Creatures of Habit are a Alternative Rock/Americana band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Their style is as diverse as it is exciting.
Creatures of Habit began, as many good things do, with a drunken idea.
Lifelong friends Barry Fitzsimmons and Stuart McPhee had grown up together and learned guitar side by side in their early teens.
One evening, through a Guiness-invoked haze, the two pondered why they had never sat down and made a serious and prolonged attempt at making music with each other. Stuart had become adept at audio engineering and had recently completed a solo instrumental venture, Mournful Glory. Barry was playing in a covers band to earn some cash. The time finally seemed right to make it happen.
Creatures of Habit was born as a result in the early spring of 2014. Both Stuart and Barry had songs ready, and new ideas were quickly seized upon and expanded in a creative explosion. Years of friendship had clearly made for an excellent writing partnership which neither had experienced before.
With several evenings jamming the songs into a cohesive structure, recording took place in Barry’s front room over the course of four booze-fuelled days. Stuart would then spend countless agonising hours mixing the songs at home.
The result is the band’s first album ‘Free from the Cares of Man’. Drawing from a wealth of influences, the songs cover themes as diverse as homelessness, parenthood, love, loss and redemption.
Various recordings have since been made, with a second album in the works.
The songs ‘Dear Green Place’ and ‘Once in a Generation’ deal with the issues surrounding Scotland’s 2014 IndyRef, with the latter being used to promote a play at the Edinburgh Free Fringe by playwrite Julie Anne Calderwood. Then duo’s political songwriting can further be heard on tracks such as ‘Invisible’ about homelessness and ‘Caged Birds’ which was written in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
A vastly experienced live act with over 500 shows under their belts, The Twisted Melons (Paul Johnson – Lead Guitar and Vocals, Stephen Johnson – Bass and Backing Vocals, Mark Johnson – Drums and Backing Vocals) are one of the west of Scotland’s best kept secrets, playing live relentlessly in small venues throughout the country while regularly producing and releasing their music 100% independently.
Comprised of the three Johnson brothers, the band have an uncanny sibling musical telepathy that makes every show a one-off. Moving effortlessly between psychedelia, hard rock, pop, funk, fusion and electronica, the band recall the great bands of the past while moving towards the future along their own path.
Their diverse sound has seen them supporting a wide range of acts including Otherkin, Blaenavon, Fufanu, The Vryll Society, Here We Go Magic, Rituals, Pete MacLeod, Focus and Deacon Blue.
The Twisted Melons 4th album “West Of The Rock” was released on 1st April 2016, featuring the singles “Love Is A Drug” and “More Fool Me”.
The first single from the forthcoming album “77” was released on 4th May 2018.
Inspiration for the track
We grew up in the shadow of RAF Machrihanish, which during the Cold War was one of the most strategically important bases in the whole of NATO. We were exposed to militarism at close quarters and were very much aware of the power of the state.
Militarism is in our culture in the UK, so much so you get called an extremist and an insurgent for criticising the war culture and wanting the UK to take a deep breath before involving itself in conflict. We were protesters against the Iraq war and wrote and released pro peace songs during that time. At the time of the Iraq War we kept getting told about how important it was to win the hearts and minds of the populations of countries the UK were invading. The propaganda to paint the UK as just was astonishing.
This is all background to a new brigade of the British Army which was created under the Army 2020 project, a brigade that was involved in “non-lethal warfare.” This brigade is called the 77th Brigade and it will reach full operational capacity in January 2019. When launched the press described this brigade as “Facebook warriors.” The Brigade is involved in online and media operations. It is a organisation designed to control the narrative online.
In this era of fake news and realities created by online entities we thought it important to raise awareness of this particular branch of the army, especially when their predecessor was deployed against the British public online to try to gain public support for the invasion of Libya. If the British army were willing to deploy it’s “hearts and minds” division against the British public on the Libya issue what else are they willing to use it on and to what ends? This is a serious liberty issue, especially with the backdrop of clandestine organisations trying to disrupt our democracy. What else have they been deployed for? Who are they targeting and why is our tax money being spent on trying to troll and argue with people on line, especially British citizens?
There was a time when the Internet was your friend. Now it’s a battlefield for your thoughts, one for hearts and minds, and one where victory can never be defined. Why should the British Army’s agenda get government funding and be allowed to roam unchecked online? This is an assault on our democracy and this time, we’re all on the front line.
Rufio G is a Grime MC originally hailing from a clash background, but he hasn’t just focused on Grime, he has also stepped outside the genre performing with DJs on DnB, Dubstep, Electro and Hip hop sets.
His official debut E.P “Different Breed” is out now on itunes, spotify, deezer etc.
All about feelings and screaming, Little Fists have been described as “melodic guitar, sad lyrics, suddenly loud shouting and screaming…. For fans of Modest Mouse, Explosions In The Sky, Where’s Hollywood?”
Hands Of Blue is an electronic music duo from Denver, Colorado formed in June of 2016 by Gina Anderson and Ender Chadwick. Stylistically landing somewhere between Grimes and Portishead, their synthpop songs touch upon feminism, sexual empowerment, and mental health struggles. Their name is derived from the short-lived science fiction series ‘Firefly’
Currently in-studio, HOB plans to release their first album and begin playing live shows early 2017.
Gina and Ender have previously teamed up on other musical projects, and are excited to share their newest incarnation.
Pacesetting performance poet pilots postpunk pioneers. Members:
Performance poet, visual artist, guitarist with riot grrrl group Fistymuffs
Guitarist with Scars, first-wave punk and postpunk originators
Guitarist with Heavy Drapes, Twisted Nerve
Bassist with Boots For Dancing, Gin Goblins
Guitarist with Matt Vinyl & Decorators, Edinburgh’s first punk band Influences: Voicex are inspired by pop, postpunk, riot grrrl, disco, poetry, anime and the list goes on… History: Voicex started with two guitarists jamming together for a few weeks last summer. The tunes got more structure and suddenly Coco joined the party on bass. Suky was spotted MC’ing at a Girls Rock School benefit, and two weeks later she was in. An appeal on Twitter for a likeminded drummer led to old friends Colin and Paul reuniting, completing the Voicex lineup. “Never” was the first song we wrote, recorded and released in December. Sound: Voicex’s sound updates the postpunk vision for 2018. It ranges from skeletal keyboard-led poetry to pulsing full-on rock. Guitars clash and grind. The bass bounces around the upper register. The drums stop and start. And the unique Suky sings and declaims in a haze of poetry and dramatic pop. The lyrics speak of lost love, hedonism, late nights and early mornings, adventures inside the wardrobe.
The result is confident, upbeat punk pop with attitude and discord. Viva Voicex!
James King and the Lonewolves – the Glasgow band famed in the 1980s for their wild gigs – got back together in 2013, and still have some bite about them!
‘You guys were 10 years too early’
Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells) in 1996 at height of Britpop.
Now, having hooked up with Edinburgh’s Stereogram Recordings (home to The Cathode Ray and Roy Møller), that fantastic, long-lost album, Lost Songs of the Confederacy, has finally seen the light of day – obviously re-recorded, re-mastered and brought up to scratch with new recordings to supplement the buried ones resulting in James saying there was
Back in early 2017, Steve McAuliffe (a regular performer of his own poetry on the Ungagged podcasts) set upon a quest to track down the legendary and mysterious musician, The Mighty Ur.
As he explained to the somewhat bemused website producer, V Pearson, the quest was triggered by a strange dream:
‘In the dream I saw a huge mouse-like man stood against a backdrop of rolling hills that seemed vaguely familiar, he was pointing at a nearby river, I remember the sound of its churning, rushing waters was almost unbearably loud. I also remember my dream-self thinking it must have sounded even louder to the mouse-man who possessed huge over-sized ears that rose above the crown of his head. Suddenly the day-time scene switched to night and the mouse pointed upward toward a star which was shining brightly in the darkened sky. I instinctively knew the star to be Sirius, and the body of water I believed was The River Ure in North Yorkshire. From my recent readings I was aware that the ancient Sumerians believed Sirius to be home to their pantheon of mighty gods, their capital city was known as Ur. The connection was made. I had heard that the infamous punk musician Andrew Monks had moved back to North Yorkshire, to a place called Leyburn (close to the Ure), and he had renamed himself ‘The Mighty Ur’. Upon awakening, I knew exactly what I had to do. I knew that I was destined to work with him on a musical project that could possibly change the world of poetical/musical collaboration for ever. So a week later, when I arrived on his doorstep bearded, bedraggled and sopping wet from the waters I had swam across to reach him, I was not in the least bit surprised that he was expecting me. In fact, he had built a studio to record what he called;
‘Songs to tear down the prison walls and to liberate the mind’
The rest, I guess is …. Well, it’s a work in progress’.
So there you have it. The Mighty Ur’s mission is to tear down the walls and Steve McAuliffe’s mission is to rebuild Albion from out of the rubble.
From out of this necessary and hopefully complimentary tension they intend to birth a new kind of world, a kind of anarcho-utopia. This may sound ridiculous and hugely over-ambitious, but at the end of the day and in the midst of these strange times –
Well, who knows?
You can follow SteveMcAuliffe & The Mighty Ur on twitter
The double-a-side single: Albion Sleeps / Socialist Cortinas by Steve McAuliffe & The Mighty Ur is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and many other platforms.
Their celebrated EP ‘rejecting Soma’ is also available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
An album is rumoured to be in the works.
‘-Beneath the pavement, the beach!’
Gallows Circus play blues-hearted, dirty, rock – inspired by the likes of; Led Zeppelin, Blackstone Cherry, Free, Reef, and Thin Lizzy. Creating original songs that induce head-nodding and chin-growth! All achieved by way of catchy riffs and vocal melodies, supported by a robust rhythm section that, once combined, will have you singing the songs for weeks after you’ve heard them.
Formed in Kent in the UK in October 2016, Gallows Circus have since worked on the contents of their self-titled, debut E.P. that was released at the end of 2017 to enthusiastic reception and critical acclaim.Although the band are a newly-formed entity, they are continually adding to thier set of original compositions and have already created the material needed for thier first studio album -which is due for release in 2018.
In the meantime, Gallows Circus are moving crowds with their sharp, gritty and memorable live shows, playing gigs up and down the country.
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Masta X-Kid is CEO of Immaculate Flave and spearheads a variety of musical projects, including Cannabidroids, 817 INC, SnagglePuzzy & Riot AF. Flaveworld host events, tours and a lot of other super freshness. Masta X-Kid is an activist and creates art to inspire people to observe and question manufactured reality and increase positive energy to make the world a better place.