Limbo at The Voodoo Rooms
Limbo 024 - Thursday 8th May 2008
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Pirates! Grabs your swords and follow me. Aargh!

The Mannequins W e enter a reflective mood with The Kays Lavelle and then jump up and down and shake it all out with The Mannequins. The Mannequins mix Tom Waits lyricism, keyboards lines like The Stranglers and a bluesy guitar style with a lot of energy, a dash of humour and a passion for pirates (aaargh!) and we've been after them for a gig since Limbo began...

The Mannequins The Mannequins had a particularly cool boost for a young band last summer when they were selected to play a 'new talent' stage at a music festival in Hungary which is twice as large as Glastonbury. The Mannequins were chosen from more than 1000 unsigned bands to play the Sziget festival in Budapest. Read the full story here

The Kays Lavelle D on't be fooled by the slow songs, The Kays Lavelle pack a mighty punch with their stealthy technique. Following the release of debut EP 'I Can't Believe You're Here' in June 2006, the band have played shows with the likes of iLiKETRAiNS, Kid Harpoon, The Wave Pictures, Make Model, FOUND, Meursault, Chris Difford, Her Name Is Calla Shady Bard and Glissando, among others. The band have also made a documentary film about the making of their EP with award winning Scottish film maker Matty "MJ" Ross ( in July 2007, contributed songs for Matty's short film about up-and-coming Scottish director Charlie Belleville (whose feature The Inheritance recently won Best New Film at the Raindance festival), which is due to be screened on Channel 4's website, and are currently being courted by a record label in San Francisco.

The Kays Lavelle Check out Sink - which recalls classic Neil Young - and First Light on their myspace for some beautiful moments. TKL are currently gigging all over the shop and we've been wanting to get them on at Limbo since the start as well, so this date is much anticipated on both fronts.

The Kays Lavelle have carved out a niche which is all their own. They combine heart-stopping melodies with a richly textured sound.' (God Is In The TV).

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Come On Gang! W e were bowled over by Come On Gang! who warmed up the room for the even more indomitable Chap. Come On Gang's singer, Sarah, is also the band's drummer, which is a rare and impressive feat on its own. She's also written some great songs and her three-piece band boast a killer on-stage dynamic. We caught them again at the T Break heat last night, where they were easily the best thing on the bill, so look out for them playing that festival in Kinross in July and keep your eyes peeled also for their debut single, 'Wheels', out in July, so best of luck to Come On Gang! on both fronts.

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Come On Gang! Pictures by Kerri Aniello. See the rest here

The Chap U sing the words avant garde to describe a band is generally a complete taboo in pop. People either look at you with an expression bordering on horror or suggest that you are rapidly approaching the status of 'pretentious w*nk'. Well, f*ck them! Because, with an ingenious fusion of funk, rock, dance, electronica and, errr..., jazz (there I've said it, although i guess you could have called it prog, too) and lyrics often so hilariously surreal and nonsensical they give the Mighty Boosh a good run for their money (if they don't pop up in the duo's forthcoming feature film, that is), The Chap most definitely make a kind of music called POP. But Limbo loves a band that challenges convention, so we loved it, we love them and will all now spend the next six months telling everyone who wasn't there how great it was.

Anyway, this pan-European outfit (including a Greek man, two Germans and a drummer from, ahem, High Wycombe) is well ahead of the curve and thus certainly not for everyone (yet). But, last week they rocked Limbo and eighteen months from now, you can bet that everyone will want to be/see The Chap and be running round quoting their hilariously surreal lyrics at one another.

The Chap The Chap The Chap The Chap. Pictures by Kerri Aniello. See the rest here

Epic 26 R ick Fulton says: 'This band have crept under the radar and suddenly Epic26 are in pole position as one of the new Scots bands to watch. Funny lyrics, a singer who sounds like Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, a rock swagger and looks NME would burst a pluke to, they have the ingredients to make you call them your new favourite band. Lovin' Lucy has cheeky lyrics, the cleanest one being "she's from a well-off family but that don't stop her being filthy." Epic26 Think Jarvis Cocker if he'd listened to rock rather than read books. It has the groove of Blondie with synths from Hazel O'Connor's Breaking Glass. And Stuck In Time's psychobilly stomp with lyrics like "he plays to groupies" is the tune Babyshambles always threatened to play.' (Rick Fulton, The Daily Record)

Nacional N acional are a little bit of The Wedding Present, a little bit Morrissey and a little bit of their own glorious magic a month before they play the Late N Live stage at Glastonbury.

Nacional They've received airplay recently from Steve Lamacq and Colin Murray on Radio 1 as well as regular supporters Jim Gellatly and Vic Galloway and are yet another Scottish band to have a single scheduled for release with Art Goes Pop in July.



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We're going to start filming all Limbo gigs and we need help to track down the next generation of music film-makers in Scotland. Can you help us?

You'll need basic video skills and lots of enthusiasm for music. Like the Limbo photographers, you'll get good access to the music industry and great promotion for your work. Give us a shout using or pass the address on to your friends. Thanks!


Also coming up at Limbo: The Mannequins, The Kays Lavelle, Epic 26, Nacional, My Tiny Robots, Baby Bones, Broken Records, Y'all Is Fantasy Island, XVECTORS, Salon Boris, Come In Tokyo, Super Adventure Club,Swimmer One, Action Group and The Penny Blacks plus loads of other buzzing brand new acts.

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Limbo takes place at The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, Edinburgh.

Times: 8pm - 1am *
First band 9.15, second band 10.00

Entrance: £5/£4 *

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