The Beths, The Mash House, Edinburgh, 13/5/19

The Beths, The Mash House, Edinburgh, 13/5/19

  I've been a mess of late... Health problems...physical and mental. Burn out at work. A invisible weight pushing me down...down...down... Salvation can come from unusual sources. Sunlight bathes the cobbles of the Cowgate as I wend my way to the Mash House to bend the knee and doff my cap to Kiwi jazz enthusiasts [...]

You’re body, my body, nobody…

I have to make a few things clear at the outset... I'm not a social justice warrior...but I do care about justice. I'm not a snowflake...but I don't want to hurt anyone. I don't do virtue signalling...but I try to be virtuous. I'm reluctant to call myself a feminist for fear of defining that in [...]

The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

The Beths – Future Me Hates Me

  "Misery loves me, but I don't love her" sings Elizabeth Stokes on the opening track on the debut album from The Beths, "Future Me Hates Me" and, in that one line, she issues a clarion call to the grotesquely lonely...or to people like me; grotesque and lonely.  It is the sort of line that [...]

The Selfish Jeans…Talking at Gigs

The Selfish Jeans…Talking at Gigs

Sonya Madan is a quiet, near serene, presence on stage. Possessed of a calm and peaceful form of confidence that comes from knowing that just because you are talented you don't have to be arrogant. Nice. When someone like that is driven to say... "If you wanna talk...please fuck off." Please. Even in that moment...good [...]

You’re a big man…”Delicious” at 25

You’re a big man…”Delicious” at 25

With nods to "Get Carter", the portrayal of sex as something to be enjoyed, not endured, by women and the ferocity of the music with its melding of melody and mania "Delicious" by Sleeper is one of the greatest singles of the nineties. It had been preceded by the "Alice" EP and a second single, [...]