clunkclick presents The Sound Of New Scotland; SONS from the We Can Still Picnic stable starring south of the border at the S&S
art pop melodists WAKE THE PRESIDENT
Wake The President interviewed for THE QUIETUS by Adrian Lobb:
Who are the bands that have influenced you? Are Orange Juice one of them…?
ES: Yeah, but it changes from day to day. Lyrically the first two Belle and Sebastian records were absolutely perfect. You can say what you want about that group, but lyrically they're unrivalled. They're a big influence on me. A literary band. With me, the words usually come first – I read a book, take a line from it that I like, and that'll usually set off a series of emotions which will get the song off and running. And The Pastels have existed for so long because they have done it at their own pace whilst constantly releasing the highest standard of music. They are not millionaires, but they have the highest respect from their peers and people have been influenced by them all over the world.
I think a lot of the time your destiny is in your own hands, you just need to make the choice on what path to take. Groups from Scotland don't really chase it as much.
hot garage angles from POST
POST was born in a basement in Partickhill, Glasgow. There, the group toiled with a couple of guitars, a drum kit and a makeshift synth for just long enough to carve out a rough outline of their sultry, darksweet and wholly petulant garage-pop sound, before trying it out in a few venues around Scotland and the North of England.
Part of the We Can Still Picnic collective, POST began regularly playing WCSP nights around Glasgow and soon went back underground, this time to the basement of the Admiral bar. Here they hosted and held residence at their own club, Looselips, with the help of DJ, artist and older lover Dougie Morland.
This and a New-Deal scheme earning them a few days' recording at the excellent Green Door studio helped buff up the POST sound and the band went on to get a bunch of songs down in a flurry of sessions in late 2011, the track 'Monument to a Lost Cause pt.1' opening the 'Mao Disney - Fluxing up the Aesthetic' 12" comp a few months later. The band's work to date has earned them the support of Marc Riley at 6music - for whom they have played two live sessions - and a recent no. 2 slot in NME's The Buzz feature. More spoils from the Green Door sessions will soon see the light of day, finally, in the form of the mini-album primer, Cavalcade.
we're all here mainly for the CASUAL SEX
THE GUARDIAN, New Band Of The Day No. 1,468, Paul Lester:
Casual Sex are a Glasgow outfit in the Orange Juice/Franz Ferdinand tradition rather than in the Alex Harvey sense. Theirs is a spiky, tart pop music inspired by that moment in early 1981 when the penny dropped and UK post-punk bands began to realise one way out of the art of darkness was through the charts. They have a singer whose voice channels Lou Reed's droll spirit and some of Edwyn Collins's arch wit, and the way their players negotiate their instruments suggests an affinity with all manner of pop and rock styles and eras from glam to white reggae.
The joint CVs of these late twentysomethings include stints in record production, studio engineering, other groups as well as "the fashion and telecommunications industries", as their press release has it. They were brought together through chance meetings (and other Josef K song titles) before gathering at Glasgow's Green Door Studio, where the idea of Casual Sex took shape. Observers reliably inform us they "look like they've walked out of Edinburgh/Glasgow circa 1979", a reference to the formative stage of the careers of Orange Juice, Josef K, Fire Engines et al when Scottish bands resembled sexily dishevelled bank clerks straight out of the pages of a Franz Kafka novel.
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THURSDAY 2ND MAY 2013
£6 ADVANCE / £7 ON DOOR
and now available locally at BEATDOWN, REFLEX and RPM.