Review: Jon Hopkins – Singularity

I’m really only familiar with Jon Hopkins through his stellar work with King Creosote, including their excellent Diamond Mine, but this London born musician has had a really fascinating journey into the world of electronica. From the age of twelve until seventeen Hopkins studied piano at the Royal College of Music in London entering competitions where his performances of Ravel and Stravinsky earned him prize money. He would eventually use that money to buy his first Roland synth and embark on a different musical path.

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Review: Skating Polly – The Make It All Show

Nineties riot grll acts like L7 and Bikini Kill may have fallen off the cultural radar but their sound and attitude is encapsulated in the most recent long player from Oklahoma group Skating Polly. They are a band that come with ringing endorsements from fellow Oklahomans Wayne Coyne and Kliph Sturlock (who also remixed their Lost in Wonderfuls album), of The Flaming Lips.

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Brainglue: We don’t restrict our sound to one influence or a handful of bands

Brainglue are one of Scotland’s fastest upcoming and most exciting new bands, they’ve been together for less than a year but have already toured extensively, including gigs in Paris and Amsterdam, and are gearing up to release their debut single Psychotherapy on the 27th of this month. They have gained a reputation as one the hardest working, most entertaining and loudest live acts with sweaty, high energy performances that bring to mind Iggy and The Stooges, Jesus and the Mary Chain and The Cribs. Frontman Ewan James Temperley spoke to The Fountain about their influences and plans for the future.

So the band is called Brainglue. What’s behind the name?

We didn’t put as much thought into the name as we do with some of the other aspects of the band. It just stood out more than any other ideas we had and it seems to suit our style.

Your debut single Psychotherapy is a really strong statement. What are your hopes for the future of the band? Is there going to be a longer release in 2018 or a tour possibly?

Our aim is to follow up Psychotherapy with an E.P or album. We’re going to record this live in the studio to reflect the honesty and raw energy of our shows. We’ll continue to perform as often as we have been with a longer tour and a vinyl release.

As a band what are your biggest influences?

We take our influence from a lot of late 60’s Garage-Rock and Psychedelia combined with the atmosphere and sonic noise of 80’s Post Punk. However, we don’t restrict our sound to one influence or a handful of bands. Naturally, there will always be some musical differences present in any band, but our style of late thankfully is something we can agree on.

I know you often get lumped in with the Scottish punk scene, is that something you find frustrating?

People can perceive us as they wish of course, but we feel the ‘Punk’ genre has become somewhat saturated in recent times and is stereotyped as three chord aggression without much melody and bands wearing leather jackets and safety pins. It’s become more of a uniform than free expression as it was originally conceived in the late 60’s/70’s. The only aspect of us that would fit into that category is our stage show.

Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?

The single will be available on all major platforms on the 27th, but the launch night is on the 25th at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh Following that on the 267h at Conroy’s Basement, Dundee, 28th at Falkirk’s Behind The Wall and finally the 13th note in Glasgow on the 29th. Ourselves and the label felt it was better to restrict the tour to Scotland as recently we have focused on performing Down South and in Europe.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

We’ve all played separately and together in bands for a number of years and met when featured on the same bill, with the exception of our drummer, who finalised the line up about 10 months ago. He effectively learned to play while touring with us.

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Review: Dom Pipkin, Smokin’ Boogie

The city of New Orleans is going to be three hundred years old this year and Pipkin acts as a guide through it’s musical history. Things start with a little bit of a potted history, including how much of the city’s musical development took place in its many houses of ill-repute in the segregated district known as ‘Storyville’, a hub for prostitution, liquor and music. Here, musical pioneers honed their craft, guys like Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, who as Jelly Roll Morton, may not quite have single handedly invented jazz, but as Pipkin remarks “he was definitely there”.

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Review: Scream For Me Sarajevo

Scream for Me Sarajevo is a documentary regarding Bruce Dickinson’s (of Iron Maiden fame) attempts to make it through war torn Bosnia to put on a heavy metal gig in the under siege city of Sarajevo. It is Bosnian directors Tarik Hodzic’s first feature length film and it offers a different slant on longest siege of a capital city in modern times. It eschews politics and, for the most part, even backstory and instead concentrates on what life was like for the city’s residents in the run up to the concert

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