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My unit in the lane came about after years and years of continually regretting that I no longer painted. I use the term “no longer painted” quite loosely – until recently I hadn’t painted since high school (and even then there were hardly a multitude. I tried to re-engage with Art in 2011 when I started an Artist Teacher Masters course in the hope that it would give me the SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) points to enable dual qualification with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and when I found out that it wouldn’t, I gave up after a year (this is relevant, I promise!) During that time I started a painting that I would finally finish in March 2017; a painting which on completion shook – quite drastically – my perception of myself as an “artist.” For the first time I really believed I could paint and, trained or not, I figured a short term lease on a studio was worth a shot – either I would paint, be pleased enough with my work to be proud of it or even sell it; or, it would lie dormant and I would give it up.
Audiosoup weekend is upon us, and as a few of our own volunteers and customers pack their bags and head off to what is hopefully a weekend of music in the sun, we decided to instead stay at home and have a wee chat with the organisers... well, someone has to lock up the shop at night after all...
There you have it, the ends of a drunken debate on what bands you really shouldn't be missing at this years Rebellion festival come hell or high water, and if you haven't yet got a ticket to this years best independent D.I.Y run punk event, then you should probably know that not only does it have a host of amazing bands and solo musicians, it also has a huge amount of other entertainments available for you, including Punk Art exhibitions, Poetry, Vintage Clothing, Tattooists, Healing workshops and more. You wont get your monies worth quite like this at a festival again! Tickets and full listings available on the link below, check it out, and we'll see you in the pit!
Their tour is not over yet, after getting intoxicated on the cultures of England, Scotland, France, and Belgium, they are (at the time of writing) due to do a series of dates in Ireland culminating in the Pachamama Festival in Switzerland on the 23rd. So catch them if you can, they are probably one of the best live bands you’ll see this year.
‘The Truth’ starts off with a beautiful example of what a fiddle can do, and reminded me instantly of why I was so jealous of anyone who could play a fiddle or a violin in school. Spliced through the fiddle is a wonderful harp accompaniment. Both instruments complement each other beautifully and go particularly well with Emma’s powerful voice. I found myself thinking about this track for a while after I first listening to it, it wasn’t just the narrative which I suggest you listen to for yourself rather than me describing it, but just how amazing this track was and how it was filled with such incredible brightness.
MugStock is never going to be huge, but with our present site plan we still have a little room to grow. As a not for profit festival we have the luxury of investing in stuff like lights to make the site prettier, which means that all of the things that add quality to the festival-going experience should naturally get a bit better each year. One ambition is to integrate the majestic Mugdock Castle into the festival site. This beautiful piece of heritage is just a wee bit far away from everything else, so we've been wondering about connecting it with a wee train (or an epic zip slide!). We love Mugdock Park, and will keep using our imaginations in order to show it at it's very best and put on the most lovely, merriment-filled event we can for people of all ages for the foreseeable future.
When the stone eventually wore off many hours later and we were back in Glasgow, it was heart-breaking, we had spent four days in paradise, but had had to return, with a heavy bump back to reality, and to mediocre illegal weed and nights in cells instead of coffee shops.
‘Whenever it is Lost’ is the first track on the EP and despite being more of an Intro for the second track I bloody loved it, something about the folksy energy it managed to pack into roughly a minute was impressive and it got me to smile after a laptop crash so it must be worth a wee listen!
‘Blessed’ goes back a bit, a little quieter and a little slower but well in keeping with what I’ve come to expect from ‘Everyone you know someday’, It might just be if you’re listen on earphones but there are some interesting background noises, strange echoes that are almost spooky. But talking about the actual song it was a sweet little closer to a whopper of an album, and I really hope to hear more from Killer Whale.
So, after the success of our last ‘where have all the protest songs gone’ chart at NHC MUSIC, we decided to make it a regular thing after all, and we already have another one for you, jam packed full of new music videos with vague and tenuous links to the charts title. For this second chart (a wee bit smaller than the last beast, by Christ there was far more protest songs out there than we first expected!) we went full steam ahead on the vagueness of it, and we decided on showing a selection of songs from independent artists that sounds quite like nothing else they have on offer. In fact, you might even be a tad surprised it comes from them at all...