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Head’s Up – Johnny and the Giros

Johnny and the Giros is a very punk name, but the Scottish band’s stock in trade is a blend of danceable indie which has seen them compared to Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and the Rapture. Where the punk spirit does shine through is in their riotous live shows. Trust me, they are genuinely mental. It’s like someone has nailed four speedfreaks together, put them in a bag and thrown them into an ocean of Tennents Lager.  A fun night out, no doubt, but there are some musical chops behind the frenetic moves as you can hear on new single  ‘I Don’t Need A Lover’, released October 5. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

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Winter Wonders – Five songs for snowy days

Ah, snow. It is beautiful when the world looks like a Coca-Cola advert, there’s no doubting it. But – and this is a big but – it’s also one almighty pain in the hole. Getting to work becomes an adventure, but a dreary, frustrating one. Kids throw snowballs from unseen locations and then run to the police when you catch them and threaten to stove their head in with a brick. Pipes burst. People fall. Old people’s flats start to smell really bad.

But, say you’ve made it home, the open fire is roaring/central heating is on….there are a few toons which will enhance your winter pleasure. Here are a selection…

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New to You – Johnny and the Giros

A cracking EP called Ladies and Gentlemen landed on ELM’s desk the other day from a band called Johnny and the Giros. The name suggests punk, but it’s more a marriage of electro and what we quaintly term indie. Spidery synth riffs over Gang of Four-style agit-funk guitars, it’s also imbued with that searing ambition which Scottish acts somehow seem to specialise in. Continue reading

Why have people given up on tunes these days?

I went to see Foals the other week, and you know what? They were all right. Obviously tighter than a hangman’s underpants, revelling in a noisy atmosphere at a sold out venue. But bugger me if 20 minutes after the gig I could whistle one of their tunes. And surely, dear sophisticated music reader, that’s what it all come down to? The new Billy Bragg album is packed with great couplets, but if he didn’t have the melodies to go with it, surely it’s better simply printing them in a book and calling it poetry?

As for Foals, sound dynamics and all that jazz will only carry you so far; eventually you’ll have to pen something which sounds good on an acoustic guitar. Right now, that seems as unlikely as Radiohead remembering how to do it.

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