New for 2017 (2) – St Christopher Medal, British Sea Power and Meursault

I’m very much looking forward to next Friday’s Stereogram show (3rd February) at the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh. It’s a triple headliner featuring The Eastern Swell, STOOR and St Christopher Medal. I’ve seen neither the Swell nor the Medal live, two of the acts that Stereogram have put out superb albums by in the last…

New for 2017 (1)

To be honest, I’ve been a little obsessed this last three weeks. I mean I’ve got the Blue Aeroplanes, so why do I need any more new music? If anyone’s likely to snap me out of that, it’s Wire and right on cue they’ve released a track from their upcoming LP ‘Silver/Lead’. ‘Short Elevated Period’…

Lost and Disenfranchised – The Primevals interview

The word ‘primeval’ has a number of different meanings and connotations (writes Andy Wood), some of which can be applied to the Glasgow band, The Primevals. They hark back to an earlier age of rock ‘n’ roll with their garage-punk, bluesy inflected songs and solid rhythms but they are anything but primitive, nostalgic or unthinking….

Not A Nostalgia Exercise – Blue Aeroplanes interview

Gerard at Stereo, Glasgow last weekend I’ll confess up front that I’ve spent most of the month listening to the Blue Aeroplanes. Some of the older stuff, a fair bit of the live albums but mostly the new album ‘Welcome, Stranger!’ which is a strong contender for album of the year. Already. Consequently, I was…

Intensely Absorbed and Captivated – Independent Venue Week feature

I have probably spent more of my life in small music venues that is seriously healthy or sensible (writes Andy Wood). I’ve been to tiny little venues, from a converted public toilet in Whitechapel, to pub basements across the country. I’ve been to plenty of shows in bigger venues as well, from the Barrowlands to…

Pointless Request Hour – The Blue Aeroplanes live

The Blue Aeroplanes / The Media Whores – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (Saturday 14th January 2017) and Stereo, Glasgow (Sunday 15th January 2017) With the download of the pre-orders for the new album arriving on New Year’s Day and a live double header in the middle of the month, the Blue Aeroplanes have certainly got 2017…