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Grrrl Crush #7 : Wild Wimmin, The Mousetrap, Edinburgh

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Quite a mixed bag of entertainment here tonight for the seventh Grrrl Crush night. Disappointingly the pub’s stopped doing all the cheese-related food it used to do but nipping out between acts for some isn’t a drama.

First to play are Girl Scout. Starting out grungy & moody theirs proves to be a short set that unfortunately deteriorates into very dreary and unfocussed territory. Quite what they’re about is a mystery & it’s time to seek out a pizza.

Timing-wise things are run pretty tight tonight so there’s little delay in Thee Girl Fridays moving in to occupy the performance space. Sound quality on the night is a bit ropey for them initially but probably only to be expected given the venue. That kazoo sounds pretty weird though. With a fully formed set of their own material (‘Too Much Of A Good Thing’, 'Big Knicker Twist') and a few choice covers (‘Camel Walk’, ‘Goo Goo Muck’) the quartet, with new drummer Liana fitting in nicely, have come on a lot since their initial gig just a few months back at the Girls Rock School showcase.

The crowd are certainly into the music and the performance, whooping it up at the end of every song and dancing about as best they can in the confined space. For some in attendance this could well have been their first exposure to the styles that Thee Girl Fridays dabble in but if they went away wanting more of it then they’ve been doubly well served by the band. Keep your eye out for them at the pre-fest gig for this year’s Franklin Fest, followed by a show at Glasgow’s McChuill’s in July.

Tonight’s final act was Vixxxionary. As it was still rather hard to get anywhere near the front of the crowd (cool that the event was a popular draw) I may be wrong in my assertion that this was a solo act – one girl and a drum machine/backing tracks. Either way the curse of the iffy sound was once more in effect and the first couple of numbers came over as uninspiring so it was time to head off and catch the first available bus. All things considered though this was a good night’s free entertainment so keep a look out for the next one.


The Beatpack, Franklin Cricket Club, Edinburgh

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The last time The Beatpack graced Edinburgh with their presence was in 1991. Having been away doing other things in the interim (see our interview here for details) their recent EP, Back, Behind And In Front was a record which needed to be taken out on the road and so Edinburgh’s premier club for all things garage & beat and rock ‘n’ roll was proud to host their return to the city.

It’s always a pleasing statement of intent when the lead mic’s placed on the floor rather than the stage, heralding as it does the imminent arrival of a singer unafraid to get in amongst the crowd, something Hugh Dellar is only too ready to do when the band strike up. Ranging as far as his lead will allow he’s constantly in motion throughout the band’s hour-long set of cracking originals (‘Looping With Lucy’ and ‘Met Myself Coming Back’ from the new EP particularly coming off as well as anticipated) as well as the odd nod to pioneers of the genre such as Holland’s The Outsiders.

Maracas get shaken within an inch of their life (and nearly punched through the ceiling a couple of times), harmonicas are howled through and the rest of the group pound and strum away gloriously as all five of the band exhibit a clear love of the live environment and the especial setting and atmosphere which the Franklin Rock ‘N’ Roll Club’s setting allows for such exuberant expression. With the club’s third Franklin Fest fast approaching this was the latest in a long list of excellent shows in the cricket club, showing it to be in rude health.

Support tonight came from musical all-rounder & club co-founder Angus McPake and one of his many musical outlets, The Sensation Seekers. Combining their own compositions along with a few from Booker T. and Ennio Morricone theirs was a mainly instrumental set of both soulful goodness and rocking meanness, propelled by McPake’s proficient organ playing and droll wit. Where else would you gain the top tip of tying your maracas together with a cable tie to keep them from rolling off your keyboard when not in use.

A fine night’s entertainment, as is always the case in our humble opinion. Thanks to Hugh & Simon for their interaction on the night.  

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