Fridge Magnets / Nevada Base / Radio Arcade / Nettles 14+ show
Venue: Cabaret Voltaire
Ticket Price: 6.00
Fridge Magnets- http://www.facebook.com/
Fridge Magnets. Up and coming electro Rockers, party animals and all round crazy bastards. These are a group of ambitious young guys, headed by the charismatic Steven Winton.
It all started with a few gigs in slightly more humble venues such as ABC 2 and King Tuts, Glasgow, however promoters quickly realised that this is a band that can both draw a crowd, and more importantly, keep them entertained . As a result they were soon putting in excellent performances at the likes of Rockness, T In The Park and Belladrum festivals, and supporting the likes of Calvin Harris, Alex Metric, Japanese Popstars and Burns.
They have received Radio 1 support for tracks, Feeling Grows, Weapon and Death of Rock ‘N’ Roll, the latter of which was played several times thanks to an eye catching video that has become a bit of a minor hit on Youtube.
In March 2012 they picked up ‘Best Electronic Act’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards beating off strong competition from the likes of Rustie.
If you are looking for an insight into what the band actually sound like they describe themselves as “a mash up of Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 with elements of Example and Faithless”. Winton never fails to get the crowd going and his professional and consistent front man performances backed up by the musical talents of Ciaran Pasi (bass), Laurie Sanderson (lead guitar), Chris Philip (drums) and Campbell Nelson (synthesiser/programming) rarely disappoint.
It has become very clear that Fridge Magnets are destined for bigger and better things and not surprising that they have been invited to play at huge events such as The Lynx All Nighter at London’s Coronet Theatre. In a recent interview with STV, Campbell Nelson stated “Swapping places with The Prodigy would be a dream, they provide the type of live show that we aim to have one day. They fill any arena in any country.” This is a bold statement but one that, by account of their recent performances, you have to take seriously.
If you don’t actively seek out Fridge Magnets you will most likely come across them sooner or later as they are destined for Rock-stardom. Check your festival line ups, your local clubs and all the best dance bands supporting acts and you’re sure to see the name pop up sooner or later. It may be the ‘Death of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ but it’s definitely not the death of electro rock, only the beginning.
Nevada Base- http://nevadabase.co.uk/
Nevada Base are a synth-pop band fusing drums, guitar and bass with synthesisers and samples.
The band are Albert (voice/guitar), Andy (bass), James (synths/vocoder/
The band have shared bills with the likes of Metronomy, New Build (ex LCD Soundsytem and Hot Chip), Den Haan, Silver Columns, Late of the Pier, Ewan Pearson, Memory Tapes, Hooray For Earth, Findo Gask and Fenech Soler – in great venues like King Tuts, SubClub and The Arches in Glasgow, as well as the Bongo Club, GRV and Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh.
They’ve also played live at RockNess, the Wee Chill, Insider Festival, Kelburn Garden party, and the Scottish BAFTA Awards.
Their songs are about noise-control officers, mental illness, robotics, geographical obstacles, mysterious women from space, electricity, love and the importance (or otherwise) of timeliness. The end result is about making heartfelt, thoughtful – danceable – pop.
Radio Arcade- http://
‘Radio Arcade looked unfeasibly young on stage, somewhat like the Arctic Monkey’s little brothers. However, judging by the anthemic sound, they were making their influences go beyond their tender years.’ – Andy Mackie, The Edinburgh Reporter
Nettles was born in the rain sodden summer months of 2010 between four close friends with one common goal, to buck a trend. They were all sick of the stale blocks of flesh that populated the Edinburgh music scene and felt that they could offer something different. Something that could excite and enthrall an audience instead of leaving them underwhelmed and uninspired.
After playing their first ever gig to a sold out GRV crowd in December the band continued to stride forward in 2011. They won the annual YMI Project in January and as a result were granted the opportunity to record their debut single at the wonderful Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland – who’s previous clients include the likes of REM and Frightened Rabbit. Since it’s release on June 21st, the band have played a series of barn storming shows alongside some of the country’s finest unsigned acts (Bwani Junction, Fatherson, Vukovi etc) and captured the hearts of audiences and critics a like. With a sell out Single Launch at Cabaret Voltaire and gigs all over the central belt following shortly after, it appeared the band would continue these surges forward in 2012.
And those inclinations were not wrong, they were tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Forth One and with a place on the Creative Scotland and DF Concerts collaboration project Hit the Road already secured and an EP scheduled for unleashing in summer, The future looks a burgeoning one for this spritely young Edinburgh four piece. Luckily though, as a former American president with a penchant for top hats once said, ‘the future comes one day at a time’ and Nettles are relishing every one of them.
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