Willard Grant Conspiracy
FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2015
WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY
Led by the charismatic Robert Fisher, Willard Grant Conspiracy formed in Boston in 1995 Purveyors of the very finest dark folk-noir, some thirty musicians or so have contributed to the band’s music over the years, with Fisher’s compelling stage presence remaining a central focus.
Their 2003 album ‘Regard the End’ – which featured an appearance by Kristin Hersh on vocals – was included in the top 150 Albums of the Decade (as well as Album of the Month) by 'Uncut' Magazine, and it’s not hard to see why, with the album’s gothic Americana, haunting orchestration and sombre lyrics. The themes of loss and redemption may have featured regularly on all of their albums, yet musically WGC have proven to be dynamic and unpredictable, veering from refined acoustic-based collections of songs to squealing, expansive rock, the latter particularly on the 2006 album ‘Let It Roll’.
They have toured in more than twenty countries; have played at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; and have released albums on Loose Music, Glitterhouse, Rykodisc, and Kimchee Records. For this gig they will be appearing as a trio of Fisher on guitar/vocals , David Michael Curry on viola/saw and Jonah Sacks on cello, performing songs from across their nine studio albums.
One of the rising stars of the Glasgow scene, Big Hogg are the psych-jazz-pop-rock brainchild of guitarist Justin Lumsden, who - having cut his teeth in Aberdeen's oft-overlooked fusion scene of a few years back- brings his considerable experience and diverse influences to bear on this group.
Incorporating influences such as Hendrix, Captain Beefheart and Classic Blues into their sound, , Big Hogg , which is a sextet, have just released an eponymous album on Neon Tetra, Glasgow's longest-serving independent label.