Continuing the ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ series of shows featuring the best bands Scotland has to offer, this evening Summerhall’s Dissection Room hosts Scottish Album of the Year nominees The Phantom Band, rising stars Man of Moon and Broken Records multi-instrumentalist Ian Turnbull, performing for the first time as Digitalanalogue.
Released in March this year on Song, by Toad Records, Turnbull’s ‘Be Embraced, You Millions!’ is highly personal record born of turmoil and tragedy in a ramshackle home studio that just might have been transplanted whole onto tonight’s stage as the floor is covered in instruments, pedals and wires. Featuring guitar, keyboards and violin alongside layered field recordings and home video, Turnbull’s organic and unhurried compositions hold the audience rapt with a beautiful ‘No. 99 (‘I Love To Go A-Wandering’)’ a poignant highlight.
Edinburgh’s Man of Moon have been slowly building a loyal local following for a number of years and their disciplined decision not to record or release anything until now seems to be paying dividends with NME recently premiering debut single ‘The Road’. This national interest is well deserved as the duos dynamic mix of Krautrock grooves and blues is a highly addictive listen.
With two well received albums released in the last twelve months, The Phantom Band are on form and throw themselves into tonight’s set. Rick Anthony’s richly expressive vocal snarls and soars over a restlessly inventive backing performed effortlessly by his five colleagues with Iain Stewart’s drumming particularly impressive. There are laughs too, most notably on ‘Sweatbox’ when Anthony lifts his shirt suggestively while singing “I’m a vision coming true”. All in all it’s a great show and another fantastic installment in the ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ series.