Music News for the Highlands 05/01/2013

HA I wrote 2012 in the title there but caught myself. Silly Dave…

So 3 videos, 1 tune and 2 little bits of news for you today. The news is both sad and happy, though the happy obviously depends on if you like the bands in question. The sad news is, and I’m just going by what I’ve heard, the Newmarket Bar/Venue in Thurso appears to be closed for a bit. Or forever. Not sure which, I only have news from a couple of bands having to cancel gigs. I’ve never been, not sure if I would ever go as it’s further north than I’m normally found, but have heard many good things.

The GOOD news is that two bands are currently recording or about to record. Cactus & Cardigan will start recording their first EP next week. Whether I’ll be able to play any of it on the radio is anyone’s guess. AND The Whisky River Band started recording their second album yesterday! I didn’t realise they were knocking one out this soon so I’m really chuffed at that news. Should be able to play that, though no doubt with a bunch of radio editing because they can be sweary bastards.

The 1 tune is an oldie from Sid Innes. 7 years old now to be exact, well more like 6 probably. It’s called Feeling Quite Happy and was insipred by a sunset,awww.

Last Summer Effect, well Robbie at least, have decided to prove how right all of us were in including them in our ones to watch lists with their next hit. The Biscuit Song then, expect to see that at the next gig. And things are getting back to normal after the festive season so this news post will be more like they have been in the past. By that I mean “every post features Cleavers and Rachel Sermanni“. And I witnessed both of these videos live, though only the first in person. Here’s a bit of the Cleavers frenetic set from the Winter Showcase (I’m way off to the left so not on this thankfully) and here is the edited together bits of Rachel and the girls performance on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay coverage. Prime spot too, before and after the bells. Was very glad when she started playing The Fog when I was in the pub and pulled up a chair at the telly.

That’s your lot for today. The picks for 2013 shows will stay up on Mixcloud for a couple of weeks, so check them out and spread them about if you haven’t already.

A Slice Of Fried Gold Special: Picks For 2013 Highland Edition playlist

Hey everybody, here’s the fantastic local acts that you heard on the show today:

Furry Vengeance – My Little Ray Of Sunshine
The Whisky River Band – No Regrets
Topher Elliot – The Old Wood
Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned – Save Me
Siiga – Ikuenora
The Maginot Band – Waking Up To The Rain (parts 1 and 2)
Red Kites – Beat In Time
The Oxides – It’s All Going Wrong Today
Alice Bentley – Scottish Rain
Cleavers – The Rain Will Never End
Jemma Tweedie – Two Hands
Donald Macdonald (and the Islands) – Old Style Arrow
Josephine Sillars – Corners
Megan Blyth – Freedom Of Silence
Be Like Pablo – The Things You Do
Duncan Overmeer – Better Left Unsaid
Estrella – Come Out To Play
Rachel Sermanni – The Fog
Last Summer Effect – Passion
PAWS – Sore Tummy
Roadway – Fight For Freedom

Tune in tomorrow for the picks from the rest of the world, 3 to 5PM http://www.abcradio.co.uk or ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app. Hope everyone has a great New Year and thanks very much for listening. The show will be on Mixcloud soon and there’ll be a link on the Facebook page for that.

A Slice Of Fried Gold playlist for 18/12/2012

Hey kids, here’s all of the tunes that you heard on the show this evening.

DOREC-A-BELLE – LISTEN FROM DOREC-A-BELLE EP
PURPLE DIVIDE – FREEDOM
LAST SUMMER EFFECT – RED AND GOLD
DONALD MACDONALD AND THE ISLANDS – VISIONS OF HOME FROM DONALD MACDONALD AND THE ISLANDS EP
THE RAGAZZI – FRESH FACED
NAKED RED – TRIP ME UP
FURRY VENGEANCE – MY LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE
TOBY MICHAELS’ ROLLING DAMNED – A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU FANCY
JEMMA TWEEDIE – DRUNKEN COASTAL TOWN FROM TWO HANDS EP
AILSA JEAN LYALL MATHEWS – OCTOBER
JOSEPHINE SILLARS – WORST DAY OF MY LIFE
TOPHER ELLIOTT – THE OLD WOOD
TEAM KAPOWSKI – BIENVENUE BITCHES
THE MYSTIC SHOES – I’M ON FIRE FROM BLOOD, SWEAT AND BEERS EP
THE WHISKY RIVER BAND – BACK TOWARDS THE TRUTH FROM THE TAMING OF ME
IAIN MCLAUGHLIN AND THE OUTSIDERS – RAPID EYE MOVEMENT FROM WE ARE ALL OUTSIDERS
CAPITALS – ODE TO AN END
THE OXIDES – IT’S ALL GOING WRONG TODAY
FRANK O HAGAN BAND – SCHOOL FOR THE BLUES FROM JOCK’S JUKE JOINT VOL 1
CLEAVERS – THIS RAIN WILL NEVER END FROM LIFE IS SH*T 7”
SAINT MOTEL – BENNY GOODMAN FROM VOYEUR
CONOR MASON – LIGHTS FROM STANDSTILL

Thanks for listening! Next show is on 24/12/2012 from 3pm until 5pm. It’s a Christmas special hosted by Santa himself! But, I’m also on this Saturday (15/12/12) between 2 and 3Pm. Bit of a different format for that one and I take requests so no play list posts. Give it a listen and ask for whatever the heck you want! Still at http://www.abcradio.co.uk or search ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app on your fancy smart device

Cleavers Life Is Shit 7″ review

Who are Cleavers? I doubt very much that anyone who visits this site on a regular basis has to ask that question as they’re mentioned a couple of times a week. Not because I’m a total fanboy, but because they are rather prolific. Life Is Shit is the 5th EP kinda thing from the band since they started in November 2011, that’s quite an out put! And they have a very active presence on the interwebs. This has led to gigs all over the UK and some in Europe.

I also have a t-shirt. So yeah, I am a fan. Not stalking them or anything. Hell, haven’t managed to see them live yet….

It would be easy to just write “It’s the Cleavers, they’re punk, you know what to expect”. It would also be a bit wrong really. Punk comes in a couple of flavours. The old school thrashy screamy stuff with people who can’t really play and can’t really sing. And the new stuff where everyone can play and sing, they probably skateboard and snowboard, and the punk element is more down to piercings, tats and having a laugh. I enjoy both. Most stuff fits in between. That’s where the Cleavers sit.

But yes it’s true, the tracks on here aren’t ballads or anything. If you’ve heard Cleavers in the past and enjoyed them you’ll enjoy this as it’s loud and a bit screamy. If you haven’t heard them before it’s a good intro to the band. Also, if you haven’t heard them before then why the fuck aren’t you listening to my radio show cause they’ve been played a few times? Git…

First track Brian Johnsons Hat starts with a squeal of feedback, thumping drum and then everyone fires up. It’s somewhat swallowed in the mix but there’s some damned fine bass playing happening in the back ground. Danny’s singing can make it pretty hard to make out what he’s saying at times, no different here really, and there’s some old school group yelling on offer too. I’ll probably describe MOST of the vocals as screaming or yelling but it’s actually singing and not just noise. Gives the band a distinctive sound where you’ll recognise them instantly. While they are punk there are some very….I want to say normal rock but rock opposed to punk….moments and one is on offer mid song here. Good break and a strong finish.

This Rain Will Never End thumps straight in to things with heavy drums and thrashing guitar. There’s a tambourine in there too, and some punk woahs. A classic style punk tune with actual sung choruses like other kinds of music, and legibly yelled verses. A steady backing track following the vocals so that if you listened instrumentally you’d probably still hear the lyrics. This one swings in to heavy metal territory for a moment then back in to rock for the musical break portion. Some epic solo action going on here, really impressive stuff. And it finishes how it starts, thumping drums.

Finally, for the vinyl anyway, The Posters Are Falling Off My Walls. Head nodding start, strongly bass lead verses and rocky choruses. Good used to silences or near silences at the start and middle, and a VERY epic rock solo thrown in for good measure. Well two I guess. If I have one complaint? It’s fades out…. I’m not a fan of the fade out. In general, I don’t mean specifically here. Always wonder if I JUST miss something great at the end.

So that’s what you get on Vinyl. On the digital download, which is included with the physical purchase, you also get a session cover of I Wanna Be Your Dog originally by the Stooges, and session versions of Girls In Their Sunday Best and The Posters Are Falling Off My Walls. I’ll not bother keeping on reviewing though as I’ve said enough bollocks really.

If you’re a fan of the Cleavers or punk/rock music in general I’d highly recommend grabbing a copy as it’s a damned fine EP/7″/whatever. If you hate punk, this isn’t going to change your mind. You can get both the digital and physical versions here for a pittance, along with the other stuff the Cleavers have put out. Probably not t-shirts though, they sell out of those pretty quickly.

Like Fried Gold Music on Facebook to keep up with these fuckers and all (well, many) of the other bands in the Highlands. All kinds of genres. And other stuff.

Music News 12/12/2012

Hey kids, here’s the news from the last couple of days. And happy soundcheck/roadie day to all you tech bods out there. One two, one two, two, OH, one two. (most people leave the two, OH out)

First off, a bit of a change from those look back at the year articles from Inverness Gigs. This one is with brand new band Furry Vengeance, haven’t existed for a year so couldn’t do one anyway. Hell, they haven’t played a gig yet. It’s an enhancement/expansion/re-imagining of Barry and Ryan’s stuff so they KIND OF have…

Next up, a couple of videos from that The Ragazzi gig last Friday at The Eagle. First off a new one called Crystal and second off Phantom. Quality stuff.

And finally the Cleavers have an excellent video for the excellent The Posters Are Falling Off My Walls which is excellent and can be seen here. I’m loving the new trend, I say trend I’ve seen two, for making videos using vintage footage. This also has the boys dicking about at Halloween.

That’s it, will be back with more when there is some. I’m also renaming everything along the lines of Fried Gold Music so the names will change but everything will remain the same really. As this is vastly more a music site than everything else it makes sense. Plus a rather popular movie reference is hard to get user names and the like in. Facebook page has already changed. Shouldn’t really effect you at all at the moment but mentioning it all the same. Cheers!