The Wintergreens and White Heath, Trampoline, 22nd November 2008

So I don’t get it.  A number of people have commented to me about how they don’t like the music of White Heath.  And I don’t get it.  And here’s why – if you like Broken Records and don’t like White Heath then you are either not listening to White Heath or you’re just being a snob about what you listen to.  I have no beef if you openly say you don’t like Broken Records and don’t like White Heath but I cannot possibly understand how you can like one and not the other.  And that’s not to say White Heath sound exactly like Broken Records, because they don’t, but if I were bracketing bands in Edinburgh together I would place White Heath firmly in the Broken Records box.  It’s kind of like saying that you love Mogwai but don’t like Explosions in the Sky.  The ideas are similar, but the tunes are very different.  And you know what, I’ve seen Broken Records live a lot and I actually enjoyed White Heath more at times last night than I have ever enjoyed Broken Records.  I don’t know exactly how young these guys are but the energy and passion in their delivery of their set last night was fantastic to watch.  The musicianship on offer was great, their piano player as good as any piano player I’ve seen, the songs are well structured and interesting and they have to be the nicest bunch of lads to have played a Trampoline show in such a long time.  Really genuine, really friendly, and really upset about things that other Edinburgh musicians have said about them.  I’m not going to get involved in that, but I am going to say that as performances go, I would put theirs up there with the best of them.  I thought they were fantastic.  I will certainly be keeping an eye on their progress and would be happy to have them back at Trampoline anytime.  If I have one criticism it would be over use of the trombone.  But it’s just a small personal thing I guess.

The Wintergreens were also great.  I thought their dancers – I’m not sure what to call them though so if anyone can fill me in on the proper name for their style then I’d be delighted.  Anyways, not only were they beautiful, they added exactly what I have always wanted for Trampoline, an element of art and diversity.  The performance of the Wintergreens was enjoyable though I did feel a little distracted by the dancers at times.  Maybe it was because they were actually beautiful or maybe it was because at times they got in the way a little.  Having said that, the wintergreens are similar to my own band in the sense that they don’t really offer a lot to look at.  Visuals really add to the performance and I personally loved it.  They are an interesting band, clearly influenced by their Icelandic roots and I thought they delivered an excellent 40 minutes of music.  

I’m also delighted that the turn out was so good and hopefully the nights will attract those people ack.  I hope so.  I don’t want to discuss my own performance last night.  I was happy with it and a big thanks to Russell for playing viola for me.  I hope people enjoyed it.  But if I think too much about it then I will just get upset aout being let down.  So it’s best left alone.

Another good night for Trampoline I think.  Already looking forward to Withered Hand in December.