Category: Features


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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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

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Creations Collide at Ivory Blacks

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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.

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.