Friday, 26 March 2010

Radar recommends: 27 March - 2 April

We Were Promised Jetpacks
[We Were Promised Jetpacks: descending on Edinburgh on Sunday]

Plan your gig-going with our pick of the week's finest live music nights...

Ten Tracks presents... The Verden Whistle Test
Saturday @ Verden Studios, Portobello, Edinburgh / 6pm / £10
You're probably too young to know what The Old Grey Whistle Test was... So, this is a special, intimate studio gig that's all being filmed, featuring the likes of UtR faves Over The Wall, Dead Boy Robotics, Esperi, Fur Hood and John B McKenna. There are only 100 tickets on offer and everyone gets a free DVD. More info here.

La La Vasques, Golden Grrrls, Girls Names
Sunday @ The 13th Note, Glasgow / 9pm / £tbc
What do you get when you mix cool girls with fuzzed out shoegazy style? Perhaps something like these bands. And that's something pretty good.

Haddow Fest
Sunday @ various venues, Edinburgh / 1pm - 12am / £20 (£15 in advance)
Glasgow may have Hinterland and Stag and Dagger, but now Edinburgh has its own multi-venue gig sprawl. Haddow Fest has rounded up a batch of indie-rock bands to entertain the masses, including the likes of Idlewild, My Latest Novel and We Were Promised Jetpacks. Check the website for more information and stage times.

RM Hubbert
Sunday @ Slow Club, The Flying Duck, Glasgow / 8pm / Free
Ex-El Hombre Trajeado man RM shows off his fingerpicking skills with an instrumental guitar set, hopefully with a few pieces from his stunning First&Last album. What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday evening.

The Besnard Lakes, Wolf People, Olympic Swimmers
Sunday @ Captain's Rest / 8pm / £8
Proving that matrimony and work can mix, Montreal's The Besnard Lakes have won over many fans with their sweeping indie rock. Get there early for UtR-featured Olympic Swimmers.

Benni Hemm Hemm, Rachel Sermanni, Graham McGeoch
Tuesday @ Bloc, Glasgow / 9pm / Free
Benedikt Hermann Hermannsson, going by the altogether easier to pronounce name of Benni Hemm Hemm, has brought the gift of excellent folksy pop from Iceland to his adoptive home of Glasgow. Get a free taste tonight as he plus band launch the Retaliate EP.
Also playing The Roxy Art House, Edinburgh on Monday

Dam Mantle, Fox Gut Daata
Friday @ Glasgow Social Centre, Osborne Street / 8pm / £5
Dam Mantle launches a new EP with suitable support from Fox Gut Daata. If you like your beats and blips on the interesting side you should head along. Plus DJ sets from Cry Parrot and Halleluwah Hits.

The Twilight Sad, The Unwinding Hours
Friday @ ABC, Glasgow / 7pm / £10
Just in case you thought The Twilight Sad's live show was lacking a few decibels (you fool!), the Kilsyth band will play this gig with an extra PA, achieving so-called "quadraphonic" sound. Hold on to your hats, and make sure you check out the sublime Unwinding Hours.
Also playing The Warehouse, Aberdeen on Thursday

Conquering Animal Sound, Debutant, Wounded Knee
Friday @ Roxy Art House, Edinburgh / 7pm / £5
Hardly a week goes by where we don't mention a gig by one of these hard-working tunesmiths. Maybe tunesmith is the wrong word, because all three acts like to break conventions however and whenever they can.

Words: Elaine Liddle, Nick Mitchell

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Friday, 9 October 2009

On the radar: Olympic Swimmers

Olympic Swimmers

Play: Father Said

Play: I Won't Sleep

Changing your name in the pursuit of fame is fairly common.

There was a really rubbish advert recently (I think it was for Norwich Union) where they had celebrities appear to talk about how they would never have made it big had they not made up a new moniker.

Anyway, Olympic Swimmers, formally Hindle Wakes, rebranded for less grandiose reasons.

“We started this band under the name Hindle Wakes,” explains guitarist Simon Liddell.

“Most other bands seem to find it remarkably easy to settle on a name, but it became a bit of a burden to spell out Hindle Wakes so we picked Olympic Swimmers this summer.”

The band formed in 2008 and in true Glasgow member-swapping style, a number of them play with other staples of the music scene.

“Some of us moonlight in other bands,” says Liddell. “Be it as full-time members in Take A Worm For A Walk Week, Piano Bar Fight and Black Rat Death Squad, or as part-timers, fillers-in, hired-hands, hangers-on etc.”

With strong connections to The Delgados - two of the band play with Emma Pollock and they recently recorded with Paul Savage at Chem 19 - comparisons would be easy to make.

That said, they do have an audible connection to the Glasgow indie heroes with lead singer Suzie Liddle’s vocal tone and rhythm striking a real likeness, and recent recording 'I Won’t Sleep' showing they’ve got pools full of the melancholy lyrical attractiveness that made The Delgados so enjoyable.

The Savage recordings are to be used in a double A-side single which is due for release through Glasgow indie label Predestination Records on 19th October in advance of a run of dates supporting Idlewild and a home gig at the Captain’s Rest on October 31st.

According to Norwich Union (or is that Aviva?) changing your name gives you direct access to success, so I would suggest catching them then before they get too big to play Scotland.

Either that or invest in some life insurance. Damn adverts.

Words: Aimi Gold

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