One of the most unique bands in Scotland, The Phantom Band are currently on the road spreading the robofolk of their 3rd album ‘Strange Friend’ around the land. And they are popping up North to Mad Hatters in Inverness on Wednesday 24th … Continue reading →
It’s only been a few weeks since we saw Algernon Doll in their full band format at goNORTH but we can’t wait to be blasted by more from their powerful, expressive and sometimes fragile canon. We shout “hear, hear” from the gallery at Artrocker Magazine’s claim that Algernon Doll is “one of the most exciting artists to emerge in a while.”
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Algernon Doll’s return to Inverness follows the release of the already acclaimed third album Omphalic, released on 30th June.
Omphalic sees Algernon Doll break out from his one man band persona as he continues to hone and perfect an alternative guitar sound that harks back to a sound reminiscent of early 90’s grunge. At just 24 years old, Ewan Grant is carving out a place in the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike and has already released two critically acclaimed albums, Camomile and Citalo-pop, that has seen him compared to the likes of Elliott Smith. Algernon Doll recently performed Radio 1’s Big Weekend and has already lined up festivals such as Wickerman and Belladrum for the summer.
We are also hugely excited about receiving another fuzzy shot of adrenaline from the 3 headed noise beast that is Garden of Elks. Formed in 2012 they have already played shows with Tokyo band Tacobonds, The Yawns and Deathcats as well as smashing it at Belladrum, Wickerman, Wide Days and the Nordiff-Robbins Awards.
The Elks released a string of sell out DIY cassettes and the 18th of July sees them return to Mad Hatters to launch their new EP, YOOP. The title song will be online at the end of June and is a “Great Elking Blaster” of a track and a pretty good indicator of what to expect from their debut album which will be out later this year. Alex Gordon (from VASA) will be joining the Elk family on drums for their Mad Hatters and wider UK dates this year.
Algernon Doll + Garden of Elks at Mad Hatters on Friday 18th July is free entry. Doors open at 9:30pm and we shall be spinning some pop/rock/funk/soul/indie/hiphop/whatevermakesyouandushappy until 3am!
We have a Facebook event here so you can join it and share it.
Glasgow based singer songwriter Quinny is out on the road on a mini Scottish tour.
We’ve been fans of Quinny’s music for a wee while now and his track Rumours cropped up in our Best of 2013 Mixtape and on Scottish Bloger Ravechild’s top 20 tracks of 2013.
It’s fair to say we are feeling farm and fuzzy that we have finally managed to lure him onto one of our nights with our good friends at Mad Hatters in Inverness. Quinny (Peter Quinn) writes, records and plays music with or without a band — depending how many friends he has that week. For his current Scottish tour he has managed to secure some friends so we will be treated to the full band at Mad Hatters on Friday 23rd May.
For his show at Mad Hatters Quinny will be sharing the night with the hard pop sound of Verona and fail-pop guests So Many Animal Calls.
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.
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