Co-headline show: Carla J. Easton and Mark McGowan
Carla J. Easton
Wondrous, synth-soaked and uncompromising symphonic pop, Easton started out writing in the now cult-like MySpace-kids FUTURISTIC RETRO CHAMPIONS before founding the Spector-esque Wunderkind Girl-Group TEENCANTEEN. A productive 2016 saw the release of 2 critically acclaimed albums – TeenCanteen’s ‘SAY IT ALL WITH A KISS’ (Longlisted for the Scottish Album of The Year 2017) and her debut solo album ‘HOMEMADE LEMONADE’ released under the alias ETTE (Bandcamp’s #4 Album of 2016).
Building a New Wall of Sound that fuses analog synths, anthemic brass and strings with dynamic drums, 2017 saw Easton working with producer HOWARD BILERMAN (ARCADE FIRE/ LEONARD COHEN/ GOD SPEED YOU/ BRITISH SEA POWER) to record her sophomore solo album IMPOSSIBLE STUFF at Hotel2Tango, Montreal, Canada. A development of songwriting, this collection of songs sits in a timeless dreamlike state, seductively introspective with outstanding pop melodies at their core.
‘IMPOSSIBLE STUFF’ features THE GUARDIAN TRACK OF THE WEEK ‘orchestral blowout’ single ‘DREAMERS ON THE RUN’, the RECORD OF THE DAY ‘gorgeous’ synth blip ‘LIGHTS IN THE DARK’ and the ‘bubblegum with razorblades’ BBC RADIO SCOTLAND SINGLE OF THE WEEK brass swagger ‘WANTING WHAT I CAN’T HAVE’.
Mark is a Glasgow based singer/songwriter playing a unique infusion of folk and soul on acoustic guitar.
“What a powerful voice that man has” Roddy Hart – BBC Radio Scotland
“Uses his own uniquely soulful voice to stamp out his own identity.” Clash
“Joyful listen, driven by circular picking patterns on an acoustic guitar. McGowan’s vocals swathe effortlessly over top, making this the perfect soundtrack for any lock-in or late night sing-a-long.” Line Of The Best Fit
“Intricate picking techniques with the sheer emotion in his voice, McGowan paints a bittersweet picture, displaying not only his musical talent but his knack for storytelling.” Gigslutz