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Sorry about that tangent… As you can tell I was pretty drunk by the time Dead Man Fall took to the stage, adding a few pints and shots at the church bar to my skinful of vodka previously consumed. The notes in my notepad blur into a hieroglyphic sprawl and the room spins geocentrically, I slump against the wall and take stock of my physical ability to stand, which isn’t good…
I do regret losing the Kay Les Paul copy. It was a much better guitar than the price tag or the reputation would suggest. I also had a Squier Strat stolen from me which was very annoying but I don’t really miss it.
Before I get started with the review I want to tell you about The Ranzas, first off they’re from Ayrshire and consider themselves to be “Rock ‘n’ Roll baby” the band is made up of Lyle Kennedy on Vocals, Connor Adam on Guitar, James Mulholland on Guitar, Murray Brough on Bass and Julie Dunabie on Drums. So that’s just a little about the band, I’m also going to try and chase them up for an Interview so keep an eye out for that in the future as well!
It's that time again folks, time for us to get you a new selections of music to mull over from our hugely talented bunch of registered acts over at NHC! The theme for our third chart was a simple one, all we wanted was a catchy chorus, something to absent mindedly whistle while perusing the supermarket shelves, or sing aloud with the wrong words while showering.
If you think that was it, you are wrong. The melodic “Listen to me” is there to keep our interest unlimited. Then here comes my favourite “Under my skin”, in my favourite song of the album. I’ve listened to it tenths of times, still to understand why is it so addictive!
For those who sit on their backsides in dark musty rock bars, week in week out, bemoaning the lack of good new bands..... this is probably not for you. Because it is new, it is fantastic, it is current, and it is one of the best rock albums of this year. 4 years in the making and several rewrites later, band leader Alex Cooper describes the process thus - "Dark Manouevres is very much an inside look at my life over the last four years…the good times and bad on the UK rock n’ roll scene. Love, loss, hate, jealousy, arguments, all thrown against a background of excessive drink, drugs, and ego fuelled behaviour. Though not to blow these things out of proportion, it isn't like the dye of Motley Crue in the 1980s. These things are very subtly done nowadays, hence the album title."
So, what do you get? For starters, all 9 of the studio albums, from Solid Ball of Rock, through to 2009's Into The Labyrinth. Throw in 2 bonus CDs, and 3 DVDs, and all housed in a 12" x 12" full colour book, with full lyrics, photos, and new artwork, and if you're lucky, you can land a limited edition with a print signed by frontman Biff Byford. I mentioned at the start that this is a sumptuous package, and that really is the only way to describe it. Musically it is a timeline through a set of top notch albums which are so consistent in quality that most bands would kill for a back catalogue like this. Unlike that late 80's era, there is no dip here, and very little that could conceivably be labelled as 'filler'
Who are Curdle?
Clare: Curdle are an all female four piece band from Glasgow, we are all semi-self taught amateurs new to the Glasgow music scene and have only been playing live for a year. Our music varies from Riot Grrrl to psychedelic, with lots of lovely harmonies and bad ass bass thrown in.
Best part was the night that had Jamie and Shoony, then Mickey 9s, and The Stumblers.
Because I'm not eighteen I can only really see the bands at festivals and it felt like a long time since I'd seen Jamie and Shoony.
My mum was taking photographs so we squeezed down to the front and I seen the two new members for the first time.
The whole band were just as good as I remembered.