Review: All Time Low – Wake Up, Sunshine Rating 62%

Review: All Time Low – Wake Up, Sunshine

All Time Low belong to a certain class of rock band. They were finding their feet just as the likes of Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and My Chemical Romance were reaching arena status, something they would achieve much later in 2015 when they headlined the Hydro, and when these bands had either left the scene behind or had hung up their boots. Now eight albums deep, Wake Up, Sunshine occupies a strange place as the band recalibrate following the shaky Last Young Renegades. To set things right, All Time Low have looked back to move forward, the end result being a record that longs for the mid-2000s.

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Review: Irist – Order of the Mind Rating 77%

Review: Irist – Order of the Mind

Arriving fully-formed as if from nowhere, Irist’s debut record is a shockingly confident mission statement. Given the seal of approval by Nuclear Blast and content to let the music do the talking, Order of the Mind is ten tracks of assured and diverse metal, owing debts to Gojira and The Ocean. But it was Brazil’s Sepultura that motivated guitarist Pablo Davila, from Argentina, and bassist Bruno Segovia from Chile to go for it: the Cavalera brothers had proven there was space for a South American band in the genre, and they’ve got their sights set on carrying the torch.

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Review: Roddy Woomble – Everyday Sun Rating 85%

Review: Roddy Woomble – Everyday Sun

Despite their early angular and dissonant sound developing into the sort of epic, R.E.M. inspired rock that should have been right in my wheelhouse, Idlewild seemed to pass me by. Over the last couple of years though, I have found myself listening to quite a lot of singer Roddy Woomble’s solo work, with Before the Ruin (the album he recorded with John McCusker and Kris Drever) being a particular favourite.

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Review: Scabby Queen by Kirstin Innes Rating 81%

Review: Scabby Queen by Kirstin Innes

Lochwinnoch-based Kirstin Innes has exceeded the anticipation surrounding her new novel, Scabby Queen, after winning Not the Booker Prize with Fishnet in 2015. Five years later, she has delivered a better novel than her protagonist, Clio Campbell, does an album in this tome.

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Review: Chloe Foy – Callous Copper Rating 85%

Review: Chloe Foy – Callous Copper

Gloucestershire-born indie-folk singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is noted for her graceful vocals, intricate arrangements and emotionally direct songs. In recent times, she has toured extensively in support of the mercurially talented Jesca Hoop (while also providing backing vocals in Hoop’s band) and completed a headline English tour to promote her third EP, Callous Copper. For this EP, Chloe Foy’s vocals and acoustic guitar are supplemented by a talented and versatile string quartet.

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Review: Myrkur – Folkesange Rating 81%

Review: Myrkur – Folkesange

If Aurora is the Earth’s optimism, Myrkur has always been its anger. Since Amalie Bruun sent the black metal world into a frenzy with her mix of otherworldly howls and atmospheric headbangers, she’s been accompanied by a darkness haunting her extreme music, like a raging Anna Von Hausswolff.

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Review: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals Rating 72%

Review: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

Boasting one of the best names in rock music, Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have delivered their fourth album, in advance of a UK and European tour. Viscerals is uncompromising but familiar: simple sledgehammer riffs; the Devil’s Interval; lumbering beats; and dark lyrics, soaked in reverb and delivered like battle cries… Comparisons with Black Sabbath, Killing Joke and Soundgarden are inevitable.

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Review: Theresa Breslin and Bernard Ponsonby’s Creative Writing Club, Aye Write 2020 Rating 70%

Review: Theresa Breslin and Bernard Ponsonby’s Creative Writing Club, Aye Write 2020

Aye Write’s first – and sadly only – event this year took place in the Mitchell Library on Thursday, March 12th as Bernard Ponsonby introduced the work of author Theresa Breslin. Breslin’s work spans many subject matters from the historical to the ideological, seen in Remembrance and Divided City, just two of her works from 2002 and 2005 respectively.

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Review: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love Rating 87%

Review: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love

Having previously seen this in London’s Barbican, I return to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall for a repeat performance of From Scotland With Love. It’s been over five years since we had seen this last, and on second watching there are certainly sections I feel I missed the first time around but what is more than clear is that us Scots would probably never tire of this particular performance. The stunning Scottish archive film by director Virginia Heath with musical score by King Creosote is such a richly stimulating delve in to our grandmother’s pasts that take us back to tech-free era that many of us look back to with fond memories. Certainly with the live score, there is much to indulge in the sitting, as King Creosote and his nine-piece band perform the complex score.

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Review: Billie, Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Rating 75%

Review: Billie, Glasgow Film Festival 2020

Without fully realising the story and background of jazz singer, Billie Holiday, it felt relevant to be going to explore her past with this James Erskine documentary of her life. This was prior to uncovering the facts, and those that journalist and Billie fan, Linda Lipnack Kuehl, had unearthed as she set out in 1971 to write a full biography on the artist. Over the course of eight years, Linda tracked down and recorded over 200 hours of interviews with the people that knew the jazz musician personally. The book was never finished nevermind published, and the tapes never before heard until now.

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