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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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Bassist Baz Fratelli at their last Glasgow gig

Bassist Baz Fratelli at their last Glasgow gig

The idea behind this is to give you some songs you may not have heard before which have appeared as B-sides on singles from popular Glasgow bands. Unknown from the well-known – see what I did there?
The first band on the list is a personal favourite, The Fratellis.

Cigarello – B-Side of Henrietta Amazingly catchy chorus, with the tongue-in-cheek  manner you come to expect from The Fratellis; made even better by the hand claps at the beginning.

Boy Done Good – B-side of Mistress Mabel If you’re familiar with their albums, you’ll know that in Here We Stand, the follow up to debut album Costello Music, their sound changed a bit. It wasn’t a bad thing, but this is a great one to listen to as it’s so reminiscent of the raucous, rougher sound  you would associate more with their first album.

Johnny Come Last – B-side of Ole Black N Blue Eyes To be honest, I chose this one simply because of the reaction it got when they played it at the O2 ABC in September last year. It was fantastic live, boosted by the whole audience singing it back to the band.

Nina – B-Side of Whistle For The Choir There’s only one way you can describe this song; good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. If you only listen to one of the suggestions on this post, make it this one. Brilliant melody, sung with the swagger only Jon Fratelli could deliver. So good it makes me wonder why it’s a B-side and not on an album.

Z Movie Saga – B-side of Look Out Sunshine A much more chilled out song in comparison to the previous songs I’ve mentioned. There’s a much more prominent acoustic guitar and piano on this, and it seems a lot more stripped back. Well written lyrics make it worth the listen.

homeward james

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.

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.

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

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.