Friends don't let friends listen to THE PAPASHANGOS.
The 13th Note... A name synonymous with alternative youth culture in Glasgow since 1997 and carried on by Barfly since around 2001. We had descended upon one of Glasgow's true gems of the underground music scene. I was actually there in 97 when it was a brand new venue to see my friends' band “Orba”... Now some 21 years later - and after a lengthy hiatus 'off the radar' while I recovered
As part of our NHC Big Talk Project, we wanted to present our up and coming shop nights with some articles on the website about some very real people, and some of their very real struggles they face every day. The point of these articles, and the shop nights starting in July, is simply to show people that they are not alone, no matter what they face.
Like I plug myself back into Glasgow and get that… fucking real juice. And you’re right it doesn’t exist everywhere! You know? And people like me fucking need that shit like oxygen. I need to know that some people really are...you know being honest with themselves. Its always been a fairly pathologically honest place Glasgow, whether you wanted the fucking truth or not. You know what I mean?
Love them or hate them, 'Battle of the Bands' type competitions have been around for decades, and will no doubt be around for decades more. But what makes a band want to enter one of these? It's understandable if there's a big prize at the end of it, such as a major festival slot, or a recording contract. But seriously, if you're in a band, and you're going to enter one of these.... should you not at least be making sure you have something that showcases your talent in the best way possible?
Then the joys of The Art School kick in with a full on fire alarm shortly before Mickey9s were due on stage. I'm not quite sure that everyone realised immediately what was happening, but eventually everyone piled out the side door onto the street, drinks in hand. Thankfully no-one was policing the outside drinking situation, so it was an unexpected opportunity for more outside drinking and smoking.
So our MC's are busy traversing a parallel universe where we voted Aye, Prince never died and you still get glass checks.
That means we will be running a Busker Open House with surprise sets from our friends T3xture, t33th, Fnuf, Flew the Arrow, Connor Heafey, Fantastic Lights, suicidal baby whales, dank williams, David Spence, and more.
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.