Netsounds + Mad Hatters present: FAT GOTH/The Little Mill Of Happiness

The meaty ball hair raising rock of Fat Goth is rolling back into Inverness!

Netsounds Unsigned and Mad Hatters are delighted that the amazing Fat Goth have chosen a date with us in Inverness to promote their new album. The band are set to rip up Mad Hatters on Friday 30th May hot on the heels of their third album, One Hundred Percent Suave, released just two weeks prior.

Following on from where their last album Stud left us, One Hundred Percent Suave promises us lots of sex, its pros and cons all delivered in the band’s trademark tongue-in-cheek, uncompromising style.

The last few years have seen the Dundee based three piece successfully rise from local underdogs to rock fan favourites and recently found themselves the subject of Kerrang’s legendary Pandora strip twice, featured in the magazine and received stellar reviews. Rock Sound, Terrorizer, Q, Metal Hammer, Artrocker, The Skinny and Drowned in Sound are also amongst those who’ve highlighted the band’s humorous, brazen style.

They were nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award in 2013 in 2014 and have stormed a number of UK festivals including T in the Park’s BBC Introducing Stage, Arctangent, Belladrum, Go North, Wickerman and act as main support to Torche and the legendary NoMeansNo.

Supporting Fat Goth will be the dark and mesmerising  sound of The Little Mill Of Happiness.   Their enormous, guitar driven layered sound coupled with powerful dark lyrics make them one of the most passionate bands from the North of Scotland.  Matt from the band told us they are “really looking forward to supporting one of the most exciting bands in Scotland” and that they are currently seeking out a studio to record their debut album in.  If you can’t wait until the Fat Goth gig then you can catch The Little Mill Of Happiness performing an acoustic set for record store day on April 19th at Imperial Music, Inverness.

Tickets for Fat Goth/The Little Mill Of Happiness

Tickets are £5.00 (in advance) and are on sale from Friday 18th April in person from Eden Court Box Office.

Or online from www.scottish.ticketsource.co.uk

Fat Goth live dates

May
29 Edinburgh Electric Circus
30 Inverness Mad Hatters
31 Dundee Buskers w/ Scary People and The Shithawks

July
5 Glasgow King Tuts

One Hundred Percent Suave is released on 12th May 2014 via Hefty Dafty with support from Creative Scotland.

Gerry Loves Records Showcase feat. Rick Redbeard, Adam Stafford and Yusuf Azak!

We are thoroughly over the moon to be teaming up with Mad Hatters and Edinburgh based label Gerry Loves Records to present Rick RedbeardAdam Stafford and Yusuf Azak at Mad Hatters, Inverness on Tuesday 8th April. Yes folks, you read that right.

Not only do we have two of Scotland’s most acclaimed and respected musicians (Rick Redbeard and Adam Stafford) but we have support from the amazing Yusuf Azak who I pretty much guarantee you will be gushing about for months to come.

Falkirk born Adam Stafford is an ingenious master of loop pedals and a capella. His live shows are influenced by the theatre of David Bowie and David Byrne; he immerses himself in the songs to deliver a mesmerising live performance.

His critically lauded album Imaginary Walls Collapse was one of the outstanding albums of 2013 that featured contributions from members of Zoey van Goey, Over the Wall, Siobhan Wilson, Anna Miles, and Robbie Lesiuk.

Joining Adam Stafford on the bill is fellow Gerry Loves Records label mate, one time collaborator and Phantom Band front man, Rick Redbeard AKA Rick Anthony.

Like Adam, Rick Redbeard’s album No Selfish Heart was hailed by the music press in 2013 and both albums appeared in the Scottish Music Sites and Bloggers (BAMs) top 5 albums of the year. His split 7″ release with Adam Stafford in 2012 was the first Rick Redbeard release of any nature.

Like the album No Selfish Heart, Rick Redbeard’s live shows are a treat of darkly poignant but beautifully rich and understated acoustic numbers.

Opening on the night will be Gerry Loves’ latest signing, Glasgow based, Yusuf Azak who is an Aberdonian of Turkish descent. He has an amazing and unique guitar style paired with a gorgeous voice looped and layered creating outstanding harmonies.

His new album Peace in the Underworld, scheduled for release on Gerry Loves Records in May, again showcases his melodic songwriting and follows on from his first two long players Go Native and Turn On The Long Wire (Song, By Toad Records).

Tickets for this wonderful line-up (if we do say so ourselves) go on sale Friday 14th March at 9am.  They are only bloody £5!  Available via www.scottish.ticketsource.co.uk

Listen to more at gerrylovesrecords.com

 

Netsounds + Mad Hatters Live: Young Aviators/Kendà Nagasäki

We are cock-a-hoop to be returning with a run of live shows for 2014 in partnership with our good friends at Mad Hatters in Inverness.

Kicking things off on Saturday 22nd February we have a band that we featured on some of our earlier podcasts so we are delighted to have them at this exciting stage of their journey.  They are Glasgow-based Irish garage-pop band Young Aviators.

Young Aviators are in attack formation for 2014 hoping to build on the success they had in 2013 which saw them release their debut album Self Help as well as touring with Nine Black Alps, Subways, Reef and more recently with Travis.

Their debut Self Help that was released via Electric Honey (Biffy Clyro, Belle and Sebastian, Snow Patrol, Teenage Fanclub) is a collection of songs from the heart, post-graduate experience, debt and poverty.  However, it’s far from bleak as it is packed with catchy hooks more than capable of filling the indie dancefloors and Mad Hatters for that matter!

Joining Young Aviators and us on Saturday 22nd April are 4 lads from Orkney called Kendà Nagasäki.

Formed in 2012 they are a hybrid of genres, they are not afraid mess with musical boundaries.  It is exactly this that makes them stand out from your generic indie band.  Inspired by the likes of  The Police, The Clash, Talking Heads and Primus they take their name from a cap-gun wielding eccentric in Orkney’s Kirkwall, who’s avant-garde fashion sense saw him sporting a Luftwaffe style trench coat, a cycling helmet, and a t-shirt brandishing the 1970′s Japanese wrestler Kendo Nagasaki.

Their self-titled EP does not cover songs about ex-girlfriends or dying pets but focuses more on Britain’s propensity for war, gluttony and drunken and drug-fuelled excess!  It’s all wrapped up in a catchy and punchy mash up of ska-indie-rock that will make for a most excellent night.  Or your money back.

The band is currently working on new “focussed and punchy” material that they plan to release this summer.

Also kicking a punch on the night will be our DJ set!  We will be plugging in and spinning right through until 3am with a very special Saturday night set.

Netsounds Unsigned + Mad Hatters Live with Young Aviators/Kendà Nagasäki is on Saturday 22nd February, 9:30pm – 3am.  FREE entry.

Promise of Casual Sex

It’s going to be a good year.  We already have a number of great bands booked for our live gigs this year with Mad Hatters and on top of that the very attractive Casual Sex make good on a promise they made to us at the end of last year.

Casual Sexer Pete phoned me one Sunday evening early December to break the bad news that they would not be able to play our Christmas Takeover.  However he also brought good news that brothers in arms Call To Mind were willing and more than able to fill the festive slot.  Pete also promised (I was taping the phone call) that Casual Sex would reschedule and appear in the New Year at Mad Hatters.  And so they are.

We are delighted to have one of Scotland’s hottest bands return to Inverness as part of a series of live gigs we are staging with Mad Hatters during 2014.  Casual Sex will be at Mad Hatters on Thursday 6th March with local support from newly formed Bite Night and Lionel who like Casual Sex delivered powerful performances at last year’s Belladrum and goNORTH.

Tickets for the Mad Hatters show in Inverness are on sale from 10am on Wednesday 15th January at www.scottish.ticketsource.co.uk. 

Physical tickets are available from Hootananny in Inverness from Friday 17th January.  All tickets are priced £5.00.  Doors open from 8:00pm.

For those new to Casual Sex, here’s an introduction from bass playing Peter Masson:

Casual Sex is the brainchild of one Sam Smith, he and the other Casual Sexes span a multitude of careering, record-production, studio engineering, countless musical incestuousness as well as the fashion and professional telecommunications worlds.

Home is loosely Glasgow’s Green Door Studio where on occasion, ideas are hatched, songs constructed and music recorded. This has occurred twice previously, accompanied by national acclaim and much critical lauding not just by the media, but particularly by middle aged men in trench coats ; those drinkers of micro-brewed ale who so frequently reference obscure post-punk in hushed, reverent tones at the dark corner of the bar. However, it is also holds an undeniable appeal that extends safely into the realm of more approachable young men and women.

Sam Smith sings and plays guitar, Edward Wood plays guitar, Peter Masson plays bass and Chris McCrory play drums – they are considered attractive and references are available on request.

Thanks Pete!

Bastard Beat and Franz Ferdinand

In November their Bastard Beat EP picked up glowing reviews for its glamorous, snarling, highly infectious and seducing sound.

Towards the end of 2013 the band headed out to support Franz Ferdinand on a tour of North America.  On arrival they had all their gear held up by Homeland Security at JFK and had to play a gig at CMJ Music Marathon with borrowed instruments.  This didn’t seem to affect the band or their performance as it was noted as one of the 10 best gigs of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal alongside Paul McCartney and John Cale no less.

2013 was also the year that saw them appear in The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day as well as live dates at Wickerman and Belladrum festivals and they started 2014 being named as one of BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway’s artists to watch in 2014.  The band are currently working on their debut album and getting ready for their appearance at SXSW 2014!

2014 is theirs for the taking.

Confirmed tour dates for 2014

Tuesday 18 Feb Flèche d’Or, Paris
Thursday 20 Feb Epic Studio, Norwich
Friday 21 Feb Traff, Manchester
Saturday 22 Feb Portland Arms, Cambridge
Sunday 23 Feb Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Tuesday 25 Feb Sebright Arms, London
Wednesday 26 Feb Harley, Sheffield
Thursday 27 Feb The Basement, York
Saturday 1 March Electric Circus, Edinburgh
Tuesday 4 March Mono, Glasgow
Wednesday 5 March The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Thursday 6 March Mad Hatters, Inverness
Saturday 3 May Brew at the Bog, Inverness

Clutha fundraiser weekend

A weekend fundraiser for the Clutha Bar Fund is to be staged at Hootananny in Inverness on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th January 2014.

Musicians in Inverness have been genuinely moved by the tragedy and have come together to stage a weekend of live music over 2 floors (Mad Hatters and The Bothy) at Hootananny.  Money raised will go to support families of the victims, emergency services and The Clutha.  10 people died when a helicopter crashed into The Clutha Bar in Glasgow in November.

This is the second time in a week that Inverness musicians have pulled together to support fundraising for The Clutha; The Market Bar held an all day benefit gig on Saturday 28th December.

The Clutha Fundraiser at Hootananny is on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th January 2014.  Doors are at 8pm on both nights and admission is by donation at the door.  Organisers would like everyone to please donate a minimum of £3.  We think £5 is worth it for all the acts you will see.

Appeal Fund

If you are unable to attend the fundraiser at Hootananny’s you can donate to a special Clutha Appeal Fund that has been set up by Glasgow City Council.

Donations can be made to the fund by calling 0141 287 7878 or at Glasgow City Council’s service desk at 45 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JE.  Bank payments can be made to Clutha Appeal Fund, sort code 83-44-00, account 10804129.

The band that was playing in The Clutha when the tragedy happened have also launched an album to support the appeal fund.  Esperanza is one of seven groups to contribute songs to the 10-track CD.   The Clutha Sessions is available on Amazon and iTunes.

A taster from some of the acts performing: