Mechanical Smile are an alternative rock band from Ayrshire, and one of the finest in the country at that. They’ve made festival appearances at Download, IROCK and Slam Dunk, featured in Rock Sound, FRONT and Kerrang! Magazine as well as headline tours, selling out King Tuts and touring Germany – Mechanical Smile are the real deal.
We caught up with Dawn and Murray to find out more about the band, their sound and their own Rip It Up festival that they curate as a band.
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On paper, this gig had ‘awesome’ written all over it. Black Stone Cherry, one of the most energetic rock bands out there, matched with the majesty of one of the best venues the UK has to offer in The Barras. It could ONLY be awesome. In reality, it went beyond the hype that had been bubbling away prior to the gig and I’m surprised the roof is still attached to the famous old building this morning.
BSC had stated that their 4-date UK tour was going to be a special one, with the fans given the opportunity to vote for the set list and that the format would be a little different to the norm. In all honesty, that’s about as much as I knew about it before I arrived at The Barras. There were rumblings on Twitter about there being no support on the bill and some form of Q&A session built-in to what was going to be a 2 hour set. We were unsure of how that was going to work. Would they do it before or after the show? How will they get the questions up to the band? It was a bit of a weird prospect but I was excited to see how it would unfold.
So, BSC emerged to rapturous applause from the crowd and opened with new single ‘Me and Mary Jane’, which didn’t exactly set the place alight. Only fair considering it was the first Live electric performance in front of a crowd of around 2000 people. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad song, but I wasn’t blown away.
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Tijuana Bibles are a tight unit, something you’d expect from a bunch of guys who pretty much spend every waking moment together, and it shows onstage. Sometimes it goes beyond the music that’s being belted out with fervour and drive. You can see it in their eyes.
They’ve produced some of the best new material of recent times, which is recognised by their nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2014 SAMAs. Tonight, it was on show for those who’d brought along their tickets from the original gig which was cut down to a 4 song set due to some technical issues at the venue in January. For those who didn’t make the original date but were able to come along tonight, what a lucky bunch of folk!
We knew what we could expect from Tijuana Bibles from our previous trips to see them do their thing onstage but tonight there was a sense of something bigger, something special. Something that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. You could feel it in the musty air inside Tuts, the folk mulling around between the last support and the main act all knew it. There was a force building in the dressing room above the bar, a force that was going to blow each and every person in the place to smithereens and leave them wanting more.
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It has been seven or eight years since Embrace played in Glasgow. To mark the return of the band they are playing the (by comparison to previous shows,) tiny King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The venue is absolutely rammed to point of nearly no breathing space.
I remember watching Embrace play this very same room the night before their debut album The Good Will Out was released and being so very excited. Tonight there was definitely an air of excitement permeating around the room before the band hit the stage.
At exactly 10pm, the band comes on stage to rapturous applause and launch into ‘Protection’ from the forthcoming album Embrace. We then get another three new tracks including latest single ‘Refugees’ which had an impressive singalong from the crowd.
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We went along to catch Tijuana Bibles on Sunday night at King Tuts and with an eclectic choice of support bands I wasn’t sure what to expect of the main support that quietly set up in front of us. As the stage crew shifted amps around and manoeuvred the drum kit to the side of the stage it transpired that the band, The Dead Raven, were a two-piece. It shouldn’t be a surprise by now; it’s fine to have just two band members, but your default expectation when coming to see a band is at least three in the line-up.
Hushed interest enveloped the crowd as the band kicked off into the opening of their set. What I watched for the next 20 minutes was really quite extraordinary. With the guitar literally screeching into action the drums followed quickly with a primitive, pounding drive taking everyone by surprise. The noise this band were making was unbelievable! Described as “low-tuned retro-psych Rock ‘n’ Roll” on the bands Facebook, the set was a masterclass on how to keep things simple yet very, very effective.
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