IN THE CAVE OV MAY: FAMINE 4th May, 2016
In the run up to the monsterous CAVE OV MAY punk and grind all dayer at Nice’n’Sleazy on May 7th we’re chatting with a few of the bands… and the time we chatted to the three-piece Leeds based grindcore darlings – FAMINE.
You’re going on a massive UK/European tour with Shackles in July! How’re you feeling about it? Are there any shows you’re particularly excited for?
Well excited! We haven’t done a tour of this length in… well, ever! Shackles are a quality band too so keen to see them killing it every day. Looking forward to playing a few places we’ve not been before; Budapest and Kosice are standouts for me in that respect. We’re also playing 2 Czech festivals which should be well good fun – very much looking forward to playing at 11 o’ clock in the morning to one drunk guy dressed as a banana.
You’ve played our beautiful Glasgow city a few times already (including one gig with Sick Of Talk who will also be playing Cave ov May). What’s your favourite thing about coming up here?
The People! And all the things they do. Glasgow has produced so many sick bands over the years (Black Cop, Droves, Herbert Powell), and all of those people are really supportive of what we do and always come down and show us a good time. All the shows have been sick too; we once played in the basement of Plan B Comics which was fucking nuts; it was my first time in Scotland too! Since then, we’ve played at the 13th Note a shedload of times and it’s always been incredible. Some of us are also well into that deep fried haggis butty shop round the corner from the Note – GREEZ.
There’s a Famine/Wan Bushi breakcore flexi on the horizon somewhere, and a split 7″ with the Art of Burning Water coming out soon. We’re gonna write some new stuff eventually – we’ve just come back from a 6 month break though, so we’re finding our feet again in terms of playing gigs and such. Having said that, Warren’s jumps are as trouser-splittingly high as ever, it’s like we never left…
The Birdy Song by The Tweets; the chorus makes me want to put my limbs in the air.
IN THE CAVE OV MAY: BRATAKUS 3rd May, 2016
In the run up to the monsterous CAVE OV MAY punk and grind all dayer at Nice’n’Sleazy on May 7th we’re chatting with a few of the bands… and this time we got to chat to the two-piece riot grrrl band Bratakus!
How long have you been playing as Bratakus for?
We formed early 2015, so we’ve been playing for about a year now. Our first ever gig was at the Girls Rock Glasgow fundraiser in June last year. It was really fun and opened up a lot of opportunities for us. We felt really supported by all the different female artists in the Glasgow scene which has been great.
What’s been your favourite gig?
Oooh, that’s a hard one. We had a lot of fun at Girls to the Front Festival last week! It was really good to see people up dancing and enjoying themselves, it was great to share the stage with so many groovy bands and meet so many amazing people. So that would definitely be one of our favourite gigs we’ve played. We also really enjoyed our gig in Leeds which was one of our first times playing in England. Everyone was really nice and again, we played with a lot of really great bands (Including F.A.L.C. who are another all girl band) and met a lot of cool people.
How do you enjoy growing up in the Highlands and living there now? Do you have any plans to move?
We really like living where we do. We have alot of friends here, and there’s a big Home Ed community. (Also, If you live in the middle of no where no one cares if you practice really loud!) So, no plans to move right now ’cause we can get to Glasgow really easily on the bus to see people and play gigs!
You both have amazing style on stage! How important a part of your performance is it? Do you take inspiration from anything/anyone?
Thank you. We wouldn’t really say it was an important part of the performance since it’s just how we dress really! Quite often I (Breagha) don’t take inspiration from anything in particular, I just like wearing silly clothes becuase I think people take clothes far too seriously most of the time. I find it very funny to see people’s differing reactions when you dress like this aswell. I would say I am inspired by people like Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex) and Vince Noir (The Mighty Boosh) though!
I’ve read your song “I know nothing” (which has an amazing video) is partially about veganism. How long have you been vegan and do you have a favourite recipe?
Yes, It’s about Veganism/Feminism/Straight Edge/Home Education/pretty much all our political beliefs and people’s reactions when you tell them you do/are those things, haha. We have been vegan for coming up to 5 years now, but we were vegetarian all of our lives before that. We have far too many vegan recipes, because we basically veganise anything humanly possible. If you go round our family we all have different vegan recipes for everything (Our Dad has veganised an entire fry up!) so we could write a very long list here, but I suppose one of our favourites has to be a recipe for vegan Toffifi I found on the internet. It’s a long and cumbersome process, but it’s so worth it!
Which bands are you most excited about at the moment?
We are very excited for The Julie Ruin’s new album! We love the song that’s been released. We’re also very excited about Spat – Who are a great Scottish female fronted band from the borders. We’re playing with them at their album launch on the 14th of May which we’re really looking forward to, The Twistettes, The Fnords, and all the amazing bands who we got to see/meet at Girls to the Front Fest. Also, Brain Anguish (Coming Soon), Joyce Delaney, Tuff Love, Bis, Killer Bangs, Velveteen Riot and Brian Curran (He’s not a band, but we’re still excited!)
What’s next for Bratakus?
Who knows, we’re just about to put out a fanzine, more gigs, another mini tour, possibly an album, or maybe we’ll just retire and sit on a porch somewhere playing the banjo in cowboy hats!
IN THE CAVE OV MAY: Brian Curran 2nd May, 2016
In the run up to the monsterous CAVE OV MAY punk and grind all dayer at Nice’n’Sleazy on May 7th we’re chatting with a few of the bands… and this time we’re talking to acoustic punk Brian Curran!
You’ve been described as a “veteran” of the Scottish hardcore scene, having played in bands like Thisclose, Quarantine, Disaffect, Ruin, Debris and Scatha (and more!) over the years. Are there any particular gigs or tour moments that stick in your mind?
Ha-ha. I find being called a veteran an interesting concept as when I got into the punk thing in Glasgow I was seen as part of the 2nd wave, i.e. the young kids. I have been lucky to be involved in bands that got to be part of something that was so much more than music and got involved in a network/community of like-minded people and I have made lifelong friends out of being a part of the punk/hardcore/DIY thing.
There are plenty of great gigs and moments that have happened over the years of playing in bands. All in all I would say good rather than bad. I don’t think I ever played in a band where the band was more important than our friendship, so tours were always fun events where we found ourselves in some interesting situations. Too many best gigs to actually nail any down so I’ll put down some bullet point highlights that I remember
- A bird flying into our van window and smacking our singer in the face/eye whilst doing about 80mph
- Getting stripped searched at the Swiss border
- Playing in a greenhouse in Wroclaw with Quarantine with a guy stirring the food with a tree (i.e. still had moss on it and stuff) beside a table with a hole in it with a bin bag nailed to the rim as the toilet with a sign saying “No piss – only shit”. Don’t know if that’s even possible?
- Being refused entry into Germany from Poland and then driving to the next border crossing, getting out the van and walking across the border from Germany into Poland, standing waiting then getting back in the van once that came through.
- Drinking with Witchknot around a big table in Gottingen
Mostly the highlights have been meeting people and knowing that you are a part of something that is bigger than your wee band and that we were trying to build an alternative community (I still believe in this last bit as the sole reason as to why I play music)
While you’ve been playing in hardcore bands over the years have you also been writing folk/punk songs, or did they just begin with the acoustic project?
Not at all. I was always playing in bands from around 86 or something and as time progressed it was getting harder to be involved in projects with other people due to time restraints, family/work commitments for myself as well as others. I wasn’t playing in a band at the time and as I just became a dad I was trying to play guitar a bit quieter in the house. I bought an acoustic guitar with that sole intention and had no plan to play live at this stage, although I have always been writing songs for myself, whether anyone else hears them or not. Some friends were getting together to do a reunion tour and I wanted to be a part of it and from more than a spectator point of view, so I asked if I could tag along and seeing as they were life long friends they agreed. So I played some acoustic gigs and then did nothing for about 2 years after that. However, I found that I enjoyed it and went on from there I guess and started doing it a bit more seriously from around 2012.
Your last EP which came out in December was the third in a trio and the longest in length! Have you found you’ve been writing more songs or more quickly lately?
Actually some of the songs on that were written before I even recorded the first one and the 2nd EP was recorded about a year before the 1st one. It’s odd how that happens. I always have music going around in my brain, so I’m always messing about with tunes and lyrics. I think for the 3rd EP I just wanted to get the last of the songs I had lying around recorded and finish the trilogy, so the fact that the last EP is longer is accidental more than anything else.
The trio of EPs is themed around and named after the “Triad of Impairments” experienced by people living with autism and was influenced by your son’s experiences of growing up with autism. How have the reactions been to this?
To be honest the reaction has been met with a mixture of “that’s great” to “what a bizarre cryptic title…….what does it mean” to not much reaction at all. I’m happy with what I’ve done though and friends and other interested people seem to like what I am doing and I have had some fairy generous donations from people who bought the EPs. So I have no complaints. Its good to get awareness of autism out there and Scottish Autsim’s help line was a great way to get pointers for help making visual schedules for Max as well as an avenue into finding out about services that can provide help. I am happy to have contributed to that in this little way
What bands are you most excited about at the moment?
There’s lots of good stuff happening at the moment it’s a pretty good time I think for DIY music in general. I love Petrol Girls, they remind me of the good old days of 90s hardcore, like Lost World or something. Bratakus are awesome, Sick of Talk, Pig//Control and have you heard Joyce Delaney? They’re great!! Lots of good shit happening. I also like my acoustic stuff of course like Tim Barry, Efa Supertramp, Mark Ayling and Chrissy Barnacle.
What’s been your favourite gig of the last year?
Favourite gig of last year, don’t know probably my own gigs in Tenerife and Knoflook in Den Bosch. Best gig I was at would have to have been as toss up between Tim Barry, Poison Idea or Negative Approach.
What’s next for you?
What’s next. Well I’m playing Manchester 0161 Fest in Manchester this weekend, then I have the gig in Sleazy’s on 7th May with Active Minds and loads of other good bands. Then its off to the Canary Islands again. After that, I have some sporadic gigs here n there (I always find it quite hard to get gigs for some reason). Ive been writing stuff on the guitar and putting words down somewhere so I might get something recorded before the year’s out. I’m always looking for gigs though and to get playing. I am fairly nice house guest, who may talk a little too much, but I’m house trained at least. That’s about it I guess.
IN THE CAVE OV MAY: BOAK 29th April, 2016
In the run up to the monsterous CAVE OV MAY punk and grind all dayer at Nice’n’Sleazy on May 7th we’re chatting with a few of the bands… and this time we’re talking to the Aberdonian powerviolence trio BOAK!
IN THE CAVE OV MAY: RAPID TAN 27th April, 2016
In the run up to the monsterous CAVE OV MAY punk and grind all dayer at Nice’n’Sleazy on May 7th we’re chatting with a few of the bands… and first up is the extremely charming Glasgweigan jingly post punk supergroup (members of Breakfast Muff, Spinning Coin and Herbret Powell) RAPID TAN.
What was the moment of genesis for Rapid Tan?
We started in like the beginning of May 2015, oringally we were supposed to be like a 5 or 6 piece I think. Craig Struthers of Flakes/Snake Eyes fame was meant to play drums and I (Taylor) was going to sing, but then we booked our 1st practice and Craigy couldn’t make it so we just had a jam with me on drums and we wrote a song and liked the line up as it was. So we told Craig to fuck off and now we’ve got like 6 songs
What most inspires the sound of Rapid Tan?
It’s a just big mix of loads of good stuff really. Me and Billy originally wanted to do a band that sounded kinda like Number Girl & Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, but it didn’t really end up sounding that way. Cal & Eilidh only really listen to the old Doctor Who soundtracks on picture disc, and I think that comes accross quite strongly in our music.
Your namesake, the original “Rapid Tan” tanning shop, was taken over by the heartbreakingly inferiorly named hair salon called “ROOTZ” last year. How did you react to the news?
Well I couldn’t believe it personally. Very upset by it, as I’m sure everyone else was. It’s not every day you find something to care about so whole-heartedly, and to see something so beautiful and pure, stripped of it’s beauty and ruined in the blink of an eye… It’s very sad. Me and Eilidh actually tried quite hard to get a hold of the old sign for Rapid Tan, we knew it was shutting down so we took a note of their number and tried phoning them to ask if we could have it, but every time we phoned them up they were closed and in the blink of an eye it was gone.
Is there a concept behind your new EP “Wonderful Special” and when will it be released?
It’s really just about yin and yang really… Good vs evil… bad vs nice… tall vs small… sweet vs sour… hemp milk vs almond milk… tangy cheese doritos vs chilli heatwave doritos… coke vs diet coke… mcondalds vs burger king… australia vs USA… the simpsons seasons 1-9 vs the simpsons season 9 onwards… coke vs pepsi… seinfeld vs friends… kfc vs chunky chicken… you know what I’m talking about… the things that make us human. It will probably be released in the middle of May
Rapid Tan recently did a DJ set after The Intelligence gig in Nice’n’sleazy. What was each of your favourite songs to play?
Billys favourite was either Damaged Goods by Gang of Four or Lean Back by Terror Squad, Eilidhs was Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol (or “Billy Elliot” as I like to Call him), mines was Black Betty by Ram Jam, and Cal just kept saying “I hate songs” and going behind the curtain to sleep.
What are Rapid Tan’s plans for the rest of the year?
We’re going to try become famous and get really rich probably. That’s always on our minds constantly. We just want to travel the world and see the likes of “New York City” and “Las Vegas”, and we will stop at nothing to achieve this dream. We are trying pretty hard at the moment to get an endorsement from Ibanez, because we love how their guitars both look and sound, they are loud both sonically and visually, and they “pack a punch”. We want to be the first band to play in the oval office to the president of America. Hopefully we will be able to do all of this (and more) in 2016.
Best of luck Rapid Tan! See you in the CAVE!!!
Catch Rapid Tan along with FAMINE(ENG) + SURGE (IRE) + MANTILLA (DNK) + SICK OF TALK + BOAK + ANXIETY + BRATAKUS + BRIAN CURRAN for £6 ON MAY 7th AT NICE’N’SLEAZY.
Photos: Arabrot + Casual Nun + Skeleton Gong 25th April, 2016
Feature: Wake Up /// Rise Up [All Day Fest] Sunday 24th April 22nd April, 2016
We got in touch with Calum of Nine Years Dry records who are putting on an amazing all dayer of music from Punk to Psych, to Alt Folk and Hip Hop this Sunday 24th April and asked him to pick out his favourite tune from a few of the acts playing! Check out the links and come and watch an excellent day of music for the tidy price of £5 advanced or £6 (otd). More information here and facebook event here.
Helicon – We’re Gaun Tae The Moon
Reason for choice ? It’s got all of the best aspects of what Helicon do (not to mention a brilliant name for a song). It bends and twists for the whole duration with some of the most incredible freaky psych out sections I’ve heard in a long fuckin time! Smashes yer brain inside out. And in. And out. And out. And in.
They are LOUD and it’s music that you wouldn’t have any other way. Brace yourself for a mad one
Forever Cult – Something In The Water
Seen this band after my band Blue Nova supported them at the tail end of last year and I was blown to fuck by how slick this band were live. Pure showstoppers.
Couldn’t get the vibe of the night outta ma head for weeks and ended up buying their Tunnel Vision 7″. This track was a b side. Shimmering guitars, thick as fuck bass, catchy drum lines and a top quality vocal. Seriously worth giving it a listen in the link below…
It is a hard choice though, Antonio Banderas and Tunnel Vision are also stand out tracks. Find them. Listen to them. Fuck it, listen to it all – I’m into everything this band does.
Filth Spector – Soul Of A Man
Out on Howling Moon Records – this tune is a pure stomper. Eerie as fuck and graced with one of the best bass tones you’ll hear all year – full fat and no fuckin about. Dark and swamped in reverb, nothing beats this kind of music, couple it with mega volume and your laughing.
Home$lice – Stay Down
Home$lice are doing me a real solid by playing this show (they have their tape launch in the Old Hairdressers on the 29th) so I feel that people should hear this track. Fuzzy. Spacey. Catchy. Atmospheric. Anthemic. All the makings of a cracking track in my opinion. Good friends of mine and definitely on to a bright future with these tunes. A must see.
Mayor Stubbs – Spiderhands
Opening Wake Up/////Rise Up is Mayor Stubbs. The guitar playing on this track is quite simply, fucking unreal. Rapid, tongue twisty lyrics are being belted out in a really original way. Overall a great song and part of a brilliant set – seeing his stuff live is the way to go. Get in early to see Mayor Stubbs at 6pm!
Interview: The Twistettes 21st April, 2016
The Twistettes, a Glasgow two-piece of sisters Jo and Nicky, are launching their first album this Saturday at Nice’n’Sleazy and having a big party to celebrate with The Girobabies and lots of other friends from the #YellowMovement including a Yellow Movement club night afterparty!
How did The Twistettes start?
Nicky and i are sisters so we’ve been playing music together for a long time on and off. initially, the drummer in my first band left and nicky got dragged in to replace her and we just kept going from there. The Twistettes formed a couple of years back. We had a little break from playing together after out previous band split up. We were kind of sick of the whole scene and a bit frustrated with the way people in bands seemed to treat each other in general…lots of competition and sniping which always seemed to us to defeat the purpose of being in a band and playing gigs! Surely it should be about meeting new people and expanding horizons instead of sticking in your wee clique slagging of other folks who are trying to do stuff. Anyway, we saw a few bands the year we re-started (amazing snakeheads, girobabies and hector bizerk) and they all blew us away. All for different reasons but we were proper inspired to get back in the game. So we did!
It seems like this year has been a big one for the band! Playing at the Barrowlands and now releasing the new album “Jilt the Jive”! What is the concept behind “Jilt the Jive”?
This year has been amazing so far. The Barrowlands gig was spectacular in every way…the stage, the gig, the audience, the other bands, the atmosphere…best night ever! There are some wide themes throughout the album. The writing of the album was focused on getting songs together that would be simple, driving, catchy, loud and fun to play live. In previous bands we felt we had concerned ourselves to much with trying to be clever or ‘fit in’ with the music that was around at the time on the local scene. With The Twistettes we really just thought ‘lets make music we enjoy and are excited to play and hopefully some folks will get excited by it as well’. Lyrically, there are comments on society and an interpretation of that though our lens as women. At the heart of the music we really wanted to put out that nothing should be off limits to anyone…whether that’s communicated in the lyrics directly or in the simple nature of the riff’s and songs. We always keep in mind the Lou Reed quote ‘if its got more than 3 chords, its jazz’…
What are both of your favourite songs from the new album and why?
Nicky: I would say I Think Not. I like playing it and I like the lyrics. They highlight the chauvinism within popular culture, which is regularly ignored. I get disturbed by how common this is when you hear 8 and 10 year old girls singing and dancing to the likes of that cheerleader song by OMI and nobody thinks it weird! They’re learning this is how they should act and look to fit in a be a ‘good catch’ for a man.
Jo: I’m really happy with them all! Agree with Nicky about I Think Not…this is why that was the first single we released. For a similar reason I like Suck it Fake it. Lyrically I’m messing about with words used to describe women…some would be instantly identified as negative and others positive but they all create a image/picture for us to be as a woman. Just to note…I don’t think this is purely and issue women face…men are just as pigeonholed and stereotyped but I’m speaking from my world about my journey so focus on women. I’d also say though that I’m pretty keen on how Is This It is sounding. This is purely to do with how happy I am with the recording. I was pretty worried about how it would transfer to tape cause its so loud and relays on the energy of the live show a lot. Robbie Gunn who produced the album has done an amazing job of capturing the sound though…i was proper happy when i heard it. Even got the mad noises at the start in n everything…yaassss!
I’ve heard you’ve got a lot of secret guests coming up on stage for the launch party – can you give us any hints as to who?
so the first section of the night is going to be an ode to jamfest which is a night that used to be on in pivo pivo that now lives in various different places. it kind of made sense to do this cause our first ever gig as the twistettes was at jamfest so its cool to incorporate that into the launch. it also means we have the most ridiculously good line up as well!! we have a girobabie drummer doing some guitar, a mickey 9’s singer doing some solo style performing, we have a a couple of delighted peoples as well as folks doing poetry and rap and lots of other stuff!! We will also have some art for sale by the fab Rebecca Scott who designed the artwork for the album.
What or who keeps you inspired to write and play music in the band?
Lots of things…mainly cause i need to! i’ve tried not to do it a few of time but i always get drawn back in…not optional hehe. My friends and family are really supportive and help out with all the madness. the other musicians i’m involved with currently are amazing as well and definitely an inspiration. Shouts out to the Yellow Movement and everyone who is involved whether that be as a musician, artist, photographer, writer, audience member or just curious person on the sidelines trying to work out what on earth its all about! It inspires me that people can be good and that scenes don’t have to be exclusive…to the contrary…we want everyone to be part of it!
New Club Feature: Who are The Yellow Movement? 17th April, 2016
self consciousness, find anonymous awesomeness, in bottomless thoughtfulness, lose your inhibitions, forget the distractions, take non-violent direct action, be your own improvement, use your illusion. You are never alone, anyone can happen, be the best you, you can be. This is the blueprint, we
are the nuisance, the fluent union of amusement. The Yellow Movement, the evolution revolution, a symbiosis of (un)conscious and conscience…….. do join us.