Archive | April, 2015

Spring into May gigs

8 Apr

On May 2nd we welcome back the wonderful Haiku Salut. Haiku Salut are responsible for one of the finest gigs we ever put on so we couldn’t be happier to welcome them back to The Glad Cafe in May.

Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.

Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out in 2013, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by The Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, MOJO and many more, and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

Almost two years after their last Scottish show Haiku Salut return with a new album and a set of stunning new songs. Entitled “Etch And Etch Deep”, Haiku Salut’s second album sees the band melt the folk, classical and electronic influences that illuminated their acclaimed debut to create a sound that’s both inventive and inquisitive, at times more boldly pop, at others startlingly impressionistic. If that first record was an accomplished start, then this is the trio making good on that promise, blossoming into something very special indeed.

Support comes from The Colour of Whisky who provide acoustic guitars, banjo, flute, piano and beautiful 4 part vocal harmonies from some of Glasgow’s most accomplished and experienced musicians.

Drawing from country music, classical, blues, gypsy, folk and a bit of flamenco too, they all contribute a little bit of their varying musical histories to create an eclectic blend of melodic storytelling.


The on May 8th, we bring together The Just Joans, The Thyme Machine & How To Swim in the intimate upstairs of McNeil’s bar.

The Just Joans

Everyone’s favourite gloom-pop patter-merchants return for another Pop!South outing. After their excellent acoustic turn at the recent Pop!South Weekender, we’re excited to once again bring you the full-band experience, full of rye observations, sweet harmonies and mischievous lyrics.

The Joans had a number of releases on the sadly departed Wee Pop! Records, where they found a home for their “lyrical ingenuity, beautiful song craft (and) touch of melancholy.”

The Thyme Machine

Getting the inevitable Half Man Half Biscuit comparison out of the early (hey, if you’re Northern and funny and show even a passing interest in football, this is going to happen), The Thyme Machine describe themselves as a “Lo-Fi Surf Indiepop Glam band from Lancaster,” which is pretty accurate and probably better than anything I could come up with. Come see them! I doubt you’ll regret it.

How to Swim

Possibly the longest-running continuously-active independent band in Glasgow, How To Swim have now officially been around for A Long Time. As will happen with bands that have been around for A Long Time, especially bands as imaginative and expansive as this one, How To Swim have also been through many, many musicians. Now slimmed down from a brass-swelled 11-piece to a much more manageable 6-piece, thankfully what they have lost in members is more than made up for in intensity. Previous Pop!South appearances show How To Swim in the Niagarama era are sounding as fresh, focussed and fun as ever.

You can hear and buy Niagarama here:


At the end of the month, on May 29th, we are back at McNeil’s with Model Village + Bodyheat + Kate Canaveral.

model village are a folksy pop band from London and Cambridge who utterly charmed at their last Glasgow performance.
Their new EP “Burger Party” tips a musical hat to everyone from the Housemartins to Make-Up, Tracy Chapman, and The Band, which is exactly what you’d expect of a band who quest to unite all forms of pop music.

Bodyheat come from the finest tradition of Glaswegian jangle pop with comparisons made to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads and Orange Juice. Recent support slots for the likes of The Orchids and TeenCanteen has done much to increase the anticipation for their very long awaited debut release.

Kate Canaveral is 1/4 of the mighty Kid Canaveral where you’ll often hear her vocal and guitar talents to the fore on some of their finest tracks. Cut loose, you should expect songs you know, some you don’t and much to enjoy.