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DR - Definitely looking forward to getting our hands on the NHC Records compilation vinyl – some great bands on there with us. We’ve got a few gigs planned over the summer. And we’re doing a Night of the Dead gig in Ayr on Halloween weekend – that’s now an annual tradition with it being the third year we’ve done it in the same venue. Beyond that, we’re still writing and plan to get back into the studio to do some more recordings later in the year.
Paul: “If I didn’t have music in my life, I seriously don’t know what I would be doing, it’s the only thing I know how to do.”
Alex: “Believe it or not, if I didn’t have music in my life I would be practicing medicine”.
Lewis: “I think music has done so much for me that I'm really not sure but I guess I would be still be doing Chemistry”.
I often cite that I'm listening to a vinyl when I do reviews, even when I'm not. Why? It just sounds cooler, cos' it is cooler. So the great thing here is, the NHC Records debut compilation (‘That's What Aye Call Music Vol.1’) is exclusive to vinyl*. It really is a discophile's dream, given the rarity and oddity of some of the local bands' recordings on here. So I get to actually dust off my record player for real this time, and put this baby on for a spin (after much dusting, wiping and drying of the player, the needle drops snugly into the first groove of the album with that comforting scratch).
That is why we are opening up our shop to labels all across the world. We want to stock all genres, and all styles, on your behalf., and with Glasgow now being named as the best musical city in the UK, we want to continue that upwards curve by inviting labels from all over the globe to stock with us, both online and offline, and get your music into the hands (and ears!) of some of the best music fans in the world.
Perhaps everyone feels this way and we're all just too scared to say so. Admitting that as an adult you feel fear is to admit weakness and the law of the jungle states you don't do that. You’d think with all this avoiding people and spending hours in an ever expanding home studio there would be something to show for those secluded months. Depression and self loathing don't work that way, and a mountain of discarded creativity later I find myself still basically…
This Saturday at NHC MUSIC as part of our first ever open day at the shop, we don’t just have a cracking selection of live music for you from folk like Fallen Arches, Felix Saunders, David Spence, and special guests The Chibmarks doing an unplugged set; we also have some other tricks up our sleeves too…
2018 will see us finishing up with the Schools Band project, we are always writing, so we’ll probably churn out another 4 tracks this year. We don’t go hunting for gigs to be honest – if we are asked, we’ll do it if we can. The track I mentioned earlier, The Hopetoun Quarry Murders was sung by our mate, George Thom, who sadly died last month. George had been working on a video for it – story boards – the whole nine yards, and we’ve been in touch with the director to see about getting it finished for him, so that will be happening later this year. Apart from that, we’ll just bumble along looking out for new vocalists to pester!
Throughout the set I was impressed by the ambidextrous drumming and powerful, intricate tom grooves from Grant Duncan. Newest member of the band, Mark Faulds is stretching his wings on guitar with his trademark understated, yet visceral rhythm and lead work. Between Mark and equally versatile guitarist, Ben Fraser, rhythm and lead parts are swapped between songs with Dougie Fraser’s powerful bass always underpinning.
Capone and the Bullets brought their scintillating ska to the London International Ska Festival on 31st March. Simultaneously, they brought us their second album (twenty years after the first!), ‘This Is Fusion’. I love the cover, it depicts the scientific diagram of nuclear fusion, but where the deuterium and tritium atoms are blues, jazz, ska, bluegrass, folk and spiritual music, fusing at the centre and resulting in the energy of punk, reggae, dub, ska and rocksteady (instead of helium and neutron isotopes). Time + Music³ = Fusion, pretty cool!