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NIEVES (album launch), The Youth and Young at The Hug and Pint, 24/2/18

Folk rock band The Youth and Young put a lot of energy and emotion in to their performance.

Supporting NIEVES at The Hug and Pint for their debut album launch they are all about big voices and harmonies.

Tightly packed on the stage singing songs of relationships, passion and feelings their intensity was infectious; The Youth and Young produce ballads of gentle folk rock with no hiding of their Scottish origins in the vocals, however their songs are not typically Scottish and have a more eclectic feel.

NIEVES have been hard at it producing their excellent debut album, Exist and Expire, for the past few months and by their own words a bigger and more elaborate sound has developed.

Having their origins in folk rock they are now a full-blown alt rock band in the best traditions of Scottish rock, up there with Frightened Rabbit, Admiral fallow and Fatherson.

It’s clear the guys have been working hard to develop their sound with Brendan Dafters taking up synthesiser as well as vocals and acoustic guitar, Martin Murray dancing manically playing the electric guitar, Herre de Leur on the keys and Ross Forsyth driving it all along with his dynamic drumming.

What is a top-level album was reproduced live with aplomb with a faultless performance full of highlights – the excellent title track ‘Exist and Expire’, ’Don’t Let Us Be Next’, ’Strangers Are Just People You Don’t Hate Yet’ in fact every song, including the encore ‘Winter’ a beefed up, lavish and more sophisticated version of the 2014 release.

Dafters takes great pleasure in allowing the sing along vocals of the audience to take over in this encore.

NIEVES deliver, and their more expansive, bigger sound, powerful vocals and captivating choruses take them to another level; this year will surely see them move in to the Scottish music elite.

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Words/Photos: Derek McCutcheon

Photo Review: Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2017

In a chaotic affair we ending out not having any reviewers up at Belladrum this year, but we felt we’d be missing out if we called a halt on our photographers Allan Lewis and Stewart Fullerton going, so up they went and they got some great shots. Here’s some of the picks that we thought we’d share.



























Premiere: The Youth and Young – ‘Little Sky’

The even enhancing The Youth and Young have given us the chance to premiere their wonderful new video.

‘Little Sky’ exudes all the familiar soaring folk rock sensibilities that, combined with their all giving live presence, has made this band one of the most promising acts of this ilk on show just now.

The dual vocals of Ryan McGlone and Alice Anderson create an immensely uplifting experience while the rest of the huge band build a track that simply reaches for the sky and doesn’t give til fade out.

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

QMU Live Fest with Tuff Love, Tijuana Bibles, GoodCopGreatCop, Copper Lungs, The Youth and Young, The Rockalls, Josephine Sillars, LYLO, The Insomniac Project

“Did anyone used to go to Rev?” “Is Cheesy Pop still a thing?”

You can tell what bands went to Glasgow uni tonight!

Let’s be honest, it’s totally weird being back at the QMU, this was a regular daytime haunt in my early uni days and seven years on a lot has changed, but yet nothing has changed.

Coffee shops and stationary shops have swapped places and Jim’s Bar has lost its legendary booths, but the same aura of cheap food lingers, the pints are still very affordable and it still very much feels like a student union (good or bad thing you decide), whether you can still get a shot of giant Jenga I don’t know, but after it fell on my ankle and left me limping for a week I wasn’t going to try.

There is some confusion as we arrive to catch favourites Mt. Doubt, only to find an empty stage.

After some aimless wandering we bump into the remaining members of the band, who had travelled from Edinburgh for today’s performance, but had to pull out at last minute due their keyboardist suffering from unanticipated illness.

Even though no fault of their own I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that I’ll have to wait for their next Glasgow date to catch their incredible live show again.

After this confusion we able upstairs to Jim’s Bar and The Insomniac Project are just finishing their of pop tinged electronic set, which although a little rough in the vocal department has the potential to be huge.

Following this I get my first opportunity to witness LYLO in a live setting, albeit a rather questionable one; the bar isn’t the greatest space with the sound being lost in certain portions of the room and sounding pretty mucky in others, it has to be said that only a single door between two stages of live music does not do either area any favours.

Still, LYLO’s combination of reverb laden vocals, hints of saxophone and a strong rhythm section hold the performance together admirably.

There’s plenty of presence and attitude coming from their engaging frontman, who even pulls a touch of Samuel Herring-esque dad dancing at one point, as lengthy instrumental sections wash over the crowd in a settling fashion, until the band push things up a gear with a powerful dream pop tinged post punk sound; this certainly won’t be the last time I try and catch these guys.

Being a fan of Josephine Sillars I was excited to finally have the chance to see her live and she doesn’t disappoint.

Sillars is joined by her band and the three-piece treat the audience to a number of gentle pop tinged tunes, which do more than enough to cement a smile on your face, including a creative cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrops’.

The Youth and Young

Downstairs The Youth and Young keep me grinning from ear to ear as they showcase their brand of folk, with plenty of upbeat melodies and complimenting harmonies thrown in.

The band’s stunning dual vocals are even more impressive live than on record and their sprightly stage presence creates an extremely memorable performance.

Since the venue stopped serving food earlier on we decided to run out to grab a quick bite, making it back just in time to catch the end of the Perth’s GoodCopGreatCop energetic set.

Copper Lungs

The band’s combination of catchy riffs and upbeat melodies revitalises the crowd leaving them in high sprits before Copper Lungs take the stage.

Copper Lungs who hail from just further north than GoodCopGreatCop do there best to get sparse crowd moving, their anthemic alt-rock sound and heartfelt vocals fill up the venue and would be suited to a much bigger stage.

There is a surprisingly large amount of late arrivals to the venue who fill up main hall in time for Tijuana Bibles’ set, which is packed full of heavy guitars and pounding riffs topped off with some soaring vocals from frontman Tony Costello.

Back upstairs and there’s an air of awkwardness hovering as it seems The Rockalls have riled up a few members of staff and student volunteers alike, still they know how to perk up an audience as they seemingly shun the awkwardness and simultaneously kill it by getting the crowd on their feet and down the front.

They certainly possess a punchy live show and frontman Dominic Orr possesses more than enough attitude and presence to keep them interesting, as waves of garage rock riffs spark an energy in the room before asking the crowd onto their knees proves a step too much and their set gets cut mid song for curfew related reasons, or maybe something they did pre-set.

Tuff Love1

Before Tuff Love take to the main stage we have the small confusion of someone jumping off the balcony, collapsing to the floor and then limping away as fast as he could, but this one remains a mystery for the time being and it’s all pretty much forgotten as tonight’s headlines deliver what is by far the standout set of the day.

‘Poncho’ gives way to ‘Sweet Discontent’ and their infectious fuzzy pop sound never fails to leave a smile plastered across your face.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Tuff Love live, but their set hasn’t dipped at all in quality, in fact they have only grown in confidence and presence since they merged their three previous EPs into one album, for release earlier this year.

Tuff Love are quite rightly one of the jewels in Scotland’s crown rightly so, we’ve covered them so often in the past it’s barely worth repeating ourselves, but yeah, these guys are great and the sound in the venue is greatly improved by the band’s finishing upstairs.

The front duo’s nonchalant stage presence is an ever present, but so are the glowing harmonies and sugar coated delights that are their songs, the crowd may be slightly reduced from the Bibles set, yet it’s still a healthier crowd than the rest of the day, and those who have stayed are rewarded with a sheer feel good set full or quirky moments, like Julie cracking up to ‘Carbon’ or Suse enquiring about Cheesy Pop.

Well worth the wait, a lovely end to a long, but rewarding day.

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Words/Photos: Iain Dawson/Jess Lavin
Photos: Cameron Brisbane