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…

Beer, Beer, Porridge – Billordo / The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers live

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – ReImagination – Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, and Billordo, Conroy’s Basement, Dundee – both Saturday 19th May 2018 This was a bit of a rum evening. By the time the return of Billordo to Dundee was announced we’d already booked tickets for the climax of the ReImagination mini-book festival in Glenrothes –…

Shut Your Pus! – The Skids live

The Skids – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Thursday 5th October 2017 I’m old enough to have caught the Skids first time around but didn’t simply because I wasn’t cool enough. So seeing the band in their 21st century incarnation puts them into a category of bands that I’ve seen live without their original and…

Will You Keep Us? – Lazy Day live

Lazy Day / Catch – Conroy’s Basement, Dundee – Thursday 28th September 2017 Having missed Lazy Day’s previous Scottish appearance at Pictish Trail’s Future Echoes event last year, I was delighted when they announced that they were coming north for 3 dates – including one in Dundee, particularly when Joshua Gray was announced as support….

Slow Motion – Vladimir live

Vladimir / Velvet Indigo / The Rankins / Francis Duffy & The Kingpins – Conroy’s Basement, Dundee – Friday 31st March 2017 From the outside it sometimes seems like Vladimir have been pursuing a career in slow motion. After the initial burst of two E.P.s and a single (a skin which was rapidly shed), in recent…

Ten Ace Bands – Transmission preview

I’ve lost count of how many gigs I’ve promoted or co-promoted over the years (writes Andy Wood) but I think it’s fair to say that there have been a few. I’m still as excited at promoting (and attending) live gigs as ever before. Never before though have I attempted a festival so I thought, what…