 1992 take of the track, to the delight of fans both old and new alike. However, it was their first number one single from 1993, “Pray”, which threatened to blow the roof off of Glasgow’s newest venue; if you’re an inner 90s fangirl, your uterus probably skipped a beat when the band ripped into their original choreography at the chorus!

The band’s last single as a five-piece, “Back For Good”, their first single as a trio, “These Days” and their stamp on the “Stardust” soundtrack, “Rule The World” saw the group bow out on a high, but had fans shouting for more. The crowd got their wish; Owen’s defining moment, “Shine” kick-started the encore before the trio took a nostalgic trip back to where it all fell apart with signature song, “Never Forget”, one of the band’s last singles before their split in 1996.

Take That may have too much in the way of grey hair and children to qualify as a boyband any more, but they still have the energy to put on a show that boyband fans want, and the experience to keep them coming back for more (and more, and more!)


Live Review : Model Aeroplanes, King Tuts (29/04/15)

“Fun, fresh and honest music that you can drink cocktails to”.

As difficult as it is to disagree with Model Aeroplanes’ favoured description of their sound, bottles of Brahma are on promotion at the bar this evening so I pass on the cocktails for now. For a band just five short singles in, it is an impressive showing for their first headline at the heralded venue. This is due surely, in no small part, to their online presence, coupled with sets at T in the Park, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Stag and Dagger and Tenement Trail last year. Tonight’s headline show is probably one of the final ‘firsts’ worth ticking off as a Scottish band.

“Are you ready to dance with us?” Lead vocalist and guitarist Rory Fleming-Stewart asks rhetorically as they begin proceedings with an interlude of sorts that bleeds into the first song, the first of a few new tracks on display. The previously released, “Electricity” follows with one of the most recognisable of the band’s intros warms the crowd into the affair with many a phone in the air and numerous shy but knowing singalongs between friends in attendance. As modern as the fan’s recording equipment may be, the band themselves have references beyond their years as Rory quips the amount of love songs in tonight’s set would rival the output of a certain Steve Wright of a Sunday morning.

The next of these love songs to be played is another new effort and potential future single, “Toothache”, all punchy rhythms and catchy refrains delivered with the now all too expected danceability to get the cocktail drinkers moving. This inclination for groove is what draws most comparisons to the Clubs of Too Door Cinema and Bombay Bicycle. Displayed well by the back to back of “Whatever Dress Suits You Better” and “Crazy”, the latter sounding particularly bass heavy in the mix this evening.

The role of ‘mid set slow-burner’ is this evening played by “Her Head’s In A Mess”; a ballad by no means, but not quite as up tempo as the standard. Fresh new single “Deep In The Pool”, percussive and bright, it bafflingly somehow inspires a mosh pit within the crowd shortly after, but the band don’t mind with Rory again showing his appreciation, not only for undoubtedly the most aggressive response to his request for some dancing at the start of the set, but also the Glasgow crowd on the whole and their support this evening.

They round out the set with a couple of singles, the best opportunity for a singalong coming with, “Innocent Love” and current big hit “Club Low”, providing both the close and the mission statement of Model Aeroplanes. It ends sharply as to ensure the crowd, which includes two thirds of fellow up-and-comers Prides, are left wanting more. They appear to be peaking at the right time and improving with every performance, a highlight as part of the first run of UK headline shows although, this may be one of the final ‘firsts’ for the band to enjoy; the crowds will certainly only get bigger, as will the mosh pits.

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