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:

Live Review: Inuit, Bianca, We Came From The North, In Mirrors @ Opium, Edinburgh 30/04/14

Words: The Captain

It’s a rainy Wednesday night and Opium is the place to be with four bands waiting to hit our ear drums with loud noises.

Shortly after the doors open, In Mirrors take to the stage. A slow ambient wave flows around the room, with an added touch of some very nice quiet vocals. Suddenly, it gets louder, quite unexpected, but nevertheless a good change. I like the fact they have a very talented female bassist, something I don’t see as often as I’d like. The change between very high and very low vocals gives a nice variation of what some bands of this genre do. With cymbal smashing and a wee awesome guitar solo, their set ends with the bassist adding some backing vocals and the wave slowing down again until it fades away. They have a YouTube, check it out here

Next, Bianca take to the stage. They are co-headlining the tour with Inuit, but they have chosen to go on second on this particular date. Before they even start, they introduce themselves, which is good, as some people may not have known about the change in the lineup. They have a beautifully strong start with pleasant vocals perfectly thrown into the mix. The first song is short, but sweet and gives an excellent example of what is yet to come. When they play a song called Sway, Darren Gibson (Inuit) tells me it’s their best song and I can immediately see why. A slow start with pretty beautiful vocals laced and intertwining around the music. You can find it on their bandcamp page here.

HOLD ONTO YOUR EARDRUMS! Now it’s time for the roof to be ripped off by local 4-piece instrumental rock band We Came From The North . Being a huge fan of instrumental music in general, these guys immediately catch my eye. They start off with somw wonderful drums and a strong bass. The mix of loud and quiet bits is something that leaves me with goosebumps (the good kind). They are very suited to the other bands, in particular, Inuit. They also make a point of introducing their merch girl who is waving copies of their album around. Good marketing guys! As they finish their set with one final song, the lights co-ordinate with the music, giving it even more power. Listen to them here

Now for Inuit, the 3-piece band from Glasgow caught my eye a few months back when they played in The Wee Red Bar (Edinburgh). There is a beautiful quote by Andy Johnson from a band called Windsor Airlift, which I think sums up how I feel about Inuit’s music.
“The beautiful thing about instrumental music is that we aren’t telling the listener how to feel, or what to think. But rather we’re letting them conjure up in their minds their own vision of what this song could mean to them.”
Inuit enable me to close my eyes and just feel the music rushing over and around me, filling the room. With a good use of some backing tracks, which just adds to the ambience. They enthral and captivate me. Their songs flow effortlessly into one another, which I feel gives them another bonus point. Towards the end of their set, a nice backing track arrives and they go for it one last time, before the music fades out and goes quiet. Inuit are, in my own opinion, one of the top 10 “new” (by this I mean not hit the “mainstream” yet) bands and they are worth everyone’s time. “The Staybright” is my current favourite song on their album. Listen to them here

I managed to snap a wee photo with the guys from Inuit after their set, pulling their best “duckface”.

You can see what the Inuit and Bianca boys got up to here:

Live Review: Roy’s Iron DNA @ Opium, Edinburgh 26/04/14


Through The Wire Music

Words: Leah Curtis.

It’s a Saturday night in Edinburgh and I’m sitting in one of my favourite watering holes, “Opium”. There’s a small crowd of us sat/stood around waiting for the band to appear and dazzle us with their musical talent. At around 8:45 this happens. Roy’s Iron DNA get up and start. No introduction. This is good because an introduction would have spoilt their first piece, which is one of certain ambience. It’s quiet with a nice beat that isn’t too loud, yet also isn’t too soft. No drums yet, but two synths, a guitar and a bass supply everything our ear drums want and need. A few backing vocals are added into the cake mix of live music, which are then looped. They also do something that I personally love. They add in some samples of people talking (I assume it’s from a film of sorts) which gives…

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