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Magners Summer Nights Electric Honey Sessions

Electric Honey is an institution of the Glasgow music scene; founded in 1992 at Glasgow’s Kelvin College it helped launch the careers of bands like Belle and Sebastian and Biffy Clyro.

Today’s event was organised by the current Music Business students who are continuing under the Electric Honey name.

Today’s lineup reads like a Buzzfeed list of exciting Scottish acts right now; acoustic sets from Finn LeMarinel and Mayor Stubbs, the country/big band feel of Woodenbox and the pop tinged Young Aviators all set the scene perfectly for tonight’s headliners, Fatherson and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Not to forget the fantastic Harry and the Hendersons, who end up playing 10 minutes longer than planned, which was more than ok with the audience.

Finn LeMarinel is a surprising highlight, his delicate songwriting could easily have been lost in such an open space, however his emotive vocals and sombre tone set a perfect benchmark for the later bands to match.

Woodenbox take to the stage just as the weather starts to take a turn for the worse and do a great job of keeping the sizeable audience entertained.

Set highlight ‘Hang The Noose’ sees their brass section lead the masses in an impromptu dance to left everyone’s spirits.

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Fatherson have taken the UK by storm since the release of their debut full length I am an Island, and the band is in a jubilant mood having recently signed to Easy Life Records/Sony and about to begin work on their second album.

Without a doubt a lot of the crowd tonight are here to see them play a hometown show – and no one is left disappointed.

Ross Leighton’s vocals sound great, while oldie ‘James’ and single ‘Mine For Me’ are noticeably good.

Anyone involved in the music scene in Glasgow can tell you how hard Fatherson have worked to get to where they are now, they truly deserve the favourable position they are in.

It might be mid festival season, but the band show no signs of fatigue as they play one banger after another to a rapturous reception.

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By the end of their set it almost feels like the end of the evening, that we had already seen the headline act, but thankfully We Were Promised Jetpacks are still to come.

Jetpacks have been on the cusp on greatness for years and they are starting to live up to the hype and then some.

Strangely, they have found immediate success in the US and often tour there just as much as the UK.

Their new material seems to sit perfectly next to fan favourites, like ‘Quiet Little Voices’, as Jetpacks demonstrate a great knack of developing a sombre tone with memorable melodies that has seen them become a favourite for many in Glasgow.

All in all a fantastic night and a great showcase of musical talent; here’s to many more years of great Scottish music being played in the great Scottish outdoors.

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Words: Andy McGonigle
Photos: Derek Robertson

Mayor Stubbs – Mayor Stubbs [Gargleblast]

You may know Mayor Stubbs as the cat who has inexplicably been honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska since 1997 (look it up, that’s not a joke!), but he also happens to be a Glasgow-based singer-songwriter.

And just a few seconds listening to the latter’s self-titled debut EP should be enough, if you take into consideration a cat’s lack of opposable thumbs for a start, to suggest they are not in fact the same animal.
Opening track ‘Abandon Ship’ is a gentle number, which heralds the arrival of a talent who successfully blends accented, emotive vocals, strong song-writing, and remarkable musicianship.

‘Everything is Illuminated’ follows with the partnership between passionate vocals and guitar producing a sound that is as infectious as it is impressive.

Soon, the fantastic intro to ‘Rival Unions’ kicks in and Stubbs purveys more playful, optimistic folk joy; at times the song is not unlike Frightened Rabbit at their acoustic best and Stubbs’s ability to get so many levels of emotion from one instrument becomes a formidable asset.

And then comes the highlight, ‘Spiderhands’ – a song that, as the title suggests, focuses attention on the Mayor’s handy ability.

Another glorious intro soon makes way for alarmingly quick fingers, around which an engrossing song is crafted; the midway point marks the beginning of a slowly building yet sublime acoustic journey, before Stubbs steers the song to its triumphant last line following a few last appearances of his spiderhands.

Mayor Stubbs’ ability to convey genuine emotion, allied to his skilled song-writing and stunning command of his acoustic weapon, make him a uniquely addictive artist playing to his strengths and producing fantastic music as a result.

Somewhere in Alaska there is a cat throwing up furballs, disgusted at no longer being the most notable Mayor Stubbs on the planet.

Words: Jason Henderson