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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

MiniMILK featuring SHARPTOOTH, Lush Purr at The Hug and Pint, 7/8/15

As I make my way downstairs to The Hug and Pint’s basement I’m surprised to see I’m the first at tonight’s show.

Nevertheless I’m greeted by a hug from the wonderfully cheery Hannah Currie, while Aileen Lynn is already engrossed in playing songs that will encourage tonight’s the crowd to dance.

MILK are known for their ability to make their gigs feel more like a house party and the change in venue hasn’t changed this as the MILK team great each arrival like a close friend.

The fresh-faced Lush Purr are first on tonight’s bill – with members from The Yawns and Mirror Parties I am keen to see what they have to offer and they don’t disappoint.

The four-piece are at home on stage as they deliver an extremely tight set – it is obvious there is a great connection between the band’s members, which only adds to their performance.

Lush Purr demonstrates great musicianship throughout as they power through a number of raw and fuzz-filled pop songs, while tonight’s other act – the insanely cool female four-piece SHARPTOOTH – offer a much more eerie, haunting and almost jagged sound.

The only word I can really use to describe their set is intense, as the combination of soft harmonies, scratching guitars and deep bass create an impressive wall of sound.

Last year’s release ‘Sister’ is a highlight, allowing the band to really showcase their unique style with stunning angelic harmonies alongside contrasting petulant chanted vocals which deliver the song’s message.

SHARPTOOTH continue to deliver a hypnotic set that grips the crowd’s attention from start to finish – another excellent night of live music from MILK, which will hopefully continue in its new home.

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Words: Jess Lavin

Poor Things, Pinact, SHARPTOOTH, Halfrican at The Old Hairdressers, 27/6/15

With the likes of DF Concerts monopolising the Glasgow concert scene and even Bloc getting a lick of paint, those who like their gigs rough and ready are being pushed ever further underground.

Fortunately for such hardy characters, there are still a handful of places in the city, like The Old Hairdressers, whose gig venue is, quite frankly, a bit shit, but tonight’s music more than makes up for the less than salubrious surroundings.

The four acts on the evening’s bill are releasing a split EP together as well as taking their tunes on a brief tour of Scotland.

Riotous surf-punks, Halfrican, are dressed like seventies footballers in short shorts and plastic sports jackets, with fiery tracks like ‘Hot, Hot Hot’ and the rock ‘n’ roll blast of ‘Tell Me’, their tempo never seems to drop, peaking in a fearsome rendition of ‘Down To Fuck’, their contribution to the compilation.

After launching their debut single late last year, Jess Gunn, Lauren Laing, Kate Miller and Nico Miller aka SHARPTOOTH, have developed into a moody and dramatic live act.

Nodding to Patti Smith, Sleater Kinney and Joy Division, they muscle their way through a short set that’s high on drama, trading vocals and bringing a portentous mood over the Hairdressers’ crowd.

There’s no band in Glasgow who have gigged harder than Pinact in the last couple of years and Corrie Gillies’ melodic powers have increased immeasurably over this time span.

The duo’s newer tracks channel Stephen Malkmus as much as Kurt Cobain, but it’s still the ear-splitting guitar that is most forcibly seared into listener’s ears, reminiscent of J Masics or Kevin Shields vanquishing their foes with pure noise.

Glasgow/Perth trio Poor Things dial the volume back a little, but they’re still an appealing and engaging live act, practically bouncing through their set.

Biffy Clyro may be relaxing with a pint downstairs, but in the cramped upper floor of The Old Hairdressers the walls start to sweat and tremble and there’s nothing but good time rock and roll.

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Words: Max Sefton

Under The Covers Valentines Compilation [Fuzzkill]

Fuzzkill Records are becoming a force of nature on the Glasgow music scene, putting out releases by a wide array of great local bands, throwing the odd party of a show and generally just enjoying the well-deserved success that has been growing for a good while now.

This Valentines special cover comp is indicative of a label that’s in good form, one that gets to pull off the good idea for a good cause (all donations going to charity) and gets to bring together the roster and associates alike.

More importantly, for the bands themselves it’s a chance to have a good old legitimate chance at doing a favoured song, everybody in the hunt to do a good tribute.

I had the pleasure of playing with The Bellybuttons back a few months ago and I really dug on them, I loved the sound, so it was a pleasure to hear them open proceedings, doting their hat in a fine fashion to Arthur Alexander on ‘Anna (Go To Him)’.

The dreamy guitar lines here doing all the right things in place of the piano, good sincere vocals and all round a great cover.

Much loved PAWS bring a wonderful ‘Sea Of Love’ to the table, very distinctive in their style, and a short and definitely sweet effort.

I’m always pleased to see anyone cover Teenage Club, Pinact doing the right thing by being the band to do it here with a great no frills cover of the classic ‘Sparky’s Dream’.

The Beatles get representation in the form of ‘I Will’ as Poor Things do a buzzing and punk rock rendition.

Some choices are more eclectic and to great effect.

My hat goes off to The Shithawks for hitting the ball out of the park with the manic ‘She’s Like The Wind’ by Patrick Swayze.

Indeed some of the choices here I’ve not heard before, and my thanks to Catholic Action for introducing me to Emitt Rhodes, and hopefully some more people too with the cracking ‘Somebody Made For Me’.

A compilation should be well rounded, and here in this great mix of obscure and more known choices we get different styles of interpretations to others (see Tuff Love’s great lo-fi version of ‘Lovely Day’), but with the more straight up covers, of all the bands playing to their strengths, SHARPTOOTH’s brilliant Shangri-Las cover of ‘Remember Walkin’ In The Sand’ really does the song and themselves justice.

When you got the voices for it, this haunting and infectious tune is all yours: the building shimmering chords, the clicks and clatters over the grooving bass, the striking melancholy of the lyrics.

This album has a good and hearty selection of songs with something for everybody, a recommend listen for sure.

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Words: Matthew Thomas

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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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White Lung, SHARPTOOTH at Stereo, 6/11/14

It’s not long since we covered Glasgow quartet SHARPTOOTH launching their latest single down at the 13th Note, so it comes as no real surprise that their set doesn’t vary much on the raised stage of Stereo.

Their set begins with a never-giving, pounding rhythm creating an admirable wall of sound over hypnotic almost chanted vocals before ‘Invidia’ crys out post punk over a strong rhythm and sparse yet urgent vocals.

The set continues through a delightful yet haunting take on loud of-fi fuzzy pop and as they close on driving new single ‘Sister’, there’s no doubt these girls are on the right track.

Vancouver four-piece White Lung has been going a fair while and although they are now starting to find success further afield tonight’s crowd feels a little sparse.

This doesn’t seem to bother the band as they accelerate into their fast paced punk from the off and set about warming the crowd as frontwoman Mish Way snarls “it’s burning you” while aggressively pointing at the crowd in the demonic ‘Sycophant’.

The sharp hooky dirge of ‘Down It Goes’ follows as Way’s vocals deliver plenty of attitude, indeed this attitude is vital in their live set, Way’s lyrics have always been important in White Lung’s feminist message, but in such an uncompromising live set it’s not easy to make out every statement.

Expressive hand movements punctuate the nasty snarl of ‘Drown The Monster’ and just as you think the energy on stage is making up that the static off it, the crowd seems to spark into action and doesn’t give until the end.

The band gives them no reason to slow down either, as the whole 35-minute set is a bracing experience, it’s loud, fast and aggressive with no breathing space, but it’s also full of addictive melodies that separate White Lung out from their peers.

It’s not surprising Courtney Love is a fan, the Hole influence is clearly, there’s no doubt 20 years ago White Lung would have had more commercial success than seems possible in 2014.

The hair in face, rapid-fire velocity of ‘Face Down’ gives us another blast of power through Way’s menacing register, Kenneth Williams’s buzzsaw guitar and Anne-Marie Vassiliou’s relentless drumming.

“We have to go to Russia tomorrow,” declares Way giving an almost manic laugh, “they don’t like screaming women there,” before closing the set on opening track from 2012’s Sorry, ‘Take The Mirror’.

There’s no encore, but what those collected in Stereo have received is a vicious yet savvy set of infectious raw sound, all delivered at breakneck speed while maintaining sweet pop hooks, if there is to be a feminist punk revival then White Lung will be leading the way.

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Words: Iain Dawson

Photos: Michael Gallacher

SHARPTOOTH (Single Launch), Tuff Love, Pennycress at 13th Note, 23/10/14

An intense haze of devastating shouting greets you in the 13th Note stairway as you make way down to catch the beginning of Pennycress’ set.

Given a few minutes the trio settle into their set and some fuzzy pop notes shines through, a few bits of onstage banter do feel on the wrong side of comfortable but they produce a set that’s seems void of the pretention that such Art School born noise pop tends to have.

The switch between an almost indie pop delivery and blood curdling screams does mean the quieter end of the vocals gets lost in fuzzy guitar, but that’s the nature of trying to create such a sound while maintaining a DIY ethic.

At times their driving urgency can delight and but at other moments they’re piercing and harsh, there’s no doubt Pennycress will divide opinion but they’re having a giggle doing it.

After a seemingly never ending gap Tuff Love prove once again how effortlessly delighting they can be with their fun filled pop sound.

Julie and Suse, who has become a two-piece on paper since the last time we saw them, but are still joined live by a drummer, deliver foot tapping rhythms alongside sweet harmonies creating a warm fuzz in the room with the more familiar tracks from their Junk EP as well as their newer material, another release can’t be far off surely.

The shimmering charm of ‘Flamingo’ has the now healthy, yet considerably sweaty, audience swaying along as the band swig water from a flask.

Their typically charming pop warmth meshes with the most glowing highlights of American indie rock, and as the harmonic glory of ‘Sweet Content’ closes the set we’re left with another reminder why they’re one of best acts in Glasgow right now.

SHARPTOOTH are here to celebrate their newly Fuzzkill Records released single ‘Sister’, and the four girls deliver another set of engrossing fuzz filled pop, albeit with a much darker feel to what a has proceeded them.

Haunting harmonies lift above scratching guitar and jagged bass as the band build a beguiling atmosphere, before the rhythm really kicks in and the angular guitars of ‘Invidia’ throw a wrench in where things could get formulaic.

SHARPTOOTH are just as adept creating a powerful wall of sound as they are creating a chilling atmosphere and they demonstrate the ability to let loose as screamed vocal come back to back with mystical harmonies.

All of this is done while maintaining an invigorating urgency that keeps the sweaty basement nodding along, it’s hypnotic, intense and at times metal, but always attention grabbing.

These girls know how to grasp a room and as they close proceedings with the driving almost chanted vocals and never giving pound of their new single, their dark tinged pop is something that many will be returning to long after rushing out to be refreshed by the brisk outside world.

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Words: Iain Dawson

Deathcats, Shithawks, Kill Surrrf, SHARPTOOTH at The Old Hairdressers, 8/5/14

Another solid Fuzzkill curated lined-up sparked the first of two exciting split tape releases, this one for Deathcats and Shithawks, Shit Death.

Glasgow all female four-piece SHARPTOOTH start proceedings with a set that lingers in haunting dark beauty before throwing out some attention grabbing harsh moment that all add up to an addictive opening.

It’s a confident set from a band that seem to be going from strength to strength since their EP was released on Number4Door.

Kill Surrrf have seem to have been playing endlessly without any physical output, that is until Fuzzkill pick up their single the other month, and tonight has the Johnny Lynn led four-piece sounding bigger than previous outings.

Their name gives away plenty of clues about their sound and the reverb ridden surf pop, combined with a stronger presence has the healthy crowd hooked.

Dundee trio Shithawks are the one we know least about on the bill, but they soon put any queries to bed as they deliver a fun filled set that is as much hardcore as it is rock n’ roll.

These guys may well be new to Rave Child but we’ll certainly have our ears pricked for what’s next on the horizon, checking out the tape is top of the list.

Deathcats seem more and more confident every time they play and it’s easy to tell why there’s so much hype surrounding their upcoming debut album.

Tonight they smash The Old Hairdressers with a set crammed full of addictive hooks and boyish banter, James McGarragle’s vocal delivery oozes confidence and with what’s on display tonight it’s easy to see their spiky, sunkist surf punk soundtracking this summer.

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Words: Iain Dawson

SHARPTOOTH – Come Cut Me Open [Number4Door]

This female four-piece are gradually creeping out from the shadows and seducing Glasgow with their haunting lullabies.

After previously performing alongside the likes of PAWS, Tuff Love and Baby Strange, they now bring to you their dark new EP Come Cut Me Open.

Reminiscent of Warpaint’s The Fool, each instrument remains illusive yet singularly distinctive, all complimenting one another as the lulls of the dull guitar and bass drones act as a vein as they carry the vessel of the vocals to the heartbeat of the drums.

The intro of opener ‘Come Cut Me Open’ quietly lures you into their dark lair before violently shaking you for your intrusion.

‘War Of Roses’ is confronting and confident, grabbing you by the throat before shoving you into the arms of the romantic and feisty ‘Valentine’.

They don’t let you off easily though, as the screams of final track ‘Invidia’, recorded live at Stereo in Glasgow, beat you raw.

You’ll be left with bruises and scars from this one, but that won’t stop you wanting to go back for more.

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Words: Blue Kirkhope