Glasgow King Tut's
Friday 30th January
For such a sensational band, The Airborne Toxic Event are potentially the most unpretentious bunch of people you could hope to come across. more… “The Airborne Toxic Event”
Firstly, in an entirely irrelevant observation; allow me to state that there is an unsettling proportion of extraordinarily tall people in attendance tonight. more… “We Were Promised Jetpacks / Jesus H. Foxx / The Little Kicks”
“Eh, I’m quite drunk”. So declares John B McKenna, offering a somewhat unnecessary disclaimer to his appreciative audience. If McKenna was to be judged solely on his appearance and verbose lyricism, the verdict would surely be something along the lines of ‘tortured artist type’. But his frequent and charming between-song banter (including a plug of his demo cd followed by, “I only made six though”) reveals an unjustifiably modest and endearingly unpretentious demeanour.
more… “Zoey Van Goey / The Starlets / John B McKenna”
The Long Blondes’ Kate Jackson would appear to have swapped her tweed pencil skirts and berets for neon leggings and a glittery boob tube if new single ‘Century’ is anything to go by. It’s a stabbing, even menacing song in places, with some early-90s esque synthesisers providing the backdrop. There is some respite however, as Jackson chirps about “lightning bolts” which effectually pushes the record somewhat into the realm of Bananarama-like girlieness! This strangely juxtaposed structure may be alarming to ears of a delicate disposition yet (to use the dreaded staple word of today’s teenagers), is actually rather delightfully ‘random’!
Kid Carpet – the UK’s top purveyor of Fisher Price electronica – has just completed a Scottish mini-tourin conjunction with is this music? and those nice people at the Greenside Hotel in Leslie. Which is where Laura Barbour met the Kid, to discuss his his sound, his image, and of course, his plans for a musical assault on Europe… more… “Kid Carpet – interview”