A Slice Of Fried Gold Playlist for 17/10/2013

Hey everyone, here’s what was on the show this evening:

Saint Motel – 1997
Eyedress – Nature’s Trip
The Ragazzi – Crystal
Pional – Invisible Amenaza
Evan Andree – This Photo Of You
Delorean – Dominion
Abagail Grey – Starling
Ejecta – It’s Only Love
Colour Coded – Trying
The Deadline Shakes – Bright Spot In A Bad Year
Lionel – 5AM
Vertical Horizon – Broken Over You
Miss Lucid – Seduction Of Solitude
Gungor – Finally
Dylan Tierney – Do You Ever Think?
Gifted Kings – Last Trace Of The Sun
Jonathan Powell – A Denial
Have Mercy Las Vegas – The Pier
Danny P – What Goes Around Comes Back Around
Grapell – White Fox In The Snow
Forest Fires – Foreverlution
Estrella – I’d Give It All
Ann Scott – Hoola

Next show is on Monday 21/10/13 between 5 and 7pm on http://www.abcradio.co.uk OR ABC Radio Alness via the Tune In App. This one should be up on Mixcloud in the not too distant future. Thanks for listening. Subscribe to Fried Gold Music on Facebook and Twitter 🙂

Easter Showcases 2013 Preview!

Don’t worry, it’s just a guy in a suit

Showcase time again in the Ironworks and here I am, extremely late, with a preview for it. Won’t actually BE at the showcases themselves though as the first is on Sunday (the 31st) and the buses are horrendous on a Sunday. No point in showing up then having to leave at half 8. The second on Monday WOULD be fine, but I’m on air doing that radio show thing that I do. Assuming you listen to the show the lateness of this preview won’t actually matter as I banged on about them there plenty.

The seasonal showcases are a great chance to catch some established and not so established acts that you may not have seen before for a handful of pounds. In the past that sentence would have had local in it. This time it’s probably safer to say either unsigned and indie OR Scottish, as I think they are all from this country. Not quite all from the Inverness area but that’s okay. It’s also a bit of a mixed bag on each night which, if you listen to the aforementioned show, you’ll know I’m all for. Maybe not QUITE as eclectic as I can be at times but a nice mix all the same. Anyway enough blah blah, this is who you can here.

Thankfully not playing


Or Easter Sunday, funnily enough. I assume the line up is just the reverse of the poster order as that’s what happens most of the time. Could be wrong though

MIR – I’m not sure if there IS a Facebook page for MIR, so I’ll link to youtube instead. Rock and roll in the traditional sense, 50’s style. Bluesy rock with some surf rock thrown in there for good measure. Whether it’s Miriam solo or the full band I don’t know, but I assume when the billing is MIR she’s got boys with her.
RED RONSON – Inverness’ premier ship builders (come and join us, the more the merrier. No I have no idea why either but it was important last time so I’m in) who also play music now and again. Poppy folk music, you should have heard at least one tune, and thoroughly nice people to boot. Quite a new act and I have yet to see them live. Will rectify that as soon as I can though.
NAKED RED – Red Ronson will then lose their clothes and….oh hold on. No relation at all really. These guys are a funky rock band, more rock than funk and a wee bit 80’s, who I first heard at the LAST Easter Showcase. So good they’ve been invited back again. Regulars on the Inverness gig scene so if you haven’t seen them yet now is your chance.
EMMA MITCHELL – And friends as Emma will have a number of guests with her for her set. Bit of a who’s who of Greenhouse people I think which is no bad thing. First person to play live on my show, Emma has a cracking voice and plays a range of rock, folk and blues type acoustic numbers. When it’s just her. Not sure if it stays acoustic when people join her. Join them and find out! Not on stage, in the audience.
LIONEL – Damned good rock band from Inverness who I first (and last I think though they’ve been gigging plenty) saw during the battle of the bands in The Eagle Upstairs. They were runners up if I remember rightly and if it was held just now would have won as the winners or on hiatus. Some great stuff, well worth the ticket price alone.
AGAINST ALL FLAGS – Dunno much about these guys at all to be honest but they have a couple of videos so now I know a wee bit. I assume they are local, and they play punk. Proper punk with no modifiers like you used to get on cassettes. Punk that’s loud, can be pretty fast, and is loud. Punk. Good stuff.
WASHINGTON IRVING – If you looked up Scottish Folk Rock in a….well it wouldn’t be in the dictionary as it’s 3 words. These guys are someone you could easily point people at as a solid example of the genre though. Not local but Inverness regulars. I’ll admit it was a surprise to me they were playing, but a pleasant one. Or it would be if I could go… *grumble*
IAIN MCLAUGHLIN AND THE OUTSIDERS – It was roughly a year ago that they released they’re first album We Are All Outsiders. It’s bloody good, you should get one. It’s on Spotify if you don’t believe me. Iain has told me a second one is in the offing (think it’s an album) so even if you are familiar with it they will no doubt be playing quite a bit of new stuff. Which I’m sure will also be excellent.

So that’s the first night then. On to….

You are going, roit mate?


It’s after noon so this can’t be a fool. Also, doors are at 7 and I’ll still be on air. Remember that ABC Radio Alness is available on the Tune In App. Bands won’t be on at 7, so I’m sure everyone would appreciate some good music till they do come on. Like playing a very good show through your phone for them to hear. Just saying 😉

When they DO start they’ll be these people:

ALICE BENTLEY – She used to be the front lady of the Young Trees, now she’s just a lady with a front. Had her in for a proper session and she’s very very good so you should make sure and turn up for the start or you’ll be missing out. Poppy folk solo acoustic performing person.
ALL HAT NO CAT – The IW page is wrong, I’m not. Anyway, Adrian and Lucy on guitar and flute respectively (and he plays the mouthy as well) with some singing, mainly from Adrian. Classic style folk music like what was common a few years back. Played them on the show, very good stuff.
DOUGIE BURNS – and the Cadillacs. That being what he’s calling his band, probably down to signature tune “California Cadillac”. And a fitting name for the style of blues rock that Dougie plays. Funky as hell, entertaining lyrics, very fun stuff. Dougie doesn’t have a FB page for the band. I suggested he set one up for his music about 6 months back and he doesn’t know how. Sarah, set up a page for your old man would ya?
BLUE GUM EARS – New ones on me though going by their Facebook they might have been knocking about for 8 years?! Anyway, also going by the Facebook they’re alternative rockers and not bad ones too. That’s all I’ve got.
AILSA JEAN LYALL MATHEWS – Know more about this one though. I’ve managed to catch her twice and she has a fantastic voice BUT isn’t really a musician. So that’s why you may not have heard her much for the last while. Not sure who will be accompanying her or if she’s just been practicing the playing side of things, but cracking voice on her.
THE LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS – If you are a fan of local music you are probably a fan of these guys as they’re one of those bands everyone likes. Rightly so. Dark and moody yes, epicly talented also yes. Caught them around a month ago I think and there was a lot of new material on offer (I believe a second EP is in the offing) so if you haven’t seen them in a while get yourself along. And if you’ve never seen them then DEFINITELY get yourself along.
CHASING OWLS – New one on me again, less than usual for a showcase I’m slightly proud to say. Similar GENRE to Washington Irving but not the same. I’d make a bit of a Ben Folds type comparison as well maybe? Also they have a lady person. More indie than last nights second last act. Good stuff though, if I do drag myself up after the show I’ll be looking forward to hearing them.
RED KITES – and I’ll also be very much looking forward to hearing these guys. Not local technically, but they are local in many ways and very much loved in Inverness and the Highlands in general. Honestly I don’t have to say any more do I? Thought not.

Doors on both nights open at 7pm and each night is a fiver. You are TOTALLY ripping them off at that price as each band if probably worth that all by thereselves. I’ve said more than enough, get your ass to Mar….the Ironworks.

Music News 11/11/2012

Hey kids. Let’s DO THIS!

PAWS will be stepping in front of some cameras in a week to make a video for Sore Tummy. Looking forward to seeing that. Possibly. A video for a song with that name could end up in Jackass territory though.

Alas Last Summer Effect didn’t manage to win the competition they were in. I’m sure they put in a good effort though and are keeping positive, using it as a reason to spur them on to be even better. That’s the attitude lads! Although, and this is going by the status Chris posted, keep your clothes on next time :S

Lewis Hamilton has/is being a bit of a gigging fool at the moment, check The List for…well there’s one local one I think. You may notice that name is a bit shorter than it was before. This is down to them dropping the “and the Boogie Brothers” bit as most folks just use the lead guys name in the blues genre. Saves me typing for other words from now on. Lewis and Nick has a wee interview with Mark Mulgrew at Black Diamond FM. You can hear part 1 here and part 2 here. The rest of the show…not so much, no idea where it is. That bit was good though. Over on the label’s page there’s not a heap of news. But I can tell you that Jock’s Juke Joint vol 2 should be out in the next couple of weeks. Which is nice.

Nothing from the Lionel facebook page BUT I was in The Eagle last night, had to leave before their set (bloody buses) and was speaking to Joshua. They’ve done recorded an EP which is in post production just now. So if you haven’t heard them live yet you’ll be able to hear them at some point soonish. Which is good as they are ace. I assume it’s okay for me to write that, if not then this paragraph may mysteriously vanish at some point!

Another “nothing really to report but tiny bit to report” thing for Miss Irenie Rose. She’s being recorded for the telly in Skye on the 20th. I don’t know who by or what it’s for or when it’ll be on BUT when I do I’ll tell you.

Musique Dingwall (you’ll have to friend that page, but the Dingwall Town Hall has a page too) would like to know two things. 1) Would you like to see The Complete Stone Roses play in Dingdong sometime next year and 2) Who else would you like to see play? Big plans are afoot for next year so let’s hope that the Mayans were wrong.

My Property which used to be Barry Mackay and Ryan Golder which used to be Barry Mackay will soon not be My Property either as they’ve decided that’s a crap name. Personally I didn’t think it was crap but did wonder where it came from. SO they’ll have a new name at some point. In the mean time this is their soundcloud which will change obviously. That’s fine though because they sound great and I don’t think they’re really launching as a band until next year anyway.

Naked Red has a new tune for you to have a listen to and let them know what you think. It’s called Always A Way and it’s rather good so it is.

And finally, completely anticipated by myself, Naked Strangers have a few new things up on the clouds of sound. So to please your ears, there’s Put That Song Out Of Its Misery, then The Fiery Death Of Crooner Jeff, a cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart and finally a reworking of an older tune More Lewd Scenes From The Graveyard.

That’ll do you for today, I’m off to do a billion other things that I have to do. Will try and do one of these tomorrow, the radio show has an earlier slot on Mondays now. Tuesday I can’t make any promises but you never know. Getting there anyway! Once again thanks for the patience from later alphabet folks, haven’t had any hassle which is nice.

The Battle of the Bands: The Final review

And so the three mighty bands did meet on the field of battle. Axes in hand, some only armed with sticks or battle cries. And lo, did the reviewer stop writing like this as it’s confusing.

Yup, 3 bands. No Ragazzi, not sure why. Axes would be guitars, sticks were drum sticks, the lassie from Thousand Stars doesn’t play an instrument. Makes sense now eh?

The birthday boy

The night was three things. Organiser/compare Graeme Gilchrist’s birthday (happy birthday!), the final of the battle with that all important 3 days of recording up for grabs and the re-opening of The Eagle upstairs after a very long period of being shut. A fair few of the more experienced crowd members commented on how glad they were that it was back. The refurbished venue is very nice too. Roughly Market Bar sized for the crowd, bigger stage so a band can fit, toilets that aren’t Hobbit sized. Nice place all round. Wee bar in the corner, windows make a good back drop for the stage, comfy sofas to incentivise turning up early so you get one. The sound is good too. Check it out when you get a chance.

Not to put The Market Bar down any, love the place.

But this isn’t a venue review now is it? I had a vote in the outcome of this, yet no one who was playing bribed me. Poor show bands. Archie from the Oxides offered me a quid, as did Ryan Golder. PROFESSIONALS!

First up were Searching for Donkeys. They were Switzerland, non combatants and didn’t vote on the outcome. I only caught the end of the set as I had to jump over to The Market Bar for a bit and I wouldn’t review them in this instance anyway. I will say that they are a nice, mellow rock band and leave it at that for now. Proper review down the road no doubt.

And then came the first group of warriors. Lionel, only their second gig. The first one being the heat to get here. There appears to have been a decent amount of rehearsing in between as they sounded tighter than they did the first time. They have a retro sound with some great bass hooks and twangy/twiddly guitar solos. Each instrument, drums included, brings with it some variety over the bands regular sound to keep things interesting. They also showed a lack of fear by playing not one but two new tunes (though to be fair, second gig means they are all new to most of us. PLAYING new is a different matter though). The first new track fits in with their other stuff, the second is a fair bit darker and deeper. Like Lionel’s evil twin. To start with I thought this brought with it a bit of a weakness vocally but as the song went on my opinion changed. Could have just been down to nerves or it being new. Overall it was a blistering set from a band who sound more experienced than they are. A few more gigs under their belt and I could see them doing rather well. Keep at it boys.

76 Knots, catching flies

Next up were 76 Knots, another relatively new band really but slightly less so than Lionel. In the heat review I also highlighted a bit of vocal weakness at times and thought the same to start with this time around. As the set progressed I changed my opinion on that though. Now and again a bit patchy, generally spot on. Particularly for the genre of music they play and especially when it’s full on punky singing. I call it California Punk, or Skater punk. Loud, fast, high energy. There is nothing to fault musically here at all. I’ve referred to Andy as the second best bassist in Inverness BUT after a second visit….it so bloody close I can’t chose between him and Archie. And I’ve got a feeling that each of them would point to the other one as the best, which is nice. All round they brought fun, good music from all three guys and vocally they have a bit of an Offspring thing going on really. Though better. Uber bassist Andy provides backing and lead vocals on one track and when he’s doing the lead it gets very Offspringish. Though better. I LIKE the Offspring but don’t love em, just using it as an example for your ears. I’ve seen these guys twice now, they keep getting better, the crowd loved them though I think it was weighted in their direction anyway. Cracking.

This picture is full of stars, a Thousand of them.

And finally, Thousand Stars who keep things in a California vein but a more mellow one. They aren’t goths, but I think of the sound as gothy indie rock. Like stuff you’d get on The Craft or Charmed soundtrack. They have a very passionate singer and lyrically I think they may be spot on for the genre though I need to listen to things a few times to pick up on that kind of thing. They could probably do with cutting back on the harmonised parts on some songs though as it doesn’t always gel. They are a much mellower band than 76 Knots so placement may have damaged them a little bit. In fact at times, mainly while playing, they looked a bit disheartened. If that is the case then fair play to them as they did as good, if not a bit better, a set as I’ve seen them play and they brought banter in between the songs to have some crowd interaction (something that was scored on). A solid set from a solid band who I’m not sure are QUITE there yet but are certainly on the right track.

And that was it. Scores were scribbled on bits of paper and handed in to the hosts, totting up was done, milling about for 5 minutes happened and then results were announced. And the winner was…..

76 Knots! Which is fitting really as on the night they played the best set. Not to put the others down by any means. So at some point I’ll have a 76 Knots EP to play on the radio, along with the Thousand Stars one and hopefully Lionel at some point. The winner were extremely happy, grateful for the opportunity and respectful to their opponents. Their opponents didn’t have a problem with who won though obviously there was probably a bit of disappointed. No hard feelings though. Yes it was a competition, but not a nasty one. Very good to see, don’t want a divided scene. Throughout everyone had a good time, we got to see some good gigs and the upstairs bit of the Eagle has made a blistering return to the Inverness scene. Expect more music up there, expect to see me now and again hopefully, and expect that EP in…oh could well be a couple of months really.

Thanks to The Eagle, the Searching for Donkey’s boys for organising it and to EVERYONE who played (even though I missed heat 4). Wonder if they’ll do it again next year…. And a special thanks to photographer extraordinaire Adrian Young for taking all of the pretty pictures used in these reviews. Great work man.

Music News 09/10/2012

Hey kids, couple of bits and bobs from the last few days.

First up a rather trippy offering from Roads to Damascus. It’s a video for the final track on second album R2D2, I Dream In Mirrors, and all a bit mental really. As you’d expect.

Less trippy, next up there’s an offering from Red Kites. I’d expect a few videos of these guys to be rolling out over the next while after their plea for footage. The sound on this is rather dodgy, festival speakers overwhelm wee cameras quite easily, here’s Beat In Time from Bella shot by Kathryn Munro. Thanks Kathryn. Crowd bloody loved it and rightly so.

And finally, yup I did say there was only a couple of bits and bobs, Inverness Gigs have been interviewing bands ahead of the final of The Battle of The Bands in the Eagle tomorrow (10/10) night. It’s the opening of upstairs, you should come, it’ll be great. Here’s interviews with Thousand Stars, 76 Knots and Lionel. None for The Ragazzi, not sure why.

And finally finally, my old gig Breaking News North did a story on the launch of my new gig ABC Radio which you can see here. So now you know what I’ll be staring at 4 hours a week. Glamorous!

Thanks for reading. No news tomorrow for sure, Battle of the Bands, but a bunch of reviews incoming.