I only managed to see Meursault and two other acts at The Caves, it was however an all day event from 1pm until 3am!! I was hoping that I’d make the whole event but I was quite ill from the flu and ever so slowly recovering.
The first act that I managed to see was a solo artist: Malcolm Middleton. The Caves was buzzing as he entered the stage. He had a good reception for his downbeat music. His sound filled the caves. The audience seem enthralled by this man who used to be in Arab Strap. His quite low side on life was very tongue in cheek and you could tell this man had some serious wit behind him from the way he wrote his songs- although his songs have been called miserable. This is simply part of his whole persona which is what makes him unique. The crowd were singing along and laughing away at the mans various musings. He even played a christmas song. Which was really funny about how much he didn’t like christmas or reasons why people might not like christmas. It was totally tongue in cheek. I really couldn’t help but listen along intently to this mans extremely funny and great lyrics. I reckon this man could hold the whole room in silence as they waited for his next lyric. Just stunning and totally a laugh even as it he was so down about everything. You could tell however this was part of Malcolms charm. I really think he’d be great to interview and listen to the stories this man has to tell. I would definitely say see this man while you can; very witty and interesting from a gig point of view.
Neil was such a lovely man during our interview. I felt bad warding off a cold and being slightly groggy around him. I hope he enjoyed our little interview, I know I did. What a really intelligent and great storyteller this guy was. So humble as well. I was happy to sit in Bar 50 sharing a drink with him as he told me all about himself and his band. As I got back to the caves after dinner break (which happened a bit late) Meursault were just setting up for their gig. The sound of mumbling between The Caves hushed when Neil took up the microphone.Neil’s lovely singing just hits you straight away and it can’t help taking your breath away. You just feel so at home with this music as I did with Idlewild back in the day. Obviously they played their greats and you couldn’t help swaying and singing along on the bits you knew. I’m getting more and more into this band as this it is the second time I’ve seen them live. I’d love to see them up in the highlands I just think that would be a perfect place to compliment their music. The Caves does well though with it’s absolutely breath taking beauty it compliments Meursault well. I do hope I bump into Meursault again. I hope I’m well when I do get a proper chat without being nervous in front of someone merging as a major Scottish artist from my hometown. It’s great when you get to meet someone who is so close to you but has done so well and worked hard for it. I really do think these guys are a treasure to see and meet. I owe you a pint Neil when I next see you absolutely fabulous thank you.
This lot are just a great crowd pleaser and put an instant smile on your face when they kick in. Their folky pop a lilt just was one that you couldn’t help grooving along. I saw all the crowd getting into it as these guys played. I just couldn’t help moving your feet with a massive smile on my face my slight illness was forgotten as I got into the music. I’d never heard these guys before though, It just seems so far these guys had slipped under my radar. From now on I’m going to keep track of this Glaswegian band. With them playing hits such as “Counting sheep” , “Hermit” and even playing their own version of “Jingle Bells” this group do so well they could even be classified as slow ska.They have a lot of members eight to be exact and I thought Broken Record’s had many members. This however isn’t a downfall with their sound just makes it so much fuller although everything is raw and acoustic something very humble that the band bring. However the band have stated in a interview that they do find it difficult touring with so many of them. Well lets hope they can tour more as I bet it would be a ludicrously fun tour with this 8. Their happy go lucky music drives through the crowds.