Gary Flockhart: Decent music? We’ve never had it so good

Honeyblood'. Pic: Comp
Honeyblood'. Pic: Comp
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THOSE who keep yammering on about the lack of decent live music in these parts might want to check out the programme at Summerhall this month.

The series of gigs in question fall under the ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ banner, which is an intentional misnomer if ever there was.

The new music programme, which kicked off on 26 March with a headline show by Broken Records, has already seen Paws, Algernon Doll, Le Thug, James Yorkston, Pip Dylan and Matt Norris take to the stage at the venue’s 450-capacity Dissection Hall.

The good news is, there’s plenty more still to come from Summerhall’s exciting series.

Tonight, London-based singer-songwriter Rozi Plain launches her third album, Friend, and the alt-folk gem will be joined on the bill by Capital bands Eagle-owl and Super-moon, a new project from Meur-sault mainman Neil Pennycook.

Wednesday night, it’s the turn of RM Hubbert, who deservedly won the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award in 2013 for Thirteen Lost & Found.

The following day, Glasgow indie-poppers Randolph’s Leap perform, and before the month is out you can catch headline sets from Withered Hand (May 8), TeenCanteen (May 9), Khartoun Heroes (May 10), The Phantom Band (May 14), Honeyblood, pictured, (21 May) and Tuff Love (27 May).

Honeyblood, in particular, are not to be missed.

Since releasing their 2014 self-titled debut album, the Edinburgh-Glasgow girl duo have had a remarkable year, earning plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Mojo and NME for their irresistibly catchy, fuzzed-out garage-pop tunes and winning an army of admirers while touring with Belle And Sebastian.

Only last week the girls were nominated for this year’s SAY Award, and if you want to know why I’m tipping them to go on and win it, then you know what to do...