2009 September



Come on up to the House: The politics of dying

28th September 2009

James Maxwell Next year, Margo Macdonald MSP will attempt to legalize assisted suicide in Scotland. She has drafted a bill that, if turned into law, will for the first time allow a terminally-ill or severely disabled adult the opportunity to request that a medical professional prematurely induce his or her death. Only two other European ...


In the director’s chair

28th September 2009

Tom Bonnick speaks to Glasgow theatre stalwart and director of the Tron Theatre, Andy Arnold I often ask interview subjects what inspires them, and the answer almost without fail falls into one of three categories. It will either be impossibly polished and intelligent-sounding, with hints of the carefully honed public persona about it, or it ...


Will sing for food

28th September 2009

Oisín Kealy As the music industry continues it’s downward gyre into absolute insustainability, a new generation of DIY artist are showing that you don’t need to sell you soul and/or recording rights for the opportunity of reaching a wider audience. Recognising that the current model is not putting food on the table, many independent and ...


The Boxer Rebellion – Union – Unsigned

28th September 2009

Peter Kelly The second full-length release from London based The Boxer Rebellion is finally out in physical form, following an exclusive launch on iTunes in January of this year. After securing the fourth position on the iTunes UK album chart, expectations are high for the group’s first album since 2005’s Exits. This physical release of ...


Volcano Choir – Unmap – Jagjaguwar

28th September 2009

Oisín Kealy Justin Vernon doesn’t forget where he comes from. Earlier this year he sung with his old highschool jazz band, and now he is returning to this past musical endeavour. A collaboration with fellow Wisconsinites, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Volcano Choir’s origins predate his success under Bon Iver, having written material with them ...


Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost – Atlantic

28th September 2009

Robin Perkins It has been three years since Zero 7’s last release The Garden and they return with Yeah Ghost, a marked change from their former trip-hop, lo-fi stylings. It is not a comfortable or convincing evolution. Gone are the uncomplicated, agreeable and well constructed lounge of Simple Things replaced by what is essentially an ...


Florence and the Machine – ABC – 22/09/2009

28th September 2009

Catriona Reilly The XX have been subject to serious hype, but as they appear out of the dry ice lined up like a gothic firing squad the crowd seems woefully apathetic. Despite this, they begin the set with the delicately gloomy ‘Intro’, leading into the minimal ‘Crystalised’ with the male/female duo Oliver and Romy exchanging ...


Sounds of the city

28th September 2009

Oisín Kealy and Robin Perkins As ever, the Glasgow music scene is bubbling with new bands, new sounds and new directions. We take this opportunity to introduce a host of local talent from noise rock to future hip-hop, multi-instrumental collectives to transatlantic chamber-folk. Bronto Skylift Glasgow’s burgeoning noise, hardcore and math-rock scene may be reaching ...


Keeping it in the family

28th September 2009

Lucy Humphreys I spot Mumford’s Ted and Ben outside King Tut’s, they seem pleased to be recognised, I introduce and identify myself as having been sent to interview them. After a small tour around their dressing room and backstage discussing musical interests including Ray Lamontagne and Ted’s tour of Glasgow, we settle on the sofas ...