Life Under Lockdown #2 – Spare Snare (Jan)

Life Under Lockdown – Jan Burnett (Spare Snare / Grand Gestures) Spare Snare have been pretty active by their standards especially with the release of the Steve Albini produced Sounds in 2018. Dates to support the album included a particularly special appearance at a show promoted by Manic Pop Thrills and The Cool Cat Club…

Shell Shocked – Spare Snare interview (part 1)

The first Cool Cat Club show of 2019 takes place at Beat Generator Live in Dundee on Saturday 5th January and brings together Dundee lo-fi heroes Spare Snare and two of my favourite Scottish acts, De Rosa and Broken Chanter. Having witnessed the same bill at the Great Eastern in Glasgow in October I can…

A Bit of a Roll – STOOR interview

For a band with a long but intermittent career, punctuated by seemingly long periods of inactivity, an awful lot has happened to STOOR in the last couple of years. First off the Dundee quartet – Stef Murray (vocals/bass), Ross Matheson (guitar), Scott McKinlay (drums) and Davie Youngblood (guitar) –  started playing live with a degree for regularity for…

The Best Christmas Album … Ever! – The Grand Gestures LP

Happy Holidays – The Grand Gestures (Chute Records) There are people who love the very idea of Christmas and who seem to get very excited just as November turns to December . And then there’s the others for whom the forced jollity doesn’t come *quite* so naturally. The former have, of course, been well served…

Keeping The Thread – The Grand Gestures interview

As, hopefully you already know, the third Grand Gestures album ‘Third’ is officially released this Friday 19th December. It’s a worthy addition to the Grand Gestures canon and, having been fortunate enough to get a promo of the record, it’s was reviewed on the blog a few days ago. Ahead of the record’s release, TGG…

2013 According to … Jan Burnett

Jan performing on the Vic Galloway show Slightly later than normal, MPT retreads its steps over the course of the last 12 months by asking some of the year’s interviewees to look back on their 2013. First up is a man who released not one but two excellent albums this year ‘Our Jazz’ with Spare…