Tonight’s show was always going to be a little different. It’s only the second gig to have taken place at the new Horsecross Theatre and in terms of normal gig protocols, they were out the window from the off. We were promptly ushered into our seats in the intimate studio space at 8 pm on the dot, and there was definite anticipation in the air that it was very much a special performance we were about to be treated to.
First to take the stage were Aberfeldy based indie-folk duo Star Wheel Press. For the next 30 minutes, we were taken on a surreal journey through the mind of lyricist and singer Ryan Hannigan. Songs about robots taking over the earth, hip hop paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, and even getting the baby to sleep so you can go out on Monday night (which resonated well with many in the audience), were all delivered in the half-sung style of Mark Everett of Eels. I’m sure they’d have played all night had they been given the opportunity. Excellent entertainment!
Out Lines are a collaboration between The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, award-winning songwriter Kathryn Joseph and producer/percussionist Marcus Mackay. Starting out as a commission from the Easterhouse-based community art project, The Platform, the goal was to create music based on conversations with the participants of the project. It’s a process that Graham and Joseph immersed themselves in, conducting interviews with members of the community in person. The resulting collection of seven songs became the album ‘Conflicts’.