Help Me, I’m Melting!
Saturday 18th November, 2pm
Free Entry for Regular Matinee Improv
Tony Bevan – Soprano and Bass Saxophones
Stewart Smith – Guitar, Violin
Emer Tumilty – Violin
Mike Parr-Burnam – guitar
Jamie Bolland – Keyboards
Adam Campbell – Guitar, Electronics
Big group, so we’ll be upstairs
Saturday 18th November | 7:30pm | £5/3
Garnethillsound Presents… SMACKVAN ALBUM LAUNCH with ALEX CHEER
Garnethillsound is proud to present a rare live outing from the Glasgow band Smackvan, launching their magnificent new album, The Palace of Varieties.
Smackvan are Michael Feeney, Owenie McAulay and Gerry Elliot now joined by Jer Reid (Sumsphapes).
Although Smackvan have barely registered in the consciousness of some commentators on the Scottish music scene, their music has beguiled many who have hailed their work as a significant if partially visible influence on Scottish independent music from the early 1990’s onwards.
Review from their previous album Sound in Space,
“as Scottish releases and Scottish bands go Smackvan and Sound in Space seem to really be quite criminally underrated by the musically inclined population around here” Song By Toad
Listen here for a taster of their new album, The Palace of Varieties:
Smackvan are joined on the night by the fantastic Alec Cheer, Glasgow based illustrator, animator and musician.
Listen here for a sample of works by Alec Cheer
Garnethillsound D.J’s will be on the decks playing music til late to ensure this is a memorable Saturday night!
THE CREEPING BENT ORGANISATION presents The Leopards
THE CREEPING BENT ORGANISATION on
Thursday 23rd November, 2017
THE LEOPARDS performance at the Old Hairdressers on Thurs 23rd Nov celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album, They Tried Staying Calm. The Leopards emerged from the fertile scene associated with the 1990s re-emergence of Postcard Records, making their live debut at Postcard’s short-lived Fin de Siecle club, which took place in the city’s RAF Club. Leopards’ vocalist / guitarist / writer Mick Slaven had previously played with Jazzateers and Bourgie Bourgie, both of whom were associated with the label, whilst bassist Campbell Owens was a mainstay in Aztec Camera on their two 7” singles released on Postcard (Just Like Gold and Mattress of Wire). John Peel was a massive fan of the Leopards, regularly comparing Slaven’s guitar playing to that of Link Wray and Robert Quine. The Leopards recorded two Peel sessions for BBC Radio 1, also recording sessions for BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Scotland.
GEORGIO ‘THE DOVE’ VALENTINO has performed hundreds of live shows across four continents and has collaborated with post-punk pioneers Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon), Mick Harvey (the Birthday Party/PJ Harvey), David McClymont (Orange Juice) and Vic Godard (Subway Sect). Now based in Luxembourg after a lengthy sojourn in Brussels, Dove draws a line under the decade-long project with the release of a final, semi-autobiographical 17″ vinyl box set and one last trans-Atlantic tour. The Future Lasts a Long Time sings the joys and dangers of a life lived in Pop
FENELLA were formed by Mairi Fenella Whittle (vocals) & Jack Boyce (guitar / piano) whilst they were both studying in Glasgow and discovered they shared an interest in the mid-late 1960’s output of Elektra Records (Nico, The Doors, Love, Tim Buckley), The Velvet Underground, Neil Young’s ‘doom trilogy’, and jazz. They started working on Mairi’s ideas until they had built up an impressive repertoire of self-penned songs. Little Tiger Records released the debut single by Fenella, a self-penned A side (‘I Will Not Win’) was recorded at Riverside Studios, whilst the B side – a version of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Over You’, was recorded at Green Door Studio.
THE SECRET GOLDFISH released a new album (Petal Split) in April this year, their first album in 18 years. The album was well received, with a live session being broadcast on Marc Riley’s BBC 6Music show to coincide with live dates with The Nectarine No9, Vic Godard, BMX Bandits, Sexual Objects, among others. Their set at the Old Hairdressers will be a semi-acoustic affair, contemplative and considered.
Friday 24th November | 7pm | tickets
“Armed with some of his finest songs to date, when Tom Speight finally decided to push the button he did so in remarkable style. Four Eps were released across 12 months, racking up more than 15 million Spotify plays, earning support from Radio 2 and a high profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Desperate to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months, from London to Poland, from the Scottish Highlands to the continent.
“It’s amazing, yeah,” he admits with a smile. “We went to number one in Brazil. We were number seven in the global viral chart, and number one in their viral chart. Nothing’s changed, really. I always thought the songs were good, otherwise I wouldn’t have put them out there.”
Tom has developed a close relationship to producer Chris Bond. Working at Bond’s barnyard studio – “No phone signal, no internet… there’s not even running water!” – the pair focus purely on music, getting as close to the songs as they possibly can.
“We did all the foundations live,” he explains. “And then strings, cello, and piano we’d put over it afterwards as overdubs. I think you can hear it in the songs, that it’s not polished. It’s a human thing, which I think is missing in music.””
Rail Cables presents… BAHNHOF with Paddy Steer
Saturday 25th November, 7pm
BAHNHOF is a new monthly night brought to you by Rail Cables, with live sets from Mancunian maniac PADDY STEER, 2-piece experimental act ZORYA doing a train inspired set….and 2 piece guitar and drums duo Cassie…. Going to be a very special night.
Buy tickets £6 adv here or £7 on the door.
Paddy Steer is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of
Manchesters musical activity. Its a testament to his musicality
that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists
over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian
guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time.
Watch Paddy playing here.
His own Homelife project released six albums in recent years,
Homelife’s sound was intricate but with a warm sense of
wonder, a balance of songs and instrumentals. Many musicians
contributed to the Homelife project, brewed slowly by Paddy in
his attic before being taken out as a small orchestra for some
very unique concerts.
Never one to blow his own trumpet, Paddy quietly gets on with
developing his craft. There is something of the fairy-tale cobbler
working late into the night in order to make the finest shoes in
the kingdom, or maybe the musical elves strike up while he’s in
Recorded , Its a sometime cartoon-like music dense with
events, new textures and the colours of childrens
paintings,sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes
and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a
Vietnamese iron monger’s shop.
In rejection of the notion of ‘immaculate reproduction’, live
performances err more daringly and admirably on the frontier
of chaotic abstraction, expression and focussed blunder, dice
rolling down the hill in case of duende, as from behind his
stacked array of instruments, the anarchically intrepid punk
gargles through a vocoder with his xylophone, all a-clatter
under disco lights and doilies.
Historically Fucked, Bad Aura, VIDIV, Tarantula
Thursday 30th November, 8pm £7
A night of exploding punk jazz tenticles…
Spontaneous and abstract punk songs, growing from nowhere and blown to smithereens by Manchester-based extemporisers David Birchall, Otto Willberg, Greta Buitkutė and Alecs Pierce. Watch / Listen
If Flipper were from the west cost of Scotland and had decided to conjure the sound of a hungover trudge to Greggs on a wet Sunday morning. Listen
Pee6 continues his Autumn PeeRezidency on the lane with Martin from Aerogramme, spoken word, performance and electric noises.
five piece pulsating tone and improv goo, wrap themselves round the pegs of knotted bass lines against lost in reverb vox. Github
The Evil Usses, The Gymnastic Band, Normal Service, P6
Saturday 2nd December, 8pm
The Evil Usses are a quartet of musicians whose members (when not moonlighting with This Is The Kit and Rozi Plain) mangle their musical genres in the same fervent manner that saw fellow Bristol quintet The Pop Group lead the way in post-punk Britain.
Fast forward 40 years and you’ll find The Evil Usses’ instrumental intensity played out with a similar wealth of creative influences. Listen to their Deerhoof-produced latest release ‘Amateur Pro Wrestling’ and you’ll hear a perfectly weighted balance of humour and musical showmanship (without the pomp), as they propel shards of Beefheart-inspired wonky prog, crazed jazzy workouts and blistering, oriental synth lines that’ll explode in your face like phosphorescent firecrackers of melodic absurdity.
Experience predicts that The Old Hairdressers will provide the perfect setting for The Evil Usses. Allow their sonic dexterity to mess with your senses as they render you dank-chinned from dribbly, open-mouthed amazement, muddle with your hormones, and provide your feet with skewed rhythms, your ears with sublime melody and your heart with an added beat as it skips in a vain attempt to make sense of the incongruous drum patterns and time signatures that will joyfully fill the upper venue’s four crumbly, plastered walls. Listen / Watch / Website
The Gymnastic Band
In a renowned Glasgow pizzeria, after a hiatus of 20 years, two Glasgow bass batterers decided it was time to chuck the soggy mozzarella to the side and lock horns again, creating a bass-heavy smorgasbord of sound that would gel and find shape for eager ears to discover. With this agenda in tow, Graham Gavin and Stuart Henderson set off in search of the perfect drummer. David Maxwell quickly emerged as the prime candidate to fill the three-legged stool and, a few short months later, the band eagerly accepted an offer from fellow Glaswegians Sumshapes to support them at their long-awaited album launch. This first outing saw The Gymnastic Band live up to their name and revealed a new-found injection of loose-limbed and syncopated swing, something that had been absent in their muscular grooves of 20 years past when playing with Ganger. Still buzzing from performing with the inspirational Sumshapes, The Gymnastic Band then found themselves (two months later) on the same stage as Mike Watt’s Il Sogno Del Marinaio at The CCA in Glasgow.
As their confidence grows, you can expect their octet of amplified strings to seek further harmony with the glorious rhythmical patterns that leap from the skins of their drummer’s kit. Expect their collective instruments to be thumped, teased, wrenched, pommelled, caressed, thudded and thumped as they go in search of a continuation of oddly structured moments to add to their already existing set-list of…..oddly structured moments. Listen / Follow
Be one of the first to introduce yourself to Normal Service. They sound like a school orchestra from a lost continent, exporting back to mainland Europe their interpretation of an undiscovered early ’80s Cherry Red outtake. Their top tune, ‘Raljex’ bubbles along in the same jaunty fashion as a floorfiller from Mr Scruff’s repertoire at the same time as sounding like a studiously xeroxed version of Scritti Politti’s, Skank Bloc Bologna, go figure?! They’re hip to the lip and contain key figures from seminal jerky/indie pop groups of yore, namely Lung Leg, The Yummy Fur and The Keatons. Expect an explosion of angularity, melody and wobbly pop music as this tag-team of two boys and two girls whack you a-wonk from your head down to your toes!
Brace yourselves for an audio/visual (Pee-Jay) set, as the erstwhile Stretchhead/Desalvo lung-buster selects sounds from his unfathomably large library of music. Most likely nefariously masked, P6 will also provide audience members with a messed-up and manipulated appropriation of the evening’s proceedings as he samples each band’s live output and reconfigures it in an inimitable bespoke style. After decades of confounding audience members with his renowned paradoxical demeanour, P6 (a confrontational pussycat, really!) continues to provocatively push people’s buttons whilst questioning their listening and viewing expectations. These exploratory traits can be found in his ever-evolving personal projects: Security and VIDIV. And when he’s not re-treating sounds electronically or lacerating his tonsils, he also oversees operations at his lovingly crafted Naloxone Sounds label.
Old Hair Xmas Party
Thursday 14th December, 8pm
Oh come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant…
Check out their world liquifying tape “B’rxvaiww Vgr-aiz’vst Eicaeqcyxy L’vranndkhb’vorr Vts’aicraexxth”
Remember when the greatest band in town played under that bridge? Bridge Gig