2014 According to … Luna Webster

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In his final contribution to the 2014 series, Andy catches up with Luna Webster to reflect on the last 12 months.

Your Own Music

Your own musical highlight of the year?

Recording the music video for my band Old Barber’s debut single and just getting to dance about in glitter and faux fur. Seeing the final edit was amazing too. I’m so lucky to know such creative people. It made me very thankful for my friends and for the fact I am at the point where I can do things like that and get literally thousands of Youtube views.

Favourite performance of the year?

I only played a few gigs this year! I had a lot of fun at the Wozniak/Tuff Love show. It was the first time I felt truly confident on stage and could actually interact with the crowd. I enjoyed playing my new material for the first time too.

What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2014 you’d like to fix?

I definitely would have done more gigs.

What you gonna be doing next year?

It’s my first Glasgow gig and I’m playing at Nice n Sleazy with Life Model, we’ll be releasing the Old Barber debut album, hopefully a couple of solo gigs and Old Barber shows, and a couple more collaborations are getting planned at the moment too!

Others’ Music

3 LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?

Warpaint by Warpaint is amazing, FKA Twigs’ LP1 is flawless, Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There is beautiful as well.

Best gig attended?

Prince at The Hydro!

Best discovery in 2014?

Phantogram. I know they’ve been about a while but I absolutely fell in love with them. Also Antique Pony, who again have been around for years but I suppose good things are worth the wait??

Who should we be looking out for in 2015?

Herbert Powell, Jack Garratt, Old Barber (lil bit of self promotion there), Raury.

Anything and Everything

Event of 2014

My own personal highlight was seeing Prince with my Mum who cried as she’d wanted to see him for 20 odd years. Maybe being at a house party and somebody putting Old Barber on and seeing everybody dancing and singing, even people I didn’t know. Going to Wetherspoons with Tommy Sheridan was something I never thought would happen to me. I think on a U.K scale, seeing Nicola Sturgeon become First Minister was really cool.

Hero of 2014

Kevin Don for thinking that Frankie Boyle steals his jokes and also asking me about memes the first time I met him.

Lowpoint of 2014

Sitting on the steps up to my boyfriend’s brother’s flat in my pyjamas at 5.30am smoking two cigarettes at once on September 19th following me and my boyfriend’s realisation that the Yes vote wasn’t going to happen. We’d been excited for months and we’d stayed up all night and ended up totally devastated. Alternatively, a slightly funnier image is of me on a cruise ship spewing into the ocean after getting sunstroke during a Robbie Williams tribute act.

Villain of 2014

It’s a toss up between Farage, Cameron, Osbourne…I’ll make it simpler and just say Westminster, it covers that bit more ground.

Favourite book of 2014

I didn’t read a book released this year but I did read Trainspotting for the first time and I absolutely adored it.

Favourite film of 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel!

Best piece of advice you were given in 2014

When I left school in April my 2nd year English teacher cried and told me to never stop being myself. So I suppose that was quite sentimental but lovely as well.

Something to look forward to in 2015

Moving away to University (I’m praying I’ll be in Glasgow), releasing the Old Barber album, playing my first gig in Glasgow, hopefully a lovely pre Uni holiday with my best pals (I’m wishing for a festival abroad), going to Manchester with my wonderful boyfriend, making any and all music I can!

2014 According to … The Fnords

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In the latest installment of the 2014 review, Derek from the Fnords looks back on the last 12 months with Andy Wood.

Your Own Music

Your own musical highlight of the year?

Probably playing bass in one band and drums in another; both on the same bill.

Favourite performance of the year?

I enjoyed our set at the Coathangers gig that we played at. Fast and quite tight.

What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2014 you’d like to fix?

Not enough going on, due to other things elsewhere. Just circumstances, not really fix-able.

What you gonna be doing next year?

That, and a tenth anniversary to do something about…

Others’ Music

3 LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?

More singles, as I’ve started doing more DJ-ing. Nothing new, really; think the newest thing I bought was Yoko Pwno’s CD at that gig at Henry’s.

Best gig attended?

The Tav Falco and Kid Congo ones were both pretty good.

Best discovery in 2014?

Space Ritual by Hawkwind!

Who should we be looking out for in 2015?

Us! There may be a new album…

Anything and Everything

Event of 2014

The Referendum.

Hero of 2014

There are too many to list

Lowpoint of 2014

Losing.

Villain of 2014

Again, too many to list; the self-interested Establishment mostly.

Favourite book of 2014

Concretopia (thanks for the recommendation!) – unless it was 2013? [Nope it was definitely this year – Andy]. The Scarfolk book is splendidly twisted, almost forgot that one.

Favourite film of 2014

Northern Soul and The Punk Singer were both good. Has to be Night Of The Bloody Antler though, doesn’t it?

Something to look forward to in 2015

More politics, the fascinating world of lower-league football, noisy rock’n’roll, manufacturing weird things.

 

2014 According to … Vladimir

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If 2013 was a good year for Dundee’s Vladimir, then 2014 was an even better one. Whilst there was only one record, ‘Smoke Eyes’ was a corker and the B-side, their cover of ‘Born Slippy’ helped win them a lot of attention.

It was a year of great gigs for the band (see below) and I’ve been left with the distinct impression that they’ve climbed the ladder a couple of rungs in the last 12 months.

Ahead of their support slot at the sold out Twilight Sad show in Glasgow on Friday, Ross, Peter, Josh and Sam look back on their 2014 with Andy Wood.

Your Own Music

Your own musical highlight of the year?
R: Going on tour with The Twilight Sad was unreal. Playing music every night and having a good time is why I do this. T in The Park was pretty special too there’s been so many good times this year.
P: Being on tour with the Twilight Sad for a week.
J: Supporting The Fall at a bowling club in Salford.
S: Festivals were a great experience, T and Wickerman as well as plenty others but the whole year has been amazing and totally overwhelming.

Favourite performance of the year?
S: I don’t think we can gauge that as we get better and tighter every time we play. Saying that Tenement Trail was unreal; over capacity venue in Glasgow at 2 in the afternoon.
P: It would have to be our set at TITP, something I have wanted to do since picking up the guitar.
R: We played show up in Elgin last month in a tiny pub and I totally loved it. That proved again exactly what the band is about. It doesn’t matter where you are or how many people are there as long as everyone in the room at that moment feels like nothing else matters.

What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2014 you’d like to fix?
J: Logistics.
P: Nothing, 2014 has been pretty kind.
S: This year’s been too amazing to think about negatives I think.
R: United losing the Scottish Cup final apart from that it’s been the best year of my life so far.

What you gonna be doing next year?
S: Everything. I think naturally we all know this is what we want to do and we all want to progress and get bigger and better.
R: Hopefully we will make another step up which I think we are totally capable of. Playing to as many people as possible is always the goal.
P: Same old stuff, Lots of gigs and hopefully a few releases.
J: Changing.

Others’ Music

3 LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?
P: Mobb Deep The Infamous. Adrian Younge – Something About April, Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters.
J: Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Love And Hate. Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg. Adam Green – Friends of Mine.
R: The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave. The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads. Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony.
S: Interpol – El Pintor, Tame Impala – Lonerism, Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else.

Best gig attended?
S: The Twilight Sad TITP
R: The Libertines at the Barras was something I never thought I’d get to see. I had a little moment with myself at that gig.
P: Kendrick Lamar at Primavera but that’s going to change after the Twilight Sad gig on 19th December…
J: Conan Mockasin at King Tuts.

Best discovery in 2014?
P: My mate Jamie showed me a really cool guy called the Child of Lov (R.I.P).
R: Bad breeding
S: Eagulls.
J: Cold Coffee.

Who should we be looking out for in 2015?
R: There’s a couple of great bands in Glasgow called The Van Ts and WHITE. I think they’ll both do really well in 2015.
P: Krooked Saints.
J: Ourselves.

Anything and Everything

Event of 2014?
R: Vladimir in Mark E Smiths dressing room.
P: Having a drink with Mark E Smith.
S: Primavera Sound Festival.

Hero of 2014?
P: Andy fae The Twilight Sad.
J: David Spears.
S: Scotty Russell.
R: Peter Mackenzie.

Lowpoint of 2014?
P: When we were coming back from Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, I completely fucked up the directions and took us on a 2 hour detour. That was a bad day.
R: Scottish Cup Final.
J: 1st of January.

Villain of 2014?
S: Sterch.
R: My Mum.
P: I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Favourite book of 2014?
P: Prodigy from the Mobb’s autobiography My Infamous Life.

Favourite film of 2014?
R: The Equaliser
J: The Grand Budapest Hotel.
S: Boyhood.
P: Can’t think of any films but I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series Power.

Best piece of advice you were given in 2014?
R: We’re all here for the same thing and that is to live, so no one will ever be better or worse than you.
P: I have probably forgot it!
S: Had so much advice and words of encouragement it’s impossible to pick one.

Something to look forward to in 2015?
J: Being productive.
R: Bigger and Better.
P: Looking forward to hearing The View’s new record which is being produced by Albert Hammond Jr.
S: Anything and Everything.

Previously on MPT

Andy’s epic Vladimir interview Part 1 and Part 2

‘Smoke Eyes’ single review

Santanic Rituals – Wozniak Christmas Party/Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles V

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Kid Canaveral

Book Group / Wozniak / Gigantic Leaves – Opium, Edinburgh – Friday 12th December and
Ibibio Sound Machine / Kid Canaveral / Hector Bizerk / Sweet Baboo & The Pictish Trail / PAWS / Randolph’s Leap / Synaesthete / The Spook School – Portobello Town Hall – Saturday 13th December.

One weekend and two musical Christmas parties different in scope and feel.

MPT’s crazy Christmas weekend kicked off with Wozniak’s bash at Opium on Friday night. It was certainly the more intimate affair featuring just the three bands.

Last time I saw them Gigantic Leaves had washed over me a bit and, to be honest, after the first couple of songs, I was inclined to think it was going to happen again. But there was a spark about the third song which carried into the rest of the set and I ended up enjoying them a lot more than I’d expected.

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Wozniak

Opinion seemed to be split as to how the Wozniak set compared to past outings. For what it’s worth, from a heavy version of ‘Columbo’s Car’ they seemed on the money to me.They’ve certainly been one of my favourite live bands of the year and Friday provided plenty of justification for that.

Book Group’s set may just have been the best show I’ve seen them play this year despite half the set  being almost completely new tunes. Two of those new tunes, of course were their own Christmas tunes with the not entirely appropriately named ‘Choke’ particularly impressive. ‘The Art of Underachieving’ received another outing whilst ‘Kickstart’ replaced but sounded just as good as stand out last time ‘Mayonnaise’. Impressively all these new songs live up to the high standards the band have established.

The one down side was that there was little room left for the old favourites with only ‘Here Is Too Near’ from this year’s E.P. and no ‘Victory Lap’ at all (for the first time ever?).

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Book Group

Unfortunately Friday had a lot in common with a lot of shows I’ve been at this year. The music was wonderful, but the turnout a little disappointing.

Which was arguably true about Saturday’s  version of the Baubles, insofar as it became the first version not to sell out in advance.

Whether connected or not musically this was by some distance the most eclectic Christmas bill that the Canaverals have put together to date. In fact, I was a little worried as to how much I would enjoy the whole thing and that feeling initially wasn’t helped by bad planning which meant that we missed the majority of the band I most wanted to see – The Spook School. (In fact, had the event not been late in starting, we’d probably have not seen them at all.)

Still the two and a half tunes we did catch were great and renewing proper acquaintance with their live show has to be a high priority for 2015.

Fortunately we did manage to see all of the Synaesthete set. Synaesthete is of course the current guise of ex-Come On Gang singer/songwriter/drummer Sarah Tanat-Jones and this show was Synaesthete’s Edinburgh debut.

The tunes were mainly drawn from the debut album ‘Array’, but Sarah made the most of not being stuck behind a drum kit with an energetic performance, somehow managing to sing, drum and dance, occasionally all at the same time. There was no doubt that the tunes gain an extra dimension from the live percussion but at their heart they remain excellent pop tunes.

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Randolph’s Leap

Next up were Randolph’s Leap who delivered one of those rare, restrained but beautiful performances. They really should do this more often because the versions of ‘Weatherman’ and, particularly ‘Unnatural’ were absolutely stunning. Their star is definitely on the rise as there was a decent attempt to get them to play an encore.

PAWS concluded the afternoon’s entertainment and a year of relentless touring has lent their live performances a real hardcore edge. The tunes are still there but the songs were a blur of velocity. For all the energy, however, it may not do them any harm to throttle back just a little.

If the afternoon had been varied, it still all had a strong relationship to the Scottish indie rock scene in one way or another. But the evening session pushed boundaries significantly from acoustic pop through hip hop to afrobeat.

After the tea break Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail delivered a charming set mixing their respective songs in turn. There was no question that the inclusion of different instruments such as the keyboards did help elevate the set whilst, as you would imagine, the between song chatter was wildly entertaining.

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Hector Bizerk

Oddly Hector Bizerk were new to me but, even despite not necessarily picking up on all the lyrics, they were still very impressive. Hypnotic was how that Canaveral chap in the loud shirt had described them and, as ever, he was spot on. The audience loved them.

The Canaverals themselves (and that shirt) delivered the best set I’ve seen them play in a good wee while. It perhaps wasn’t the best technical show they’ve ever played (although the Christmas decoration shorting David’s pedal board was an entertaining hitch!) and there wasn’t any new material. But it was certainly the most spirited I’ve seen them for some time.

What the show did do was officially add a fifth Canaveral – free agent Michael Craig circumventing the transfer window to join in time for the show. Without any drastic rearranging, the additional keyboards were certainly more noticeable on some tunes (particularly ‘Low Winter Sun’) than others. But what will be really interesting to see will be  how big an influence the full time presence of keyboards has on the new material when it arrives.

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Ibibio Sound Machine

Headliners for the show were Ibibio Sound Machine a completely new name to MPT. On hitting the stage they quickly transformed the front half of the Town Hall into one seething dancing mass. In fact there were some sights to behold from the safety of the balcony including one middle aged jacket being discarded having presumably worn for the whole day to protect its wearer from the bitter cold. In short ISM’s mix of afrobeat, soul and funk provided the perfect party atmosphere to close the day.

In the end, despite my fears, Baubles V exceeded my expectations with the variety of musical styles working surprisingly well. Roll on 2015.

2014 According to … Rowan Wright (Blood Indians)

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Having featured one band going on hiatus at the weekend in the shape of Deathcats I wasn’t expecting to feature another so quickly. But Andy’s 2014 piece with Rowan of Blood Indians turned out to be with Rowan on a break from Blood Indians. Read on for more details in a really nice, thoughtful piece.

Our Own Music

This year has been really interesting for me in terms of the music I have been making and performing. I was lucky enough to play in a band with some of my best pals, we recorded and released our first EP and later in the year another single. We worked with some amazing people and played in some amazing places with some fantastic bands and I have learned a lot from that.

As some of you might know, I have decided to take a bit of a break from Blood Indians, I just realised right now wasn’t the time for me to be serious about music, but instead to focus on Uni.

I am always going to make music and think I am definitely going to get back into it in the New Year, but probably in a more laid back way just playing with friends or doing some solo stuff and seeing where it goes!

Favourite performance of the year?

It’s really tough to pick just one performance; I loved them all for all sorts of reasons.
Our single launch in Dundee was amazing it was really nice to come home and play to our friends and we were so happy with the single so it was good to let people hear it and see us playing more confidently with the full band. We were lucky enough to play with some bands that I really love this year like Randolph’s Leap, Poor Things and The Van T’s and so I loved those gigs as well.

What you gonna be doing next year?

I am really excited about next year, like I said earlier I am looking forward to just playing and writing more casually without any pressure or expectations, nothing too committed. I want to try and play with as many folk as possible, I have only ever played in one band and so I think it would be interesting to see how other people work and be inspired by that. I really fancy doing something with a synth, maybe like Conquering Animal Sounds, and I would also like to get back to the really folky stuff I started out with cause it is something I have always loved doing.

Others’ Music

I moved through to Glasgow just over a year ago and the local music scene here is totally thriving and I have found some amazing bands just through going to as many gigs as I can. A few of my favourites are Herbert Powell, Catholic Action, The Yawns, Pinact and Poor Things who, as I said earlier, we were lucky enough to play with!

In terms of bands from elsewhere I think this year has been amazing, and living here has meant I have had more of a chance to see these bands live as well!

Three LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?
1) Sharon Van Etten – Are We There – It is probably the album listened to the most this year, it is so gorgeous and regardless of what mood I am in it always seems to complement it perfectly. She’s one of my favourite artists and this album just added to the reasons why.
2) Francois & The Atlas Mountains – Piano Ombre – I think what makes a great album is when every single track on it is your favourite at one point or another and this is one of those albums for me. It is really intricate and ranges from super upbeat songs like the first single they released ‘La Vérité’ to more melancholy numbers such as ‘La Fille Aux Cheveux de Soie’ which has a really beautiful string section and happens to be my favourite track for the time being.
3) PAWS – Youth Culture Forever – These guys might be my favourite Scottish band at the moment, and I have been looking forward to this release ever since I knew it was coming. I have seen them live quite a few times and they have so much energy and I think it is always quite difficult to capture that in a recording, but this album does an amazing job at doing just that.

Best gig attended?
I have been to so many gigs this year, but I can, without a shadow of a doubt, say that my favourite gig was Ought at Broadcast. I only heard of the band in the summer when I saw them at Green Man and I instantly fell in love. They are by far one of the best live bands I have ever seen and although the crowd wasn’t huge or anything the atmosphere was great. Definitely catch them if you ever get the chance.

Best discovery in 2014?
Ought would definitely be one of them, but there are hundreds of others as well, Girlpool, Alvvays, Alice Boman and Lust For Youth are just a few.

Who should we be looking out for in 2015?
Third question that I am going to use Ought as an answer, I am sorry they are that good. There is this guy called Shamir that is going to be massive in the next year I think, he has a song called ‘On The Regular’ which is just really funky. I also think that Benjamin Booker and Femme are probably going to do quite well in the New Year.

Event of 2014
Green Man Festival was easily my favourite event this year, half of the artists I have spoken about already in this article were playing at it and I just had such a lovely time. Some of my friends were there and my dad as well and the atmosphere was incredible. I have already decided I am going to go back again next time!

There was also Stag and Dagger earlier in the year in various venues across Glasgow and I got to see Lizzo and Fat White Family and Courtney Barnett and a whole bunch of great music for less than £20, more cities should put on stuff like that.

Anything and Everything

Hero of 2014
Alasdair Gray, he is just such an amazing man. There have been a lot of exhibitions and stuff going on across Glasgow about his work and it was only over the last year that I have really discovered his writing and he has just inspired me generally in all things arty!

Lowpoint of 2014
This year hasn’t been the best for me there have been a few shitty things that have just got me down in the dumps, but the ‘No’ vote was probably the biggest disappointment and I can still see the negative influence it is having on not just me but the whole country so that would probably be the lowest point.

Favourite book of 2014
I am a bit ashamed to admit (especially as someone studying literature) that I don’t think I have actually read any new releases this year. My course has kept me pretty busy so haven’t really had much of a chance to do reading outside of that. But, in terms of my favourite book I have discovered this year it would be Lanark by Alasdair Gray.

Favourite film of 2014
Another tough one since I don’t get to the cinema all that often, but would probably say The Grand Budapest Hotel cause I love everything that Wes Anderson does. The best film that I watched that wasn’t released in 2014 would be a Danish film called The Hunt. I don’t think a film has ever made me so emotional, it is really clever and just made me think a lot, I would highly recommend watching it.

As more of a TV sort of person my favourite on-screen action this year was the second season of The Bridge, it was incredible but now I have to wait till autumn next year to find out what is going on which is frustrating!

Best piece of advice you were given in 2014
The best advice I was given this year was that you can’t do something that doesn’t make you happy, life is too short for that. I am really concerned with making sure the people I love, my friends and family, are happy and I think I started to forget that I need to be happy before I can do that, so I had a bit of a reality check and made some changes which really helped get me back to being happy.

Something to look forward to in 2015
There is so much I have to look forward to next year; so far in January alone I am going to see Die Antwoord, King Creosote, Francois & The Atlas Mountains and Alvvays and hopefully a whole lot more too.

Outside of music there is a new season of Parks and Recreation coming which will be fab and I would like to get a bit of travelling done some on my own, some with my pals, go back to Findhorn for a bit (my favourite place in the world) and maybe go stay with friends in Hamburg over the Summer or something like that.

It’s maybe a bit lame but more than anything I am just looking forward to spending a whole lot of time with all my friends, nothing makes me smile more!

Keeping The Thread – The Grand Gestures interview

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As, hopefully you already know, the third Grand Gestures album ‘Third’ is officially released this Friday 19th December. It’s a worthy addition to the Grand Gestures canon and, having been fortunate enough to get a promo of the record, it’s was reviewed on the blog a few days ago.

Ahead of the record’s release, TGG main man Jan Burnett kindly gave up his time to discuss aspects of the new record and also take a look back at his musical year.

Rather than being a radical departure from the past albums Jan feels that ‘Third’ builds on the previous albums.

“I wanted to continue to explore creating moods and atmospheres, often chopping away rather a lot from the original piece.

‘Third’ once again adds to the range of singers who have contributed to Grand Gestures albums and Jan admits that it took a little while to pluck up the courage to add a particular Dundonian musical legend to the roster.

“I’ve been chatting to Gary Clark for a while, but only for this album did I feel I could ask him. I see the records as evolving where there is a thread, but it’s also changing. That goes for the music as well. Some of the music for ‘Third’ was recorded around the time of the debut, but didn’t quite fit, and in my mind, that keeps the thread.”

The different singers have always been integral to the Grand Gestures experience but that seemed to have been acknowledged more on this record. Not so, says Jan.

“I always have done so, it’s very much a 50/50 thing when it comes to the song writing. I think you’re noticing what comes up on your computer screen or CD player screen, which is down to the information typed in to the CD at the mastering stage.”

Jan always seems to be on the lookout for new singers for the Grand Gestures. If time, mortality and money were no object, he has a clear idea of who would appear on his dream Grand Gestures LP.

“Neil Tennant, Kylie and Chuck D. I’m sure they are all available and would love to record in my bathroom.”

It’s no coincidence that the three LPs have been recorded and released in under 3 years.

“I definitely pushed myself, in terms of time, but in a good way. Making a point of getting things done.

“I can’t not make music, but, and I think this is similar to writing, it comes in waves. The thing to do is recognize when the wave has arrived, and get it done, because there will be other times when you don’t have the notion, similar to writers block.”

It’s not an unheard of time to release a record in the week before Christmas but it does seems a little counter intuitive given that much of the country’s attention is focussed on end of year lists.

“Yep, I know, I find it quite funny, in a queer way. In the scale of things, whatever the time of year, The Grand Gestures is small fry, and would get lost anyhow. I was keen to have it in the third year, as there are plans for a release in 2015.

“There is also something happening on Christmas Day 2014, and there is a single for Valentines 2015, so it all kind of ties in.

“You’ll find us on a couple of nice playlists via Spotify over Christmas. Whatever you may think about Spotify, I see it as a nice advert and exposure. The week between Christmas and New Year is key for streaming because of new gadgets, so if there was ever a good time to be on those type of platforms, it’s this time of year.”

‘Third’ has been billed as the end of the trilogy but Jan has future plans for the Grand Gestures.

“There is a Happy Holidays album for next year. The most depressing Christmas record you’ve ever heard. I’m also compiling the remixes for 2016.

“There may, or may not, be a show in 2015. I’d like to, but it’s sorting the logistics, as I want it to be special.”

‘Third’ is out this Friday and you can get it here or, doubtless in select record stores.

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In conclusion Jan looked back on 2014:

Your Own Music
What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2014 you’d like to fix?
Scratching our new bath with a microphone. you did ask.

What you gonna be doing next year?
Completing the next record by The Grand Gestures and doing something with Spare Snare (tease), it’s the 20th anniversary of the debut album.

Music
Your own musical highlight of the year?
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo. I cried three times.

Favourite performance of the year?
Prince, Glasgow Hydro

3 LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds live at KCRW.
Bob Dylan, Complete basement tapes (at last!)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Inside The Pleasuredome, (beautiful box set reissue)

Best discovery in 2014?
That Idlewild have made a new record, and one of them is on my new record.

Who should we be looking out for in 2015?
The Calamity Horse album is out 2015, produced by someone rather well known. It’s going to be lovely.

Jan Burnett portrait by Graeme Ogston.