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I CAUGHT up with Glasgow rock outfit Salt River Shakedown (formally known as Magic Trik) ahead of their gig at Classic Grand.

Chatting about touring, Guy Garvey, and their plans for 2019, check out the interview below.

New EP, Road to the Sacred Island, is out now. Listen to it on Spotify.

 

 

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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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Laura Scott: Tutor at Reeltime Music

REELTIME Music is a charity based in Newarthill, Motherwell, which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds learn new skills in music and the media.

Reeltime began in 1997, and provides workshops for many different groups within the local community and beyond. Although based in the local community centre which hosts their recording studio, they also travel further afield, providing opportunities for young people who may not otherwise receive them.

Laura Scott, who works at Reeltime, spoke about how she got involved with the charity, and the impact it has on young people.

 

 

 

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.

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: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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”.

You can listen to the show every Thursday

You can listen to the show every Thursday

We speak to Tommy Clark of radio show The Third Class Ticket, and ask his opinion on all things to do with unsigned music.

Can you tell us a bit about The Third Class Ticket?
The Third Class Ticket show is a weekly Internet based radio show on MESi Radio.  It is solely for the promotion of new and unsigned bands that probably don’t get much airplay anywhere else.  It came about as most music projects do as a hobby in my bedroom.  I messed around with mixtapes and wee half hour ‘radio shows’ then posting them to my facebook page.  The guys at MESi heard them and asked me on board when the station kicked off last year.  At the time the show was mostly a mod type show but as more unsigned bands sent through their stuff to me the ‘Ticket’ show was re-born.  Now each week the show plays in excess of 30 songs.

How would an artist go about submitting their music for your show?
Bands interested in joining the Ticket family can send their tracks to me at thirdclassticket@hotmail.co.uk.  Mp3 or WAV files are preferable.  Also they can reach me at www.facebook.com/thethirdclassticket or at www.mesiradio.com

Do you have any hot tips for us to check out?
Now isn’t that the million dollar question.  So far on the show I have been lucky enough to play some of the best music going on.  Bands I would suggest to go in the Glasgow area alone are Rank Berry, Soldier On, The Begbies, The Coffins, Cabey, Sonic Templars, Jim Dead, Craig Hughes, The Apparells, Stonehouse Violets, Enemies of the State, The Revolt, The Beat Movement, Button Up or any of the singer/songwriters on the ACRE records label.  From further afield listen out for The Found, The Panoramic, Electric Stars, French Boutik, The Arrivals, Echo Raptors, Pretty Cartel, The 45s, The Universal and The Lemontops (who are coming soon to Kilmarnock – don’t miss them). Apologies to the hundreds of other great bands who have featured on the show but I cant list you all.  All in all tune into the show because every week you could hear your new favourite band.

Unsigned artists played on the show

Unsigned artists played on the show

What do you think makes a radio show like The Third Class Ticket so important for unsigned music?
The Third Class Ticket show is sometimes the first time that some bands are heard on radio so it can be the spur to push harder.  I have found that as word spreads about  the show  more bands who are friends of bands played or have been on the same bill are contacting the show.  I look upon the show and the wider ‘ticket’ family as a community who spreads the word of what’s bubbling under what’s bubbling under the surface.  Also it gives bands in Ayrshire hear what’s going on in Newcastle or Portsmouth or Las Vegas.  They can get new ideas, new contacts and even more importantly opportunities to get opportunities to play with like minded bands from across the country.  The motto of the show is ‘WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER’ and if we all work together we become stronger.

What’s your opinion of the music scene as it is today?
The music scene is vibrant right now it’s just the audiences that need to get better.  And to be fair bands need to get a bit better too.  If you are first on the bill at a gig night stick around and support the other bands.  It could be you playing to the small crowds next. Rant Over.  Musically though there is a wealth of talent and innovation out there.  X Factor hasn’t ruined music it’s just made bands work harder which I don’t think is too bad a thing.  Please support live music because if we don’t it wont be there when we want it.

 You can listen to The Third Class Ticket show every Thursday on MESi Radio from 9pm.