Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Draynes - Single Launch

Friday night saw the launch of The Draynes debut single at the Mash House, with support from some of Edinburgh's top up-and-coming bands.

On early doors, rock-pop band Miasma took to the stage. The band have been together since 2009 and their experience was obvious as they played a tight set of about half an hour. Miasma have another gig in Edinburgh on 15 May at Sneaky Pete's.

Weirdest band name of the night went to Geek Maggot Bingo, who brought a completely different sound to the stage. They got the crowd moving with some good old fashioned punk infused rock 'n' roll.

The room filled up for bluesy-rock quarter, The Cracklin' Void. I've now seen the band twice and they are definite crowd pleasers, a good shout to put them as main support. Their catchy tunes and enthusiasm had the crowd dancing and nicely warmed up for the headline act.

The night however, really did belong to The Draynes. A steady run of gigs over the past year has seen support for their garage punk/blues sound grow, and the duo get more confident with every show. This set the band up nicely for the launch of their debut single, 'Give Me Sympathy' which they saved for the last song of the night.
There will be no encore.

Photos courtesy of Jenn Leyden.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

ULTRAS - The Path to Getting Paid

An appropriate song for today. ULTRAS, fronted by Gav Prentice, formally of Over the Wall, have released the video to their song The Path to Getting Paid, pretty much about Gav's hatred of the Conservatives and all that they stand for.

Be sure to catch ULTRAS at any of their upcoming dates:

Nottingham - Saturday 9th May 2015
19.30 - 23.00
The Galleries of Justice

London - Monday 18th May 2015
20.00 - 23.00
Old Queen's Head, Essex Road

Edinburgh - Friday 29th May
19.00 - 22.00
Limbo for Hidden Door Festival at The Bongo Club

Glasgow - Saturday 30th May
17.00 - 22.45
The Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road (GoldFlakePaint's Sucker Punch Festival)

Glasgow- Sunday 21st June 2015
15.00 - 11.00
West End Festival All-Dayer at Oran Mor, Byres Road

Hope you all made it to the polls.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Perth pop rockers GoodCopGreatCop are beginning to make a bit of name for themselves, and with new single Future Habits already being picked up and played by the likes of Jim Gellatly, it's a sign that the band are heading in the right direction.

With only a few songs recorded, it seems that GCGC have a knack for a catchy chorus, and Future Habits doesn't disappoint, with a mix of riffs, jangling guitars and an easy sing-along chorus. Lyrics wise, song writer Andy is protesting against part of the music industry that makes it difficult for new bands to get off the ground. Future Habits available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

The band have been together since 2012 and have gigged across much of Scotland - most recently with The Winter Tradition where I saw half the band perform an acoustic set. They have a couple of dates coming up:
15th May - Perth Concert Hall with support from FOREIGNFOX and Made As Mannequins(FREE 18+)
26th May - King Tut's- Glasgow supporting The Winter Tradition
Further into the future, GoodCopGreatCop will be releasing an EP - watch this space.