Welcome back to the Alive & Amplified blog. Apologies for the lack of updates in the last few weeks. I won’t bore you with the details all that matters is that I now plan on doing this on a weekly basis. The blog will feature music news from around Edinburgh and a new section that will have my recommended gigs of the week. Please subscribe and feel free to add comments at the bottom of the page. All feedback is very welcome.
Firstly this week I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came down to Alive & Amplified Presents “Jayne Gulland Is Climbing Kilimanjaro” This was a charity night to raise money for Childreach International and to support Jayne’s climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. I would like to thank Rolled Up 20’s for providing the live music completely free of charge. These guys has a great sound on stage and this gig was one of the first with the new drummer. Speaking to the lads after the show they told me that they expect to be announcing more live dates very soon so I would highly recommend getting along to see them somewhere near you. Keep an eye on this blog for more info as soon as I get it. Also thanks to Marty McGuigan for doing a warm up acoustic set. I would also like to thank Giulianos, Pop Party @ Gold Star Studios, Groove Tunnel Studios, Carrie Mac and New Found Sound for very generously donating various raffle prizes and congratulations to the winners. I would also like to thank Warren and all the staff from City Cafe. This venue is going through some changes at the minute and promises to be a fantastic venue in Edinburgh in the coming months. Finally the biggest thanks has to go to the people who came along on the night, paid their admission fee and bought raffle tickets. I would personally like to thank everyone who danced along to my debut DJ set. I really enjoyed it although I had to play slightly more poppy dance music that I would have like, however I did manage to sneak in Babyshambles “Killimangiro”. Well it is very similar to the mountain Jayne will be climbing.
The next Alive & Amplified night takes place on the 7th August at Sneaky Pete’s and promises to be a stunning night. On headlining duties we have Capstin Pole (www.myspace.com/capstinpole). Capstin Pole have just recently return from their biggest show to date at The O2 Arena in London no less. They were there as finalist to the Live & Unsigned competition. They also made it to the final of The Forth One 1 To Watch Award in 2008. Supporting Capstin Pole on this night will be Any Color Black. ACB have also had a very hectic last few months. They have played the Strongbow Tent at Rockness, headlined the Leith Festival, released and launched their second EP “The Answer” and have played various gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I am delighted to have the guys in Edinburgh for Alive & Amplified as their live show always impresses and is full of energy and cracking tunes. The final support for the night will be The Foundling Wheel. This is a solo project of Ted Koterwas which I discovered while trawling through Last FM. His music has been described as “Like a cracked toy from the 80’s being played to death with a hybrid of Ian Curtis & Mark E Smith fronting, TFW are as exciting as they are innovative!” -Subba-Cultcha and “It’s beepy, it’s insane, it’s shouty. It’s angry but clever. It makes me want to drive a motorcycle the wrong way down the motorway. Naked.”- Milo McLaughlin, I Hear A New World, The Skinny. This will be a fantastic night. Tickets are £5 and should be available on pre sale at www.aliveandamplified.co.uk very soon, however tickets will be available on the door which opens at 7pm.
This months Born To Be Wide is not to be missed. This month, instead of having a seminar Born To Be Wide will be having an Edinburgh Festival Music preview. Some of the best local acts that will be playing as part of the music at this years festival will be performing a few tracks each in order to promote their shows. There will also be a fantastic range of DJ’s playing on the night. “Edinburgh’s music scene is more vibrant than it has been for a generation, and in August musicians will be challenging the dominance of theatre, comedy and mingers squeezing into corsets in the name of burlesque,” says BTBW co-organiser Olaf Furniss. “This is an excellent opportunity for both visitors and locals to catch some of the great acts who make things happen throughout the year and get a taste of the music events being hosted during the Fringe.” In addition to the live previews by artists including Meursault, Stanley Odd, Carrie Mac and Emily Scott – which will take place on the hour and half hour – key figures from the city’s scene will play their favourite records by Edinburgh bands. DJs include the owners of venues Cabaret Voltaire, Sneaky Pete’s and Electric Circus, the BBC’s Vic Galloway, Avalanche Record shop owner Kevin Buckle and the promoters of many of the month’s big music events. This will all take place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 5th August. For more info and ticket details check out www.borntobewide.co.uk
This Friday (30th) sees the final of New Found Sounds Friday Night Live At Frankensteins. 6 Bands (Your First Mistake, Sebastian Dangerfield, Six Stories High, Steve Heron, Scrap Brain & The Marvels) will be competing for the prize which is an amazing development deal from the Friday Night @ Frankensteins partners. This will include; recordings, radio sessions and promotion. For more info and ticket details head to www.newfoundsound.co.uk now.
I am delighted that on the 31st of July, Carrie Mac will release her first official single “Hello” I have known Carrie for about 3 years now, from when she was first interviewed on my radio show and I have watched her develop into one of the best up and coming singer/songwriters Scotland has to offer. The single will be available from all good digital download stores. To listen to the track get along to http://www.youtube.com/user/carriemaconline where you can listen to it in full and also check out a few remixes. I spoke to Carrie and asked how she felt about releasing her debut single, she replied “I am so excited I have a single coming out and I’m looking forward to things ahead.” Everyone should get online and get the single on Saturday. Carrie will be performing at Born To Be Wide (see above) and she has her own headlining show as part of the Edge Festival at Electric Circus on 12th August. Congratulations to Carrie and good luck for the future.
If you fancy heading out to a gig in the next few days I would recommend
- Light Guides + Make Sparks – Sneaky Petes – Thursday
- Rossco Galloway – The Jazz Bar – Friday
- Imperial Racing Club + The Asps + Keava – Cab Vol – Friday
- We Sink Ships + eagleowl – Wee Red Bar – Saturday
- Deserters Deservedeath + Blue Sky Archives + X-Lion Tamer – Sneaky Petes – Saturday
- 10:04’s + Underclass + Hagana – Liquid Room – Sunday