Brave Hart

Today is a landmark day in The Pop Cop’s history, being as it is our 100th post. The writer’s block, the late nights, the war against HTML… it’s been (almost) worth it. But we are nothing without you, the loyal reader/mp3 thief, so don’t be shy in telling us what you like or don’t like about the site. Your comments are like fuel for us – and we might just agree with you.

Anyway, back to business. On Sunday RODDY HART invited us (after we asked) to see him play at Glasgow’s Oran Mor, and what a fine performer he is turning into. Not to mention a brave one. After making a name for himself with his strongly Americana-influenced album Bookmarks, Roddy’s new material seems to herald a bold new direction in this talented young man’s career… and we love it.

While whimsical, piano-based The Wilderness is classic Roddy, the more band-orientated songs such as the uptempo Look At You Now and set-closer Dead Of The Night – with its Strokes’ Last Nite guitar riff and shouts of “hey” – suggest the Glaswegian is keen to extend his appeal to a broader, dare we say it, younger audience.

The show also saw West End native Eddi Reader make a cameo appearance (see picture) to sing her harmonies on My Greatest Success, but the gig will probably be best remembered for the sight of Roddy dashing to the back of a packed venue to go unplugged for a hushed cover of Big Star favourite Thirteen. In the wrong hands it could have appeared embarrassingly contrived, but Roddy has the talent to pull it off. This boy can do no wrong at the moment.

4 Roddy Hart – Flames

b November 14, Music Hall, Aberdeen (supporting Capercaillie)
b November 15, Pavillion, Strathpeffer (supporting Capercaillie)

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