Now as alot of people do i go to alot of gigs, usually atleast 2 a week so over the past year i've seen...a good few bands(theres no time for maths) So who did i think was particularly special? Let me tell you.
I had the pleasure of catching Young Fathers this year at OXJAM festival and i was nothing short of blown away by this band. Now i'm not the most knowledgable on the Scottish Hip Hop scene however one of the names that keep on popping up is Young Fathers. Their live show is high energy, with big dance moves, and using the stage like their own personal playground, while working the crowd and really energizing the crowd and getting them involved, seeing a crowd full of people dancing like an albatross is still one of my highlights of the year. If you havent seen these guys live yet, you should as soon as you can.
I don't even know how many times i have seen pooch now(its starting to get a bit stalky), I saw them for the first time back in 2008 in Cassette and have been hooked ever since. Pooch are not one of those bands that seem to have a bad gig, they are a consistently brilliant live band. This band are pure attitude and have one of the finest frontpersons in the Scottish music scene. This band are a must see if you like your electro pop with a good slice of dirtiness.
Penguins Kill Polar Bears
I first had the pleasure of catching these guys at King Tuts in the summer and was blew away by their intesity. Penguins dynamics in performance follow the dynamics in their sound it is explosive and a pleasure to the senses. Homebound from the "Dawn" EP is one of my tracks of the year. If you like post/alt rock but also have a soft spot for great melodies this could be the band for you. Go and see em.
This year i could have given special mentions to a bunch of bands as there really are some darn fine live bands kicking around but for now lets go with Mitchell Museum, Hold Your Horse Is, The Lava Experiments and Here We Go Magic.
Merry Christmas everyone.