The Daily Dose presents…Carnivores, The Darien Venture, Cuddly Shark, No Island @ Stereo, March 5

February 15, 2012

We’ve decided to put on another gig. This time round, proceeds will be going towards the charity Action For Children. We might be a tiny bit biased, but…it’s going to be great. The line-up sees Carnivores, The Darien Venture, Cuddly Shark and No Island take to Stereo, Glasgow on March 5. Tickets can be bought here or on the door on the night. Why not check out the Facebook event page whilst you’re at it?

We want to give you a taste of the people behind the music, so say hello to Carnivores


If you like _ and _ then you will like Carnivores. Fill in the blanks.

(Kenny Leckie, guitar/vocals): If you like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Weezer then you will like Carnivores.

You’re playing the Daily Dose presents…gig at Stereo, Glasgow on March 5. Why should people come down and check out your live show?

We know our music can be quite serious, so live we always try to have as much fun as possible. We hate bands that look po-faced or bored onstage. Grant, our bassist always calls it a release. We go out to hammer ourselves around the stage and get all our anger out. Christ, that makes us sound like Slipknot or Korn! It’s actually a good laugh, and we try and get the crowd involved. Basically treating 100 capacity clubs like Wembley stadium.

There’s another Carnivores, from Atlanta in the US. Who got the name first?

Here’s the thing, we both formed so soon after each other that I emailed their label saying ‘Look, when you guys are in the UK you be Carnivores (US) and we’ll be Carnivores (UK) if we ever play in the States’ – sort of nice and polite. Never got the decency of a reply. Apparently they played Stereo last year and about 15 kids turned up to see us and gave them a power of abuse. So fuck ’em.

What’s the best time of the day to listen to Carnivores?

All the time! It’s definitely ‘getting stuff done’ music, not ‘chilling out with a babe and a drink’ music. We get a lot of tweets saying that we’re great gym music. I’ve always liked to write music that represents us as people and we’re all totally hyper and have no attention span and can’t sit still. So it’s probably best to listen to us if you need to do something very quickly!

What does the rest of 2012 have in store for the band?

We’re finishing our album which I think we have a title for, but I’m not telling you yet! We hope to get a shit tonne more touring this year. Plus, us and a few friends are filming a documentary about how to be a DIY band. So lots, hopefully.

On average how long does it until a Carnivores gets stuck in your head?

Ask the fans! I dunno, I usually write everything at home on an acoustic and if it’s good, it’s usually in my head till I get to teach it to the boys. It’s a blessing and a curse really cause sometimes I write really late at night and all I think about is the riff. I’m a total pest when I’ve ideas to get down! Our songs are weird though, the ones we think are the weirdest end up being the fans favourites.

What’s your most favourite thing and least favourite thing about the Scottish music scene?

I really like the fact that it’s a scene that isn’t based on one type of music. Like Seattle was all grungy rock, Manchester was all indie – Scotland is so varied. Just look at the bills we end up on, it’s great. You learn so much more from other types of music. Like we played a fest in Paisley that was us, Lafontaines, Fatherson, Lightguides, All The Queens Bovine and otherpeople. All different music, but all with the same attitude of just getting out and playing shows without an ego.

My two least favourite things are a) the bitchiness towards bands who get marginally bigger. Like when T-Break got announced last year and everyone who didn’t get picked had theories about who was shagging who to get in the door. I don’t think anyone slagged us though, because they know we work hard and are totally DIY, no management/labels/press etc. And cause we’re all mental.

And b) There’s been a few cases in Scotlandof late of bands who get signed to major record companies after like three shows. They get loads of money pumped into them, pushed all over the press, sent out on tour, make records with big name producers but are fucking themselves up with drugs. These people don’t realise they’re in a position that 9/10 bands would kill for and will never get. I think anyone who reads this will know the two or three bands I mean. It’s disgusting to see that in times when the music industry is struggling, these idiots are wasting the opportunity they have to totally live the dream but instead they become sick prima donna rock star parodies. I mean, we’ve all seen Trainspotting – why would you mess about with smack?

And finally who is the most carnivorous in the band?

Grant is a bit of a salad freak, he likes a bit of everything. Goody was Mr Chicken Nuggets 1997 until his girlfriend started getting him into veg. So that leaves me…I’ll eat anything dead. My best friend is a veggie though, that balances it up I suppose. All our merch is suitable for vegans, I must add. I tried to get vegan trainers once, they were pish.

Rams’ Pocket Radio

February 14, 2012

RAMS’ POCKET RADIO/Nice and Sleazy, Glasgow/15.2.12

You’re playing Nice and Sleazy in Glasgow on Wednesday. Why should people come down to check you out?

We do things differently I think. If people like the recordings they seem to love the live thing.

Why is your live show better than anyone else’s?

I can’t comment on other people’s shows. Ours is unique, expect drums, piano and soundscapes and a slightly deconstructive take on pop music.

You’re just coming off the back of supporting Snow Patrol. How do you think your music goes down in big arenas?

We’re comfortable on that stage and the feedback has been great. It’s a totally different type of room to play but the songs and arrangements, by their nature, suit that environment really well.

How far do you think Rams’ Pocket Radio will go in the music industry?

You don’t need the music industry to be a musician.

What do you reckon is the best food accompaniment to Rams’ Pocket Radio and why?

Fressh cafe is our go to spot in Glasgow when we’re playing. Works pretty well!

The Grammy Awards were held at the weekend, but what would mean more to you – a Grammy or knowing that your collective mothers are proud of your musical career?

Our families and friends are more important than any award.

And finally, product designer Dieter Rams’ pocket radios look pretty utilitarian. Is that reflected in your music?

I sometimes have a bit of an ethical approach to writing and sometimes I’ll develop my ideas using processes similar to those I learned in my architecture days. At the end of the day it’s art, so the program is very loose. It’s for the listeners to hear, explore and take pleasure in. I think music shouldn’t need contextualising, despite how weird or wonderful the writer’s process is.

Top Five Friday – Richy Muirhead

February 3, 2012

Who? Richy Muirhead, founder of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards

Top five…songs that inspire me

“Here are a list of some tracks that inspire me. They are completely memorable, and not Scottish.

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

Every time I hear this track I just feel relaxed. It might be old in some people’s ears (1998), but it has inspired so many musicians in terms of the sound they create, and the simplicity of how music can be created. This track is an anthem – crank it up and get stuck in about it!

Dead Man’s Bones – Pa Pa Power

You maybe haven’t heard of Dead Man’s Bones? But you’ve probably heard of Ryan Gosling, yeah? Well, this is his band. I completely adore this track. This song completely chills me out and makes me relax. You should try it, beautiful effort.

M83 – Midnight City

Again this track is completely euphoric and sounds massive. The saxophone licks at 3.05 are untouchable and uncontrollable. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this record. If you don’t feel the energy I honestly think there is something wrong with you!

Slipknot – Wait And Bleed

This song has stuck with me ever since I was 13. It’s raw, yet well structured, and completely abusive. I used to, and still am, a massive Slipknot fan (fuck the haters!). They are one of the best live bands in world. I want to book them before I die (P.S How incredible would that be?) I can’t actually sit straight and listen to this song, and not many songs have effect. The outro is incredible too. Respect, and RIP Paul Gray #2!

Sigur Ros – Svefn-g-englar

Sigur Ros are one in a million. Words can’t describe this. I honestly cannot describe the term beautiful, so I’ll let the music do the talking and I hope you all agree and understand where I’m coming from. Listen to this song – relax, be blessed and enjoy the sound. Everything will be okay.

To conclude – this is only five songs that make me feel inspired and give me the buzz to pursue my future. Perhaps this energy will feed onto you – I really hope so.

Keep up to date with me on Twitter @richymuirhead or follow my business @OfficialSAMA.”

The Holy Ghosts

February 2, 2012


If you like _ and _ then you will like the Holy Ghosts. Fill in the blanks.

 If you like rock and roll then you will like the Holy Ghosts.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music before?

Chuck Berry having a threesome with Janis Joplin and Keith Richards whilst Johnny Cash has a quick peep through the keyhole. Blues and country meets good old rock n’ roll.

What has 2012 got in store for the Holy Ghosts?

Getting some tracks down is our main priority – we actually hope to start recording this weekend. The songs have been around for some time and we are ready to go balls deep. Fire it up! After the success of our first DIRRTY BLUES night we have agreed to start our residency slot at The Fiddlers Elbow in Edinburgh, showcasing some of the best blues, country and rock n’ roll music on the Scottish scene. We have quite a few Scottish dates lined up including a visit up to Shetland along with dates in Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh and a few others still to be confirmed. We also have a few gigs in Ireland including Dublin. Hopefully we will get a few festivals and gigs in England under our belt by the end of the summer. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for updates.

Jack – you recently left Edinburgh band The Stagger Rats. Do you leave with fond memories?

I leave with a damaged liver and hazy memories! Yeah, glad to have done it but wouldn’t rush to do play bass again anytime soon. Having way too much fun doing this. This feels like a natural progression. This definitely butters my crumpet.

They say there’s a time and place for everything. So when’s the best time and where’s the best place to listen to the Holy Ghosts?

Anytime and anywhere baby. We’re cooking with gas!

What’s the favourite lyric you’ve written for the Holy Ghosts?

Gotta be ‘Keep running wild through hills made from stone, you’re lost honey child but your fate it is your own, we sailed the seven seas on a boat made from skin, you know it’s all a dream, a dream that we are in’. Don’t ask what it means cause we are still trying to figure this one out.

And finally, your guitarist Jon is the singer of tribute band the Complete Stone Roses, who have played many massive venues across the country. But if you could play in any tribute band, what would it be and why?

He has recently left the Completes actually! Taking him a while to adjust back into normality after all those years of being Ian Brown…only just stopped wearing Adidas tops and walking like a Mancunian. Tribute bands? Mmm, that’s a tricky one…well it would have to be a tribute to a band that no longer exists. Someone like The Cramps or Eddie Cochran, possibly The Velvet Underground or Wham!. No…ABBA, that’s it.

You can catch the band at:

Nice n’ Sleazy, Glasgow – 9 Feb
Dirty Martinis, Kilmarnock – 11 Feb
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 17 Feb
The Fiddlers Elbow, Edinburgh – 18 Feb
Electric Circus, Edinburgh – 19 Feb
The Royal British Legion, Lerwick, Shetland – 7 April
Hoots, Inverness – 13 April



February 1, 2012

1. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed on our Facebook and Twitter that we are taking over Stereo, Glasgow on March 5 to host a charity gig, with proceeds going towards Action For Children. So far the line-up boasts some of the country’s finest rock acts in Carnivores, The Darien Venture and No Island. There’s more bands still to be announced, and ticket details too, so keep an eye out.

2. Bad news for fans of Edinburgh trio Scrap Brain who announced on their website that effervescent singer Angie Clarke has left the band, meaning that they’re currently taking an indefinite hiatus. Cue money-spinning reunion in a few years.

3. Read all about boy-done-good Richy Muirhead in local rag the Paisley Daily Express here and take a gander too at his fine work over here as he begins to unveil the nominees for this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Don’t get that mixed up with the Scottish New Music Awards now, who opened up nominations today for their own awards. Unfortunately, we attended the 2011 Scottish New Music Awards – it was awful. Will this year be the same? Maybe. Yes.

Metal Monday

January 23, 2012

Here at The Daily Dose like a bit of metal, so it’s a good thing that there’s plenty of the stuff in Scotland over the next couple of months…

Four Year Strong, who so valiantly bridge the gap between metal and pop-punk, take to the Garage in Glasgow on 28 January, whilst the same venue plays host to metalcore troupe The Devil Wears Prada eight days later on 5 February. The latter aren’t very good, but they’re quite popular. We’re sorry if you like them, but your silly opinions are misguided.

To a double bill then genuinely worth wetting yourself for as Mastodon bring with them one of rock and roll’s best live acts, The Dillinger Escape Plan, to the Barrowland, Glasgow on 7 February. We reckon Mastodon‘s ‘The Hunter’ was the best album of 2011; will this be the best gig on 2012? Maybe. Probably not. Will it? Okay then.

Mastodon: So good they don’t even need faces

Only a day later and progressive metal godfathers Dream Theater visit the same city, set to excel once again in their whole no-one-knows-about-us-yet-we’re-massive-and-pretty-amazing thing that they do; they are genuinely incredible however, both in their musicianship and songwriting nous. Pulled Apart By Horses, who deserve a big audience too, play King Tut’s on 13 February, and although they’re not typically metal, there’s certainly a lot of hairy balls and chunk going on. That is ‘hairy’ balls and chunk – not ‘hairy balls’ and chunk – although we’re pretty sure cumulatively their baby-makers equate the hairiness of eight coconuts.

And what better way to end this post than with a look at 8 March; the day when metal takes over Glasgow’s ABC – the salad bowl that usually consists of indie kids, freshers and sweaty hunters looking for aforementioned fresher prey. And the salad dressing? Well, there’s probably not a lot of dressing, to be fair. Upstairs in ABC1 under the fancy disco ball you’ve got death overlords Cannibal Corpse headlining a Metal Hammer sponsored shindig, whilst downstairs in the smaller ABC2 are the fantastic Protest The Hero. They don’t deserve to come over all the way from Canada to play in that horrible, pitch-black room with that corner where last night ‘Wee Johnny’ from the Caley Uni halls puked up 99p jelly vodkas. Poor them – take pity and buy ten tickets each so next time they come to Scotland they get bumped up. Just look at the video still below: the bassist is playing whilst walking a dog, and the guitarist is rocking out on a bike. What’s not to like?

Top Five Friday – So Many Animal Calls

January 20, 2012

Who? Ross Stewart, So Many Animal Calls

Top five…songs that make me want to pick up the guitar

“The vast majority of guitarists I’ve ever come across seem to love really fiddly solos and awful riffs, which I’m really not a fan of. I’m more into weird song structure and noise of any kind, which I think my choices below probably indicate. I play guitar because it’s fun – I love smashing on pedals and seeing what sort of weird noises I can get from them, I love just thrashing away on it.

Mogwai – Glasgow Megasnake

I could have really picked anything from Mogwai – their back catalogue is consistently brilliant – but Megasnake is definitely one of the highlights. It is ferocious in nature with its hypnotic repetitive edge, and I definitely get the feeling for making noise when it’s on. When the new owners of the Barfly ran the ‘Name our venue competition’ to decide the new name of the club, I suggested Glasgow Megasnake which gained a good deal of support on Facebook. In the end, the bar chose the awful title of ‘Shenanigans’. They haven’t opened yet…wonder why? MON THE MEGASNAKE.

Nirvana – Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

As clichéd as it may be, I attribute Nirvana as the band that made me want to play guitar. Growing up I’d always known of Nirvana but when I hit 13 I didn’t listen to any other band for that entire year. I love ‘Radio Friendly…’ due its screeching feedback, rawness and the fact that every live version that was ever recorded always sounds completely unique and still relevant after all these years. They really started me off as a collector of music. I love nothing more, in music, than discovering some forgotten B-side or live recording from one of my favourite bands, and I have Nirvana to thank for that.

The Antlers – Atrophy

Whilst The Antlers are not exactly a guitar-centric band, I still feel they’re relevant on this list. Their album Hospice is pretty much one of my favourite albums ever, but I think however it’s as a live band that they excel. ‘Atrophy’ is one of the songs from Hospice that when played live, gains a whole new life. The guitars are huge and soaring, creating this immense wall of sound, all soaked in feedback and reverb. It’s just amazing to listen to and really makes you want to play with pedals to make some interesting sounds. is gold for live Antlers.

PAWS – Jellyfish

PAWS are without a doubt my favourite Scottish band right now. I love everything they’ve released so far and I’m extremely excited to hear their album once it’s finished. I could have picked anything from them, because their songs are just fun to play along to. Every release they’ve put out so far has been amazing, but this is my personal favourite from PAWS TAPE Vol.2. They’re just everything that every band out there right now should be aspiring to be.

Brand New – You Won’t Know

The guitar line is another hypnotic one that just seems to build and then punch you in the face. It really combines everything I love about playing guitar so I can’t really say much more about it other than it, and everything else on Devil & God is fairly immense. It’s without a doubt their best album to date. Everything is so unstable and messy sounding yet it just works. Jesse Lacey really knows what he’s doing.”

So Many Animal Calls release the single ‘Traps’ via Overlook Records on 13 February.