The Pleasance Sessions: Friday Preview

Now in its third year, The Pleasance Sessions showcases the best in music and cultural talent in Scotland. With affordable student tickets and placement just before deadline season, it is the perfect place for students new to Edinburgh and interested in the local scene to see the best that it has to offer.


The first night of the weekender brings together Paws, Jonnie Common and Catholic Action in the main Pleasance Theatre.

Punk, guitar, fuzz trio Paws are going from strength to strength. Their past two records have been released on FatCat and are full of heartwrenching emotion from Philip Taylor’s lyrics, masked under heavy, at times almost metal, guitars and thrashing drums. Their forthcoming third record was recorded with emo royalty Mark Hoppus and is apparently a move towards pop punk. It’ll be interesting to see how Paws bring their energetic, raucous live shows to the fully seated Pleasance Theatre, but it’ll certainly provide an impressive backdrop for the 11 minute long thrasher War Cry.

Jonnie Common creates really weird, infectious, electronic pop songs. His latest album Trapped in Amber was released on Edinburgh’s Song By Toad Records and is a piece of music that effortlessly flows and connects. Common’s lyrics are peppered with humour and dry wit but at the same time manage to be full of heartbreaking emotion. The last time I saw Jonnie Common was part of Dune: The Musical, this will surely be a lot different but no less fun and magnetic.

Glasgow’s Catholic Action have had a pretty awesome 2015, musically anyway. Supported by the excellent Fuzzkill Records they have supported The Libertines at the famous Barrowlands, released a split E.P with the also excellent Poor Things and found the time to come and talk to us in the studio. Speaking to us, Chris said that all he really wants to write is proper pop songs, and that’s exactly what Catholic Action make. Simple, guitar-driven pop songs.

After the main music has finished, we’ll be heading down to the cabaret bar for the GoldFlakePaint after party. The man behind the blog has curated a great line up for dancing away the hours including Bossy Love and HQFU. Bossy Love create r&b infused pop music, Tell You What is primed for bottom shaking after a few pints from the Ochtoberfest.

Tickets are £6 to the main gig for students, £10 for everyone else and the after party is totally free!

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