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Creations Collide at Ivory Blacks

Creations Collide
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.

What’s On

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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.

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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.

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!