in the form of The Big Nowhere and the mighty Swam Born Assassins (in their first ever headline slot, which surprises the hell out of me as these guys are the next big thing in Glasgow as far as I am concerned!), burlesque acts bringing possibly the first bed of nails to Ivories, Theremin Hero, the laser master of festival season in the UK, and did we mention the 25 strong Heavy Metal Harbingers drum squad?
We’ve got loads of instruments on the record including clarinet, melodica, stylophone and glockenspiel. Hearing the stylophone doing the “beep beep” parts in Motorhome was pretty funny while we were recording but the melodica has taken over on stage as it is a lot louder! This does mean we have an opportunity for someone to join us onstage to play the stylophone during Motorhome. We love getting the audience involved and we’re also building up our Kazorchestra as we’ve got a few songs that just don’t sound the same without the audience playing along on kazoos!
It started with some drinks in the shop, as a lot of great ideas do (the shit ones start the same way though to be fair, we filter them all using the ‘sober think back technique’), we had a chat about sampling old records, unusual crate digging finds, weird sounds on some tracks we were listening to at that point in time, then it hit us, the big idea.
A rapturous opening of Yours is No Disgrace, seamlessly transitioning into I’ve Seen All Good People, set the bar early for legendary prog-rockers YES as they brought their 50-year anniversary tour to a packed and excited SEC Armadillo. Guitarist, Steve Howe, welcomed the audience to the show, and paid the first tribute of the night to former lyricist, David Foster, before the band roared into life once more, performing Sweet Dreams and Southside of the Sky in quick succession to standing ovations by the crowd.
Well, we did it, we have been threatening to do it for bloody months now, but our own LP and a handful of co-operative releases were already churned out before we finally decided that it was time to continue the growth of NHC MUSIC with an attached record label. So we did, and the very first release on the label will be our new compilation of independent acts, which you will be hearing all about on the record label page (and the main page too) for the next couple of months. It's exciting stuff.
Last track ‘hallelujah’ has a similar feel to ‘preacher’ but with a harder vocal delivery. It keeps the electronic dance elements but is in its heart a rock song to me. So ‘punk EDM’? Yeah, it’s definitely punk in its delivery and subject, especially in the realms of EDM. There is attitude and anger bubbling under the surface and a barely concealed menace that gives KROW a unique spot in the genre.
I do make occasional music review exceptions. Bands I love to listen to myself are bands that I want to talk about, and bands I want you to love just as much as I do. Misery isn’t the only thing that loves company, music does too, especially angry, aggressive, passionate music that demands to be heard.
a Scottish gem of a bar, situated right on the banks of the river coursing through the West End of Glasgow. It has had a bit of a makeover recently, but it hasn't changed much for me to be honest, as I always thought it was a great place to pop in for a beer and some grub anyway, it's just bigger now is all!
A favourite is difficult to choose – for me especially. Everyone else I’ve spoken to so far all have different favourite songs which is great. It means there’s been something for everyone on there. I might choose ‘Bonus Sausage’ from the first album as I was quite proud of it at the time. I recorded it in around 40 minutes and it’s kinda catchy, kinda funky and humourous too. Always goes down well live, in fact folk often shout for it when I announce I’ve time for one more.