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Live Review: Sons and Daughters at Leeds Cockpit – 21st October 2011

By on Tuesday, 1st November 2011 at 2:00 pm

Sons and Daughters are an offshoot of the mid-’90s Glaswegian resurgence: founding members Adele Bethel and David Gow met whilst working with Arab Strap before venturing off by themselves. Rather quiet since their last record in 2008, this year sees the release of their fourth album, ‘Mirror Mirror’, and a consequent tour.

Tonight’s gig is at Leeds Cockpit, one of the most basic venues in the country; the interior resembles a World War II air raid shelter, and the toilets don’t have any doors. Apparently they don’t have much in the way of lighting either: tonight the band is less seen than heard. What can be discerned is guitarist Scott Paterson’s enormous fake fur and Bethel’s enthusiastic bounding around the stage. Several times the band ask for requests from the audience; it’s unclear whether they really are taking notice of the responses, but as this is something of a reunion gig, older material is just as evident as songs from the latest record.

The main problem tonight is that despite sounding sparse and Gothic on record, live they have a much more straight-ahead rock sound; it’s apable but not as special. The line-up of electric guitar, bass, drums and vocals can very easily sound noisy, loud and plain rather than atmospheric, and despite an anonymous chap lurking at the back of the stage who may be providing a bit more guitar, the live arrangements could do with more variety to captivate. Several fans tonight would disagree however; this is a long-awaited return for dedicated followers, and they reciprocate the band’s efforts with enthusiastic bopping and whooping.

It may be the high praise which ex-collaborators Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells’ latest project has received, or the Mercury nomination of the particularly Scottish King Creosote and Jon Hopkins record, that has given the band the push they need to get recording and gigging again, in the hope that the resurgent interest in artists from their region will rub off on them. Their sound is considerably different to those records, but the basic DNA is similar, so there may be virtue in that strategy. However this show comes across as something for aficionados only, as evidenced by the modest crowd, and the band appear a little rusty and going through the motions somewhat. With any luck, a decent round of festivals next summer should get them back into shape, and we’ll see what Sons and Daughters are really capable of.


Video of the Moment #574: Sons and Daughters

By on Monday, 12th September 2011 at 6:00 pm

This is Sons and Daughters‘ new video for ‘Rose Red’. I love this; with red flowing fabric (how appropriate) in the form of a dress and a scarf, Adele Bethel looks positively breathtaking. And then you hear her let loose with her voice. The groove? Sexy and sassy to match. This single will be released on 17 October on Domino.

The Glasgow band are going on tour in the UK next month – details are all here.



Sons and Daughters / October 2011 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 at 9:00 am

Glasgow’s Sons and Daughters will be touring the UK in October. Some dates on this tour are already on sale, and others go on sale tomorrow (3rd of August).

Wednesday 19th October 2011 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Thursday 20th October 2011 – Dundee Fat Sam’s
Friday 21st October 2011 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 22th October 2011 – Bristol Fleece
Sunday 23th October 2011 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Wednesday 26th October 2011 – London Heaven
Friday 28th October 2011 – Glasgow ABC


MP3 of the Day #317: Sons and Daughters

By on Tuesday, 29th March 2011 at 10:00 am

We haven’t heard anything from alt-rock band Sons and Daughters in a while. Good news: the Glaswegian band have announced they will be releasing their third album, ‘Mirror, Mirror’, on Domino Records on 13 June. As a gift to you, the band are giving away ‘Silver Spell’, a track from the new album, for free. Listen and snag it for your very own below.


Sons and Daughters / Mammoth UK Winter Tour

By on Saturday, 22nd September 2007 at 6:34 am

Sons and DaughtersGoing for the title of one of this year’s hardest workers, Glaswegians Sons and Daughters have announced a mammoth 29 date UK tour. Tickets are on sale now around the £8.50 mark.

Thursday 1st November – Northampton Soundhaus
Friday 2nd November – Nottingham Social
Saturday 3rd November – Birmingham Bar Academy
Sunday 4th November – Leicester Charlotte
Tuesday 6th November – Brighton Pressure Point
Wednesday 7th November – Oxford Zodiac
Thursday 8th November – Southampton Joiners
Friday 9th November – Cardiff Swn Fest @ Barfly
Saturday 10th November – Plymouth Hub
Monday 12th November – Cambridge Graduate
Tuesday 13th November – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 14th November – Wolverhampton Little Civic
Thursday 15th November – Wrexham Central Station
Saturday 17th November – Liverpool Academy 2
Sunday 18th November – Derby Clubroom
Monday 19th November – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 21st November – London Islington Carling Academy
Thursday 22nd November – Southend Chinnery’s
Friday 23rd November – Norwich Arts Centre
Saturday 24th November – Manchester Night & Day
Monday 26th November – Sheffield Plug
Tuesday 27th November – York Fibbers
Wednesday 28th November – Hull Lamp
Friday 30th November – Newcastle Other Rooms
Saturday 1st December – Carlisle Brick Yard
Sunday 2nd December – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Monday 3rd December – Dundee Fat Sam’s
Wednesday 5th December – Aberdeen Moshulu
Thursday 6th December – Glasgow Grand Ole Oprey


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