I have in my hands a compilation of songs from a band that are reflected perfectly in the cover design. A collage of politics and punk, brightly-coloured and eye-catching, quotes from legendary musicians like Strummer and Guthrie, but most strikingly, emblazoned across the front in large letters, is the idiom “Stop making stupid people famous”. Something I can absolutely agree with 100%, in a world of Jedwards and Biebers multiplying like bacteria on a yoghurt that’s been left out in the baking sun, we need a band like the Media Whores! I’m not saying kill all the stupid people, but let’s remove the warning labels and let the problem take care of itself.
With a smattering of exceptions most of my favourite music coming out of Glasgow these days is hip-hop, so it’s nice to have a proper band (with instruments and everything!) come along and represent the rock scene, and represent it they do, and very well! Psychedelic rocking pop, or psychedelic popping rock, as The Big Nowhere start us off with ‘When You Call My Name’ and then we dip down into the muddy waters of the blues for ‘At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul’. I can already imagine this band sounding fucking great live and on stage! Lots of instruments making cameo appearances, keyboards, and I’m pretty sure I heard trumpets earlier as well!
The last track is arguably my fave on the record, I can’t get it out of my head, a mix of amazing soul samples keeping it old school hip hop with an updated oompth. Sage’s lines in this are flawless, and B bounces off him to reciprocate the high-level rapping skill with dexterity. Auris vermis level: 10
Large crowds coming together for times like this are the remedy to toxic society. Research shows 20mins at a gig can increase your well-being by 21%! More research suggests that going to a concert directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years. Whether or not that’s true, music in general increases happiness, we all know that! Gatherings of like-minded people resonate with positive frequency and a harmonious collective consciousness; it’s good for the soul, you can feel it right?
Andy Martin produced arguably my fave track from Need The Characters, ‘I Am The Fear’, and he provides here a wheezy, strange, unique beat for a humorous conversation between ‘Jack’ and some hallucination named the Trip Hazard Advisor he encountered tripping out to a Pink Floyd film, ‘Schemedelica’. Quality quaalude interlude! https://www.facebook.com/andymartin90beats/
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!!