GLASGOW BARROWLANDS THURSDAY : 30 : MARCH plus guests THE FOUR OF US BOX OFFICE - 041 226 4579
EDINBURGH - The Playhouse : 10 Oct.
GLASGOW - The Pavilion : 12 Oct. For information - Edinburgh - 031 557 2590 : Glasgow - 041 332 1846
edinburgh queen's hall
sunday : 30 : april
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EDINBURGH - QUEENS HALL - MAY - 14TH GLASGOW - THE PAVILION - MAY - 16TH The Album is "Southside" For information - Edinburgh - 031 668 2019 : Glasgow - 041 332 1846
GLASGOW FURY M URRYS - 30 MARCH
Kevin McDermott Orchestra
EDINBURGH VENUE - 31 MARCH DUNDEE DANCE FACTORY - 2 APRIL
The Single: Wheels of Wonder ABERDEEN : CAPITOL l8 MAY EDINBURGH : USHER HALL 20 MAY o N DUNDEE : CAIRD HALL 2] MAY These are re- scheduled dares. Existing trekeis valid for these shows
glasgow pavilion - sat :27 : may For information - Glasgow - 041 332 1846
IRVINE : MAGNUM CENTRE 17 MAY
edinburgh queens hall - sun : 28 : may For information - Queens Hall Box Office - 031 668 2019
GLASGOW gkwé APRIL FRAZIER CHORUS
ALSO EDINBURGH - CALTON STUDIOS - 7 - APRIL
GAIL ANN DORSEY
ALSO EDINBURGH - CALTON STUDIOS - 14 - APRIL
96 MAXWELL STREET, GLASGOW TEL: 041-221-6511 ‘——-
Alive piece consisting of Stuart MacLeod (vocals, guitar), David McKee
(vocals, bass), John Deas
(keyboards, guitar), Stuart Millar (piano/keyboards) and Jum (drums), the Runaway Trains have been quietly putting together a set of endearing pop songs for the best part of two years, based largely in their hometown of Airdrie.
With three drummers and several names in the interim period, the band's first claim to serious attention came in the form of a demo recorded last autumn at Evenload Studios in East Kilbride, which highlighted a genuine songwriting ability, rather than anything near a definitive product. Subsequent gigs showed the possibilities offered by a sound with its roots deeply in American rock.
‘I think for what was our first real attempt at recording the demo still stands up quite well,‘ said Stuart, ‘but since we have started gigging more regularly the rockier side of what we are doing has become more obvious.‘
‘A live band should sound more exciting than a studio recording, and I don't see why anyone would want just to create the studio sound in a live context. It’s hard to put a label on what we do, but in terms of influencesl would say you are looking at things like R.E.M., The Stones and Tom Petty. I think people in Glasgow tend to find that a bit unusual because we are less safe and a bit heavier than a lot of
As" an alternative or follow-up to the L'sher l laII gig. how about The Cateran. Deal Heights Cajun Aces. Swamp Trash and Wraygun and The Rockets? Recorded sounds courtesy of Spanish Harlem club I Wolfsbane Rock (‘afc. Venue. ('alton Road. 557 3073. What i know about this band ofinetallurgists couldn't coy er the back ofa stamp. so I‘ll mention that with new owners in the process of takingoycr. there could be a certain amount of change at The Venue. Keep an eye out to seeil your favourite clubs are carrying on here or moving elsewhere.
I Bluefinger Platform ()rie. (‘aledonian Hotel. Rutland Street. Rock'n'roll. Residency.
I The Tex Fillet Five Trading Post . The Shore. 553 7164. Illpm. Free. Spoof country.
I Little Wolves Negoeiants. Lothiari Street. 225 (i313. 9.45pm. Free. (‘apable. driving blues-rock group.
IJohnny Sunbeam l’resery'ation l lall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 al’tcr‘).3llpm. I Charlie and Her Sheepdogs [.ord [)arnley. West Port. 22943-1 l . Afternoon. Free.
I Driving Sideways Lord Darnley. West Port. 229-1341 . Illpm. l-‘ree.
SUNDAY 2 Glasgow
I Wolfsbane Rooftops. 92 Sauehiehall Street.,’332 5883. ltlpm. lleayy metalol some description or other.
I Pale Fire and Tantara Blade The Videodrorne. 33, 39York Street. 22] 0441. 8.30pm. Two good bands. Watch out for Pale Fire's classic song Pasadena in amongst their otherwise dreamy set.
I King Bees Duo La 'I'anierc. 15 Fox Street. 22] 484-1. 9pm. Free
Given the dual frontman approach, a a much mooted criticism is that the band still lacks a locus, or a strong sense of identity— something that they are keen to deny: ‘Stuart and I are very different as frontmen.‘ said David, ‘and lthinkthat helps widen the appeal. While the two lrontmen may take a lot of the attention, I think we are striving for each member of the band to develop a strong personality on stage. so that people can focus on the band as a whole ratherthan any individuals.’
For now, while they are still some way short of reaching their full potential as a band, the Runaway Trains are listening to the right things and attempting something which is clearly worthwhile.
‘I would say that we were ready to get signed,“ concluded Stuart, ‘but I think we are still some way all being ready to put out records. We need more time to build a following and get things right, but for now we would just like to be recognised Iorwhat we are doing. And I would like to think thatwe can develop as much in the next year as we have done in the last one.‘ (John Williamson).
I Head of David. Godllesh and God Venue. (‘altoii Road. 55" 3W3. ‘l’ow er nietal‘. Stimuli called Head of Day id. and they should know. H( )l) deny any connection with the current hardcore way e. and w itli their drum machine and steaming guitars haye more lll common with the late Big Black. Stey c .»\lbini lll lacl produced the band's Him/mu II I’. Sledgchaniniering sltill.
I Tackhead ( ~alton Studios. ( altori Road. 55(i"li(yo lllpni ~1tllll. L5, Sec Sat l.
I Bluefinger l il\ c. Ray elslori l louse llotcl. Musselburgli. oli.‘ 2428. 2.3Ilpni. Ll. .\'ew out-ol-town \enue lorSunday afternoons.
I Bluefingercaic Royal. West Register Street. Spin. Roek'n'roH.
I The Tex Fillet Five lrading l’ost . 'l'he Shore. 553 SIM. lllpm. l‘rce. Spool country and w ester n.
I Warren Peace .s‘r lame-s ( )y stci' liar. (‘allon Road. 55" 2935 ‘lprii. i'ree. l’op. Residency.
I The Brothers l’rcser \ atron llall. Victoria Street. 23o 3M!» Ll alter “pm.
I Live band \egociarils. l.othiaii Street. 225 0313. 9.45pm. l-rec.
I Blue Smoke [.a 'l'anicre. l5 l'o\ Streeet. 221 «1844. 0pm. l'i'ec. Another hand with Blue Ill their name and ‘)II’ , of thernseein to gel gigs at la '1 anIere.
Edinburgh I Kool and The Gang l’lay house 'I heati'e. (ireenside Place. 55" 250i). 7.3llprn.
L1 1 .50. Lil). Well. what doyoii say toa group w ho assisted at the birth of disco.
45 The List 24 March—6 April 1989