Ten Tracks presents 10-band bill at Stereo, Glasgow
The Blessings, Frog Pocket, GRNR, Not Squares, Tokamak, Logik Party, Foxgang, Fur Hood and Blood Blood
Scottish music download portal Ten Tracks is renowned for offering ten bundled tracks for a pound, so it makes sense that this live special should offer ten high quality acts on one lengthy and great value bill. ‘We’ve got The Blessings (left), who run the LuckyMe collective,’ lists Ten Tracks founding partner Ed Stack, ‘Frog Pocket from Planet Mu; Not Squares from Belfast; GRNR, who used to be in Findo Gask; math-rock trio Tokamak; Enfant Bastard, an eight-bit songwriter and musician from Edinburgh, Logic Party, who are a dance-punk group from Dublin; the Cry Parrot-affiliated Fur Hood; and others. Eclectic but danceable is what we’re going for.’
Although this night will double as a Christmas party, the main point of it is to launch Ten Tracks’ new website. ‘Basically, you’ll still be able to download batches of ten tracks chosen by labels, club promoters and people who put live music nights on,’ says Stack, ‘but now the customer can buy gift vouchers for friends or invite them to use the service. We’ll also be using PayPal from now on, which means more methods of payment. Everything’s been sharpened up, really.’
Despite the way his online business has caught the public imagination, however, Stack says it serves best as an advert for the business and most importantly the bands involved. ‘We’d turn a nice profit if we charged iTunes prices,’ he says, ‘but it’s events like this which keep us going.’ With regular curatorial link-ups with the Kelburn Garden Party and Hidden Door festival, and plans for a regular Ten Tracks night, perhaps the service they provide to Scottish music is as much cultural as it is commercial.
Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 17 Dec