The best upcoming gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow - Autumn 2013
Tour dates in Scotland for Sigur Rós, Gary Numan and Queens of the Stone Age
From AlunaGeorge to Gary Numan, these are the very best bands taking over Edinburgh and Glasgow before the end of the year. Book your tickets now
The Parisian duo of Etienne Jaumet and Cosmic Neman (also a member of Herman Dune) describe their music as an attempt ‘to use sound and rhythm to explore the feeling of fear growing deep inside you’, and synthesisers, theremins, drums and laptops are their horror weapons of choice. Past Glasgow shows went down a storm, paying tribute to John Carpenter’s film scores; this time they’re treating us to a performance of their own work.
Mono, Glasgow, Mon 16 Sep.
Earlier this summer, the virtuoso fingerpicker guitarist scooped himself the Scottish Album of the Year award for his record Thirteen Lost & Found (Chemikal Underground). Glasgow’s beloved Hubby (as he’s known to his friends) has Breaks and Bones, another spartanly magnificent album due out in September, accompanied by live dates up and down the country.
Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Thu 26 Sep; St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow, Sun 29 Sep.
Aluna Francis and George Reid met on MySpace and bonded over their shared love of genre-jumping music including Flying Lotus, Destiny’s Child and James Taylor. The London duo got together to make their own brand of street-savvy pop soul, and put out debut album Body Music this summer. Listen to ‘Just a Touch’ or ‘You Know You Like It’ for a taster.
The Arches, Glasgow, Tue 15 Oct.
Conquering Animal Sound
This Glasgow-based duo, comprising Anneke Kampman and James Scott, is touring on the release of their second album, On Floating Bodies. Their electronic sound has evolved into a bold mix somewhere between the celestial vocals of Björk and the bleeps and glitches of a cyborg. Catchy yet elegant, full of texture, and rhythmic enough to make their live acts a danceable night out. Definitely one to catch, and take your dancing shoes.
Pleasance, Edinburgh, Thu 24 Oct.
Scottish Borders-spawned band Frightened Rabbit return to the homeland after a whirlwind tour of the United States. Blending their classic indie rock with a more experimental sound on latest album, Pedestrian Verse, lead singer / guitarist Scott Hutchison said at the time, ‘we’re experimenting with minor keys, which is actually new for us’. Excellent live, the Selkirk five-piece bring a bright and melodic charm that can be hard to find in the genre.
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Sat 16 Nov.
Queens of the Stone Age
QOTSA have been making a name for themselves for, well, only the last 13 years. These Californian rockers have done it all, from 1997’s The Desert Sessions featuring PJ Harvey and Mark Lanegan, to a hiatus which produced the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures with John Paul Jones. Hard work and the ability to rock have solidified QOTSA as a force to reckon with. Their latest jaunt to Glasgow has them playing the newly completed Hydro.
The Hydro, Glasgow, Sat 16 Nov.
Iceland has produced some pretty amazing talent, none brighter than Sigur Rós. Redefining post-rock with their ethereal sound and lead singer Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals, they’ve even created their own language, ‘Vonlenska’ (or Hopelandic), showing how important musical aesthetics and minimal sounds are to them. After a near break-up, they tour on the back
of their majestic seventh album Kveikur with a renewed vitality.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 18 Nov.
Gary Numan and Officers
Gary Numan’s evolution over the decades has made him a pioneer of modern electronic music. With everyone from Trent Reznor to Lady Gaga citing him as an influence, Numan’s power lies in his transgressive abilities. His current incarnation with Officers (who describe themselves as ‘a machine playing like a man and man playing like a machine’) is dark and mechanically hellish. The tour is in support of the charity CALM, aiding the prevention of male suicide.
Picture House, Edinburgh, Wed 4 Dec.