Music preview: Trembling Bells @
Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

Published by Metro

Friday 17 May, 8pm, £7, Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow.
Tel: 0141 333 0900. www.nicensleazy.com

VIDEO: Trembling Bells - Goathland
(live at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds)

Since they formed five years ago, Trembling Bells’ Celtic-edged folk-rock, catchy choruses and colourful harmonies have reverberated around the UK.

In July, the Glasgow-based quartet head south of the border for an extensive tour with Mike Heron, once of 1960s psychedelic legends the Incredible String Band, but before all that comes a very special and surprisingly rare gig in their beloved Weeg.

“We’ve been steadily building a following around the UK since we first got together, but haven’t really played too much in our home city,” said the band’s founding member, drummer Alex Neilson.

“We’re very excited to be performing at Nice N Sleazy, which is such a Glasgow institution.”

Indeed, the Sauchiehall Street venue has emerged as more than just a preserve for ubiquitous drainpiped hipsters – these days you might spot the guys from Mogwai or Arab Strap darkening its doorways.

Trembling Bells take to the stage off the back of last year’s release of their fourth studio album Marble Downs, a critically acclaimed joint effort with American singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Himself a musician who has a history of free and improvised sessions with several artists, Neilson revealed that tomorrow night’s performance will provide more of the same as the band invite their friends to join in the show on different instruments, and expand into a six-piece.

Support comes from two other Glasgow favourites – post-punk outfit The Rosy Crucifixion and Muscles of Joy, an all-female art-rock seven-piece.

“I requested these acts be on the bill as a mark of the eclectic and high-quality music this city has to offer,” said Neilson.

“It will be a night of local talent of international quality.”

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