The Skinny: April 2014 Editions
GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL, THE DOUBLE, CLOUD NOTHINGS, ECA FASHION SHOW, GOLDEN TEACHER, SEBASTIAN JEFFORD, EMA and more...
THE SKINNY northwest ISSUE 13
Editor of The Skinny Northwest, Lauren Strain introduces issue no. 13:
So you know how we might have said something last issue about a party? Well, we're pleased to say that Ninetails DJs and electronic project WYWH have joined the bill for our First Birthday celebrations at The Kazimier, Liverpool, on Saturday 12 April (that's a live line-up featuring Melodic Records' modern shoegazers Patterns and psych guitarist John McGrath – and, on the decks, the mighty Scenery Records and Wet Play). It's free, it starts at 8pm, and we would love to see you there – you can email email@example.com, although you don't have to do so to be able to turn up, but it's cool being on lists eh.
Being one year old means, somewhat confusingly, that we've made 13 issues, but for the sake of symmetry please accept this lovely composite photo of 12 months' worth of Skinnies to the right – featuring covers by numerous regional illustrators and photographers including Melissa Murphy (launch issue), Anna Beam (June), Jennifer L Haley (July), Thom Isom (October), and Katie Craven (December), and more. We hope you've enjoyed reading the magazine as much as we have enjoyed – and occasionally had our sleeptime infiltrated by – making it; thankyou for picking it up, drinking pints over it, arguing online over it, papering your toilet walls in it (cheers Unity Radio), decorating your hairdressers’ window displays in it (spotted in Liverpool), and supporting us. If you would like to get involved and be a part of The Skinny in 2014, do get in touch.
OK then. April. It's a ridiculous but also exciting time of year where basically all of the spaces that exist are being taken over by events that form part of festivals with the word Sound in them, from Sound City in Liverpool and Sounds from the Other City in Salford, to Salford Sonic Fusion Festival (OK not quite, but y'know), all vying for your attention – and all touched on in these pages. There are also starting to be little lambs everywhere. Yay. So this issue, there’s a seasonally appropriate sense of rebirth and reinvigoration in Music, from EMA and Cloud Nothings’ latest albums that both find them enjoying a notable confidence and freedom of expression, to Liverpool screamo/hardcore band We Came Out Like Tigers’ refreshing refusal to compromise on their rigorous ethics – as well as a healthy dose of spring madness in the form of a, um, literary Mexican wrestling match.
Homage is also paid to things past (Slint’s seminal Spiderland, and, er, BBC Three); Clubs gets proper into the nitty-gritty of making noise, from visceral party band Golden Teacher to Atjazz to Max Graef; and Film speaks to auteur Xavier Dolan and Joanna Hogg on advancing their practice in Tom at the Farm andExhibition, respectively. Elsewhere, food – our production, distribution and consumption of it – becomes something of a talking point, as playwright Simon Stephens discusses his part in the Hunger for Trade project in Theatre, and our Food editor offers a primer for the 'ethical foodie' after a look at the story of rose veal.
Speaking of editors, we also welcome unto the fold two new section editors, with Sacha Waldron taking over Art (and commencing with a visit to Liverpool's newest space, Cactus), and Alecia Marshall looking after Theatre. They both have defined visions for their sections, and we can't wait to see where they take them. [Lauren Strain]
THE SKINNY Scotland Issue 103
Editor-in-Chief Rosamund West introduces this month's Scotland edition.
It’s been a full year since I was writing my April editorial from the Manchester office as we put the finishing touches to the first issue of The Skinny Northwest, being gradually driven mad by the repetitive indie playlist of the bar downstairs as we all developed an unexpected yet immortal hatred for Ben Gibbard. Happy first birthday to the young ‘un, we’ll be celebrating with a knees up in Liverpool’s Kazimir on the 13th if you happen to be in the vicinity. They grow up so fast, etc.
Back here in the thawing north, this month sees the return of the biennial visual art fest that is Glasgow International, now under the stewardship of director Sarah McCrory. We spoke to her last month about what’s inspired her programme – turns out it’s predominantly the city itself. The wealth of exhibitions popping up in orthodox and unorthodox venues look set to form a love letter to the urban spaces, celebrating the wealth of history and creativity in a post-industrial Glasgow. Expect exhibitions in swimming pools, underground car parks and languishing galleries, their doors flung open to expose the visiting and local public alike to the long lost art and architecture of the city.
In our closer inspection of the programme, we speak to Bedwyr Williams, that rare artist who uses humour in his work, about his vast Tramway show depicting the dystopian future that lies at the end of of a contemporary world of dying industry and Chelsea tractors. Glasgow’s Michael Stumpf lets our writer into his Easterhouse studio to prod his new work and discuss the importance of imperfection in art. Winner of The Skinny Award at this year’s RSA New Contemporaries, Rachel Levine is this month’s Showcase, displaying some of the highlights of her recent exhibitions which can be seen in physical form as part of GI. In other art-related news, April marks the inaugural edition of new cartoon column What Are You Having for Lunch? by artist Jock Mooney. Turn to p7 to find out what Karen from Human Resources has been eating.
In Music, Cloud Nothings’ mainman Dylan Baldi reveals the depths of his post-adolescent angst, coupled with a disconcerting levity, as he tells our writer about new album Here and Nowhere Else. EMA, or Erika M Anderson to her maw, discusses new release The Future Void and avoiding the pitfalls of the sophomore recording. We take a trip down memory lane with Slint’s David Pajo and Brian McMahan, celebrating the release of a remastered, extended version of Spiderland; Glasgow New Blood The Amazing Snakeheads drag our writer to a terrifying boozer and have a rare old time; and The Twilight Sad give us some super-exclusive access to the studio as they record their new LP.
Following months, nay a lifetime of accumulated research, we present an exhaustive guide to the in-the-city festivals taking place across the country this summer. Our Music ed and that Vic Galloway from-the-radio headed over to Texas for SxSW and brought us back a highly informative report on the industry goings on for this year’s Scottish contingent (also some peanut butter M&Ms, cheers pal.) Last but by no means least, The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli presents us with an exclusive track by track guide to Do the Beast, the band’s first release in 16 years.
Our Film ed hung about in a Glaswegian bar with Richard Ayoade and a hen party to find out more about The Double, while also coming to the startling realisation that the man who played Moss in The IT Crowd is a bit socially awkward. We also have words with Nigerian playwright cum director Biyi Bandele about his adaptation of Half a Yellow Sun, dealing with war raging in a post-independence Nigeria, while Joanna Hogg tells us about working with non-actors to film Exhibition.
Clubs catches up with Glasgow’s Golden Teacher to hear about the relative merits of forming a band at art school or in a recording studio. Theatre takes a look at the renaissance of circus, in breathless anticipation of the arrival in Glasgow of Cirque du Soleil. In Fashion, it’s already degree show time and our Fashion ed managed to elbow her way into Edinburgh College of Art for an exclusive preview of their graduates’ work, revealed in a quite beautiful shoot. Turn to p30 to find out more.