Here we are into part two of our Chats In The Hidden Lane series, where NHC MUSIC pops out to visit the neighbours in the Hidden Lane and Hive in Finnieston, and we chat a wee bit about other sellers, craftspeople, and artists about what they are getting up to deep in the lane! This time round we have the fantastic Topper The World in our spotlight, check the chat out below, then be sure to get down the lane when you can and check out some of our amazing neighbours for yourself! Just remember, the best things in life, you need to seek out...
Hey jenny. Haha yeah, thankfully! Things are going great and it's made a huge difference. I still do some hand-painted items and its fun mixing things up. I've always put 110% into the business and no pain, no gain is only fine up to a point haha. I’m getting a lot better at working certain hours and not pushing myself too far which means I'm enjoying everything more.
The point when WASP would reappear and strip away all the intervening years and deliver the goods by way of a best of set.
That was a moment of mixed returns though.
A Who cover was greatfully received, as was the smattering of hits, but the appearance of Golgotha, from their latest album, was a bump in the road of an otherwise smooth ride, a track that is fine in itself, but could have been dropped to squeeze an another couple of crowd pleasers.
Jason is a frontman you wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off if the rest of the band weren’t going nuts as well. An Allusondrugs gig is like an exorcism involving everyone in the venue. Like a man possessed, Jason screams and howls, but tempers his voice for quieter trippy songs like Sunset Yellow. Drey and Jemal both lend their distinctive guitar and bass work to the general carnage as the audience tears itself apart into a headbanging, ecstatic, sweaty mess.
The album came about because we were re-working a lot of older songs from previous releases to get them to work in a band situation. The sound was so different with live drums that we decided to re-record new versions of the ones that sounded the most different to the original versions. That’s where the title came from, looking back on how the sound, and in some cases even the meaning, of songs has changed with time and distance from first writing them.
There are so many awesome and inspirational women in the UK's music and arts scene. Women Underground is a series of articles showcasing female creatives. The purpose of these interviews isn't to complain, to undermine men or to cast women in the roles of victims of an unfair society - it's to highlight the sheer volume of amazing music, art and creative contributions to the world population made by women right here, right now.
I’d just like to say that music scene’s are created and nurtured by a mixture of musicians, fans, venue owner’s and shops getting together for everyone’s mutual benefit, and that’s really all we are trying to do with RIFF, build a little bit of Alternative Heaven (or Hell) in Falkirk. We have already started to generate interest from local shops, such as Noise, Noise, Noise, which has become the official ticket outlet for RIFF, and we’ve had some great help from The Bunker, in nearby Bonnybridge, with backline etc. Lastly, I’ll leave you with this “If you’re not part of RIFF, then you’re part of the problem”
Age-otori is a Glasgow based musician and singer-songwriter. The name Age-otori comes from a Japanese phrase ‘to look worse after a haircut’ and I think that's something we all know really well, but if you feel like you want to know Age-otori a little better then check out this interview I did with him which you can read here.