On last weeks radio show Ian and I were delighted to welcome London 5 piece Chapel Club into the studio. The guys were up here promoting the release of new single “Five Trees” (Out on 31st May) and after performing “Eastern Girls” and “Paper Thin” acoustically on the show they headed of to Cabaret Voltaire for their gig. The busy crowd were treated to a fantastic warm up slot by Dundee rockers The Mirror Trap (www.myspace.com/themirrortrap). Chapel Club fired through their catalogue of tracks, including last single “Oh Maybe I” barely breaking for breath and finished with the two tracks they had performed very differently earlier in the day for Ian and myself. All in all a great gig from a very friendly bunch of guys. They will be back up this neck of the woods on the 9th July when they play T In The Park.
On the show this friday Ian and I will have a phone interview with Gavin Bain, author of “California Schemin'” and front man of rap/punk band Hopeless Heroic (www.myspace.com/hopelessheroic). Gavin will be on to plug the release of “Brasco” (out 31st May). A whole host of Hopeless Heroic tracks are available now at www.hopelessheroic.bandcamp.com. We will also get an update from Gavin about his book which tells his story of how 2 Dundee rappers went to London and conned the music industry.
Also on the show on friday is The Stagger Rats fresh on the heels of their tracks being used in PIMP the new movie by Robert Cavanagh starring Danny Dyer and Billy Boyd. The lads will be bringing in their instruments and treating us to a couple of acoustic tracks to promote the release of “See Through Spiders” (Out 31st May). The lads have a busy summer coming up playing festivals in a number of different towns and cities, including Leith Festival and The Linkylea Festival.
If you are looking to catch some live music this week I cannot recommend highly enough Any Color Black (www.myspace.com/anycolorblack) who will be playing an instore gig in Princes Streets Urban Outfitters on Friday afternoon before heading off to Maggie’s Chamber in the evening where they will support Suspire (www.myspace.com/suspire) in what is a Rockness warm up gig for both these bands. There will be an oppertunity to win tickets to the Festival on the night too. Get yourself along to Urban Outfitters about 2pm and along to Maggie’s Chamber at night to check both these bands out. Any Color Black also play as part of Alive & Amplified @ The Leith Festival in the Granary on Sat 19th June for ticket to this check out http://www.leithfestival.com/index.php?sn=ev&ssn=lm&id=1068&cat=&date
It is also the launch of Stanley Odds (www.myspace.com/stanleyodd) debut album “Oddio” this weekend. This event takes place on Sunday at The Voodoo Rooms. The band will be playing an explosive live set and will be followed by DJ sets from Texture and Asthmatic Astronaut. Tickets are £5 from www.eventzi.com/stanleyodd?id=136&ti=308 and the album will be available half price on the night. The Stanley Odd guys will still be on a high after learning last week that they beat off competition from thousands of other bands to win a place in the T-Break Tent at this years T In The Park.
Also playing live this sunday night is Amy Duncan (www.myspace.com/amyduncan). She will be supporting Go Away Birds at The Roxy Art House. Amy is currently gearing up to release her new album which she expects to be out in August.
Also released this week is the new EP from Glasgow’s Psycho Pop Punk Art band Ming Ming & The Ching Chings (www.myspace.commingmingthechingchings). Their new EP “Not In Anyone’s Gang” is available in limited numbers through their independent label Badly Built Records and though all good download sites.
Next Thursday night sees the first of many Alive & Amplified nights. Alive & Amplified presents Emelle (www.myspace.co./emellebros) + Rolled Up 20’s (www.myspace.com/rolledup20s) + Stewart Cormack at Sneaky Petes. Tickets are selling fast so grab yours now at www.aliveandamplified.co.uk.