We’re going on a tour! Incidentally the poster for these shows is a direct steal of a Stiff Records 1978 tour poster so there you go - August 2012 will see an elite squadron of Armellodie’s troops taking to the rail lines and steam-rolling their way around bonnie Scotland, stopping off only to shower, shit, shave and shebang. Catch them in a compromising position near you.
Here’s the det’s…
Super Adventure Club + The Douglas Firs + Trapped Mice
Wee Red Bar, College of Art, Edinburgh
Thursday 2nd August 2012
The Hazey Janes + Le Reno Amps + Cuddly Shark
Duke’s Corner, Dundee
Friday 3rd August 2012
Le Reno Amps + Cuddly Shark + The Scottish Enlightenment + Trapped Mice
Captains Rest, Glasgow
Saturday 4th August 2012
Super Adventure Club + The Hazey Janes + Chris Devotion & The Expectations
Art School, Glasgow
Wednesday 8th August 2012
Le Reno Amps + The Hazey Janes + Chris Devotion & The Expectations + Cuddly Shark
Thursday 9th August 2012
Chris Devotion & The Expectations + Cuddly Shark + Le Reno Amps
The Steamboat, Lossiemouth
Friday 10th August 2012
Cuddly Shark + Le Reno Amps + Chris Devotion & The Expectations
The Thunderton, Elgin
Saturday 11th August 2012
And a needless bit about our elite touring squadron…
Super Adventure Club
It’s like the musical equivalent of Screwball Scramble. Or maybe like a really intense game of Hungry Hippo’s, like it’s pretty fun but it’s quite erratic, ye have to totally go nuts on that Hippo’s head otherwise you’ll never get the ball. No-one ever gets the ball though. Need we say more? We don’t think so.
The Douglas Firs
From the northern gales of the Highlands to the peaks of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, The Douglas Firs is the brainchild of Neil Insh, born and bred in Aberdeen before de-camping to Scotland’s capital. Daring, lively and tender, The Douglas Firs have previously been described as “Belle & Sebastian on a spirit-quest” (The List). To which Neil responded, “I would agree, but only if the ‘spirit’ was hard liquor, and Belle and Sebastian had some balls.” Come and see the Douglas Firs’ long balls on display tonight!
Le Reno Amps
Imagine your favourite bands were pumped full of steroids before being cooped up together in a small zoo enclosure. Every day the zoo-keeper visits them and throws them cuts of high-quality steak which has been marinated in same-said steroids. The bands go feral and fuck like bunnies until they produce offspring. Le Reno Amps sound like the music the zoo-keeper writes on her days off. She volunteers once a week at the local Hospital’s WRVS shop. It isn’t much but it gets her out of the house and things haven’t been the same at home since her mother died. This tour marks the only shows LRA have and will be playing in 2012, catch them while you can.
Chris Devotion & The Expectations
Fresh from a summer of festivals Chris Devotion & The Expectations - or CD/EX if urgency is your prerogative – are fond of a little savage rock’n’roll and a pert frolic with the classic pop song. Coming together in perfect harmonious, lyrical and mathematical order for an approximate running time of 2 and a half minutes, these songs have the power to align planets. Part swaggering hubris, part relationship-confessional, these songs remind you of the joyful existence of your reproductive organs, while at the same time the bitter knowledge that you’ve been dumped.
Anarchic and free spirited, Colin works in IT and drives a Volvo but we all know that’s just a smokescreen, and one time Ruth punched Jason’s mum. The threesome we know and love as Cuddly Shark return to the stage and to our stereos this year with the release of their sophomore record, ‘The Road To Ugly’ looming. Brimming with punk attitude and spilling over with melodic brilliance Cuddly Shark will never have an ounce of pretentious hip fat on them; it’s all muscle, come and have a feel at these peck peck peck peck pecks.
The Hazey Janes
October 2011 saw the return of The Hazey Janes flaunting their timeless sound with new album, The Winter That Was, showcasing a band that have grown immeasurably in stature during their somewhat enforced hiatus from the public eye. Pumped full of pop vitamins like Big Star on steroids, the Hazey Janes are firing on all cylinders, touring every nook-and-crannie and smashing it every night. You best believe!
The Scottish Enlightenment
Scotland’s most subterranean, ecclesiastical rock band, The Scottish Enlightenment have gone underground since the release of their all-round critically adored debut, St. Thomas, back in 2010. Once again they are slowly incubating their new songs with the full time dedication and care of a placenta to birth a new record of exquisite beauty next year. This show sees a rare outing for the band in 2012, showcasing new material in amongst old favourites. We cannae wait.
The latest additions to the Armellodie roster have their debut album out this winter and it’s a corker. Swaying gently in the parochial breeze, Trapped Mice are the kind of band that aim to make serious seem fun. Or perhaps fun seem serious. Maybe. Singer Ian Tiling – in a manner reminiscent of a Morrissey after the surgical removal of all camp humour – emotes from the back of the stage only occasionally sneaking out to punch the air.
What can we say, get involved?