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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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Kieran

 

   

    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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Jenny

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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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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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”.

Interview: Chris Croken

Interview with singer-songwriter Chris Croken ahead of his gig at 13th Note in Glasgow this Thursday.

Chris will be performing this Thursday evening.

Chris will be performing this Thursday evening.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming gig at 13th Note?
I thought I’d get a few friends together, play some new songs, some covers and more or less have a good time with good music.

You have a demo up on SoundCloud, which includes the amazing track Slow, what’s the story behind this song?
I don’t really know. The passing of time, and enjoying the finer things and dragging through the rougher ones. I’ll let whoever listens to it decide.

Do you have anything planned for the rest of the year? New music? Any gigs?
I have lot of ideas, I am in the middle of gathering material for an album, I also want to have a band again. This will more than likely be my first and last gig of the year asides from open mic’s.

Who inspired you to get into music?
I honestly don’t know, I think it was my dad with U2, ELO and the like. Then I guess I found my own way; Clapton, Mayer and the into the classics of American music.

If you could perform at any venue in the world, which one would it be and why?
Red Rocks amphitheatre it’s outdoor and it just looks amazing, especially at night.

Chris will be performing at 13th Note this Thursday alongside Darren Hendrie and Amy Lyon. Gig starts at 8pm – tickets are £3 (available at the door) and it’s an over-18s event; get along to it if you can!

You can also check out his music on SoundCloud here.

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.