I was very happy to see that singer Joey Tempest still has it. On recordings he's always appeared to be a powerful vocalist, and someone who can portray emotion in his voice. I was very happy to find out that this wasn't studio magic, like so many vocalists resort to. On stage he has all the same power and feel in his voice. As a frontman from a glam metal band he has a certain duty. A duty to break the songs back to just drums and bass and to get the crowd repeating "whooah" and "yeah" back to him. He only did this a couple of times throughout the night however, it didn't get old. And it seemed to make him happy, and isn't that whats important?
Tonight's performance had ditched the now dated 80s sequencer sounds of early songs and replaced them with more edgy jangly guitars and was all the better for it. The live drumming of Earl Harvin definitely added to the quality of the tracks. The lighting was also stripped back with the band lit from below letting shadows form the back drop, which made the gig seem strangely intimate despite the Barras being packed with a sell out crowd. There was no sell out with the music being performed though (yes, even a dodgy Hank Williams cover was included in the set).
Am I playing GTA5? No, I’m listening to the new Twistettes album… Okay, I’m listening to it on repeat while I play GTA, but what better soundtrack to all this destruction and carnage than the gear-grinding, metal-splitting, chord-churning cacophony of the sisters from the Kingdom of Fife (although Glasgow has gladly adopted them too).
Sage and B were not just tight they were ziplocked, they came out swinging, literally swinging, golfclubs, at golfballs, then blowing them up over the crowd’s heads with shotguns, FOUR!! KA-BOOM!! FOUR!! KA-BOOM!! I wondered if this was the long-delayed effects of some unwisely taken psychedelic, but it couldn’t have been, I hadn’t done a psychedelic in weeks, I’m pretty laid back, but there’s no way my body works that slowly! They were definitely shotgunning golfballs above our heads!!
I’ve got Mad Caddies vinyls and CDs and tshirts and ticket stubs from the gigs I’ve attended, they are the soundtrack to many great memories, both live on stage and through their records at home. If you don’t know them do yourself a favour and start consuming their healthy back catalogue now, there’s not a bad song among it, not one.
Coming fae a very violent family and a violent childhood ah guess ah could relate to Begbie, but to be fair, there’s a wee bit o’ me in each o’ the fower protagonists, n’ ah guess maist people get that sense, it’s whit makes em so relatable, despite being a bunch o’ filthy smackheads and an unhinged dipsomaniacal psychopath.
“I drink wine. I planned to only have one glass before our first gig but during our soundcheck, my heart started beating furiously so I had at least one more… Although, performing is honestly the best thing that I have ever done, and it is more of an adrenalin rush than nerves. After a couple of times playing live, I felt like I got used to it and I don’t need to rely on wine to drown the butterflies anymore”.
Josephine Sillars + The Manic Pixie Dreams are a band based in Glasgow who write politically infused pop music. They have performed extensively across Scotland as well as in Europe and internationally, including local festivals such as XpoNorth, Celtic Connections and Kelburn Garden Party. Following the release of their single 'Down', they completed their first UK tour in November 2017, and in 2018 they were selected to represent the UK as part of EXCITE Music.
Some people will say that "Chill" is to be best consumed in pill form, others think that the chill is gone. However, 24 year old Jazz merchant Gordon Robertson does not subscribe to such nonsense. The east coast singer songwriter releases his single "Vodka Lemon Lime" on the 27th of July and it sets a pretty solid benchmark to define "Chilled".