Jamie Mann and Ben Graham
Don’t let the mysterious heat wave of late September fool you; word is spreading of snow this October; that’s right: treacherous blizzards, frictionless icy pavements and general unhappy freezingness. Fear not though, as October is a busy month for gigs and if you have ever complained about the lack of heat in one of Edinburgh’s pokey venues, then you have a problem.
Here are a few alternative acts, which are worth braving the elements for this week:
Pining for an alternative to the alternative this evening? Feed your soul with the fine quinine of funk, jazz, folk and of course soul at Oxjam’s ‘Soul Food’ event at Bongo Club; all proceeds go to Oxfam; a splendid spread guaranteed.
On Wednesday we’ll be thawing ourselves out in Bannerman’s with the bass-heavy sludge of Oregon’s Yob and the sinister riffs of Dark Castle and Kongh. You can can get a taste of just what goes into Dark Castle gig by watching this video.
Come Friday those of us seeking a more gradual start to the weekend might be found relaxing in Cabaret Voltaire with Bill Wells and Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat for a Scottish jazzy spoken-word soundtrack. We will understand if you’re washing your hair that night though.
If 70’s progressive rock is your thing then maybe you’ll find yourself watching Caravan at the HMV Picture House on Saturday or even catching-up with the team from Hawklord at Queen’s Hall the following night, as they launch vessels of hard space rock after more than 25 year’s absence.
Should you prefer modern genres, also on Saturday, you may ride the chill wave and bask in the ambience of Londoner, Tropics, for a late live show at Sneaky Pete’s. If you like your music more danceable then head to the Liquid Rooms for some electro house from the fresh-faced Hardwell instead.
The only post-rock chart busters ever, Sigur Rós, are broadcasting their black and white live concert INNI at The Queen’s Hall on the 24th. The Icelanders will be there in spirit but unfortunately not in person; nether the less the venue will surely be filled with gargantuan crescendos and luscious dream pop vocals.
Get comfortable at the Voodoo Rooms on the 27th and take in some blues and learn some doo-woo from Ohio’s Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald or drift away in more down-tempo electronica from The Boats, nestled in the depths of Banshee Labyrinth on the same night.
Now to later in the month. Could you be interested in the duel-bass-powered hardcore of Palehorse? Then be taken down with excessive rhythm at Bannerman’s on the 28th. Or keep it simple with Brighton’s British Sea Power, amplifying their melodic indie tunes at the Liquid Room on the 30th.
Finally, are you dressing up with pale make-up, dark eyeliner and smudged lipstick for Halloween? If so, maybe you are The Joker, Robert Smith, or just showing your support for The Cureheads who will be replicating timeless hits from The Cure on All Hallow’s Eve at the Voodoo Rooms.