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Published Tuesday 3rd September 2013
ONE of the best gigs we have attended in months was an intense performance by solo artist Lauren Hold, aka LAW, at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s.
Boasting a distinctive vocal style set to beats composed with Young Fathers and producer Tim London (who scored a hit with Hippychick for the band Soho in 1990), her music is a fresh and exciting addition to Scotland’s music scene. The song Hustle gives a good taste of what is to come.
More info visit www.lawholt.com
One of the biggest talking points in the Scottish music scene is the news that the legendary Fence Collective is to split. Founder Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) plans to relaunch in January, while his former partner Johnny “Pictish Trail” Lynch plans to release many of the acts formerly on the label via his new venture, Lost Map Records http://lostmap.com A free sampler featuring tracks by eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Monoganon, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap and The Pictish Trail is available to anyone who signs up to the mailing list.
Hip-hop supremos Hector Bizerk are to mark the release of their new album with two launch parties, in Stereo, Glasgow on 21 September and at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the following night. Billed as “Hectember Weekender”, the band are offering a limited number of seats on their Hector Bus from Glasgow for Edinburgh. The band had the plugs pulled on their last gig in the capital (at the BBC’s Fringe tent), when security appeared to take exception to enthusiastic fans going in for some “taps aff” action. www.hectorbizerk.com
Hector Bizerk will also be appearing at Jocktoberfest, hosted by the Black Isle Brewery near Inverness this coming weekend. This year’s bill is shaping up to be the best yet – it includes Casual Sex, Be Like Pablo, Woodenbox, Dylan Tierney and the fantastic Cairn String Quartet. www.jocktoberfest.com
On the other side of the firth, Moray Culture Day takes place in the Findhorn Bay area on 21 September. The free event will feature more than 80 artists with music, theatre, exhibitions, seminars and film all represented. The organisers of the goNORTH Festival have programmed a series of industry panel sessions, a screening programme and live music showcases in the evening. Artists performing include Fatherson, Be Like Pablo, The Oxides and Dave Martin & Graeme Rogers (DJ set) at Mosset Tavern from 9pm. Other pubs in the area will host Highland singer songwriters Jemma Tweedie, Dylan Tierney, Blair McLeod and Irenie Rose. www.findhornbayarts.com/night.html
Also taking place in the Highlands over the same weekend, is Ullapool’s Loopallu Festival www.loopallu.co.uk This year’s line-up features emerging Scottish acts Fake Major, Blood Relatives and former track of the month provider Prides, as well as headliners Newton Faulkner and The Enemy. Also appearing is Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire whose eponymous album was released on the Middle Of Nowhere Recordings (www.monr.co.uk) co-owned by Loopallu promoter, Robert Hicks.
Over in Stornoway, goNORTH organisers present a free Music In Broadcast seminar at the Jäger Rooms on Wednesday. Speakers include Duncan McCrone from MCPS, representatives from MG Alba and goNORTH Director Amanda Millen. www.gonorthfestival.co.uk/news
Quirky Edinburgh indie-pop outfit The Spook School are to release their debut album with Fortuna Pop! The group have also scheduled a UK tour with dates in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in September and October. www.thespookschool.com
• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run regular music business event Born to Be Wide, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus from 7:30pm on 3 October with a seminar entitled Promoting Gigs. Speakers include Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also a booking agent, and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. Additional participants TBA. www.borntobewide.co.uk for more details
The latest band to catch our attention is four-sometimes-five-piece alt-rock band, Fatherson from Kilmarnock with their song First Born:
They’ve just returned from a triumphant showcase in front of top music industry executives as part of the Yellow Phone conference in Milwaukee, USA and they embark on an extensive tour throughout October. With an explosive live show, excellent songwriting, plenty of know-how when it comes to selling gig tickets and clever social networking competitions to select bands to support them, Fatherson are showing plenty of promise in the ones to watch category. Plus, they share a manager with Idlewild. For more information, see
Taking place in Thurso from 25-28 October, Wave North is a cultural festival with a difference, not least for the brave move of outdoor film screenings at the harbour. Activities also include surfing lessons, skateboard workshops, comedy, storytelling and plenty live music. Some of the venues participating include Newmarket Bar, Skinandis Nightclub, Ynot Bar & Grill and Caithness Horizons. Artists performing include We Were Promised Jetpacks, Verse Metrics, James Mackenzie, Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Running With Scissors and our track of the month band Fatherson . Visit www.facebook.com/wave.north
It seems strange that somebody would live next door to several long-standing venues known for playing loud music and then complain about the noise. But in such cases, it always seems to be the venues and the music-loving public who lose out. The latest victim is Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s which has carved out a well-deserved reputation for promoting emerging talent. Due to noise complaints it will now have to make-do with acoustic gigs. www.sneakypetes.co.uk
Fortunately, a new central Edinburgh location is now being used to host music events. The undercroft of St John’s Church on Lothian Road, which is run by Henderson’s vegetarian restaurant, will feature the monthly Bad Fun nights promoted by the city’s Song, By Toad label. The next event takes place on 26 October and includes a “supergroup” comprising James Yorkston, Rob St John and members of Broken Records, Sparrow & The Workshop and Meursault. See www.brownpapertickets.com/event/282469
Also providing a shot in the arm for the capital’s music scene is Haddowfest which features numerous acts previously mentioned in this column including Mass Concensus, Katie Sutherland, Meursault, Discopolis, the 1004s and numerous other artists. The multi-venue event takes place on October 28 and promises a great day out for lovers of emerging talent, www.haddowfest.co.uk
Reloaded Fest returns to Stirling’s premier music venue, The Tolbooth, from 5-6 October. Hosted by Jim Gellatly, the line up features Broken Records, Song of Return, Errors, Fatherson as well as The Mouse That Ate The Cat (with the former frontman of The Dykeenies), Six Storeys High and more. Visit http://tolbooth.stirling.gov.uk/tolbooth
Fife-based duo Panda Su have landed another song on a Hollywood blockbuster. Alphabet Song features in House At The End of the Street which was released in cinemas worldwide recently. The official promotional video was shot in Lochee Laundrette in Dundee
Glasgow blog Peenko celebrates its fourth birthday with the release of a limited edition mini-album from Randolph’s Leap, out on Peenko Records. The news comes amid the official announcement the band have signed to Fence Records and will launch their new EP Hermit as part of Fence’s Buff Tracks EP series at the Glad Cafe in Shawlands on 26 October, with support from Fence Collective artists, visit www.fencerecords.com
Although this column usually focuses on Scottish events, we are happy to bend the rules for Frontier Festival which takes place in Berwick-upon-Tweed from 9-14 October. Hosted by the musicians behind the Travelled Music label, it promises to provide an interesting snapshot of the diverse talent around the Borders, see www.frontierfest.co.uk
Finally, former track of the month band PAWS release their debut album Cokefloat on Fatcat Records next Monday. Their official launch party takes place tonight at the CCA in Glasgow, followed by a UK tour. Visit www.facebook.com/wehavepaws
• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminars. The next event takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus tonight, with a panel in partnership with digital music distribution service EmuBands discussing everything you need to know about releasing your own music.