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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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MUSIC Injection were lucky enough to get an exclusive first listen to The Colored Parade‘s debut album, ‘…And the Walls of the City Will Shake’, which will be released on Tuesday 6 May.

The Colored Parade is a new musical project by the multi-talented songwriter and producer Andrew Adkins. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Adkins has an innovative take on country, folk, blues and rock to make something very fresh and new.

The album has a very laidback feel for the most part, and delivers a great blend of different styles, some songs bright and folky in nature, with others taking a darker, bluesy turn. It’s clear upon first listen that it isn’t afraid of a little experimentation. The Colored Parade incorporates a lot into one album; with unexpected musical twists, this makes it quite hard to pigeon-hole, which can only be a good thing.

The instrumentation of the album is particularly impressive. A talented musician, Adkins plays most of the instruments you hear on the album, and the dynamics and arrangement of each song are spot on. The LP experiments with a range of different sounds and styles, which makes it all the more interesting.

‘…And the Walls of the City Will Shake’ takes you on a journey. Filled with poignancy, the changes of mood, maturity and skilful lyric writing make it a really clever album that’s definitely worth listening to.

You can pre-order the album here, and it will also be available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

 

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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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”.