It’s been around since the end of May but if you still haven’t heard Tigerblood, the latest single form Edinburgh band Vistas then trust me, it’s about time you did,
The band have been producing wonderfully infectious chorus driven indie tunes for a couple of years now. Tracks such as Calm and Retrospect were clear statements of intent, the melodic singalong choruses designed to be real crowd pleasers.
Tigerblood takes that to the next level, It is just impossible to stay still whilst listening to it. Be careful though. It’s one of those tracks that somehow induces a heavy right foot if played in the car. You may be driving sedately as it kicks off. As it ends don’t be surprised to see flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror as you subconsciously press harder on the gas pedal in an attempt to keep up with the sonic storm blasting out of the speakers.
This is a band that demands to be seen live. For details of where they are playing in the coming months check out their website.
They’re also on Twitter and Facebook .
If you only go to one gig this month then do yourself a huge favour and catch Voicex making their live debut at the Voodoo rooms in Edinburgh on the 18th of May. Made up of former members of The Scars and Boots for Dancing we are talking Scottish post punk royalty at work here. Add performance poet and Fistymuffs member Suky Goodfellow on voice and things become a bit more than simply interesting
On songs such as The Immortals and Never the band deliver a rich sonic canvas for Goodfellow to paint over with her distinctive strong, direct vocal delivery. The results are powerful, passionate and at times slightly unhinged. In other words the noise they make is simply irresistible.
Support comes from The Ferramoans and The Fakes. And all for only £7. Bargain.
You can buy tickets by clicking here.
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Checkout the video for Never below.
Midnight Milk, the third album from Adam Holmes and the Embers, sees the Edinburgh based musician draw on ingredients from around the globe to deliver some wonderfully blended soul infused tunes. There’s no shortage of sunshine throughout this album, whether it comes via the calypso styled ‘No Man is an Island’ or the ska inflected rhythms of ‘Big Blue Sun.’
Opening track ‘When Will I be Free’ starts things of in an unexpected manner with hip hop style scratches and a spoken word vocal. The choir sung chorus provides the necessary balance, setting the scene for what follows.
On ‘Don’t Worry’ an Afro beat backing proves the perfect accompaniment to the comforting lyrics. As Adam Holmes sings ‘everything will be OK’ you know it will be as his mellow voice flows from the speakers and wraps you in the warmest of embraces.
There is a constant theme of reassurance throughout Midnight Milk, a welcome reminder that there is plenty to be grateful for in this world. The instrumental ‘5 Years’ provides a moment of quiet contemplation as its piano based melody unfolds, slowing things down nicely before the final two tracks.
‘Whatever You Do’ is doused with melancholy yet still offers solace in the face of life’s challenges. The final track ‘Can You Feel the Fire Inside’ is one of the highlights, its spiritual feel providing the natural conclusion to what has come before.
Midnight Milk is a long lazy river of an album. The warm undercurrents pull you along gently, inducing what can only be described as a strong sense of contentment and hope. It’s a beautiful collection of songs that deserves all the accolades that will surely come its way.
For more info visit adamholmesandtheembers.com
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