Live in Edinburgh This Week – 16th March 2008


A couple of big, but not massive, names are slinking around the capital city this week. The Long Blondes have sold out Cabaret Voltaire on Wednesday, and the really not very good Young Knives are at The Liquid Room. I am going along to see The Long Blondes, but as regular commenter and Edinburgh gig fiend Bart quite rightly says, what on earth is the point of plugging a sold-out gig? So that’s enough about them, then. What else is knocking around?

Monday 17th March: Cut Off Your Hands at the Cabaret Voltaire.
Cut Off Your Hands sound very, erm, current. But for all I make that sound like an insult, they definitely have some decent tunes on their MySpace page, so for those of you looking for a little something to do tonight they might be worth investigating.
Cut Off Your Hands – Fond

Thursday 20th March: Eagleowl, Make Model & Twilight Sad at The Liquid Room.
Another superb lineup put together by I Fly Spitfires, and I am really looking forward to this gig. Eagleowl are dark, gothic folk, from what I know of them so far, Make Model are radio-friendly indiepop and the Twilight Sad are epic guitar-botherers. It’s a very mixed bill in terms of styles, but I rather like that. There will be beer. O Yes, there will be beer.
The Twilight Sad – Walking For Two Hours

Friday 21st March: Rob St. John & Tisso Lake at The Collective Gallery.
You all know how highly I rate local folk charmer Rob St. John, and he’s playing with Tisso Lake as part of their nationwide tour taking place over the next few weeks. If it’s the loveliest of fragile folk music you’re after, then you can’t possibly go wrong with popping down to this one.
Tisso Lake – The House by the River

Saturday 22nd March: Simon Breed at the Voodoo Rooms.
He’s an acoustic sort with plenty of darkness to his music and was much championed by a certain Mr. John Peel, apparently. Closer to home, Billy from Spins ‘n’ Needles recently wrote a long and rather interesting article about him for Drowned in Sound.
Simon Breed – Low Blood Sugar

Saturday 22nd March: Damn Shames at Henry’s Cellar Bar.
This is Music presents the Damn Shames. Their recent Spins ‘n’ Needles review wasn’t too complimentary, but there’s enough going on in their dancey, punky indie-pop that I think I might give them a chance. It’s definitely music for The Kidz (TM) rather than old duffers like myself, but there’s something there that I’m quite liking the sound of, so I may give this a go.
Damn Shames – Last Things