With 2016’s XpoNorth just around the corner Alive & Amplified picks 10 bands to check out on the Wednesday at this years event in Inverness.
I was trying to pick out 10 bands to see over the 2 days at this years XpoNorth in Inverness but it proved too difficult so I have decided to pick 10 bands for each day. It is going to be an amazing 2 days with some of Scotlands best bands playing. It is definitely a Utopia for Alive & Amplified.
Wednesdays Picks… ( In No Order)
Having just released a self titled EP on Fitlike Records, Aberdeen based Wendell Borton will definitely get the party started early doors with their lo-fi grungy sound.
The Phoenix, 8pm
Silver Coast are billed on the official XpoNorth website as a Highlands & Islands band, however they are more Edinburgh based now. With support slots to Fatherson & King Charles already in the bag it won’t be long before Silver Coast are playing the larger venues.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Mickey 9’s are one of Scotland’s best live bands. Don’t believe me? They won “Best Live Act” at the SAMAs in 2014. This one is the first one I marked down as “Not To Be Missed” Rocking catchy guitar loops and the most entertaining frontman you will see all week.
The Phoenix, 9pm
“Electronic, alternative music by 5 guys from Glasgow” is stated on AmartArt’s Facebook page but this doesn’t give them full justice. ‘Mirror’ from recently released double a-side (with Soft Skin) is one of my favourite tracks this year. I am looking forard to seeing them live.
The Phoenix, 9:30pm
There are plenty solo singer/songwriters out these but not many of them can captivate a crowd as well as Daniel Docherty. Armed with just a guitar and his haunting vocals Daniel sound is easy adapted to small intimate shows to large arena gigs.
Penta Hotel, 10:30pm
I was told by a friend to check out Bloodlines after he saw them at Bute Fest back in 2015 and I was delighted I did. ‘Love The Taste’ EP was a cracker of an EP released in 2015. However latest single ‘Skeleton’ has raised the bar to another level for the band. It’s going to be noisy… it’s going to be great.
Mad Hatters, 23:30
Winner of the “Best Electronic” at 2015’s SAMAs, but it’s not all about the beeps & squeaks with Crash Club. Think XTRMNTR era Primal Scream coupled with swaggering vocal style of Tom Meighan of Kasabian (provided on the track below by Ian MacKinnon of Medicine Men). I saw Crash Club live at Electric Fields and it was a cracker of a show from start to finish.
What a 12 months it has been for Glasgow’s Catholic Action since they played Wide Days in 2015. Slots at T In The Park & Electric Fields, support slots with FFS, The Libertines & Swim Deep, 2 tremendous shows at The Great Escape and a slot at Radio One’s Big Weekend has followed amongst others. L.U.V almost became a weekly thing on the Shore Live radio show last year.
Mad Hatters, 12:30am
The standard of showcases at this years Wide Days was the highest it has been in my opinion and Elle Exxe stood out as the best for me. Her music will get labelled as pop but it is so much more than that. Rocking guitar riffs, electronic synths, banging drums all tied up amazingly by a mesmerising performance by Elle Exxe. Another not to be missed.
Posable Action Figures
I am new to this Edinburgh based duo but what I have heard so far I have liked. They have locked themselves away and recorded their self-titled EP which you can get for free by signing up to to their mailing list.
That is 10 bands out of 34 playing on Wednesday 8th June at Xpo North. You can view the whole music programme here.
XpoNorth, Various Venues, Inverness, 8/9 June