HEAVY DRAPES - NIGHTRIPPIN' SNEAK PREVIEW : TARBEACH RECORDS COMPILATION APRIL '17
I first saw Heavy Drapes just over a year ago, a word of mouth recommendation caused me to check them out online and then, I went to see them live. I was impressed, maybe a little awe-struck. What a show. I've been to see them a few times since, Edinburgh, London, Skegness (classy eh?) and a couple more - they are fantastic live, a real shot in the arm to the current scene.
For those not in the loop.... Heavy Drapes are an Edinburgh band with an explosive, self combusting past, some of them nearly made it once (in another life), and they make no secret of the fact that they want to give it their all this time around. They have the stage presence and the attitude to make you take notice, and if you chose not to then, that’s your funeral. They're not hanging around for you to make your mind up, get on board or fuck off.
Over the last year Heavy Drapes have leap-frogged loads of established bands and become one of the most talked about outfits on the punk/alternative scene. 2016 saw appearances at Blank Generation, Rebellion and the Skegness Alternative Music Festivals they attracted bigger audiences than the promoters anticipated each show enhancing their popularity. This lot were never going to be happy to throw a pebble into the 40 year old tranquil pond of punk rock, they chose the biggest boulder they could find and threw it into the middle from a great height. The resulting tsunami has been described as the new wave of the old wave. And they have soaked a fair few happy punters along the way.
The band have picked up fans from all over the UK, they already have a good following, it is no surprise that headline shows and repeat festival dates are a regular feature in the Heavy Drapes 2017 calendar. They draw the punters in wherever they play. And it’s not just to see if the social media hype can be backed up by their performance - it can, and it does.
Nightrippin’ is going to be released on a new compilation album in April 2017. New York City label Tarbeach Records are where you will find most things Heavy Drapes, (maybe not fridge magnets just yet). The Tarbeach compilation is sure to feature this number and others from fellow Scots and stable mates Re@ction.
This track sees Heavy Drapes get together with established and acclaimed music producer Mark Freegard (he also produces their much anticipated debut album), Nightrippin' is a great number when played live, heavy guitar riffs and a sing-along hook pull the crowd in and have them joining in from the outset, a cracking choice for the compilation.
I’ve been lucky enough to hear the second mix on this track, the production, and the band performance elevate Nightrippin’ to a whole new level, all the while retaining the original integrity and energy of how it is played live. Nightrippin’ is uplifting, it makes you feel shiny and happy, capable of beauty-full promises.
Having listened to The Trainspotting 2 soundtrack (probably a bit better than that of the first), I'd recommend that you put all of that to one side and play this instead, this one song could open and close both films, and then have you swaggering down the road with your arms open wide and giving a passing taxi or cop car the big V’s.
Irvine Welsh wrote…. “By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be.” So buy the single, it might just complete your life and make it more enjoyable. In fact buy more of their stuff, go see them, ignore them at your peril. Heavy Drapes give you a full on musical experience, 4 punks who play great rock music, they need to be big in 2017 or they will implode. Choose life ...... ride the new wave of the old wave.
(Dammit! I vowed I wouldn’t do the 'choose life' cliche)