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Poor Frisco – ‘Weird In The Suburbs’

The third track to be released from Poor Frisco’s debut album, Sheep’s Clothing, ‘Weird In The Suburbs’ displays their confident ability to create a gritty and intense track, while maintaining an underlying guitar hook and steady vocals.

This style continues until around halfway through, where the intensity increases as the vocals are heightened and the music speeds faster towards the track’s close.

As the music heightens, vocalist Callum McSorely sings ‘’I don’t think I will find my piece of mind/ after all this time’’ displaying a depth of the lyrical content alongside the music’s alternating intensity.

‘Weird In The Suburbs’ is a tight and bold that will successfully stick in your memory.

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Words: Orla Brady

A Quiet Night In presents Wild Image (EP launch), Life Model, Poor Frisco at Sleazy’s, 18/3/16

It seems a fair while since A Quiet Night In has put on a show and chatting with the man behind the moniker, David Bell, it indeed has been, still the shows he has put on in the past usually showcase quality upcoming bands so they’re always worth popping along to.

Tonight is no different as three exciting local acts fill the roster, for what is Wild Image’s EP launch and last ever gig.

Poor Frisco is up first and start to an unfortunately sparse crowd, but the crowd grows with the performance and anyone who does enter during their set doesn’t leave, as they blast out a powerful set drawing from last year’s infectious debut album, Sheep’s Clothing.

We’re very familiar with these guys and have seem them progress as a band, but as the member’s enter different chapters of their life (one soon to be married, one soon to be a father), their presence as a band only seems to be stronger; foot stomping grooves punctuate their American influenced indie rock sound, and despite a slight touch of between song awkwardness they come across more accomplished than ever.

Life Model are a band that seem to be on the up, it’s been a fair while since the last time I caught them and a fair bit has changed, their reverby dream pop tinged roots are still there in essence, but they’re heavier with an aura of gothy pop that hooks you much more than before.

Sophie Evans’ addictive, effected vocal has a touch of Cheryl Crowe about it in tone, but that alongside their pounding beats and dreamy guitars shows them as a band with bags of potential.

They’re still to get it quite spot on, but we see glimpses of tracks that could be pushed to a perfect driving songs as twinkling guitars punctuate strong rhythms and keep them noted as one’s to look out for.

This is the last ever gig for Wild Image, which also happens to be their EP launch, and the four-piece seem more than eager to go out with a bang as the tropical licks of Alfonso Sanchez-Cruz, wobbly bass of Andrew Stears and pop tinged vocals from Elina Lin keep things engaging.

At points they may come across as a big self indulgent, Sanchez-Cruz is clearly a very talented guitarist, but at points goes too far to demonstrate this, dragging focus away from what are very well put together pop rock songs.

Still, they put in a last performance to be proud of as Lin commands attention with her catchy pop delivery, alongside chat about peacocks and avocados, and their strained classic rock touching sound hooks me more than enough to keep my attention beyond tonight, that had they planned to do keep going.

Still, from a glimpse at their very diverse influences on Facebook, perhaps this was never supposed to work, but definitely a group of talented musicians, look out for their future projects, some could be very different.

Words: Iain Dawson
Photos: Bill Gray

Albums of 2015 (10-1)

20-11  –  10-1  –  Tracks & EPs

2 Hector Bizerk - The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry10 Hector Bizerk – The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry

If there is one thing Hector Bizerk are always on hand to offer, it is something new and for the Glasgow hip-hop act it perhaps doesn’t get more boundary-pushing than writing the soundtrack for Crazy Jane, a play about a 19th-century Paris mental asylum. But that is exactly what The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry is – an undeniably ambitious project, but one which the duo pull off magnificently. Throughout experimental sounds and true-to-form storytelling brilliance of Louie’s lyrics, the album manages to touch upon powerful imagery and serious mental health stigmas – this isn’t just a soundtrack for playing in the background of a stage play, it is a genuine work of art as a standalone album, which has a very clear and deep message. (Jay Henderson)

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10 CARBS - Joyous Material Failure9 CARBS – Joyous Material Failure [Save As]

Not quite a hip-hop record but far from anything else Joyous Material Failure is the creation of Jonnie Common and Jamie Scott released under the moniker CARBS. Consisting of slouchy beats and loose-tongued rapping the album’s subject matters range from Resident Evil, pizza and ice cream as the duo offer an insight into the millennial era by using witty puns that encourage listeners to chuckle though-out. (Jess Lavin)

9 Miaoux Miaoux - School of Velocity8 Miaoux Miaoux – School of Velocity [Chemikal Underground]

A bit disco, a bit techno, and more than a bit joyous electro-pop, Julian Corrie’s School of Velocity is nothing short of an incredible balancing act between simple, pure song writing and soaring, euphoric production. From hooks formed of towering synth stabs to its solid, but playful, underpinning grooves, School of Velocity perhaps surprises most in its impressive lyrical depth and ingenuity – an oft-maligned aspect of contemporary pop. It’s a progression not a revolution for Miaoux Miaoux, but is nonetheless a collection of ten more or less bulletproof tracks. School of Velocity is clever, but honest, and oh-so-easy to love. (Michael Mavor)

8 Poor Frisco - Sheep’s Clothing7 Poor Frisco – Sheep’s Clothing

Poor Frisco hail from East Kilbride, the very same unassuming west of Scotland town that brought us the great Jesus And Mary Chain and these guys are doing a fantastic job of carrying on the noisy pop gauntlet with Sheep’s Clothing. The melodies and harmonies are overtly pop, yet work so well with the interesting and sometimes angular guitar riffs. Sheep’s Clothing has elevated Poor Frisco into real contenders for most exciting band in the city; every track brings something new to the table while maintaining the rough charm that only Poor Frisco can pull off. (Andy McGonigle)

7 Errors - Lease of Life6 Errors – Lease of Life [Rock Action]

Everything from glittering arpeggios to mythical, almost Celtic nuances, each track of Lease of Life is unique, but they all share an ethereal quality. Yet much of what features is reminiscent of 80s new wave, echoing Soft Cell and Depeche Mode. There’s something very solid and secure about each track on this album, making it a truly accomplished piece of art. (Rachel Cunningham)

6 C Duncan - Architect5 C Duncan – Architect [FatCat]

Representing Scotland in the 2015 Mercury Prize, C Duncan brings a surprisingly original, dreamy and warm vision of the country through the bedroom window. Fittingly, Architect feels physically crafted and while the modern indie and pop influences are evident, it is Duncan’s atavism, channeling Palestrina and the choral origins of written western music, that defines his sound and make Architect the most intriguing and incongruous of Scottish releases. (Liam Gingell)

5 Prehistoric Friends - Prehistoric Friends4 Prehistoric Friends – Prehistoric Friends [Yetts Yeti]

Multi-instrumentalist Liam Chapman and violist Nichola Kerr’s self-titled debut album comes with bold choruses, dynamic instrumentals, heartfelt vocals and an overall atmospheric sound. The album, which was released as a limited number of handcrafted fossil plaster casts with a download code hidden inside, is just as unique as the format it was released on. (Jess Lavin)

4 Ela Orleans - Upper Hell3 Ela Orleans – Upper Hell [HB]

Upper Hell saw Orleans temporarily move away from the “movies for ears” tagline and the result is a collection of strong songs that stand together in a coherent structured LP. Upper Hell bounces around in a more confident manner; it’s still slightly cold, but here it’s more ceramic than icy. The cinematic narrative is defined, but the thread linking the songs results in the feeling of watching a high definition version rather than an old 35mm print; highly emotive and highly deserving of the praise it received.

3 Best Girl Athlete - Carve Every Word2 Best Girl Athlete – Carve Every Word [Fit Like]

Katie Buchan, aka Best Girl Athlete, saw her debut album, Carve Every Word, never leave the teenager short of praise. The album itself perfectly shows that, although she is young, Buchan can write powerful and intriguing tracks, which showcase emotional depth both lyrically and musically. Carve Every Word is a beautifully crafted album that can be listened to repeatedly and guarantees success will continue on from 2015.

1 Hudson Mohawke - Lantern1 Hudson Mohawke – Lantern [Warp]

For a record that seems stylistically and tonally to be all about confounding expectations, Lantern fulfills those aspirations and just keeps pushing. With evident influences from Mohawke’s immensely heterogeneous background in the very disparate worlds of EDM and rap production, Lantern is an expertly formed demonstration of invigorating, no holds barred electro-pop… and yet can’t be summarised by that alone. The record as a whole possesses an edge of experimentation and is certainly no stranger to risk in its construction, but still manages to remain astonishingly enjoyable from commencement to conclusion. (Michael Mavor)

20-11  –  10-1  –  Tracks & EPs

Poor Frisco – Sheep’s Clothing

Poor Frisco hail from East Kilbride, the very same unassuming west of Scotland town that brought us the great Jesus And Mary Chain and these guys are doing a fantastic job of carrying on the noisy pop gauntlet with their latest release, Sheep’s Clothing.

Opener ‘Little Baby’ sets the bar very high for the 12 tracks that follow; it captures the bands sound perfectly, the pop melodies layering with the droned distorted guitars bringing a distinctly Scottish flavour to their unique sound.

‘Your Not My Love’ has a kind of pop naivety that is as charming as it is catchy; it perhaps showcases one of Poor Frisco’s finest assets, their ability to get a song stuck in your head for days.

‘Good Day Yet’ isn’t even two-minutes long, but provides another highlight of this stellar record.

The simplicity is again one of the most attractive things about the song with hints of The Cure and Pixies shining through.

The melodies and harmonies are overtly pop, yet work so well with the interesting and sometimes angular guitar riffs.

‘Weird In The Suburbs’ opens with a Green Album Weezer type feel that you just know is going to soar into an amazing chorus even before it arrives.

It sees Poor Frisco at their weird best, the way Callum McSorley and David Fleck change their deliveries to suit the song is fantastic.

The easygoing tones soon become abrupt and slightly more punk towards the end, showcasing the versatility of the record and indeed the band themselves.

‘Running Ahead’ is a great closer, it takes all that is great from the rest of the record and condenses it into a fantastic five-minute opus.

It’s slow build up is perhaps unlike what we’ve heard previously, two-minute pop numbers hardly have the time for huge floor tom sections, and it isn’t until the final minute where the usual Poor Frisco organised mayhem really kicks in.

The huge guitar sound left reverberating in your ears for what seems like forever signifies a very fitting end to a fantastic record.

Sheep’s Clothing has elevated Poor Frisco into real contenders for most exciting band in the city; every track brings something new to the table whilst maintaining the rough charm that only Poor Frisco can pull off.

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Words: Andy McGonigle

King Tut’s Summer Nights with Made As Mannequins, Poor Frisco, Broken Boy, Saint Secaire, 23/7/15

I’m in high sprits as I make my way along to King Tut’s for my first of their Summer Nights.

Tonight’s show is one of the few that really caught my eye with a few of my current favourites filling the lineup.

First up is the only band I don’t recognise but I assume by the rest of tonight’s lineup that they’ll be my cup of tea… sadly I’m wrong.

Saint Secaire certainly look like a well put together band but their sound is quite messy, making it hard to hear the melodies or meaning in their lyrics.

Their stage presence slightly awkward with their vocalist Dylan Smith seeming a bit lost, spending a lot of time with his hands on his hips, however I do have some respect for Saint Secaire as they give it their all in an attempt to play some catchy songs for a relatively small audience.

The venue isn’t looking much busier as St Andrew’s Broken Boy take the stage, which is a shame as brothers Stewart and Cameron Black fill the room with superb harmonies.

It is clear from the start that this band has excellent stage presence, using the whole stage during their performance while their upbeat rhythms leave me with a smile on my face.

Broken Boy continue to play an extremely energetic and well thought out set featuring expertly plucked guitars and sublime drumming from the band’s newest addition Fraser Laing.

They close their set with crowd pleaser ‘She Said’, which really showcases Cameron’s strong vocals before building up into a breath-taking performance worthy of a much larger audience.

The energy in the venue remains during Poor Frisco’s set as the now growing crowd eagerly watch their performance and offer loud claps and cheers between songs.

It’s easy to see that each member is really giving it their all tonight as they power through both old songs and one’s from their forthcoming album.

Towards the end of their set they slow things down and treat the crowd to a number of excellent instrumental solos, showcasing the band’s musicianship.

Their final song gives them one last time to blow the crowd away and they don’t disappointed as it bursts into life, filling the room with a powerful sound.

Sadly by the time Made As Mannequins begin their set I’m checking my watch and aware that it won’t be long until I have to dash for my train.

They open their set with fantastic harmonies from Ben Macfarlane and Jamie Flynn and catchy riffs, encouraging the crowd to dance.

Macfarlane has excellent stage presence and his repartee with his audience only heighten their performance.

Like the previous two bands, Made As Mannequins’ set is full of energy and their upbeat tropical sounding tunes make it hard for me to keep my foot on the ground.

I manage to stick around to hear five songs, including personal favourite ‘Hawaii’, which is the perfect fit for a “Summer Night” in Tut’s.

Words: Jess Lavin

Poor Frisco – ‘Take What You Want’

The new single from alt-rockers Poor Frisco, ‘Take What You Want’, steers more towards an indie-pop sound rather than their usual alternative feel.

Vocals from Callum McSorely accompany repetitive guitar and bass that is, at times, accelerated alongside heavier drumming, providing lifting moments from the clean and structured guitar riff played throughout.

‘Take What You Want’ is a strong, although it is a relatively short, track, but it still feels there’s a great deal more to come from this band of their ability.

Words: Orla Brady

Poor Frisco – ‘A Tick Ahead’

Poor Frisco’s new single ‘A Tick Ahead’ provokes a certain kind of sentimentality with its chorus effect guitars, creative structure and passionate, pining lyrics.

The track fades in with feedback and introduces a clean guitar sound, which then breaks away to the centralised riff of the song; an upbeat, overdriven and simplistic melody, which holds a steady structure to the makeup of the song.

The droll and farcical voice of singer Callum McSorley gives the track its indie characteristic as his powerful Glaswegian accent prevails, piercing through the melody of the guitar.

The bridge section takes away the eclectic, distorted sound and portrays a cross melody of clean tone guitars and soothing harmonies to give an atmospheric break from the track.

At the end of the bridge McSorley utters the unaccompanied lyrics; “would you take me away with you,” which then indicates the raucous ending of the track with distortion and crashing drums leading out to one last powerful burst of noise.

‘A Tick Ahead’ is proof that indie rock is still a powerful genre of music by combining a catchy riff with a strong voice, which Poor Frisco has embraced.

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Words: Louis Jenkins

EPs of 2014

Daniel Mutch – Remedy & Therapy18 Daniel Mutch – Remedy & Therapy

With Remedy & Therapy, Mutch has managed to present us with five remarkable tracks well worth spilling out of any speaker or set of headphones over the winter period and we’d be fools not to oblige.

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So Many Animal Calls – Burden18 So Many Animal Calls – Burden [Bloc+]

So Many Animal Calls are most definitely back, and they state their intent from the off on Burden, with huge sounding guitars and some well thought out, melodic bridge sections. This is a coming of age of So Many Animal Calls, who’s first EP since 2011’s Eulogy is a fine showing of the unique brand of Scottish indie they’re trying to create.

[review]

Foreign Skies – This Human Error18 Foreign Skies – This Human Error

This Human Error is a fierce and talented post-rock torrent that will not leave anyone indifferent. Foreign Skies is one of the best new bands that could be added to this already massive musical Scottish layer’s cake.

[review]

The Great Albatross – Roots14 The Great Albatross – Roots [Count Your Lucky Stars]

Originally from the USA, Wesley Chung of The Great Albatross has been seen bringing his fantastic acoustic music round Glasgow over the last year or so. His debut EP is something that not enough people are talking about; featuring some the of the most fantastic acoustic tracks, with great songwriting and a great voice, The Great Albatross is really something to check out. (Iain Gillon)

Happy Meals – Apero14 Happy Meals – Apero [Night School]

Where Happy Meals’ debut release Apéro differs from their kid targeting meal namesake by providing all the fun and colour without any nastiness. From first listen the organic natural vibe stands out, distinguishing Happy Meals from a majority of lo-fi electronic acts, whose identities often feel too contrived to have any soul.

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Bellow Below – BIG WHOOP14 Bellow Below – Big Whoop[Good Grief]

Following a brief absence, Bellow Below return with a second serving of atmospheric math-rock, in the guise of Big Whoop. Continuing the themes of previous EP, Hooks, in less immediate terms, the band expertly weaves intricate rhythms and melodies with floating vocals throughout. (Kyle McCormick)

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The Monty Hall Problem – Holy14 The Monty Hall Problem – Holy

Holy continued the Glasgow four-piece’s reverberated rock n’ roll momentum, while a couple of high profile support slots will have done their popularity no harm at all.

 

Machines In Heaven – Hindu Milk10 Machines In Heaven – Hindu Milk [Hotgem]

Hindu Milk is a clutter of weird bleeps and bloops tidied into the shape of an awesome electronic EP. While label mates Atom Tree took a more commercial route for their own latest release, Machines in Heaven went in the opposite direction and created something that sounds like a particularly melodic and rhythm-heavy 90’s Gameboy game dipped in production knowledge and a songwriter’s imagination; strange and joyous. (Greg Murray)

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Skinny Dipper – Masks10 Skinny Dipper – Masks [Olive Grove]

Skinny Dipper are “Almost a girl band” because eight of their nine members are female, including their incredible vocalists who supply harmonies in abundance on this EP. In terms of composition you could draw similarities with the traditional aspect of Fat-Suit, this being owed to the jubilant and emotional sounding strings which contribute to an EP that is everything you could want from a Scottish indie-folk-almost-girl-band; really, really beautiful. (Greg Murray)

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Cara Mitchell – Afraid of the Dark10 Cara Mitchell – Afraid of the Dark [AGP]

Folk tales that occupy a sparse and beautiful landscape; Mitchell’s hushed vocals and expressive lyrics combine to enchanting effect. (Brendan Sloan)

[review]

Hector Bizerk – The Fish That Never Swam10 Hector Bizerk – The Fish That Never Swam

From supporting Public Enemy to putting on their own club night, Hector Bizerk have always blazed a trail for Scottish hip hop and now with added bass and horns they might just be the soundtrack to its Saturday night out.

[review]

Polarnecks – Never Heard of Sports9 Polarnecks – Never Heard of Sports

I feel like the title might be a play on words/reference to Modern Baseball, although I can’t be sure; if it is, then it works. They do share a sound, although Polarnecks are heavier and less whiney. Polarnecks sound like everyone’s first favourite band; it’ll be interesting to see how they progress next year. (Alisa Wylie)

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Poor Frisco – Poor Frisco8 Poor Frisco – Poor Frisco

On their eponymous EP, Poor Frisco find themselves channeling classic era Guided By Voices, commendable indeed; a tight and melodious band set firmly in the classic indie rock mold. (Brendan Sloan)

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Nieves – Nieves7 Nieves – Nieves

Nieves first self-titled EP offers listeners a beautifully simple and stripped back record with mature honest lyrics sung in a warm authentic Scottish accent alongside an enchanting piano and softly plucked guitar. The simplicity of this record is what makes it so captivating allowing Brendan Dafters beautiful vocals and heartfelt lyrics get the attention they deserve. (Jess Lavin)

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SHARPTOOTH – Come Cut Me Open4 SHARPTOOTH – Come Cut Me Open [NUMBER4DOOR]

Come Cut Me Open has most of the things I love about music in it: slow guitars, haunting vocals and a hell of an atmosphere. The pace of the album is also a big selling point, if most bands were to write songs like these they’d probably try to speed them up, the fact SHARPTOOTH haven’t done this adds to the EP and makes them stand out from the crowd a bit. (Phil Allen)

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Atom Tree – Clouds4 Atom Tree – Clouds [Hotgem]

A classy and assured young act, producing sounds that are both intimate and expansive. (Brendan Sloan)

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Great Cop – Stay Human4 Great Cop – Stay Human [Struggletown]

I had heard about these guys for a while and I’d always meant to check them out; listening to Stay Human makes me wish I’d done so sooner. It’s a great introduction to the band and pulls you in right away. Though there are only three songs, it’s rammed full of big riffs and staunch vocals; cathartic, obviously Scottish, grimey – but not dirty – punk; also fucking great. (Alisa Wylie)

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Cutty’s Gym – Sick Glass3 Cutty’s Gym – Sick Glass [Bloc+]

Without uttering a word, Cutty’s Gym portrays an unavoidable air of immediacy and anger in their debut EP. Building a following from a string of sweaty live shows, these four tracks present the band as a more exciting, yet wordless, Royal Blood, set to blister into the instrumental big leagues. (Kyle McCormick)

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Tuff Love – Junk2 Tuff Love – Junk [Lost Map]

Junk is a masterpiece of pop and sublime vocal harmonies; the tracks are sparse but everything about every track is memorable. Everything holds together so well and Tuff Love have crafted one of the finest EPs to come from Scotland this year, let’s hope the follow up is just as good. (Phil Allen)

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Pronto Mama – Niche Market1 Pronto Mama – Niche Market [Instinctive Racoon]

Pronto Mama is a band capable of leaving great mood. Niche Market is packed full of charming harmonies, hearty melodies and cheerful brass sure to warm your heart and leave with a smile on your face. (Jess Lavin)

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Poor Frisco – Poor Frisco

With the summer of 2014 being now dead and buried under this already freezing autumn, people tend remember those cherished moments spent lying on a beach, margarita in one hand, sunscreen in the other but then the wake-up call is always magnificently brutal.

To help with that summery nostalgia Poor Frisco have released four songs that will definitely help cure that lack of sunshine.

Funnily enough, the first few notes of ‘Change Your Name’ resemble so much ‘Gotta Get Away’ from The Black Keys that it will literally put a smile on your face.

The band follows different influences, trying to mix up what was dearest to the punk/pop movement in the nineties (distorted guitar riffs, loud drums) and incorporate their Scottish touch with that heavy vocal that lays over the tracks creating a sense of melancholy that clashes with the heavy melodies.

The devil’s advocate would tell you that those songs echo one another and are very similar; however they all seem to collide as part of the same dynamic and rhythmic entity that hits you with a certain kick.

This relentless pop, is very open and instinctive in accordance to what made the punk/pop movement so very attractive.

Those songs will bring you back to the sweet garden of your youth when you used to listen to music as loud as you could as if there was no tomorrow.

Despite the loud resonance of their songs, Poor Frisco delivers an interesting EP, it is brash, noisy but the lyrics seem very intimate and personal, especially on ‘Staying In Love’, a song that builds up before a sonic explosion, mimicking to perfection Sonic Youth’s frazzled sound and poignant vocalism.

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Words: Jeremy Veyret