Disco Doom’s Nick and Paul get stuck into a bargain bucket of deep fried electro

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Sundays are fast becoming the new Saturdays, at least for those who can reconcile a night on the tiles with the demands of a Monday morning’s work. The latest contribution to Glasgow’s ever-expanding definition of the weekend is Off The Hook.

As ever, the new night is a response to lacklustre clubbing experiences. ‘For years my friends and l have gone out and bitched about the music being played in clubs,’ says promoter and resident DJ Polstyle, aka

‘There’ll be room for 808 electro-pop, and maybe a touch of cringe—worthy rave.’

Paul Beveridge. ‘No matter how much fun we’ve been having and no matter how good the atmosphere has been, I just can’t help wishing they’d played this record or that record.’

The music Beveridge has been missing is electro, a genre that isn’t exactly underexposed in the city, but doesn’t have a place to call its own. ‘We’ll be playing mostly electro,’ Beveridge confirms. ‘Mainly up-to-date stuff, but then bands like Kraftwerk still sound up to date to me, and there’ll be room for some 805 electro-


pop at points, and maybe a touch of cringe-worthy rave!

‘Just now in Glasgow, I think there’s room for a night like this. Obviously for electro, there’s nights like Mystec and Club 69, which have inspired me, but not everyone can get out to Paisley every week, and it will be the only night in the city like it.’

Off The Hook is also set to be a showcase for live acts, including Disco Doom, Beveridge’s own electro outfit. ‘We want to be a forum for live electronic music,’ he says. ‘In the past Disco Doom have played live at places like the 13th Note alongside guitar bands and even if it’s gone really well, it doesn’t quite fit. We’ve had people asking us when we’re playing next, and we’ve really wanted to be able to play on our own territory, rather than in the wrong context. And we want to provide that opportunity for other bands, like Mendel, who are playing the second night. We plan to have someone playing live every week. If we have the opportunity, it’ll be great to get the sort of virtually unknown people from Europe whose records we’re playing, but there seems to be a lot of people in Glasgow making good diverse electronic music.’

Off The Hook, then, looks set to be a hit with the electro fraternity, and the promise of regular live acts should bring the efforts of Glasgow’s underexposed electronic musicians to a wider audience.

(Jack Mottram)

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WlLKIE HOUSE, THE LONG- established live music and club venue on Edinburgh's Cowgate, has closed. Many club nights have been relocated to sister enterprise, the Venue, but following the controversial rescheduling of nights at the Venue and the delayed opening of the Honeycomb, promoters (and listings compilers) are getting understandably frustrated.