Archive for the 'Music' Category

No Feelings

This was recorded back in 2012 for a tribute album where all the tracks from the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks were covered in a diverse bunch of styles. The project dragged on and ground to a halt inches from the finish line and it looks like it’ll never get released. So here’s my […]

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Trinity – After You

There’s a lot of music around me just now which is stirring my pal’s memories as well as my own. My buddy Chris posted a couple of old tapes on Facebook from the band I was in 20 years ago – Trinity. I had a rummage and found a CD of the last thing we […]

Monday, April 14th, 2014

twometresdeep

In a new band. I tried with the rock covers band I really did, but I just can’t do it like folk are expecting me too. I’m on the edge of snapping the entire time, just desperate to play a different chord or use a wah pedal or something. They knew it too. So whether […]

Monday, April 14th, 2014

California Jam 6/4/74

Forty years ago today 17 million people descended onto Ontario Motor Speedway in California to see one of the shows that has become a solid gold music legend. The lineup from breakfast onwards was Rare Earth - Earth, Wind & Fire - The Eagles - Seals & Crofts - Black Oak Arkansas – Black Sabbath - Deep Purple - Emerson, Lake & […]

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The Long Goodbye?

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Ghost – Getting There

I’ve nearly finished Ghost. The drums are done, the vocals are done and I’ll just live with it for a wee while to see what comes next. A wee bit more guitar? Just some time on a final mix? Three more songs for a half arsed EP by someone who should know better? All of the […]

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

To The Greatest Drummer in the World

A letter arrived at the post office depot addressed “To The Greatest Drummer in the World.” There was no other details or return address so the postie just thought he’d forward onto the most obvious name, he was a big Metallica fan, so he sent it to Lars Ulrich. Lars lifted the letter off the […]

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Ghost – Under Construction

I spent the day in Red Eye Studios in Clydebank working on a new song called Ghost. It’ll take another session to finish as I’m playing all the instruments myself and I’m ropey with all of them. However, here’s an exerpt.

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Black Sabbath

It turns out it doesn’t matter how many years have passed since I sat in my bedroom, gripped by Greatest Hits spinning on the turntable, that skinny pale faced boy’s heroes are still heroes and when War Pigs broke through the darkness and quiet Black Sabbath were watched through misty eyes. Silly auld fool. Holly […]

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Still got one foot in the 70′s

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell was a man and is also a band. Youngsters of today way well see the wacky cover above and hear the strange mix of sounds within and think they’re experiencing something entirely new. But, the auld heid knows the score. Budgie have long been one of my favourite bands, but the […]

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Airbourne

I got a late call from Gus to go and see Airbourne at the ABC in Glasgow last night. The other option was to go and see the new 90 minute Disney toy advert with the girls, but Holly was happy going with mum and Granny, so it was Frozen for them and rock for […]

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

13 is #1

Black Sabbath’s new album “13″ is #1 in the UK charts, 43 years after their last number one with the Paranoid album in 1970. I had mixed feelings right up until I heard it streaming on iTunes a few days before it was released where I sat cross-legged, hunched over my laptop with my earphones […]

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Black Sabbath UK Tour 2013

It should be the Black Sabbath Trio as there’s no Bill Ward on drums, the new album snippets sound worrying, but something that says “Black Sabbath Glasgow Hydro December 16th” is something I can’t ignore. My favourite band haven’t played my home city in 30+ years. O2 customer presale this morning at 0900, I have […]

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Ghost, Lakes, Gear, Home.

I’m burst. I went to see Ghost last night at the Glasgow O2 which was a good choice. Gojira who were on before them had a some decent bits and pieces going on, but a terrible sound and the need to put blastbeats into songs that had no need for them had me looking at […]

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The Frantic Four

I spent Saturday and Sunday the weekend before last at the O2 Academy in Glasgow watching The Frantic Four, or if you like, the original 70′s Status Quo. Back in ’84 I spent two nights in a row watching Quo at the Glasgow Apollo on their “farewell” tour and in the years since them I’ve […]

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Ghost

Got a few gigs coming up which is good and one is a band I haven’t seen before as I just found out about them two weeks after they left the UK last time around, they are Ghost. Black metal these days mostly means ridiculous looking youths screaming over powerless blastbeats, but although Ghost are coming under the […]

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Heliotrope

On the off chance someone near to Glasgow reads this and fancies going and seeing it: read no further than the photie below. Just go along to the Botanic Gardens tomorrow night between 1600 and 2000 (go along from 1530 to book a slot) for the last night of Heliotrope. Places are really limited, but it’s […]

Monday, November 26th, 2012