‘Born’ iden­tity

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rock­ers Francesqa will be mak­ing the trip up north to play a date at the city’s Cafe Drum­monds. Sup­port on the night comes from two great lo­cal pop-punk bands: Au­tumn in Dis­guise, who are cur­rently record­ing a new video, and Adri­enne, pre­vi­ously known as Only the Brave. Adri­enne mem­ber Fin­lay Urquhart said: “In my opin­ion Francesqa are one of the best bands in the UK at the mo­ment, so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be able to play with them. “In the com­ing months we’ll be re­leas­ing our first sin­gle – Stat­ues – and we’re also in the process of book­ing a lot of out-of-town shows. “These are ex­cit­ing times for us.”

ABERDEEN Gig Pro­mo­tions has re­cently an­nounced a se­ries of Ac­cess All Gig passes, which will al­low ac­cess to ev­ery AGP event from now un­til Au­gust 30. As well as putting on shows from fan­tas­tic tour­ing bands, AGP al­ways strives to rep­re­sent Aberdeen’s best mu­si­cal tal­ent and each gig usu­ally fea­tures some bril­liant lo­cal sup­ports. Ross Calder of AGP said: “I’ve in­tro­duced the passes to try to en­cour­age peo­ple to check out bands they might not have heard of be­fore. “AGP has al­ways en­joyed putting on up-and­com­ing bands and any way we can make it eas­ier for peo­ple to come along and per­haps find their new favourite band is great for the lo­cal mu­sic scene.”

POP­U­LAR: Lady Gaga has a unique sound. and Gaga puts it down to the fact they all found them­selves on un­cool fringes when they were grow­ing up. “It’s noth­ing short of re­venge of the nerds when it comes to Fer­nando, White Shadow and I,” she ex­plains. “All three of us, we’re part of that same men­tal­ity.” She talks about how one of the al­bum’s big themes is about how you deal with hav­ing been bul­lied as a kid, later on in life. “Maybe that’s the reck­on­ing with this al­bum. Do I want to be one of them or not?” Aside from such sel­f­re­flec­tions, Gaga in­sists ev­ery­thing she does is for her fans – those “Lit­tle Mon­sters” who hang on the ev­ery word of “Mother Mon­ster”. But Gaga’s plugged in enough to know you don’t be­come one of the biggest­selling al­bum artists in the world with­out some mass ap­peal too. “It’s not just kids who feel dis­en­fran­chised who lis­ten to my mu­sic, all sorts of peo­ple do,” she says, un­der­stand­ing there’s no point in preach­ing ac­cep­tance if only mi­nori­ties feel com­fort­able at Gaga shows. “I love the fact my mu­sic gets played on a pop ra­dio sta­tion and peo­ple from all sort of dif­fer­ent walks of life love it,” she says. “That’s the whole mes­sage be­hind it!” In a world of style over sub­stance, it looks like pop has fi­nally found some­one who’s got both.

SONG­WRITER: Craig John David­son.

METAL: Thrashist Regime.

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