“I am pills, injection sites”

Time for some new music. This is the first song from our brand new Messengers EP, and it’s called Animal. I hope you love it as much as we do. HAVR · Animal

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Everyone is awful

Seven years ago, I wrote about my love for New Model Army, a post-punk band from England. I got into New Model Army in Kilbirnie Library, in the late 1980s. I was going through a bit of a punk/new wave thing at the time, and the library’s collection of vinyl LPs included one whose cover… Continue reading Everyone is awful

Trying to walk like a man

It took me a very long time to realise how good Bruce Springsteen is: like many people, I misinterpreted Born in the USA as a tub-thumping, chest-beating, USA! USA! USA! anthem and didn’t investigate further. I’m a lot older and a little bit wiser now, and while I wouldn’t call myself a fan – I… Continue reading Trying to walk like a man

Glasgow is going to lose another historic building

To paraphrase The Onion: I can’t believe this is happening in the only city where this regularly happens. Glasgow is set to lose another iconic building, the ABC in Sauchiehall Street. The music venue – one of my very favourite places – was badly damaged by the second Art School fire and has effectively been… Continue reading Glasgow is going to lose another historic building

Bright SPARKs

I’ve become a little bit obsessed by the marketing for Positive Grid’s SPARK, a very clever guitar amplifier. In recent weeks I’ve been seeing a lot of videos like the one pictured below, in which really amazing women guitarists test the amp. I’m not used to seeing women in marketing for musical stuff, which tends… Continue reading Bright SPARKs

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Rough boys

The new ZZ Top documentary, That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, is a little Netflix gem. It traces the history of the band from their earliest musical adventures until the release of their smash hit Eliminator  in 1983, which coincided with the launch of MTV. I’d have liked it to continue – the band didn’t… Continue reading Rough boys

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All together now: Nazi punks f*** off

Glasgow’s Classic Grand venue will host a festival including neo-Nazi bands later this year. The organiser, who’s either a Nazi or incredibly stupid, told the National that there was no difference between fascists and anti-fascists and that he’s “disgusted by what they represent”. Apparently he’s not so disgusted that he wasn’t willing to book them… Continue reading All together now: Nazi punks f*** off

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