We at What's On North are pretty into our local music – and not just because we're contractually obliged to be. Do you remember former Alness-based metal band “As The Sun”? We do, because we're just that hip.
However, even we are left in the dust by the knowledge of local music-bloggers/podcasters/great lads Jamie and Murray - AKA Netsounds Unsigned - who have been promoting local, national and international unsigned acts for the last several years. We're therefore absolutely thrilled to announce that they're going to be writing some pieces for us!
Every month, Jamie and Murray will be exclusively sharing with us their take on the local music scene, whether it's upcoming gigs or just a great band that they think you should listen to right now. This first piece plugs their own upcoming gig in a shameless manner. Of course.
We thought we would use our debut on the What's On North website to talk about Casual Sex. We've been fans of Casual Sex for a while now. In fact I think it was fellow Highland music beacon Marion Scott (MFR) that first introduced us to Casual Sex.
Okay, enough innuendos before this quickly becomes our last piece for What's On North.
Casual Sex is in fact a band of 4 from Glasgow with a Highland connection through bass man Pete Masson who hails from Inverness. If you like your indie rock music to sound glamorous, snarling, infectious and seducing then we urge you to comes long and see them play at Mad Hatters, Inverness on Thursday 6th March. They're one of the most exciting bands we have seen play in the Highlands over the past year (goNorth, Belladrum, Jocktoberfest) and 2014 is theirs for the taking.
Their Inverness gig at Mad Hatters is ahead of their SXSW debut at Austin Texas, their 2nd US trip in the past 6 months. Towards the end of 2013 they supported Franz Ferdinand on a tour of North America that included a near legendary set at the CMJ Music Marathon, a performance that was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best gigs of 2013. The band returns to home soil just in time for Brew At The Bog on Saturday 3rd May.
Support for Casual Sex on the night comes from Inverness bands Bite Night and Lionel.
Bite Night recently competed in the Eagle Highland Battle of The Bands competition and are four guys who apparently share a passion for double denim and indie rock. The fact they didn't win that competition seems to have spurred them on regardless. They have come out fighting and lined up a string of gigs throughout Scotland and have a truck load of ambition and a welcome dose of self belief that is impressive for such a relatively new band
Completing the bill is Inverness four-piece Lionel, who we are not going to lie to you are one of the most exciting bands from the Inverness area that we have seen or heard in quite some time. They made a mighty impression with music fans and musos at last year's goNORTH where they played an ecstatic set at The Market Bar in Inverness. Since then they have played Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and released their debut EP "Third World Suburbia".
We are cock-a-hoop to be able to lure Casual Sex back up north once more at a time when it appears they are on the cusp of something really special and when they are in great demand, not only here in Scotland but in the US too.
Do you remember the time you never saw Mumford & Sons and Jake Bugg at Hootananny...?
Tickets for the Mad Hatters show in Inverness are on sale from www.scottish.ticketsource.co.uk.
Physical tickets are available from Hootananny in Inverness . All tickets are priced £5.00. Doors open from 8:00pm.
Visit http://www.netsoundsunsigned.com/ for more information.