Tonight is a big night for the Edinburgh music scene: Jamie and Shooney are releasing their new EP. The party is at Stramash, new spacious venue in the Cowgate.
With only a handful of venues who cater for the next generation of acts, Edinburgh is particularly an unforgiving scene for young musicians out there trying to get their break, Tonight one hugely talented up and coming scottish talent Ally Mcneil got his chance to In the capital’s newest venue Stramash to open for Jamie & Shoony at their ep launch. The young star from Glasgow had caught the band’s eye at the Barrowlands when they both played at the sell Yellow Movements event Yellowland.
What got me from the start was Ally comfort on stage, here is a 15 year old singer stepping out onto a stage in front of hundreds of people without batting an eyelid and just doing what he loves. Armed with his guitar Ally took the stage with presence and confidence and rattled his way through an impressive set of covers including Oasis “Don’t Look Back In Anger” His strong vocals reached out to the growing crowd. It was great to see such a young talent get a chance and give it his all, Definitely a name you will be hearing from in the not to distant future.
Return To The Sun
‘Return to the Sun’ have an awesome energy on stage, their fast and hard paced pieces are getting the crowd in the right place. ‘Velvet Sky’ was the real gem of this band: the heart pumping, this song got the blood flowing in everyone in the venue!
‘Blackmail Lettering’ can be described in one word: fun. Their rhythm of tunes gets your head and feet moving, the whole band is so energetic, jumping, dancing and just having a great time. A personal favourite was ‘I am’, where the whole band reached their pick both energetically and musically.
It’s my first time seeing ‘Be Charlotte’ and I’m really looking forward to it since I’ve heard many good things about her music. On stage we have a trio: drums, keys and vocals. I’m mesmerised right after few notes, her voice is so crystal clear and the sound is a lovely mixture of alternative and pop that merges in beautifully catchy tunes. This girl not only sings brilliantly, she also raps as she amazingly demonstrated in her song ‘Face’
Jamie & Shoony
And finally it is time for Jamie and Shooney. I can’t help it but be very excited, this group is definitely up there in my personal top three of Edinburgh musicians and they never let me down. Jamie and Shooney always have such a hold on the audience: if they say jump, you jump; if they say shout, you shout and if they say dance you go bonkers! Even on the higher levels of the venue, we screamed and jumped out lungs out. Their new EP sounds so good and the lyrics speaks straight to our generation of 20something with tunes like ‘Settle Down’ that are not only fun to dance to, but truly unload all the frustration society might put you through. What to say, this was definitely one of the best night I had the pleasure to attend in the Edinburgh music scene. And would you settle down? Naw!