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September 24, 2009

Local Natives Q & A

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Local Natives Q & A

Tautological goodness

Tautological goodness

It was no surprise to hear only universal praise for Local Natives at a resoundingly successful SXSW earlier in the year. Their hopeful dreams and dreamy rhythms underlay an of-the-moment epic American style that must sound so perfect in the Texan sun. They’ll have to get used to a British autumn though, with a part to play in the NME Radar Tour a reward for capturing such zeitgeist sounds and making them their own. The List spoke to keyboard player and vocalist Kelcey Ayer. (more…)

Wilson Tan Q & A

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Wilson Tan Q & A

Wilson Tan

Wilson Tan

Turning the West End into the wild kind, Glasgow’s Wilson Tan are the sort of psychedelic cowboys to soundtrack the coolest barn dance ever (or should that be only cool barn dance ever?). Twisting Glasgow’s darker aspects into blues bliss, they’re not afraid to take authentic country swing and see what it would sound like in space. As it turns out, the answer is: great. Here’s what they had to tell us. (more…)

September 23, 2009

Bower Birds Q & A

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Bower Birds Q & A

Unlike the Mongoose, these birds do not gang rape to breed

Unlike the Mongoose, these birds do not gang rape to breed

Spending months in the great American wilderness worked for Bon Iver in creating great music to reflect a complex, beautiful nature. Such experiences have had a similar effect on North Carolina’s Bower Birds it would seem, with the epic Carolina woods home for the gesticulation of the folksome duo (both musically and romantically) of Phil Moore and Beth Tacular. Whereas Iver’s work gained its emotional depth from his own heartache though, Bower Birds is that of hope and development, as two characters get to know each other, as well as the natural world they got so close to. And you can get close to them as they come to Scotland in October, but first, see what Beth had to say. (more…)

Girls Q & A

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Girls Q & A

That's just dangerous

That's just dangerous

Embracing the full liberty of San Francisco lifestyle, Christopher Owens has come a long way since his childhood growing up as part of the Children of God. The religious community, previously home to River and Joaquin Phoenix keep pop music a restricted taboo, but Owens always yearned for the freedom to create. With the help of Chet ‘JR’ White, that pent up energy has become Girls, a band looking to do it all, with a little help from the back catalogues of The Doors, Led Zeppelin and most other acts of rebellion you’d care to mention. Here’s what Chris had to say to EML. (more…)

The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

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297_553The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

On a very bare but beautiful surface the second album from Scotland’s best band since… actually, just make that Scotland’s best band, is of similar, romantic, epic post-rock terror as their well-received and near perfect debut, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters.

The loud, distorted guitars are there, marching drums too, and don’t forget James Graham’s savage, unapologetic central Scotland bite, relating tales with similar obscure, almost extraneous titles. (more…)

September 14, 2009

Whispertown 2000 Q & A

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Whispertown 2000

She's lovely, isn't she?

She's lovely, isn't she?

From tap dancing with Dick Van Dyke, playing with Jenny Lewis (being namechecked on more than one Rilo Kiley record) and pretending to be in love with Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Morgan Nagler has already done her fair share of living. But the former child star still has a lot to offer, teaming up with some fellow country loving Californians to go back to her first love – old school Americana. The Whispertown 2000 (formerly Vagtown 2000, but changed to protect innocent grandmothers) create the sort of folk tunes fit for fans of everyone from Conor Oberst to Dixie Chicks, via Emmy Lou Harris. She spoke to EML. (more…)

Reflections of Mercury

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The sales of Elbow’s fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid, quadrupled after their Mercury Award in 2008. It’s a safe bet that the winner of this year’s accolade, Speech Debelle, will match at least that part of the Manchester’s band’s huge success: the recently released Speech Therapy had sold only 3000 copies before the ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Tuesday, September 8.

9000 people inspired by curiousity, vanity or genuine respect for the awards to take a risk on a relative unknown may be one of the easier Mercury outcomes to judge. But, if there’s anything the ceremony has taught us, it’s that lasting public opinion can differ greatly from that of 12 conceited musos sitting round a table in a posh hotel for an evening. (more…)

Schuh presents The New Blood Tour

Schuh presents The New Blood Tour
The Chapman Family, We Are The Physics, Televised Crimewave

Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Sun Sep 13

I wanna get physical. Or something.

I wanna get physical. Or something.

Even with the astonishingly reasonable free price tag, the prospect of Monday morning seems to have put many off the idea of heading to the Bongo Club for a night of what shoe companies think you should be listening to.

The half empty floor does provide space for Televised Crimewave frontman Daniel Wilson to strut about, free from the shackles of stage and inhibitions. His stint atop of a table is sadly short-lived though, perhaps realising the songs don’t live up to the excitement he clearly feels in them.

It takes Glasgow favourites We Are The Physics to make the crowd as animated as the performers, with their sharp looks, sharp shouts and sharp riffs all making this a performance that Gillete would heartily approve of. Fun, frenetic and fiendishly amusing.

Such adages lack application for The Chapman Family however who bring the mood down with flat vocals and something of an uninspired effort to their Interpol influenced dark rock. It could be blamed on an emptying floor, but all enthusiasm drains, and even the brilliant Physics become a distant memory. A disappointing end.

September 6, 2009

The Young Republic Q & A

Filed under: Interviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:34 pm

The Young Republic

The Youn Republic

The Young Republic

Settled in the home of American country, Nashville, after meeting at one of the country’s most prestigious music colleges, The Young Republic combine southern tradition with east coast class – being both wholly American, yet open to a world of ideas. Consisting of Julian Saporiti (guitar, vocals), Kristin Weber (violin, vocals), Bob Merkl (guitar, pedal steel), Nate Underkuffler (viola, piano), Chris Miller (bass) and Logan Linning (drums), their MySpace influences list – “American music. British bands playing American music. Old dead white European dudes – mostly German” and it shows, with Brechtian tendencies clashing with blues roots and the alternative rock of Pixies and Pavement. It’s a mixture that promises excitement, something surely to be delivered on upcoming second album Balletesque. The band seem to think so too. (more…)

Stanley Odd Q & A

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Stanley Odd

Stanley Odd

Stanley Odd

Still an odd paradox for some, Scottish hip-hop is only getting stronger. Acts like Young Fathers and Northern Xposure are bringing the spirit of South Central to the Central Belt, offering an alternative to the bountiful angular indie that’s heard spilling out from most cheap venues on a Saturday night. Add to that list Stanley Odd, who, after only a year in existence, are quickly emerging as one of the most thoughtful and entertaining acts of the Scottish hip hop scene. We spoke to main vocalist Solareye about making it with the new Scottish sound. (more…)

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