Now an institution in the Scottish music calendar and our very own Mecca in the West – Tenement Trail is back! Bigger, better and more ubiquitous than ever in 2017. With over fifty acts finely placed in ten venues set in the heart of Glasgow’s thriving centre accumulating in over TWELVE hours of music. It wasn’t easy but for concise (and alliterative) purposes – here are Top Ten Tips for Tenement Trail 2017:
Having seen Rascalton (and survived) at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, this year’s Xpo North festival in Inverness and most recently, Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh supporting Baby Strange – that makes three times in three locations witnessing completely different crowds all swept away in the infections carnage of their live set. In terms of authenticity, they are easily the closest Scotland has come in recent years to a Punk band fit for a new generation, and a literal force to be reckoned with.
12:00am Flat 0/1
RETRO VIDEO CLUB
Edinburgh four-piece Retro Video Club have established themselves over a few years now as one of the Capital’s many great acts. Singer Liam Allison is a damn fine songwriter proven numerous times in having a knack for writing incredibly catchy choruses now backed with an impressive rhythm section – particularly the propulsive drumming in Kieran Burt, they produce muscular Indie Rock anthems and are very, very good at presenting them live.
Having become a frontrunner in Glasgow’s music scene and broadening her horizons at breakneck speed, LUCIA’s listenings include the likes of Blondie and Patti Smith which certainly explains the inherent cool that exudes from every aspect of the music. No histrionics here, just impeccably well-delivered songs with a stark simplicity no more apparent than on EP ‘Best Boy’.
7:45pm o2 ABC2
Clackmannanshire’s Emme Woods offers what I can only describe as the nearest thing to a proper Soul singer a new artist from Scotland could be. However, describing her music only as ‘Soul’ would be a disservice. There’s biting Rock, delicate, broken Folk and as a live presence – Emme Woods brings enough Funk to shake to and is genuinely funny. An incredibly distinctive voice that you could liken to Stevie Nicks but you really shouldn’t because it stands up well and truly in its own right.
6:30pm The Garage
DECLAN WELSH & THE DECADENT WEST
Inarguably the sharpest tongue in Scottish music, Declan Welsh offers a brutally honest, immaculately-well-directed combination of songs and poetry that could cut glass. Soundtracked perfectly by The Decadent West who give the kind of wall of sound to fully deliver what must be conceded as an astonishing force of nature. The one-two punch of ‘No Pasaran’ and ‘Mirrors’ are enough to be indelibly left in your mind, but ‘Nazi Boys’ is a personal favourite, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression when witnessed live.
While touring Europe, Catholic Action will be making a stop in Glasgow for 2017’s Tenement Trail and cement themselves as completely impossible to ignore, and neither they should be. After releasing a slew of powerfully seductive singles, receiving acclaim from basically everyone they are more than deserving of your full attention and at Tenement Trail I strongly recommend you give them it at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
11:15pm King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
THE NINTH WAVE
2016 saw The Ninth Wave voted ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and included in many ‘One to Watch in 2017’ lists. It’s safe to say they have spent the following year proving exactly why they were deserving of such prestige and you’d be a fool to disagree. They bring a refreshed darkness to 80’s New Wave accompanied by the trading vocals of singers Haydn and Elina.
After catching SWAY supporting Edinburgh’s Fabric Bear this year, it was impossible not to include them in my top ten for TT17. The Glasgow four-piece bring a wash of guitars and stellar songwriting as heard on their single ‘Planet Earth’ produced and mixed by members of Catholic Action and The Vegan Leather, a great band in very good hands.
6:30pm Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
THE BIG MOON
Mercury-nominated debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ is an outstanding Pop masterclass, the all-girl group are a powerful force who have had a busy year. Even taking the time to back up Indie powerhouse, Marika Hackman on her album ‘I’m Not Your Man’. If their live show at Edinburgh’s The Mash House is anything to go on, The Big Moon will be a surefire favourite this year.
8:30pm The Garage
‘Dreamy Rock & Roll’ is how Kircaldy’s Shambolics describe themselves – a very fitting soundbite until you have the pleasure of seeing them live. In performance, they are a frenetic tidal wave of sheer energy that leaves no stage uninvaded by both band and crowd when they are inevitably swarmed at the end of their set, if not before. Catch them while you can!
9:15pm King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Give our top ten acts a listen below:
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