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Record Store Day 2019

RSD started on Friday night for some people – BM chatted to guys outside Mono who “had a list”…

Ok, so BM does not really intend to spend fifty quid on some obscure reissue but applauds the work that our local record shops do to get the best releases in, and put on free entertainment as well. BM did actually buy something on RSD but more of that later.

First up at the redoubtable LoveMusicGlasgow was Fallen Arches (aka Colin Bell) outside the shop, in the sun with the incongruous backdrop of Queen St station scaffolding and Sandy’s “F— Brexit” T-shirt display. Colin played last year and this performance was even better, promoting album number two. Standout tracks were ‘Inappropriate’ , ‘Grey Cloud’ and ‘Passing Disaster’, very good songwriting and furious strumming, an altogether great performance and BM hopes to see Colin in indoor venues promoting the album…

Highland-originated Riot Grrrl two piece Bratacus were on first on Mono, delivering some fast and furious cuts including such numbers as ‘Turnstiles’ and ‘No Such Thing As A Real Man’ generally railing against sexism in the music industry, including guys who routinely patronise them for being “wee girls”. On the strength of this performance they are a force to be reckoned with, the bass and guitar attack would scare the shit out of most, and BM noted Manda Rin watching on as the next generation rocked it up… Well worth checking out, turns out they are sisters (doing it for themselves – sorry!). Breagha Cuinn has a voice akin to John Lydon/Kathryn Hannah in its abrasiveness and her sister Onnagh has a screaming backup…

So BM hotfooted (flipping hell in heels!) it back up to Lovemusic where the sun was still shining and Tom McGuire and the Brassholes were about to start – and they did not disappoint! BM knows this was the one act Sandy wanted to get, and they gave a bravura performance today, in the sun, seven piece act with loads of brass and the one and only Tom coming across like Alec Harvey vs James Brown outside, competing with various random shoppers and Hearts fans…it was just glorious and the debut album is oot now…

There were further scrapes at LoveMusic with The Bikini Bottoms doing a great set, a two piece act with writhing guitar licks and homages to Elvis, and The Brothel Creepers, with their classic take on rock n roll, (via the Cramps) as a the three piece (and BM bought the Graveyard Tapes on CD, a fiver for a disc featuring both bands and other weirdos of the current Glasgow scene…)

Back at Mono, Moffat and Hubby played songs from the current album ‘Here Lies The Body’ to a rammed crowd – lots of people TALKing but they powered through fair play to them but Mono on RSD is all about abandoned prams, toddlers in ‘Subpop’ t-shirts (FFS!) and barking designer dogs. BM was surprised neither of them blew a gasket and asked the audience the SHUT TFU, but they are now seasoned pros… Last song about Hitler was great though, although BM could barely hear it above the background racket…

Back up at Lovemusic (and BM curses those heels…) last act on were the glorious Hector Collectors… performing as a two piece, just Adam and his guitarist foil Martin, who gave us some choice cuts from the current album ‘Remember…’ which Adam ceaselessly held up at every break..

It is a great album and the stuff they played, especially ‘We’re Not The EdgeLords’ was amazing, witty and dark in equal measure. They ended (after an almost dangerous confrontation with some pissed up Hearts fans, a theme of the day at Lovemusic…) with a new Brexit song, to the tune of Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas’, “Merry Brexit…” with some great lyrics, competing now with BM faves TheIaindDuncanSmiths in terms of topicality…

All in all a great day, and respect to both record shops for pushing the boat out for live music….