SMALL GIG REPORT | Dead Or American – Nice N Sleazy (10.11.18)

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The hairy duo of Acid Cannibals got the gig rolling with quite the mad set. From end to end, they belted out a collection of berserk, fast-paced numbers with reckless abandon, including some choice picks off their Why Not Every Night EP, and all had folk politely bobbing their heads along.

The guitarist, turned away from the crowd, ripped out some great, grungy and distorted chords at breakneck speed, and the drummer was insanely good, punching out intense, heavy-hitting beats so fast that his arms were just a blur; a real sight to see. He also admired Ritchie of Dead Or American’s beautiful kit.

Admittedly, it was hard to hear the vocals sometimes due to the high reverb on the mic, and there were also one or two spots they went so off the scale that it was a bit messy. But overall, the pair gave us an enjoyable loud and brash as all hell opening. And remember: “everybody’s great!”


And now for the most abrupt change of tone to a gig ever, as Adam Stafford was up next. Truthfully speaking, the Falkirk native was the main reason that we were here tonight, being a big fan of his for 2 years now, but what we got completely defied all expectations.

He produced tracks with these grand, cinematic soundscapes, intricately formed from a mixture of his guitar, an assortment of pedals, and even his own voice, all put to use in tremendous fashion, and he had a firm sense of timing.

It has to be said, we can’t recall that many musicians that get into such a zone during a performance that Adam did, being so utterly sucked into it, and when he played the more dynamic stuff, his energy was unreal. It was really something to behold, like he was in his own little world; waterfalls of sweat spilling off him, and with the demeanour of a person with a screw loose.

We could probably go on for ages about our thoughts and feelings coming out of that, but it certainly proved Adam to be a unique, incredibly creative individual who doesn’t get enough appreciation. Sure he’s different, radically different, and his style more than likely turned off a few people at the show, but it sure beats being boring and beige, doesn’t it?


And finally, Stirling post-hardcore outfit Dead Or American stepped up after a years-long hiatus. They last released music long before we ever stepped foot onto the scene, and after seeing them in person, it turned out that we seriously missed out back in the day.

Despite being away for ages, they seemed to shake off the rust with little problem, appearing natural and in their element. They dusted off a line-up of material that had the crowd fixated and hooked through it all; a handful of them dancing, and even a few singing back the words.

The performance on the whole was tight, with strong dual vocals, superb riffs and the energetic, forceful rhythms were constantly pumping with gas, hitting a peak during the fantastic and catchy choruses, and that pace was maintained throughout.

No geriatric jokes here. Deservedly greeted with passionate cheers and applause, the quartet made a triumphant return and showed everybody that they still have what it takes, providing a satisfying nostalgia trip for the diehards and a wild experience for newcomers like ourselves.

 

SMALL GIG REPORT | The Katet – The Hug & Pint (09.11.18)

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For a number of years now, we have been enamoured by Rosie Bans and her music, but in all that time, we never actually had the pleasure of meeting and seeing her live until this very night, and the wait couldn’t have been any more worth it.

Rosie proved to be a woman of many talents, and there were 4 in particular that we could pinpoint. Firstly, her voice is astounding, being so pure and powerfully echoing around the room. Secondly, she is an utterly slick pianist, being able to jump from key to key in a flash with such poise.

Third, her lyrics are engrossing and featured relatable themes, with highlights in this area including InstinctsHome and Kindness. And lastly, even her anecdotes between songs were interesting. It had never occurred to us that she is a natural storyteller, and whether it’s about the smell of Berlin or her screaming ovaries, we could listen to her for hours.

She may be a compulsive oversharer, but damn is she an amazing performer. Keeping the audience entranced throughout, it was a mesmerising display from one of Scotland’s most underappreciated artists.


And now it was time for headliners The Katet to come on up. The seven just barely squeezed onto the stage, and they started off nice and easygoing, gradually building up to the catchier stuff as they progressed, which was defined by an insanely good sound that fused funk and jazz; something relatively fresh in the Scottish scene; and it had us shaking our hips quite often.

Mike the frontman looked as if he was having the time of his life – that smile of his is contagious – and he was cool on the keyboard. Jed’s riffs were so stylish, Craig and Davide’s rhythms flowed well, and the brass trio of Charles, Tom and Ross were unbelievably superb, just wowing us every chance they had with their sweet abilities.

In the midst of their setlist were notable tracks from their Guillotine album that we were familiar with, such as Calvin Klein, The Bed And The Arms and the exciting Everything Is Not Gonna Be OK, and they even brought Rosie back up for a pair of tunes, and of course she was delightful.

While maybe running on the side of being too lengthy, the 12 year veterans put forth their experience and delivered an excellent show. They had journeyed all the way to Glasgow to bring the party, and they more or less succeeded. A perfect act for any function, as long as it doesn’t involve cruise ships…

Craig-Russell Horne’s review of the gig – “f***ing amazing, gig of the year!”

SMALL GIG REPORT | The Vignettes – “Subway Romance” Launch

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Yung KP would be starting off the night, and it’s difficult to put into concise words what we witnessed. But first, the essentials – the trio blasted out short punk-rock numbers made up of great riffs, sharp bass lines and fervent drumming; most of them driven by infectious, butt-shaking grooves, especially Art School.

But boy, did things enter bizarro territory on many an occasion – tops were stripped off, the bassist wandered around aimlessly, there were nonsensical conversations between songs, and we got what was probably the most intense playing of a recorder ever…

…but you know what, and we believe the same can be said for the rest of the audience there, we couldn’t look away, so they must have done something right. To sum it up, it was weird but wonderful.


Quiche have been quietly rising as a must-see act over the course of 2018, and we were awfully keen to finally see them in person. They came off looking strong with a combination of excellent harmonies that blended perfectly, a line of slick guitars and pretty engaging rhythms.

A key element that elevated them was the diversity of their material; in one instance, they would give us something smooth and swaying, the next moment they were more peppy and energetic.

The group were so lively and fluent, and had the people hooked as a result, even attracting the attention of the Yung KP boys, who emerged from the shadows to showcase some delightful dancing.

It was a really tight performance that thoroughly impressed and left us craving more.


A mass of folk pushed forward towards the front of the stage for The Vignettes, so there was an obvious buzz within the room.

The guys delivered a mashup of old and new tunes – of course, their cracking new single Subway Romance was on the list – and all were greeted with zealous cheers, and for good reason, as each for them were splendidly intoxicating rock and roll tracks riding off such a snappy energy.

All four were top notch, and leading the charge was Hamish, who displayed a fierce showmanship that was magnetic, as he oozed passion and gave it his all, sweating himself silly in the process.

The atmosphere in the venue was simply electric, with a tonne of crowd participation involving clapping, singing along, happy blokes on top of shoulders and cries for glowsticks. It was captivating, and you wanted to be part of it so badly, not wanting to feel left out of it all, and isn’t that ultimately the sign of a good show?

Capping off with the frenzied Young Bohemians, there was no doubt that this was a staggering victory for the quartet, who demonstrated a high caliber of talent on a brilliant night that we are so thankful to have been invited to, leaving a big fat smile etched on our face for hours afterwards.

 

SMALL GIG REPORT | Blood Command – Audio (07.11.18)

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To start off this diverse night of music were Glasgow’s prime synthpop group 100 Fables, who we had last seen in action making a killing headlining the O2 ABC2, and man were they good here.

Cutting the chitchat to a bare minimum, they dived straight in and dished out hit after hit, including old favourites The PressureElectric Girls And Boys and the emotionally-driven Untold, in addition to awesome singles from earlier in 2018 like Complications and the infectious Neon Nightmare.

The key strength of this band is in their live presence, and we got some addictive melodies, sweet riffs and bouncy rhythms, and if you could name us a more enthusiastic vocalist in Scotland that gives no less than 200% on the same level as Lyndsey, then please make us aware.

On a bill that they were probably not suited for, they still impressed in the opening position and managed to hook in a lot of listeners that were not from their usual scene, so kudos to them.


It had been ages since we last saw Donnie Willow. Firing out with Stuck, they played a pretty tight set consisting of numbers from the Exhibition EP such as Toys and the mighty Blessed Company, intermixed with new material that the boys have been grinding away on, and they all sounded real promising.

The trio as a whole worked well, displaying their years-long chemistry. Arthur was strong wielding the guitar and venting sharp, broad-ranged vocals that paired nicely with Sam’s harmonies and crunchy bass tones, and Peter was a resilient force at the kit.

Only minor issue: perhaps a little too much time spent on tuning between songs that killed the pace a little, but otherwise it was great stuff as expected, and they earned a positive response from the crowd, so they deserve credit on that front.


There was a wave of anticipation hovering in the room before Blood Command headed on. We have to confess that we had only discovered this band via the announcement of this gig, but we had quickly fallen in love with them prior to the show, so we were just as buzzing.

The Nordics had some early trouble with major mic issues, but as soon as that hurdle was quickly cleared, they held nothing back in putting forth one hell of a performance.

The energy from the six was off the charts for the entire hour, as they threw out endless bangers. Collectively between them were insane vocals, a triad of blazing riffs and wholly resonant rhythms, plus you can’t beat an extra dose of maracas and (airbourne) tambourines.

It was jumping, shredding and synchronised kicks galore, and the outfit firmly had the audience in a mad clapping, headbanging rally throughout, including one immensely passionate bearded bloke in red; a true fan, if we ever saw one.

Blood Command came all the way from Norway to conquer Scotland, and oh boy, they did so with such ease. An outstanding, blow-away effort that made an empathetic statement.

SMALL GIG REPORT | Apna – Ivory Blacks (04.11.18)

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So there was an hour’s delay due to drop outs, but eventually Open Minded Skeptics from Leven got the gig rolling with not the longest of sets. As stated, they were a little knackered from antics the previous night, so they weren’t on top form, but saying that, they were better than they probably had a right to be.

We were honestly impressed by Koupa shooting out some swift vocals, the riffs were not bad and the rhythms were fine, although maybe a little too occupied trying to reposition the drumkit.

It all came to a screeching halt when a guitar string snapped, and being exhausted with no backups to hand, they called it quits. Not much to say given the circumstances, it could have been worse, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe a little less of the fruit juice next time…


In our review of his debut EP, we named Minches “a peculiar breath of fresh air in the Scottish scene”, and after this night, that was clearly an understatement. He commenced with his first song, belting out “SHUT THE F*** UP, STOP BEING A F***ING C***!”, totally unaware that it was a 14+ gig…

So after being naturally told to abort and somehow not getting himself kicked out, he continued with tracks from his record, such as Caked In DiamondsSlumberjack and the catchy Something Decent, and credit to Martin for censoring himself on the fly; “horrible person” was definitely not the original lyric.

We even got treated to a freestyle revolving around cats, death and the seaside…as you do. He put on a manic performance, fearlessly bouncing about flashing his hairy chest with such a fierce energy that radiated off the stage.

It was something so bizarre, yet you couldn’t look away. We were right in saying that he is one of the most unique acts on the go right now, he’s just incomparable. Whether he’s able to build a wider audience is another question, but for now, we’ll bask in the oddness.


And now we return to the realms of reality with somebody way more normal, down to earth and rule-abiding – Laurie Talbot-Heigh, better known as LTH.

He was a lovely gentleman, and he and his backing crew gave us a line of nice, simple numbers with decent vocals, solid memories and fine hooks.

A couple of points – Laurie needs to loosen his nerves a touch, and the whole band could do with tightening up more, but honestly these are things that nothing more than a little polish and practice can fix up, but overall we’d be happy to see this chap in action again.


And finally, to close off the night were the quartet of Apna, and a worthy choice to do so. They fired out a set of enjoyable indie rock tunes with engaging rhythms and catchy choruses that had us and the crowd squished at the barrier quite invested.

The highlights included Black Star, Day At The Races and Who’s It Gonna Be, and their cover of Kasabian’s LSF was smashing.

There were a couple of major slip-ups, without a doubt, but we’re not going to hold that much against them, because they were otherwise genuinely entertaining.

A long way to go yet, but Apna demonstrated a fair amount of talent and promise, and if given time to develop, we could be seeing them on bigger stages in years to come, and we don’t say that lightly.

SMALL RECORD REVIEWS | #4 | Cheap Talk

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It’s no secret that Scottish quartet LUCIA have been gaining notoriety as one the most promising up and coming alternative rock acts in all of the country, evident by a growing national fanbase and award nominations.

They’ve now got another reason for people to get invested, that being their latest, much anticipated EP – Cheap Talk.

The tracks are defined by stellar melodies that have an attractive quality to them, and dotted with fantastic, memorable lyrics.

The harmonies are irresistible and have a tonne of personality behind them, the guitars are vibrant, and the catchy rhythms made from a blend of smooth bass chords and slick drumming are mighty good.

As expected, Cheap Talk is a smashing record, with a line-up of songs that are all so great and leave us struggling to choose which are the highlights between them. In case you needed more proof of what has folk falling in love with this group, you have it right here.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Summertime, All The Money In The World, Cheap Talk

OUT NOW!


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NEON SATURDAYS – FREAKS IN THE OCEAN

Brand new to the Latvian music scene? Well, so are we, and our introduction to it could not have come from a better band: alternative pop-rockers Neon Saturdays, who are set to release their second full-length album, Freaks In The Ocean.

It doesn’t take long for the listener to sucked into the sound, which is not only melodic, but luxurious in both scale and quality.

The unified harmonies are incredible, and really boost the size of every number. In addition, the guitars are luminous, and the polished combo of bass and drum beats are the cherry on top.

The great writing has a great pull to it, and the choruses are simply infectious. There’s also a nice balance of both low-key and energetic songs to give it that consistently fresh feeling of diversity.

Freaks In The Ocean is for sure one of the most grand, investing records we have listened to in recent memory, and it’s about time that the rest of the world was make aware of Neon Saturdays’ talents.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Phoenix, Heartbeat, Get Up, I’m Alive, Movie Love, Since 17

AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER!

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DAVE GILESTENNESSEE & 48TH

Hailing from London, singer-songwriter Dale Giles has been on a journey nearly a year long, which has involved raising a lot of funds, travelling all the way to America and dedicating every ounce of his being, in order to produce a brand new album – Tennessee & 48th – but have the ambitious trials and tribulations paid off?

The songs on the album cover quite the range of themes, with examples such as nostalgia, individuality, not-so-nice relationships and premature death, and without fail, he manages to absorb the listeners and hook them on these subject matters.

His performances, both vocally and on the guitar, are terrific, and you really get that sense of belief in the emotion behind everything he sings, and that he’s giving it his all throughout. His backing band help to elevate the sound of each number and make them all the more engrossing, and the writing, as you would probably gather, is sensational.

Dave has taken so many risks to put together this record, and you know what, his efforts have seriously paid off here. Tennessee & 48th is a brilliant, professionally curated work that is compelling from the first note to the last, and the public need to start giving this man the attention that he warrants.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Taken Too Soon, Devil In A Green Dress, Child Again, Whiskey And Daffodils, Who I Wanna Be

OUT NOW!


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DOPESICKFLY – DREAMERZ NEVER SLEEP

Dopesickfly are undoubted one of the prominent funk acts in the local Scottish scene, and for good reason. They have an infectious sound that also mixes in touches of rock and hip hop, and they are something to behold live, as we personally learned when they headlined Broadcast last year.

The group released their self-titled debut album back in 2016, and it’s a fun record with lots to offer, but now they are back with a brand new EP titled Dreamerz Never Sleep, and it’s on an entirely different level.

Ant is sensational on the mic, with an excellent voice loaded with elation and featuring a broad range, but he’s only one piece of a great puzzle, as the guitars are glorious, the bass lines are real nifty, and the drums carry forth the pulsing rhythms.

Every song is so catchy and running off such an exhilarant energy that has you inadvertently moving your body to the beats, it’s just irresistible, and the lyrics are pretty memorable in their own right.

If it wasn’t obvious already, Dreamerz Never Sleep is an electric listening experience that is fun, fiercely addictive and just about flawless. What a blast, it is.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Let’s Go, Hey You, Treat Love Simple

AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER!

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CRAIG-RUSSELL HORNE – WITH THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT

Since local outfit The 21st State called it quits, Craig Horne has went on to establish himself as a solo electronic artist. Earlier this year, he put out his debut EP titled Robotz & Machinez, which did well to give us all a taste of what he’s capable of.

But now, Craig has taken it to another level that has him standing out from the rest of the pack with his debut album – With The Absence Of Light.

Unlike most of the stuff you expect from the genre, there’s little in the way of fun and games, as Craig uses the tracks to touch upon and explore serious, real life problems, whether it’s affects people individually or as a collective, such as battling mental health, or ongoing political issues.

The writing as a whole is dark and uneasy and makes a stiff impact. The tone of the record is reflected well in the sounds produced, ranging between soft and atmospheric, or hard-hitting and aggressive, often fitting well with the subject matter of the current song.

With The Absence Of Light is a strong and impressionable album that has surpassed our expectations of what Craig was capable of, being a lyrically consuming work that will surely put him on the map. One of Scotland’s most promising newcomers in 2018, that’s for sure.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Terrifying, Safe, Wait, The Happiness Illusion

COMING SOON!

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EMMEI K

A few years ago, Dutch musician Emily Meekel migrated to Glasgow to not only study, but to also immerse herself within one the world’s most prestigious scenes.

In the process, she formed a group by the name of EMME, and after plenty of time to build their standing in the city, they recently came out with their second EP titled I K.

First and foremost, Emily instantly awes with one of the most bewitchingly stunning voices we have heard in quite a while. Her harmonies are sharp, pitch-perfect and convey the captivating lyrics so, so well.

In addition, she has enlisted a very proficient trio in the form Grant, Chris and Jordan-Lee to help produce some beautifully melodic tracks that each daze in their own ways – whether on the livelier, catchier side, or slower and fiercely atmospheric – but all of them are mesmerising, no matter the tone or style.

Emily and crew’s second effort has left us speechless, being one of the few records of 2018 to perhaps be flawless in every regard. It is a stunning piece of work, and more people need to be aware of the supreme talent being put on display here.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Who We Are, Don’t Give A, What Hurts Us

OUT NOW!


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THE BLEEDERSGREETINGS FROM THE BLEEDERS

Glaswegian rock duo The Bleeders are a pair that regularly pop up on our feeds, but we actually never took the time to give them a shot, so we took the dive and checked out their debut EP – Greetings From The Bleeders.

The catchy songs on this record constantly go back and forth in style. At one moment, they are running off such a swift, raving energy; the next, they dip the pace (well, by a touch, mind you) and focus more on swinging rhythms.

There’s a persisting deranged tone to the whole thing, and this is definitely reflected in both the vocals and the outlandish writing. Elsewhere, the riffs are sweet and the beats are cool.

The Bleeders’ first release is nothing short of frantic and peculiar, and we wouldn’t have it any other way, speaking truthfully.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

American Express, Greetings From The Bleeders, Bats*** Lazy

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SOUL GRIP

SOUL GRIPNOT EVER

Emerging out of Belgium, Soul Grip have been grafting to build themselves into one of the country’s prime black metal acts, and if you judge by their latest album – Not Ever – then they might have just achieved that.

The majority of the record runs off such a rigorous, relenting aggression that drill right into the eardrums. Nathan’s vocals are fierce beyond belief, the conspiring riffs are mental, and the rhythm sections erupt with such a resounding force.

But the whole experience is not like this, for they consistently mix it up and keep the pace changing, often taking it down and creating a macabre atmosphere that slowly builds and builds towards another colossal outbreak just waiting to happen.

Soul Grip’s sophomore effort is a wild, combustible jaunt that is two parts brutal, one part absorbing, but totally satisfying as a whole.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Grand, Ailes Noircies, Grav I, Fiend

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DAMAJASHEN PATH

For the better part of 5 years, Glasgow ensemble Damaj have went from strength and strength and worked vigorously to make a name for themselves as one of the prominent young metal acts in Scotland.

Finally, after a long time garnering the reputation, they have at last pulled the trigger on their debut full-length album – Ashen Path.

As expected, the assortment of tracks here feature a tonne of energy, red-hot tempos and a large scale in general, the latter especially being owed to a mash of weighty vocals, magnificently wild riffs and thumping rhythms.

The record as a whole has a constant fire to it, where it never loses steam or gets dull at all throughout the near-hour duration.

If there was one issue, it’s that the mixing is a little off in areas, with some elements being too overpowered and drowning out others, and it makes for inconsistent listening sometimes.

But with that said, Ashen Path is still a cracking blitz that any fan of metal can easily jump into and get a few headbangs out of.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Where Is Your God, Testament Of Judas, Well Of Souls, Suffered Too Much, King, Dying Day

OUT NOW!


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ELECTROBUDDHAROLLER DISCO

Born and bred in Stockhalm but currently based in Edinburgh, musician Mark McCaffer has been quietly in the background of the Scottish scene with his solo project, Electrobuddha.

It’s a name that has cropped up under in our sights many a time, and after some steady airplay as of late, we finally got our chance to check him out via his latest work – Roller Disco.

The general sound of the record is very hard to pinpoint, and it varies between the songs. Sometimes it’s light, poppy and melodic, at another moment more rocky, and in some cases, it even has a psychedelic feel to it..

Regardless of the style, the choruses are always the highlights of each tune, being driven by utterly catchy hooks, with the writing usually an assisting factor in this respect, and the vocals are mainly solid.

The only thing that drags this down is that the production tends to be on the rougher side, and it could have done with a helping hand to get it polished. Despite that, this is certainly an interesting album that sparks a range of vibes and leaves a lasting impression.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

ELO Nation, Intentions To Fly, Eternal Light, Roller Disco, Everything Is Groovy

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THE HOWLING LORDS – TEXAS MEDICINE

In the far north west of the Scotland, a trio have been attracting folk with music that combines garage rock and grungy blues. They are The Howling Lords from Stornoway, and they are preparing to take the next step with their second album – Texas Medicine.

Throughout the collection of swell tunes, we get a doubler of rugged vocals and staggering riffs from leading man Felix, some sweet, crunchy bass chords by Jens and nice drum beats courtesy of Eoghainn.

While a little on the simplistic side, the majority of the tracks are seriously catchy and have a swinging kick to them, and that more or less remains a constant from start to finish. The writing is also pretty decent too.

Nothing particularly complex or fancy, but there’s little doubt that Texas Medicine is a rocking good time.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

She Devil, Still Waters, Howling At The Moon, Black Dog, Looking At Me

AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER!

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CLOAKROOM QGOING FOR A WALK AND I’M NOT COMING BACK

Across the Irish Sea, alternative rock group Cloakroom Q have been making quite an impression over in Belfast and the surrounding areas, and having been given the opportunity to listen to their latest EP – Going For A Walk And I’m Not Coming Back – it comes as little surprise.

Very quickly, from the moment the opening track plays, you know you are in for something on the different side, as they produce an atmosphere that is intriguing and has a hold on you, mostly driven by smooth bass chords and gentle brass.

But then, with the click of the fingers, they suddenly do a 180 and launch into something louder and with more of a hostile, in-your-face tone, but yet they still keep a firm grip on you.

Constant through the whole ride is good vocals, intense lyrics, and as already covered, the sound is really varied and regularly changing it up.

Cloakroom Q have compiled a great record here, one that definitely helps them to stand out from the crowd, and if they have any aspirations of going higher up, then this will help them in the long run.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

People With Energy, Feeding The Stranger, South Of Sane

OUT NOW!


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THE UNAWAKE STATESTATE OF HEART

Meeting together at university and sharing similar passions and aspirations, the Midlands pairing of Andrew and Aron formed The Unawake State, and together worked in unison to produce their debut EP – State Of Heart.

A feature that becomes notable very quickly is the sheer energy that is elicited, with the rhythms being pretty spirited and getting the listener drawn in with little effort. The tracks are loud and catchy, particularly through the great choruses, the vocals have a lot of zest, the guitars are so fervent, and the writing is solid on the whole.

The Unawake State’s first effort is a real exciting one, and the pair have showcased a lot of future potential with this record.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

The Nearshore, Unawake State, Taboo

OUT NOW!


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FELIX AND THE SUNSETS – DON’T SLEEP

Felix And The Sunsets; comprised of the Christie brothers, Felix and Lukas; are a new rock and roll duo to recently emerge from Leith, and naturally they want to make a decent impression with their debut EP – Don’t Sleep.

We get a mixture of nice, simple tracks primarily driven by delightful melodies and enjoyably catchy choruses, with good harmonies and guitar work to boot, and the whole record has a generally upbeat feel to it throughout.

Although a little rough on the production side of things, this is a solid first effort from this pair, and if able to develop their music to a point where they can stand out in the scene, then they could potentially go far.

***HIGHLIGHTS***

Sweet Jane, Steal The Sun

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SMALL GIG REPORT | Plasmas – The 13th Note (03.11.18)

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To start off the show was an act we were quite familiar with – Gravelle from Livingston, who we had fallen in love recently after they released their debut EP, so their name alone attracted us to the show, and they didn’t disappoint.

They played a set of numbers, including all from Liquid Skin naturally, which had a great gritty post-punk sound and were so catchy and infectious, each featuring fiery dual harmonies from both Monique and Kyle, sweet electronics and shredding riffs.

Even all the minuscule details, like their inflections and expressions, gave them that extra layer to make them stand out. A couple of minor faults aside, it was impressive stuff from a pair who are different and harness tonnes of potential.


We were buzzing and now raring for more, and it was up to Drainpipe to fulfil us. Instantly, we were intrigued as they had a projector running with flickering images flashing up.

They performed a set opposite of Gravelle’s, with focus on lo-fi atmospheric soundscapes that had a mild essence to them, and they mixed it up between longer pieces elevating from calmness towards big finishes, and more straightforward poppy tracks with good hooks that got some members of the growing crowd dancing a little; in particular, the cracking closing song.

Among the stronger aspects, the guitars were pristine and the beats, even if a little off in parts, were real nice. On the whole, a solid effort that started fine and only improved as they went along, and shined with just enough variety to keep those attending hooked.


The rock trio Whisky Pigeon followed, and they added a much-welcomed kick to the night, with the majority of their tunes packing an energy behind them, highlighted by smashing choruses.

Lewis was really on form, throwing everything in and trying to get the crowd fired up the best he could, and he was joined by Harrison and his sharp bass tones, and swift drum fills from Greig, and together, they ignited an electric vibe within the venue.

They kept the pace going for most of it, and even though they lost a little steam in the second half, they quickly recovered soon after, and by the time they had wrapped up, the audience were left satisfied.


And now to cap off the show – Dundonian headliners Plasmas. While not quite bringing the same level of energy as their predecessors, they still entertained those who stuck around and tightly squeezed themselves at the front of the stage.

Their numbers were carried by transcendent melodies centered around warm harmonies, not to mention some really excellent synths and smooth rhythms headed by glossy guitar chords.

When they kicked it up a notch for the catchier tunes, such as their latest single Spark, there were more than a few heads dancing along, and it was hard to resist tapping your foot along.

For their debut in Glasgow, it was a more than decent showing that finished on a high note with a well-earned encore, and it made for a fine conclusion to the inaugural Kiosk Club event.

“When I say PLAS, you say MAS!”