Tag Archive: gigs


What’s On – June

Quick guide to what’s on and where for the rest of this month.

GLASGOW

Saturday 14
June

Charity night for Yorkhill @ Bachuss: click here for more information.

Flying By Mirrors EP Launch @ Stereo (tickets £6)

Hailey Beavus with Deano Monsoon @ Record Factory

The Pacific Blues, The Reward, Sunny Sense, Electric Green, Richard Kerr @ Pivo Pivo


Wednesday 18 June

Rab Noakes @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Thursday 19 June

Calum Ingram @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Friday 20
June

The Lapelles @ Stereo

Jimmie MacGregor @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Sunday 22 June

Minus 1 @ Ivory Blacks


Friday 27 June

Homeward James @ Law Bowling Club, Carluke


Saturday 28 June

The Face on the Moon, Cloud of Starlings, Sonic Dispace, Thank the Boy @ Ivory Blacks

 

OTHER PLACES ON THE MAP

OXFORD

Friday 20 June

The Mechanisms, Megan Henwood, Vienna Ditto, The Other Dramas, Charlie Leavy @ O2 Academy Oxford


CARDIFF

Saturday 21 June

Guns 2 Roses @ The Globe


LEICESTER

Guns 2 Roses @ Musician Pub (Glastonbudget mini reunion)

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Band Advice – Playing a Gig

Biffy Clyro at the SECC, 2009Here’s the next installment of the Band Advice section; playing a gig. On the day of the gig it’s best to arrive early – the organiser will probably ask you to do this anyway. This is to load-in, which means to bring in all your gear and set up the backline. If you arrive at the time asked, it’s more likely that you will get a chance to soundcheck too.

Before you head to the venue, make sure you have all the equipment you need. For example, if you’re a guitarist, you’ll need a lead, a spare lead if that one breaks, a tuner, plectrums, and ofcourse, your guitar. It’s a good idea to bring spare strings as well – be prepared for any eventuality!

Most venues will have enough backline, but if you’re a drummer, bring your cymbals, snare, and a bass pedal if needed. These are the breakables; other drummers playing wouldn’t be too happy about you using their cymbals or snare because, as you’ve probably guessed, they’re easily damaged.

Be nice to the sound engineer. If you’re acting like an idiot, or are under the impression that you’re an awesome rockstar who can shout orders at them and everyone else, be warned. The sound guy is completely in charge of the levels and how you sound on stage, so if you give them rubbish, they can make you sound rubbish.

A good thing about playing live is the contacts your able to make, whether it be with other bands, or with the promoters. For example, at one of the gig’s my band played, we made friends with a fantastic guy from a band called The Puzzlers, and he is now mixing some of our songs.

Before you go on stage, tune your guitar, and then tune it again. During one of the gigs I’ve played, I didn’t tune up correctly, and it sounded pretty bad. If you have to tune whilst on stage, try to use a plug-in tuner, and whatever you do, don’t tune with your amp on. It’s really unprofessional if the audience can hear you trying to tune up to a high E.

So, next is the actual performance. If you make a mistake, just carry on. Chances are no one has noticed, and mistakes happen. You will have a few bad gigs, it’s inevitable, but the majority of the gigs you play will go well, and the best thing is that you learn from the mistakes you do make. Personally, I’ve made a countless amount of mistakes, but I kept going. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself on stage, and have a great time!

Band Advice – Booking A Gig

End Transmission playing at the O2 ABC; despite only selling ten tickets, it was a good night!

End Transmission playing at the O2 ABC; despite only selling ten tickets, it was a good night!

Some (possibly useful) advice if you’re thinking about booking a gig in Glasgow. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I do have some tips I’ve picked up in my time playing gigs in and around Glasgow, so if you’re looking for words of wisdom, hopefully this will help!

1. As a general rule of thumb, most musicians will recommend that you never, I repeat never, do a pay to play gig. This is, as the title suggests, a gig where you would have to pay in order to perform, which is completely unfair on you as a musician. So definitely say no to pay to play.

2. From my own experience, the best way to get a gig is to ask around. Personally, I emailed promoters, and found out about places where regular gigs were happening. Here’s a few promoters I would recommend:

  • YRock – Good for young under 18 bands, and usually have gigs happening in the Classic Grand. They also have a fair ticket deal which means that the artist still makes a bit of money from the gig.
  • Toxic Rock Promotions – Caters more for over 18 bands. Usually hold gigs at Pivo Pivo, which is a great venue to play.
  • PM Music – I’d recommend this for more experienced/established bands, as they hold some gigs at the O2 ABC, and the bands usually need to sell a good amount of tickets to gain any money from the gig.

3. Two Week Rule: again, a general recommendation. Don’t play gigs in Glasgow that have less than two weeks worth of space between them. Promoters aren’t entirely fond of this; if you’re playing, for example, two gigs in Glasgow within two weeks, the chances of your band selling a good amount of tickets and bringing lots of people to both gigs is very slim. To back this up with some of my own experience, my band played at the Classic  Grand, and sold 20-odd tickets. Two weeks later, we played the O2 ABC and sold ten.

Coming Soon to a Venue Near You

Short entry about some gigs that are coming up in the next few weeks or so, incase you’re stuck for something to do at the weekend.

Sonic Reducers live

Sonic Reducers live

First up, on Saturday 9th February, we have Danny.P at The Box. This is Danny and his band’s first full line-up gig in Glasgow, and it’s free, which means more money to spend on alcoholic substances if you are that way inclined. The gig starts at 8pm, and is for all people who are 18 and over. He’s a fantastic artist so it’s well worth checking him out.

Not sure if this counts as self-promotion, but the next gig I’m going to add in here is the one that involves my own band. Okay, so that is horrendous self-promotion, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Perpetual Motion will be playing at the O2 ABC on Saturday 16th February, along with support from The Puzzlers, David Murdoch, and End Transmission (my band!). All the other bands are awesome, so if you’re up for some decent music and watching me try to pretend I know how to play guitar, then come along!
Tickets are £8, but £10 on the door, so it would be best to get them beforehand. You can purchase tickets here:
http://www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk/event/49691/perpetual-motion-tickets

Finally, if you like punk rock, you’ll love Sonic Reducers. The band are playing at the Classic Grand on the 22nd February, and are fantastic live, so if you’re free I’d recommend that you get yourself along to it! Tickets are £6, and it’s sure to be a brilliant night.

That’s just about everything you should stick in your calendars so far. Look out for more blog posts very soon.