Archive for December, 2014

Christmas Opening Hours

19th December 2014

Glasgow’s Festive Opening Hours

All the team at Loud & Clear in Glasgow would like to thank you for your support over the last year which saw music well and truly back on the agenda!
Wishing you a very loud & raucous Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

'Tis the season…

18th December 2014

…for cover versions. Everyone from The X Factor to karaoke night at your local are singing other people’s material. I’d like to recommend the following that you won’t find in the charts (or down the pub)…

Muse – Feeling Good – I’m sure that there was at least one generation of fans who believed that this was written by Muse. It’s hardly surprising when you consider that they never sound like anyone other than themselves. Anyway, it’s a stroke of genius and proved so popular that it became a regular part of their live shows.

Placebo – Running Up That Hill – Sometimes, the best kind of cover is a completely unexpected one. I’m not sure if anyone could’ve seen this coming. Or just how good it would turn out to be. But I’m sure even Kate Bush would approve.

A Perfect Circle – Imagine – The first time I heard this I was so drawn to the sound, it was half way through the song before I recognised the words and what I was actually listening to. This is a perfect (circle) example of a cover as far as I’m concerned.

Linkin Park – Rolling In The Deep – Chester Bennington has an insane vocal range. He can literally go from a whisper to a scream. And just check out this showcase of his amazingly soulful singing voice.

Editors – Road to Nowhere / Orange Crush / Dancing in the Dark – I’m a real fan girl when it comes to these guys. And they’re not afraid to take on some big name songs. Even when it’s just singer Tom Smith on his own with a piano. And THAT voice…

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy…

Ben Howard (Live)

10th December 2014

I was lucky enough to be among the 2000 (or so) people that crammed themselves into Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, eager to spend a cold, wet Saturday night with Ben Howard and his amazing band. We’d had to wait a while since falling for his amazingly soulful sound but it was absolutely worth it.

The venue was perfect. Even Ben, mentioned how lovely it was. And the gig itself turned out to feel slightly like an out of body experience with the crowd alternating between mesmerised-into-silence and almost-taking-the-roof-off appreciation. There was however, a bit of banter between some songs with (an obviously having a good time) Ben. It turns out that he likes a drink!

Recent album, I Forgot Where We Were is quite a departure from his first and I get the impression that the new, slightly downbeat but incredibly intense songs might have left some fans of his previous work a little confused. Personally, I adore it and hearing it performed live was a real pleasure.

This show was recorded at The Bataclan, Paris on December 1st and it’s the closest thing I can offer you to the real thing. Prepare to be amazed at how good it sounds even when squeezed through the wonder of the interweb…

p.s. I must mention support band Hiss Golden Messenger who were surprisingly enjoyable and looked like they were having as good a time as the crowd!

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