There are a lot of people out there who are quite happy to go and see a band just the once. The same way they might not re-watch a series or read a favourite book a second time. And I'm alright with that but when a band I like swing back into town I'll try to go every time I can. As such on the 29th of March I went to see Hayseed Dixie for the fourth time at Glasgow's QMU.
Now I like to give Edinburgh a hard time. I'm from the West and it just runs in my veins but truth be told, it's a nice town. I ended up in the capital myself on the 21st of October for the Jack White gig at the Usher Hall. First time at the venue, and first time seeing Mr. White live despite being a fan for a while. I might need to issue a bit of a warning here before I get nugs deep into the review. This might be a long one. See Jack White is one of my favourite guitarists. Not to say that The White Stripes or The Raconteurs are my favourite bands. It's that I feel the man in question just can't help but rock. So this might be half review, half opinion piece, half Fudd-Feed top 10 reasons list article thing. But as I was saying...
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?
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".