Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

I was first introduced to Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside by Ritchie from Loch Lomond when they recorded their Toad Session back in the Summer of 2010, and in the interim she and the band have released two albums and become really rather hipster-friendly, and now they are coming to Scotland.

The music is self-described in one of their songs ‘you can call it swing, you can call it rock and roll’, and it’s certainly very old-timey. You could compare the band to Angel Olsen in a sense, I suppose, it that they make make a stylised version of very deliberately old-fashioned music. In the cases of both bands the vocal delivery is one of the most striking embodiments of this aspect, although the actual music isn’t really similar at all.

We’ve got shows with them on the 19th of November, which just happens to be my birthday, at the Glad Café in Glasgow and the 20th November in Edinburgh at the Wee Red Bar. Tickets are available in advance here, and I will let you know about the support acts closer to the time.

On listening to the new record (you can hear both on the band’s Bandcamp page) you can hear a much more visceral approach to the stylish swing of the first. It’s more lascivious, in a way – just watch the video for the lead single below – and tunes like Bad Boys only emphasise this sense of additional throttle. Lyrically these themes were always there, of course, but they seem to be more and more directly embodied in the music as the band progresses. I am looking forward to these two shows!

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