Mainstream Values – Idlewild live

Idlewild / Eugene Kelly and Michael Pedersen – Barrowlands, Glasgow – Saturday, 4th May 2019 A new record was the precursor to Idlewild’s first Barrowlands show for a number of years. And if the show perhaps wasn’t quite sold out, it was certainly busy enough to justify the upgrade on recent tours. Eugene Kelly and…

Song of the Week #15 – St. Christopher Medal

This is good news. Not only is there an excellent new single due from St. Christopher Medal at the end of the month, but a new album, ‘Hoof’ is being quoted by label Stereogram Recordings. ‘Fallen Angel’ is described as: Classic Scottish songwriting (TFC, Lloyd Cole, Trashcan Sinatras) and sweeping alt-Americana (GP, Wilco, Okkervil River)…

Ten Years of Prevention – De Rosa interview

‘Prevention’ by De Rosa celebrated its tenth anniversary a few weeks ago. It’s a special record for me as I started following De Rosa just as they were starting to play new songs that would end up on their second album. Consequently, I got to know the songs on the album quite well ahead of…

2019 Live So Far – A Playlist

For lack of something more substantial, here’s a playlist of songs from bands I’ve seen live in 2019. Not every one is no Spotify obviously … It will be added to …    

Song of the Week #14 – Echo Machine

Dundee’s Echo Machine returned last week third single ‘Chameleon’. Featuring Gary, Mike and Ben from the Mirror Trap, the band capture the energy of their previous group yet choose to deliver using wild synths rather than  heavy guitars. There’s definitely a link back to the songwriting of the Mirror Trap yet Echo Machine manage to…