I Julian Lennon (‘alton Sttidios. Calton Road. 556 7066. Only Scottish show. See panel.
I Drunken State Moshpit. Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 31173. 7.3(l—1 1pm. Thrash. Popular with the kids in the fluorescent Bermuda shorts.
I The Bloo Boys Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free. Three guys with guitars playing liddie (‘ochrane-sty Ie stttll.
I The Charge Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3316. £1 after9pm.
I The Tex Fillet Five Trading Post . The Shore. 553 716-1. Spm. Frec..1okey country.
I Kevin McDermott Orchestra The Mayfair. 49(1Sauehiehall Street. 332 3872. 9pm. See panel.
I Big George and The Business
Rhy thm'n'Booze. Venue. (‘alton Road. 55731173. (ieorge and the gang doanotbcr of their weekly Rek B sessions. Tonight's guest not confirtttcd.
I Johnny Sunbeam .‘s’egoeiztnts. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free. Residency.
I Dig Parade Preservation 11a11.Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.3llpm. Free. Besuited. key btiard-and-drum-machine-based group.
I Fjaere Nilssen St James ( )y ster Bar. ('alton Road. 557 2925. American singer appearing every second Monday.
I Seven Eleven ()asis. Victoria Street. S3Hpm. Free. Rock classics.
I Tin Machine Forum. Yes. here it is. tucked away in the listings. as ifthe legendary David Bowie were ashamed to be playing with his new band. And in Scotland. yet. After the notorious‘(ilass Spider" tour. it's not surprising that he's keeping a low profile. Still. it's highly commendable that he's playing areasof ('entral Scotland that rarely get any live rock at all.
TUE DAY 4
I The Indian Givers .‘s‘apoletms. lzs
Merry lee Road. 637 5238. 9pm. Free. First (ilasgow gig since the release oftheir line debtit single. '1 latcbeck (iirl' and one which should he particularly busy. The
liy e show s should also have improved given their recent outings with Frazier ('horus in lingland.
I Kingfishers Catch Fire and Big Parade The Buck. 272 St.\"incentStreet.2215279. 9pm. £2. First (ilasgow gig fortbe tremendous Kingfishers. a London-based outfit whose sound contains traces of 1 .ed Zep and Janis Joplin as well as theirown brand ol rock. In addition. Big l’arade's demos suggest that an improvement on their performances of last year can be expected.
I Bobby Wishart l lalt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free.
I Woodrow Wilson PI Clarke's. Queen Street. Independence day celebrationsat this pub venue. with appropriate soul sounds.
I The Tex Fillet Five Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free. Spoof country.
I Los Supremos St James' Ovster Bar. (‘alton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Wide range of cm ers from small blues-based band.
I The Rootsie Tootsie Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.3(1pm.
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The Kevin McDermott Orchestra, Calton Studios, Edinburgh, Friday 30; Mayfair, Glasgow, Monday 3.
Some kind of success is long overdue for Kevin McDermott. The Glaswegian singer and songwriter formed The Suede Crocodiles alter being jolted by punk rock, when he was ‘just growing up, and I thought ilyou made a good noise, a good racket, then that was good enough for anybody’.
The Crocodiles are history now, and McDermott’s first LP ‘Sutfocation Blues’ sank with little trace in 1984, but ‘Mother Nature’s Kitchen’ (Island), the new LP from The Kevin McDermott Orchestra, will doubtless open a new chapter in his and his band’s careers. The first single from it, ‘This is Where We Were Meant to Be’, and a support slot with 10,000 Maniacs in May, gave a taster of the quality of the songs on ‘Mother Nature’s Kitchen’, and while sales may take a while to pick up, the prediction around here is that in a few years time it will be a record you’ll keep stumbling over in other people’s couecnons.
‘I want to play to a lot of folk who know my songs and will come along purely for the fact that they want to hear me singing and performing. That’s it. If I get bored with that I don’t know what I will ever do with myself. Being on stage is like stepping on to another planet, it's just where I exist more than I exist in real life.’
For someone with such ability, whose music is surely destined to become a fixture in a great many living rooms soon, McDermott is notably unpretentious about his art.
‘My brain collates nonsense and puts it into something that is entertaining and perhaps amusing in a verse-chums format. I’ll draw on anything I have experienced, be it early days, be it
Free. Rhythm ck blues. I lloakie Finoakie ( )asis. Victoria Street. S.3(lpm. Free. Southern hillbilly.
I As llThe Fixx. 86 Miller Street.2~lh‘ 2859. lllpm. Free. (inod pop band w ith competent playing and singing. if ultimately undistinguished.
I Marino’s Men l lalt Bar. Inn \Voodlands Road. 332 1211). 9pm. Free.
I Woodrow Wilson Negociants. l.ot hian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free. fixeellent locally-based soul singer.
I The Booze Brothers Tron Tavern. 1 lttnter Square. 8pm. Free.
THURSDAY 6 Edinburgh
I Kingfishers Catch Fire and Barky Barky Venue. ('alton Road. 557 3073. See Tue -l. I Gave Robb St James ( )yster Bar. ( ‘alton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Folk-influenced singer-songwriter. accompanying himself on a resonant bouzouki. with fine recent demo under his belt.
I The Dan Blocker Experience Negoeiants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free. Enjoyable and versatile country band.
I Texas Breakfast Ry tie's. llaymarket. 337 7582. 9pm. Free. Rhythm ck blues. Residency.
yesterday, and use itto make something new. I’m trying to avoid "writing about”. . . “I have written about. . That sounds to me like a lot of rubbish. I’ve got some tunes, I put some words to some tunes and I like playing them. I’m not about to make some big proclamation, it’s not like that.
’If you said to me now, Write me something, I could probably write something that rhymed and was gramatically pretty good. I have used songs like that. We had a day off in Dublin in the studio, and I was under pressure to actually produce something from that session in a day. So we quickly threw something together, and it turned out really well. It will probably be on the next album. It's called "Suicide on South Street”.’
After a while treading the boards around Europe and the States when the Crocodiles bit the dust (‘lf you do something they like they instantly give you it back’), with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his vocal cords, McDermott returned home to form a band with his brother Jim on drums, Steph Greer on bass and Marco Rossi on guitar. ’I’ve got the group that will kick any supergroup all over the place. I’m just happy, full stop.’ (Alastair Mabbott)
I The Famous Other Band ‘t‘t-nn Tavern. llunter Square. Midnight.
I The Brothers Preservation 1 lall. Victoria Street. 226 3316. 9.3llpm. Free. Residency.
FRIDAY 7 Edinburgh
I The Indian Givers (‘alton Studios. ('alton Road. 556 7066. See The -l.
I Electribe 101 Freedom lixprcss. Wilkie l louse. The (‘ow gate. First of two nights from the folks behind the Spanish 1 larlcm club. tomorrow night taking place at ('alton Slttdios under the name Metro. Brummies lilectribe 1111 seem to be a
soul electro band in the vein of Inner('ity. I Loose Cut Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm.
I Live band l.ord [)at'nley . \Vest Port . 22‘) 4341. ltlpm.
SATURDAY 8 Glasgow
I Shoot To Kill Halt Bar. l6(l\\"oodlands Road. 332 12111.9pm. Free. L'ninspired. but competent bluesxrock pub type band. Some good ideas that could be workedon. but the cover version of Brcl‘s ‘Amsterdam‘ is not one ofthem.
I MC Duke Metro. ('alton Studios. (’alton Road. 556 71166. Horne-grown rapper with. as far as we know. only one single so
far. ‘1'm Riffin'.
I.The Bhundu Boys and Capone and The Bullets Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street.668 2019. Doors open 7.30pm. £5 from Ripping Records. A welcome. belated return to Edinburgh for the Bhundus. who view this part of the world with a certain affection. And what with Capone's infectious ska rhythms therc’ll hardly be a moment to keep still all night. The concert is a benefit for The Lothian Federation of Anti-Poll Tax Groups.
I Pulsebeat Plus Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.'~l5pm. Free. Fighties pop rock.
I Blueiinger Platform ( )ne. Rtitland Street. Residency. See Sat 1.
I The Barrelhouse Sheiks Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. Li alter 9.3(1pm.
I Blue Vein Ry ric‘s. l lay market 'l'errace. 337 7582. 9pm. Free. Rhythm ck blues.
SUNDAY 9 Glasgow
I And NOW The World Vidcodromc. 33.") York Street. 221 (1441 . 9pm. £2.
I The Robert Cray Band Playhouse. 7.3llpm. £111. See Music Preview.
I Slammer Moshpil. Venue. ('alton Road. 557 3073. 7.3” l lpm. l’optilat' thrash metallists with major deal (and a not-bad-sottnding 1.1’). returning alter a successful support slot earlier in the year. I Driving Sideways Negociants. I .othian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free.
I The Tex Fillet Five 'l‘rading l’ost . The Shore. 553 716-1. Spm. Free. ’l'ongue in cheek country.
I Panic No More Preservation l lall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1alter9pm.
MONDAY 10 Edinburgh
I Big George and The Business Rhythm'n'lioo/c. Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 31173. See Mon 3.
I Johnny Sunbeam Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Lothian Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. ‘).3llpm. Free. lleayy rock band. w llo'ye kept themser esto themselves for a while. now makinga comeback.
I Seven Eleven ( )asis. Victoria Street. S.3flpm. Rock classics.
TUESDAY 11 | Glasgow
I Hearts and Minds Napoleons. 128 Merrylee Road. 637 5233. 9pm. Free. One of ( ilasgow ‘s most popular liy e attractions of recent months.
I Mega City Four and The Exploding Hamster Molesters Rieo's. 2 Anne Street. (ireenock. 9pm. Starsol a recent Sounds freebie lil’. the highlight here isobviously the first appearance in years of the legendary lisploding l lamster .‘ylolesters. The best funniest thingtdepending on your point of view ) to happen in ( ireenock since Morton beat Rangers 3-2 a coupleol’ seasons back (also depending on your point of view ).
I Slice and Pale Fire the Buck. :72 St Vincent Street. 2215279. 9pm. £2. Slice have been putting in some tremendous live performances recently. while l’ale Fire seem more effective in demo form
I Bobby Wishart l lalt Bar. l61l\Vood|ands Road. 332 1211). 9pm. Free.
I The Rootsie Tootsie Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Rhythm & blues.
I Hoakie Finoakie ( )asis. Victoria Street. 8.30pm. Free. Southern hillbilly.
I Los Supremos St James ( )ystet' liar. ('alton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free.