Rough Cut Nation
This article is from 2009.
Gallery gigs are ordinarily bespoke, underground shop-front affairs that flaunt their art-rock credentials like billy-o. The renovation of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has allowed some of that DIY spirit to mess up its normally plush interior with its current show of 12 artists not afraid to get their hands dirty with street art and graffiti culture. To accompany the show, SNPG curators have teamed up with local indie record emporium Avalanche for a series of gigs by acts bubbling under the fertile local scene.
A series of seven early-evening shows kick off on 7 August with a show by former Uncle John and Whitelock associates new outfit, Tut Vu Vu and A La Fu, and are followed on 8 August by a double bill of troubadours opened by Emily Scott at 5pm and Rob St John, who has been toughening up his Nick Drake-style whimsy of late with a full band, an hour later. On 14 August teenage Pet Shop Boys collaborator Unicorn Kid goes mental, while later shows include album launches by St Jude’s Infirmary and Withered Hand, both in double-bills, the former with the sublime Zoey Van Goey on 22 August, and the latter with fellow travellers Meursault on 28 August. Have a ball. No posh frock required.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 624 6200, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 28 Aug, times vary, free.