Local music man Tommy McGrory talks about his recent gig-going experiences and what to look forward to in Paisley this week.
I went to see Pygmy Twylyte, a Frank Zappa tribute band, on Tuesday night. The gig was part of a whole load of live events globally to mark the passing of Zappa 25 years ago. The band was excellent and played two and a half hours of Frank’s tunes – and that could only touch on some of the music he created.
I never got to see Zappa live. I had a ticket for a UK tour and during the London gig, he broke his leg and the intended Apollo gig never happened. He isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but his influence on music and the music business is immense – well worth checking out if you are a young musician.
Tonight | The Bungalow | Gig starts 8pm | Tickets £9
Cover band Distant Sun are on at The Bungalow tonight from 8pm. Tomorrow night, Belfast punk outfit The Defects will be playing at The Bungalow. It was back in 1978 in their native Belfast that The Defects first started. Playing covers of classic punk songs to a few friends at legendary clubs like The Harp Bar and The Pound led to a healthy local following and the band’s name proudly sprayed across the backs of numerous studded leather jackets. The original line up was, Buck Murdock on vocals, Glenn Kingsmore on drums, Marcus Duke on guitar and Geoff Gilmore on bass. In 1980 Geoff made way for Gary Smith.
The Defects debut 7-inch vinyl single, “Dance until you drop”, was released in 1979 and sold well enough to attract the attention of Melody Maker’s punk journalist Carol Clerk – herself a native of Northern Ireland. Clerk told promoter John Curd about the band and he signed them to his WXYZ label without having even met them.
A support slot to Chelsea at London’s 100 Club, led to a UK tour and a record deal. After 5 years of touring and recording the band played their last gig and The Defects came to an end in 1984. Fast forward to 2009; Buck and Glenn were asked to reform the band to play in Australia and they agreed. Since then they have been jamming hard with Roy McAllister on guitar and Aidy on bass. They’ve already played a few gigs in Belfast and now the new look Defects are ready to take to the stage here in Paisley. In Support is the very popular Clash tribute band, Combat Rock.
Thursday | Creative Renfrewshire | Event starts 6:30pm | Free (18+)
Join us for an evening of creative chat with music and networking… and a bit of a Christmas get together.
On Thursday, there is a Creative Renfrewshire networking night. The last one was a big success and this time there is music from Lisa Kowalski and Alan Mckim. It is a great opportunity to meet other creative people and organisations in Renfrewshire.
The Old Swan Inn
Today at The Old Swan there is a double line up starting with Callum Frame at 3pm followed by Wreckless at 8pm. Tomorrow, from 4pm, it is The Dead Flowers. On Monday, The Casual Swans are back at their usual slot at 3pm for more fun and music. The Pre Fab Four are playing on Wednesday at 6pm.
At The Cave this week is another great line up of four in a row starting with Mental Haggis tonight at 9pm. Tomorrow, in the early slot at 6pm, is The Lynsey Dolan Band followed by Protex at 9pm. 2Bob Rocket are finishing of a busy weekend on Sunday from 6pm.
Open Mic Nights next week are:
- Tonight: Stevie Johnstone at Hamishes Hoose from 8pm
- Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm
- Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter at 8pm
- Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor from 8pm and Open Mic at The Gantry with Cat Caldwell as your host
- Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg at 8pm and Andy Lindsay is at The Patter Bar from 8pm
- Thursday: Manhattan’s at 8pm