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Gig Guide, Glasgow : 21/01/2014

Gigs This Week

Thursday (22nd January) will see Professor Green take centre stage at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union.  Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, released his third studio effort,“Growing Up In Public” last year; the LP features the singles “Lullaby”, “Little Secrets” and “Dead Man’s Shoes”.  The English rapper has collaborated with Lily Allen, Example, The Streets and Lily Allen since launching his career in 2005.

Indie-folk singer, Emmy The Great will be making an appearance in Glasgow on Thursday (22nd January)at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.  The English- based songwriter, originally from Hong Kong, launched her music career in 2005 and has since released two studio albums, “First The Love” and “Virtue”, as well as a host of EPs. Emmy The Great’s fifth EP, “S” is scheduled to be released this month.

English singer/songwriter, Shannon Saunders will be bringing her show to The Garage this Saturday (24th January). Saunders’ career started out with her uploading her take on well-known songs onto YouTube; she quickly built up a large following and released her debut single in 2013. Saunders’ debut album, “Kryssalis” is due to be released this year.

Canadian electro- pop, singer/songwriter, Lights is bringing her UK Tour to King Tut’s on Tuesday 27th January“Little Machines” is the latest and third studio effort, which peaked at #5 on The Canadian Billboard Chart. Lights’ debut album, “The Listening” sold over 40, 000 copies, gaining her Gold Certification from The Canadian Recording Industry Association.

Announced This Week

Aussie duo, The Veronicas announced plans to tour in 2015, including a date at Glasgow’s Garage on 6th March 2015. Twin sisters, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso will be out on “The Sanctified Tour” in support of their forthcoming third, self-titled album, due for release on 16th March 2015.

Indie-rock favourites, The Vaccines unveiled the promo for their brand new single, “Handsome” earlier this week as well as a string of UK Dates for March 2015. The band will be live in Glasgow on 29th March 2015 at The Old Fruitmarket.

 

 

Gutter Talk : Meet The Apparells

Meet The Apparells, your new favourite band. Drawing inspiration from The Who and soon to be rocking a venue near you, we spoke exclusively to bass guitarist, Stephen Lynch about line-up changes, their debut album and taking on America . . .

Who Are The Apparells?

The Apparells are Lee Cuthbertson (guitar/vocals), Stevie Lynch (guitars), Jason Murray (drums) and Stephen McCartney (bass guitar). An indie-rock, 4 piece formed in Glasgow in late 2011.

How did the band initially come together?

It’s a long story! The band initially started out with old friends Lee Cuthbertson and Paddy McBrearty (guitar). Paddy then recruited Jason and Smeato (bass) from a previous band. Smeato left shortly after and Jason invited school friend, Stephen McCartney to join. Stephen then asked Stevie Lynch to play keyboards, but he soon switched to guitar when Paddy left due to other commitments. We now have a settled line-up and are feeling confident for 2015.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it?

I’d say our latest EP is a cross between The Who at their rockiest, with a mainstream hint of The Black Keys. Although, our sound is constantly progressing as different influences take centre stage.

Describe an Apparells live set in three words?

Passionate. Loud. Entertaining!

What are your ambitions for 2015?

We have a batch of songs almost complete and hope to release our debut album later in the year. We have T Fest to look forward to in July and we have been invited over to Philadelphia to play some shows in October, really looking forward to it!

The Apparells “Matter Of Taste” EP is available now.

Catch them live at “March Of The Mods” at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on Saturday 14th March 2015.

 

 

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 14/01/15

Gigs This Week

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is the place to be this weekend as their annual “New Year Revolution” kicks off! Thursday (15th January) will see Bad Luck taking the centre stage with support from SchnarffschnarffPinacy and Twin MirrorsFriday (16th January) will feature The Moon KidsThe Alter-Natives, and Lionel rocking the Glasgow crowd as a warm up bid for headliners, Jakil“New Year Revolution” concludes with Dead Electric, Model Jet Pilot and The Sea Kings who will get the crowd in the mood for headliners, The Lonely Together. ALL of the bands that are playing the intimate venue are from Scotland, making it an ideal opportunity to meet your new favourite home-grown band, up close and personal.

As if King Tut’s was spoiling the Glasgow gig-goer enough this coming weekend, Welsh post-hardcore rocker, Funeral For A Friend are scheduled to play to an intimate crowd on Sunday (18th January). The band are currently on their UK tour; seventh studio album, “Chapter And Verse” is due to be released on Monday 19th January 2015.

Here’s hoping that Glasgow’s hottest new venue are insured in case of face-melting rock mayhem because Slipknot’s “Prepare For Hell” Tour hits The Hydro this weekend (Sunday 18th January). The band are out in force in support of latest LP, “5 : The Gray Chapter”, their first release since drummer, Joey Jordison parted company with them and the tragic death of bassist, Paul Gray in 2010.  Corey Taylor and Co are renowned for their crazy live performances (which have included hundreds of stage dives and a LOT of head banging) and their unique image; each member dons a different mask and boiler suit while onstage. If this wasn’t enough, fellow metal acts Korn and King 810 will also be performing.

Hip hop pop star, Jessie J will be bringing her sassy style to Glasgow next week when she plays The 02 Academy on Wednesday 21st JanuaryJessie made a triumphant return in 2014, largely thanks to summer smash, “Bang Bang”, her sizzling collaboration with new pop starlet on the block, Ariana Grande and rap diva, Nicki  MinajJessie J is out on tour in support of her third studio effort, “Sweet Talk”.

Announced This Week

Maudlin MancunianMorrissey unveiled plans earlier this week to tour the UK in March, including a date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on 21st March 2015Moz played London’s 02 Arena late last year in support of his latest offering, “World Peace Is None Of Your Business”. Fans can expect a mixed bag of Smiths soundtrack and solo smashes from the indie-legend.

Laura Marling announced a string of UK dates earlier this week. The singer/songwriter will be out on the road as a preview of things to come; she is scheduled to release new album, “Short Movie” shortly after. Marling has no plans to play in Glasgow, but will be live at The Caves in Edinburgh on 4th February 2015.

Dublin’s sons, Raglans will be in Glasgow AND Edinburgh this March. The quartet formed in 2010 and released their self-titled, debut LP last year. Raglans will be live at Glasgow’s King Tut’s on 19th March 2015 and Electric Circus in Edinburgh on 20th March 2015.

 

2014 : The Singles Soundtrack

Kasabian “Eez-Eh”

The lead track from Kasabian’s 5th studio album, “48 : 13″ saw the band graduate from their typical indie-rock sound to electronic dance with a hip-hop inspired edge. The most exciting thing the band have produced since 2009 single, “Fire” from “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum”, the third offering from the Leicester band. 2014 was a stellar year for Tom Meighan and Co; they played a massive homecoming gig in June 2014 to mark 10 years as a band and they headlined Glastonbury for the very first time later the same month.

Lana Del Rey “West Coast”

The Queen of melancholy returned in triumphant style in early 2014 with her third  LP, “Ultraviolence”, following 2012’s “Born To Die” and her self-titled debut, released digitally in 2010. “West Coast” , a ballad soaked in both hip-hop and soft rock that oozes the sensuality Del Rey has become known and loved for. The singer came under fire from Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain’s daughter, France Bean in June for romanticizing the death of young musicians when she tweeted, “I wish I was dead already”. Del Rey looks set to continue her reign in 2015; the singer revealed just days ago that her next album will be titled, “Honeymoon” and she is set to tour with Courtney Love this summer.

Paolo Nutini “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”

2014 saw the return of Scottish singer/songwriter, Paolo Nutini when he released his third album, “Caustic Love”, his first studio release in five years. Lead single, “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” saw Nutini swagger back onto mainstream; this soul-soaked sizzler was championed heavily by Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe, Fearne Cotton and Radio 2 DJ, Jo Whiley who frequently played the track. The single was the launch pad for a stellar 2014 for Nutini; he played a set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow and festival slots at both T In The Park and Glastonbury. The singer plays his Glasgow SSE Hydro debut this weekend.

Taylor Swift “Shake It off”

Love her or loathe her, Taylor Swift is the undisputed Princess of infectious pop. “Shake It Off” was released in August, the lead single from her fifth studio album, “1989”, released in October 2014. The accompanying promo saw Swift twerk, ballet dance (sort of) and show she has spirit as a spunky cheerleader, while “shaking off” the hate of the haters! Guilty pleasure pop at its finest, and impossible NOT to dance to. Go on, I dare you to try! Taylor Swift’s “1989 World Tour” kicks off in Japan in May 2015.

Mark Ronson (Feat Bruno Mars) “Uptown Funk”

British-born producer, Ronson scored his first UK number one single just a few weeks ago (with a little help from Bruno Mars) thanks to this sassy slice of 80s funk and R&B inspired track. The single will be featured on Ronson’s forthcoming studio album, “Uptown Special” due for release later this year; Ronson was forced to release the track early on iTunes after the song was performed live on The X Factor by contestant, Fleur East. To add insult to injury, East’s version went to number one on The iTunes Chart. Ouch! Ronson was reportedly NOT amused, while Simon Cowell commented on the controvery, “I mean, give me a break!”

Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”

You couldn’t have escaped this track in 2014 even if you’d migrated to the moon! This 50s throwback to the doo-woop days was the debut effort from American singer, Meghan Trainor and spent 4 weeks at the top spot in the UK. The track, reportedly offered and turned down by Beyonce, pays homage to the larger lady (the bass) and condemns photo-shop, silicone and skinny bitches (the treble). Glaswegian, Tylor Moffat became an internet sensation when his parody of the track, “All About The Cakes” filmed in his mum’s living room went viral. Trainor is set to release her debut album, “Title” later this month. 

Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”

2014 was undoubtedly the year of Ed Sheeran; the singer scored a number one album in both the UK and US with second studio album, “X”, released in June. “Thinking Out Loud” was the third single taken from the album, released in September and a number one single for Sheeran, who described the track as a “walking down the aisle song”. The singer performed the song live on The X Factor as a duet with eventual winner, Ben Haenow. Sheeran unveiled plans to play Wembley Stadium in July 2015; he sold out three consecutive nights before Christmas

Iggy Azalea (Feat Charli XCX) “Fancy”

Aussie rapper, Iggy Azalea joined forces with Charli XCX and scored one of the biggest singles of 2014. Electronic, hip-hop track, “Fancy” saw Azalea land a number one single in the United States, and the accompanying promo paid tribute to 1995 chick-flick classic, “Clueless” with Azalea as socialite, Cher Horowitz (played by Alicia Silverstone in the movie) and Charli XCX as Tai Frasier (played originally by the late, Brittany Murphy). “Fancy” was bizarrely covered by The Killers during their set at V Festival in August.

Sam Smith “Stay With Me” 

Who knew a one night stand could spawn such a beautiful ballad? British singer/songwriter, Sam Smith released this gospel-tinged gem back in April 2014. The single was taken from his hugely successful debut offering, “In The Lonely Hour”. Zane Lowe was the first DJ to play the track which deals with the protagonist pleading with his one night stand not to leave him when morning breaks, and has gone on to sell over six million copies worldwide

Jessie J (Feat Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) “Bang Bang”

London-born rapper/singer, Jessie J pulled out the big guns to mark her overdue return to the mainstream in 2014 when she brought in new pop sensation, Ariana Grande and rap diva, Nicki Minaj for her long-awaited comeback single in July 2014. The result? A summer smash! “Bang Bang” was the lead single from Jessie J’s third album, “Sweet Talk” and was written by Minaj. It hit the top spot in the UK and was given The X Factor treatment by Fleur East.

6 LPs That Made 2014 Listenable

In review of the albums of this year, it would be a lie to say there was a wealth of great records to pick from. This is highlighted more so by the fact that Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” is actually still in The Top 40 (despite its 2013 release) as is a Michael Buble Christmas album of some description. However, with that being said, the following were the albums worth getting excited about these past 12 months . . .

The Twilight Sad  “Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave”

A record born out of some tough times for the band it actually demonstrated some of their strongest music to date. This reflected in a peak chart position of 51 in The UK Charts and a sold out ABC show, followed by a performance at the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations. The album came at a time the band needed it most. Capturing the very essence of the debut record in the sheer quality of the songwriting. More success in 2015 certainly awaits.

Tom Vek “Luck”

The third output from the alt/pop songsmith was instantly recognisable from first single, “Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)” as a step forward, but also a step further to the left of leftfield. A short, three years from the second full length, this was in fact Vek working at a pace in comparison to the gap between the first and second releases. With vocals never being his tour-de-force, the strength of the offering lies in the instrumentation and arrangement. Fuzzy bass parts and synths coupled with never predicatable beats, it’s sonically just as ear catching as any previous efforts.

Interpol “El Pintor”

Literally translating as “The Painter”, Interpol’s artistic style is very much set. Deep, dark and bold as it has always been, it sees the band return to the form of 2007’s “Our Love To Admire” after a slight dip with the self titled release coming between the two. It’s a big single and a continuously solid album, “All The Rage Back Home” has all the staying power of a “Slow Hands” or “The Heinrich Manoeuver”. They bring the tour to Glasgow on 14th February, conveniently for all those looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for an unsuspecting lucky lady or lad.

Fatherson ” I Am An Island”

More locally, the long awaited debut LP from Ayrshire’s finest mammoth pop/rock export landed in 2014. All the time in the making was well spent as it shows in the dynamics, hooks and terrific vocal performance of Ross Leighton. The strings are well placed while the backing vocals and harmonies fall in all the right spots. Fellow countrymen, We Were Promised Jetpacks took the band under their wing for a European Tour to help get the word out. “Mine For Me” and “Hometown” are certain stand-outs on a record with little in the way of filler, the strong foot has been put first.

Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow”

If Fatherson’s debut was a showing glimmering with potential, BBC’s fourth, full length was a veteran output from a band never content to make the same record twice. It shines and shimmers from start to finish, especially comparatively with other big albums of the year, it is busy but bright. “Carry Me” is a straight up masterpiece, a track many bands would like to claim their own. While not the number one that the album turned out to be it is a clever, layered well put together piece that would close any set well.

Modern Baseball “You’re Gonna Miss It All”

The second album from the kings of self-deprication; college pop/rock saw a definite step forward in both maturity and quality from 2012’s “Sports”.Still showcasing the same nuggets of honesty laden self-evaluation and inner-turmoil examination, while rarely clocking in at much over two minutes, thirty seconds a piece. “Your Graduation” although late on in the tracklisting, is undoubtedly the centrepiece and the closest thing to a Modern Baseball mission statement as there has been so far. Included, the rarest of lead vocals from drummer, Sean Huber, a definite option for future releases.

 

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2014 : Top 5 Glasgow Gigs

2014 was the equivalent of gigging heaven for the Glasgow music fan; from intimate shows to full-scale arena gigs and emerging talent to established bands that have sound-tracked our lives, the past 12 months has seen Glasgow spoiled on the gigging front. 

Let’s take a look back over the past year and relive some of the best live moments on our city’s stages (both big and small); look no further for a child star turned wild child, a Las Vegas band paying homage to one of Scotland’s biggest bands and home-town talent having one of the best years yet.

5. New Found Glory

Having been in the music business for over 15 years, these American boys have acquired fans both young and old, whom were brought together  when “Hit Or Miss” and “My Friends Over You”, some of the bands biggest hits, echoed their way through the venue.  This old school pop-punk act skilfully displayed how to put on an amazing show, and together with the 21 song-strong set put the theory that pop-punk is dead to rest.

4. Twin Atlantic

Our very own Glaswegian pop-rockers took centre-stage in The Queen Margaret Union to deliver an intimate yet jam-packed show! Singer, Sam McTrusty’s upbeat demeanor ensured the home-town crowd were involved in every song played and the night even saw the live debut of track, “Hold On”.  Asking everyone to sit down then jump up while playing massive hits, “Brothers & Sisters”, “Make A Beast Of Myself” and “Heart And Soul”, the Scottish quartet made the most of their short 11 song set and McTrusty also managed to squeeze in some inspirational words for the young fans watching their first-class performance.

3.  The Pretty Reckless

This female fronted four-piece came from across the pond and whipped The O2 Academy into a frenzy when they took to the stage in November. Child star-turned-rock chick, Taylor Momsen’s wild child attitude fuelled the already enthusiastic crowd; her encouragement to sing-along was met favourable by punters and the entire venue chanted lyrics back at her on instruction, without hesitation or question. Gaining worldwide success in a few short years, the band reminded fans how far they had come when they played debut single, “Make Me Wanna Die” which features on their 2010 debut LP, “Light Me Up”.

2. The Killers

With their debut album, “Hot Fuss” celebrating its 10th Birthday in June, 2014 was certainly an important year for The Killers and when they hit up Bellahouston Park in August, it was destined to be a night to remember.  Coming all the way from Las Vegas, frontman, Brandon Flowers owned the stage (and the crowd) in a series of onstage struts and swaggers. The gig paid homage to the band’s biggest hits from the past decade and tracks, “Human”, “For Reasons Unknown” and “Somebody Told Me” all got an airing, while signature song, “Mr Brightside” got a euphoric response from fans. Flowers congratulated the city on their success on The Commonwealth Games and paid tribute to legendary Scottish band, Simple Minds with their take on “(Don’t You) Forget About Me”.

1.  You Me At Six

Following the release of their fourth studio album, “Cavalier Youth” and a string of intimate, promotional shows across the country, the English quintet brought a sell out show to The O2 Academy in Glasgow. The Surrey-based rockers delivered an energetic performance with a mixed bag of material from new songs,“To Young To Feel This Old” and “Fresh Start Fever” to old classics, “Underdog” and “Stay With Me”.  Singer, Josh Franceschi and Co were on top form, putting everything they had into the performance and still humble enough to thank fans for getting their fourth LP to the top of the charts.

 

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