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!
We’ve all heard that album, that we love everything about. That band that just strikes a chord with us and we feel like screaming, ‘how the fuck have you not heard them yet?’ at unsuspecting naesayers. And when you think they cannae sound any better, you see them live. This is how I feel about Trongate Rum Riots. No matter how sublime their album ‘Hymns of the Deep,’ is, times that by 100 and you get close to how bouncing this band sounds onstage. Having not seen them since the long and rainy festival season came to an end, it’s is an absolute treat to see them headlining indoors.
The night is warmed up honourably by the Kaplans, whose high octane garage punk is reminiscent of Motörhead, with a smattering of Glasgow, and paves the way nicely for Joe Bones and the Dark Vibes’ doom blues sounds. Their residency at Ivory Blacks has them hosting some of Glasgow’s best loved unsigned bands, and with songs like Glasgow Boys and Testament it’s easy to see why. The keyboard jangles like an tipsy skeleton, dancing through duelling vocals and horror lyrics. There’s a lot going on here, both musically and aesthetically, which is reminiscent of 80’s Goth and Alternative, but with smatterings of ska and punk and good ol’ rock and roll. Mix it all together and Joe Bones and the Dark Vibes are unique and a joy to watch.
The first thing that strikes about Trongate Rum Riots is the noise they make. They kick off like a bar brawl, battering through How Many Hearts, Beer Ran Dry and Sleeping in the Corn with no nonsense. But they are not a bog standard bevy-folk band. Their songs sing of musicianship: taking the listener on a journey through seafaring, whisky swigging, romance and murder with storytelling charm. Comparisons to the Pogues are understandable, but also a disservice, as Trongate Rum Riots draw from a plethora of Trad influences, from Blue Grass to Irish folk, Sea Shanties and Gypsie and Slavic yarns. The absolute highlight of the night was Mama T’s minted solo ‘Monday Morning,’ which sees the band slow the pace to show off her incredible vocals.
In short, the Trongate Rum Riots gig constantly, in a pub near your house, at a festival you definitely have tickets for. If you haven’t already, take yourself along, and see this gem of a band for yourself. You’ll no regret it.
Out of the blue, I decided I wanted to make music again and figured no label would touch my stuff due to its silly humor and lack of fitting into a genre, so I thought I’d try starting up my own label again. Ice Cream For Crow Records began in January 2016 with the first Casper Heyzeus album, so it’s just over 2 years old now.
It gets me thinking. We live so much of our modern life online but what about the unique memories we keep for ourselves? The ones that shape us and add to our personal story. If we all receive the same information through our devices and experience similar situations what is there to make us individual? True we can use a search engine to find whatever we want online but what about the things we didn’t realise we wanted? What about the unexpected?
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?