If there ever was a time to imagine Placebo going metal, this was it. Darlia are a young and foolish three piece boy band with baby faces and heaps of talent. On perhaps one of their biggest tours supporting soon-to-be famous The Family Rain, King Tut’s was an incredible baptism of fire as they kickstart their career in the big, bad music business.
After a summer in which they toured the globe, playing festivals and promoting latest album The Weight of Your Love, Editors return to the UK for a tour that rocks up at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on November 26th. Qmunicate spoke to the groups’ newest member, ex-Yourcodenameis:Milo guitarist, Justin Massey about Top Gear, massive choruses and being big in Belgium.
What better way to spend your Friday afternoon, after a long, pretty crap week at uni, than in a suntrap; listening to live, acoustic music? Thing is, this wasn’t somewhere tropical like Costa Rica it was in the QMU’s new Café Twenty2 where we are proud to be hosting the ‘Coffee House Sessions’, brilliantly compiled by Huw Stephens.
Today I was reviewing and interviewing Dougie Crosbie and they say don’t judge a book by its cover but I was taken aback by the black clad, inked Ayrshire boy that walked in. However, when Dougie started playing; the fluidity of his Americana voice, somehow full of grit definitely took me by surprise. When he opened with Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Slipping and Sliding’ I pictured him as a significant part of the soundtrack for the dusty, desert scenes in Breaking Bad, playing whislt Walt and Jesse take the campervan out for days on end for some homemade cooking (if you don’t know what I’m talking about – reconsider your life choices). Dougie perfectly represents the folk, country style; with a little bit of rough and tumble thrown in. His piercing twang was apparent as he played a six song set, with lyrically clever tracks from his brand new EP Choices and Ambitions. As Dougie ended his set with another handwritten surprise, the dusty Texan style continued with soft, melodic tones – similar to an American Jake Bugg. However, what was just lovely to see was Dougie’s genuine delight, with a toothy grin as he heard the crowd applauding him time after time. Definitely a keeper.
Hey ho. After their successful Glasgow show qmunicate sat down with Olli Vänskä, Turisas violin player and all round bad-ass motherfucker for a chat about life on the road, scottish cuisine and keeping the bar staff entertained.
Though he has a reputation as a rampant egomaniac, in person the ex-Razorlight frontman is surprisingly down to earth. Sure, not everyone has a house in the Basque country or such impressive taste in scarves but as we settle down for the interview across a bulging bowl of fruit he seems far from the voluble Borrell of legend. If anything the singer appears wary of the manner in which he’s been treated by the press and seems keen to tell his side of the story.
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.
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.
Laura Thomas interviews country singer Caitlin Rose at her recent performance in Glasgow.
We sit down with NeverShoutNever! before they get on stage to perform at the QMU to ask them questions about their next album and some from their fans outside