The Constant Face of the Unknown – Low LP review

Low – HEY WHAT (Sub-Pop) Last time out, in ‘Double Negative’, Low delivered the most extreme record of their career, placing a set of fragile tunes within waves of distortion to the extent of sometimes almost obliterating the melodies. It was a record that made a virtue out of smashing the convention of recording without…

Doing The Right Thing – Arab Strap live

Arab Strap – Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline – Friday 3rd September 2021 It’s a stark fact of the pandemic that one of the riskiest things I can think of doing at the moment is going to see a live show indoors. Which certainly raised a big question about my original intention to go to see Arab…

Like To Keep Things Dark – Will Sergeant book review

Will Sergeant – Bunnyman (Constable) Over the years there’s been a few books about Echo and the Bunnymen but, until now, none of the band members have told their side of the story. Guitarist Will Sergeant’s first memoir ‘Bunnyman’, published in July, is therefore a welcome arrival. Despite the title, it’s a book that actually…

Run Around The … Puddles – Sacred Paws live

Scared Paws / Duncan Marquiss – Hospitalfield, Arbroath – Saturday 21st August 2021 Twelve months ago we took in our first pandemic era gig at Hospitalfield with Phantom Band frontman Rick Redbeard performing in front of a (mostly) indifferent audience of beer drinkers and berry eaters. After that, did anyone imagine that it would be…

Really, Really Well Adjusted – Randolph’s Leap album review

Spirit Level – Randolph’s Leap (Fika Recordings) No matter how good the solo shows and the solo recordings are I’ve always felt that Randolph’s Leap songs are heard to best effect in the context of the full eight-piece band. Yet, for understandable reasons, the number of full band recordings is quite limited with the ‘Real…