John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 2, 2021 / Off The Cuff

A little-known side-effect of the COVID pestilence was a lethal organism called Anti-Funk. This attacked red blood cells so savagely that musicians found themselves only able to play hymns, God-bothering country tunes and songs by Mariah Carey or Justin Bieber. Many burned their instruments in disgust, and became florists or…

April 30, 2021 / Album Reviews

THE PUSSYCAT TAPES VOL 1 (davemacrae.bandcamp.com) 9/10 What’s hits you between the eyes is the sheer energy! Four 24-year-olds playing their take on bebop at full-throttle and with no seatbelts. You feel it in your nerve-endings and racing heart, as if becoming a participant in the spiralling excitement. The Heads…

April 29, 2021 / Concert Reviews

Mary’s Underground, April 8 9/10 At first people tried dancing to it. In the second set they were shell-shocked into listening. By then the music was often hollowed-out; stripped of the swirling psychedelia of earlier on, so now Perrin Moss’s drums and Aykho Akhrif’s congas dominated the foreground, cushioned by…