Posts Tagged ‘Fatherson’

Fatherson Open Book

Fatherson return with a new album on 3 June 2016. Released on the Easy Life/Sony Red label Open Book is the follow-up to 2014’s I Am An Island and will be available in several formats: signed CD, signed gatefold vinyl LP, signed CD with handwritten lyric book and signed gatefold vinyl LP with handwritten lyric book. You can pre-order the album HERE. You can also preview one of the tracks Little Lost Boys (Radio Edit) HERE.

Dropkick 2

I alluded to the release of this fine new record from Dropkick a couple of weeks ago and here, as if my magic, it now is (thanks guys!). It has, as the kids are wont to say, “dropped” but in my case it means from the letter box to the mat behind it. The most pleasing of sounds as I ingest bran flakes, banana and Homes Under The Hammer – thanks postie! A pleasing sound nonetheless, as is the album itself.

While the likes of Bowie were ever ch-ch-changing, Dropkick are very much a if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t fix-it kind of band and for that I love them. That’s not to say the album sounds like all their others (and there’s plenty of them) because it doesn’t. There’s still plenty of the melodic alt.country powerpop they’re known for while moving hither and thither in other musical directions. Not so much pushing the boundaries as giving them a little tickle under the chin.

I love album opener Save Myself because, rather ironically, it sounds like the kind of epic, leave-you-breathless track that could close an album and, after a brief pause, have you start the whole record again – “start afresh”. Maybe it’ll be a live set closer. It has that kind of feel about it.

It’s a mighty fine album and one I shall be embracing on a daily basis over the coming weeks and months, like a musical hot water bottle keeping me warm as winter bids farewell and ushers in the spring.

You can sample poptastic track Slow Down on YouTube.

Balance The Light is released on Sound Asleep/Rock Indiana on 25 March 2016 and available to pre-order NOW.

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Tuff Love Resort

My first musical hero was Roddy Frame (still is) and he shares, along with my mother, a birthday on 29 January. Coincidentally it will also be a cause for celebration in the Tuff Love household as they release Resort, a compilation of their first three EPs, on that day.
TYCI are hosting a launch in honour of this great occasion and what a multi-starred evening it promises to be. Not only will headliners Tuff Love be looking to shift some units, they’ll be ably supported by the ever well-groomed pottymouth Vaseline (seriously, mouth like a docker) Frances McKee. Bossy Love will also be putting their best foot forward, with TYCI spinning the platters that matter before and after each set.
The shenanigans take place at Stereo on Glasgow’s Renfield Street on Friday 5 February 2016. Tickets are a measly £10 and available HERE. Bargain!
While it is Tuff Love’s party and they cry if they want to, they’ll actually be on second, following on from Frances and setting a good example to Bossy Love.

Resort collects together the Junk, Dross and Dregs EPs, quite naturally in chronological order, in one handy CD-sized package, with vinyl version available for those who like that sort of thing. These formats are available in good record shops (and maybe some rubbish ones as well) but you can pre-order it HERE.

As well as hanging out in some homegrown haunts Tuff Love will be terrorising, in the nicest possible way, the nightspots of mainland Europe. Check out the order of play:

5th Feb 2016: Stereo, Glasgow (as annotated above) [TICKETS]

22nd Feb 2016: Summerhall, Edinburgh [TICKETS]
24th Feb 2016: Trades Club, Hebdon Bridge [TICKETS]

25th Feb 2016: London Fields Brewery, London [TICKETS]
21st Mar 2016: Berghain, Berlin, Germany [TICKETS]
22nd Mar 2016: Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany [TICKETS]
23rd Mar 2016: Eldorado, Zurich, Switzerland [TICKETS]
25th Mar 2016: La Parenthese, Nyon, Switzerland [FREE ENTRY]
29th Mar 2016: La Salle Du Grand Marais (LSFM Festival), Riorges, France [TICKETS]
1st Apr 2016: Le Divan Du Monde (LSFM Festival), Paris, France [TICKETS]
2nd Apr 2016: Les Trinitaires (LFSM Festival), Metz, France [TICKETS]
19th-21st May 2016: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton [TICKETS]

That’s your lot for now. Go on, shoo, beat it.


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Fatherson, purveyors of Jockanese power pop, return from their Feeder support slot to headline a few gigs of their own before the year’s end and into 2013.

Catch them at the following hangouts:

24 November 2012 – Bakers Night Club, Kilmarnock (with Vukovi, Mechanical Smile, Dead Sea Souls, Whispery Club)
25 November 2012 – Tunnels, Aberdeen (AGP Weekender)
30 November 2012 – Front Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington (Acoustic Show)
8 December 2012 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow (supporting Admiral Fallow)
16 January 2013 –  King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (as part of New Year’s Revolution)

Tickets are available from the usual places and in the usual way. You know where to look.

You can expect a new single and album from the band in early 2013.


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Friday 5 October and Saturday 6 October 2012 sees the return of the small but perfectly formed Reloaded Fest in Stirling.

26 bands will make use of three stages over the two days at the event which is highly regarded as an excellent platform for new and emerging bands.

Friday night will be headlined by Broken Records and the supporting cast includes Song of Return, Rail Fan, Little Men and Her, Madison, Alex Hynes, Jake Rennison, Suite Pea, Matt Comley, Charlotte Riley. Doors open on this day at 5pm and tickets are priced at £10 or £8 in advance.  

On Saturday Errors top the bill, with support from Fatherson, The Mouse That Ate The Cat, Blank Canvas, Two Stripe, Six Storeys High, End of Neil, FRANK, Still Life, Gunning for 88, The Streams, Aorta, Failed at Sea, Calum Gilligan, Chris Garner, Hooks n Crooks and Lauren & Konnar. The action starts at 4pm on tickets are £12 or £10 in advance.

The event is in its fifth year and will be held at stirling’s cultural HQ at the Tolbooth. There will be three stages on the go – Main Stage, Attic Stage and Acoustic Stage. MC duties fall to larger-than-Fife DJ Jim Gellatly (I know Jim, I’ve hardly any room to talk!) 

Programmer, Stephen Hume says, “After the major success of last year’s Fest which was over two days, we decided to keep the second day, which allows us to celebrate the enormous amount of musical talent in and around Stirling just now.  This gives us a better opportunity to showcase local acts and of course, more scope to bring in some of the top touring bands in the country such as Errors and Broken Records, who are both doing exceptionally well. Reloaded Fest encompasses exactly what the Tolbooth stands for: the very best in new music, from bands who are just starting out and in need of a platform, to Scotland’s top established musicians.”

Tickets, including good value £15 weekend tickets, are available from Tolbooth Box Office on 01786-274000 or online via Ticketweb, who will no doubt add unnecessary fees, which I disagree with. Enjoy!

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