Theatre. Greenside Place, 557 2590. CANCELLED.
0 Double Trouble The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Headlamps Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. 0 The Peristalsls Brothers Ne’gociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Swing and skiffle.
0 La Paz Bruce Hotel. East Kilbride. 9pm. One ofthe better local heavy metal bands.
0 Rootsie Tootsie Band Harry‘s Bar. Sauchiehall Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Someone Somewhere Zaks. Sauchiehall Street. 9pm. Free.
0 del Amitrl Bad Ass Club. Clyde Place. 9pm. It is a while since del Amitri last played in Glasgow — so this should be of interest. bearing in mind the strength oftheir last demo. 0 Slave Trade The Fixx. Miller Street. 10pm. Free. Another highly spoken ofband, although 1 have not seen them for myself.
0 Chicane The Bowlers. Tullis
Street. 9pm. Free. Pub rock residency
0 Headlamps and Hungry Years New Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. 9pm. £1.50.
0 Billy Jones The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Fri 15.
o The Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 55601 11. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Dunnichen Day Party The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. £2.50. With a selection of bluesy bands from across Scotland: Big George And The Business (Glasgow). Blues ‘n‘ Trouble members John Bruce and Tim Elliot being a duo for the night and Grey By The Gun. Extra treat: Dundee United game on giant video screen.
0 Celsius Negociants. Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Loosely improvised music.
0 Wyoming The Fixx. Miller Street. 10pm. Free. Bound to be very busy indeed. and not recommended if it is a hot night. The music is fine. though.
0 Janet Pulls ll 0" Bad Ass Club, Clyde Place. 9pm. An interesting and promising band — don‘t be put offby their name.
0 Reverend Doe and the Rhythm Aces Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free. A Clydebank band. I think.
0 The Primevalsz he Cretins Fury Murrys. Maxwell Street. 221 651 1. 10.30pm. £3. The Primevals have a new LP out on New Rose in the not too distant future. while the Cretins are Glasgow’s favourite Ramones fans.
0 The McCluskey Brothers Tron Theatre. 63 Trongate. 11pm. £4. It is still worth tracking down their Aware ofAII album from last year— if possible. Folk music without the woolly jumpers.
0 Basil Gabadon‘s Bass Dance
Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm.
0 Big George and The Business McArthur Park. Renfield Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Stranger Greenock Town Hall. 7.30pm. Competent and melodic rock band — ifyou like that sort of thing.
0 Blues ’n‘ Trouble The Mucky Duck. Shotts. 9pm.
0 Flesh For Lulu and The Doctor’s Children The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7pm. Last time I saw this lot they were without a deal and with no idea where the next stick of eye-liner was coming from. Now they‘ve got sponsorship from a major brewers and are contributing a song to John Hughes. director of teen smash Pretty In Pink. No doubt he‘ll do for FFL what he did for the Psychedelic Furs. and they've worked hard enough to deserve it.
o The Shamen and The thhooks The Onion Cellar. The Mission. Victoria Street. 225 6569. 9.30pm. £2.50 (£2). Aberdeen‘s finest band of the moment. dabbling in an updated psychedelic pop. Very palatable. Support. The ()ffhooks. stretch back to the great garage bands of the late 603.
O Fini Tribe New Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. Performances by the Tribe are usually Events. including such activities as metal-bashing and arc-welding. which have earned them comparisons with Test Dept and Neubaten. charges they vigorously deny. Experimental. their records often consist of strange noises. but De Testimony was a neat dancefloor number.
Currently one of the most exciting bandsbasedin
P0 P u Edinburgh are Dog Faced Hermans, whose three-track
I single ‘Unbend’
(recorded in Cambridge earlierthis year as an experiment, not intended as a release) is selling respectany well— in fact, much bettersales are being reported south of the borderthan most Scottish independent singles. Formerly two-third of Volunteer Slavery, Marion (vocals, trumpet, cowbell), Andy (guitar), Colin (bass) and Will (drums) have been playing together for some time, though the Hermans themselves only came into existence when the previous group dissolved last summer. Volunteer Slavery‘s famed live improvisations have mainly been left by the wayside as the Hermans have become more structured and controlled with the passing oltime. When they say, ‘We want it faster, snappier, not too drawn out,’ they‘re not joking. As well as being tighter, their recent gigs have been more frantic than ever before, leaving no space in the set to draw breath. ‘Six months ago I don't think we imagined we’d sound like this at all,‘
0 Cry Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Pop. 0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West
Port. 229 4341. 9pm. Free. See Fri 15.
0 Jean Christoft and Sophie Ne’gociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
: FRIDAY .22 Glasgow
0 Flesh tor Lulu QMU. University Gardens. 9pm. £3.50. Promoting their new single ‘Siamese Twist‘.
0 0n the Pavement Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free.
0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Platinis. West Nile Street. 9pm. Free. Residency continues. . .
o The Psycho Surgeons/Rough Charm Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 10.30pm. Sounds like a fun night out ...ldon‘t think.
0 Heaven Sent Rock Garden. Queen Street. 9pm. Free. A Mayfest residency continues.
0 The Sirens 'I‘ron Theatre. Trongate. 11pm. £4.
0 The Styng Rites Windy‘s Bar. Paisley. 9pm.
0 Fun Patrol Weavers. Maxwellton Drive. Paisley. 10.30pm. Two decent gigs for those wanting to see live music in Paisley.
0 The Straight Men Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. A good pub rock band — or is that a contradiction in terms?
0 Cameo Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. POSTPONED.
O The Primitives The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7pm. Ramones‘ guitars and Monkees‘ melodies. is the description that‘s
says Andy, reflecting Marion’s view that ‘we’re still learning’.
The breakneck pace of the new songs, Andy's vital, slicing guitar and Colin‘s nimble bass hammering have invited comparisons with, among others, The Pop Group, Rip Rip And Panic and The Slits, but they’re one step ahead of those who would pigeonhole them. The comparisons that crop up, Colin points out, are different each time.
‘lf’s much easier to take somebody else‘s thing and rehash itthan to try your own thing,’ he continues. ‘And I think a lot of bands fall into thattrap. They want to get a gig, so they do something that sounds like somebody that‘s popular.’
The last word on their music, though. has to come from Will: ‘We justdo dead good dance music.‘
stuck. Suddenly had an indie smash when the Shoppies turned their backs. Derivative but enjoyable.
O Avail Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free. Hard rock/heavy metal.
0 Wasted Days (Tobe confirmed). The Rolling Stone. Greenside Place, 558 1270. 9.30pm. Free. See Fri 15. o The Block Brothers Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.
0 That Swing Thang Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
SATURDAY 23 Glasgow
0 Any Other Colour'l‘he Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free. Another promising Glasgow band. that could be worth a look now — although they are still at an early
0 Rolling Joe and The Jets Boulevard Hotel. Duntocher. 9pm. Ancient (or at least its seems that way) rocker. with really dated music from the Tutti Frutti era. making a comeback after being away for all of 18 months. A good stage performer. if that makes up for it.
0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Montego Bay. Jamaica Street. 2pm. Free. Afternoon pub rock.
0 McCluskey Brothersz he Sirens Tron Theatre. Trongate. 11pm. £4. The last ofthe late night Mayfest events— and a good one to go out on.
o Bands Competition Windy‘s Bar. Paisley. 2pm. A real mixture of styles — event lasts all day.
0 Big George and The Business Platini's. West Nile Street. 9pm. Free. The majority ofperformers today seem to be over forty. but then we all know that Glasgow is thriving with young talent.
o The Cateran Weavers.
Although they don’t go out of their way to be esoteric or weird (‘there‘s no point in pissing people oft‘), the Hermans know well that their songs aren’t straightforwardly commercial. Nor will they ever be; their autonomy matters more to them than big bucks. Concerning major record deals, as Wilt describes it, ‘Dnce you’re in that position your music is to an extent dictated by the markets and by big record guys saying ‘We'll just stick a producer in here for you.‘ When we did our single we had complete control over everything.’
Founder members of the Edinburgh Musicians Collective, which started in shared practice space with the idea that ‘it people knew each other they wouldn’t mess each other about so much’, the responsibilities kept the band away from rehearsals for a while, but they are now finding more time to devote to playing. A session recorded lorthe John Peel Show is just aboutto be broadcast, and the band are planning to tourthe country in the summer. Hopefully alive EP will come out of the gigs, as the current single, good though it is, just isn’t a patch on what the Hermans are doing live right now. Those eager to find out can catch them at Edinburgh's Calton Studios on Friday 23. (Mab)
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