Archive for April, 2013


Interview: Elvira Stitt

We talk to singer-songwriter Elvira Stitt, on the eve of the launch of her first solo EP, The Transparent Man.

Can you tell us a bit about how you came to choose the stage name Elvira Stitt?
I got the name from a psychological thriller film from the early sixties named Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. Funny thing is Elvira Stitt is actually the maid who gets killed by getting hit over the head. I feel I can relate to the film in a lot ways. It’s fairly personal. I was hoping to use the name Baby Jane however it was already the name of a band.

Your new EP The Transparent Man is being launched tomorrow night, how does it feel getting an EP out?
Last year I brought out an E.P with the band Evora. I wrote the music and had great fun releasing it. However, I’m really excited about the release of my solo E.P because I feel more comfortable being on stage myself. It’s a really good feeling releasing an E.P and I’m hoping to get this one on Itunes, Spotify etc.

What was the recording process like?
It was quite a stressful experience when I had to book in recording slots for Cumbernauld College as many people wanted them for graded purposes. This is where I recorded a track off the E.P named Woodland Pillow. This meant that I could use it for personal music ideas as well as for my graded unit folio in college. I also recorded with my friend Dennis at his grandmothers house which was great fun. He’s a very talented sound engineer and piano player and it was great that I could finally get the idea’s I had in my head fully recorded to a track.

Elvira will be performing at her EP launch in 13th Note tomorrow night.

Elvira will be performing at her EP launch in 13th Note tomorrow night.

You’ve also released your first single from the EP, the brilliant Headstrong (Under the Weather) – what was the inspiration behind this song?
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that – To be honest, Headstrong was one of the first tracks I have wrote in a while that was done really quickly.. I wrote that song in ten minutes! The recording of it was made to sound like an old vinyl record. The song is for anyone who has been in a situation with someone who is tearing them down and who doesn’t appreciate them as a person but goes back to them. It’s about putting your everything into something and getting nothing in return. The chorus is basically saying that at times in the situation you may feel positive but you’re ignoring the fact you’re “under the weather” and that you would “pay your ways” to be unappreciated by them because that’s all there is to be offered.

In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
It would have to be my guitar. I could whap the zombie over the head with the guitar body then quickly write a song on it. Fast thinking!

Elvira will be launching her new EP at 13th Note in Glasgow tomorrow night (29th April) with support from Ryan Morcombe and Neil James Parkinson. Tickets are £5 and the doors open at 8pm. Be sure to go along and check her out!

One to Watch: Interzone

We Are The Interzone

We Are The Interzone

Glasgow’s answer to Arctic Monkeys, Interzone are a hard rock band who’s popularity has sky-rocketed since they formed in the summer of 2012.

I’ve seen them live a fair amount of times, and they’re one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the local scene. Always attracting a big crowd at every gig they play, they easily capture the attention of everyone in the venue, and for good reason.

For a fairly young band, they have an incredible stage presence, in particular frontman Oli Sibley. Not only has he got a great voice but an onstage energy and presence most frontmen could only dream of.

The songs are fantastic too. Left Alone In The Dark has a brilliant riff running through it, equipped with a huge chorus and an epic solo. Higher is a personal favourite for me; great bassline, loud guitars, pounding drums and a chorus you can’t help sing along to as Oli tells you “We’re gonna go downtown and get a little bit higher”.

All in all, Interzone are brilliant and if you have the chance, definitely check them out. One band I’m tipping for the top.

Image

Creations Collide at Ivory Blacks

Creations Collide
Female-fronted band Creations Collide formed in July last year. Despite being relatively new to the scene, their infectious brand of pop-rock has seen them gain a big following over the last few months.

Reminiscent of Paramore with a hint of Evanescence, Creations Collide have definitely proved they have the ability of writing a catchy song, as heard on Losing My Head. The drums and melody at the start attract your attention straight away. Lead singer Nicole Stewart’s amazing vocals soar over the music, slightly softer than the heavier sound behind her, but both compliment each other well.

The band’s standout song, Questions, is a song Paramore wish they had written. There’s more of a rockier edge to Nicole’s vocals, which suits the up-tempo tune. Fantastic guitar guides you through the song alongside the vocals, with a chorus that will be stuck in your head for a few hours, which is no bad thing.

Having played in the Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh this year and supported Derby band Follow You Home in December, Creations Collide give the impression of a band that have been around for years rather than just a few months. With their great music, and an ever expanding following of fans, they are definitely one to watch, and I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for them.

Check out their 2 track demo, Progress, here.

What’s On

O2 ABC

O2 ABC

Some gigs that are happening in Glasgow in the coming weeks.

Thursday 4th April: Fiesta Minor – Bar Bloc 

Saturday 6th April: The LaFontaines – Classic Grand If there are any tickets left, definitely go and see these guys. They’re going to be massive.

Friday 12th April: Homeward James and Isotones – Walkabout 2 brilliant bands, sure to be a great night! Worth mentioning that tickets are only £3 if you’re a student.

Saturday 13th April: Delta Mainline – Glasgow School of Art

Friday 19th April: The Fratellis – Barrowlands My boys, as I affectionately call them, are playing at one of Scotland’s best venues; it’s going to be good.

Friday 26th April: Danny P – Oran Mor EP launch of a fantastic  artist, be sure to check him out.

Monday 29th April: Elvira Stitt – 13th Note get yourself along to this if you can, she’s a wonderful singer, and is launching her EP The Transparent Man

Saturday 4th May: The Strypes – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut A band that are rocketing to success at an alarming late. Check them out before the tickets cost too much.

Bassist Baz Fratelli at their last Glasgow gig

Bassist Baz Fratelli at their last Glasgow gig

The idea behind this is to give you some songs you may not have heard before which have appeared as B-sides on singles from popular Glasgow bands. Unknown from the well-known – see what I did there?
The first band on the list is a personal favourite, The Fratellis.

Cigarello – B-Side of Henrietta Amazingly catchy chorus, with the tongue-in-cheek  manner you come to expect from The Fratellis; made even better by the hand claps at the beginning.

Boy Done Good – B-side of Mistress Mabel If you’re familiar with their albums, you’ll know that in Here We Stand, the follow up to debut album Costello Music, their sound changed a bit. It wasn’t a bad thing, but this is a great one to listen to as it’s so reminiscent of the raucous, rougher sound  you would associate more with their first album.

Johnny Come Last – B-side of Ole Black N Blue Eyes To be honest, I chose this one simply because of the reaction it got when they played it at the O2 ABC in September last year. It was fantastic live, boosted by the whole audience singing it back to the band.

Nina – B-Side of Whistle For The Choir There’s only one way you can describe this song; good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. If you only listen to one of the suggestions on this post, make it this one. Brilliant melody, sung with the swagger only Jon Fratelli could deliver. So good it makes me wonder why it’s a B-side and not on an album.

Z Movie Saga – B-side of Look Out Sunshine A much more chilled out song in comparison to the previous songs I’ve mentioned. There’s a much more prominent acoustic guitar and piano on this, and it seems a lot more stripped back. Well written lyrics make it worth the listen.

homeward james

Race horses and a mental hospital; Craig McDonagh of the brilliant Homeward James gives us an interview.

How did you guys come up with the name Homeward James?
I’ve been told that it was the names of two random race horses mixed together, Homeward Jeeves and King James or something to that effect.

You played on the mainstage of Lanarkshire festival B in Beltane last year, how was it?
It was the best experience we’ve had as a band, managed to pull a great crowd and it was crackin’ to see people actually singing along.

What can we expect to see from Homeward James this year?
Bigger better gigs! Videos, new, very different songs!

Heartwood was the first release from your self-tiitled EP, what was the inspiration for this song?
It’s a kind of play on words about the old Hartwood mental hospital, we’ll let people interpret it themselves.

Last but not least, if you were a superhero, what would your super powers be?
Jim once said he has the superpower of not being a paedophile… Which is entirely true.

If you fancy catching Homeward James live, they will be playing at Walkabout in Glasgow on Friday 12th April. Check out their self-titled EP, Homeward James here.

Time Spent Breathing

Fiesta Minor’s EP, Time Spent Breathing, is due out in Spring 2013

With the release of their new EP due very soon, I interviewed Ewan McAleer, singer and bassist of  Glasgow band Fiesta Minor.

If you could describe Fiesta Minor’s music in one word. what would that one word be?
Miserable.

Your new EP’s called Time Spent Breathing, can you tell us a bit about it?
It’s a completely different (and better) record than our last one. It’s far more intense and a lot louder and heavy than anything we’ve done before. We’re all really proud of it and can’t wait to get it out.

What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far?
Probably our record release show last year. That show was nuts. Our friend Dan put it on for us and packed the venue out, people were crowd surfing, stage diving and singing along. It was the first time that had happened for us and we were really taken aback by it. That gig was humbling as much as it was fun.

Who is your biggest musical influence?
That’s a really hard question, we all have varied tastes. I think we’d be here all year if we were trying to decide on our biggest influence.

And finally, Iron Man or Captain America?
Iron man. Obviously. No question.

Fiesta Minor are playing Bar Bloc in Glasgow tomorrow night – 4th April. It’s free, so get yourself down there! The band are also supporting Grader and Midnight Souls on Saturday 11th May at Audio.