Edinburgh/Aberdeen indie pop outfit The Little Kicks have earned themselves a reputation as one of the best young live acts around right now.
In recent times, they’ve done sessions on BBC Scotland with Vic Galloway and have been featured on both Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson’s shows on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, enjoyed praise from the NME, and shared stages with some of the UK’s best bands - The Vaccines, Foals, Maximo Park, Editors, The Kooks and Mystery Jets, to name a few.
The band have also played at festivals such as T in the Park and Belladrum to critical acclaim.
“We pretty much consider ourselves an upbeat party band and, with the exception of one track where we take it down a little, we usually play best in small, sweaty, late night places with lots of people dancing,” says lead singer Steven Milne ahead of the band’s show at The Voodoo Rooms on Saturday night.
“In a live setting you can expect the songs to be a bit faster and louder than on record - but we were nominated in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards for best live act this year so we must be fairly alright by now.”
• The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, Saturday, 8pm, £7, 0131-556 7060
‘Scurrying in between the cracks of Edinburgh’s genteel high society and the stink of its sordid underbelly are Trapped Mice... together they have crafted Winter Sun’ - so begins the press release for the band’s debut album.
Winter Sun is out in November, but fans can head to the Third Door on Saturday for a wee taster.
• The Third Door, Lothian Street, 7pm, Saturday, £5, 0131-225 6313