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Gig 14 – Sunday 1st September 2013 @ Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
The end is neigh and the final show of this year’s summer tour looms large!
A last minute line-up change is called for after Lewis Gibson goes on a last minute holiday… to the rescue are a drum student, a local guitar legend and a couple of festival performers all brought together by the one and only Ewan Gibson. Naming themselves after a poetry meet The Soul Cypher featuring Mekkah & Twenty20 had a practice in the afternoon before the show and delivered a pretty convincing set (I’d love to have seen them if they were a full-time collective). Along with their sense of adventure the two American MCs also brought a touch of musical magic to the start of this event as everything was so relaxed and in the spirit of making good music and enjoying sharing the results.

The Soul Cypher live at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

The Soul Cypher live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

We get ourselves set-up on the familiar stage of Henry’s and launch into our forty-minute set of dark electronica. The sound is tight and loud and we are pleased to hear that we’ve ‘awakened the goth’ in one enthusiastic fan in particular. It’s a good crowd that includes some familiar faces who are here to support our last show of the tour and check out The Penny Black Remedy. We’re really pleased with the response and happy to have played 14 great gigs stretching back to the first night of the tour back in July.
Sacre Noir live at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh - Photo by Flare Photography

Sacre Noir live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – Photo by Flare Photography

By the time The Penny Black Remedy took to the stage everyone in the venue was ready for their unique brand of musical mayhem, and once again the group didn’t disappoint. As with their show in Glasgow they mixed tracks from their debut LP with tracks from their latest release ‘Inhale… Exhale… Ok, Now You Can Panic!’ to great effect and had the crowd dancing and whooping for Keith’s guitar solos.
The Penny Black Remedy live at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

The Penny Black Remedy live at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

Looking back it’s been an amazing month and a half of gigs and travelling, playing to the new audiences and hanging out in some great cities. Big thanks are due to all the venues and promoters who have helped along the way; The Banshee Labyrinth, Box, The Vibe Bar, The Arc, Power’s Bar, The Dublin Castle, Belushi’s Gare du Nord and Canal Paris, Le Vieux Leon, Soupanova, Little Stage, Pfefferbett Hostel, Pivo Pivo, Henry’s Cellar Bar, Craig McGee, Plugged In Switched On, Bearsuit Promotions, Ben & Lio @ Belushi’s, Selina @ Soupanova, Alex @ Little Stage, Charlotte @ Pfefferbett, It’s a XXXX Blog Thing and Claire @ Henry’s. Big thanks are also due to all the fine bands we played with along the way; Llennett, Hot Jupiter, Little Love and the Friendly Vibes, Tom Coyne, Sir Spence, The Joy, George Frakes, Andy Docherty and The Caped Crusaders, Dressmaker, The Ocean’s Above, Mickey 9s, The Soul Cypher featuring Mekkah and Twenty20 and The Penny Black Remedy.
You can check out a video below which features footage from the gigs, interviews during the tour and more – a great snapshot into the touring life with Sacre Noir.

Monday 15th July 2013
Gig 2 – Box, Glasgow
As we’re not actually “on the road” yet, today was a pretty normal day of work and more work, before the gig. Alexis & I met up in Glasgow and headed to the venue for sound-check @ 6pm.

It’s a FREE gig night in Box every Monday night and there were meant to be 4 bands playing tonight before the 11pm jazz session starts. There’s only one other band in when we arrive at the venue so we arrange to sound-check last and pop next door to Broadcast to take advantage of their 2-4-1 burger & pizza offer (which was very nice). The engineer at Box is great, so when we played the set it sounded spot on! The monitor mix on stage was really clear so this was a good opportunity to check out how the new mixes and tracks in the set were sounding.
The balance of the duo set-up provides a fairly different sound the one we achieve with the addition of live guitar – it’s less ‘rock’ and more ‘electro’ so we’ve worked really hard to make sure everything sits in the dynamic range as well as it does when we’ve got Phil on hand with his Ibanez magic. Based on tonight’s sound we’re more than happy!
One of the bands still hadn’t shown up by the time the second band took to the stage and the other cancelled, so there was plenty of time between sets to clear the stage and pack up. The band on after us (I didn’t catch their name) are a new 4-piece indie rock band from Paisley. They’ve only played five gigs so far, but seem pretty confident with their sound and style.
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Next gig: Monday 22nd July @ The Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, London (FREE)