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The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss…

The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss

Hiva Oa, a multi-national three-piece based in Edinburgh continue the already fine tradition in excellent artists attached to mini50 records.

On September 7th they release their first album,  ‘The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss’. After the fantastically brooding single ‘Badger’, released earlier this year, the album is something to be anticipated with relish.

Two of the three band members recorded an interview (link below), at the end of August and expound on their origins, the forthcoming album launch and how difficult some people find it to categorize their material – including themselves!

Find links to the band after the interview and the atmospheric video to ‘Badger’. Enjoy…







Pop Goes the Poet…Jesus, Baby!

Neu! Reekie! multi-platformed performance night adds more strings to its bow releasing a single and simultaneously launching a record label this coming weekend. The double-A side single is officially released on August 1st but you can attend the label launch in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or both if you feel so inclined!

Check out the details on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/neureekie

Thanks to Michael Pedersen for the interview which can be accessed with the following link.


Zut Alors! Robots Invade Lothian Street…

New single from My Tiny Robots

Thought I might try my hand at spewing out a tenuous, tabloid style headline – worryingly, I found it a little too easy…

However, what I allude to is of more satisfying fare than you would find in your bog-standard red top. This coming weekend sees the launch of the new single from Edinburgh four piece My Tiny Robots at the Ten Tracks (familiar presence on FHF) base – The Third Door (formerly Medina on Lothian Street). The crossword puzzlers amongst you may have already surmised that Zut Alors is the title of the single and my hack-u-like titular reference.


Ed Stack of Ten Tracks has graced the blog several times in the past and has always served up some damn fine and varied musical delectation. This would appear to be of the usual high standard. If you are in any doubt, have a listen to the re-mix of the Robots’ single by HeeX on SoundCloud.

With a wee bit of luck and favourable winds – we look to speak with the lads about the single and general world domination plans for 2012 – to be served up on FHF as an audio interview in the very near future. If master plate-spinner Ed Stack can find time, we hope that he too can bring the non-initiated up to speed on The Third Door and it’s numerous forthcoming events.

This could shape up to be a wondrous year, unless you are convinced of the more absolute translation of the Mayan prediction for December 2012. Hey, if it’s true we should all party like it’s….you get the general drift?

Look out for more local issues, events and enquiry here on FHF and hoping you and yours are enjoying a fine start to the year!

Video Loves the Radio Star: My Tiny Robots Single Launch

Saturday 14 January – 19.00 – 22.30

The Third Door

45-47 Lothian Street Edinburgh








Fun At The Forest

Calling all poets, film-makers and devotees of the Forest Café to an extensive event starting tomorrow at 1500. For full details see the following link:- http://filmsattheforest.blogspot.com/

Anyone interested in low-def, DIY film, performance poetry and noise should come along – or even if you just want to support the under-threat venue – any excuse will do!

Doune The Rabbit Hole With Ed Stack


Killer Bunnies and Kaftans?

Ed Stack gives us a quick run down of where to find the holy grail of retro at the end of July – in Stirlingshire, of all places. Doune Castle hosts a plethora of acts including: Mersault, Withered Hand, Hidden Masters, Lipsync For A Lullaby amongst many others. Apart from the musical contributors there were will be performance poetry, open mic, philosophical musings and no doubt quite a few punters re-enacting some Monty Python gags…

Said “happening” is at the tail-end of July so you still have time to invest in a ticket n’ tent. You can find more details on their lovely swirly psychadelic site: http://dounetherabbithole.co.uk

There promises to be some fine tunes, virtuous nibbles AND it’s all in a good cause – check out the website for some nifty animation too.

Mr Ed

He’s no slow pony is Mr Stack, but a non-stop messenger of music and general niceness and we hope to find out what Ten Tracks has in store for us in Embra throughout August. Much of it will no doubt take place at the Roxy – but we shall stay tuned…

Ed Stack Invites Us To Wonderland…

Summer of Love

Ten Tracks supremo Ed Stack will be recording a new natter with us here at FirehorseFindings very soon and telling us about a weekend in Stirlingshire that boasts an impressive musical line-up as well as summery larks harking back to blissed-out festivals of yesteryear…performance poetry anyone?

Wellies Ahoy

If you want to jump the gun on details and invest in a ticket n’ tent in time for the end of July – you can find more details on their swirly psychadelic site: www.dounetherabbithole.co.uk

I will be catching up with Ed on Friday 23rd and the resulting chat should be posted soon after, here on FirehorseFindings – keep an eye and ear out, or take a tour of the site detailed above.

Kaftans are optional…

Exclusive! Campfires In Winter as promised…

Campfires In Winter June 2010


Well this IS exclusive to the blog – for the next 3-4 hours anyway. I had a chat with CiW and their manager, Lloyd Meredith of peenko fame the other day in a very noisy room at Leith FM. You may notice some choice ambient sounds in the background from time to time, but it was a nice wee blether none the less. We would have melted if the window had been closed!

The guys provided a couple of tracks, as listed below and will be appearing at The Liquid Ship in Glasgow on Thursday 1st July – a free event, if you are up for the trip.

…but not for long?

I’m hoping to have this chat broadcast on Leith Talk (Thursday 1st July edition), with Alan Dudley – so I better get those proverbial wheelie shoes on…



Campfires In Winter

Stay posted for the forthcoming…uh, posting of our recorded interview.

Many thanks to the guys for coming over from Glasgow for one hours’ worth of chat.

Included will be two live session tunes and some words of wisdom from their manager, Lloyd Meredith aka peenko – the music blogger’s music blogger.

Ed Stack on Ten Tracks…

Ed Stack chats about Ten Tracks and the DIY scene in Edinburgh…we’re not talking wallpaper…

Track 1 – Lamplighter: Construction

Track 2 – Hauschka: Rode Null

Track 3 – Lypsync For a Lullaby: The Unicorn’s Lament



Ed Stack Interview – complete

Interview with Euan McMeeken of The Kays Lavelle

Three wonderful tracks and a chat with vocalist Euan – first broadcast on Leith Talk (13th April).

Track 1 – The Hours

Track 2 – Ten Times

Track 3 – Aftermath

Euan M – The Kays Lavelle

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