The Glasgow School (Live Music Column)

Feature by Nick Q | 15 Feb 2006
This is a new column designed to cover the best in music, upcoming events, gossips and releases from the hottest bands in Glasgow. It needs your help, so get in touch at with all your news, views and bullshit for us to pore over. Current toasts of Glasgow, The Cinematics have a video and single out now called Break. With sonorous vocals redolent of Roddy Woomble and a pulsing New-Wave disco beat, they marry pop with dark sensuality, making for a hedonistic concoction.

Congratulations to Endor who've got a single coming out on the fantastic new Say Dirty Records Label, they packed out King Tuts for the best party since ours on the last weekend of January. Melodic ballads, gruff Glaswegian accents and beautiful harmonies are their stock-in-trade. Buy the single and support local Glaswegian enterprise or catch them on Feb 15 at Stereo. Alex Smoke's got a new album out: the classically trained pianist has been collecting laurels for his burbling techno, designed for dinner parties as well as pill munching dancefloor maniacs. An utterly fantastic album from a great label and an enormous talent.

A new night will be starting at Miso on Thursday nights. Featuring local talent from the aforementioned Endor to Black History Month, the night will be a regular feature serving amazing food until the early hours, helping you slam cheap, yummy flash cocktails down your face and getting busy with the glamour.

Eats and Beats starts on Feb 9. Our Lunar Activities, featuring evacuees from The Reindeer Section, Astrid and the Zephyrs, are an amazing band for those harking back for the halcyon days of Glasgow indie. Referencing the Yummy Fur, Uresei Yatsura and Arab Strap, they're brill and have a single out in early February. Go and snap it up before they hit it big.

Eclectic hippy sound-clashers, The Sound Development Agency's banging, monstrous electro is an anthemic clash of Primal Scream's grit and The Stone Roses' slinky chic grooves. They've a gig at Cabaret Voltaire on the 12th and are organising a few home gigs to trouble your knackered dancing shoes. For the more pensive punter, Alan Crannie has a wee EP knocking about full of his soulful, star-gazing folk rock. Stacking his gigs with manic crowds, Alan's a sure fire hit whose combination of sky-grazing grandeur and earthy honesty is effortlessly evocative, keep an eye out for him.
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