Brew at The Bog:
Headlined by Admiral Fallow, Stanley Odd and King Creosote, the bill ranged from the electronica of the mysterious Roman Nose to the Celtic fusion of Elephant Sessions and vintage rockabilly of Shiverin’ Sheiks, with the bluegrass sounds of Have Mercy Las Vegas inspiring an impromptu barn dance outside the barn while inside Ardersier rockers Call to Mind warmed up for their set.
With a joyous, rambunctious energy, Have Mercy Las Vegas stormed long sequences of this gig, with several in the crowd breaking into spontaneous do-si-does round King Tut’s sticky floor.
Have Mercy Las Vegas - King Tut’s, Glasgow
Headlining this King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution showcase, the unsigned folk sextet from Loch Lomond – paying homage to Appalachian music and slide blues while remaining essentially true to their Scots roots – are poised to release their debut album shortly.
And on this evidence, it should be a belter.
Pappy was a sprightly opener, and the exuberant Barn Stomp is a touchstone for their sound with recently acquired fiddler Andrew Napier unshowily to the fore.
There is a jaded cynicism about relationships that cuts through even the more straightforward ballads such as aching lament That’s Life or the twinkly Plastic Promises, with Trotter and Crispin McAlpine harmonising beautifully.
Led by the latter’s ukulele, Snakes and Horses romped impressively through a succession of gear changes, though that was as nothing compared to the galloping Suffering Love, featuring some frenetic fretwork from McAlpine and fellow guitarist Stephen Scott.
Urged for an encore, they threatened a Flight of the Conchords cover but instead opted for the marginally less ridiculous Cotton-Eyed Joe, a nod to 1990s floor-fillers from a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Have Mercy Las Vegas is set for a very exciting 2014 with the anticipation of their debut album looming, but the end of 2013 hasn’t been too shabby for this six-piece hailing from the banks of Loch Lomond.
Single ‘Pappy’, released in October, has received a phenomenal reception with their rowdy energy and fresh unique take on a once very traditional folk scene.
During the track the band culminates for what can only be described as a beautiful breakdown, it is clear these guys were made to make an atmosphere.
Along with the addition of a fast paced fiddle the band keep their witty sense of lyrical choice with lines such as: “My love is like a red red rose, stuffed up a junkies nose”.
Keeping to their Scottish roots on that one there but with the flair the band strives on – individuality.
This high spirited song with great wit and incredibly soothing instrumentals is all wrapped up in one thriving and crowd provoking single set to be a success well in to the New Year.
Folk may not be the most popular of musical genres, but since the rise of Mumford & Sons, it has become the hipster’s choice. Have Mercy Las Vegas hail from Scotland, and seem to have put together something of an eclectic mix of folk, blues and traditional Celtic flair into their sound, which has turned out to work extremely well!
Pappy, their latest single, is a foot-stomping, dance-inducing number that conjures up images of traditional pubs filled with laughter, merriment and plenty of flowing beer. The musicality is fantastic, but even if you’re not really into all that “oh his Banjo playing is just divine” sort of chit-chat, you’ll find plenty of enjoyment in just letting this tune fill you with good spirits. Whilst it’s not remotely Christmas-y, this is a record that will get even your Granny up and dancing! This is how folk music should sound, and their are plenty of hipster bands that can learn a thing or two from these guys! MC
Riding the new folk wave we have three big hitters looking for a spot on our end of year virtual album including Have Mercy Las Vegas, Dante and Sienna (pictured above). All three bands have made a big splash with Jim Gellatly on various Sunday afternoons here on amazing. However the decision is all yours..
Have Mercy Las Vegas finished runners up to Sienna, however such was the level of their support still have a chance at making the abum
On a mostly bleak and dreary Edinburgh day, the punters showed up early in their numbers for sets from Carrie Mac opening the Liquid Room and Ded Rabbit playing a storming early afternoon slot at Maggie’s Chamber before Loch Lomond sextet Have Mercy Las Vegas provided a delightful country stomp at the Liquid Rooms. Like a more authentic Mumford & Sons, less concerned about tuneless wankery and more about having a proper hoedown, they were the first act of the day to get fans dancing without a care in the world.
Well the good news is Have Mercy Las Vegas have just released a new single - 'Pappy' - mixed and produced by Matt Harvey at Maybank Studios in Glasgow. It's a complete foot stomper guaranteed to be a favourite at gigs (I'm assuming they'll have played it last night at King Tut's in Glasgow) with it's Cajun-esque folk/rock vibe. It's frenetic strings guarantee you're heads bobbing and toes are tapping throughout. It's everything a single should be and Ralph'll be spinning it on his Radio KC show this weekend again!
Described by The Scottish Voice of New Music Jim Gellatly as "an ideal festival band with stacks of energy" Have Mercy Las Vegas gone from strength to strength following their arrival on the Scottish music scene in 2011. Their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair as a nod to their Scottish roots has earned them rave reviews of their studio material in the form of their debut EP and new single Pappy. However it’s the live performances that make HMLV stand out, where they can fully show off their range of original songs, from the foot stomping hoe downs, to the harmonious laments and after gaining notable praise for their sets at Wickerman, Haddowfest, Celtic Connections and many more they reached a high point in headlining King Tuts New Years Revolution to a packed audience, earning themselves a terrific review in national press and praise from the festival organisers.
In 2014 they have continued their impressive form, main stage appearances at Eden Festival and Live@Troon proved the bands growing stature. The band also made their debut at 2 of Scotlands best new music festivals at Brew at the Bog and The Tenement Trail whilst also notching up their second appearance at this year’s Wickerman Festival.
The band also found their way onto the TV Screens, featured as the opening act for BBC ALBA’s Rapal music series and performing live twice in the STV Studios for The Riverside Show.
Perhaps the proudest moment for the band however has been the highly anticipated release of their Debut Album “That’s Life”. The band are very proud of the final result and have been delighted by the feedback and reviews they have received so far, hoping that the release of their first full length album will push them onto bigger and better things.
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