Friday, 8 March 2013
Electro-pop trio CHVRCHES have been causing quite a buzz on the interweb recently, it seems. Formed in Glasgow only a year ago, the band added the “v” to avoid “competing with Jesus for internet hits” because, let’s face it, that’s a battle they’re never going to win.
After the release of ‘Lies’ and ‘The Mother We Share’ on YouTube, the three-piece has been hotly tipped for success. With a sickly-sweet lead vocal, Lauren Mayberry & co have been compared to the likes of Purity Ring and The XX. Coinciding with their swift rise to recognition, the band was recently invited to perform a live session with BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. After insisting they have more to offer than the two studio recorded tracks currently on YouTube, the band present the two stunning new tracks ‘Science and Vision’ and the euphoric ‘We Sink’, with Martin Doherty temporarily adopting the frontman position on the latter (and sounding like a slightly deflated, but nonetheless lovely, Simon Neil). ‘Science and Vision’ sees Mayberry return to the mic, accompanied by a duo of hauntingly Gary Numan-esque synthesizers.
Listed by The Guardian as “one to watch”, it would not be too bold to state that CHVRCHES have a promisingly bright future ahead of them.
CHVRCHES 2013 - Images by Ross Gilmore
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
All-girl four piece post punk band Savages. The hottest band around, there were probably more A&R people in the crowd than there were fans, all salivating about picking up an all girl Joy Division. They have a genuine intensity and a raw energy that I have not seen in a band for some time, I expect 2013 to massive for them. The lineup: Jehnny Beth (vocals), Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums) and Gemma Thompson (guitar).
Savages - Images by Ross Gilmore
Savages - Images by Ross Gilmore
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Images by Ross Gilmore
Will Oldham, better known by his stage name Bonnie Prince Billy last played at Celtic Connections in 2007, I missed that one, so I was determined to get to this show.
I can’t remember being at The Old Fruitmarket and ever seeing an audience so hushed with anticipation, beginning with 'Lion Lair’, the amazing Angel Olsen complemented every song with beautiful harmonies along with Emmet Kelly.
It was great to hear 'I See Darkness’ albeit a slightly more upbeat version. Unfortunately I could not stay to the end, and missed the song by Bakersfield country singer Merle Haggard, I was informed later that I had missed one of the best moments of the entire evening.
It was the highlight of the Celtic Connections so far for me, hope they get him back next year.
I will have to make do with His latest album, 'Wolfroy Goes To Town' and this classic from Viva last Blues, I have a very scratched copy of this packed away in my basement..
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Aaron Neville - Images by Ross Gilmore
On the occasion of his 71st birthday, Aaron Neville celebrates the authentic, indomitable spirit of his beloved hometown, New Orleans, having once more revisited his original love of gospel – absorbed literally at his granny’s knee – in his 50th year of recording, with 2010’s passionate, prayerful I Know I’ve Been Changed. Reuniting Neville with fellow Big Easy icon Allen Toussaint, who produced the singer’s debut studio session in 1960, it’s his first gospel release since losing his home to Hurricane Katrina, then his wife of 47 years to cancer. But even as he mourns, Neville’s inspirational voice discovers hope and joy both in the album’s longer, full-circle perspective, and at the wellspring of his lifelong faith.