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I CAUGHT up with Glasgow rock outfit Salt River Shakedown (formally known as Magic Trik) ahead of their gig at Classic Grand.

Chatting about touring, Guy Garvey, and their plans for 2019, check out the interview below.

New EP, Road to the Sacred Island, is out now. Listen to it on Spotify.

 

 

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FOUR piece indie outfit Altinak released current EP, Long Way Home, in August last year, amongst an array of shows and festival performances. The Linlithgow band have already caught the attention of Jim Gellatly with the fantastic song, Winter, being played on Amazing Radio.

However, the first song on the EP, Australia, is also a standout; traced with beautiful guitar melodies and solos, bringing a subtle lift to the song. The harmonies and backing vocals are very prominent throughout, as are the lyrics that stick in your head long after the song has finished. Next Time is an upbeat affair, with a catchy chorus that is surely a favourite with fans when playing live.

Fall has an incredible build up and the maturity and intelligence behind the lyrics make Altinak one to watch in 2017. Very reminiscent of Wolf Alice in both lyrics and music, Hard to Love is well positioned on the EP, with the drum intro and pace showcasing yet another side to the band. Definitely one of the highlights. Winter is a fine ending to Long Way Home. The guitar very much leading the piece with some fantastic solos, and partnered with the drums and bass in the bridge, take it to a great finale.

What’s most noticeable is the outstanding talent from all musicians in the band. They have a clear idea of the sound and direction they’re taking, which leads to a very well produced, polished EP.

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Laura Scott: Tutor at Reeltime Music

REELTIME Music is a charity based in Newarthill, Motherwell, which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds learn new skills in music and the media.

Reeltime began in 1997, and provides workshops for many different groups within the local community and beyond. Although based in the local community centre which hosts their recording studio, they also travel further afield, providing opportunities for young people who may not otherwise receive them.

Laura Scott, who works at Reeltime, spoke about how she got involved with the charity, and the impact it has on young people.

 

 

 

Barry McKenna of Twin Atlantic selling copies of The Big Issue

Barry McKenna of Twin Atlantic selling copies of The Big Issue

During the first week of February, The Big Issue and INSP are holding The Big Sell’s #VendorWeek. A few famous faces were on the streets of Glasgow today selling copies of The Big Issue to raise funds and awareness.

Walking down Sauchiehall Street, to get a pair of slippers from Primark (don’t judge) I noticed a lot of cameras, and a lot of people. Not really that much of a revelation, a lot of people in the city centre. But there was actually a reason behind a lot of people being in a street where a lot of people usually are: Twin Atlantic and Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches were selling Big Issues. So, while purchasing a copy, I managed to speak to Barry McKenna of Twin about the cause:

“The Big Issue and INSP asked us to come and get involved and they’ve got a bunch of guest sellers to try and raise the awareness of the fact that there’s people out there every day trying to get a little bit more stability in their lives and get back on their feet so it’s nice to come down and raise awareness. We’ve always been interested in helping people out. We always say being in a band’s quite a selfish thing to do, quite a selfish lifestyle. It’s nice to be able to give something back as well; especially in our home town of Glasgow.”

Sam McTrusty chatting to fans

Sam McTrusty chatting to fans

So what’s next for the band?

“Next coming months we’ve got a bunch of touring. We’re going to Australia for the first time and then we’re coming back here in May to play some shows. We’re playing at the Hydro in Glasgow so we’re looking forward to going new places and then coming back home and playing some more shows.”

You can check out their new single Oceans, right here.

Clash of The Courtesans

A BITTER social network argument has ensued between two artists who share the name “The Courtesans”. Well, bitter on one side, at least.

The two groups (who we’ll differentiate by “duo” and “band” to avoid confusion) have both stated that they took the name first, and only found out that they shared that name when the duo appeared on the Xtra Factor this weekend.

 

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Band ‘The Courtesans

The band The Courtesans have since released a statement saying that they are not affiliated with duo:

“Considering the media attention as this connection was brought to our knowledge, we felt it right to let the public know that The Courtesans are in no way connected to ‘Eileen Daly and The Courtesans’ as shown by The X Factor.”

However, front woman of the duo The Courtesans, Eileen Daly, hit back a little more aggressively:

Duo 'The Courtesans'

Duo ‘The Courtesans’

 

“They are not the courtesans, they are nobodys who play soft rock..they havent done half of what the courtesans have done..this is all I going to say.”

But that was not all she was going to say:

“Its funny they look like old hags now! may get them to be in my new whitches film..I only need two, so I will get the two ugliest to play the part..they will love the publicity in fact they need the publicity.”

Ouch. And this is coming from duo Courtesans who auditioned for The X Factor; bet band Courtesans are devastated. However the band did reply to Eileen through their own Facebook page:

“An open letter to Eileen Daly… We all know there is a dispute over the band name but may we suggest that until this is resolved one way or another next month, we refrain from using abusive or hateful language, it does not do anyone any favours either way.
Much Love
The Courtesans (the ugly, parasitical ones).”

As you wait to see how this dispute plays out, why not check out the band Courtesans new single, Genius, right here. They’re heading out on tour soon, and will be releasing their album 1917.

They’re making quite an impact, and they didn’t have to audition for the X Factor to do it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reeltime Music, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council 16+ Bellshill Learning Hub, have made a community music video to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK.

The music video features a cover of the hit Monkees song ‘I’m a Believer’ and has participants from various community groups and schools.

The young people are hoping to raise at least £200 and make the video go viral on social networking sites and YouTube by getting more than a million views. The group just launched their video today, and you can watch it right here:

 

 

You can also support their Make a Wish music video by donating at the Bellshill 16 Plus Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/16PB

All money raised from the project will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK is a charity which grants magical wishes to children and young people aged 3-17 fighting life-threatening conditions.

What’s On – June

Quick guide to what’s on and where for the rest of this month.

GLASGOW

Saturday 14
June

Charity night for Yorkhill @ Bachuss: click here for more information.

Flying By Mirrors EP Launch @ Stereo (tickets £6)

Hailey Beavus with Deano Monsoon @ Record Factory

The Pacific Blues, The Reward, Sunny Sense, Electric Green, Richard Kerr @ Pivo Pivo


Wednesday 18 June

Rab Noakes @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Thursday 19 June

Calum Ingram @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Friday 20
June

The Lapelles @ Stereo

Jimmie MacGregor @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Sunday 22 June

Minus 1 @ Ivory Blacks


Friday 27 June

Homeward James @ Law Bowling Club, Carluke


Saturday 28 June

The Face on the Moon, Cloud of Starlings, Sonic Dispace, Thank the Boy @ Ivory Blacks

 

OTHER PLACES ON THE MAP

OXFORD

Friday 20 June

The Mechanisms, Megan Henwood, Vienna Ditto, The Other Dramas, Charlie Leavy @ O2 Academy Oxford


CARDIFF

Saturday 21 June

Guns 2 Roses @ The Globe


LEICESTER

Guns 2 Roses @ Musician Pub (Glastonbudget mini reunion)

 

 

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We spoke to Tiffany Beamer, lead singer of all-female American rock band, Rebel Queens.


How did Rebel Queens form?

I have always wanted to be in a band, but wasn’t confident enough. I thought if you were a female singer, you had to sing pretty. I had always liked Joan Jett and had started getting into The Runaways. I was totally inspired by the music and performing style and the vintage-glam fashion that came along with it. I decided I was going to start an all-female rock band and perform some of the Joan Jett and The Runaways music so I put and ad online in November 2010. It was tough finding local women rockers, but I got a couple of responses right away. I did not find the full band until March 2011. It was the first band for all of us so we were eager to get playing. We had our first practice in March, our first performance in April, and have been going ever since.

What city/state are you based in, and what’s the music scene like there?

We are based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis has a big melting pot of different styles of music. There is hip hop, hardcore, indie, rock, punk, rockabilly and everything in between, and plenty of live music venues to support it. There are also several all-female bands from this city that we have come to know. One of the classics being Babes in Toyland, formed in the late 80s.

What’s it like being in an all-girl rock band?

Mostly fun and empowering, with a ton of hard work involved. There is a lot of criticism from both music industry people and the crowds we play for, There’s always extra pressure being female, you have to work extra hard to prove yourself. I really enjoy playing with all women. There’s just something special about it.

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What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far?

One cool gig that stands out in my mind is a Women Who Rock charity event at Guitar Center we played last year. The charity is She Rock She Rock who works to empower young girls and women through music. We had our first performance at their open jam and they will always be close to our hearts. There were some awesome local female bands who played along with us: Mayda, Sick of Sarah, Angry Bukowski. They had speakers between bands and gave out some great swag bags.

You guys are influenced by The Runaways, do any of you have similar personality traits/styles to members of the band?

For myself, I’d say my singing/performing style and personal style is a mix of Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, but my personality is more like Joan. She was the one who felt the band was her baby and stuck it out despite the hardships and changes in line-up. She is creative, driven and hard working. Our drummer is pretty similar to Sandy West, as she is sweet and easy-going, but fiercely talented. She also has a great voice. Everyone that’s been in the band has been very different from the other, which I think is good and keeps it interesting.

Would you say it’s harder for rock ‘n’ roll bands nowadays to break through the mold?

I think these days a lot of musicians want to conform to playing the type of music that is popular and are afraid to go out of that box. Especially for cover/bar bands. They are all playing the same songs as everyone else. We have had pressure to conform, but stuck to our guns and have no desire to change our style. That is something I am most proud of with this band. We also tend to shock people who see us loading in our gear and expect us to play current hits or music by only female musicians. We have a pretty balanced set list of both male and female artists, but it’s all rock ‘n’ roll!

What’s planned for Rebel Queens in the next few months?

We took some time off to train in new guitarists who are ready to hit the ground running at our upcoming summer shows. Expect new songs and a fresh dynamic with our new players, along with some original music. We hope to keep growing our audience and growing musically and see where it takes us.

Do you have any advice for people who want to start their own band?

Educate yourself on all aspects of the music business. Marketing, branding, booking, management, book keeping, social networking – just a few examples of things you need to know when running a band. Also, checking your personal feelings at the door is an important thing to remember in a band situation. Remember that everyone is thinking about the best interest of the band. If your playing is off and someone points it out, it’s not a personal attack, it’s to help make everyone sound the best they can. That is a hard thing to remember but it definitely comes in handy.

When’s your next gig?

Our next gig is 14 June at ‘Freedom Rider’s Rally’ which is a motorcycle rally in Mountain Lake, MN. We have a substitute bass player for that gig as our new bass player had another commitment when she joined the band. The first gig with our full line-up is 27 June at Palmer’s in Minneapolis, MN. Palmer’s was actually just on Esquire’s list of ‘Best Bars in America’ and we will be playing there monthly starting in June.

Are there any plans to come to the UK?

I would love to do a UK tour if someone would get one set up for us! I like to travel, but have never been out of the USA; #RQtoUK

 

 

Interview: The Kooshtie

Playing at the Garage earlier this month

 

We spoke to Falkirk band The Kooshtie ahead of their headline gig at the Garage earlier this month.

 

You’ve just released new single Freak Me, what was the inspiration behind this song?

Jack: Well, Oliver wrote the song.

Jenny: You wrote the song, we came and played it.

Oliver: It’s kind of a tribute to Nirvana, the lyrics are anyway, the music isn’t. I found a cool chord, and that was it. We had original lyrics, and it was lovey dovey, and I didn’t like it, so we changed it. I was reading Kurt Cobain’s journal; it was inspired by Nirvana, but it wasn’t. I don’t sit down and intentionally write a song, it just sort of happens.

Jack: It’ll start with a guitar lick, or a vocal melody or something, and it just kind of builds. The inspiration and the foundation could be anything and it builds from there.

Oliver: Jack writes songs as well.

Jack: None of them have been used.

Oliver: But he does write them.

Jack: There will be some songs by me soon hopefully.

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You’ve also recently had a line-up change?

Oliver: We’re about to have another one; we’re losing Kieran as well. This is Kieran’s last gig actually. But the line-up change with jack was quite plain and simple. Jack was actually the first guitarist.

Jack: That must’ve been last year, then I left.

Oliver: And then he phoned me and said “I wanna come back”.

Jack: Nah, I got a phone call, maybe April…

Oliver: No, no, get this down straight.

Jenny: It was February.

Oliver: It was January, and Go-Get’er just came out, and you phoned me and you said “I wish I could’ve been in it”.

Jenny: Oh yeah, ’cause he phoned you when we were there.

Oliver: and I said “that’s cool man”, and then George left, and I went, “Jack do you want to come back?”

Jack: Yeah, and then a week later we played a gig at Record Factory, so yeah, within a week of joining the band. Kieran was the same.

Oliver: Yeah, we’ve kind of been all go.

Jack: It makes for a good environment, you don’t get that chance to sit back and analyse it, it’s just constant. It makes it a more professional atmosphere I would say; the fact that everything’s just been going.

Oliver: It’s been a bumpy road so far, to say the least. We’ll have a really good gig and then the next one will be average. I think we over-do it sometimes, but it’s been good since Jack joined. The dynamics of the band is going to change, we’re going to write a whole new set list. Kieran’s leaving ’cause he doesn’t like Jack. He came up to me and said “I don’t like that guy”.

Kieran: It’s just his hair.

 

Describe your sound in 3 words

Jack: It’s very f*cking good.

Oliver: Clichéd. I was going to say something negative like “Really f*cking sh*t”, but you bet me. Modern rock…

Kieran: Punk.

Oliver: This is why Kieran’s leaving the band.

Jenny: Red raw.

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    You guys are from Falkirk…

Oliver: Yeah, but Jenny’s from Clackmannanshire.

Jenny: Yeah, Alloa.

Jack: We’re based in Falkirk.

 

 

 

What’s the music scene like there?

Oliver: Sh*t. Non existent.

Jack: It used to be quite good.

Oliver: Five years ago it was quite good. Don’t quote that.

Jack: There’s really good bands in Falkirk, but there’s no venue.

Oliver: Yeah, there’s no venues to play live music anymore, there’s like one or two, but even then,

Jack: People don’t want to go out and listen to music anymore, listen to rock ‘n’ roll anymore. It’s a shame sometimes when folk would rather pay £6 to go to a nightclub than see a band.

 

Where do you see yourselves a year from now?

Oliver: A year from now we’re going to play T-Break, that’s the dream.

Jack: Yeah, that’s the goal

Oliver: Once we’ve got a secure line-up, that’s our first goal.

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If you could perform at one place, anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Jack: Madison Square Gardens

Oliver: Wembley

Jack: As long as there’s a lot of people there, anywhere.

Oliver: What was the place Rolling Stones played?

Jack: Hyde Park?

O: Nah, mind when they held that gig in the middle of the desert?

Jack: There’s tonnes.

Oliver: A rooftop.

Jack: Abbey Road; all these random places that it’d be cool to play.

Oliver: The moon. The first band to play on the moon, and if we’re not too old, we’ll play Mars.

Kieran: When we’re in the area.

Oliver: We’ll just swing by

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What influences the band?

Oliver: Well, women.
We’ve been compared to so many bands it’s hard to narrow it down on influences

Jack: It’s like a kind of mix of influences.

Oliver: We all listen to different types of music.

Jack: It’s such a wide variety of stuff we listen to, but I think it’s just the want to play music.

Oliver: Yeah, I like playing my guitar; there’s no greater feeling than having your songs sung back to you. We’re only a young band, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

 

The Kooshtie will be playing at Glasgow’s Pivo Pivo on Saturday 4 July. Check out new single, Freak Me, right here.

 

 

 

 

 

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MUSIC Injection were lucky enough to get an exclusive first listen to The Colored Parade‘s debut album, ‘…And the Walls of the City Will Shake’, which will be released on Tuesday 6 May.

The Colored Parade is a new musical project by the multi-talented songwriter and producer Andrew Adkins. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Adkins has an innovative take on country, folk, blues and rock to make something very fresh and new.

The album has a very laidback feel for the most part, and delivers a great blend of different styles, some songs bright and folky in nature, with others taking a darker, bluesy turn. It’s clear upon first listen that it isn’t afraid of a little experimentation. The Colored Parade incorporates a lot into one album; with unexpected musical twists, this makes it quite hard to pigeon-hole, which can only be a good thing.

The instrumentation of the album is particularly impressive. A talented musician, Adkins plays most of the instruments you hear on the album, and the dynamics and arrangement of each song are spot on. The LP experiments with a range of different sounds and styles, which makes it all the more interesting.

‘…And the Walls of the City Will Shake’ takes you on a journey. Filled with poignancy, the changes of mood, maturity and skilful lyric writing make it a really clever album that’s definitely worth listening to.

You can pre-order the album here, and it will also be available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.