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Elba Annual 2011 – Chris Devotion (Chris Devotion & The Expectations)

December already, cripes. This year has totally flown by don’t you think? This means that it’s time to sum up, in the fashion of a teen magazine, a

selection of best of’s from this year and dust off the Elba Annual for another year. It’s like the Smash Hits annual of blogging (hopefully that’s selling ourselves very, very short.)

Our first entry in our 2011 edition comes from the person who has the privilege of being our first Annual contributor in 2009. This, as you will see from the title is Chris Devotion who next year will release his first album along with his band, The Expectations. Amalgamation and Capital will be released on Armellodie Records, on January 30th. It’s the ideal album, 16 songs spanning 36 minutes, each a sparkling rock n roll nugget. You can hear album opener, ‘An Honest Refusal’ after the questions…

– Album of The Year
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life. A brilliant record, it sounds like stadium hardcore (imagine Husker Du playing Be Here Now) and all the better for it

(Honourable mentions: Tom Waits- Bad As Me, Wild Flag – Wild Flag, Off! -First Four EP’s)

– Song of the Year

Shaw by Reigning Sound, (I could have picked almost anything from the free (FREE!) mini album they released, a fun collection of wee gems from one of the best bands around)

Best gig you played
The launch for our last single was a good un, we were showered with praise, love and good vibes (though cash would have been better), as was supporting Pete Yorn. It is always nice to win over a crowd who don’t know who you are.

– Best gig you saw

Possibly Kyuss at the ABC, I went in reasonably sceptical but it was full of heavy awesomeness.

(Honourable mentions, Wilco, Primal Scream, Best Coast and Gillian Welch)

– Any musical thoughts to share on the year 2011?

Hmmmm……well, every year has its ups and downs musically but as ever, there is always good stuff happening. The biggest problem for me, just as a fan of music, is people who will not shut the fuck up at concerts. I swear it seems to be getting worse, I would gladly bring back hanging for those cunts (though, for the record, in all other cases I am against capital punishment)

– What does 2012 have in store for you?

Ready for the hard sell? Good.  Our debut album ‘Amalgamation and Capital’ is out 30th Jan, just in time to banish those post-xmas blues.  What’s that you ask?  Are we playing live in support of said debut?  Yes we are, thanks for asking, we are playing a bunch of places throughout February and March.

A Modest Refusal by Chris Devotion & The Expectations by Armellodie

Amalgamation and Capital, the debut album by Chris Devotion & The Expectations is released on January 30th 2012 on Armellodie Records. However, the album before December 9th and the good lads at Armellodie will make sure you get your record before Christmas, a whole month before it’s release, plus you get an instant download of ‘Blister’.

It’s also worth noting that you can see the band I proclaimed as one of my favourite live acts as they launch their album at the Captains Rest on Feb 3rd 2012 with support from Kill Surrrf and The Dirt.



'The Dream Gig'

We’re a bit down in the dumps here at Elba, and it’s all because of the poster

above. Yeah, sure were pretty excited at the line up, all of the bands have played at our Elba Sessions gigs and if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, then I really don’t know what is! No, we’re a bit glum because it will be the last appearance for the foreseeable future of Le Reno Amps. They’re all off to explore pastures new. Al’s off to China to teach kids doric, Jase is in Elgin, Mandy’s going to France (on Holiday) and Scott will be conquering Castlemilk Chateau Lait (well so their facebook brags anyway).

We’ve had some good times with the amps so we’ll sorely miss them (like a hole in the head hurts) but the gig should be the perfect send off.

Joining Le Reno Amps on the night will be label-mates Chris Devotion & The Expectations and Cuddly Shark along with bad ass cowboys Bad Bad Men.

All the fun kicks of around 7pm on Friday 5th August and it’s a mere £5 to get in. The facebook event page can be found here

This weeks stuff…

Time is not any of our friends at the moment but here’s a quick catch up of some stuff…

First up, viagra pills for sale the last gig of the Elba season is happening tomorrow night at The Liquid Ship and we’ve assembled a fine wee line up. First on the floor will be the debut gig of Now Wakes The Sea, a project “anchored by overdriven vocals and a sense of claustrophobic miserablism”. This will be followed by Iglue and the line up is completed by the brilliant I Build Collapsible Mountains who is playing his long-awaited first gig in Glasgow Town. As usual, doors are at 9pm, and it’s free.

Should you not be in the locale of Great Western Road, you could pop in to the 13th Note for yet another debut gig, this time from CD/EX (Chris Devotion & The Expectations). Support comes from Farewell Singapore and our favourite young scamps Le Reno Amps, who are sporting a new bass player at the moment in the form of Mandy Super Adventure Club.

If that wasn’t enough, Aye Tunes goes head to head Vs Peenko when they combine to bring another evening of entertainment to the masses, this time at The Classic Grand and said entertainment is brought to you by The Seventeenth Century, Come On Gang! and oh look, I Build Collapsible Mountains, fresh no doubt from an absolute topper of a gig at Elba Sessions!

And just to finish off, some decent music to point in your direction. The aforementioned Le Reno Amps are giving away a new track for nowt, just head to their home page. Whilst we’re on free downloads, point your mouse here to get a free download by easily one of my favourite band’s of the year, Bella Ruse.

And finally, if you’re feeling a bit flush, you could do a lot worse than getting your mitts on ‘New Moore Island’ the new EP by Brighton based collective, The Mariner’s Children, have a wee listen to ‘It Carved Your Name Into The Ground’ here.