Rip it up – Remixed is a night of Scottish pop music from the last 50 years with a twist.
Ever wondered what the Bay City Rollers would have sounded like if they had been topping the charts now? Or what the songs of Chvrches would have sounded like if they had been around at the dawn of punk? Students from the BA Popular Music and BMus (classical) programmes at Edinburgh Napier University have been working on projects to interpret how that might have been.
Taking influence from the featured artists at the National Museum of Scotland’s Rip it up – 50 Years of Scottish Popular Music exhibition, the bands have reworked songs by a variety of influential Scottish artists and will perform them in the style of another Scottish band from another era.
Acts performing on the night will be:
Barbe Rousse are a psychedelic, slop-pop four-piece hailing from sunny Edinburgh. They formed after meeting on the Popular Music course at Napier University. The boys have been gigging consistently over the last year including performances at Record Store Day and Kelburn Garden Party following the release of their well received debut album ‘Misc. Muses’. Their music has been described as ‘gorgeous, woozy, psychedelic-pop, much like lying in the best bubble bath ever’ as well as ‘a cocktail of psychedelic soul, jazz, and rock’.
Gus Harrower is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most innovative young musicians. Since the release of his debut EP in 2015, he has become a regular feature of the Edinburgh music scene. He has performed across the country, most prominently to a packed Wembley arena. His most recent EP landed him a nomination in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Gus is starting year three of the BA Popular Music programme, focusing on composition.
Glass Ships are an Alternative Rock from Edinburgh. Their own music provides punchy, melodic riffs contrasting with ethereal sweeping lead-lines. They are currently in Year 3 of the Popular Music programme specialising in performance and are a collective of highly driven and creative individuals.
Edinburgh Napier’s music department have been working with the National Museum of Scotland on a series of student projects connected to the Rip it up exhibition and this event provides a platform for them to showcase their performance talents. It should be an exciting evening of ‘new’ music.
Over the last 20 years Mark Kozelek has been ploughing his own unique furrow, through his work in the band Red House Painters and through the moniker Sun Kil Moon. In 2017, Mark released a self-titled record in collaboration with Ben Boye (of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three).
Jon Boden, best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, launched his solo career in 2016, playing the self-penned songs of the albums Painted Lady and Songs From The Floodplain and latest album Afterglow (Oct ’17, Hudson Records), material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and his A Folk Song A Day project.
A coup for Edinburgh, this is the only UK date by SFD, the new post-rock/jazz/metal, post-everything avant-garde American trio fronted by Arcade Fire/Bon Iver/The National collaborator Colin Stetson.