Live in Edinburgh This Week – 1st February 2009


Here I sit on the train back up to Edinburgh, marvelling at the snow-covered countryside and wondering idly to myself  at quite how effectively a couple of centimetres of snow seems to have brought the entire country to a total standstill.  It is, after all, just snow.  Lots of people have snow and somehow manage to keep their infrasructure from completely grinding to a halt.

Mind you, to complain seems a little churlish, and very very English, when there is snow to be enjoyed.  We are warm and on the train and it is pretty out.  Unfortunately the snow thwarted my plans to meet up with Rough Trade and Pure Groove this morning and see if they were interested in stocking the Meursault album, but now I will have to do all that by email and phone.

You’d think it was Cabaret Voltaire that burned down, not the Liquid Rooms, given how sparse their calendar has been since Christmas and once again there is nothing really going on there.  Elswhere, Limbo are very much back in business after a storming gig last week, and other than that,well, precious little as far as I can tell.  There’s Born to Be Wide on at the Voodoo Rooms before the Limbo gig on Thursday, with getting your music played on the radio being the theme this time around.  Other than that, in a live sense, I can’t find very much.  Enlighten me, please, because there appears to be bugger all going down in the capital this week.

Thursday 5th February 2009: Found, Over the Wall & Inspector Tapehead play Limbo at the Voodoo Rooms.

Both Found and Inspector Tapehead combine the acoustic and the electronic really nicely, although Found are a little more boogielicious, whereas Inspector Tapehead have a little more of a ‘bluegrass gone horribly off the rails’ sort of vibe.  Throw in the infectiously exuberant Over the Wall, and we have a truly excellent lineup.
Inspector Tapehead – Pherenzik Tear

Friday 6th February 2009: Glissando, The French Quarter & The Japanese War Effort play Trampoline at the Wee Red Bar.

I’m recommending this gig specifically because after his performance at the Song, by Toad Christmas Party I am rather keen to see the Japanese War Effort play a fuller set, with all his electronic gizmos, having been very much impressed with the more streamlined electric guitar performance in December.
Japanese War Effort – Punk is Not Dead