News & Bits – June 20th


Not a massive amount to report this week, but I’ve started quite enjoying the news posts, so you are getting one anyway.

New Releases:
Conquering Animal Sound – Tracer. New single, backed with remixes from dems, Alex Tobin, FOUND and Voltage Black. Available from iTunes. Better off buying it from Bandcamp though, where you can name your price (minimum of £1).
Edinburgh School For The Deaf – New Youth Bible. Technically this came out last week, but it wasn’t available anywhere yet when I did the release list then. Album available from Bubblegum Records.
Coming Up:

Less than two weeks to go till The Last Battle‘s EP launch gigs. The first one takes place at The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh, with support from King Creosote who has a very special top secret backing band for the evening – they quite like Toto – and Loch Awe. There aren’t many tickets left, try Avalanche Records on the Grassmarket if you want one.
The following night is the Glasgow gig, which you might well have noticed me mention before. It takes place in Stereo on July 1st. This is also the next Aye Tunes Presents gig, so get used to me mentioning it, I’ll be doing it a lot.
Loch Awe will once again be joining The Last Battle for their first full band Glasgow gig. The Second Hand Marching Band will also be playing in Glasgow, all of which makes me happy. Tickets are available here. There should be some on the door too, though they’ll cost you an extra quid.
The mini tour finishes up on July 2nd where The Last Battle and The Second Hand Marching Band will be joined by the wonderful RM Hubbert at Cafe Drummond in Aberdeen. Tickets are available here.
The Springwell EP is available to pre-order from Bandcamp now. It is rather good, which is fortunate. If it had been rubbish I’d have a couple of awkward weeks ahead of me.
Bad News/Good News:
It is with a wee sad face that we pass on the news that Macabre Scene have split up. Drummer Ewan Denny has quickly been scooped up to join Campfires In Winter full time, having previously been on loan. Campfires in Winter also have some new demos available for free from their Bandcamp page.
Colonics, who we were talking about just the other week, have a new release. You can get 1.5 here for however much you want to pay for it.
The Japanese War Effort, also known as the taller half of Conquering Animal Sound, has stuck a couple of new tracks up on Bandcamp for free download. You can find them here. You can also here the upcoming Surrender To Summer EP here, and order a copy of the 10″ from Song, by Toad Records.
New Town Triptych have a new single. Climb/Don’t Want To Hear It is available here.
Lou Hickey has a new EP imminent, and is celebrating with a launch gig. The EP – Minutes, hours, days… – gets a digital release on July 4th, with the launch gig taking place on the 3rd at the O2 ABC2. Tickets for the gig are available here. You can watch the video for the EP’s title track here.
The Next Train Arriving At Platform 5:
In the gig guide yesterday I mentioned that Platform in Easterhouse is celebrating its 5th birthday. In addition to the events on Tuesday they’ve got a few rather fine looking gigs lined up next week. Mulatu Astatke plays on 30th June, with the performance at Platform being his only Scottish show.
Roman three piece Zu have recorded and collaborated with Mike Patton, Steve Albini, Mats Gustafsson, The Melvins and lots of others. they play at Platform on 1st July.
Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells made one of the best albums of the year so far in Everything’s Getting Older, and this is their first Scottish show since the album was released. The gig is on July 2nd, with support from The Bill Wells Trio featuring Gail Brand.
Find out more about Platform at the website.
The Big Man:
Absolutely nothing to do with Scottish music, unsigned music, or anything the blog really focuses on, but as a fan, we’re pretty gutted about the death of Clarence Clemons.