Stumbling Into This Backwards – Playground Tactics interview

Ahead of only their third ever gig at the Cool Cat Club on Saturday, Andy Wood profiles Playground Tactics When we describe something or someone as being naïve we often mean it in a disparaging way, suggesting rather unkindly that they lack proper judgement or that they are gullible, falling for any old line. Yet,…

Delivered – Brookmyre novel review

It’s been out for a few weeks now but I’d been holding onto  ‘When The Devil Drives’ by Chris Brookmyre to read on holiday. There was a point where Brookmyre books, whilst still enjoyable, seemed to be passing by without making much of an impression. But of late (‘Pandaemonium’ excepted) things seem to have picked…

Adapting To Change – Whigs and Rakes interview

Next Saturday (28th July) sees the second Cool Cat Club show at Beat Generator Live! in Dundee. The show features The Bad Books, Hookers for Jesus and Playground Tactics but will be headlined by a band that Andy and I caught at the tail end of last year. In the first of the interviews with…

Light at the End of the Tunnel – Catlow interview

Almost six years ago Catlow from Vancouver released a rather fine indie pop record ‘Kiss The World’. Then to all intents and purposes they disappeared. Yet a follow-up in the shape of the excellent ‘Pinkly Things’ EP finally arrived only a matter of weeks ago. And I was delighted when Natasha Thirsk, who is Catlow’s…

Singing In The Dark – Miaoux Miaoux LP review

Right, let’s continue the theme of records I’m not completely bowled over by. Miaoux Miaoux’s ‘Light of the North’, whilst being somewhat removed from your regular blogging fare, has received almost unanimous support out there in recent weeks. Me? Well, as trailed, unusually I find it in turns fantastic and at others really not very…

Norman Solo

A quick note that, in the absence of any TV21 gigs at present, front man Norman Rodger is playing a solo show next week. Norman will be supporting Slim Chance at the Caves in Edinburgh on Friday 20th July and he’s likely to be on stage around 8 p.m. That’s it really.  More substantive post…