It is very possible that the forthcoming Ironworks Easter Showcase could earn the title of loudest showcase event yet!
The Easter Showcase (Saturday 7th April) will feature 8 top quality emerging acts from the Highlands.
With the old school rock riffs of Swamp Radio, the award winning metal of Zombie Militia, the raw intense Messiane and the electro beats of Them & Us, it might get loud! That is before you add in the hip hop electro beats and rhymes of Team Kapowski, the crowd surfing anthemic rock of Last Summer Effect or the catchy folk rock blues of The Frues.
A powerful line up with such loud sound needs someone to ride herd over it and that job is perfect for Ashley Mackay and the Cosmonauts. If previous performances are anything to judge then they are likely to deliver an accomplished set consisting of heartfelt lyrics that echo fragility and realness.
We are so full of beans about this line up that we have produced a special Easter Showcase Podcast that will tease and tug at your £5 entry fee! The podcast features a selection of tracks from acts on the line up and conversations with Messiane, Them & Us and Last Summer Effect. Plus a stop press bonus track and news from a former showcase act!
However don’t just take our word for it. Come along on the night and judge for yourself. Stay and enjoy all the acts. Never fancied hip hop? Give it a try you might just bounce with Team Kapowski? Not a metal head? Too bad because Zombie Militia take no prisoners and Messiane will have you by the balls!*
With a running time of 70 minutes our 6th full podcast of the year could almost be classed as an album worth of new music!
No point in telling you all about it here other than to say it features some of the acts playing our Sunday Showcase at Hootananny in Inverness on Sunday 1st April and also includes an interview with Hip Hop act Kobi Onyame who returns to Mad Hatters in Inverness for the Church Street Hip Hop Night on Friday 30th March.
If you love discovering new music, plug into the podcast and listen. If you like what you hear then click on the links below and show some love to the acts.
Over the past year or so we have teamed up with Hootananny in Inverness to stage a couple of acoustic showcases that have featured the likes of Moteh Parrott (Red Kites) Mike Nisbett and Stuart Nelson (He Slept On 57) amongst others. In between these we have continued to stage our successful showcase events with acts from the North of Scotland alongside those from further a field.
What if in some parallel universe these events collided into some live mash-up?
If they did, it might look something like this:
Poster design and photo by Houdi Donnelly
We are delighted to be working again with Hootananny and Mad Hatters in Inverness to bring you a night that we believe features some of the finest emerging new music. Our Sunday night stints at Hootananny have always been acoustic laid back affairs, but we have Spring cleaned the ideas board and are mixing it all up for this special night.
I Build Collapsible Mountains is the solo project of Luke Joyce former front man of post-rock band The Gothenburg Address who we first discovered back in 201 when we got a copy of his self released debut album “A Month Of Lost Memories”. Since then he released “The Spectator & The Act”, his debut release for Seattle label, Burning Building Recordings.
Sharing the night in Mad Hatters with I Build Collapsible Mountains will be Scottish multi-instrumentalist Chris Lee-Marr, otherwise known as Esperi. Whether you witness him solo on acoustic guitar, playing bells with his feet or joined by friends creating a cacophony of sounds it doesn’t matter, as he is simply mesmerising. His gorgeously surreal video for EP track, My Tear Dissolved The View featured on Q Magazine (online) and chosen as their Track Of The Day. His music has also been featured on BBC Radio 1 Scotland and BBC’s “The Culture Show”.
Downstairs in Hootananny the usual stage for our acoustic outings becomes the a full on live rock show. Dundee band Vladimir play the venue as part of their “Cold Winter Grasp 2012″ tour in support of their new EP of the same name. Their debut EP was released last summer and their live shows have created a stir wherever they play.
Americana singer songwriter Alex Wayt from Glasgow also joins the Hootananny line up. An act that once you hear and whether it is your type of music or not, is hard to believe he is not already hugely successful. Influenced by the likes of Del Amitri and Goo Goo Dolls he has recently released his debut album “Crossing Tremainsville”.
The home team is represented on the night by the wonderful Little Mill Of Happiness. Their massive, layered driving sound is accompanied by lead singer Steve Obern’s powerful lyrics paint a dark picture that just simply make you want to listen. As a band their sound hangs over you like an unsettled sky with a glimpse of grace. Hopefully the guys will continue plans for a full length album that their EP “Capsized Sailors” could so easily be a sampler for.
p.s. We were too lazy and frankly not creative enough to design our own poster this time around so a huge “THANK YOU” Mr Al Donnelly for the art! Check out his blog here.
The smell of Easter is in the air, or maybe too many people eating too many eggs already? Either way the Ironworks Easter Showcase on Saturday 7th April is just around the corner and as promised we will take you on a musical journey to introduce you or reacquaint you with some of the acts on the line up.
So download and stick it on your iPod and take the dog for a walk or listen now and turn it up loud!
Featured on this Easter Showcase MixCast:
Inverness metal heads who won the 2011 Scottish Alternative Music Awards for best metal band and winner of the Bloodstock 2011 Battle of the Bands competition. A sound that has the same kind of combustible force that fueled the expansion of the universe after the big bang. Watching these guys live must be like witnessing the earth shake and spit fire.
They like folk, rock and blues so they called themselves The Frues. The band are planning a nationwide summer tour in support of their forthcoming EP.
As Ashley & The Cosmonauts, Ashley is currently busy in the studio recording their debut EP which would make a lovely Easter present for fans! This version of her brilliant “The Castle” was originally recorded for the Midas Highland Songwriters CD which was a release highlighting a selection of the finest emerging singer songwriters from the Highlands & Islands.
Ashley Mackay. Photo - J.Macdonald
Electro pop rap trio Team Kapowski are new to the Inverness music scene in their current form but this line up featuring former members of Theatre Fall and Fallow are sure to take Inverness by storm in 2012 with their tongue-in-cheek rap with delicious electro hooks and mighty drums.
Them & Us
Them & Us is a production project started by Mark Mackenzie and Liam Macleod. In their short time together they have already supported Annie Mac at Ironworks in Inverness and released their debut digital single, “The Bomb”. The pair are also soon to announce a record deal with a respected electro/house independent label that has in the past released material by the legendary Pete Tong.
Them & Us
Also appearing at the Easter Showcase and on a future podcast: