Saw Natalie Pryce open up for Terminal Gods last night at 13th Note.
Maybe even one of those Glasgow bands people are going to be whining about in ten years time, wishing they’d been around to see them ‘back in the day’.
— An INTERVIEW with: The FLYING PENGUINS
The Flying Penguins. A little apprehensive for their first interview maybe, and most likely wondering why I’ve taken an interest. When I mention I believe in the spirit of documenting all things Glasgow and music though, they seem to agree.
I approached my friend Kieran Stewart, Northern Irish drummer of the Flying Penguins, to name his fellow band-mates, and he came up with the following:
‘Matt Jamieson (Beardy), Andrew Gilmour (Awkward lead singer), Calum Tregaskis (Awkward violinist), and Stephen Brackenridge (Chirpy bassist).’
What’s interesting is that they haven’t been together for very long as a group, but they bounce incredibly well off each other already. I caught the band before their gig at the Queen Margaret Union last October, and in truth, it was one of the best interviews I’ve ever received. Bawdy humour included. Take one for the team and get ready to swallow a nice big pill of Glaswegian sarcasm…
Click through the link below to listen to their audio interview, read the full transcript, and watch more videos of the band performing live at the QMU:
A Very TYCI Christmas
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Many thanks to Anders Hanson.
Royalty-free music by Kevin MacLeod/Incompetech.
Video by Nicole Stapinski.
TYCI, November/December 2013.
A Glasgow music venue is set to reopen after closing unexpectedly more than four years ago.
A Review: ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, Luke Fowler & Richard Youngs @ CCA, Glasgow (01.10.13)
No one ever said electronic music had to be a hike through Candy Land. Well, maybe Candy Land… if you’re hallucinating via electroshock therapy.
Last month I worked a volunteer shift for Cry Parrot’s annual Music Language Festival. Who’s Who on the experimental Glasgow underground and its offshoots and cousins thereof. As a result, I was graciously guest listed by Parrot’s Mr. Hope to this week’s treat at the CCA: Oneohtrix Point Never, supported by Glasgow’s own Luke Fowler and Richard Youngs.
Fowler and Youngs were ones I’ve been meaning to catch for the better part of a year. Tipped off by the few words I had with Glasgow’s Phantom Band last February, I’ve been keeping tabs on their musical whereabouts ever since. (More or less whether or not they still existed actually.) But coming off the back of a relentless art community, the duo reflect an electronic strain that marks Glasgow’s strong tie to derivative House. The repetition, layered with Casio tones, bloops not far off from a resurrected drum machine, and basic raw vocals lent to a trance feel I’m not entirely sure was meant to be there.
Adversely, Brooklyn’s Oneohtrix was a strange trip. Emotionally and mentally laborious in an impressive way. Kind of what would happen if you shoved Crystal Castles and Alan Wilder’s Recoil through a cheese grater, and then melted the mix in a vat of liquid titanium. The deliberate decision to avoid a regular, danceable beat was trying. Like stepping into an exhaustive matrix of club mixes.
What made the performance memorable, however, was its accompanying visuals. Combined with anti-form sounds, the visuals presented an alternate reality, the basic matter of a future universe gone cold and anti-gravity. Nonsensical and unsettling. Vaguely familiar household shapes crashed into ones you’re sure you’d only ever seen in a dream. But this is where it gets really weird.
The one visual that particularly made me shutter and look away was one that I’d seen every day for seven years. A white door in a hall, not unlike the one to my bedroom back in New Jersey, shoved up against an amorphous living quicksilver. Strobe flashes and the vibration of the massive speakers stood in front of me forced an anguished mental reaction… the words ‘I’m sorry’ painfully forced themselves through my mind.
Creepy. Really, really creepy.
A step out into the cold Glasgow rain five minutes later was a welcome dive away, a balm for what my friend and I could only describe as an awesome and anxiety-inducing experience.
Iconic Glasgow venue The Vic, which was host to dozens of famous bands, actors and poets in its heyday, is to be brought back to life.
Get excited, ye dafties.
Panel discussion and Livestream. An episode of This Must Be the Place on Subcity Radio
A discussion about the possibilities of Glasgow as a location for music production and distribution. The panel will explore notions of community, notions of “the underground”, methods of distribution and funding opportunities.
Possibilities = What has been done? What is being done? What would we like to see done in the near future? What is beyond that; any ambitions for what can be done long-term?
Production = Is there a “Glasgow sound”? If so, what and how it is “Glasgow specific”?
Discussion streaming live from the Art School today at 7pm BST/GMT-0.