Song of the Week #8 (2020) – Lloyd James Fay

Almost a year after the demise of Thula Borah, frontman Lloyd James Fay has released a solo single ‘Idiocracy’. It’s a song that recalls the sweeping grandeur of TB singles such as ‘Skye Falling’ or ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ whilst setting out Lloyd’s frustration with the 21st century failing to improve our lot. This week…

MPT’s 45 80’s 45s – Playlist (Expanded version)

A thread on Twitter asked users to select 3 singles from the 80s. My selection was: TV21 – On The Run Pixies – Gigantic Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon Although there could have been any number of permutations. Which led me to expanding an iPod playlist into this 45 song monster. The…

Song of the Week #7 (2020) – Vulture Party

Falkirk’s Vulture Party make it two for two with the video for their second single ‘Sun Dance’ bagging them their second Song of the Week on MPT. “Sun Dance” is a different beast to debut ‘New Humans’ leaving out the ominous synths in favour of a more organic sound  yet still sharing a similar serene,…

Song of the Week #6 (2020) – Henry and Fleetwood

A new EP is imminent from Henry & Fleetwood as part of Olive Grove Records’ Archipelago series. The record is due out on 20 March and contains EPs 5 and 6 in the series on the one disc. Circle Meets Dot provide vol. 5 whilst the Henry & Fleetwood songs make up vol. 6 on…

Gig #3 (2020) – Ideas for a New Scotland

Julian Cope / Keeley Forsyth – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – Saturday 15th February 2020 Julian’s new album ‘Self Civil War’ gave him an excuse to get out on the road again for his first UK tour in 3 years with two sell-out shows in Scotland over Valentine’s weekend. As ever, the show was a mix…

Book Group – An Appreciation

Last week brought the unwelcome and unexpected news that long standing MPT favourites Book Group have called it a day. They originally come together as The Bad Books in 2011 featuring Graeme Anderson (vocals/guitars), Michael Morison (guitar), Scott Finnegan (bass) and Andrew Brodie (drums). Initially a short-term venture (they knew the name was taken) they…