Deathpodal – Exu_Wow

Firstly, I really really like this EP.  I think it’s fab.  From the art right through to the music, everything about it is interesting.  A lot of care and attention and love has gone into it’s production and I immediately love that.  I hold my hands up and say it is this EP’s art work that made me ask Lizzy Stewart to do the Kays album art.  I wanted to steal it.  I love it that much. Anyways, I new Lizzy’s work for Tracer Trails but it was this that made me want her to do our record.   So when I was contacted by Alastair Chivers aka Deathpodal about having a listen to this EP I was excited but worried that my love of the art would be far greater than my love of the music.  Something deep inside me told me that I would not be disappointed though.  And so it has turned out to be the case.

This is a fascinating work.  And I will call it a work because it feels like it all works together.  It’s well planned and beautifully sculpted.  It opens with an instrumental entitled ‘Robert’ with a dischordant echo of Mogwai, which is carried through to ‘Squirrell and the Fox’ which reminds me of Young Team Mogwai at times with some YIFI vocals for good measure.  In fact, early Y’all Is Fantasy Island would be a good reference point for anyone interested.  However, there’s much more to Deathpodal than this.  When the noise is cranked up it is cranked up big time but in an understated way.  It gets a bit thrashy if you like.  Which is ok with me.  I was brought up on Nirvana, Mudhoney, Quicksand and other thrashier bands.  So ‘Every Superstition Shall Be Removed’ feels good.  It feels like a nice change in pace but well in keeping with what’s gone before and what is to come after.  It goes back to quiet for ep finisher ‘There Is A Diagram For This’ before exploding to a climax brilliantly.  Personally, I think this EP is fucking great.  You should check ou Deathpodal here and judge for yourself.  Enjoy.


Smith/Linkous/Chesnutt Update

So I thought I should probably do a quick update on this whole thing. Fear not, I have 4 submissions already for this and others have been in touch to let me know their submissions are under way and will be with me by the end of this month. So it’s up and in full swing and will be happening.  Also, it’s not too late.  If you are a musician and you love one of these artists, please do send me something. You don’t have to be askedto contribute.  A number of the submissions are by people I did not know personally and I am more than happy with this.  All the submissions so far are awesome.  So yes.  If you are keen to be involved in this project to raise money for a charity that deals with depression please please please drop me a line at .  It’s going to be great.  I promise.  So yes, please do keep an eye out for this and when the tracks go up please download them and contribute to the cause.  It’s very important.  You can read my original article here if you haven’t already.  Thanks.

Over The Wall – Settle Down

The first time I came across Over the Wall was when I asked them to play Trampoline way back in January 2009.  They played with Meursault, if I remember correctly, and the cheeky chappies made the first and only unofficial Trampoline poster, which can still be seen on the walls of the Wee Red Bar to this day.  They played a blinding set of up tempo euphoric pop music and I looked forward with anticipation to more from them.  They once again graced Trampoline in January 2010 – I think exactly a year to the day from their first outing.  Sadly I was not in attendance and this single is one of the first things I’ve heard from them in a long time.

They are a 2 piece – Gaven Prentice and Ben Hillman – they have been playing anywhere and everywhere, getting their name out their and making a lot of important people stand up and pay attention.  And on the evidence of this single and it’s B-side it is completely understandable why. 

I must admit it took me a while to get in to single ‘Settle Down’.   I found it a bit of a slow burner, a bit of a grower a bit of a fighter.  Perhaps exactly like this pair themselves.  The more you play it, the more rewarding it becomes.  The more you hear them, the more you want to hear them.  It builds and grows and ends in a glorious swirl of voclas, backing vocals and trumpet.  It’s a winner that’s for sure.  Give it time and it will have you hooked.  Something that Over the Wall seem to be masters at.  The B-side ‘A History Of British Welfarism (1945- 1984)’  is equally compelling and engaging.  All in all, this is a top little release from an excellent band who have surely much more to offer and soon. 

This single was released on 7 inch vinyl and digital download on Monday 5th April on Motive Sounds Recordings.   It is Over the Wall’s second release on Motive Sounds following their debut EP ‘The Rise and Fall of Over the Wall’ and is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Treacherous’ due in the summer.

You can check out Over The Wall here.  Please do.  Enjoy.

Library Tapes Live In Edinburgh

Here’s a gig recommendation for you and it’s not just cause I’m doing a solo set as part of the night.  In fact, I’m on first and probably won’t play more than 4 or 5 songs.  I’m simply helping to advertise this show because Library Tapes are stunning.  Just wonderful.  If you like your ambient, modern classical music then you are going to adore Library Tapes.  I wrote about his work way back in January of this year here.  Please, if you have a love of all things quiet and beautiful then do make your way along to the Roxy Art House for this one.  The line up looks pretty cracking and for a fiver it must be worth it surely? Do come along.  Info below:


in association with Sleepsound Agency and Vixen Records:


“Excellent” BOOMKAT


“Inventive and mercurial…a quiet gem” UNCUT


“Woodchucker produces hazy, distant memories of music – sounds of faraway places smothered in a cacophony of fractured noise. Stunning, haunting stuff. ” DROWNED IN SOUND


“eccentric and often delicately original” THE SKINNY


“Without his colleagues, McMeeken’s music is a different beast – fragile, simple, like the sound of a Christmas card-perfect snow scene” UNDER THE RADAR


7pm, WEDNESDAY 21st APRIL 2010                                                                                                    

    advance price from….     £5