I can never decide if Scotland’s slight musical dislocation from the rest of the UK is a good thing or not. It means we can be shielded from shitty trends which take hold down South and irritate the crap out of everyone, which is a good thing. On the other hand, sometimes we have trends all of our own which just won’t fucking go away no matter how much you wish they would.
And then there are other occasions, such as when rough, loose guitar music with more than a hint of nostalgia started to crop up all over the place in England there just weren’t that many bands doing it up here. Or at least not doing it well, to my ears anyway.
Then I happened across Paws and Dolfinz – a good few years ago now – and then a couple of others like Min Diesel and the short-lived but excellent North American War, and gradually it became apparent that things were changing.
It seems we actually do this stuff pretty well up here now, and one of the newer bands to appear will be playing Henry’s on Saturday with Post War Glamour Girls: Halfrican. They have a touch of surf and psyche about them, but it’s not pastiche throwback stuff, just nice rough guitar tunes. I’m really looking forward to seeing them live as well, as I think the tunes on their split tape with White Pages are really strong – full of energy, and that elusive quality, hummability.