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With our chats regarding how to make our arts space a bit more ethical than the usual event spaces in the country taking precedent recently with the folks over at NHC MUSIC, we have decided on yet another great thing we can do for the city we love. Well, to be honest we thought about this one a few weeks ago during a recent meeting but decided to wait a wee bit before announcing, as we didn't want to hit you with all our plans at the one time, especially though good ones!
While MVCC’s flow and the Kid Robotik production are among the best on offer in this year’s bumper crop of rap releases, it’s the thematic concerns which elevate this to must-listen status. “My circle is smaller now, got a page in my book, let me draw it down,” rhymes MVCC on Sao Feng, eloquently expressing the sense of a shrinking, indifferent world which grief brings.
Like Physiks and Shogun, who both feature heavily on the album, Gasp’s brilliance also lies in being able to straddle different stylistic trends in rap music, from the intense assault of trap beats with dizzying multis, to head-nodding boom-bap and back again. His origins in the seminal crew The Being mirror the creative energy which saturates this impressive, dynamic album.
It’s apt that I’m listening to the Howling Lords as the wind howls and batters at my window pane on a cold November night, winter is coming, but we can look forward to the warm reception of March unfolding spring, when the Howling Lords will be out of hibernation on their Hebridean rocky island of Stornaway, and back on tour with some hard-hitting support acts.
Have you seen them live yet? No? The you better get your arse to The Flying Duck on the 10th November at 7pm. On support we have punk headcases The Chibmarks, Hard Hitters The Fuck Ups, and very special guest openers The Nyah Fearties.
And now? Well now we start planning the city's newest, most exciting alternative arts and music space, we promised you huge things in the future, we were not kidding!
Now I like to give Edinburgh a hard time. I'm from the West and it just runs in my veins but truth be told, it's a nice town. I ended up in the capital myself on the 21st of October for the Jack White gig at the Usher Hall. First time at the venue, and first time seeing Mr. White live despite being a fan for a while. I might need to issue a bit of a warning here before I get nugs deep into the review. This might be a long one. See Jack White is one of my favourite guitarists. Not to say that The White Stripes or The Raconteurs are my favourite bands. It's that I feel the man in question just can't help but rock. So this might be half review, half opinion piece, half Fudd-Feed top 10 reasons list article thing. But as I was saying...
Large crowds coming together for times like this are the remedy to toxic society. Research shows 20mins at a gig can increase your well-being by 21%! More research suggests that going to a concert directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years. Whether or not that’s true, music in general increases happiness, we all know that! Gatherings of like-minded people resonate with positive frequency and a harmonious collective consciousness; it’s good for the soul, you can feel it right?
I missed live music pulling me out of the trials and tribulations of my life, of getting dragged away from the mundane, and being thrust into the midst of something that felt special. I missed the rush of the communal camaraderie that exists in a crowd at a good show, the symbiotic moment when the band and audience join together to create a small world that only exists for us all in that time and space.
Setting the tone for UNDER THE SKIN is melodic instrumental number BLOOD IS BURNING RED. Chanting accompanies ancestral percussion, gradually gaining momentum with a liberal dose of heavy guitar riff and indomitable lead guitar. The entire album is crafted with such precision and the placement of instrumental tracks adds depth and texture to the work as a whole, avoiding the common issue of being space fillers. The chanting, choir like background echos to previous album EARTH SHAKER. This dynamic, meticulously placed throughout the album feels very much like UNDER THE SKIN is born of its predecessor and forges onwards with the unique RAMAGE INC signature sound, taking some unexpected and exceptional turns along the way.