Archive | November, 2013

GoodCopGreatCop Q&A


Currently in the middle of a Scottish tour to promote their brand new single “Stuck Amongst The Details”, I caught up with Perth based band GoodCopGreatCop




How long have you been making music together?

As a full band about a year and a half.

Is there a story behind the name?
We’re a fan of four syllable band names, American Cop shows and The Naked Gun 2.

Who are your musical influences?
Foals, The Gaslight Anthem, The National, The 1975, The Xcerts, Brigade, Twin Atlantic, Biffy Clyro, really any band which has worked hard to be in the place they are today

What process goes into the way you write songs?
Well, one member of the band usually comes up with an idea or a template for a song, once we’ve got something solid, we play around with rhythms, vocal harmonies and try and develop some kind of interesting structure. We originally wrote songs to try and be different in terms of structure but recently we’ve found our poppier side which is probably better for a wider demographic. Our vocalist and guitarist Andy usually writes most of the lyrics while the general bass, melody and rhythm parts are written by everyone else.

What can people expect from your live shows?
We’d like to say fireworks, dragons, dancers and a monkey riding on a Segway whilst downing a pint of Jaeger but unfortunately we’re not financially stable enough in order to provide our audience with such perks. Instead you can expect a lot of energy and some half decent loud pop/rock songs, chants and maybe the odd ginger.

Funniest thing that’s ever happened at a gig?
Either, having to pay to play for a competition that we won through a voting system OR getting Glasgow’s 13th Note to “dae the bouncy”. We may have promised every member of the audience a pint if they were to do so…….

What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?
Hopefully, lots of gigging including festival slots, a brand spanking new EP released before new year, some radio play, hopefully more interviews like this and our general enthusiasm and love for this band.

And finally, do you have any advice for up and coming musicians?
Well, since we are basically up and coming ourselves all we can really say to bands starting out is don’t be afraid to approach everyone, these people may be promoters, A & R’s, talent scouts or they may just generally know someone of use to you. There’s no point in starting a band unless you’re able to speak to folk and seem approachable yourselves.

The GoodCopGreatCop tour continues:

Friday 15th Nov – Monty’s Bar – Dunfermline

Saturday 16th Nov – The Green Room – Perth

Sunday 17th Nov – Buskers – Dundee

Saturday 23rd Nov – Henry’s Cellar – Edinburgh

Saturday 30th Nov – Bar and fly – Glasgow


Honeyblood Q&A

honeybloodTheir single ‘Bud’ has just been released and they have recently just been on UK tour, I caught up with Glasgow based Honeyblood.

How long have you been making music together?

We started the band around the beginning of 2012. I’d been writing a few songs before that but didn’t have our first gig till Feb and then we released our tape in April.

Is there a story behind the name?

It comes from a few things… i think it fits our bittersweet nature. It’s also a lyric from a Hole song.

Who are your musical influences?

The Breeders, Throwing Muses, PJ Harvey, Jenny Lewis and Morrissey… to name a few!

Funniest thing that’s ever happened at a gig?

We crashed our car in London last week before our single launch at Servant Jazz Quarters. It wasn’t funny at the time but we’re laughing about it now.

What was it like signing a deal with FatCat?

It’s been great. Fat Cat are like a family. We’ve had an absolute ball working with them to date so hopefully it can only get better with the album.

You’ve just released the single ‘Bud’, what’s on the cards for the future?

Yep, so we’re away to America this week to record an album which should be out next year.

And finally, do you have any advice for up and coming musicians?

Always play as loud as you can.

Latest single from Honeyblood

Posted by Kyle Wilson

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Award Winners, Nominees & Hit Makers – This week’s gigs in Edinburgh.

D Feast Logo (lofi)Hello! We have another week of quality gigs coming up in Edinburgh. The Queen’s Hall plays host to Mark Lanegan this coming Monday. The following night at the same venue, Irish- indie quintet, Villagers, follow up their 2013 Mercury Music Prize Nomination with a visit to Edinburgh. On Wednesday night former drummer for The Coral, Ian Skelly, plays The Voodoo Rooms with his band The Serpent Power. Also on Wednesday Bipolar Sunshine and Public Service Broadcasting take to the stage at The Electric Circus and The Picture House respectively. If you like your Rock music with a tint of Blues local three-piece The Southpaws play Whistlebinkies this Thursday night. BBC World Music Musician of the Year Winner, Rokia Traore, takes to the stage at The Liquid Room on Friday Night.

This Saturday we are spoiled for choice. There’s a massive ten band bill at Verden Studios in Portobello as part of a showcase to highlight fantastic local talent with entry just £7. It seems like an age since Turin Brakes once peppered the single charts with hit after hit, they’ve put their hiatus to the side and return to Edinburgh’s The Pleasance as part of a small UK Tour. William Douglas and The Wheel, Woodenbox and Hanna Tuulikki’s new project Two Wings are also playing at various venues this Saturday. Finally, Glaswegian Singer-Songwriter and BBC Radio DJ Roddy Hart continues his Scottish Tour at The Voodoo Rooms with his band The Lonesome Fire on Sunday Night. Happy Gigging!

Monday 4th of November

Mark Lanegan

The Queen’s Hall 7pm £20

The Sunshine Underground & King Dinosaur

Electric Circus 8pm £12.50

Gabby Young and Other Animals & Old Dollar Bill

Bannermans Rock Club 8pm £8

Lach’s Antihoot Open Stage

Henry’s Cellar Bar 7pm Free

Chris Finn

Royal Mile Tavern 9pm Free

Tuesday 5th of November


The Queen’s Hall 7pm £12

Hamish Hope, Pistol Day, Compliments Of & The Diversions

Whistlebinkies 8pm Free

The Tillers & Pokey LaFarge

The Liquid Room 7pm £15

The Coal Porters

Leith Folk Club 7.30pm £9

Kapten Trio

The Brunton, Musselburgh £6 1pm

Wednesday 6th of November

Ian Skelly and The Serpent Power & The Jackals

The Voodoo Rooms 7.30pm £12

Public Service Broadcasting

Picture House 7pm £12

Bipolar Sunshine

Electric Circus 7pm £6

Chris Thile

The Queen’s Hall 8pm £15

Chris Finn, Tombstone Houseband & Splendid Gentlemen

Whistlebinkies 7pm Free

Thursday 7th of November

The Last September & Jake Morley

The Voodoo Rooms 7.30pm £6

The Southpaws & Lee Paterson

Whistlebinkies 7pm Free

Anna Massie & Mairearad Green

42 Royal Park Terrace 7.30pm

Future Heroes

The Jazz Bar 11.30pm £3

Born To Be Wide: Record Shop Seminar

Electric Circus 7pm £5

Friday 8th of November

Mt. Wolf

Sneaky Pete’s 7pm £7

Afterlife, Garrison & Moosenuckle

The Voodoo Rooms 7pm £10

Shooting Stansfield

The Real Mary King’s Close 10.30pm £8

Rokia Traore

The Liquid Room 7pm £19

Chordless Beaches, Slumber Club, The Mona Lisa’s & Fall Rockets

Cabaret Voltaire 7pm £5

Saturday 9th of November

Turin Brakes

The Pleasance 7.30pm £20.50

William Douglas and The Wheel, Jaquimo & Elyssa Vulpes

The Voodoo Rooms 8pm £8

Numbers Are Futile, Your Loyal Subjects, Birdhead, And The Moose Came In Second, Pineapple Chunks, The Tide Inside, The Blue Ship, Royal Edinburgh Music, Lipsync For A Lullaby & The Forgotten Works

Verden Studios 7pm £7

Woodenbox & Pronto Mama

Electric Circus 7pm £7

Two Wings, Doug Tielli & Nap Shortly

The Wee Red Bar 7pm £6

Sunday 10th of November

Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire

The Voodoo Rooms 7pm £12


Usher Hall 7pm £20

Eric Bibb & Michael Jerome Brown

The Queen’s Hall 7pm £20

Sweet Baboo

Electric Circus 7pm £7

Ross Arthur

Henry’s Cellar Bar 7.30pm


Posted by James Scott