Bruce Cowie

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I am very old. Went to my first gig in 1976, when Pounds were still made of paper and you didn't need to spend sixty of them to see a band. Been to quite a few since then.A confirmed member of Team Post-rock, but I like all sorts of things. Except jazz. And country & western. And Nickelback, obviously, but that kinda goes without saying, really, doesn't it?Can't be bothered with vinyl. It really doesn't sound better. No, don't argue, it doesn't. MP3s are just fine with me, but my favourite format is 'LIVE'. I shall continue to be 'that old guy' at gigs, and if the youngsters don't like it, they can kiss my hairy fat arse.I have several hats, but only ever wear one at a time, and contrary to the evidence of my profile pic, my head is not made of wood. It is, however, fat, bald and ugly, and it would spoil your day if you saw it.I have an alter-ego who makes live music videos, but we don't talk about him and nobody knows who he  is**Everybody knows who he is.

Articles by Bruce Cowie

Live Review: Dialects, Waking Aida and Verse Metrics – Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh. May 10th, 2015.

Bruce Cowie went to see Glasgow based math rockers Dialects at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh, with support from Walking Aida and Verse Metrics.

TIDINGS – Death Leaves a Bright Trail

‘Death Leaves a Bright Trail’ is pure class. This is TIDINGS purified and distilled, triple filtered like the finest vodka. – By Bruce Cowie

In Photos: Skyharbor with sleepmakeswaves

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Flies Are Spies From Hell – Underdog Underfoot

Is it the greatest thing ever? Probably not, but right now it sounds like a shoe-in for my Album of the Year list. It’s everything I wanted it to be. I’d rather not have had to wait six years for it, but I can live with that. By Bruce Cowie

Interview: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr from Wozniak

Some of the E&D team saw Wozniak in action last weekend and were pretty blown away. These guys are the real deal, no question, fusing powerful shoegaze with elements of psych and post punk in to a heady and exciting brew. Just prior to that show, Bruce Cowie caught up with Sarah to find out a bit more about the band and what they’re up to.

Live review: Sonic Mass – Day 2

Bruce Cowie was at the inaugural Sonic Mass Weekender at Bannermans Bar in Edinburgh. Here is his review of Day 2, which includes Space Witch, Ommadon, Buried Sleeper and Dune.

Live review: Sonic Mass – Day 1

Bruce Cowie was at the inaugural Sonic Mass Weekender at Bannermans Bar in Edinburgh. Here is his review of Day 1, which includes Hey Colossus, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, BRITNEY, Voe and Star Turbine.

In Photos: Pianos Become The Teeth, Silver Snakes, Talons, New Native

Pianos Become The Teeth, Silver Snakes, Talons, New Native Audio, Glasgow, 29.01.2015 Photos by Bruce Cowie

Eupana – So Many Suns

‘So Many Suns’ is pure joy. If I had known of Eupana last year when this album was released, it would have made my year-end Top 20 list, Hell, it would have been in the top 5. – By Bruce Cowie

In Photos: Helmet

Helmet The Cathouse, Glasgow, 29.10.2014 Photos by Bruce Cowie

In Photos: United Fruit, Fatalists, We Ate Them Off The Floor

United Fruit, Fatalists, We Ate Them Off The Floor Opium, Edinburgh, 21.10.14 Photos by Bruce Cowie

Obake – Mutations

This, to my ears at least, is a soundtrack to a visit to Hell. Not the comedy ‘Hail Satan!’ Hell of nail-studded wrist-bands, corpse paint and inverted crosses, but a reeking, burning pit of endless darkness and pain. – By Bruce Cowie

In Photos: Polymath, Vasa, DCON, Chrissie Barnacle

Polymath, Vasa, Danny, Champion Of Nothing, Chrissie Barnacle Presented by ANTIMANIFESTO at The Banshee Labirynth, Edinburgh, 16.10.2014 Photos by Bruce Cowie

In Photos: BongCauldron, Nomad, Dune

BongCauldron, Nomad, Dune The Banshee Labirynth, Edinburgh, 11.09.2014 Photos by Bruce Cowie

In Photos: The Shaking Sensations, Gothenburg Address, We Came From The North

The Shaking Sensations, The Gothenburg Address, We Came From The North Opium, Edinburgh, 10.09 2014 Photos by Bruce Cowie

Live: RM Hubbert and Emma Pollock – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. August 20th, 2014.

Bruce Cowie went to see a very intimate gig by RM Hubbert at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, with support by Emma Pollock.

Okkur – Whispering Mountain

It’s warm, summery post-rock. Gentle and relaxing. Joyful but not exuberant. I love it, really I do. By Bruce Cowie

Live: Crippled Black Phoenix – Liquid Room, Edinburgh. May 25th, 2014.

“Next time I see them, the new songs will have settled into my brain and I will accept them as old friends. And Crippled Black Phoenix will continue to be fucking awesome.” by Bruce Cowie

Interview: A Fight You Can’t Win

With Edinburgh band A Fight You Can’t Win calling it quits, Bruce Cowie chats with these noise creators one more time to find out more. ‘Thank you and goodnight’.

Interview: A Storm of Light

Bruce Cowie had a virtual chat with Josh Graham of A Storm of Light about the band, the latest album and the upcoming tour.

Live: God Is An Astronaut and Nordic Giants, ABC2, Glasgow, 11th March 2014

Someone will, later, describe the set as a ‘masterclass in progressive rock music’, and he’s bang on. God Is An Astronaut are supremely tight and solid. Their musicianship is impeccable. But personally I’m finding my attention wandering. Maybe it’s because I can see bugger all, maybe it’s because I can hear little variation from song to song. To be sure, there were stand-out moments, but all too much of the 100 minute set passed me by in a blur. By Bruce Cowie.

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