In this week’s Scottish music bulletin: Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails reveal details of Music Language Festival; ThistlyFest debuts in Dunbar; new music from We Are The Physics, Hiva Oa and more; plus this week’s gig guide.
Good Monday to you. Or not so good for me, with a bit of the sniffs. But still. Let’s crack on.
• The full line-up for the Music Language Festival - a joint venture from gig promoters Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails - has been announced. The festival takes place on September 1 and 2 in Glasgow at SWG3, The 78, Kinning Park Complex, Grand Ole Opry and Nice’n’Sleazy, and if you’re quick you might grab an £8 early-bird ticket.
The vast array of talent includes: Alasdair Roberts & David McGuinness, Aggi Doom, Big Ned, Clocked Out, Conquering Animal Sound, Dam Mantle, Die Hard, Hanna Tuulikki with Nerea Bello and Lucy Duncombe, Happy Particles, Hector Bizerk, Mother Ganga, Palms, Sacred Paws, Tut Vu Vu and World Peace but for the aforementioned full details, you should visit the website.
• But let’s not forget there’s also festival fun this weekend - courtesy of the first-ever ThistlyFest. The Thistly Cross Cider event takes place on Saturday in Dunbar and the line-up includes Meursault, Withered Hand, FOUND, Bwani Junction, Woodenbox, Capitals, Fatherson, Tango in the Attic, Kitty the Lion, Remember Remember and a solo set from Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson. Find out more on Facebook.
• Glasgow livewires We Are the Physics have announced their next single, ‘Applied Robotics’, will be released on August 13 through This Is Fake DIY. Their press release quotes are always fun. Michael M said: “It’s fairly indicative of the general theme of our new record which is the democratisation of high technology and how it becomes an almost invisible and underwhelming extension of our bodies. We thought maybe we no longer appreciate how powerful the technology we take for granted is and we wondered at which point we’ll merge with it completely like robo-folks. It could’ve already happened if you regard even wearing glasses or contact lenses as high technology, which it certainly was at one point. Also, we just liked shouting ‘robotics’ so everything we just said is retro-fitting justification. It’s more about shouting.”
Anyway, give it a listen on SoundCloud.
• This week we got an email with the subject: “Nerd from Edinburgh makes mini future-noir soundtrack and posts online for free”. You couldn’t not, could you? The nerd in question goes by Ferret Berserker (yup) and his set of tracks, ‘I dreamt of a unicorn’, is available on SoundCloud.
• Hiva Oa have announced they’ll release debut album, The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss, on September 7 through mini50. It’ll be available on CD and download. For a reminder how it may sound check out the video for ‘Badger’.
• The Mouse That Ate The Cat’s single, ‘I Am the Hottest Fire’ is out today. The band is playing with DARC, Johnny & the Giros and TeKlo on Thursday as part of King Tuts Summer Nights. Listen here.
• Glasgow duo Hotstuff & the Eyecandy release single ‘I Love You’ today via foolcircle records. They’ll launch it with a show at Nice’n’Sleazy on July 27 and also have an instore planned at Fopp on Union Street. Check them out on Facebook for details of where to get your hands on it.
THIS WEEK’S GIG PICKS
MONDAY: King Tuts Summer Nights continues with The Unwinding Hours welcome return to the stage tonight, supported by Olympic Swimmers and Dead Electric. Also headlining as the festival wraps up this week are Fires Attract, Randolph’s Leap and DARC.
FRIDAY: Former Astrid frontman Willie Campbell performs as The Open Day Rotation at An Lanntair, Stornoway. Hear his album on SoundCloud.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY: The 13th Note has three days of free music for the Merchant City Festival, including Hey Enemy, Red Wings, Adam Stearns & The Glass Animals and Rainbow Fisher among many more.
SATURDAY: What’s the Noise promotions are at Flat 0/1 in Glasgow with The Lotus Project, Endless High, Honey and Calm As The Colour.
SATURDAY: Songwriter Jack James is off on a tour of the Highlands and Islands, beginning tonight in Islay’s Port Charlotte Hotel, and continuing to MacGochans, Tobermoray (July 29); Ben Nevis Inn, Fort Willian (July 30); and also planned to hit Orkney, Skye, Inverness, and Aviemore. Secret shows will be announced on Twitter.
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