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Review: Teenage Fanclub, EIF 2019 Rating 60%

Review: Teenage Fanclub, EIF 2019

With my baggy jeans boogieing to the band in Paisley’s Clubhouse in the early 1990s I can claim to be, technically, a teenage fan of Teenage Fanclub, if only just. Everything Flows filled the air and everyone followed to the dancefloor. Following this, Bandwagonesque finished 1991 second in NME’s coveted annual albums list, sharing that year’s ‘podium’ with Nirvana as well as geographical stablemates and label-mates Primal Scream. From that moment on a dedicated following developed, as the Teenage Fanclub’s lineup evolved, hanging on each of their initially frequent releases.

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Review: This Is The Kit, EIF 2019 Rating 95%

Review: This Is The Kit, EIF 2019

This Is The Kit is the musical project led by singer-songwriter Kate Stables (vocals, guitar and banjo). The band performs in various configurations, usually involving the other core players Rozi Plain (bass and vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums) and Jesse D Vernon (various instruments and vocals). This Is The Kit’s fourth album, 2017’s Moonshine Freeze, met with great critical acclaim and the band’s extensive Summer tour schedule included a televised performance at Glastonbury, which earned rave reviews. The schedule also included a prestigious gig at Leith Theatre on 13th August, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, and this grand old venue looked particularly resplendent for the occasion.

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Louis Rive: A collection of stories and tales really that document a wide range of things

The Cheap Part of Town is Louis Rive’s first collection of songs. Bar-room bards and street philosophers, from the down-and-out and back up again, this collection focuses on the people and places that make up the patchwork of life holding any city together. Louis, a Scottish singer-songwriter, based in Barcelona, draws widely on folk music from the traditional ballads of the pub to the modern day tale-tellers and poets. Influenced by the likes of The Pogues, Hamish Imlach, Michael Marra and The Corries, to name but a few, Louis continues the grand tradition of the storytelling musician, and is taking it to Edinburgh for a show that kicks off tonight. Louis spoke with The Fountain ahead of his Fringe show.

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Davina and the Vagabonds: To me each song is a little drop of sugar

Red House Records has released Sugar Drops, the new album from Davina and the Vagabonds. The album marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville’s Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of session musicians including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3. Davina spoke with The Fountain about the album and Scotland.

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Review: Neneh Cherry, EIF 2019 Rating 79%

Review: Neneh Cherry, EIF 2019

Drawing attention to her most recent record, Broken Politics, Neneh Cherry and band not only showcase their sass and flawless workmanship in Edinburghs Leith Theatre, they orchestrate and diffuse an superb energy into the crowd, which sees the audience singing or dancing, or both.

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Review: Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild Rating 75%

Review: Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild

Having been a little lukewarm to Blanck Mass’ other records I was interested to see what he would do next. Would it be more of the same, more extreme, maybe even trying something a bit different. Blanck Mass is the solo project of Benjamin John Power who is a founding member (alongside Andrew Hung) of one of my favourite bands, F**k Buttons. While Hung’s solo album surprised with verse and chorus structures and a loving nod to Talking Heads, Power’s Blanck Mass is pure sonic terrorism. It’s clear it’s him in F**k Buttons who loves to smash you over the head with sound!

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Review: Kate Tempest, EIF 2019 Rating 100%

Review: Kate Tempest, EIF 2019

At the end of this evening’s performance; amidst a remarkable standing ovation and calls for an encore, complete with those inevitable chants of “one more tune!”, Kate Tempest returns to the stage to take a moment to stand, silently smiling beneath a spotlight, and absorb the sustained applause. She finally takes up the mic and tells us with obvious sincerity that she’s grateful for the praise, but there won’t be an encore, in part because she hates that silly pantomime of saying goodnight and leaving the stage, only to come back on and start performing again; but mostly, she explains, because she has said everything she wants to say.

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Review: Hide – Hell Is Here Rating 65%

Review: Hide – Hell Is Here

Chicago-based band, HIDE, are back with a new album heavily laden with powerfully intense electronics, via Dais Records. Hell is Here is out on 23rd August, a well-compiled ten track LP of hard-hitting music. Like Keith Flint but with no Prodigy to mellow the ear assault.

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Richy Muirhead: I have to say that the finest moments are going to be this year

Richy Muirhead established a Scottish specific Awards, the SAMAs, the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, ten years ago, and this year will really see him rock things up with new partners and funding on the scene for the SAMAs this year. Calling it a Relaunch, he invited many collaborators and partners to an event, sharing the news of what this anniversary for the SAMAs will offer this year. Working in collaborating with both Cryptic Theatre’s Sonica Festival and Liverpool Sounds City, Richy will be doing his usual to promote the array of Scottish music talent this country has to offer, livening things up for the special occasion.

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Review: Camille O’Sullivan Sings Cave, Fringe 2019 Rating 85%

Review: Camille O’Sullivan Sings Cave, Fringe 2019

“We’ve laid the cables and the wires…” except that tonight, seemingly no one has. An embarrassing oversight means that Camille O’Sullivan’s familiar voice enters unamplified. Cue a girlish giggle, a bit of blarney that she clearly delights in and soon enough God is in the House, if not omnipotent, omitting the mixing desk on this occasion.

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