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Ded Rabbit – ‘Moonlight Horror’

Edinburgh based brothers Ded Rabbitis an indie pop punk band who seem to fuse the best of rock n roll with their own energetic vibes and a definite hint of the 1960s.

Following the success of ‘Pressure Pusher’ the guys follow up with ‘Moonlight Horror’, with its quirky chorus it’s slower and more relaxed than their usual 100mph and almost leads you to believe it’s a serious tale, but that was never going to be the case was it.

With their usual catchy hooks, rock solid guitar and messing with the vocals these guys are a whole bunch of fun no more so than when they’re playing live and the dynamic you get from four siblings in the same room.

Words: Derek McCutcheon

Ded Rabbit – ‘Figurine’ [Ded Rabbit]

Edinburgh-based Ded Rabbit (four brothers, originally from Yorkshire) make the kind of alt-rock indie that feels head-bangingly jagged, but also throws out enough tight rhythms to provide groundwork for a vigorous live show.

Latest single ‘Figurine’ opens with a crunchy lick and the quick appearance of a throbbing bass and crashing drums.

It’s a sharp, no-nonsense track which wears a punk ethos on its sleeve, with an energetic chorus backed by shouts and frenzied, infectious harmonies.

Lead singer Eugene Gaine’s frank, accented vocal delivery has a touch of Ryan Jarman about it; though the accompaniment of raucous drums and playful backing vocals (“Figurine, Figurine, Figurine / Oh we’re coming for you”) adds a livelier, brasher take on the Cribs’ more measured expression of social realism.

On the subject of realism, the song is partly about imitation of reality; and, as the title implies, it’s a rather diminished imitation.

There’s a sense of frustration at being held up on a pedestal and in turn shrinking to ‘figurine’ size: “you add to your collection / you fight for my attention”.

The result of this is a kind of daringly chaotic refusal: “we scream and shout / you chew me up and then spit me out”; the song swells in volume and theatrics to match this resistance to being reduced to pale imitation.

While previous Ded Rabbit tracks have earned comparisons to Catfish and the Bottlemen—perhaps owing to the way they combine pop melodies with radio-friendly punk, high energy and an insistent lyrical virility—there’s a sense of stripped excess on this track, a darker streak of indie.

The song opens, over insistent rhythms, with: “this is the new sound / this is the old sound” and then old and new get tangled together until Gaine dismisses the whole debate with “run along”.

Perhaps sick of the problem of genre, of navel-gazing disputes on the future of rock music, the Gaine brothers brazenly embrace their own take on rock and roll with a track that’s definitely got the grit of a set winner.

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Words: Maria Sledmere

Ded Rabbit – ‘Only Dating / Never Gonna Learn’ [Ded Rabbit]

Ded Rabbit release two personality packed tracks ‘Only Dating / Never Gonna Learn’ on a double A side single.

The brothers have been gathering momentum over the years with a recent tour around the UK and from all the doorsteps passed they have been collecting praise like milk bottles.

‘Only Dating’ was inspired by The Imitation Game, which tells the story of how the genius Alan Turing cracked the Enigma code during WWII, however I would need time to decipher the lead’s lyrical delivery before I could get the reference and unfortunately there is no machine bright enough to do so.

In fact I am more excited about the nostalgic pop punk riff; this track is energetic to say the least and once the plucky pace kicks in it does not ebb.

‘Only Dating’ would be dynamite at a gig, in fact I am sure the whole set would be going by these two tracks alone.

‘Never Gonna Learn’ is a song for the summer, it has that mischievous crescendo that goes hand in hand with moshing at a festival.

This song has a typically British feel to it comparable to The Drums and it compliments ‘Only Dating’ with a fighting crunch.

This double A side establishes that Ded Rabbit are in full bound with a playful character that will continue to flourish into the boggy fields of summer.

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Words: Mhairi MacDonald

FCK YES with Bwani Junction, Ded Rabbit, Lewis Capaldi at Tut’s, 14/10/15

FCK YES is a new Glasgow based promotion group who have recently begun presenting a monthly gig with King Tut’s as the host, this evening the three acts being showcased are Bwani Junction, Ded Rabbit and Lewis Capaldi.

Capaldi sidles on stage to face a room where any substantial numbers are yet to warm the floorboards.

Armed with only an acoustic guitar, he rolls through a set of folky pop songs, seemingly unfazed by the lack of people paying attention.

Capaldi is the type of act whose bareness could be his downfall, as is the case with so many acoustic singer/songwriters, but he clearly has a knack for crafting music and his deep, gravelly voice is nothing short of impressive and spine chilling.

Ded Rabbit are second up, and the atmosphere becomes manic… Absolutely manic.

Blasting out the kind of up-tempo, simple indie that could have been featured on an episode of The Inbetweeners, the Edinburgh band career haphazardly through their set, giving quite the lesson on showmanship.

The most obvious one comes from frontman, Eugene, who seems to have mastered the art of being intensely weird and not giving a single fuck.

More than once he has sections of the now swollen crowd unsure if they should be nervously laughing or triumphantly joining hands with him to unite against the world’s forces of evil, and as he and his bandmates play on, he ramps it up further and further until he extravagantly drops his guitar from over his head and walks off the stage.

Came for the chirpy indie-rock, stayed for the brilliance in the performance.

As people mill around, waiting for Bwani Junction to get going, it seems like half the room has decided to make their way out, leaving a few nervous minutes of wondering whether they’ll come back to watch the indie quartet do their thing.

The seasoned group rip their teeth in anyway, and soon enough the space is full again, swaying to the tight lilts and grooves.

After the familiar ‘Civil War’ opener, ‘Snow’ shows strong song-writing chops, breezing around the well-known, African-inspired guitar of Dan Muir, whilst incorporating the more driven, anthemic sound of their newer work.

Based on the loneliness of cocaine, the instrumental jars against the sad subject matter and actually sounds pleasantly wintery, resonating homely vocal harmonies and the jangly-ness of great indie music.

Having recently experimented with a change of name by dropping the ‘Junction’ and becoming just BWANi, the group released a couple of new songs and played a handful of shows, but upon announcing that they’ve made the decision to re-introduce their old moniker, the shouts of joy from the audience confirms fan approval.

“Bwani, Bwani, Bwani fucking Junction” causes visible smiles on stage.

Having seen the band plenty of times before, I keep an eye on my friend next to me, interested to see what his first impression of the live band behind a record he’s very fond of (first album, Fully Cocked).

It’s mostly new songs which are showcased tonight and when a song called ‘War Cry’ is rattled out, I can imagine it becoming a fan favourite.

My friends face shows something close to awe as we watch, and once again, Muir’s guitar playing holds a special kind of attention – flying away in the corner, underpinned by the rest of the music, but transcending it at the same time.

As Rory Fairweather announces that they only have a few songs left, and that one of them will be ‘Two Bridges’, the audience become very excited and sing loudly along to the opening vocals.

It seems that the song is both a blessing and a curse.

A blessing because so many people love it, and the innocent, spirited adventure it so effortlessly projects, and a curse because Bwani Junction are yet to write a new fan-favourite that can justifiably take its place at the end of the set – four years after its release.

In an attempt to phase into a new era, they lastly play new songs ‘Stay’ and (after the obligatory encore), ‘Make My Day’, with such vigour that I believe most of the room forget about ‘Two Bridges’ for a couple of minutes at least.

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Words: Greg Murray

Ded Rabbit – Moving In Slow Motion [Ded Rabbit]

With their third self-released EP of the year, Ded Rabbit has been busy bees in 2015; their perky indie pop songs are not exactly sophisticated, but there’s a winning melodic simplicity to the likes of ‘Scarlett Cardigan’ and the title track.

With the energy of The Strokes and the familial spirit of Drenge, Moving in Slow Motion is the sound of a band moving almost too fast to keep up, their jittery energy tossing out melodies and moving on before the dust can settle.

Originally from Yorkshire, but settled in Scotland, the four brothers, Eugene (vocals, rhythm guitar), Fergus (lead guitar), Donal (bass) and Eoin Gaine (drums) channel the swagger of Hard-Fi or Catfish & the Bottlemen, while somehow managing to avoid the temptation to come across as uncontrollable bellends.

After the explosive ‘Scarlett Cardigan, ‘100 Degrees’ is their own “Ra Ra Wreckin Bar”, a sub-two minute pop song delivered with wit and economy, while standout track ‘Step of Your Shoes’ flits between a hooky guitar riff and a punchy chorus.

The quartet’s early singles used squealing saxophone to set them apart from the rest of the Scottish indie crowd, but by stripping things back they display a skilful melodic sensibility, particularly on the aforementioned ‘Step of your Shoes’.

Keep this up and they’ll soon be the second most popular bunch of lagomorphs in Scotland and a far cheerier proposition than Scott Hutchison’s gang.

Words: Max Sefton

Ded Rabbit, FOREIGNFOX, Charly Houston at Broadcast, 3/7/15

After spending a day outside enjoying a rare but glorious Scottish summer day I was looking forward to finishing it off with a gig at one of my favourite pubs – Broadcast.

Making my way downstairs to Broadcast’s basement venue I’m surprised how quiet the room is as Charly Houston takes the stage.

Houston is known for her on-stage banter and doesn’t disappoint treating the crowd to a number of funny anecdotes between songs, however her sense of humour is not the only thing Houston has going for her as she fills the room with stunning vocals and shows her true musicianship.

Despite claiming not to be a fan of mash-ups she perform a number of relaxed and stripped back versions of popular songs including ‘All About The Bass’ and ‘Valerie.’

Post-rockers FOREIGNFOX are up next, offering a very contrasting sound to Houston, which shakes the venue awake.

I am lucky to have seen FOREIGNFOX live a number of times and they never disappoint, tonight being no exception as they power through a number of favourites including ‘Quiet At Home’ and ‘Blackout.’

Before playing the recently released ‘Frostbite’ frontman Jonny Watt mentions the irony, but despite it’s title not being fitting to the weather outside it is still a welcome addition to tonight’s set.

They close with ‘The Reason for Everyone and Everything’ allowing them to showcase some sublime harmonies, making tonight’s set a memorable one.

Tonight’s headliners Ded Rabbit have travelled from Edinburgh to promote the release of their new EP Moving In Slow Motion ahead of their T in The Park set next week.

Sadly the venue is still looking quite deserted as they take the stage, but this does not hold the band back, as they give it their all delivering an energetic set.

The four brothers continue to play a tight show and are clearly enjoying themselves, making them extremely entertaining to watch while their catchy tunes leave me with a smile on my face.

They close with new track ‘100 Degrees’, which singer Eugene Gaine jokes is similar to the current temperature in the room.

Even through the crowd might not be feeling the heat Ded Rabbit’s lively stage presence means they certainly are, however the band still continue to give it their all one last time closing tonight’s show with a bang.

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Words: Jess Lavin
Photos: Derek Robertson