The Glasgow School
Perfect for kickstarting the summer, if it happens this year.
News of the month is the triumphant return of Park Attack. After their fantastic album, recorded in Paris, there's a string of gigs for a band that has an enormous Glasgow following. Rabid post-punk performed by a gang of nutty performers, their amazing sound has proven them to be one of the leading lights of Glasgow's scene. Copping some Dada tactics as well as some moves from the greatest of punk bands, Park Attack can be seen at the Queen's Club on April 14 (see listings section).
Big news also is that the doyens of the new Goat Scene, Our Lunar Activities, are to tour with Snow Patrol for the UK leg of their forthcoming foray. Already famed for their amazing Thursday nights at the goat and responsible for helping the careers of acoustic, electric and unique electronic outfits, Cold Night Song on Thursdays and the boozy comedowns on Sunday are proving that the Goat, along with Miso, are at the vanguard of venues promoting Glasgow's most vibrant music.
One of the best bands at the moment, even though they're just starting out, are Bwana Devil. Beautiful harmonies, winsome acoustic textures and sky-grazing ambition that will see them set to challenge the big boys, they can be seen at King Tut's on the 16th and the 13th Note on the April 23. Catch them before you have to pay twenty quid.
Gents, a tsunami of electro-sound, are running with the sounds of the eighties but transplanting amazing lyrics like "there's you, dancing in your newly stolen shoes," to add a bit of sleazy Glasgow glamour. Popup have been going from strength to strength, supporting King Creosote and playing (that name again) at the Goat for a triumphant after-show party. Rumours are flying about that they're due to be signed to someone or other but you can read about them next month in the King Tut's up and coming band section of the magazine.
Golden Oldies of the Glasgow scene The Amphetameanies, who used to have a little known guitarist called Alex Kapranos in their ranks, have a new album coming out at the end of April. The band have consistently been amongst the liveliest of Glasgow bands and are launching the record, playing gigs and generally rocking the party all over the next few months. Perfect for kickstarting the summer, if it happens this year.