Review: Death Valley Girls – Darkness Rains

There were a couple of Glasgow bands I had a deep fondness for, as they delved into the darker, more nihilistic forms of rock. One was Sons & Daughters and the other, well The Amazing Snakeheads, which unfortunately due to the sad passing of Dale Barclay, we will never hear from again. It is very rare to stumble upon this form of rock, but I think I may have found it in LA-based Death Valley Girls. Their new album, Darkness Rains, out on Suicide Squeeze Guitars, is scuzzy, bluesy and boldly hedonistic.

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Isabel McCue MBE: Something should be done to really stimulate people

Theatre Nemo, a charity with a mission to break down the stigma and isolation associated with mental health issues and help to reduce suicide or suicidal thoughts by supporting people to feel good about themselves is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. I had the fortune of stumbling upon this humbling organisation, rewarding founder Isabel McCue MBE with an Outstanding Woman of Scotland award at the Saltire Society’s event at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

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Review: To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

Viv Albertine has done it again, and why would I be doubting. It’s not often you see one yet alone two biographies from a rock star, but with this follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, To Throw Away Unopened, we are given a further insight into Viv’s life, this time her quest for truth and family identity. After the success of her debut biography, Faber & Faber have published another, focussing more on the difficulties she had with relationships, but not just with those partner-based as she explores those with her mother, father and sister, which were formidable and bumpy at the best of times.

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