I won’t write any more. The music speaks for itself.
I was going to do a gig review for my Friday night’s gig which was great fun, but the last few days have been a bit hectic, with school and car accidents (unrelated, I hasten to add).
All I will say is this: The Feeling are great live. They put on a show and have some excellent tunes. No, they aren’t musical pioneers, but that’s not the point (if you go along expecting this, then you are frankly an idiot). A show that left you feeling warm, and that the money had been well spent. Nobody got preachy, the band seemed to be enjoying themselves and no-one acted like arrogant fools. The Fray, as a support band, I’m afraid I found a bit dull…
Keep watching this space. There will be more music soon. I cannot see the madness evaporating, but it might subside. A bit. Hopefully…
This is NOT a post about the Black Crowes (a band who, like the Smashing Pumpkins, I love on record and was left high and dry when I saw them live on both occasions), but the line must have prompted something in my head.
Whilst I like the aforementioned Crowes, there’s something about their name when used in conjunction with various other muso-type bands that just starts to act as a turnoff. I say this because I got a friend request on my MySpace page from a band who sounded just like the sort of uninspiring but overinspired-by muso types (with too much emphasis on pre ’76 stuff) and another band that just did nothing for me.
BUT what I did get was a friend request from a band called Penny Black Remedy. Having checked out their MySpace page this is a fantastic band led by one Keith Thomson who is a Scot now based in London. The band have influences from the last seventy years – one track ’95 Charing Cross Road’ manages to combine elements of both Country and Reggae. Above all I hear a band who know how to take their influences and do something with ’em. Their website has more. Do check them out, ask to be their friend, and support ’em.
By the way, I have flagged up the Best Scottish single poll that is Jock ‘n’ Roll. They are now looking at finishing taking votes in the next week or so, so get over there and vote. At the moment, it seems ‘Party Fears Two’ by The Associates will triumph, which is no bad thing, but make sure you have cast your vote.
I had vaguely heard of the Duke Special a few months ago – there was a rather fab track called Brixton Leaves on a free CD. I liked it, still do, but it had joined that ever-growing pile of great bands I must buy.
Okay, having done ten tracks last time, this time I thought I would point you in the direction of ten scottish bands you ought to hear.
This is not a definitive list, either of my own making or anyone else’s, but it’s 10 from a selection on my Myspace page that I would like to point you in the direction of. Some of these bands I have written about here, others I haven’t -yet!- so this should serve as an introduction.
Just in case anyone is very highly strung out there, this is not to slag off anyone, but highlight some great bands who are – by and large – active today, and is in no way a slight to The Associates, The Delgados (my favourite ever scottish band), Josef K, Aztec Camera, The Skids, Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap, Belle and Sebastian…but you need to hear these guys and gals too:
All of these acts have tracks for you to hear on their myspace pages, and many have mp3s for you to download, either on their mypsace page or on their own web pages.
Happy listening, and happy discovering!
Remember: artists cannot survive on goodwill alone. If you like what you hear, please, Please, PLEASE support them. Buy their music, go to the gigs, tell your friends about them. Snobbery and elitism is for losers.