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Abjects / Fruit Tones / Halfrican – Summer Slummin’ [FUZZKILL]

On Summer Slummin’, FUZZKILL Records bring together three of the UK’s finest garage rock misfits to soundtrack what remains of your sweaty solstice.

London trio Abjects link up with longtime label faves Fruit Tones (Manchester) and local boys Halfrican (Glasgow), with each band shouldering two tunes apiece.

Nobody’s beating about the bush – average song length on this split is a whiff over two minutes.

Fruit Tones bring the curtain up with cracking opener, ‘Night Bus Going Nowhere’.

Its chirpy, practice-room bounce recalls The Yummy Fur’s dorkier work from the mid-90s, but Fruit Tones marry this to a sunnier refrain than John McKeown’s outfit were ever wont to do.

After this entrée, Abjects serve up meatier fare on ‘Double Bind’ and ‘Messed Up’.

Of the three acts, Abjects sound the most confident and self-possessed on record – they know fine well they’re punching all your buns with a mere three chords and a shedload of fuzz.

Singer Noemi’s narcotic vocals, delivered primarily in Spanish, are the band’s USP; oddly hypnotic where the rest of the instrumentation is chaotic.

If you need some heavy similitude, listening to them feels like sleepwalking through a burning house.

But it’s Halfrican who prove themselves to be the poppiest amongst their peers, the “Angela-la-la” refrain of the eponymous track being the split’s catchiest hook by a Finnieston mile.

Each repetition is an instant hit of sugary bliss which – like a 10p mix on a hot summer evening – leaves you instantly craving another round.

Curation of this quality continues to cement FUZZKILL’s reputation as the premier purveyors of the UK’s punk rock underground.

Needless to say, their future releases – and those of the three bands on this split – thoroughly deserve your ongoing attention.

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Words: Graham Neil Gillespie

XpoNorth Showcases, Inverness, 9/6/16

The showcases for day two start once again in the Ironworks and this time the free drinks are coupled with music; firstly The Pictish Trail and as Johnny Lynch enters the stage air boxing you know you’re in for a treat.

This is first time I’ve managed to witness Johnny Lynch playing in a non solo capacity, tonight he’s joined by Tuff Love’s Suse Bear on synth and bass duties and it adds a real lift in Lynch’s musician offerings.

Gone is the 30-second song hilarity, but the same mid song banter keeps things light hearted amidst the uplifting but full on dream-ridden tracks that are delivered.

There’s a new album on the horizon and you get the impression this could be something really special with a full band behind it.

By the time tonight’s special guest, Rachel Sermanni, is introduced the networking event has become just that, and it’s difficult to hear most of Sermanni’s delicate, hypnotic and dreamy laments.

Sermanni nonetheless is an impressive artist, and while this isn’t the perfect setting we know all too well what she’s capable of.

Forever is a band that we thought had gone, well forever, and despite being booked on a few festival lineups I was still unconvinced as their online presence was still nil, but turns out they’re back and with a rather new direction.

The now trio have switched up to an enjoyably glitchy electronic sound, which flows nicely, however one thing is a constant and it’s something I’m still on the fence with and that’s the vocal

Thing is though, it’s one thing that is going to win or lose Forever fans, there’s no doubting the twitchy accented delivery is unique, but as I said of them in their previous incarnation, there’s a real touch of Marmite about it; I can’t decide where I love it or hate it, guess I’m waiting for new recorded material then…

The biggest clash of the showcases comes next and I find myself in a mad dash, attempting to visit three venues in 30 minutes to hopefully catch 15-minute bursts of three artists.

The first of these acts is also my first visit to cocktail bar come temporary acoustic venue Scotch and Rye for beautifully intricacies of Chrissy Barnacle.

Sadly most of Barnacle’s delightfully intricate guitars, Joanna Newsome touching extravagances and generally hilarious mid song banter is lost in the cacophony of the noisy cocktail bar, which seems to have become the go to venue for those not interested in the live music on offer.

Over at the Market Bar is a different matter, as everyone is crammed in to the tiny space solely to hear the music as Mt. Doubt delivers a set that’s warm and captivating, while also managing to grasp the hugeness of The National’s live set and somehow squeeze it in a cosy living room; these guys seem to be doing everything right just now and this set only cements that notion further.

Sadly my mad dash mission fails slightly as when I arrive at Hootenanny’s The Youth and Young have nearly finished.

It’s a slower number that the band haves chosen to close their generally rambunctious set, however this short glimpse they manage to maintain that high octane energy that their set has become renowned for; these guys are one of the best folk rock acts in Scotland right now and their live show is one of the main aspects in that.

Following this I decide to give Scotch and Rye another go, sadly this proves a larger futile trip as Laurence Made Me Cry suffers the same fate Chrissy Barnacle and no doubt everyone else in this venue had before her.

I do manage to squeeze close enough to the front to hear a little bit of her set over the mire and what I get a hint of Jo Whitby’s hypnotising array of soothing electronics and smooth, enchanting vocals, well worth seeing at a venue where you don’t have to make a concerted effort to hear her.

Following this I was initially torn on whether to catch Breakfast Muff or not having seen them a couple of times in the past week, however a combination of the drink taking effect and just the fact that they are bloody brilliant makes up my mind and they don’t let down pulling out what might just be the set of the weekend.

The trio’s instruments swapping high-energy riot pop is a joy to behold, and new track, sporting the repeated line of “you’re not a feminist”, stands out as a future mainstay in a set that’s just bags of punk tinged fun.

Upstairs at Madhatters and Halfrican keep that same high-octane punk touching energy running as their reverby pop ticks all the right, riotous boxes for this time of the evening.

Halfrican is fun, addictive and make you want to fucking move; they’ve been promising bigger things for some time now, hopefully that elusive album will appear soon.

Popping downstairs for The Van T’s and I’m greeted by a mobbed venue, so there’s absolutely no chance of the seeing the four-piece surf rockers, but they are rightfully the reason why this place is so packed as they quash the venue’s questionable sound to irrelevance with their fuzzy guitar sound that oozes as much rock ‘n’ roll attitude as it does pop chops; we can’t recommend these guys highly enough.

Back over at the Ironworks I find myself bewildered that the bar staff have deemed tins not allowed and decant their cans of Red Stripe into a plastic cup. I. Only. Bought. It. So. I. Could. Have. A. Can… Raging.

Still, that coupled with a rather underwhelming set from reformed 90s Glasgow guitar pop act Astrid are soon forgotten amidst a night crammed with some brilliant acts and plenty of great people.

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Words: Iain Dawson

Fuzzkill <3 U – Valentine’s All Dayer featuring Peace and Love Barbershop Muhammad Ali, Breakfast MUFF, Fruit Tones, Halfrican, Sweaty Palms at Sleazy’s, 13/2/16

The first volume of Under The Covers was one of my favourite releases of last year, a trope of bands recorded their takes on, some classic and some relatively unheard, love songs for Fuzzkill Records Valentine’s Day compilation, so it was with great anticipation that I turned up the launch of the second edition of the compilation.

Unfortunately some unforeseen circumstances cause me to miss the first couple of hours, and even though I arrive at 7pm I have already missed three acts from a packed line up, still it’s a relief to see the Sleazy’s basement is healthily full when I arrive.

Label favourites Sweaty Palms are the first act I catch and the four-piece deliver a haunting set that drowns the captivated audience in reverb driven psychedelic vibes.

These guys featured our top 10 EPs of last year, with Hollywood Wax, and it appears from their live set that they’re just getting stronger, closing not on the cover of Bowie’s ‘China Girl’ they recorded for the compilation, but on Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’, giving their nonchalant gothy pop vibes to the 60s classic.

Halfrican may have changed two thirds of their members in the last year, but the chilling urgency to their live set is still as present as ever as the duo draft in Holy Mountain’s Andy McGlone on bass duties for the evening.

Their intense sleazy pop is a highlight on a strong line up, and even though they fail in attempt to get Fuzzkill’s Ross Keppie on to sing the chorus, they do pull of the track of the night in an absolutely buzzing rendition of Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’.

The first of two Manchester bands tonight, Fruit Tones capture a real energy, but don’t seem to generate as much buzz as the Glasgow acts before then, understandably so without the home crowd behind them, but it’s all sneery fun surf pop from a band who’s live performance quickly wins over the crowd and more than justifies their place this high up the bill.

Back with the Glasgow acts, and the last one of the night, as Breakfast MUFF pull off another addictive instrument swapping set, further cementing their place as one of the most exhilarating live prospects in the city.

Fast paced, squealing hooky fun that you just can’t walk away from, this is a band well worth seeing.

Tonight’s special guest headliners have just popped along from a support slot with PINS at The Hug and Pint and despite the daunting place of headlining such a strong and hectic bill Manchester’s Peace and Love Barbershop Muhammad Ali more than rise to the occasion.

Their pounding rhythms work with a sneered hooky vocal to give their sound a real dance floor dimension that’s more than addictive enough to have everyone remembering their name.

Another successful night from one of the most productive and consistently exciting labels in the city, and tonight’s release is all for charity too, looks like a pretty healthy donation going the way of Maryhill Foodbank and Refugee Action, buy the tape it’s a wee gem.

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Words: Iain Dawson
Photos: Elina Lin

Tracks of 2015 (10-1)

30-21  –  20-11  –  10-1  –  EPs & albums

10 Martha Ffion - No Applause10 Martha Ffion – No Applause [Lost Map]

Offering a sweeter take on 60s rock Martha Ffion has managed to grab a lot of attention this year since we first caught her support Jessica Pratt in April. Blending lo-fi fuzz guitar, sleek vocals and poetic lyricism ‘No Applause’ offers the both raw edge and maturity some acts have spent years trying to perfect. From this single alone it is clear why Ffion’s originality has received so much praise during preceding months. She also filled in for Sugarhill Gang at Wickerman; quite the year. (Jess Lavin)

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9 Halfrican - Life Is Hard9 Halfrican – Life Is Hard [El Rancho]

Halfrican, the band that were best known for their matching shorts and mixing together fuzz, garage and 60s pop released their first official single ‘Life is Hard’ during the summer. Halfrican’s powerhouse guitar pop really packs a punch and forces the listener to give it their full attention, whereas the track’s surf-rock twang adds further depth to keep you interested. (Jess Lavin)

8 Le Thug - Basketball Land8 Le Thug – Basketball Land [Song, by Toad]

The elusive Le Thug re-emerged at the start of the year with their first formal release on Song, By Toad Records, though each of the 6 tracks on the EP is just as mesmerising as the one before, ‘Basketball Land’ is a clear standout as it really showcases Clio’s enchanting vocals, which match beautifully with the mix of pulsing drones and electronic flourishes. The track has a real dreamlike quality and is both extremely gripping and powerful without being forceful – never begging for your attention, but capable of engrossing you in its sound. (Jess Lavin)

7 The Van T’s - Growler7 The Van T’s – Growler [Bloc+]

In the summer of 2013 I caught an acoustic folk duo by the name of The Van T’s at the ABC – little did I know that by the end of 2015, they’d be amongst my favourite current Scottish bands. Nor did I realise the acoustic folk patter would be patched in favour of an incredible, raucous rock reminiscent of the likes of the Pixies and the Raveonettes. ‘Growler’ is perhaps the seminal moment of what has been a fantastic year for the Van Thompson twins – a ferocious track that perfectly purveys The Van T’s sound though its outstanding riffs and atmospheric lyrics. It’s an unstoppable force of a song that rightly deserves a place in any end-of-year list and reinforces the inarguable fact that the duo will be well worth watching in 2016 and beyond. (Jay Henderson)

6 Miaoux Miaoux - Luxury Discovery6 Miaoux Miaoux – Luxury Discovery [Chemikal Underground]

An unapologetically-catchy, impossible-not-to-dance-to electro-pop track that exists as the crowning glory of an album that will likely be reflected upon as one of Scotland’s finest of 2015. Put simply: you’d have to try really hard to not love it, and even harder to forcibly extract it from your brain. (Michael Maver)

5 WOMPS - Live A Little Less5 WOMPS – Live A Little Less [Damnably]

We have been covering the output of Ewan Grant for a long time at Rave Child, and the truly pleasant chap seems to finally be getting his deserved credit. Rising from the ashes of noisy and productive rockers, Algernon Doll, WOMPS have had an excellent first year playing shows across the globe and recording their debut single ‘Live A Little Less’ with garage production legend Steve Albini. The single has gone on to receive a vast amount of praise and it’s clear why as it perfectly mixes fuzzy, turbulent garage with meaningful lyrics and melodic harmonies. The duo seems to have found their road and is now hitting it at full pelt; expect big things from them in 2016. (Jess Lavin)

4 Kathryn Joseph - The Bird4 Kathryn Joseph – The Bird [Hits The Fan]

‘The Bird’ is a perfect example of how strong indie-folk can be – and not just in Scotland.  Kathryn Joseph is without doubt one of the diamonds among the plethora of unconvincing, pseudo-emotional acoustic-y acts that have been badly waltzing around the internet hay barn since Justin Vernon brilliantly set the pace with Bon Iver in 2008, and she does so in a way that gently reminds us all that art needn’t (or maybe shouldn’t) be a forced experience. Mixing metaphors aside, ‘The Bird’ blends familiar and melancholic piano tones with uniquely compelling rasped vocals to hugely emotional effect, and is a must listen. It helped her win a SAY award, too. (Greg Murray)

3 TeenCanteen - Sister3 TeenCanteen – Sister

TeenCanteen’s ‘Sister’ is captivating, it showcases the band’s ability to come out with a fighting spirit through an intense and driven sound. In 2015, the band also raised £3456.72 for Scottish Woman’s Aid at their ‘Girl Affect’ event, therefore it is easy to see that last year has been a successful year for the girls. They have much to be proud of from it, and ‘Sister’ can definitely be considered a highlight.

2 Best Girl Athlete - Seven Seconds2 Best Girl Athlete – Seven Seconds [Fit Like]

2015 was a pivotal year for the precociously talented Best Girl Athlete with a string of both local and far-flung gigs including a tour of North America, and the release of her album, Carve Every Word, which received an overwhelmingly positive critical response. ‘Seven Seconds’ is a highlight of the record, with its charming combination of upbeat pop, lyrics written with a twist of melancholy, and a lifted final section that catches the listener off guard. (Ellen Renton)

1 Hector Bizerk - Rust Cohle1 Hector Bizerk – Rust Cohle

In a year where Hector Bizerk were prolific as ever it was this number that shaded their almost as wonderful ‘They Made a Porno On A Mobile Phone & Everybody Laughed’ featuring Pronto Mama’s Marc Rooney. While the fanbase and the seaming mutual adoration between the two groups drove that track pretty far, it was the sheer sneery, hook of a sing-along of ‘Rust Cohle’ that made it the true standout in another successful year from Scotland’s best hip-hop act. The track named after Matthew McConaughey’s character in last year’s, equally as gripping, season of HBO drama True Detective, is darker than a lot of Hector’s previous material as an Americana guitar riff gives way to sharp synths, while Louie’s couplets are as well thought out as ever. Absolute beast of a track live too!

30-21  –  20-11  –  10-1  –  EPs & albums

La Luz, TeenCanteen, Halfrican at The Hug and Pint, 19/10/15

Tonight is a night of harmonies at The Hug and Pint, where La Luz are just one of two all-female groups on the bill.

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Opening act tonight, Halfrican, sport tiny gym shorts and small Adidas-style t-shirts with the band’s name on.

Dressed like this, the aggression one might expect out of songs titled ‘Cocksucker’ and ‘Down to Fuck’ is instead channeled into self-deprecating humour, expressed through the nervous energy of the likes of the Buzzcocks.

Lead singer Sancho Buna approximates melody in the vein of Australian psychedelic Blank Realm (who came to the Hug and Pint a couple of weeks ago), and he hollers delightfully above Halfrican’s pop punk, his guitar serving as duet partner where Buna runs out of expressive capacity.

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Main support comes from TeenCanteen, who are captivating from the instant they begin their a capella opener, ‘Honey’, an immediate showcase for the all-female band’s three singers, and a song that is ambiguous and in a way that makes them an excellent choice of support for La Luz.

Every line of ‘Honey’ reveals a turning point in the relationship described, where first the protagonist feels the object of attention is “perfect like a circle, but later she realises she is “a square trying to fit in his circle, and by the chorus feels he is “going to want another/cos he always makes me suffer.

Lead singer Carla Easton finds her levels of emotion heightened by the support of the two powerful backing vocalists, Sita Pieraccini and Chloe Philip, who are not content to merely provide harmonies to Easton, and are not shy to exhibit technical skill themselves.

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There’s no more appropriate label for La Luz than the heavily bandied around ‘surf noir’; the surf guitar is so instrumental to the group sound, and the band borrows heavily from the doo-wop groups of the 60s, while latching on to and emphasising all the more weird and frightening elements of those bands.

Tonight, though, La Luz reveals a side that’s pure unpretentious fun.

If the band’s unsettling harmonies, the shimmering organs, the dreamy/creepy vocals, suggested a more gloomy approach, the band does everything to dispel these preconceptions.

“Maybe a magical fairy will come and save me,” remarks lead singer Shana Cleveland innocently after having trouble moving the light shining in her face, shattering any ideas you might have had about a gloomy frontwoman.

After ‘Sleep Til They Die’, the ominous opener to latest album Weirdo Shrine, with an even more sombre rendition tonight, the band teases someone called Alice for doing a dance that is “just a serious face”, before giving a shout out to Scary Spice; you realise La Luz aren’t afraid to call out their target audience for taking themselves too seriously.

It’s lucky to have such an intimate gig with long enough for the band to have fun too – on TeenCanteen’s request, La Luz split the audience in two and have audience members dance down the middle to the front.

Later, after debating the relative gigging habits on either side of the pond (“in the U.S., I guess, maybe people get more drunk at shows?” – “but this is Scotland!?”), drummer Marian Li Pino requests for an audience member to play drums so she can crowd surf for the first time in Europe.

La Luz can have fun at this gig though – when it’s in an intimate venue where the sound is great, with an apt and impressive choice of support, this is and ought be a pleasure to play.

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Words: Tony Boardman
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BABY STRANGE, The Lapelles, Halfrican at Saint Luke’s, 9/10/15

Newly opened St. Luke’s in Glasgow’s east end has almost instantly become one of the most popular venues in the city right now.

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Tonight it hosts the long awaited home city headline for BABY STRANGE and a considerable amount of people have turned up for the first support and after some great tunes, matching t-shirt and short wearing Halfrican take to the stage.

There has been a bit of a line up change with these guys recently, with two new members and it only adds to the wild and savage way they carry themselves on stage.

Their set is energetic and lively; musically they have a great sound, playing some new songs, but also the rather excellent ‘Cocksucker’ and ‘Down To Fuck’.

Halfrican are incredibly likeable, with their unashamed fun loving attitude on stage, every show is a good one.

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The Lapelles really fill up the venue with a dedicated crowd assembling right in front of the stage.

That crowd sets the standard for the rest of the audience as they consistently jump about singing along.

With synth in the line up it changes the vibe of the night, a bit more edgy but both acts have some great basslines.

A young band, The Lapelles are now getting some brilliant support slots and polishing their sound.

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They put on a great set which really sets the crowd up for BABY STRANGE.

As expected this room is packed and spirits are high as the band start their set.

The crowd is frenzied as soon as they start to play; with a grungy punk vibe, heavy drums and strident and striking guitars they completely own the moment and everyone wants to have as much fun as they are.

The audience is filled with a considerable amount of younger people and where the lyrics of the songs are concerned they totally get it.

BABY STRANGE are the band of the moment and with a good few headlines now have created a fantastic and loyal fan base that only add to the enthusiasm of their live gigs.

Personal taste but Halfrican were absolutely incredible tonight and killed it; hopefully some bigger things are round the corner.

A great line up all round and of course a shout out to Acting Strange who did a small set at the after party in The Priory- having seen them four times in the last month alone they have formed a solid and meticulous affliction with each other on stage and the rising confidence and connexion has completely complimented their live sound.

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Words: Olivia Campbell
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WOMPS, Halfrican, Phillip Taylor, Dune Witch Trails at The Hug and Pint, 24/9/15

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Dune Witch Trials begin their set with loose and rough dream-pop feel, however this is short lived as their second track crashes in with much heavier sound, shaking the venue awake.

During their set the band continue to switch between these dynamics, each track is kept short and snappy, but allows exactly enough time to showcase their unique and brilliant instrumental skill without being too flashy.

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Despite seeing PAWS live on multiple occasions, I am yet to see Phillip Taylor perform a solo set and, therefore, I’m extremely excited for what’s in store.

Tonight his set consists of stripped back versions of PAWS songs with a cover of The Lemonheads’ ‘My Drug Buddy’ thrown in for good measure.

As much as I enjoy PAWS’ highly energetic full band set it’s nice to have the opportunity to hear their tracks in a different fashion, which allows you to really hear Taylor’s superb song-writing skill.

However, it is all too clear that Taylor is frustrated by the lack of crowd participation during tonight’s show despite all his efforts to engage with them.

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Halfrican arrival on stage changes the atmosphere as they begin their energetic set in their statement shorts.

This is Halfrican’s first gig as a four-piece, but the new additions, Kevin Frew has returned to drums as ‘Jet’ Jackson has more important things to focus on, seem to mirror the same hyperactive and lively stage presence of the rest of the band.

On stage Halfrican give it their all during their set, treating the crowd to a number of previously released tracks such as ‘Down To Fuck’ and ‘Life Is Hard’ as well new songs like ‘In For The Kill’, all of which are extremely enjoyable to watch.

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The now packed venue is eagerly awaiting tonight’s headliners WOMPS and from the moment they take the stage it is clear why.

WOMPS fill the room with the sound of pounding percussion and heavy riffs, creating an epic wall of sound before frontman Ewan Grant’s heartfelt vocals kick-in.

It is clear from tonight why this band have managed to pick up support from the likes of NME online, The Skinny, Clash Magazine, Artrocker, BBC Radio 1 and more as they showcase a number of potential hits.

Despite their new record not arriving in time for tonight’s launch, it is clear the three-piece are in high spirits and extremely grateful for the turnout in the venue making tonight’s set one of their best yet.

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Words: Jess Lavin

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Doune The Rabbit Hole, 23/8/15

Sunday at Doune and we’ve found a touch of familiarity about the site, only today it seems to be filled with yellow as Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 closing things tonight and their fans seem to engulf the festival site in what could resemble a cult if you weren’t aware a silly, fun-times band were at the centre of it.

Still our day starts with food, and the food at Doune is the best you’ll eat at any festival; I opt for the French toast with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast, while Jess turns up with the most colourful breakfast roll I’ve ever witnessed containing; egg, smoked salmon and avocado.

Indeed today is full of indulgence in the food department, from barbeque salmon, to beer roasted brisket and plenty of veggie alternatives too it’s a joy to have this many options at a festival of this size.

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For the music my day starts in the Baino tent, as The Shithawks deliver a loud, fast rock ‘n’ roll assault on the those that have hit the darkened tent in the blissful early afternoon sunshine.

When the Dundee act hit their groove it’s powerfully engaging stuff, if a bit overwhelming for those trying to ease themselves out of a Sunday morning hangover.

Still, there’s plenty to dance as The Shithawks’ funk enthused basslines and infectious garage punk vocals, along with a never giving rhythm get things moving early on; it’s powerful stuff; could maybe have done with being a couple of bevvy’s down the line though and I don’t remember them having Aussie accents last time I saw them.

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Following the riotous start we find a nice spot to the side of the Jabberwocky stage in preparation for Prehistoric Friends.

Even through the majority of the crowd remain seated (except an the young woman performing yoga with her daughter near the front of the stage – you wouldn’t see this at any other festival) it’s clear they’re enjoying not only the beautiful weather, but also the atmospheric dream-pop coming from the stage.

Originally a duo Liam Chapman and Nichola Kerr are joined by a full band, allowing Chapman to showcase his enchanting vocals.

Prehistoric Friends’ lush synth based tones on a sunny day are the perfect remedy for a hangover and a highlight of the weekend.

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Moving back to the Baino tent for something extremely different – Halfrican pack a punch as their powerhouse guitar pop shakes you awake.

Their performance is high pace, energetic and intense, but much like The Shithawks feels like it’s in too early a slot.

Nevertheless, it is clear the trio are enjoying themselves as they bounce around the stage in their matching outfits and the crowd clearly share the feeling as the beat drives the performance forward, allowing Sancho Buna’s cheeky sneered vocals to shine, a few even decide to go ‘taps aff’.

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Back at the Jabberwocky stage is Tuff Love, whose soft harmonies soaring over fuzzy guitars are as effortlessly vibrant as ever.

Their set is minimalistic, but mind-blowing and even through Suse Bear and Julie Eisenstein come as slightly shy, their music speaks for them gripping your attention and not letting it go.

Tuff Love are an extremely tight live band and deliver 45 minutes of grunged up pop goodness, which draws even the weariest of punters down to the front for a little dance.

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Next on the Jabberwocky stage is the much talked about C Duncan and this was my first chance to catch him in a live setting and I’m not disappointed as his set seems perfectly suited for the early evening sunshine, as each track seems to seeks out the disappearing rays with fresh and lovely harmonies.

The general comparison Duncan seems to be receiving is to that of early Fleet Foxes, and it’s easy to see why as the gentle builds and lulling vocal style do posses an endearing campfire quality; a truly charming way to spend the sun’s descent.

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I’ve heard good things about Be Charlotte over the last couple months and with Hector Bizerk’s own Audrey Tait on board I’m extremely excited to see what young Charlotte Brimner has to offer.

Brimner breaks the boundaries of what it means to be a singer-songwriter as not only does she sing, but also shows her true musicianship as she raps and plays while still managing to ooze bags of swagger, however Brimner’s voice is what really strikes you, as not only is it completely stunning, but utilised to its full potential, showcasing her unique tone and technical ability.

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Then it’s the cheery fun festival finale back at the Jabberwocky stage as Them Beatles pull out their best psychedelia era Beatles attire, hit character and transport you back to the 60s for a set of sing-along fun.

It’s charming stuff, as they delivery an array of favourites in the most convincing fashion you’ll see; tribute acts might not be for everyone, but if you’re going to see one it may as well be Them Beatles.

Before the drive back to Glasgow for the ever-daunting Monday morning in work, I manage to catch a few minutes of the experimental, avant-garde, free jazz stylings of Death Shanties from under the big tree, and while their music takes some accustoming to it deservedly pulls a crowd.

Saxophonist Sybren Renema is situated in the tree with drummer Alex Neilson powering out franticly engrossing drums from the floor below, it’s attention grasping stuff and the ideally bizarre way to end a very special festival.

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Words: Iain Dawson/Jess Lavin
Photos: Bill Gray

Poor Things / Pinact / SHARPTOOTH / Halfrican – Split [Gerry Loves]

Turning five years old, Gerry Loves Records is an Edinburgh-based DIY label with a love for old school formats and underground Scottish music; covering everything from pop eclecticism to screaming noise-rock.

This EP brings together four of the hottest bands in the country for a four track compilation that spans crunchy Weezer-like power-pop, Malkmus indebted college rock and grungy lo-fi sounds

Poor Things open things up with the poppiest track on the EP.

The initial signs tease a lost Flaming Lips track, which never materialises; barged out the way by an irrepressible guitar-led tune.

With a second album due soon, ‘No Way, José’ is a bouncy romp from the guys who gave the world the wonderful ‘A drunk man considers the royal wedding at Kelvingrove Park’ and offers a taster of a brighter, more optimistic sophomore record.

If there’s one bad who epitomise everything the Glasgow underground does well, it’s Pinact.

The duo, on this recording, of Corrie Gillies (guitar/vocals) and Chris McCrory (drums), have the play anywhere, any stage, any time values of classic garage rock nailed and now they’ve started to crack the tunes too.

Frequently compared to early Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr, ‘Everybody Says’ could be their most melodic song to date without sacrificing any of their signature punch.

Kicking off side two, the wonderfully named SHARPTOOTH are an all-female four piece with a debt to Patti Smith and Joy Division.

‘Queen of Scots’ is a gnarly rocking beast that trembles and roars for a mere one-minute-50-seconds, shaking the bars of the cage and demanding to be fed

It’s less easy to grab onto than the boys on Side A, but just as exciting an end product; part glass shattering drums; part tightly coiled rage.

Finally, the last band on show is Halfrican.

Best known for their questionable stage gear (running shorts and vintage sports jackets), the trio bash out loud and joyful surf-punk like a Scottish Dead Kennedys.

‘Down to Fuck’ is a bratty, tongue-in-cheek pogo that rides the same wave of ramshackle glory as the sadly now-defunct Jim Jones Revue.

A great intro tape to four of Glasgow’s most fun underground acts,

Words: Max Sefton

The Gories, Halfrican at O2 ABC Glasgow, 30/7/15

Tonight is all about nostalgia, garage music and good times.

This evening sees a return to the spotlight for Glasgow’s very own Pin Up DJ’s along with El Rancho in order to bring (for the very first time to our green shores) 80’s scuzzy, garage heroes The Gories.

Support comes from Glasgow’s very own fledgling pioneers of fuzzy, upbeat punk songs – Halfrican.

Currently doing the rounds and gaining local support and adulation, it’s hard to not enjoy Halfrican’s own brand of Calypso style garage rock.

It’s also difficult not to enjoy their matching ‘short’ shorts outfits and in-sync on stage costume changes.

They offer the perfect beginning to a night of ‘Nuggets’ themed blues guitar rock.

Hailing from Detroit Michigan the trio, comprising; Mick Collins on guitar, Dan Kroha on guitar and vocals and Peggy O’Neill on drums doesn’t hesitate in launching straight into fuzz filled ‘Hey, Hey We’re The Gories’, to which the Glasgow crowd respond with fist pumping, bopping and some seriously questionable skiffle dance moves.

Playing at break neck speed The Gories hurtle through an hour-long set of fast paced, lo-fi punk, playing classics like; ‘Feral’, ‘Telepathic’ and ‘Give Me Love’ showcases just how perfect these three have their sound.

The band can alternate between The Clash style guitars, angry loud and proud to the softer jangle of The Strawberry Alarm Clock instantaneously.

It’s only about 20 minutes into the set before the band are drenched in sweat from putting it all into tonight’s performance.

The confident strut of O’Neill’s drums, hail the intro to ‘Ghost Rider’ and all of a sudden the room is galvanized into spontaneous moshing; a frenzy that lasts the rest of the night.

Fan favorite, ‘Nitroglycerine’ see’s the Glasgow crowd roaring every word right back at the band, as they stomp and strut proudly up on stage.

It’s clear from the looks on the faces of everyone in the crowd (ranging from dads and granddads to young teen-aged indie kids) that tonight is a success.

A great gig, nostalgic yes, but evidently still a very vital part of Glasgow’s current thriving music scene.

The Gories it would seem would be welcomed back, with arms wide open to Glasgow once again.

Words/Photos: Ang Canavan