MUSIC record reviews
JAZZ Tam White and Brian Keﬂock
The Crossing (Caber) 1t at w r Caber Music's dedication to serVing
the jazz and innovative music community in Scotland is not compromised by the greater commercial potential of this disc, and it may help raise awareness of their work With a Wider audience. Tam White is at his most SOphisticated and mu5ically aware in a set which contains a superbly effective blend of his own songs With jazz standards and grown-up pop songs. Pianist Brian Kellock, who also features on Caber’s other current release from John Rae’s Celtic Feet, is a masterly accompanist, and c0uld probably make me sound good. Well, maybe not, but he sure does the business for Tam. (KM)
ROCK The Storm Petrels
Obviously (Dumb Ass Productions)
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SOunding like the Inspiral Carpets on track one is a Curious opening gambit for a band whose debut LP hints more at the ManicS/Oasis school of songwriting. The Storm Petrels' sound is chunky overall, a little pig-fisted in places, occasionally mellow and ineVitably unlucky in love. Bands from the north east have too often been overlooked in recent years (Geneva and Coast being the exceptions), but maybe the SP5 can make an impact outWith the Granite City. Certainly 'Feel Like Gomg Home' could be a funky nursery rhyme magicked from the mind of Paul McCartney circa Abbey Road. (RE)
Sanctuary Medicines (Chrysalis) it Aiming his misery gun at Virtually everything that moves, Rico's rage is a random thing indeed. Parking spaces, holes in the ground, Ringo Starr and bowler hats are JUSl some of the 'eVils' that upset this perma-peeved, bellowmg Glaswegian UnderscOred by a limp, lolloping backdrop of metal-lite guitar histrionics and stoned grooves, the effect is less cutting-edge agit-prop than rage against the washing machine In effect, Sanctuary Med/Cines is the s0und of boredom sharing a pint With pre-millennial ennui; a lazy, jumbled cacophony of none underpinned by the hopeless belief that this monstrously self- righteous twaddle actually means something. It doesn't. (SO)
101T11ELIST 5—12 Aug i999
Ready for take off: RinocerOse Rinocerose
Installation Sonore (V2) as it 9r
They take their name from a painting by a psychiatric patient, they're French and, yes, it’s house music. Of sorts. So is this yet another cooler-than-thou French disco-house stormer to follow in the wake of Daft Punk and Cassius? Well, not really. Frankly, RinocerOse are rather too weird fOr that. Installation Sonore makes much of RinocerOse’s guitar-based roots; they're everywhere, and while they occasionally seem like an unwelcome and excitable Visitor, too eager to impress but lacking the imagination to do so, they frequently blend in perfectly With dubby house as deep as the Pacific to create something altogether wonderful. (LM)
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Revenge Of The Black Regent (Mute) ‘k ‘A' ‘k ‘k *
Another glorious burst of avant-
icheese. The title track sees a return to
the wobbly electro-prog stylings of On The Wires Of Our Nerves, while the remainder seems to SOundtrack fairground rides designed by John Waters. Bit silly, really, but none the worse for that. (JM)
The Divine Comedy
The Pop Singer’s Fear Of The Pollen Count (Setanta) at ‘k k
Old song re-vamped to precede an imminent compilation of great moments in modern foppery; the usual arch, stringsy, love-it-or-hate-it malarkey. Infinitely more interesting is the fact that judging by new press photos Neil Hannon has become alarmingly foxy. How has this transpired7 Answers on a velvet cravat (HM)
Geri Halliwell Mi Chico Latino (EMI) 9r
One wants so very very much for Geri Halliwell to be good. It w0u|d be so cool if her critics had to swallow their snobbery; but all this offers them IS more ammunition An astonishingly limp pseudo-flamenco jiggle, this sounds like a twelve-year-old’s stage school audition piece (HM)
REVIEWERS THIS ISSUE:
Sarah Dempster, Rodger Evans, Kenny Mathieson, Le0n McOermott, Hannah McGill, lack Mottram
STAR RATINGS * 1r t t * Unmissable it * e it Very ood s k s Wort a shot t ‘k Below average * You've been warned
rock & pop
Gigs are listed by date, then by cit . Performances Will be listed. provi ed that details reach our offices at least eight days before publication. Rock and pop listings compiled by Fiona Shepherd (Glasgow) and Rodger Evans (Edinburgh).
Tickets for most mediumllarge concerts can e bought from the o owing:
Virgin, Argyle Street, 204 STSI Credit card bookings from: Ticket Link: 287 SSI I.
Virgin Princes Street. 220 3234. Ripping Records South Bridge, 226 7010.
Assembly Rooms George Street.
220 4349 THURSDAY 5 Glasgow
I Widescreen. Bubblecraft and Korova King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 8.30pm. £3.50 (advance). £4 (door). Youthful guitar verve from Widescreen.
I Mixu, Servo. Stapleton and Pellet Nice 'n' Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 9637.9pnt
I Suburbia and Slinky The 13th Note Cafe. King Street. 553 1638. 8pm. £2.
I Ripcage. One Root. Texas Chainstore Masochists and Scolds Bridle Strawberry Fields. Oswald Street. 221 7871. 9pm. £3. I Gordon Hughes Kilkennys. John Street. 552 3505. 9pm. Free. Modern pop rock covers.
I Jam Session Samuel Dows. Nithsdale Road. 423 0107. 8.30pm. Free.
I Yo Yo Kilili Jazz Joint. 8 Morrison Street. 221 1288. 10pm—5am. £4 (£3). Contemporary jazz. breakbeat and Middle- fiastern rhythms.
I Andy Neate Common Grounds. 2/3 North Bank Street. 226 1416. 7.30pm. Free.
I The Prodigals Finnegan's Wake. Victoria Street. 226 38 16. 8pm. Free.
I Dr John Jazz & Blues Festival. Queens Hall. Clerk Street. 667 7776. 8pm. £18. The night-tripper returns courtesy of the good Doctor aka Mac Rebennack. Unmissable.
I The Roods Whistle Binkies. Niddry Street. 557 5114. l 1pm. Free.
I The Felsons, Blue River Giants and Remedy King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 8.30pm. £4. The headliners are one of Scotland's most respected country bands.
I Single Skin, Sundown and Antenna Fury Murrys. Maxwell Street. 221 6511. 9pm. £4. including entry to post-gig club. I Abba Disco Party Bourbon Street. George Street. 552 0141. 7pm. £5 (£14.50 with dinner). Featuring an Abba tribute band.
I Liberty Freedom Grand Ole ()pry. Paisley Road Toll. 429 5396. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50 members).
I Icarus The Hall Bar. Woodlands Road. 564 l527. 9pm. Free. ‘ I Elmo McChuills Way Out West. Kelvinhaugh Street. 221 5569. 9.30pm. Free. Indie.
I Full House Samuel Dows. Nithsdale Road. 423 0107. 8.30pm. Free.
I Midnight Blue Band Midnight Blue. Cafe Graffiti. Mansﬁeld Place Church. Broughton Street. 557 8003. l0pm—2am. £5.
I Elemental Jazz Joint. 8 Morrison Street. 221 1288. 10pm—5am. £5 (£4). Funk six piece with a driving groove. I The Lightning Brothers Whistle Binkies. Niddry Street. 557 5114. 1 1pm. Free.
I Holly Tomas Common Grounds. 2/3 North Bank Street. 226 1416. 7.30pm. Free.
I Absent Friends Finnegan‘s Wake. Victoria Street. 226 38 l6. 8pm. Free.
I Nojahoda, Bulb Chutney and Kasino King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 2215279. 8.30pm. £4 plus booking fee. Up-and-coming thrashers Nojahoda are fronted by brothers Leo and Milo and took their name from the crazy world of psycholo ‘y.
I Melo Ia and Hard left Nice ‘n‘ Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 9637. 9pm.
I Celine Dion/Madonna Tribute Bourbon Street. George Street. 552 Ol4l. 7pm. £5 (£19.50 with dinner). A combination of cover artists to conjure with.
I Rambling Fever Grand Ole Opry. Paisley Road T011. 429 5396. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50 members). Country hoedown. I Francis Anthony And The Underworld McChuills. High Street 552 2135. 10pm. Free.
I Nimbus McChuills Way Out West. Kelvinhaugh Street. 221 5569. 9.30pm. Free. Entertaining collective who combine an acid jazz feel with rock inﬂuences.
I The Originals Kilkennys. John Street. 552 3505. 9pm. Free.
I The Vagabonds Waxys. Candleriggs. 552 8717.9pm. Free.
I Remedy The Wharf. Yoker Ferry Road. 959 2016. 9pm. Free.
I The Sound Samuel Dows. Nithsdale Road. 423 0107. 8.30pm. Free. Classic rock and pop covers.
I Open Stage The Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 564 l527. 4—8pm. Free.
I The Dazes Finnegan‘s Wake. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 8pm. Free.
I Lizzard Lounge All Stars Lizzard Lounge. Cafe Graffiti. Mansfield Place Church. Broughton Street. 557 8003. 9.30pm—3am. £6 (£5).
I The Ugly Groove Movement Jazz Joint. 8 Morrison Street. 221 I288. l0pm—5am. £5 (£4). Edinburgh‘s favourite funky family.
I Frank Satan Planet Pop. Attic. Dyers Close. Cowgate. 225 8382. 7.30pm. £3/£2. Legendary lounge king Frank Satan offers a night of memories. romance and alcohol. Opening party of Planet Pop (see preview).
I Green/Orange Whistle Binkies. Niddry Street. 557 5114. llpm. Free.
I Echoboy, A.R.S. and Stash The l3th Note Club. Clyde Street. 243 2l77. 9pm. £3. Stash are a local pop/rock combo promoting their current single ‘Drastic Plastic‘.
I Lummox. Social Lepers and Fried Bread The 13th Note Cafe. King Street. 553 1638. 8 m. I Panhandiers Grand Ole Opry. Paisley Road T011. 429 5396. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50 members). Country sounds.
I Live Music The Chill Zone. Kilkennys. John Street. 552 3505. 9pm. Free. Weekly showcase of local bands.
I The Roods Finnegan's Wake. Victoria Street. 226 38l6. 8pm. Free.
I Brian Kellock Trio and Diskografaz Jazz Joint. 8 Morrison Street. 221 1288. 8pm—5am. £3. Contemporary jazz.
I Sneaker Pimps and Mystery Juice The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 8pm. £6. Atmospheric trip hop sounds from the much acclaimed Sneaker Pimps with local support.
I Folking Sundays Whistle Binkies. Niddry Street. 557 5114. I lpm. Free.