The Niallist


There's no limit

David Pollock checks out NORAVE as they attempt to expand the minds and

tastes of Glasgow clubbers

ights which concentrate on local guests can often come with an air of apology. and the unspoken suggestion that what's going on is a bit second-best in the absence of funds to bring bigger guests in from further afield. So it‘s refreshing to hear NORAVli co-promoter and DJ Liam Arnold speak with unswerving conviction about the quality of his new monthly night at Stereo. alter a series of underground parties and the NO HO HO (‘hristmas special last year. ‘lt‘s about opening tip people's minds to genres that they wouldn't normally give a try.‘ he says. ‘and to open tip their minds to the vast quantity of fantastic inusic that‘s being made locally.‘

Not that NORAVli is the only night of its kind in Scotland. or even in Glasgow. bill it does have some kind of implicit manifesto: an eclectic and exciting selection of disconnected live acts and a team running things who have notable previous on the local scene all of which contributes to the fact that NORAVE is doing things on its own terms. and cares not a toss for artificial fashions. ‘The name's a reference to New Rave. of course.‘ says Arnold. ‘which. as a genre. was a complete media invention. So this is about escaping from scenes. from cliques. and from the kind of rules that people seem to follow about going to a techno night. or to a rock gig. and thinking of them both as separate things.‘

NORAVE itself is actually the club extension of the NORAl'E compilation. a handy audio snapshot of some of the finest music in Glasgow from multiple genres. Although the team which runs the NORAVE residency is a joint partnership between Arnold.

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Graham Boag and Niall Connolly. it was the latter"s Little Rock Records that released the original title. (‘onnolly is perhaps better known around Glasgow as The Niallist. the production guise he‘s used to play ()ptimo and Death Disco. among other places.

'If you put a techno DJ and a rock band on the same club bill.‘ continues Arnold. 'people‘s reaction is often to say “you can’t do that. I‘m not going to like both of those." That doesn‘t matter. lixpand your mind. NORAVli is a locally-minded club with a global attitude. and the only rule is that we showcase music we love and know is good.‘ As promised. this first night of the monthly residency features dancetloor rock‘n‘roll from the band Tokamak. laptop glitchcore from Loutsl. crunk in the style of Hudson Mohawke and Rustie from Fox Gut Daata. bassline from Bitskit and a live set from The Niallist‘s new band They Live.

The 'global attitude' Arnold speaks of will kick in next month. as Manchester's Blood Moon are joined by Perth‘s Tayside Mental Health and a soundclash between Glasgow noise band Weenliz and electronicist Gator. It will also be the first anniversary of the release of the NORAVE compilation. which will be deleted on the day in 'celebration'. ‘lt had to be a transient thing.‘ says Arnold. ‘The album was a strong statement at the time. but we have to move on. That's what else this night is about: not getting bogged down in the past and concentrating on what's out there and happening right now‘.

Stereo, Glasgow, Thu 5 Mar.

A MNXJOO To celebrate their 100th party, the team behind respected techno bash Monox are trying something a bit different as they are Joined by Monolake and T++. Sub Club. Glasgow, Fri 6 Mar.

ti: Bleep Live Bleep have moved. and they've got up and coming dubstep don 2562 (pictured) in to help them celebrate. Pivo Pivo. Glasgow. Sat 7 Mar.

:2: Trade Union Fight against your natural instincts and head out clubbing on a Monday. Come on Gang! tempt you in with a live SXSW warm-up show. Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Mon 9 Mar.

:71 Nevereverland Modular Records' mini-festival hits Scotland. and brings with it Afrika Bambaataa, Alexis from Hot Chip, the Bang Gang DJs. Tame Impala and more. Arches, Glasgow, Fri 73 Mar.

:1: Optima presents A New Kind of Kick Optimo's Twitch and Wilkes pay tribute to the recently departed Lux Interior, whose band The Cramps helped shape the club‘s musical tastes. Stereo. Glasgow, Fri 73 Mar.

>2: Vacuum The occasional night of high quality techno and electro returns with guest DJ Richard Sen, of Padded Cell. SW63 Studio Warehouse. Glasgow, Fri 73 Mar.

rt: Vintage Violence New night from the heads at Fast, for some dancefloor destroying rock'n'roll, garage, rockabilly, 603 pop and post punk. The Wee Red Bar. Edinburgh, Fri 13 Mar.

ii: Big’n’Bashy The dub club is joined by rising grime star Tempa T for a night of frantic beats and breaks. The Bongo Club. Edinburgh, Sat 74 Mar.

>l< Fake On the Brink's Raffertie reschedules his date for a guest slot at the electro, techno and disco house rave up. Sneaky Pete ’5, Edinburgh, Sat 74 Mar.