STOOR preview

STOOR are familiar faces at the Cool Cat Club and Saturday’s appearance at the De Rosa show will be, by my reckoning, at least their fifth performance over the last couple of years. A fairly productive year of local gigs, of course, was surpassed by the release of their brilliant, debut self-titled LP which at…

Terror and Spirituality – Supermoon preview

Previewing Saturday’s Supermoon debut performance in Dundee is a little tricky for a couple of reasons. Firstly there’s not that much recorded material out there at the moment, just the ‘Oh! Supermoon Vol.1 ’ E.P. And secondly, frankly, because Supermoon (a.k.a. Neil Pennycook) seems be just as restless musically as he was in his last…

Countdown to De Rosa Saturday

The countdown is very much on to Saturday’s joint Cool Cat Club/MPT De Rosa show in Dundee – the band’s first in the city since the end of 2008 and their first after the release of third LP ‘Weem’ on Friday. As at Saturday’s sold out show at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow, the…

Big Sound – De Rosa interview

After just a handful of gigs in the last couple of years, the De Rosa reformation kicks into a much higher gear in 2016 with the release next week of third album ‘Weem’ on Rock Action Records and a quartet of gigs in support of the new record in January. One of those dates is…

Some Pub Rock …

Is this the most durable pub rock song ever? Originally written by Nick Lowe for his first band Brinsley Schwarz in the mid 70s, it was Elvis Costello’s cover that brought the song to my attention. Rather confusingly the initial official release was as a b-side to Lowe’s ‘American Squirm’ 1978 single (but credited to…

Carry No Doubt – De Rosa LP review

De Rosa – ‘Weem’ (Rock Action Records) There’s never been a more important band to this blog than De Rosa. Here’s why. Hearing De Rosa for the first time in 2006 was a revelation in itself but, as a by-product, they also provided me with a route into the Scottish indie scene. I’ve discovered so…