Sunday, 7 November 2010

Aspen Tide

Aspen Tide

Glasgow is becoming known for a haven of post hardcore-emo-punk-pop whatever bands, theres some bands who do it well, and some bands that do it not so well, Aspen Tide are one of the bands who i think do it well. Lets see what their singer Robi has to say...

1. Who are you?

I'm Robi Lambie and I play guitar and sing for Aspen Tide.

2. When did it all come together?

It's a very recent venture. We were all studying music at University when we met a few years ago but we didn't start playing together as a four piece until the summer of this year.

3. What is an aspen tide? Is it an effect of global warming?

I guess that Aspen Tide could be described as an effect of global warming. I often come up with these odd phrases and it takes me a while to piece together what they actually mean. I've got an odd subconscious! At the moment I think it is a reference to avalanches in the skiing town of Aspen but to be honest it just sounds like a cool name!

4. Dream support slot?

I've unfortunately had to come to terms with the fact that my dream support slot will never happen. It would have been Nirvana as I think even just to see them play live would have been incredible. I'll settle for Biffy Clyro or Idlewild.

5. You released your EP recently, howd that go?

It went really well. The EP was just a bunch of tracks that we had recorded ourselves at the formation of the band and gave an insight to what was coming for Aspen Tide. We wanted something tangible to give to folk at gigs and it really was a huge DIY effort with the mixing, mastering, artwork and production of packaging all being done by the band themselves. We've since moved on however and enlisted others for help with the production of our debut single!

6. Who would win in a fight between you and trapped in kansas?

That's a tough question. Hopefully we'll never know the answer to that question but if I was to defend our corner Garry is a brutal Karate master, competing in British competitions and I won a trophy at school for Judo! I reckon if the TIK boys can punch as well as they can play though we might be in trouble!

7. Favourite local bands?

It's an amazing tribute to the scene that most of my favorite bands are local! These include: Trapped In Kansas, The Darien Venture, Make Sparks, Sucioperro, There Will Be Fireworks, Farewell Singapore, NoExitWound, MakethisRelate, .scores, Tempercalm and The Winter Tradition amongst others!

8. Whats next for you?

We are currently finalizing plans for our debut single release which will either be out towards the end of this year or the start of next year. In addition we will have a special free Christmas track out soon! We are currently still in the studio already demoing new tracks for next year and have plenty more shows lined up before we take a break for festivities!

9. Whats your dirty pleasure to play on a jukebox?

I've always wanted to be asked this question cause I have an abundance of dirty pleasures!
Maria - Blondie
Angels - Robbie Williams
Lifted - Lighthouse Family
Lucky - Britney Spears
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
Equador - Sash!
Maneater - Nelly Furtado

10. Parting thoughts?

Why is milk white? 
(Its caused by a protein called Casien)
If you want to listen to the band why not head down to their Aspen Tide or their Facebook or you can catch them at Define Pop Festival on November 13th where ou can get tickets from them or Tickets Scotland

Friday, 5 November 2010

I Build Collapsible Mountains

I Build Collapsible Mountains

There has been a lot of hype about this young man former Gothenberg Adress front man Luke Joyce's new project. His album "A Month Of Lost Memories has been warmely welcomed into the hearts and mp3 players of the Scottish music scene, lets see what he has to say for himself then?

1.Who are you?

Cold and hungry.

2. How do you go about building collapsible mountains?

You start at the top and work your way down then stop just before you reach the village.

3. When did you start working alone?

I have always written music alone, its just the way i work. Even in my previous band i wrote the music and then brought it to the band. So the big change here is the performing on my own. I kinda like it.

4. You recently released an album through that sexy Peenko records, tell us about it?

Its a collection of very roughly recorded songs. Rough, but to the height of my abilities. Lloyd Peenko heard something in the songs that made him want to get them out to as many people as possible so he offered to help me put them out as a release. We ended up with an 8 track ltd cd and a 15 track album download. The cd sold out in less than 2 weeks, which was a nice bonus.

5. Did you always know how you wanted the record to sound?

I knew i wanted it to be completely different to what i had done before. This meant stripping things write back, and letting the lyrics take the lead. I wasent too fussed about how expertly they were recorded, so i just set about doing it myself in my boxroom. Now i think that raw sound is part of the main appeal.

6. Who else do you like in the "scene" right now?

I like Penguins Kill Polar Bears, Admiral Fallow, Hey Marseilles, Verse Metrics. Their my most recent likings.

7. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Starwars. If my dad was obsessed with Startrek then who knows what i would be called...

8. What have you got coming up?

Well, this week i have two shows - Thursday im doing the Elba Sessions fnal show of the year at the liquid ship...(this post was a bit late)..., and then friday im playing the final ever AVP show at the classic grand. Then im opening for your good self at the Admiral Bar on the 13th. And then after that its off up North to Thurso and Aberdeen with the Verse Metrics chaps on the 24th/25th Nov. There is also a new mini album ready to go so il be getting that all ready.

9. Favourite non collapsable mountain?

Himalaya Tandoori Indian Restaurant, Edinburgh.

10. Parting thoughts?

I am now a little warmer and i just ate a double decker. Can someone give me a job please. Thankin' you ta'.
 Thanks alot to Luke for answering the questions you can catch him live at The Classic Grand tonight supporting The Seventeenth Century and Come On Gang! for the fabulous Ayetunes vs Peenko. And then at the Define Pop festival. You can listen to him at His own website and buy tickets for define pop festival here at Tickets Scotland