A Quick Round-Up; The Menzingers, Sink Alaska, THT, BYAF VII, shows, more!
Okay, so I’ve been slacking on the blog a little again but what can I say, I’m a busy boy. There’s been lots happening recently and there have been some awesome shows across Scotland in the last few weeks. I haven’t made it to as many of them as I would have liked but all the shows I’ve played and been to recently have been incredible. The Menzingers show in Edinburgh last week was particularly deece, although Bannerman’s was definitely a bit of a strange place to see them. There seemed to be a good few “bros” in the crowd too, but it seemed that everyone had fun, so that’s the main thing.
The band themselves were incredible, as always. They’ve pretty much been continuously on tour since “On The Impossible Past” came out and they did look a little tired, but they killed it as always. Abbie and I arrived just after Turtle Lamone started and he was great as ever and did a great job of translating his intimate DIY piano punk laments to a packed out crowd. I have to admit that I wasn’t particularly interested in Tigers Jaw, although they sounded fine, I’m just not that excited by them. That said, I don’t really know their stuff and those who do seemed to be bang into them. I must be honest and confess I nipped up to the Banshee with Fraser to retrieve the Make-That-A-Take banner during their set. My bad! Kudos as ever to Punk Rock Rammy for another amazing and sold out show!
We hosted Casually Dressed from Freiburg, Germany alongside their Portsmouth pop-punk tour buddies Midday Committee last Friday with support from First Step To Failure and Maxwell’s Dead. They were all sound folk and I regaled Casually Dressed with my enthralling tales of Eurocamp holidays and purchasing a Freiburg away shirt when we visited the city when I was around 13. That was the same holiday where I fell asleep with my legs hanging out the car window and got sunburn on my feet, Rare. Anyways, all the bands were great; Maxwell’s Dead were super-tight and seem to be finding their feet with Bobby on guitar. I reckon he also adds an extra layer of crust, giving things a dirtier F-Minus kind of vibe in the hardcore parts. The dub sounds a lot slicker too.
First Step To Failure were fucking great too, super-speedy, super-tech melodic hardcore but filled with plenty of hooks and metallic skate-punk bite. We’re definitely going to have those dudes back up here before the year’s end. Midday Committee are probably the closest thing to Fallout Boy that you’ll ever see on a MTAT bill but their saccharine-sweet Americanisms were tight, focussed and super-hooky, so despite not being my cup of tengoo, fault cannot be found. This was their first tour also, so they tackled everything with the youthful enthusiasm that you might expect. Casually Dressed rounded things off and seemed to be having a blast. They’d been on the road for about four weeks by this point, so you could definitely see that the craziness was creeping in. They play a somewhat schizophrenic type of angular post-hardcore meets pop-punk, full of signature changes and yelped vocals; an intriguing proposition for sure and certainly worthy of your attention. We’ll have an exclusive new song from them on Make Yer Ane Comp V when it comes out in a month or so. Top show all round, so big thanks to everyone who came out.
I’m playing some Tragical History Tour shows this weekend. I’ll be at The Green Room in Perth on Friday night alongside The Hostiles and Empty Lungs from Belfast. The show has apparently been merged with another show (double-booking???) so I’m going to be on earlybells at around 8.10pm, so get down there sharp if you’re wanting to catch me. I don’t seem to play many THT shows these days, so I’m quite excited by a couple of shows. It’s been a long time since I opened a ska show too! Then on Saturday I’ll be playing at the Brewdog Punk Weekender at Duke’s Corner in Dundee alongside my pals The Murderburgers and Robot Doctors. Apparently there’s going to be a “mohawk station” and prizes for the “best punk outfit”, which I find somewhat bizarre. Someone alert the punk polis! Philosophical and ethical debates aside, we’ll be there with the MTAT distro on Saturday night. Duke’s will also be hosting Min Diesel, The Shithawks and The Stranger’s Almanac on Friday night to kick off the weekender, so if you’re in Dundee this weekend get along there for sure. All shows this weekend are free too. If you don’t have it yet, you can get my Summer 2013 demo for free.
The demo was recorded by my friend Gerold who, along with Boab, made a live recording of the Break-Ups show last month as an experiment. We’re hoping to put together a Book Yer Ane Fest VII live album and this show served as a trial run. Boab and G are two super-talented and awesome dudes and they’ve done a cracking job, so it’s looking like our long-held dream may finally come true this year. Talking off BYAF VII, the line-up is getting frankly ridiculous. The bill is pretty much 95% booked and we will have the lion’s share of the bands and artists announced by the time Weekend Earlybird Tickets go on sale on Sunday 1st September. All tickets will be “will call” so we’ll have your name on the door, so all you need to do is show up and we’ll furnish you with a weekend wristband and some COOL FREE SHIT. Check out the full line-up here.
Right, time is marching on and I’ve got shit to do before I head to work for the night so I’m going to wrap this shit up quick-fire;
Make-That-A-Take are still having our summer FIRE-SALE. Head on over to our bandcamp merch page and pick yourself up a bargain. We’ve also got 39 releases on our page, most of which are available for free/pay-what-you-want download. Go ahead and fill your boots!
There are some rad shows coming up in the next couple of weeks too;
Oi Polloi/Billy Liar/The Bucky Rage in Glasgow
The mighty Off With Their Heads, The Murderburgers, UNIFORMS and Moonshine Docks in Glasgow (I’ll write something further about my gushing love for OWTH sometime before the show, I have absolutely no doubt).
Then we’ve got a MTAT/GW collaborative brain-mangler of a show with Leeds punks Etai Keshiki and their touring pals Amorous Dialogues alongside Min Diesel and Little Anchors. Check the event page for full details!
Finally, if you haven’t download DAE YER ANE SAMPLER yet, what are ye waiting for??? Thanks a lot GED, hopefully see some friendly faces over the weekend!