Live Review: Trivium @ Barrowland Ballroom 16/02/17

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Words & Photo: The Captain

It’s a Thursday night and I’m in Glasgow to see Trivium for the second time. I’ve only ever been in Glasgow once before for a gig and I’ve never been in this venue so I’m rather excited to see what the night will bring. We are city 5/7 on the UK & Ireland leg of their “Silence in the Snow” tour.

I’ll be honest, I’m normally more of a pop/ambient instrumental/folk/light rock kind of person, but with Trivium I make an exception. They are, pardon my potty mouth, fucking awesome! Of course, any band can sound good on record, but not every band can move this sound over to the live stage. Trivium are one of the bands that do this EXCEPTIONALLY well.

The stage is set and the crowd is warmed up. Then…”Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden blasts through the speakers. Every fan knows: The band are going to hit the stage as soon as the last note of that song flows into the room. We’re in Scotland so of course the crowd starts chanting “HERE WE, HERE WE, HERE WE FUCKING GO” as the first notes of “The End of Everything” instrumental song sounds which flows perfectly into their first song “Rain”. It’s loud, it’s awesome, it’s braw (that’s a Scottish term for good for those of you not familiar with the term). Every song is perfectly executed and Matt Heafy is great with the crowd. The whole band has an incredible stage presence. At one point he talks to us about the “here we, here we, here we fucking go” chant. He suggests that we change it to “TRIVI-TRIVI-TRVIFUCKING-UM” because that sounds really cool (and it does work too, well done Matt).

Matt takes great care to make sure everyone has fun, but is also safe. The last time I saw them (Kilmarnock , 2016) he actually stopped the whole show in the middle of a song because he noticed that someone had been knocked down in a mosh pit. He made sure the person was picked up and checked before he started the show again.

Trivium are, quite honestly, one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live and I’ve been to a lot of live shows in my 23 years. If you don’t already listen to them, do so! Even if you’re not a big metal fan, do it! Do it, do it do it. I promise you you won’t regret it. They’re currently on the European leg of their tour, check their Facebook for dates.

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Live Review: Pronto Mama w/ SeaOfCrowns @ The Electric Circus 03/06/15

Words: The Captain

It’s Wednesday, which means those “mid-week blues”. However, these are easily cured by some awesome live music. So here I am again in one of my favourite venues The Electric Circus to see two awesome bands.

First, we are treated to alterntive Edinburgh rockers SeaOfCrowns. They introduce themselves and tell us to “come over to the party zone” (apparently it’s been scientifically proven that this is the “party zone”. These guys are loud, awesome and just all round fantastic. This is the second time I’ve seen them and they have certainly progressed since then. They seem tighter and more confident.
At one point, the cymbal stand starts to fall over. However a kind young man from the audience LEAPS into action and saves the day for Brett (SOC drummer). Phew! That was close! In return, the band dedicate their next song to that young man (he’s called Pete by the way). In short, you NEED to check these guys out and go and see them next time they play a show. They are going on a wee tour in July, below are the dates!

22//07 – The Mash House – Edinburgh
23//07 – Buskers. – Dundee
24//07 – Dreadnought Rock – Bathgate
25//07 – The Swan Inn – Stranraer
26//07 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow

Now, a group appears as if by magic! No, not a puff of smoke and some magic words, they just sneak in through the side door. Now these guys are totally awesome! Imagine Dr Utonium making The Powerpuff Girls, but instead of sugar, spice & all things nice, he added jazz, indie and rock into the mix, with not three but six magical beings pop out. This is Pronto Mama. With their array of musical talent and instruments, they amaze us with their sound and style. Whenever you get the chance, go and see this band they are super cool!

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Live Review: Lyndsey Craig, The Durty Wurks, James King @ The City Café 28/05/15

Words: The Captain

It’s another one of those shitty “summer” nights in Edinburgh (you know, pouring rain and wind that knocks grannies over) and I’m cosied up in City 2 for Cavalier Youth Promotions’ FIRST EVER GIG (certainly THE best place to be tonight)!

First, the brilliant James King graces the floor; a spiffing mix of acoustic/indie with some jazz thrown in for good measure. He plays some of his own music, along with a few covers. My favourite of which is Budapest by George Ezra. His vocals really come out here, they are soft yet strong. James is certainly someone to look out for.
Check out one of his songs here:
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I unfortunately missed The Durty Wurks’ first song because nature called and when you gotta go, you gotta go. But…….these guys ROCK! Think the kind of rock that makes you want to grab the person nearest to you and “swing yer partner round and round”. The vocals and instrumentation are amazing and they play together so well as a band. Their latest single Love is awesome (it also makes me feel like I want to grab a surfboard and catch some waves).
You can find their stuff on Spotify and Bandcamp.

The last act is, the beautiful and amazing Lyndsey Craig. As always, her voice is exquisite and I find that every time I see her, her voice is getting stronger. The band she plays with do her justice. The timing, instrumentation and togetherness of the band are second-to-none. When she plays Blue Jays, the entire crowd sings along and it’s almost like I’m at a sold-out show at a huge venue. All we need are some lighters and a few naked fans.
You can hear her song Dynamite <— here.

Cavalier Youth Promotions are new to the scene, but this is one of the best first shows I’ve ever seen, kudos to them! Like their Facebook page to support them in their new and exciting journey into Edinburgh’s music scene.

Live Review: Cousin Kenny, Annie Booth (Band), The Micro Band and Unkeepable @ Teviot Underground 26/03/15

Words: The Captain

Thursday night, gonna take ya to the top…pretty baby (okay it’s not Saturday, but who gives a monkeys?). This is the penultimate Teviot Underground band night before the summer break (booooo!) and four acts are to grace our presence this evening.

First comes the lovely Unkeepable. He gets on stage, grabs his guitar and introduces himself “My name’s Steve & I’m gonna play a few songs” (Steve is his real person name). Straight away, I am drawn to his voice and guitar playing skills. His voice has a gruffness to it, but also a sweetness. I am particularly drawn to his song “Pedestal”. It’s beautiful, it’s amazing, and it’s wonderful. He sounds a wee bit like Ed Sheeran, but with a twist. He is definitely worth a listen and a like!

Favourite Song: Pedestal
Twitter: www.twitter.com/unkeepablemusic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/unkeepable

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Next are the relatively new, but no less lovely The Micro Band. With 3 vocals and 7 members in total, these guys are #awesome. Upbeat, funky and feet tappingly good. Imagine the Powerpuff Girl’s dad when he’s creating them, only he adds: Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Funk into the mix and 7 awesome people pop out. Being still quite new, they haven’t got any music online yet, so all the more reason to go and check them out live to see and hear for yourself how awesome they are!

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Eeeeep! Now it’s time for the gorgeous Annie Booth, accompanied by her band. Her voice is beautiful and her talent is flawless. I have seen her before, but not with a band, so I was interested to see (or rather hear) what she sounded like. It was simply amazing. Her set is short, but so, so sweet. For her final song, her band mates leave the stage, leaving her to play us out of her set on her own.

Favourite Song: Song For Him
Twitter: www.twitter.com/annieboothmusic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/annieboothmusic

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Finally, Cousin Kenny hit the stage. With a good beat and a rock ‘n’ roll riff, these guys are a great headliner. They are a tight band, each knowing exactly what they are to do. Strong vocals make them explosively good. Unfortunately, I only caught their first few songs because busses are shit and I had to run for my last one. Ho hum!

Favourite Song: You’re so Cool
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cousinkennyband
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/cousin-kenny

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The FINAL Thursday’s at Teviot Underground band night before the summer break consists of:
The Warehouse Announcement,
Ordinaryson,
Robert, Knox and Wize
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/408141442696737/

Live Review: Lyndsey Craig, The Hecklers and Ryan Morcombe @ Teviot Underground 19/03/15

Words: The Captain It’s a Thursday evening, it’s just past 9:15 and I’m at Teviot Underground for another one of the fabulous weekly FREE gigs. First, we are treated to the wonderful Ryan Morcombe. The stage may be small, and he may be on his own, but he takes the stage and owns it. His vocals are strong and his guitar playing impeccable. With a harmonica thrown into the mix, his music is a mixture of country mixed with a wee bit of rock and roll. Favourite Track: “Help Me Pull Through” Twitter: www.twitter.com/RyanAtTheDisco Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ryan-morcombe rm Next come The Hecklers, who hail from Linlithgow. These guys rock the stage and the crowd seem to love them. Everyone is on their feet and dancing along to their sweet tunes. I can feel my own feet tapping of their own accord. These guys are definitely something to keep your eyes and ears open for. Their music is upbeat, it’s rocky, it’s jazzy, to put it simply, it’s fucking brilliant. Favourite Track: Brand New Twitter: www.twitter.com/thehecklersuk Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thehecklers th Last, but certainly not least, the beautiful Lyndsey Craig takes to the stage. This is the first time I’ve heard her live with a full band, so I’m certainly excited. Within the first 5 seconds of the first song, I am not disappointed. The band is tight and everything fits together perfectly. The crowd is happy, the band is rocking away and Lyndsey’s beautiful vocals make it an amazing experience. About half-way through her set, the band leave the stage for a wee bit and Lyndsey plays solo. Her voice really comes out in the song “Kids” and it’s simply exquisite. At the request of the crowd, she sings “Blue Jays” the first single she released last year. The crowd go wild for this, singing along and dancing. The band then re-join her to play the last song of the night “Dynamite”, the new single being released tonight. You can buy “Dynamite” here: http://goo.gl/m9CqVh Twitter: www.twitter.com/lyndseyanncraig lc lc2 Thursdays at Teviot Underground only have 2 shows left until they finish up foe the summer! TONIGHT: 26/03/15 —> Cousin Kenny w/ Annie Booth (Band), The Mirco Band and Unkeepable https://www.facebook.com/events/933915576628247/ NEXT WEEK: 02/04/15 —> The Warehouse Announcement w/ Ordinary Son and Robert, Knox and Wize https://www.facebook.com/events/408141442696737/

Live Review: SeaOfCrowns, Little Kingdom and Edgar. @ The Electric Circus 12/02/15

Words: The Captain

It’s a chilly Thursday evening and I’m at another gig, armed with a notepad, pen and a pint of coke. First up are Edgar., a three piece hardcore pop band from Preswick (near Glasgow). They are an up-beat trio of awesomeness, with amazing stage presence. Lead singer/keyboardist Stuart greets everyone with a “Hi everybody!” (please read that bit in the voice of “Dr. Nick” from The Simpsons because that’s EXACTLY how it sounded). It’s the kind of music that makes your feet tap of their own accord and you have the urge to jump about and dance like there’s no tomorrow. One song that particularly caught my eye (or rather my ears) was “Saturday”, a lovely mix of a slow and soft, to loud and hard (get your minds out of the gutter people!).  They finish their set with “Marzipan” and as Stuart tells us it “features a section where you can dance and a section where you can kick the shit out of each other, to prepare you for SeaOfCrowns”. Each song grabs my attention and they are definitely a band to look out for.

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Next up are Little Kingdom, a folk/pop band from Edinburgh. They grab the attention of my ears immediately, as I grew up with folk music all around me and play folk music myself. The mix of electric guitar with fiddle, acoustic guitar with keys, drums and bass is music to my ears.  The fact that they had free cake was pretty cool too. Kudos to the cake maker! It was very yummy! But, of course, this isn’t a review of how nice the cake was, but how great their music was. Their single “Yesteryear” (the artwork of which also featured on the cake) is simply amazing. Think traditional folk music crossed with modern pop music, with a wee bit of jazz thrown into the mix.
You can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/little-kingdom/yesteryear

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Now, SeaOfCrowns, the headliners we’ve been waiting for, take to the stage. At this point, the venue is quite packed full of people eager to hear what they have to offer us. We are not disappointed. They are a perfectly put together, tight knit band. With heavy riffs and awesomely loud vocals, the boys power through their brilliantly thought out set. One song, which I unfortunately didn’t catch the name of, started off a little bit softer than the others, which made me smile. It’s like someone letting their guard down for one moment, taking away the hard shell, to show the soft side to them, like a Wagon Wheel biscuit.

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You can listen to, and watch the video for their song “We’ll All Learn” here:

Live Review: Universal Thee, Colour Trap and Joe Allan @ Teviot Underground 15/01/15

Words: The Captain

It’s a Thursday night in Edinburgh and the weather, quite frankly, is naff, so what better place to be than indoors at a free, yes FREE gig? This is my first gig of 2015, so I’m very excited. It’s also the first gig of 2015 for Thursday’s at Teviot Underground. This week 3 acts are to grace our presence and it’s going to be awesome!

First up is Joe Allan, a Journalism student in Edinburgh and originally from Newcastle. He introduces himself quickly (“I’m Joe and I’m going to play some songs”) and then he begins. I am immediately struck by how he, on his own, makes the stage his and I am mesmerised by his voice. It is soft, with has a certain edge to it. This combined with soft and melodic string plucking of his guitar is simply beautiful, hauntingly beautiful even. When you close your eyes, the music and lyrics swim around you softly, dreamlike. His E.P “The City Ate My Brains” is available on Bandcamp for free.
Favourite track: “Youngster”.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/joeallan
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/joeallanandfriends
Bandcamp: www.joeallanmusic.bandcamp.com/releases

Next come Colour Trap, a local band. They seem to have a good mix of many genres (rock, indie, psychedelic) and they remind me a wee of R.E.M, a band I was brought up listening to and whose music lifts my mood up (note to the CT guys, this means your music is awesome too!). Whilst introducing themselves, they comment on the weather (how very British!), with the words “you’ll be able to see yer nipples by the end of it”. (10/10 for comedy value guys!). They have a great stage presence and are definitely worth seeing!
Favourite Track: “All My Friends”.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/colour_trap

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/colour-trap
Bandcamp: http://colourtrap1.bandcamp.com/

Now… UNIVERSAL THEE, one of my favourite Edinburgh bands. This is the first time I have seen them with their new drummer and the first time I have heard their new material live. I am not disappointed. Every song is executed perfectly. The have that awesome indie/rock mix. They are loud. They are fun. They are awesome. They introduce each song, which is good and indeed makes us remember them more. If you want to see them live soon, they are playing a number of dates over the next couple of months:
07.02.15 – Kitty O’Shea’s, Glasgow
13.02.15 – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
26.03.15 – Monty’s, Dunfermline
27.03.15 – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
28.03.15 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
04.04.15 – The Green Room, Perth
Favourite Track: “Tiger Tiger”.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/universalthee

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/universal-thee
A Badge of Friendship: http://www.abadgeoffriendship.com/artists/universal-thee

Thursday’s at Teviot Underground is EVERY Thursday, it’s ALWAYS free and doors are at 9pm.
Below are the next few dates:
January 22nd: Aperture w/ The Draynes and Let Love Rule
January 29th: The Rich w/ The Indos and Peacock Massive!
February 5th: The Vibe w/ Ayakara and Calum Baird February
12th: Academy Strangers w/ Distant Sun (more tba)
February 19th: Logan’s Close w/ Soufon Fang and Rhythm Beats Workin’
February 26th: GoodCopGreatCop w/ Earths and Monsters on Movie Posters

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Live Review: We Came From The North, A Sudden Burst of Colour, Glacier @ Opium, Edinburgh (14/11/14)

Words: The Captain

It’s another Friday night and I’m back in Opium to help celebrate the release of We Came From The North’s new E.P “Low Sun, Long Shadow”. These guys are one of my favourite bands from Edinburgh and I’m very excited to hear their new material.

Before we get to hear that though, we get to hear the two awesome support bands, the first of which is Glacier, a three-piece post metal band from Edinburgh. Their music is slow and quite melodic and they start off with a beautiful intro track, combined with a slow drum beat and strumming of the guitar strings. As it’s instrumental, there are no vocals, but this is something that I like as it lets your imagination run a bit wilder as you can imagine yourself what the song is about, rather than having someone tell you. They are releasing an album in February named “The Possibility of Structure”, something that I will definitely be checking out!

Next come A Sudden Burst of Colour, a four-piece instrumental rock band from Motherwell. This is there first time here and they certainly make a good impression. The music is loud. The music is amazing. The music is fast. The music is footstompingly good (if that wasn’t a word before, it is now).
Songs flow into one another and it is certainly something I could never get bored of listening to. The sound they produce makes you feel something simply wonderful inside.
They are working on a new E.P, which will be produced, engineered, mixed and released by the band themselves.

Now… WE CAME FROM THE NORTH… *gets pom poms out*. These guys are a four-piece Instrumental Post Rock band from Edinburgh.
Before they get started Iain (guitar) tells the audience to “make sure we have [our] seatbelts on”.  This makes me giggle. The band play an amazing set, exploding in metaphorical colour. Every song is perfect and whenever I close my eyes, I can feel the music surrounding me. Rather than just hitting me, it moves me, lifts me, makes me feel. With their music, there is no right or wrong way to “know” what a song means, it is simply beautifully, amazing music and if you haven’t seen them before, they NEED to be on your “bands to see list”. Perhaps you can make it one of your new year’s resolutions to see them in the new year?

You can get the new E.P from We Came From The North here:
https://wecamefromthenorth.bandcamp.com/

Live Review: Let Love Rule w/ Redolent @ The Mash House, Edinburgh (07/11/14)

Review for THROUGH THE WIRE MUSIC No.6

Through The Wire Music

Words: Leah Curtis.

It’s a Friday night and I’m in another venue that I’ve never been to before (getting lost on the way proves that). It’s a rather nice venue and after I get my glass of coke, I am “UV-ed up”. Why UV? You may ask. Well, this is Let Love Rule’s EP launch and UV Party, so they already have a bunch of cool points in my book for doing that.

Redolent (4-piece band from Edinburgh) take to the stage to get us in the mood and it certainly does the job. The band play an array of songs, all of which get the audience tapping their feet along to the beat. They seem very tight-knit as a band, by which I mean they all know what they are doing and when. For a band formed in 2013, they are doing extremely well and are definitely going on to bigger…

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Live Review: The Barr Brothers w/ Ella the Bird @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (28/10/14)

Review for THROUGH THE WIRE MUSIC No.5

Through The Wire Music

Words: Leah Curtis

It’s a Tuesday evening in Edinburgh and I’m hidden at the back of The Ballroom in The Voodoo Rooms, notebook and pen poised at the ready. It’s my first time in this venue, so I’m quite excited to see, or rather hear, what is going to hit my eardrums though the sound system I’m not used to. The set-up is rather nice, with a few tables at the front and a row of chairs. It’s comfortable and classy at the same time.

At just past 8pm, with the venue filling up, Ella the Bird (who played with The Barr Brothers last year in Glasgow) takes to the stage. She just clambers on, picks up her guitar and starts. In the audience, silence falls and no-one makes a sound as the music floats across the room. She starts off with a melodic tune, which is very ambient, on…

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