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salt river

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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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.

rebel queens

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sonic ReducersEarlier on this week I interviewed Daniel Cairney and Chris Roarty from awesome local punk band Sonic Reducers, talking about the future of anarchy, words like “hypersonic”, and the promise of a new EP.

How long have you guys been together?
Daniel:
This current line-up has been together since June 2011, but the band started as Delgado in September 2010.

Your first album’s out, N.F.I.A. (No Future In Anarchy) why did you decide on this as your album’s title?
Daniel: The album was originally going to be titled Punkeye (an in joke between the band and some friends) but it was later realized that the title was a bit too silly and would probably lose it’s humour the more people asked about it! So, the song No Future In Anarchy existed already, and I always just liked the title because it expresses discontent with a lot of the people who think it’s still 1977 and don’t really translate their punk spirit into the modern world, as the Sex Pistols’ idea of Anarchy was cool at the time, but it’s not really done anything since then, and we’re all about moving forward!

If you could describe your band in 3 words, what would they be?
Daniel: Loud, Fast, Fun.
Chris: Maniacal, Hypersonic and Humorous.

You have a song called Punk Rock Band – what would be your advice to any people wanting to start their own punk rock band?
Daniel: My main piece of advice in starting a punk rock band is just to be yourself. When you think about it, all the punk bands, whose music has stood the test of time, have done so because they all had unique sounding music, which has been imitated a lot, but never really matched.
Chris: Personally, I think musicianship is the most important. Whenever Daniel comes in with a song, say Young Blood, it’s usually just a basic structure that could still pass off as a song, though just before we recorded the album we added more parts like a reggae section and a breakdown. We did the same with Going Back. One of our newer songs, Unscathed, which can be heard on our Soundcloud, has been greatly sharpened recently with a few changes. I’m excited for releasing that song particularly. Things like that wouldn’t happen if we didn’t get a say. I also think that being musically versatile can help, for instance, fusing styles together. It also makes things sound cooler!

What are your plans for this year?
Daniel: This year, we plan to do a lot of new stuff! With a new EP and hopefully a concept album, so it should be interesting! Most of the songs for the EP are ready, but the concept album is still early doors, so we can’t really guarantee it will be done this year but here’s hoping!
Chris: Basically what Daniel said, but I’m probably going to work on getting my drums sounding tighter for the remainder of the year, and throw some things I’ve not really done in there too for a challenge.

Check out Sonic Reducers’ current EP, N.F.I.A, right here on Bandcamp! http://www.sonicreducersuk.bandcamp.com