As his band prepare to return to the stage with a brand new record, qmunicate’s Alice Black caught up with Jon Fratelli to discuss touring the world, new beginnings and a special night in the QMU.
Emma Ainley-Walker interviews The 1975 after their recent gig at 02 ABC in Glasgow.
Excited to be in Glasgow?
Very much so. We’ve played loads here before, we love it here. (It’s a good city for live music.) It’s always really really good, they get very into it. There’s loads of kids that have been to our shows for years under different bands in Glasgow. Glasgow’s one of the only places where we actually had a little following. There’s quite a good alternative music scene in Glasgow because they’ve had a lot of relevant acts.
02 ABC – 17/9/2013
The 1975 are quickly playing their way into the hearts and minds of the musically plugged-in masses, seemingly an overnight success even though they’ve been playing together for over 10 years. But with each single came more success, a huge buzz building up around them in festival season, their eponymous number one album and now a headline tour.
Remember when The Fratellis were a thing? Their songs played in beer adverts, they won a Brit Award and everyone in the west of Scotland claimed to have a vague Fratelli connection (true story: my uncle taught the drummer). This success however, proved difficult to maintain, and the follow up to Costello Music failed to match the same excitement and acclaim they had achieved so effortlessly in their debut. An apparent indefinite hiatus and solo efforts followed, but the band soon announced their return to touring and recording in 2012.
Flicking through the acts who make up the Mercury Prize shortlist is always a frustrating experience. The absence of personal favourites aside, it’s easy to note the lack of diversity (50% white guitar acts? No metal or urban music? Only three female acts?) but equally troubling is the lack of leftfield choices.
As she gears up for an autumn tour of the UK, Qmunicate spoke to singer-songwriter Emily Barker about collaborations with Frank Turner and Chuck Ragan, her Dutch-Australian heritage and her excellent new album Dear River.
RDGLDGRN, Hector Bizerk – ABC 11/5
RDGLDGRN may win the award for the most difficult band name to pronounce this year (it’s Red Gold Green, also the monikers for each band member). Hailing from Washington DC, the trio fuse hip-hop and alternative rock surprisingly well – many have tried and failed to bring two very different musical landscapes together, yet this group seem to have broken the curse and created something pretty impressive. With support and praise from artists as diverse as Pharell Williams and Dave Grohl, who plays drums on the majority of their first EP, RDGLDGRN have the capacity to become a new source of inventive and compelling music.
The Family Rain – King Tuts – 02/06/13
Twenty years to the week since Oasis bulldozed their way onto the King Tuts stage and into our collective consciousness, another set of siblings prepare to make the same leap. It’s unlikely that tonight will be scorched so indelibly into rock history as that night in ’93 but nonetheless The Family Rain are certainly in the ascendancy, following the success of their slick single ‘Trust Me…I’m a Genius’.
Splashh – Nice N’ Sleazy – 31/05/13
It’s 10pm and Nice N’ Sleazy is still packed with chairs and tables, perhaps to hide the fact that the venue itself is only half full. ‘Last Nite’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ blast from an impeccably chosen pre-show playlist as a small but enthusiastic crowd gears up for Splashh, the young garage rockers who serve as London’s answer to the current, NME-heralded wave of lightly psychedelic Birmingham rock bands.
Tribes – Oran Mor, 21st May 2013
If Dave Grohl really is the nicest man in rock, then Johnny Lloyd of Tribes must be a close second. The frontman smiles in the face of a 4/10 album review, to which he replies, “Fuck you NME! We don’t need that shit anyway.” Tonight the hipsters and the schoolboys swarm to the basement of the Oran Mor to see his band, the day after the release of their second album Wish to Scream.