in issue 25 of is this music?, the first of the year, cover stars Idlewild grow up, reinvent themselves, and compare and contrast Rosyth and LA.
Plus, a celebration of Scottish music with Biffy Clyro on their metal roots, Aidan Moffat givings us the lowdown on the Arab Strap split and Malcolm Middleton looking forward to pastures new. Aereogramme talk facial hair and film soundtracks, Future Pilot AKA share their address book with us, and former Teenage Fanclub drummer Paul Quinn tells all about his new venture The Primary 5, Fife’s latest rising stars Kid Canaveral talk in a local accent, and the guys from Say Dirty Records are put under the microscope.
It’s not all just Scots though – The Rapture chat with itm?, Howling Bells are also captured following their last visit from a land down under, and for Black Wire the beat goes on
Plus, we look at new acts sixpeopleaway and Evan Crichton, and we have album reviews including … and … while single releases from … are rounded up and rated. itm? goes out too, taking in live shows from … plus, regular Xfm columnist Jim Gellatly looks at Dundee, the new Seattle.
It’s a bumper issue of the mag and as well as extra pages there are extra tracks on the FREE COVERMOUNT CD with We Are The Physics, Future Pilot AKA, The Scottish Enlightenment, Dumb Instrument, Kid Canaveral, Barbarossa, The Primary 5, Butcher Boy, Malcolm Middleton, The Marcia Blaine School For Girls, The Great Money Trick & The Plimptons
Plus, our regular features – top album reviews for Amphetameanies, Klaxons, Endrick Bothers, IV Thieves, Octogen, Kristin Hersh, Pilotcan, Husky Rescue…
, and singles from DeSalvo, Long Blondes, Beatnik Filmstars, Ege Bam Yasi, Ambulance, Grim Northern Social, Hussy’s…and the usual vast array of live reviews including Ballboy, Ben Folds, Brakes, CSS, Galchen, Joanna Newsome, Isobel Campbell, Roddy Woomble, Spare Snare, The Vivians….
All that and Xfm’s Jim Gellatly who loks at Dundee (the new Seattle, doncha know) and cartoon all that never mattered goes back to the future.
Among the delights in this issue, 25, of is this music?:
We ask The Royal We – Do they really hate rock’n’roll? “Only when it’s played by tossers.”.
Aidan Moffat on his ‘personal’ lyrics: “I do respect these people enough to not go telling everyone who they are… Sometimes they make the mistake of making it very known that the songs are about them……"
Malcolm Middleton on catchy pop tunes: “we are actualy all going to die”
And 8 pages of live reviews –
Mark Lanegan performs with Isobel Campbell “the sort of end-of-the-night ballad even the loneliest girl could fall asleep to”
Marcia Blaine School For Girls’ album may “may be made by machines, but this is human, warm, breathing music…”