Band of the month – February Edition

For my first ‘band of the month’, it’s the Glasgow grunge quartet ‘CRYSTAL’. The band is formed of Anna Shields, Blair Crichton, Lizzie Reid and Aidan McAllister.

One of the best things about CRYSTAL is seeing them live. CRYSTAL’S set is consistently explosive, never gets tiring and keeps you on the edge, wondering what’s next. Despite only having two of their songs available online, they’re the two songs that showcase CRYSTAL as the grungy but polished band that they are. CRYSTAL serve 90’s grunge and punk vibes that are dark and intoxicating but you still can’t help but sing along to the catchy choruses particularly in ‘Heaven’. The band feel different, whilst they definitely have clear influences, they are a big step away from what a lot of their local music scene consists of. They have their own sound and they have certainly perfected it in the form of latest single ‘Sex Rich’.

They have this air of confidence and stand somewhat separate from the rest of the scene which adds to the mysterious and enigmatic vibe of the band, which I have nothing but praise for. Anna and Blair’s chemistry doesn’t go unnoticed and their vocals blend perfectly together above the jagged guitar riffs. How candid Anna is about gender balance and sexism in the music scene makes me appreciate the band even more as it’s not something often spoken about in the punk/male dominated Glasgow scene. I’m always excited to see what Crystal do next and look forward to seeing them blossom even more this year. CRYSTAL are seriously ones to watch in 2019 and you can catch them like at the SAMA takeover festival, The Tenement TV Discover tour and Stag and Dagger festival this spring.

Check out CRYSTAL on Spotify: here.

Follow CRYSTAL on Instagram (@crystalbandx) and on Facebook (CRYSTAL).

(Photo – James A. Grant)

 

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The Scott Hutchison Effect

Almost a year on, the loss of Scott Hutchison is still very much present in so many people’s hearts, but also in everyday conversations. Scott took his own life on the 10th of May last year and a sea of grief washed over not only the Scottish music scene, but over the whole world and reached fans in every corner of the planet. The days following Scott’s disappearance was a really, really hard time for many, and still to this day I curse the ominous black box that is the Dakota hotel when I see it on the horizon while crossing the Forth Rail Bridge.

His legacy and influence haven’t disappeared, and I absolutely believe they won’t ever. I see Scott mentioned on social media, in magazines (The Skinny has included a wee mention of Scott every month since May) and in conversations every day. Most notably his close friend James Graham, lead singer of The Twilight Sad, has said that Scott’s passing influenced their new album and the band have vowed to sing Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Keep Yourself Warm’ at every live show from now on.

Scott was such a prolific, heartfelt songwriter that left a glimmer of hope amongst the darkest lyrics, and his songs of pain and sadness made the feeling universal and connected listeners with Scott in such a deep and personal way that no other artist has managed to do the same. He was humble, sarcastic, hilarious and felt everything so deeply. Through his suffering he brought so much joy and happiness to so many lives, just through the power of music. He was a voice for the troubled and openly spoke about his mental health and encouraged people to do the same and seek help. Scott was such a significant figure in the Scottish music scene and a friend to everyone who knew him and will be remembered and celebrated forever, he really did make tiny changes to earth.

(Photo by me)

Felix And The Sunsets – ‘Déjà Vu’ Review

Following the release of their debut EP ‘Don’t Sleep’, Felix And The Sunsets are back with a new brooding single. The Leith band consisting of Felix Christie, Lukas Christie and Jonnie Wallace take influence from Jack White and The Stooges, and their new single certainly shows this. The atmospheric track erupts into the typical garage rock sound Felix And The Sunsets are known for. The song carries the same heavy riff throughout that gives you a buzz from start to finish mixed with Felix’s unique voice and big energetic choruses made for being played live, and loud. The imaginative lyrics and JQGEsjvkpunchy beat stay stuck in your brain long after you listen to it and leave you wanting more. ‘Déjà Vu’ is the bands best song yet, and another reminder Felix And The Sunsets are definitely ones to watch.

‘Déjà Vu’ is out on the 1st of March. Listen to the rest of the band’s music Here

Catch Felix And The Sunsets next gig at Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh) with This Feeling on the 23rd of March! Tickets here: Here

Follow the band on Instagram (@felixandthesunsets) and on Facebook (Felix And The Sunsets).

Photo by: Lensy Henry

 

Top 5’s With Finlay McCarthy

I had the pleasure of talking to Finlay McCarthy, bassist of Glasgow’s goth pop band Walt Disco to find out a selection of his top 5’s when it comes to music at the moment.

Top 5 songs at the moment 

1) Toro y Moi – Who Am I

2) Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

3) George Clanton – Monster 50728521_943818759160146_7047350220958466048_n

4) Wild Nothing – Letting Go

5) LVL UP – Hidden Driver

 

Top 5 gigs you’ve ever been to

1) Slowdive @ The O2 ABC

2) The Cribs @ The O2 Academy

3) The 1975 @ The Hydro

4) Peach Pit @ Sneaky Pete’s

5) Young Fathers @ Electric Fields

Top 5 songs ever

1) The Bilinda Butchers – Stevie Nicks

2) The Voidz – Human Sadness

3) Ross From Friends – Pale Blue Dot

4) Porches – Now The Water

5) Hebronix – Unliving

Top 5 artists ever

1) The Smashing Pumpkins

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3) The Cribs

4) The Bilinda Butchers

5) Porches

Top 5 Scottish Artists

1) Lucia

2) The Ninth Wave

3) St Martiins

4) Cocteau Twins

5) Young Fathers

Top 5 Scottish Artists Songs

1) Lucia – Blueheart

2) The Ninth Wave – Love You Til the End

3) St Martiins – ur so pretty

4) Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

5) Young Fathers – Shame

 

Photo’s by: Dougy Hill

Stream Walt Disco’s latest single ‘My Pop Sensibilities’ on Spotify here :

Follow them on Instagram (@waltdisco) and on Facebook (Walt Disco)

 

Here Come The Brides

Wives haven’t released any music, or even performed live, yet they’re the band people can’t stop talking about. In a time when all eyes are on the Glasgow music scene, with multiple Scottish bands joining the SXSW line up or embarking on UK tour’s, Wives bring something new to the scene with an unusual line up and a different sound. I spoke to the founding members Anna Reeves and Joshua Cakir for their first interview to find out more about the band.

What is Wives?

AR – me and Josh met about a year ago, weboth knew we were into music and I knew he was in a band (Edinburgh based band ‘Nasari’) and I study music now. I moved to Edinburgh and I started to hang out with Eilidh (guitarist in Wives) and decided we wanted to start a kind of riot girl band like a kind of band that had feminist themes, so then Josh and Cal (bass) who I’d met after a gig made a group chat and added Eilidh and Tom (drummer).

What is the inspiration behind wives? 55ace09370dbbb7238efd4078e0b4d6ebde09a331590df290c4b0ac16b0b3ea7

JC – Well, it’s 80s/90s inspired, we draw inspiration from a lot of other bands because all 5 of us are into all different types of music, some of it is similar, but we all have really different tastes.

AC- Lots of kinds of punk and post punk, and some new wave sounds too.

JC – Even some Sludgy, gothy, experimental stuff.

What bands/artists would you say have inspired your music?

AR – We want to make a mix of lots of different sounds, like the Pixies and maybe Slaves too.

JC – Placebo as well, that’s been brought up a lot and I’d say Radiohead too actually.

AR – We’re like a sexy Radiohead!

Why do you think a band like wives is so important at the moment?

JC – Cause there’s a very limited amount of strong female fronted bands out there at the moment.

AR – It’s a band with 5 different people from 5 completely different musical and artistic backgrounds and politics and feminism is really important to all of us. And also, in terms of the amount of music and subculture that’s happening in Glasgow and Edinburgh? Its another product of that.

JC – And I think in amongst the punk scene, all eyes are on Glasgow just now. I think Wives has come at the right time, cause you have a lot of bands and band styles like genres coming back and drawing influence from the 90’s. You’ve got lots of new bands like Hinds etc drawing influence from Bikini kill but making it more modern so it has more of a flare to it you could say.

AR- I think its going to take some working out and development but that’s what we’re most excited about.

b0e438f8e521c92bf297a3ed0d9fbc3ac1a071e54ba3fde97a5cabcffa8ee261JC – There’s a lot of musical talent in the band and what I think is good is that we’re not actually rushing a set, we’ll spend a long time on a song to get it right. The weird thing is we all have really different tastes but when we all come together, they all sound like the belong in the same set.

 What’s your plans for the future, in the next year or so?

AR – Lots more recording and writing. I think we’d like to do some videos too. We’re all really into visual arts, particularly Cal who’s just applied for art school.

JC – We’re looking to gig as much as possible as well, gigging is so important. We’ve only been on Instagram for 2 weeks and we’ve already had people asking us about playing with them. We’re planning to go into the studio in the next 2 or 3 months and get something out as soon as we can. We’re planning to not take it easy and just get right into it with the momentum we’ve already got.

AR – We’re taking our time in terms of being creative and having things how we want but we’re excited about it happening

When’s your first gig?

JC – 14th of March at Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh). And then 3 days later we’re doing the Queens of Noise conference with lots of good bands.

Catch Wives at their first live shows of 2019 and keep your eyes peeled for more announcements on their Instagram (@wivestheband) and their facebook (@Wives) .

Photos by Rosie Sco