Glasgow trio Moon Unit play at Harsh 70s Reality

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Harsh 70s Reality

Moon Unit

‘One of the worst questions someone can ask you while you’re DJing is “can you play something I know?”’ says John Petrie, promoter of Stereo’s new monthly night Harsh 70s Reality. ‘To me, that just defeats the purpose of this. I don’t want to play the music that people hear on the radio every single day.’ Unless it’s his own show, of course; it’s called Broken Ear and it’s on Radio Magnetic.

‘My favourite club ever in Glasgow was Funhouse at the Barfly,’ says Petrie. ‘They would play garage and psychedelia, which is music that makes me want to dance. House and techno don’t, they just make me want to go to the bar, but things like Krautrock – actual Krautrock, not just Kraftwerk and Neu! – tropicalia and Afrobeat are what get me interested and keep me dancing.’ Now in its second month, Harsh 70s Reality (named after the 1992 album from Kiwi noise outfit The Dead C) will be welcoming its first live guests here, Glasgow trio Moon Unit.

‘I’d say we are a bit Krautrock,’ says the band’s Andrea Jonsson, who plays alongside Peter Kelly and Ruaraidh Sanachan (aka Nackt Insecten), and assists Petrie with the club. ‘We want to create something with a lot of energy about it, a show which will give you a feeling of exhilaration when you see it. We use bits of free jazz and of noise music too, all hopefully bundled up into something that’s exciting to play and exciting to see.’

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