Keep that MOJO burn­ing - 4Below

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LEISURE -

Fol­low­ing the re­cent out­stand­ing MOJO fes­ti­val of orig­i­nal mu­sic in Ard­fern, The Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser takes a look at what the lead­ing mu­si­cal lights of Ar­gyll are up to fol­low­ing their rockin’ dis­play at MOJO.

Andy Bruce raises his for­mer pop­u­lar Sig­nal Fires band to a higher gear and big­ger sound with his lat­est cre­ation 4Below.

MOJO cre­ator Dan Grif­fiths said: ‘His band and sound were formed from MOJO’s re­quest for artists only a few months back where all acts have to sub­mit a demo. His track, An­ti­dote, was Andy’s only of­fer­ing at the time, but such was the ap­peal to us, we not only in­vited 4Below to play, we had an in­stinct they would be an ideal head­liner and they didn’t dis­ap­point.’

What an an­ti­dote their sound is to the al­ter­na­tive rock grunge fans among us. 4Below takes heavy in­flu­ence from al­ter­na­tive rock Royal Blood and Biffy Clyro, with Biffy’s most ob­vi­ous in­flu­ence heard in the lack of ‘a neu­tral singing ac­cent’ ac­com­pa­ny­ing the bit­ter­sweet lyri­cal prose.

With a unique, crafted Godzilla of a bass sound us­ing mul­ti­ple amps to give a full band sound from one in­stru­ment, Andy’s play­ing gives us a kind of sat­is­fy­ing thump and zing at the same time, lead­ing the way with the added of drums brought in by Dougie Glabraith. It re­ally shows real teeth on the stage and in their sound. And to tem­per this beast is Claire Bruce’s back­ing and splen­did key­board­ing mas­tery.

The set was made up of five mo­tor­ing tracks of fresh and gutsy orig­i­nals which will def­i­nitely ap­peal to any rock fans – through the ab­sorb­ing track Skin with lyrics like ‘Take your scars and lay them next to mine’ to his de­but An­ti­dote, all the tracks dis­play their some­times bru­tal hon­esty but have a self-dis­ci­pline sewn in clev­erly to per­se­vere and leave you up­beat.

Ground shak­ing

It looks like they’ve got the rock star pres­ence nailed, too.

When asked what the best mo­ment of his ca­reer was, Andy Bruce said: ‘There have been a few mem­o­rable gigs. I al­ways like them when they get a bit messy and en­joy be­ing on the floor in among all the chaos. Get­ting up on the pool ta­ble with half the au­di­ence at a gig in Glen­coe and also lit­er­ally shak­ing the floor in a well-known pub in Tar­bert are up there. I once went to see Soundgar­den in Glas­gow and some­how ended up on stage play­ing bass with their sup­port band Cor­ro­sion of Con­for­mity.’

Pretty im­pres­sive for a guy who ‘can ad­mit to own­ing a Wham! and a Vanilla Ice al­bum over the years’.

Dan said: ‘It’s so good to see in a less pro­lific world of rock a band to knock on our door say­ing, “You haven’t heard us yet, have you?” and for us to re­ply, “We have now. Where have you been?” ’

Yes, they’re here in Ar­gyll folks. Right here, right now. You won’t be dis­ap­pointed. For more de­tails and lat­est news go di­rectly to the 4Below Face­book page @4Belowar­gyll.

4Below plan to re­lease a tril­ogy of EPs in 2019 start­ing with re­mas­tered ver­sions of the songs from their set at MOJO as well as ac­tively seek­ing more gigs on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

4Below on stage at MOJO 2018

Andy Bruce of 4Below.

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