What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters
Bad Actress began forming in 2016. Guitarist Struan McFarlane (15 at the time) and Thomas Bell (then 19) had previously worked together when Struan stood in as drummer in Thomas’s former band, Far From Devils, for their final gig. Having decided to start a new venture, they promptly recruited former FFD bassist, Fearghas Lyall (then 17). They asked Struan’s younger brother, Lewis, to fill in on drums until they could find a full timer.
Lewis, then just 12, had been gigging for over two years with Struan and their older brother Ross, as hard core power trio, Civil Punk. He set the bar high and was ultimately confirmed as the full time drummer. They then focussed on finding a vocalist. After a number of try outs, former FFD singer, Grant Clark, joined but later decided it wasn’t for him. It was at this point that the older McFarlane, Ross (then 17), offered his services and was invited to try out. It worked, the line up was set and they settled on the name Airrade.
Struan and Thomas had set down a few songs by this time, with solid riffs influenced by the likes of ACDC, ZZ Top, Aerosmith and Motorhead. The band played their first gig in July 2017 at the Audio Club in Glasgow, with Struan and Ross sharing centre stage and bringing a touch of glam to the show.
Happy with the results, the gig was followed by shows in other Glasgow venues and in Inverness and the McFarlanes’ home town of Forres. In February 2018 their performance at the Inverness Ironworks venue captured the attention of social media site, Inverness Gigs, who described them as musically melding ACDC, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue and that they ‘visually go straight down the road of late eighties Glam Rock’. The site called them ‘brash, young and utterly without irony and perform with a tremendous amount of self belief’ . . . ‘these chaps are living and breathing their music and it really does work for them’ . . . ‘They are utterly ridiculous and brilliant with it. It’s a real pleasure to see a young band grab rock music by the bollocks and give it a proper shake.’
This review also criticised the band’s name, which prompted them to change it. Bad Actress released a live video of ‘Whiteline Adrenaline’ shot at the Ironworks show, and have recorded their first single, ‘Acting like an Animal’, due out later in 2018.
Acid Ultras are live Acid House act from Scotland.
They don’t use computers. Everything played live.
“The Broken Ravens – Gritty Scottish Rock from the Isle of Lewis”….. Shockwave Magazine
TBR are a 5 piece hard rock band, based in Stornoway and formed in 2014.
At the moment they are finishing mastering their latest EP, recorded in Laurel Canyon(Los Angeles) at Danny Hutton’s (Three Dog Night) Canyon Hut home studio.
Danny’s son Dash (HIAMS) and Charles Clark (Astrid/Our Lunar Activities) produced the recording, which was then sent to Grammy Award winning producer Simon Gogerly (U2, Paloma Faith) to mix.
The band have been to the US twice playing venues like The Whisky a Go Go, The Viper Room and The Canyon Club to very warm receptions, and have a small tour in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Orange County & San Diego of around five shows lined up for next Spring along with various other opportunities in the US.
The band will also be returning to Bulgaria, Eastern Europe where they headlined the Midalidare main stage alongside Rock giants Dee Snider, Doro and Gotthard, leaving lasting impressions and appearing on National TV as well as featured on prime time radio.
The bands debut EP was released in February last year, with a track synced to Team Rock (Metal Hammer), featured in IQ magazine, The Scotsman, STV news and on BBC radio. Adrenaline PR serviced all PR for the sync and release.
Their endeavours even caught the attention of Rod Smallwood (Iron Maiden) who noted how tight the band was, going as far as to note tracks he particularly liked from the bands first release.
So be sure to check them out in Inverness at Mad Hatters for what is sure to be a great show!
Some pop stars make music for the sake of it. But for Be Charlotte – music is about meaning.
It’s the combination of her remarkable songwriting talent, a knack for sweeping melodies and the fierce sense of identity and self-worth which makes heads turn, not only in the UK. Even although she is still at the beginning of her career Be Charlotte has toured around Europe, North America and Asia as well as as sharing the stage with Major Lazer in Africa in 2018.
Woven into every note of her glimmering pop songs, anthemic beats and immediate vocals which radiate that quiet yet determined personality, there’s this extraordinary effort to inspire others. In the lyrics, the listener will find honesty, a level of maturity beyond her years, and reflection. She has taken influence from classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman and instinctively applied them to her love of modern pop and hip-hop.
Mad Hatters is proud to present a concert by one of this country’s most popular and zaniest performers along with his full band (The Big Band) …………….. JOHN OTWAY & THE BIG BAND.