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About problemofleisure

Freelance journalist and retired councillor.

Interview with Tom Burke from Citizens!, 14th June 2012

Tom Burke of the hotly tipped new indie band Citizens! seems genuinely pleased to be in Glasgow after playing an energetic set in King Tut’s. “There’s a lot of Glasgow heritage in the band in a way. Lawrence’s dad is … Continue reading

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Interview with Andy LaPlegua (Combichrist/Icon of Coil), 26th June 2012

“If you are born you will shit yourself, you will die. That’s the only two things that are for sure.” “You’ll shit yourself?!” So begins one of many exchanges about death during my half hour conversation with Andy LaPlegua – … Continue reading

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Interview with Slam at T in the Park 2012

It’s ten minutes before Slam are due to go on stage and kick off their tent at T in the Park. I’ve just been ushered into a portakabin behind the tent to talk to Slam’s Stuart MacMillan and Orde Meikle. … Continue reading

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The Nightingales, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, 6th June 2012

“Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans” – John Peel on the Nightingales The … Continue reading

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Citizens!, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 14th June 2012

It’s unusual to go into a gig and have your expectations overturned by the band during the course of the evening. Citizens! debut album Here We Are is an artfully constructed pop record. The band strike a cool pose and … Continue reading

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The Futureheads, Oran Mor, 9th April 2012

The Glasgow leg of the Futureheads tour in support of their new a cappella album ‘Rant’ ended with people literally dancing in the aisles. That there were aisles at all is a novel thing for a band who would describe … Continue reading

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The Return of MG

This article was written prior to the start of the 2012 British Touring Car Championship season. This year MG will enter their first new cars into the British Touring Car Championships since 2003. One of them will be driven by … Continue reading

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