It’s Monday, and Glasgow doesn’t have the night off that any sensible city would. Instead, October 30th has former Only Ones frontman Peter Perrett at King Tut’s, while band of brothers Ded Rabbit play the Hug and Pint
On Tuesday… well, examining the gig guide shows there’s one solitary gig all week in Inverness. At Ironworks – Scouting for Girls. #prayforinverness.
Better served is Reekie – Squeeze, without boogie-woogie piano, but with plenty of quality back catalogue courtesy of Difford and Tilbrook, play the Usher Hall (they’re also at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Friday).
Into November we trudge, Wednesday 1st, and Siobhan Wilson is at The Assembly Roxy – a venue which is, it seems, back on the gig circuit.
In Glasgow, Òran Mór, BNQT a band who on their current album include members of Franz Ferdinand, Grandaddy, but it seems that on this occasion (unless anyone’s not busy) it’ll just be Fran out of Travis and assorted members of Midlake onstage.
Also, at the Art School, Liars, perhaps playing a longer set than they managed at Doune The Rabbit Hole.
In Dundee, at Clarks on Lindsay Street, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson to his mum) will give brand new album ‘The Water Of Leith’ a good airing.
On Thursday London power trio Girl Ray are at Broadcast.
On Friday, a bit of an extravaganza at Aberfeldy Town Hall – Roddy Woomble, Kathryn Joseph, Modern Studies and Plastic Animals.
Same night, in Edinburgh, one of the best of the old punk acts still plying their trade – Penetration, who are at the Mash House.
As well as Squeeze at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow has some even older performers in the Doobie Brothers who are at the O2 Academy. Mere striplings, but appealing to a different audience perhaps, tabloid-friendly satanists Cradle of Filth play the Garage. And at the Tramway, sampling master Robin Rimbaud (Scanner to you and me).
Making an unexpected comeback perhaps, Stirling indie combo Jack Butler, at The Flying Duck, Fast Camels are at Nice N Sleazy and Trembling Bells visit the southside for a show at the Glad Café.
Also Friday, early 80s Scottish post-punk heroes Boots For Dancing are at The Rio in Newport-on-Tay (tix, £12, from [email protected] or at The Rio or Groucho’s in Dundee).Oh, and Hamish Hawk’s on the bill as well.
On Saturday, at Dunbar Street Hall, Aberdeen, The Deportees (we assume the Aberdeen version rather than the Swedish combo).
At Stereo Glasgow Jane Weaver, who is punting new album ‘Modern Kosmology’, while Mt. Doubt just have an EP to promote – ‘Moon Landings’ – with a show at Broadcast.
In Edinburgh, ancient punks 999 are at the Venue Formerly Known As The Citrus – Smash. Oh, and Ded Rabbit play the Voodoo Room.
Meanwhile, Coatbridge has a new venue, or maybe a temporary one, but anyway, Brownbear play(s) Cavewall Studios on Saturday.
Another unknown-to-us venue, in Ballater, the Braemar Gallery, where Last Night From Glasgow act Sister John will be – we assume – performing tunes from their latest, ‘Returned From Sea’.
On Sunday, synthpop legend Marc Almond is at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall while at Leith Depot and launching their new EP ‘The Tin Can and the Flood’ davesnewbike, who have guests Jim the Magician (great name for a band, or great idea for a support) and The Tartan Gussets.
Finally, on Sunday, post punk pioneers Wire are at Dundee’s Beat Generator; in Glasgow, The Magic Band are at Mono, and last but not least, Out Lines – Kathryn Joseph, Marcus Mackay and James Graham – launch their new album ‘Conflats’ at Òran Mór.