STEREO, 20 RENFIELD LANE, GLASGOW
FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER,11PM-3AM, £5, £4 STUDENTS
PLAYING LIVE: VIVA STEREO, LICKER
PINUPS DJS PLAYING NEW & CLASSIC INDIE, PUNK, SOUL, ELECTROPOP – AND GLAM ROCK!!
Greetings earthlings. The danger of writing too many things is that you can become like that terrifying old uncle who corners you at family functions and painfully repeats himself. So, thank you very much if you came along to the Pinup Nights 5th Birthday Glam Rock night, around 330 characters showed up, a roaring success on many levels, great to see plenty of familiar faces, great to see so many new young faces, and:
1.I've already written a reasonably detailed account of the Glam Night, so if you want to read more about what went on click here - http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=17479521&blogID=439220303
2. Did Baillie look like Tina Turner? Was James “Butcher” Cassidy dressed as Bolan or Brand? Couldn’t the OC have put a wee stripe across his face to look like Adam Ant? Did I really look like a smurf? And what on Earth was Patrick Wolf actually wearing? Pictures of the Glam Night can now be seen in the gallery at www.pinup-nights.co.uk
So the Glam Night was a laugh, but at Pinups HQ we don't rest on our laurels and there's plenty of action in the pipeline (including a Hogmanay Pinups), starting with Friday 7th November! Viva Stereo ( www.vivastereo.co.uk ) are a fantastic band, brilliant guys, and this should be a belting night. Following more double booking shenanigans at the Winchester I investigated loads of venues and had a good think about using the Barfly. However it seems to be right out of fashion with The Kids, so using Stereo (albeit from 11pm onwards) seemed like a better option. Stereo’s regular Friday club Curious Curious (run by Mr Barbarossa and Mr Divine) is kindly stepping aside for 1 night only, so thanks to them. It’s a great space and Optimo held their amazing An Espacio Odyssey night there earlier this year. I’m sure Viva Stereo will enjoy playing on the big stage, and playing in the "new" version of the venue they named themselves after!!
In case you’re unaware of them, Viva Stereo are part of Fife’s Fence Collective (which has launched, amongst others, King Creosote, KT Tunstall and the Pictish Trail), and are launching their third album "Roar Lion Roar" at Pinups with their only Glasgow date of the year. They started out as a brilliant, fascinating amalgam of the most frenzied bits of Primal Scream and the most witty/confessional parts of Arab Strap, and I think the guys have stretched their legs even further on this new album. In their own words:
"Now with all four of us living in different cities throughout the UK we have ironically made our most cohesive record to date. Although not a 'concept' album as such, it is the mixtape (or cd!) to the Saturday night excess, through Sundays soul searching and into Mondays drudgery of the 9-5 job. With us now all in our 30's and dealing with the inevitable pressures this brings, from financial burdens to parenthood to resisting the feeling that maybe it is time to 'grow up'(!), this album is a celebration of still enjoying life, love and the occasional allnighter. As with previous albums we've enlisted the help of some guests, including Malcolm Middleton on vocals, Chris Deveney (My Latest Novel), Candythief (Fence Collective), Onthefly (Fence Collective) and King Creosote."
It’s an album as good as it sounds and is available on ITunes now. Support on the night comes from cracking art/punk/shoegaze band Licker ( www.myspace.com/lickermusic ) and tickets for this Pinups are available NOW for the bargain price of £4 from www.threadsofsond.com/pinupnights .
Meanwhile I’m going to go back to the drawing board to try to get plans for the Pinup Nights Hogmanay Ball underway. See? We have a name already. Wow.
Thank you for reading and maybe see you on the 7th.
ps check out the “Glasgow Guide” on the website as I have updated it all - and added a fetching map. Feel free to send the link to prospective visitors, or suggest amendments.