The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – Review

Photo credit: Paul McDade

Being a literature and music fan girl, I was delighted to hear that a group that combines both passions actually exists! The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers is a band made up of crime writers who also quite enjoying playing live music whenever they get the chance.

And they’re not just any old crime writers either, this bunch are the cream of the crop! The six-piece band consists of Sleepyhead author Mark Billingham, Wire in the Blood creator, Val McDermid, Quite Ugly One Morning novelist, Chris Brookmyre, Those We Left Behind writer, Stuart Neville, Then She Was Gone author, Luca Veste and Crash Land novelist, Doug Johnstone.

Despite my initial excitement, I’m going to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from the band when I went to see them perform live at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, recently. Yeah, they can write, I thought, but can they play decent music?

Well hell yes, is the answer to that. In fact, watching them play up on the Lemon Tree stage, it was hard to believe that they ever did anything else. The fact that the group can all write so well too, actually seems somewhat unfair to those of us who are not multi-talented…

But, I had no time to be bitter about my lack of musical skills. I was too busy being thoroughly entertained by the band’s killer playlist, which basically consists of every macabre song that you can think of, from Psycho Killer to the Folsom Prison Blues.

The audience, who seemed fairly staid at the beginning of the night, were wild by the end of it, dancing as if their lives depended it on the now packed and sweaty dance floor. And who knows, maybe they knew something, that I did not…

If like me, you love dark literature and music, make a point in catching the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers next time they perform live. A wickedly good night of music and fun awaits.

For further information about the band, visit their website: http://funlovincrimewriters.com

For details on future events coming to the Lemon Tree, visit: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

Public Service Broadcasting at True North

Everyone has something that makes them tick. For me it’s books and theatre, for my other half it’s music. Now don’t get me wrong, I love music. But, I don’t live for it. I don’t spend hours and hours listening to it. I don’t dedicate time to discovering new bands or sounds that I might just love. I’m lazy. My musical tastes have all been handed to me on a plate – artists that I’ve heard on the radio, or songs that I have become familiar with through other people’s musical tastes.

That’s how I became acquainted with Public Service Broadcasting. My husband must have been listening to them for a while without me even realising it, because one day I discovered that one of their songs had managed to worm itself inside my brain. That song was Progress.

So, when I discovered that the band were opening Aberdeen’s True North music festival at His Majesty’s Theatre, it seemed like a pretty good idea for the two of us to check it out.

After watching the brilliant and very quirky support act, BDY_PRTS perform , it was time for the Public Service Broadcasting to come on. I was hoping that they would be good, I hadn’t expected them to be phenomenal – but they were.

The three piece band, consisting of J. Willgoose, Esq, drummer Wrigglesworth and multi instrumentalist JFAbraham, performed their back catalogue, which pays homage to historic events such as the miners’ strikes, missions to space and Hillary and Norgay’s quest to conquer Everest. Using AV transmissions, archive footage and samples from old public information films, Public Service Broadcasting’s performance was an absolute feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

Playing old favourites such as Go, Spitfire and Everest (my husband’s fave) as well as new tracks from their album Every Valley, the band’s set had the crowd in the palm of their hands. Seeing Public Service Broadcasting live was an immensely intense experience that I will remember forever. And now, after spending the morning listening to every song they’ve ever made, I can proudly say that music makes me tick too. Well PSB do anyway…

True North Music Festival runs from the 7th to the 10th of September and includes acts such as Arab Strap, Dutch Uncles and Rumours, a celebration of Fleetwood Mac’s iconic album. For further information and to book tickets, visit: www.aberdeenperformancearts.com

*Disclaimer, I was provided for a ticket for this performance in exchange for this fair and honest review.

True North 2017

 

Public Service Broadcasting

I am very excited to be going to the True North festival in Aberdeen for the first time ever next week.

The festival, which runs from September 7-10, will feature performances from cult bands Arab Strap and Public Service Broadcasting as well as paying homage to the band Fleetwood Mac.

Singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph will perform a joint headliner with Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, while Dutch Uncles, Pictish Trail and Wild Beasts are also on the bill. Headline events will take place at His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree and Tivoli Theatre, with further fringe events and support acts to be announced in the coming months.

APA chief executive Jane Spiers said: “Following the unprecedented success of our Celebration of Kate Bush at last year’s True North, I’m excited to announce that we will once again be doffing our hat to one of the most iconic music acts of our time. Our Rumours event will celebrate Fleetwood Mac’s ground-breaking album of that name. 2017 marks 40 years since the release of Rumours and True North will celebrate the band’s masterpiece in full over the course of an inspiring and authentic evening of music which promises to be one of the most defining moments of this year’s festival.”

Start to End

Rumours will be curated by the hugely gifted Start to End, who specialise in bringing acclaimed albums to the stage. The band will gather together some of the country’s best singers and musicians for the concert on Saturday, September 9 at HMT, which will culminate in a greatest hits set.

True North’s opening concert will come from the enigmatic and inimitable Public Service Broadcasting, who will bring their stunning audio-visual show to HMT on Thursday, September 7.

Friday evening’s headline event at the Tivoli Theatre is cult Scottish rock band Arab Strap and on Sunday, it’s an evening with Scott Hutchison and Kathryn Joseph at the Tivoli Theatre.

The Lemon Tree Late line-up will see art-rock group Wild Beasts take to the stage on Thursday night, while Friday night’s Lemon Tree Late will come from art-pop quartet Dutch Uncles. Pictish Trail will bring his unique and hypnotic folk/electro act to the Lemon Tree for the True North After Party on Saturday after Rumours, with guest DJs on hand to get the crowd going.

Ms Spiers added: “Sunday evening’s joint headliner is another highlight – Scott Hutchison and Kathryn Joseph are such charismatic performers and their event will be a stunning showcase of their individual talent. Arab Strap last played Aberdeen over a decade ago, so this is a brilliant chance to see them in the intimate setting of the Tivoli Theatre. The band sold out the Barrowlands last year and I’m sure fans will be quick to snap up tickets this time round. Public Service Broadcasting play with us at True North just before heading off on a major city tour in North America and HMT promises to be the perfect venue for their mesmerising audio-visual extravaganza.”

Tickets for True North range from £11 to £22 and multi-buy discounts are available. They can be bought online at aberdeenperformingarts.com, in person at the Box Office at HMT or The Lemon Tree, or by phone on (01224) 641122.