The clocks went back, Hallowe’en happened, so we’re into the depths of autumn. A fine time to be gigging – out of the cold and into a nice warm pub, club or venue. It’s busy at the SEC in Glasgow in the early days of November with The Prodigy, Soul II Soul and… ahem… Michael Bolton all putting in an appearance and flavours of the month Christine and the Queens have sold out both Edinburgh and Glasgow. For something a little smaller scale, which you might actually get into, try one of these:
Edinburgh’s Last Wild Lion specialise in huge crunching guitars and big 80s power choruses. Too big, you might have thought, for the wee Henry’s Cellar Bar. But that’s where they’re launching their album They’re Not Secrets Anymore with support from Slow Blood and Matt Norris. Check out the video for their recent single Drive.
@ Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, on Sat 24 Nov;
Another launch happening this month is that of new record label, OK PAL, the brainchild of Hailey Beavis and Faith Eliott. The pair have been active on Edinburgh’s music scene for over a decade, and plan to use the label to combine visual art and music, releasing zines and samplers with contributions from the arts community in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The launch night will see sets from both of them, plus Blue Tiger, plus the brilliantly-named DJ Spillrisk.
@ Brig Below, Leith, on Sat 3 Nov;
Like so many reactivated acts, synth-poppers Blancmange have been a going concern longer second time round than they were back in the 1980s. Now a project comprising Neil Arthur and session musicians, they’ve just released a new album, Wanderlust and will be introducing it to Scotland this month. They may still have time for oldies like Living On The Ceiling. All together now: “Up and down, I’m up the wall, I’m up the bloody tree.”
@ Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, on Thu 8 Nov;
@ Oran Mor, Glasgow, on Fri 9 Nov;
A different kind of gig, Worbey and Farrell are a virtuoso piano double act whose four-handed ivory tinkling skills have been a big hit at the Fringe. Maybe they’ll do their version of the very topical Bohemian Rhapsody when they return to Edinburgh to play the Usher Hall.
@ Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on Thu 29 Nov;
The most important ? in rock since ? and the Mysterians, Therapy? are on an upward trajectory at the moment. New album, Cleave was their first to break the Top 50 since their 90s heyday. Cairns and co will be stopping off in Glasgow for one night in support of it.
@ Garage, Glasgow on Wed 14 Nov;