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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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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.

 

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.

 

Interview: Homeward James

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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.