Zoey Van Goey haven’t played Limbo in Edinburgh since November 2008, and, having released their debut album last May and then re-released it in October (via Chemikal Underground), they’ve progressed quite a bit. Expect more top quality 'indie folk' and catch them in an intimate space before they get too big!
Support comes from Chris Bradley and X-Lion Tamer, both signed to Edinburgh’s 17 Seconds record label, the former bringing a soft, lilting Americana/folk edge and promoting second album At The Outpost, and the latter a sublime Eighties electro-pop aesthetic that will melt your heart and caress your soul as effectively as it gets you feet tapping.
17 Seconds label boss and blogger extraordinaire, Ed Jupp, supports on the decks, alongside residents the Black Spring DJs. It’s another bumper package of consistently great live music at Limbo!
ZOEY VAN GOEY are a trio originally from Canada (Matt Brennan), Ireland (Michael John McCarthy) and England (Kim Moore). They met in Glasgow in 2006. Debut album The Cage Was Unlocked All Along conjures up a wide-eyed rites of passage, meshing the everyday with the fantastical; the optimism and adventure of youth, with the anxieties and pressures of the modern world... We find bandits and buried treasure co-existing with tales of TEFL students teaching in Fukuyama; dark ruminations on the coming apocalypse alongside romantic kidnap ballads; a surreal journey that’s as melodically whimsical as it is structurally complex. It's a work of charming ambition loaded with full-blooded sing-along choruses, understated keyboards, close harmonies and irresistible melodies - all underpinned by various musical ephemera including vintage Super Mario sound effects.
'An irresistible debut album' (Scotland On Sunday)
'ZvG have a pronounced sound of their own ... an excellent album' (4/5, The Skinny)
'Subtly forged indie folk' (4/5, The Scotsman)
'Pop that comfortably resists pigeonholing' (4/5, The Big Issue)
'Anthemic, insightful indie-folk with wonderful sparkles of humour' (Clash Magazine)
'It's good to know a Glasgow-based band like Zoey Van Goey can flourish ... This is charming folk-pop' (NME)
'Not yer typical indie outfit, this continually evolving three-piece deal in beautifully understated pop songs that sparkle and fizz with intelligence and power. Highly recommended' (The Skinny)
'Irresistible pop thrills... definitely one of Scotland's finest at the moment' (Sunday Mail)
'Folk-cellar pop with electronic elements, the subject matter covering everything from impending apocalypse to teaching English in Japan' (The Independent)
'Clever, beguiling folk-tinged guitar pop from Glasgow ... whose songs are both funny and poignant' (The Scotsman)
'Exquisite indie folk-pop' (Metro)
Following the success of his 2008 debut Voices, Edinburgh-based singer songwriter and Aberfeldy guitarist CHRIS BRADLEY releases his 2nd solo album. Competing against over 10,000 musicians nationally, Chris shone through at the Area Finals of UK’s largest talent search, Live & Unsigned, making it through to the judges top five. He also reached the finals of the ISC competition out of 15,500 entries worldwide, for Best Music Video for ‘Two My Ears’. New album At The Outpost (released 29th March on 17 Seconds Records) was written, produced and performed entirely by Chris except for a guitar solo from Aberfeldy frontman Riley Briggs on the song ‘The Beatles’. As well as his own songs he has been successfully composing for TV and radio in Scotland.
See the video for ‘To My Ears’ and latest single ‘Waltzing’ (released in February accompanied by a brand new animation video by Dave Lemm) over here
‘A big talent in the making’ (Sunday Times)
'One of the strongest albums I've heard this year’ (Is This Music)
'The construction of Bradley’s songs is their chief selling point, all lightly-picked guitars and Byrdsian melodies, but he’s also in possession of a fine James Taylor vocal that’s just shy of a falsetto.' (The List)
Under the name of X-LION TAMER, Edinburgh-based artist Tony Taylor likes to create pop songs described as 'the ending credits of low budget teen movies played on your mates Amiga'. Like a John Hughes film, if Erasure and Junior Boys had been asked to do the music. Signed to 17 Seconds records, X-Lion Tamer's profile has risen considerably over the past few months, supporting artists such Unicorn Kid and labelmates Aberfeldy, and receiving national radio play from the likes of Rob Da Bank and Vic Galloway on Radio One. X-Lion Tamer's live shows give him the opportunity to play his trademark electro-pop while also twisting it in and out of shape, often improvising and occasionally dropping a huge guitar solo into the mix. His Neon Hearts E.P. has been recently released to critical acclaim and is available to buy from Rough Trade in London, or Avalanche in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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