Live Music Roundup for April

Peculiar, indefinable, and utterly wonderful; American six-piece The Spinto Band play the Barfly on April 22

Article by Jay Shukla | 16 Apr 2006

Studio 24 has some pretty exciting gigs coming up this month. On April 23 they play host to Metal overlords Man of the Hour. These boys are seriously old school; song titles like Friendship Through Steel and a predilection for waving around swords onstage tell you all you need to know about this band. Thank heavens they rock like bastards. April 24 will witness Festival 24 at Studio 24; 24 bands playing over two floors. You know it makes sense.

Skinny Favourites How to Swim will play Cabaret Voltaire on April 26. Currently boasting more than ten full time members, it's going to be interesting to see how they're all going to fit on stage as they thrash out menacing, hypnotic numbers such as the frankly epic Bones. These paragons of Glasgow eclecticism will be supported by the equally adventurous collective known as FOUND (read our interview with Ziggy Campbell and Tommy Perman on the Skinny website).

Alt-rock supergroup the Silver Jews make a rare appearance at the Bongo Club on April 27 as part of the Triptych festival. Aside from honcho David Berman collaborators have included Duane Denison, Will Oldham and on/off band member Stephen Malkmus. Poetic, insightful and genuinely moving, this is a rare to chance to see what promises to be a very special show. Don't miss it.

Also this month: Amplifico at Henry's Cellar Bar on the 22nd, A Certain Ratio at the Bongo Club on th 29th, Bettye Lavette at Liquid Room on the 29th.


On April 8 the Soundhaus will play host to a great new unsigned bands night called Retro Reverb. Running until 3.30am this will be an orgiastic indie rock onslaught as a whole slew of ace bands play back to back. Featuring local heroes like o.b.e and Sound Development Agency you're pretty much guaranteed a quality night out.

Peculiar, indefinable, and utterly wonderful; American six-piece The Spinto Band play the Barfly on April 22. Having formed after singer Nick Krill discovered an old box full of lyrics penned by his grandfather – then decided to form a band to play these songs – the Spintos have evolved into a group that bring a sense of whimsy and wonder to their spirited, poppy compositions. Their live shows are a riot, so don't miss this.

The Datsuns were always the cream of the garage rock crop, and they'll be making their way to ABC 2 on April 23. Theirs is a pulverising live show that touches those parts of the soul that only foot-on-the-monitor soloing and high-pitched rock and roll caterwauling can reach. Tunes like the awesome Harmonic Generator will leave you in no doubt that rock is indeed god's most glorious creation.

Also this month: Anthrax at Carling Academy on the 7th, Killing Joke at ABC on the 8th, Fear Factory at Garage on the 12th.