What's great about getting Jamie and Murray from Netsounds Unsigned to write for us is that we get to laze about, drink sangria and not do any real work. WAIT NO I MEAN THAT a lot of it is educational for us as well (*phew*). Thanks to their ridiculously all-encompassing knowledge of music, we've discovered some great new tunes and bands we would have otherwise remained unaware of. Join the fun with this edition of our EXCLUSIVE Netsounds Talk articles. This time sees them on the hunt for bands playing in the area soon.
One of the best things about doing Netsounds Unsigned is that we can write about (and play on our podcasts) all the great emerging music we personally love, as long as it passes our filtering process. Also and possibly more importantly, we end up becoming mates with some of the bands we meet and shout about. Cherri Fosphate are such chaps.
So it's great to hear that not only are they out on the road again but they are returning to the Highlands.
Following recent dates in Ayr and Dundee the band turn their attention to the Highlands with a couple of dates in Fort William and Inverness. The band are no strangers to the Highlands having previously played at goNORTH, Belladrum and one of our Takeover nights at Mad Hatters in Inverness. The good folk of Fort William are first on the Cherri Fosphate radar; the band will be at The Crofters Bar on the Friday 23rd of May. And there's more…they will be joined on the bill by Inverness lads Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders who we believe may well treat the citizens of Lochaber to some new tunes that are set to appear on future release that we can't say any more about just now! It sounds like a near perfect night to travel through to the Fort if we did not have our very own night with Mad Hatters featuring Verona, Quinny and So Many Animal Calls. See the previous well written whatsonnorth article here.
Following Fort William Cherri Fosphate then continue onto Inverness (Saturday 24th May), which is where we will be treating ourselves to a long overdue proper night out. Netsounds Inc. are leaving all cameras and recording devices at home and heading out to The Eagle in Inverness for a Saturday night hooley. This may continue into the wee small hours for some of us. Support treats at The Eagle will be an acoustic slot from Winnie (The Side) and indie pop masters Tapedeck 45 from Dundee. We've not seen the latter before so we may report back at a later date.
Each time we've seen Cherri Fosphate they always deliver a high energy and potent performance with near faultless indie dance floor songs that have hooks you could hang a duffle coat on. The last time we saw the lads was at a sold out King Tuts in 2013 so their return North is for us long overdue and we hope they will tease us with some new tunes and possible tracks from their much talked about debut album that they hope to release later this year.
I remember Alan (guitar Alan) once asked if we would be honest and tell them if we didn't like any of their stuff. "Yes", we said. But, we've not had to have that conversation yet.
Before the month of May closes we squeeze in a 101 percent of meaty rock for losers, freaks, weirdos; Fat Goth. Joining them will be Inverness band The Little Mill Of Happiness. More here.
We are once again honoured to have a stage at this year's goNORTH Festival in Inverness. If you have a look at our Facebook page you can find out who is on the line up and the full goNORTH programme can be viewed at www.gonorthfestival.co.uk.