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.
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.
Johnny Borrell + Zazou, Zee Berg – King Tuts – 02/10/13
Having toured stadiums as the frontman of Razorlight there’s a risk that the crowded Tuts stage will not be large enough for Johnny Borrell as he rolls into Glasgow to promote his new album Borrell 1.
On the Wrong Track: Secretary of Glasgow University Young Conservatives expelled from the party over controversial blog post.4 Oct
This Tuesday the secretary of the Glasgow University Young Conservatives, Ruaridh Frize was forced to resign from his position and expelled from the Conservative party over comments posted on his controversial blog On The Right Track UK.
Though the article, originally published several weeks ago (and indeed the entire blog) were first limited to invite only and then later removed entirely, several readers took screenshots of the blog which began to circulate on social networks. In the most recent article, entitled “Why are feminists obsessed with exploiting rape?” Frize suggested that “…feminists could not care less about victims of rape; they’d gladly wheel her to the nearest abortion clinic, shove her in an ‘I Don’t Regret My Abortion T-Shirt’, take a picture for their website and then kick her to the curb”, compared students in state schools to wild animals and suggested that the “typical feminist isolation from men is very rarely through personal choice”, eliciting a string of outraged responses from commentators.
Qmunicate’s initial enquiry to GUYC requesting they confirm Frize’s position within their organisation and comment on whether such views were widely prevalent within the Conservative Party received a brusque redirection to Michael Tait, the Scottish Conservative Party’s media director, who later informed qmunicate that Frize had been expelled by the party.
When presented with quotes from the article by qmunicate Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and Honorary President of Glasgow University Young Conservatives, said that such comments were “completely unacceptable” and “in no way representative of the Scottish Conservative Party”. A Conservative spokesperson also went on record as saying the Scottish Conservatives “did not wish to be associated with these deeply offensive comments”.
Qmunicate also contacted SRC Gender Equality Officer, Clopin Meehan for comment on the situation but received no response.
Mr Frize has since privately contacted qmunicate in order to issue an apology.
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.
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.
Consisting of Jonathan Noonan (Guitar and Vocals), Fraser MacDonald (Bass) and David McCallum (Drums), Pseudo Satellites were in the studio recording their first EP before they’d even played live. Cutting all four tracks in a mammoth thirteen hour recording session in Erskine (see our feature elsewhere in the magazine), these guys are Scottish born and bred but rather than chasing on the coat tails of the likes of Twilight Sad and Biffy Clyro instead they go for the riotous energy of Feeder and the potent alt-rock of Smashing Pumpkins.
The second album from the Scottish sextet sees them further developing their folk-rock sound whilst dropping the ‘Fistful of Fivers’ part of their moniker. Their great strength is their talent for diversity; darting straight from the rollicking ‘Roll For Me’ into the more contemplative ‘Courage’, a track channels the world weariness of Nick Cave, backed by acoustic guitar flourishes. Though their trademark brass section is still in place ‘End Game’ manages to looser and more dynamic than their debut. The arrangements on the likes of ‘King’s Liar’s celtic-soul are more complex, bringing to mind the likes of Dexy’s Midnight Runners but there’s still a sense of spontaneity and excitement.