Category: Reviews


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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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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.

 

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ON Friday evening, Motherwell Miner’s club hosted a very special event. Four acts took to the stage in order to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

The event also saw the release of single Smile by Elvira Stitt; specially written and recorded for Yorkhill.

Murdo Mitchell

Murdo Mitchell

 

Murdo Mitchell opened the show with a great cover of Hurt – Nine Inch Nails, but more in the style of Johnny Cash’s excellent version. Asking the crowd what they wanted to hear (greeted with the response “More Johnny Cash”) Murdo powered through an array of well chosen songs to get the audience going. Bringing his friend up on stage was one of the highlights, as the duo’s vocals worked really well together. He finished his set with a mash up of many tunes combined to make one song, featuring artists such as Beyoncé, Journey, James Blunt, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber to name but a few. I also think I heard Aqua’s Barbie Girl in there somewhere, but don’t quote me on that. A fantastic start to a fantastic night.

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Amy Watters

Amy Watters

 

Amy Watters was next to step up to the microphone. After a few technical hiccups with her guitar, she was soon back on track. Her lovely voice really suited the songs she had chosen. It was a very personal set, with Amy playing a song from her favourite band, Daughter, and her favourite song, which was a surprising rendition of Part of that World from The Little Mermaid. Great musician with a lot of talent.

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Matthew and Rab

Matthew and Rab

Next up was Matthew MacConnell and Rab Crosbie from local band Static Rock. An incredibly talented pair, who performed a brilliant set. Matthew, equipped with a 12 string acoustic and Rab, made a great duo; both incredibly skilled on guitar, not to mention the wonderful vocal harmonies. Both musicians totally complimented each other and had a very unique sound. Near the end, both Rab and Matthew tackled a song solo, and was equally as great. Probably one of the best acoustic acts I’ve seen. yorkhill 7

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira Stitt

Elvira Stitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally,  it was the turn of Elvira Stitt. The music video to go along with her single Smile was shown before she started, then Elvira took to the stage. It was the only point of the evening where the audience fell really silent; Elvira is a singer who demands your attention. All eyes on her, she began playing. Despite her mentioning that she had a sore throat, her voice sounded fantastic. Her music and retro style transports you to another era, making you feel like you’re sitting in some glamorous Hollywood bar in the 50s. Her performance totally drew me in; with emotive lyrics and stand out vocals. Elvira’s set featured an Elvis Presley number, Headstrong (Under the Weather) from her EP, and a live version of Smile. It was a brilliant finale, and even saw some audience members heading up to the dance floor, adding to that time-travelling sense you get watching Elvira Stitt.

The event and single raised a staggering £1230 for Yorkhill Charity. The organiser, host of the gig, and mastermind behind all fundraising was the incredible Kirsten McFadden, please show your support for her Facebook page here.

You can check out Elvira Stitt’s single Smile by clicking here.

Mutineers: Live at Flat 0/1

Playing live at the venue on Saturday

Playing live at the venue on Saturday

I have to throw my hands up and admit, I’ve been neglecting my blog for a while; sorry about that. Last time I posted, I wrote about a fantastic Manchester band who travelled up to Glasgow to play some great music. In this post, I’m writing about a fantastic Manchester band who travelled up to Glasgow to play some great music.

In case you haven’t guessed, it’s the same band.

Mutineers were back in town on Saturday night for their tour to promote new single Love, It’s a Killer. They performed in the lovely venue that is Flat 0/1 which really deserves a shout out because the place itself is fantastic. Full of 70s style décor and couches, with a “For Sale” sign out front; it’s completely unique, from the fireplace to the swinging bath seats. Yes, you did read that right.

The band were supported by four other acts; The Tripps, The Sundance Shatter, Lemonhaze and The Hazy Shades.
Every support act was well suited to the gig and performed brilliantly, but one small criticism would be that it was maybe too many bands, as the gig did suffer from time-keeping problems, and seemed to run later as planned. Though this is the nature of live music, so no one was really at fault.

First up was The Tripps, a band that made sure all eyes were on them. There was a 60s vibe to most of their songs – think The Kinks, or more recently, The Strypes. An enigmatic frontman, complete with stripy black and white jacket and impressive dance moves, livened up the crowd. Something in his performance seemed reminiscent of ska, and I wondered if maybe they take inspiration from that genre.

At this point, the venue was totally packed and ready to welcome The Sundance Shatter; a very different band. They had darker tones to their music, and subtle nods towards Glasvegas, with the singer’s vocals very akin to that of James Allan’s. A very atmospheric outfit, with nice dynamics in their sound.

Then Lemonhaze arrived; tambourines, bright melodies and great harmonies. They got the whole venue dancing with the frontman requesting everyone to get funky, but I don’t think anyone matched the band’s funkiness. A cross between indie and soft rock, Lemonhaze looked and sounded effortlessly good.

Next up was indie rock band The Hazy Shades, armed with some catchy songs, they rammed up the energy a notch. I noticed a little tension between them and the organiser; it’s possible that they felt they weren’t being given enough time to showcase their stuff, but the crowd really enjoyed them, and they played extremely well.

Finally, it was the turn of Mutineers. Needless to say, the feeling in the room changed considerably as a buzz of excitement grew as they set up. They then launched into a fabulous set full of the shining indie hits which they’re so well known for. Including songs from first album, Friends, Lovers, Rivals, they graced the audience’s ears with hits like Stick Together, One Last Chance, last single Tell Me Why and new single Love, It’s a Killer. The intimate setting of Flat 0/1 seemed to suit both audience and band, with the crowd singing along to each and every word; particularly during Shadow Kisses. The energy and chemistry they have onstage is something which isn’t found in many bands, and it comes totally natural to them. It’s a real pleasure to be able to watch them live.

Love, It’s a Killer came out on Monday (17th) and can be found on Amazon and iTunes. Catchy chorus and an upbeat melody make this song well worth a listen. The backing vocals and harmonies are also spot on, as are the lyrics, with a rather tongue in cheek “I just can’t get into the bones of her, her mother says I’m an under-achiever.”

It’s very recently got to number one in the Amazon’s “movers and shakers” chart, and number eight in the indie chart. This is a band who do everything themselves, from touring, recording, and releasing their own music. Other bands, take note and lead from their example; Mutineers are here to change the music industry.

As they say, join the mutiny.

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Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

When a band achieves a great deal of success, you half expect them to take their fans for granted, having so many, or not have the time to spend talking to them.

This is most certainly not the case with Mutineers.

The Manchester band took to the stage on Saturday 2 November in Pivo Pivo as part of their UK tour to promote new single Tell Me Why.

Before the gig began, I was working up the courage to go over to their table and ask them for an interview (which will hopefully appear on the internet soon!).

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

Sitting in the venue with just myself for company, being incredibly socially awkward, and not having much experience at this whole interviewing thing, I was more than a bit nervous.

But once I’d worked up the courage to actually go over to their table, they made me feel right at ease.

The whole band, Nick Mallins (vocals/guitar), Michael Reed (lead guitar), Charlie Salt (Bass/Vocals) and Tom Twemlow (Drums) were happy to give me an interview, and afterwards let me sit and chat with them before their set, which was awesome.

Three artists supported the headliners; first up was a solo act by the name of Elska, who had such a presence on stage that you could scarcely take your eyes off him. Despite breaking a string on his guitar, he still sounded great, which is an impressive feat.

He was followed by band The Cranes, a group of talented musicians, awesome tunes, and a brass instrument, who suited the gig well.

Next up was Those Who Wait, who, with an energetic frontman, great music, and use of the same, or a very similar, brass instrument (seems to be a trend) really got the crowd going.

Finally, it was the turn of Mutineers.

They performed songs from their album Friends, Lovers, Rivals, which sounded just as good live, if not better.

The crowd danced along to an array of popular hits like You Used to Be Okay, Alone In Our Ideas, and Stick Together.

Smart insightful lyrics were carried across the venue by Nick’s wonderfully unique voice, alongside Charlie’s spot on backing vocals and talented bass playing.

Highlights of the set were Infidelity, Shadow Kisses, and of course, the brand new single, Tell Me Why (which will be stuck in your head for days).

The stage presence they have is incredible, and it was really refreshing to see a band so visibly enjoying what they do. You can’t help but feel the infectious enthusiasm they project while effortlessly delivering their music. In particular, Michael and Tom; their complete immersion in the music made the set a joy to watch.

Their blend of catchy melodies, fantastic vocals, and intelligent lyrics, made the gig one of the best I’ve been to. With promise of a new album, and judging by the audience’s reaction, I’m not the only one who hopes they’ll pay another visit to Glasgow soon.

If, however, you’re lucky enough to live in Leeds, they will be performing at The Cockpit on Saturday 16 November.

For tickets, see here.

An amazing band with amazing down-to-earth members is a rare combination; be sure to check them out.

 

Gig Review: Fleetwood Mac

 

Photography by Michelle Blair

Fleetwood Rock Hydro: photography by Michelle Blair

Stepping into the awe-inspiring new venue that is the SSE Hydro on Thursday 3 October, a sense of excitement filled the air.

The buzz of conversation grew, as the crowd, taking their seats, waited in anticipation for one band; Fleetwood Mac.

The iconic outfit returned to Glasgow almost four years after their last visit, and proved to be as incredible as ever. Without further ado they launched into Second Hand News, closely followed by classic songs The Chain and Dreams.

Fleetwood Mac seemed just as excited as the audience, with Lindsey Buckingham jumping around the stage like a man half his age. Coincidentally, it just happened to be Lindsey’s 64th birthday, and the crowd took the chance sing Happy Birthday, to which he responded with a “don’t remind me”.

Stevie Nicks was also on top form, and her captivating stage presence made the show a joy to watch. Her voice perfectly harmonious with Lindsey’s, she moved around the stage, at times spinning around on the spot, but never standing still for a second.

As well as old songs, the band treated the audience to something new, debuting a song entitled Sad Angel, much to the crowds delight.

At one point, an appreciating fan threw their underwear onstage, leading an amused Mick Fleetwood to say “I feel like Rod Stewart up here,  goodness me.”

One of the highlights of the evening was undoubtedly the performance of Go Your Own Way and Don’t Stop, where the thousands of people singing along almost managed to drown out the band. Gazing around and seeing so many people gathered together for the music was an enchanting experience, and the musicians took full advantage of the electric atmosphere in the arena.

Fleetwood Mac were on top form, and made the evening a night to remember. The band made the audience fully aware of how much they were appreciated, and by the reaction of the audience, the feeling was entirely mutual.

Many will be feeling the post-gig depression, but there’s high hopes for new music, and a possible return to Scotland, as Lindsey assured us that there are “quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac”.

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.