Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Lunch at Dirleton with Ian and Tom, then
King Crimson at the Playhouse with Bill and Gavin.
Tuesday 13th November 2018
Neurotica, Indiscipline, Epitaph, Peace: An End
Pictures of a City, Cadence and Cascade, Discipline,
Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind),
Meltdown, Radical Action II, One More Red Nightmare
Islands, The Letters, Cirkus, Lizard (Bolero to Lament)
Moonchild, Easy Money, Larks' Tongues in Aspic II, The Court of the Crimson King, Starless
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Monday, 8 October 2018
Genesis tribute band at the Usher Hall last night, remarkably good mimics. Some odd choices of song, e.g.”Time Table”, “Seven Stones” and finishing with “Looking For Someone” from Trespass. Also, came on dressed in the fox-head for “The Musical Box” which was just wrong.
Did my arithmetic and realised it was 43 years since I saw the real band at the Usher Hall, which makes me 58 yrs old. Two Exclamation Marks in brackets.
Accompanied by Bill W. Expected to see Dale G.
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Thursday, 13 September 2018
6th – 11th September with the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. Copenhagen, Roskilde, Hillerød. Sunny weather, interesting company, sumptious stuff.
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
In the August edition of Terrascope viz:
Edinburgh’s Dancing Mice, self-deprecatingly cite their influences as ranging from the 70s to the mid-70s (which begs the question why Fruits de Mer haven’t picked them up). In fact they may be thought of as a Caledonian version of Soft Hearted Scientists, slightly less bucolic perhaps but with an added quarter turn of XTC pop sensibility. Opener ‘Saint Rita’s Matrix’ is a fine case in point, a jollity farm-full of neat hooks and melodies that also doffs a cap in the direction of Divine Comedy. ‘Swiss Disco’ is also familiarly Partridge, a little more edgy and intricate with notes of early ‘80s King Crimson in structure and arrangement. This is the one I keep coming back to. The see sawing ‘Wastewater’ and ‘ECML’ (the latter about rail travel as you might have guessed from the title and therefore likely to pique our esteemed editor’s interest) are two that, unwittingly perhaps, cement the aural bond between Edinburgh and the Cardiff. ‘Summer (It Seemed To Me)’ though is vaguely Cope-ish – think those first couple of albums with their pastoral sequences - with a hint, too, of Barrett’s ‘Scarecrow’.
Nothing at all not to like there, then. It doesn’t always strike gold, though. ’Standing In For Love’ sounds flippantly jazz-lite in an old fashioned Radio 2 style and pretty much undoes the good work of ‘Saint Rita’s Matrix’ while there is a slight tailing off in quality in the latter third before ‘The Viper’s Bite’ brings us safely home to camp, though, in a manner that might not be unbecoming of a latter-day Caravan. Truth to tell this didn’t really gel with me the first time and selective listening would still be advisable, but it’s good to see them back with this their first album since 2014. While it’s been some time in gestation (as has this review) let us not forget the old adage, that if a thing’s worth doing well it’s worth doing slowly.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Monday, 13 August 2018
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Friday, 29 June 2018
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
21.20 hrs 19/6/18
KAZA FM is a U.S. station, broadcast in Russian.
Five tracks chosen by Dancing Mice. We were asked to supply our favourite uplifting songs, and a fitting one of our own. The choices were:
Ian Deary (voice and sax)
‘Oslo skyline’ by Jaga Jazzist, from the album What We Must (2005).
Ian says: “Life stutters along interrupted by raptures. This is an anthem for that.”
Gavin Gibson (guitars and recorder)
‘Tribute to the greatest living Englishman’ by Martin Newell from the album The Greatest Living Englishman (1993).
Gavin says: “Good to hear someone who can unapologetically keep their chin up in times of adversity!”
Anthony Moffoot (synthesisers)
‘Flammende Herzen’ by Michael Rother from the album Flammende Herzen (1977).
Anthony says: “Immediately arresting from the first beautiful chime of the guitar, simple and serene and it tells a happy story.”
Roderick Murray (bass and guitar)
‘Go’ by Public Service Broadcasting, from the album The Race for Space (2014).
Roddy says: “I like it because it combines music, great historical events and astronomy which are all interesting!”
A Dancing Mice track
Dancing Mice have chosen ‘Thrills’ from the album 13 Difficult Lessons (2012).
This is a quirky indie-prog hymn to some of life’s simple pleasures.
Thrills sounded great!
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Monday, 14 May 2018
Sunday, 13 May 2018
We played two sets separated by an interlude for cakes and prosecco.
Setlist: Pictures of Biggles, Cool, St Rita’s Matrix, Standing In For Love, Backroom Boys, Watching Waters Rise, Medley: Poland/Embers.
Folder Dressed In Blue, Swiss Disco, Death Makes You Feel Like A Man, Jump Jump, Red Star, It’s Abnormal , Mouse In Love, encore – Selling The Party.
Sound – Tom – new to us, the audience said the sound was great out front, a little weird on stage in the second half, it had been turned up.
Reception – Yet again, no low points. Everyone seemed to like everything, despite one of two maculate performances. The second half built a momentum and ended in cheers and dancing.
N.B. Ann Deary’s birthday celebrations too.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
At Oran Mór, Glasgow. Expected to be disappointed, but I wasn’t. Siren Song, Losing Faith In Words, Time Heals, Sitting Targets, etc. etc. Accompanied by Ian and Ann briefly met Anji and Claudie at the end.
Travel through very easy, train, Subway to Hillhead.
Siren Song,Losing Faith in Words, Anagnorisis, After the Show, Time Heals, Amnesiac, Shingle Song, Charm Alone, Sitting Targets, If I Could, Time for a Change, Last Frame, Unrehearsed, Reputation, His Best Girl, The Mercy, Stranger Still, Vision
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Friday, 23 March 2018
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Monday, 12 March 2018
Friday, 2 March 2018
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 9th February 2018.
Great sound. Hans Lampe terrific on drums. Neuschnee, Seeland, Hallogallo, Negativland faithfully done. Katzenmusik and Karussel especially good. Sterntaler selection good too.
Bill Wait and Ian Deary accompanying.