Broken Records, Book Group and Virgin of the Birds – Live This Weekend

Music in Edinburgh is bubbling along nicely at the moment, isn’t it. Gold Flake Paint recently relocated here, bringing their blog and now their label with them. Lost Map Records are based here a lot while their state-of-the-art new modern HQ is being built on Eigg. We have the bands to pretty much lay claim to being the home of the very slackeriest of slacker rock in Passion Pusher, Nadnerb and iLLsHORE. And this weekend a couple of the city’s more established bands have launch nights for new releases, and I will be attending both.

Broken Records have a new album which is officially being launched at the Queen’s Hall in August actually, but they are putting on a small event at Summerhall tonight for which they have just released some more tickets. I’ve not had a chance to really listen to the new album yet, but the songs from their Toad Session sounded great and Toska, above, which is the title track of their recent EP as well as finding a home on the album itself, is absolutely great.

Book Group may be less established as a band, but as musicians they have all been around since I first got involved in music in Edinburgh. Their EP Tantrums is being launched tomorrow night at Henderson Hall down in Leith, and joining them on the bill will be Song, by Toad Records’ own Virgin of the Birds, who is visiting Edinburgh for the first time since he came over to play our first ever New Year’s House Gig back in 2009.

So it’s a good weekend ahead, and one which will include our first ever Toad Session in the new house. Exciting times.

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