Against Me! – Because of the Shame

Off to see Against Me! tonight with a review to follow (if I don’t fangirl too much)

We used to get high together, instead of getting high alone.
Can’t remember the last time I saw you.
Can’t remember the last time we talked.
You left home for a fresh start,
Working as a waitress down in Bradenton.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Don’t it seem so detached and unreal? Don’t it seem so far away?
Like the past never happened, or like nothing’s ever changed.
With your casket open in front of me,
Your eyes closed and your lips silent.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Didn’t listen to the preacher.
Couldn’t look your husband in the eyes.
I’m not sure what I meant to you then,
So I’m not sure what I owe you now.
But if something I said hurt you
I swear it was not my intention.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Can you hear me right now?
Can you hear me right now?

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The 1975: Glasgow Barrowlands

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Emulating the mysterious and alternative styles of the 80’s Manchester alt-pop band, The 1975 walked onto the Glasgow Barrowlands stage after several minutes of taunting with dry-ice and synth music to a crowd of eager fans; most of them barely pushing 18.

Singer Matt Healy cemented the idea that The 1975 are trying a bit too hard to be unique wearing a fur jacket cradling a bottle of red wine, he ended up just looking a little pretentious. Opening the night with crowd pleaser The City, deafening cheers and chants gave hope that a memorable show was about to be put on.

However apart from releasing catchy songs, the edgy haircuts and all black wardrobes alongside their ‘cool-guy’ personas The 1975 are really no different to most acts that have come and gone in the past 20-years; their mix of singles focusing on sex, angst and drugs are good live performance tracks but for an hour long set The 1975 still have a lot to learn.

Since rocketing into the charts with their self-titled debut album last year, The 1975 have not yet put out new material and they have yet to change up their live shows. Taking a break from slower album tracks, allowing a break from Healy smoking and drinking on stage to Me acting like a rejected romantic character, a saxophone player emerged from the smoke to play a killer solo during Heart Out, that allowed a moment of appreciation for something interesting to watch and listen to.

The night truly came to life with the encore featuring the favourites Chocolate and rockier sounding Sex. It’s a great tactic to place your two liveliest songs at the end of the setlist because it fools people into thinking the entire show was lively and interactive; the younger generation seemed to love it anyway.

In all honesty watching a re-run of Loose Women would have been more entertaining.

Welcome to the Vinyl Revival

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Who doesn’t love a faded memory jumping straight back into the spotlight questioning why you ever forgot it? This particular memory is the humble vinyl that is currently having a more successful reincarnation than Gary Barlow’s return to the spotlight.

A statement collectors piece for all music lovers, vinyl was overshadowed by the ever popular digital download making it a mere memory or relic hidden away in the dusty corners of record stores. Increasing interest in digital music saw the closure of multiple independent record shops in the UK with 540 store closures in five years and little to no interest in the once popular vinyl. What a turnaround it has had in the past couple of years with record sales more than doubling in 2013 and the release of David Bowie and Daft Punk’s LPs generating such a buzz vinyl sales reached a ten-year high.

Since it’s introduction by Columbia Records in 1948 vinyl has had a great following thanks to the alternative sounds and character an LP has to offer. Vinyl lover and collector, Robert Nelson said the rise in record sales is due to both the artwork and sound quality that has revived the vinyl appeal, he said: “to own a vinyl record really means something, from the artwork on the sleeve, to the lyrics printed on the booklet, the vinyl record is special, it is a relationship.”

Dan Lurinsky, manager of music store Rubadub agreed and stated: “I wouldn’t want to just sit in the house with a big hard drive and have nothing to look at. I like having something to look at and flicking through things and finding things by accident.”

There is no denying that the annual Record Store Day events, held in April, have helped to propel vinyl sales and raise awareness introducing people to the wonder of physical music; music that you can see, touch and smell whilst admiring the craft that goes into pressing a record that can be cared for, making it a loyal purchase. Record Store Day has helped music lovers to appreciate not only vinyl but their local music stores as Robert said: “it encourages people to go into their local music stores and look at what is available. In most cases, these small independent stores are a treasure trove of old vinyl that will appeal to the collector.”

Similar to all good things, Record Store Day can be seen as a bit of a hindrance. What we have to remember is that independent stores, like Rubadub, are pressing records all year round and have deadlines to meet but with Record Store Day it makes it hard to meet deadlines due to a backlog at pressing plants with companies re-releasing products, as Dan explained: “it’s a lot of big weighty companies trying to cash in on it.”

Held annually I wondered if making Record Store Day more than a once a year event would encourage more people to discover records but like all good things, less is more. Having one day to value a time tested musical relic in a fun filled day of music is better than having multiple events where people can lose interest because it’s the same thing happening over and over again. Record Store Day is arguably a great event, minus some inconveniences to independent stores, for music lovers to come together to talk to like-minded people having a good time. Dan stated: “every day is Record Store Day for us, but the actual day and the build to it is one of the best days of the year. It’s just an absolute laugh, all the staff really enjoy it, all the customers who come in all year round love it, we have DJs playing all day and we get the beers out –  it’s just a good day.”

Rubadub experienced one of the busiest Record Store Day’s this year thanks to the increasing interest in vinyl and the growing appreciation of spending time in independent stores browsing through LPs and finding treasures. With the store packed when the doors opened it’s great to see more people getting involved in a fun event highlighting a statement object for every music fan, Dan said: “I think it’s the most fun we’ve had on Record Store Day, in here anyway, it was a bit of a drunken weekend after that.” That’s how you celebrate one of the greatest methods of listening to music. Long live the vinyl revival.

 

Published on Scotcampus.

Music Monday: Jake Bugg, O2 Academy Glasgow

Jake Bugg took the Academy by storm with his new rock persona during a two day, sold out stint in Glasgow.

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Warming up the vocal chords the Glasgow crowd sang along to the iconic ‘Waterfall’, The Stone Roses, gearing themselves up for the sing along that was to ensue when Bugg and his two-piece band swaggered on stage.

Comparisons with Oasis and Bob Dylan have been thrown all over the place since the 19 year-old boy from Nottingham became the youngest Brit to have a number one album, released October last year, but Glasgow saw a man take the stage and perform to standards that are worthy of those comparisons.

Songs fuelled with gritty past experiences in ‘Seen It All’ where the singer recalls “taking a pill or two” before witnessing a stabbing, ‘Two Fingers’ with the popular lyric “skin up a fat one, hide from the feds” to the new upbeat, Brit rock songs appearing on his second album the show was a mix of new and old.

The release of one number one album hasn’t been enough for the man being hailed as the saviour of British music.

As Jake Bugg starts the UK leg of his sold out tour he is returning from Malibu where legendary producer, Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, and Johnny Cash) has helped put the final touches to Bugg’s second album, Shangri La aptly named after the idyllic location, and Rubin’s studio, where it was recorded.

Unheard tracks such as ‘Pine Trees’ and ‘Songs about Love’ brought the rowdy crowd to a standstill with the power of Bugg’s voice and mesmerising melodies showcasing the gift for writing and singing a proper ballad he has.

Chants of “Jakey, Jakey Bugg, na na na” stopped the show midway through with the singer-songwriter clearly taken aback by the adoration he was receiving from the crowd with his trademark scowl brushed from his face as a massive grin appeared before a deafening response was received after the first chords to ‘Broken’ were played.

Jake Bugg and co. performed a stellar show with an even variety of slow ballads and rock surges with Shangri La making a definitive appearance during his stint in Glasgow, all songs going down successfully, but nobody is really expecting any less than a success from album number two are they?

INTERVIEW: Knock On Effect

Knock On Effect is taking the music scene by storm after the release of their first EP Jump the Gun with the band performing better than ever.

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L-R: Liam Bryce, Scott Lever and Scott Beaton

Sitting in a small Gourock pub three fifths of indie rock band, Knock On Effect is waiting to get interviewed.

Not long after the release of their first EP Jump the Gun and a knock out performance in Glasgow’s iconic King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, where the godfathers of indie rock, Oasis, were first signed after a gig, the band are making their way to a bright future.

Knock On Effect formed in 2011 after the boys met at school, parties and football  with each member doing their own thing – singer Mick McLennan and guitarist Scott Lever working together, guitarist and vocalist Scott Beaton having individual success before joining, bassist Liam Bryce had never played bass in front of anyone before and drummer David Hughes was in another band, the five piece decided to join forces – one practice session created Knock On Effect who secured their first gig one week later.

Scott Lever recalls that: “[they] just started jamming and it all came together”.

Their most recent four track release Jump the Gun, aptly named after the bands tendency to get things done quickly, has three originalsongs that were played during their first practice even if they “sound a lot different now”, recalls bassist Liam, the EP draws on musical influences from bands including Stone Roses and Dundee kids The View mixed in with the talent and own musical twist of Knock On Effect.

Similar to other performers the band are doing their best to build their fan base and work hard to ensure people realise that they are not like other artists out there and this is clear in their music.

Taking influences from all types artists has improved the quality of songs getting produced explained guitarist and vocalist, Scott Beaton: “getting influences from other types of music brings something to it, like, hip hop base lines and things like that are pretty cool.

But you won’t catch me rapping.”

As an unsigned band Jump the Gun was recorded using savings and in a bid for perfection was recorded twice.koe

He continued: “We can’t afford to go recording again” when asked if an album is next on the cards, “we recorded the EP twice.

The first time we didn’t like it so we scrapped it and went to record it again.”

The attention to detail can be heard on the EP and the bands progression since forming is evident through the song writing and performance that the five piece are not only ambitious and strive to be the best they can be but have learned to work well together.

Liam said: “We’re a better live band and our songs are getting better, more complicated and advanced.

We’ve noticed people have started getting more into some of the songs which is the best compliment.”

Songs are inspired by wild nights out, friends and daily experiences making the EP an honest reflection of the band and, although the demos are something the boys would like to forget, it is obvious in the music that as a band they work well together to make memorable music with the talent that runs through the boys – even if some of the songs have no meaning at all.

Scott Beaton laughing said: “‘Words Were Weapons’, it’s quite funny because it doesn’t mean anything to me at all…when you see people singing along you’re like ‘this doesn’t mean anything to me so I dunno what it means to you’”.

Slick rock songs infused with melodies and lyrics that begs to be played on repeat there is little room to wonder why King Tuts, another Glasgow venue added to the bands hit list after already playing gigs in The Garage, O2 ABC and its sister venue the Academy, has crowned the boys one of the most successful acts to perform in the venue with their growing fan base.

Scott Lever said: “Even the guys in King Tuts said it was the rowdiest crowed they had seen in a long while.

Hopefully they’ll have us back.”

King Tuts has spurred the boys on to attempt to organise more gigs for an EP tour around Scotland’s music scene but the dream of performing to a sold out Wembley crowed is one the band all share, with no hesitation when asked if they would give up their daily routines to be able to perform their music worldwide for a living.

Already having great success with their first music video for ‘B.I.A.S (On the Run)’ featuring live shots of the band performing and working in their personal studio, a studio which the boys believe has improved the band as it is their private space where they can spend as much time as they want writing songs and practicing, thoughts on making ‘Shadows’ into the next visual release is at the front of the bands mind.

The boost from another music video and plans to record a new album next year besides performing in local venues is the way Knock On Effect are going to make their name in this business, but with a successful release of Jump the Gun (available on iTunes) and their minds set on making the most of their talent the boys from the West of Scotland are one step closer to performing at Wembley.

Twitter: @KnockOnEffect1 Facebook: KnockOnEffect

Pictures: Caroline Armour  Full band image: Mark Gordon

Scottish musicians give artistic hand for charity

This weekend (May 3 – May 5) Glasgow will play host to a three day music festival in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. Events for Charities will bring musicians, bands and comedians to the city in the organisations second year which is set to be bigger and better than last year. Filled with cover bands, original artists and comedy everyone will have something to enjoy whilst giving a helping hand to a great cause.

Over the bank holiday weekend the charity music festival will have a great atmosphere helping a great cause. Events for Charities

EFC returns to Scotland for its second year

EFC returns to Scotland for its second year

chairman, James Edmond, said: “People can expect a family event with great atmosphere and entertainment from musicians, bands and comedians. All working to help raise awareness and funds for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

In its second year there has already been a huge difference in the size of the festival, turning a two day event into a three day event with acts including Logan, Dan ReedNot The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and brilliant cover bands h-Aye Voltage (a tribute to AC/DC) and Bowie inspired musicians, Spiders on Mars. Tickets to all events held in Ivory BlacksThe Cultha and Maggie Maysare available through TicketScotland and Events for Charities website, with prices starting at £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

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Dan Reed is just one of this years performers

This year’s festival has been under-way since last May to allow plenty time to ensure it is the best it can be. With all the planning and preparation the event is set to please everyone who participates, James continued: “The planning of the event we had to look at different styles of music and what days and venues to use for these. So we didn’t have any clash of styles. The initial stages sorting out what bands could play on what day was the hard bit with shuffling line ups around to suit. The next stage was to sort out the initial promotion for the event through social media and our websites to create the overall awareness of the event.Twelve months on we have the complete three day festival in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.”

Last years event raised a total of £3742 and the organisers are hoping to raise even more this year. The festival is guaranteed to have a great turnout with all the shows and events on offer but if you are unable to attend the festivities there are other ways to help raise money for Yorkill. James explains “[Events for Charities] have set up just giving pages for people that can’t take part can help by collecting in their work place or just donating the price of a ticket.” The event also needs more volunteers to work over the weekend, donating money or giving a helping hand over the bank holiday weekend will help the event and ensure a great atmosphere to those enjoying the show.

The festival has the best in original Scottish talent

The festival has the best in original Scottish talent

Unsigned musicians, bands, cover acts and comedians also get the chance to get their name recognised through these events. The success of last years event has raised interest from local musicians with more artists requesting slots over the, now, three day festival urging for an even bigger event next year. Talent is booming in Scotland and Events for Charities is bringing that talent to the public for a great cause. Growing interest and music ability has already led organisers to look for 80 to 100 bands, artists and comedians to take part.

Although currently based in Glasgow with previous success travelling Scotland it looks like local musicians, bands and comedians may be able to travel Scotland, James added “Last year in December we had an event lasting twelve days in aid of CHAS, Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and Erskine Hospital, “The Twelve Days OF Christmas”. We took this from east to west of Scotland. We are hoping to be in Edinburgh and Stirling later this year with other charity events. We do have plans, not sure how far away it is, to take the festival from been a mostly indoor festival to an outdoor event, this is still in the planning stages and could be one to two years away. ”

Music, comedy and a good cause is the best way to enjoy a bank holiday weekend after a hard weeks work.

Tickets are still available online (TicketScotlandEvents for Charities).

One Way or the One Direction Way

Pictures by Katie O’Hara

One Direction performed their second sold-out date in Glasgow yesterday (27 February).

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The five piece, who shot to fame after coming third in 2010’s X Factor final, continued their UK tour in the SECC.

A crowd filled with pre-teen girls, proud twenty year olds (I have no shame for my 1D love) and awkward dads the boys put on a fantastic show.

Performing some of their biggest hits, One Direction pulled off a great show with a perfect mix of up tempo numbers and ballads; including Little Things and Live While We’re Young.

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Red Nose Day charity single, One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks), a Blondie cover, was also performed with Niall Horan entertaining fans pretending to be Scottish.

Harry Styles found himself at the centre of attention again after an eager fan threw fetching pink boxers at him – which he sportingly wore as a hat for the next song.

The rest of the popular boy band: Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne, joined in with Styles and Horan’s antics in funny clips featuring the band dressed as OAPs and street performers.

Lights, fireworks, confetti and five handsome young men brought the Glasgow crowd to life with their cheesy pop-tastic tunes.

One Direction are now one of the biggest boy bands in the world and last night they cemented their position at the top.

It’s Propaganda!

IF you want to dance to some live music and then dance the night away, the 02 ABC is where you want to be.

The 02 ABC Glasgow, situated in Sauchiehall Street, was first constructed in 1875 under the name of the ‘Diorama Hall’ as a cinema venue playing the first cinematic movie in Glasgow in May 1896. The Diorama hall could seat 2359 people in total in the stalls and balcony with  public movies played in an upstairs room to allow parking in the downstairs room. Over the years the Diorama has changed it’s name multiple times, in November 1929 the name was changed to ‘The Regal’ and was opened as an ABC Cinema venue with a new design layout from CJ McNair.

However it was in October 1967 the venue changed it’s name to ABC1 with an 922 capacity extention added to the venue known as the ABC2. On 13 December 1979 the ABC introduced five new screens into the venue but was closed on29 October 1998 to open the venue as a number of small bars and rooms to hold concerts.

Regular music employee David McBride spotted the potential the ABC had to be a high quality concert venue and throughout 2002 to 2005 the site was renovated to hold music concerts. The ABC opened on June 10 2005, after having to cancel bands at the last minute due to health and saftey reasons. When the ABC opened on the 10th Roddy Frame and the Trashcan Sinatras played for the first crowd to see a concert at the reforemed venue. In 2009 owners changed the branding of the club to 02 ABC Glasgow after Academy Music Group took a major stake in the venue.

If you have ever been to the ABC for concerts you will appreciate all the hard work that has went into the venue. Bands who perform always play at high quality due to the great sound systems, good quality of microphones and importantly the vast amount of space the venue has to offer. Like most venues in Glasgow the ABC has friendly staff to help throughout any concert to make sure every concert goer has the best time they possibly can. But, most importantly for the over 18′s, when the gig is finished the ABC open the bars to allow the night to continue into the early hours.

If you’re into Nicki Minaj JellyBaby will send you away in starships or if you want to admit that you’re not nineteen forever Propaganda is good for all the old school and new skool Indie kids. The ABC is also a favourite amongst bands for after show parties with Enter Shikari and You Me At Six holding DJ sets after their gigs.