So, gigs you should see this week …
Tuesday 11th, Algernon Doll are in full-on album promo mode – with a show at Dundee Non-Zeros followed by one at Pivo in Edinburgh on Wednesday 12th.
In Glasgow on Wednesday – Yawns are at Nice’n’Sleazy which should be awesome in a slacker, lackadasical way. That’s almost it for Glasgow this week – there’s The Who (also on Wednesday at the SECC), and Neil Young (Thursday, same place) and the Stone Roses (Saturday, Glasgow Green, in case you’ve been away) but these gigs don’t really need our assistance to sell tickets. Reggae legends Misty in Roots at Glasgow O2 ABC on Saturday probably deserves a nod, while on the same night, former Bauhaus mainman and Maxell cassette tape ad icon Pete Murphy plays at Oran Mor.
Back to Thursday 13th in Aberdeen – The Winter Tradition at are at Tunnels – and in the Invergordon Arts Centre on Friday. There’s also a Daniel Mutch at the Lemon Tree – not The Leg’s Dan Mutch, it should be noted, though I’m sure this near-doppelganger is smashing in a singer-songwriter way and not at all mental live.
On Fri 14th, it’s renowned folkie Rab Noakes at Caffe Borsa in Dundee,while rather more volume will be generated by Vasquez at Kage (another new-sounding Dundonian venue) – they’re at Perth’s Twa Tam’s on Saturtday as well.
In Edinburgh on Friday, a band billed as Railway Children 2013 at Electric Circus – this could be the Factory-era popsters operating under a different name for legal reasons. Though it could as easily be Jenny Agutter and Sally Tomsett doing likewise (ask your sweaty-palmned great uncle).
On the same tack, a band called Cable 35 at the Wee Red Bare in Edinburgh – probably not Cable with a number tacked on the end so that the law don’t track them down. Although, you never know…
Another one, same night – Exit Calm plus special guests Delta Mainline and support from His Name is Codeine play at the Dirty Love Club. taking place at Edinburgh’s Caves on Friday 14th.
Umpteen-legged ska behemoth Esperanza are at East Kilbride Arts Centre on Saturday 15 June (nothing unusual in Esperanza gigging, but everything unusual in anyone gigging in EK)
Across in the west, Capitals launch their début album, A National Service, at The Art School in Glasgow on Friday June 14th along with The Mouse That Ate The Cat and Kill the Waves.
Last and most certainly not least – on Sunday 16th June at Aberdeen’s Tunnels, Melt Yourself Down, along with [Wall].
the headiners arrive courtesy of The Leaf Label, and are Pete Wareham’s (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) new project.
They are hard to describe without these references, but there’s punk, jazz, North African and psychedelic influences as well as considerable opportunities for dancing, moshing, or whatever takes your fancy, feet-wise. Maybe this clip of them on Jools Holland a couple of weeks ago will help… (oh, tickets are available here – as is often the case, it’s an Interesting Music promotion)