Future of the Left – Broadcast 2/11 Preview
Welsh rockers, Future of the Left, return to Glasgow on November 2nd, playing songs from their new album How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident, a record described by NME as “Fourteen tracks of pure atomic fury and scalpel-sharp lyrics”. Featuring ex-members of Mclusky and Million Dead, the Welsh quartet put on a ferocious live show reminescent of Pulled Apart By Horses or early Biffy Clyro with brilliantly titled tracks such as ‘Robocop 4 – Fuck Off Robocop’ and ‘Sheena is a T-shirt Salesman’.
The most successful changes in vocalist happen when a band has their own signature sound ready for the newbie to step right into. On Empire of Light, Devil Sold His Soul hit new heights of critical acclaim alongside reaching new peaks with their soaring and melodic post-metal grooves. Now, new vocalist Paul Green has stepped up to replace original member Ed Gibbs; no mean feat considering how essential Gibbs’ voice was on their latest release.
Electric Circus, Edinburgh, 9th February, £12
The story of Balthazar’s formation goes some way towards giving you an idea of what they’re all about. Twin frontmen Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez busked as teenagers on opposite sides of the same square. They didn’t know each other, but became aware that they were in competition, and that they were both rinsing and repeating a three song set. The union came with the realisation that two three song sets would become a six song set, and that two voices opened the potential to harmonise. Having become infinitely more successful buskers as a result of teaming up, they have come a long way since.
Glasgow King Tut’s, Wednesday 13 February, 8.00pm, £14
When bands experience a change in line-up, the history books won’t always view it as a positive thing. Can anyone really say that their favourite Iron Maiden songs come from that questionable 90s period when Blaze Bayley was their frontman?
King Tut’s, Sunday January 20th
The Blackout are back once again, headlining their own UK tour with support from Sonic Boom Six and Proxies. The tour, which sees them play Glasgow’s King Tuts on Sunday 20th January, coincides with the launch of their next single ‘Running Scared’ from their fourth album Start the Party, which is released on the 21st January.
Notorious for their boisterous live performances and a real personality on stage – the band describe themselves as a concoction of ‘Beastie Boys meets Andrew W.K. meets Dirty Sanchez’, the six-piece from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales certainly know how to put on a show. Their mix of high-energy pop-punk and punchy riffs has seen their last two albums – Best in Town and Hope – warmly received by music critics and their latest effort looks likely to do the same, with ‘Start the Party’ making it onto Radio 1’s B List.
When you combine the boys’ enthusiastic stage presence with a venue such as Glasgow’s famous King Tuts you begin to realise that the 20th January will be no ordinary Sunday evening! Don’t miss out.
O2 ABC - Tuesday 13 November, 7.00pm [£18.50]
This year’s eagerly-awaited festival kicks off today and runs until April 1st. On Saturday 17th March, James Acaster will be performing his critically acclaimed show, Amongst Other Things, which he debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with great success. James has supported pun machine Milton Jones on tour and made appearances on Russell Howard’s Good News and Dave’s One Night Stand, so he’s one to look out for.
We’ll be reviewing this Saturday’s show, so watch this space. Until then, here’s a quick Q&A with the man himself to whet your appetites…
The QMU Publications Committee, in their infinite wisdom, have granted me several hundred words to write on all things musical, that is all the things I can think of. I’ll try to write about recent gigs, upcoming gigs you simply cannot miss, new music from both well-known bands and relatively unknown ones and whatever else comes in between all of that.
I’ll get the ball rolling with a gig I went to not so long ago. The headlining band was Wild Flag, an all-female four piece from the US west coast. Their eponymous debut album was released way back in September and they’ve recently been touring some small venues across the UK. Most importantly they came to Glasgow to play the Oran Mor, which I’d never been to for a gig before. As a venue it’s somewhere above King Tut’s and (for space at least) way above Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, which means the tickets are a bit more expensive. The gig was definitely worth the price (and the fact I didn’t need to get into the city centre to see it). From the moment the band came on, they gave everything they had into the show. For a 41 year old, vocalist/guitarist Mary Timony gave one hell of an athletic performance. At one point she was on her back, moving around the stage, whilst killing it on guitar. The entire band had some serious skill when it came to playing their instruments and they were enjoying it more than the audience, they even took pictures of us at the end to remember the gig, which isn’t something bands usually do. Seeing as this is online I can chuck some links in for you to check out the bands I’m chatting about, so there you go.
For my next trick, I’ll tell you about Plumb, not the fruit because that would be boring and frankly quite irrelevant to everything else I’m writing, but the new album from Field Music. I’ll try and make this my only plant-related pun, but Plumb really has its roots in good old prog rock. If you like Yes then you will love this album. It doesn’t sound directly like Yes otherwise I might just tell you to listen to Fragile or another of their albums; it’s like 70s prog with a 2012 twist, like coke with lemon. Good like the original, but better. If you don’t believe me, those nice folks over at NPR have made the entire album free to stream here.