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Bands in Glasgow

Finding myself in Glasgow last night, I decided to go to see whoever was playing at the 13th Note. First up was an outfit calling themselves Blind Dug, who were described as "rock with progressive leanings", and pretty surely disproved the assertion that the difference between prog-rock and post-rock is capes. None of them wore a cape, and they were definitely prog- and not post-; their songs had relatively complex chord progressions, 1970s-style guitar riffs (think some of the musical interludes from The Goodies), odd time signatures, florid embellishments, false endings and lots of different sections. At one stage they announced that they only had time for one more song, and proceeded to play for some 20 minutes, changing keys and tempos quite a few times. They seem to enjoy wallowing in the excesses of the 1970s, but they do it fairly well.

Next up was an outfit named Cat Kills Six, who were a sort of grungy alternative band, though with some quite original moments. At one stage, the vocalist started doing a human beatbox, upon which the bassist went into the bassline from The Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight, of which they did the first verse and then went off on a tangent.

Finally there was a band named Frayed, who were fairly textbook metal, with a heavy Metallica influence. (They covered Harvester of Sorrow as one of their songs, obviously wearing their influences on their sleeve.) Technically they were quite competent and tight, right down to the obligatory guitar solos, though they didn't diverge from the metal genre or do much else original, and ultimately ended up as Just Another Metal Band. Then again, I'm told that the singer is only 15 (which brings up comparisons with a certain Australian Seattle-sound band from the '90s). Perhaps few years they'll go on to do more interesting things.

There are 4 comments on "Bands in Glasgow":

Posted by: Gregor http:// Fri Nov 15 11:51:13 2002

Hi, I am the guitarist fae Blind Dug, thanks for writing a review of the night in the 13th Note, its great. We really enjoyed the gig, probably our best so far, mainly down to the venue and the audience. We dont have any more gigs lined up cause we are going to write some new material over the next couple of months. Were you the guy with the camera that got the cd? Would it be possible to see the photos at some point if there are any good ones? Cheers for now, Blind Dug

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Fri Nov 15 13:34:56 2002

I do have some photos, though probably won't get to do much with them until I get back to Melbourne. Email me and I'll see what I can send you.

Posted by: sally http:// Sun Nov 17 18:09:15 2002

Hi, i was at the gig in 13th Note last tuesday.Good review... im sure they'll appreciate it.Im glad you enjoyed our Glasgow talent. On Frayed....watch this space cause these guys have got the talent to go far, and with Lucci only being fifteen they've also got the time to create their own sound. ohh yeah and if any one from Cat Kills Six look at this site will you email and let me know when your next gig is cause i would like to come along.....thats all for now...sally p.s when you get back to Melbourne could you also email me sone photos of the gig if poss .. thanks

Posted by: sally http:// Sun Nov 17 18:09:42 2002

Hi, i was at the gig in 13th Note last tuesday.Good review... im sure they'll appreciate it.Im glad you enjoyed our Glasgow talent. On Frayed....watch this space cause these guys have got the talent to go far, and with Lucci only being fifteen they've also got the time to create their own sound. ohh yeah and if any one from Cat Kills Six look at this site will you email and let me know when your next gig is cause i would like to come along.....thats all for now...sally p.s when you get back to Melbourne could you also email me sone photos of the gig if poss .. thanks

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