The Swellers Release Music Video
I found myself hanging out in our friend Christina’s kitchen with Jono from The Swellers one evening. He gave me a lot of great info about the music industry and I’ve been in touch with him since for some advice. The Swellers are great, the kinda guys you have to root for and their songwriting speaks for itself in terms of catchy, summery pop punk rock.
I’m sitting here trying to re-download Write it Down and it’s saying it’s gonna take 6 hours……………….
Are you seriously gonna make me wait that long? I just wanna go on my run with my jams with me!
Fucking sigh. Whatever. Wolves at Heart are so worth the wait.
*hearts as eyes emoji*
Hope you got your WAH songs in time for your run buddy. I guess they must be super high quality mp3s!
REVIEW - THE SIDEKICKS - BAR BLOC, GLASGOW - 2/5/13
Another week and another trip to Glasgow, in fact, this was the 4th time in 2 weeks I’d been in Glasgow for a gig……time to move there maybe? Due to Bar Bloc’s start time being later than the usual 6.30pm doors opening that most venues seem to incorporate these days, we had time to grab a beer and some food before the gig. All I’m going to say is that, as appealing as it sounds, DO NOT go to the Art School in Sauchiehall Street for their “main meal and pint for a fiver” deal. My burger was tiny, there was no chips as advertised and the Magners was awful. However, if you want an obscenely huge portion of garlic and sun dried tomato spaghetti, then perhaps you might enjoy it, probably not though!! Lesson learned – a meal and a pint for £5 very rarely turns out to be a satisfying bargain. We should’ve just ate at Sleazies.
Anyway, by the time we made it to Bloc, Bonehouse were already started and half way through their first song. It was also great to see the venue so busy once again for the first band. As I pointed out in the Masked Intruder review, Bloc gigs are FREE, so there is no excuse to miss out on gigs there, especially when the line-up is so good. Bonehouse are one of the best bands to come out of Scotland in recent history, and their brand of shouty emo/indie rock peppered with banging vocal harmonies is always a treat to hear. However, maybe it was where I standing, but the vocals were almost inaudible, which took away some of the impact of other Bonehouse sets I’ve seen. Even with this, you can’t deny how good a band Bonehouse are and with their split with Kaddish, Polina and Todos Caeren finally coming out soon, along with a vinyl release of their 2 demo’s and a European tour with Brighter Arrows in June, it’s safe to say a lot more people will know about Bonehouse very soon, and deservedly so. (4/5)
I first listened to Columbus, Ohio’s The Sidekicks when “Awkward Breeds” was released last year on Really Records, and from that first listen was instantly hooked. It’s like a mixture of infectious Pinkerton-era Weezer and the Weakerthans, which is all good in my book. So, when Struggletown Records announced that they were putting them on for free at Bloc, I got a little bit excited and knew there was no way I was going to miss out. The short 30 minute set was mainly filled with tracks from the fantastic “Awkward Breeds” and one from previous album “Weight of Air,”but it was a glorious 30 minutes, and I really could’ve watched them for longer. The band appreciated the response from the crowd, and I’m guessing that maybe only a small percentage of the audience were their for The Sidekicks, but they made many a new fan in Glasgow. Speaking with singer, Steve, after the gig he said they won’t be back in the UK until their new album comes out, and that can’t come soon enough. (5/5 - I wish they played for longer though!!)
Due to having to leave to get the last train back to Edinburgh, we missed headliner’s Hop Along’s full set, and only caught one song before making the dash for the station. I had heard great things about these guy’s, but hadn’t actually listened to them, and going by the first song they played, there was not an instant connection with me. Anyway, that was one song. I guess I should go and listen to them now and make a more judged opinion.
Well done to Struggletown and Bloc for once again giving us a fantastic night of free music.
Nice wee review of Struggle 23 - Sorry the shows run late and you missed Hop Along dude!