The Psychedelic Ballroom
- David Pollock
- 3 September 2009
Introducing the best new club nights in town.
Residents: Glasgow band The Balladeers: Jackson Scott (guitar and vocals), Gav Troon (bass), Ruaraidh Macleod (drums) and Sean Fitzharris (keyboards, violin). They’ll be playing a set and DJing afterwards.
Guests: For this debut night it’s beard-wearing Glaswegian ambassadors of the psych style The Hidden Masters. They’ll be taking the headline slot and helping out on the decks after (one of their number, Alpha Mitchell, might be familiar to anyone that used to attend Funhouse at the Barfly on Friday nights; he was one of the resident DJs alongside Radio 1’s Vic Galloway).
Music policy: ‘We’re trying to move away from the other garage and psych nights which are out there,’ says Troon. ‘We’ll still play the usual 60s stuff like 13th Floor Elevators, but there’ll be a proggy 70s feel in there too. The plan is to approach it from a different angle with heavier things like Iron Butterfly, Hawkwind, definitely a bit of Black Sabbath.’
What they say: ‘Of course there’s a strong music scene in Glasgow,’ says Troon, ‘but it’s very indie orientated, it seems like there are a lot of bands out there who want to sound like Sigur Ros. Whereas we’ve played plenty of gigs around the city with lots of bands who sound nothing like that, but nobody seems to know about them. So the plan is to try and create a bit of a scene around these groups, while also doing something different to get our own name out there. It’s hard enough to create a following that isn’t just a bunch of mates, and I think people get bored when they see bands playing too often.’
What we say: Both The Hidden Masters and The Balladeers are great young bands who do things differently and do them well (have a listen online for proof). This should be a fine gig, and an education in unfairly unfashionable musical styles afterwards.
The Psychedelic Ballroom is at the Admiral Bar Basement, Glasgow, Fri 18 Sep.