Life Under Lockdown #3 – Ghari Mure (Echo Machine)

Echo Machine arose phoenix like from the ashes of The Mirror Trap and released their debut album Instant Transmissions just a few weeks before lockdown. While retaining elements of The Mirror Trap, Echo Machine are a very distinct entity in their own right and both live and on record they are and electronic-glam-trash mish mash…

Song of the Week #18 (2018) – Echo Machine

Once upon a time I saw a band called Descartes support Idlewild in Dundee. The sound was dreadful but there was definitely something worth hearing going on underneath. When they grew up, Descartes morphed into the Mirror Trap, who released three albums and a couple of E.P.s. They also landed several prestigious support slots with…

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…

My Eyes Have Turned to Glass – The Mirror Trap video

Pending a review of the new Adam Stafford LP tomorrow here’s the new video from Dundee’s The Mirror Trap: It’s been a weird couple of years for the Mirror Trap – at the time of their last excellent LP ‘Stay Young’, the band seemed more than a little disillusioned. However when a friend introduced Brian…

MPT’s E.P.s of 2015

It’s been a good year for E.P.s (/mini albums) even if one of the ones I’ve listened to the most this year doesn’t (quite) qualify! But more of that later. The list … 1. The Paranoid Style – Rock’n’Roll Just Can’t Recall (Battle Worldwide) Without question the most played record of  the year in the…

Manic Pop Podcast – March 2015

So, no good reason that this has appeared now and, as ever, it’s pretty scrappy, but, hey, at least the music’s great! Tracks this time are: The Cathode Ray – Resist (Stereogram Recordings) Tuff Love – That’s Right (Lost Map) Githead –Bringing The Sea To The City (Swim Records) Le Thug – Paints (Song, By…