Music News 24/08/2012

Hey kids, here’s what’s been happening over the last couple of days.

I wrote in the Halloween pieces that there were currently 3 choices on the table. Unfortunately that is currently down to two. They’re searching for another location to hold the thing so if you can help out head over here. Mark is away for a couple of days so there won’t be a reply right away. Original locale was in Dingwall to give you a rough geographical idea (no I don’t know what happened).

Bluebelly recently played at the Dundee Rep Theatre for Bonanza 2012. There’s a couple of tracks on You Tube now. First up It Wasn’t You followed by Hangover Blues. First time I’ve seen Bluebelly, seen Dougie a few times on his own. Serious one, then a funny one, so both types of the blooooooooos.

Are you a band looking for a gig? Well if you are free on either the 14th or 28th of September you are in with a shot. The gigs are in The Mallard in Dingwall, you have to be able to play 3 x 45 minute sets (or team up with someone maybe, not sure on that but I know they’ve had multiple band nights) and you have to have your own PA. If you fit the requirements drop Steve a mail at

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make last night’s showcase because crap buses so I missed everyone. Particularly irksome is missing Sienna Lights as I was going to pick up a copy of the EP from Graham. But there’s a track from it, Believing featuring KRTS who does a rappy bit. I think this is a special version not on the EP actually. The expanded full band brings out the pop side of Graham’s music, not a bad thing, and….that’s all I’m saying as I will review the EP at some point.

Here’s another goNorth/Netsounds Unsigned Rockhopper session for you. The excellent Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders with Someone for Everyone. Great stuff. If the caravan’s a rockin, there’s a good session happening inside so don’t knock or you’ll probably blow the take.

And that’s all there is for today. I have a wedding reception tomorrow (not my wedding obviously) so no news. Bands, please don’t do anything interesting for 24 hours then do LOTS and it’ll work out fine. If you haven’t already please like the Facebook page, share stuff about, invite your friends, you know the drill. Kthxbye.

Halloween Option 2: Hoots

Actually it’s on both floors, so Mad Hootanatters!

Now I said in the Option 1 piece that you can go to at least 2 of the (currently) 3 events, and this is the non clashing one. It’s actually ON Halloween, which is a Wednesday this year, so yay for that but unfortunately it’s also a school night. BUT carpe diem (stuff your YOLO somewhere, I’m classy) and a couple on a weekday isn’t the end of the world.

Particularly as there is a whole heap of music on offer for you. AND some form of movie action from Screen Hi (not sure what yet). AND it’s for charidee mate. I shall get to that in a bit, but first the bands. I don’t know running order so I’ll do them in press release order. Here’s who will be spread over the two floors (and possibly a number of them will be ON those floors by the end of the night).

Zombie Militia are a damned fine metal band. I unfortunately had to miss their set at the Easter Showcase as it was last bus time but I saw a video and they put on a hell of a show. I doubt there will be the same level of theatrics this time around but there will be some full on proper metal. And if things kick off and people’s costumes become real you want some boys who are ready for the zombies, right?

Cleavers are in the news posts all the damned time so you should be familiar with them by now. They play fast, they play loud, they are punk. Also, they are good which is quite important really.

Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned who will be in the final showcase. I mention this because I haven’t seen them live so I can only go by recordings at the moment. So I do know for sure that they are a metal band of the highest quality. I don’t know if the crowd interaction and humour are just a Bella thing or if that’s a general motif. Hope so! And they’ll have a busy Halloween period as you will see in the option 3 post.

Swamp Radio, speaking of highest quality there’s more of that on show here. More rock than metal, bit proggy I suppose and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of them both times I’ve seen them.

Skeleton Verse who are new to me. That’s because they aren’t from this neck of the woods, they’re from Fort Bill and Glasgow. More than a bit of System of a Down about these guys, but with a Scottish accent. Loud, speedy lyrics, nice.

Last Summer Effect back with the home grown talent (the above are the only tourists really, unless a TBA is from far away). An accomplished rock band who veer towards the anthemic style of alternative rock with a high energy front man. Generally guaranteed to please, and certainly looking to get a crowd going.

And last of the announced bands (as I said, there’s a TBA) Searching for Donkeys. Completely new for me, haven’t seen them live. That said they’ve only existed for 2 months so that’s no surprise! So all I can really say is that they’re a rock band and they’re a lot mellower than the others on the bill. Which will give you a bit of a breather thankfully. I’d say more compared to the first five, with LSE filling in the gap in the middle.

So that’s a whole lot of music with a bit more to come. How much? Up to you. Entry is by donation and all proceeds go to Birchwood Highland who do a fine job of improving the lives of people with mental illness. Worthy cause, good music, an excuse to dress up and drink on a weekday. What more could you ask for?

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Halloween Option 1: Bogbain Farm

I was going to do one big post on Halloween, but it would be TOO DAMNED BIG so this is the first in a series of (currently) 3, and you can actually attend two of the events without any hassle. This may change though.

I frikkin love Halloween. Any excuse to get dressed up and play a character, I am an actor after all. Haven’t been overly successful the last few years but should have the funds and time to do something decent this time around. I’m always impressed when people put some effort in. As enjoyable as it might be to see scantily clad ladies you’re just being lazy if you buy a “kinky whatever” costume. Although there was a very nice lady Captain America last year…. Anywho, I’m off on a tangent.

Halloween is always at it’s best when it’s a bit “not really” scary. I’ve watched god knows how many horror films in my day and there’s one location that works well for a slasher flick. The abandoned or seemingly so farm. Farms in the dark are inherently a wee bit creepy. There’s generally some bright lights that throw big shadows around, there’s mysterious abandoned machinery that looks weird in the dark. Sharp things abound. And they’re generally old well built buildings with stone work showing all over the joint which add to the ambiance. Plus, your a bit out of the way so help might be a while. Add in farm folk and you’re script is half done.

Of course Bogbain Farm isn’t abandoned, isn’t really scary (it’s actually rather lovely) and Bruce and Yvonne don’t fit the creepy farm folk mold.

Another thing guaranteed to give people a bit of a shock is a bomb scare. However it tends to lead to the party being over and the rozzers showing up. Luckily, the action on the 27th is the exact opposite kind of bomb scare. Bombskare are a high energy ska band and when one of those turns up the party gets started. If you aren’t familiar with ska, or don’t think you are, it’s what Madness, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish are. It’s a Caribbean style of music known for a good bass line and upbeat tunes. The kind of stuff you have to jump about like an idiot to. I love a bit of ska. Bombskare do they’re own stuff and ska’d up covers (at least, going by Spotify, they do some Beatles stuff).

If you do too then that’s your Saturday before Halloween sorted out. Head over here, tickets are a tenner (well, an elevener with booking) and the bar has some damned fine and somewhat unique for round her booze behind it. Ska and Punk IPA = winning combination.

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