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Re­formed Scot­tish rock­ers Baby Chaos are the big draw at this year’s Book Yer Ane Fest.

The Glas­gow five-piece play their first Dundee gig since tear­ing up Fat Sam’s in the mid-90s. They per­form as part of the three-day punk and al­ter­na­tive ex­trav­a­ganza start­ing next Fri­day at Aber­tay Stu­dent Cen­tre.

Formed in 1993, Baby Chaos’ al­bums Safe Sex, De­signer Drugs & The Death Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (1994) and Love Your Self Abuse (1996) at­tracted plau­dits from crit­ics and rock fans alike. Af­ter mor­ph­ing into Deckard in the late-90s, the band went their sep­a­rate ways un­til Wild­hearts front­man Gin­ger per­suaded them to play live in 2010.

That sparked a re­vival that led to 2015’s Skulls, Skulls, Skulls, Show Me The Glory al­bum, with its fol­low-up primed for the new year.

“We’re all grown up now and just liv­ing our lives,” ex­plains front­man Chris Gor­don when asked about the gap be­tween the records.

“I do a lot of pro­duc­ing and writ­ing for other peo­ple. I’ve got kids and the other guys have got jobs and kids so just find­ing the down­time to get the al­bum done’s the tricky thing.

“We in­tended to have it out be­fore the end of the year. It’ll be nice to have a bunch of new songs to play live.”

In­clud­ing all four orig­i­nal mem­bers, Baby Chaos’ po­tent sound is gen­er­ated by Chris and fel­low gui­tarists Grant Mc­far­lane and Alan Eas­ton, plus bassist Bobby Dunn and drum­mer Davy Green­wood.

The singer says they’re look­ing for­ward af­ter sort­ing un­fin­ished busi­ness. “In the 90s even to get a record deal was such a mas­sive thing,” ex­plains Chris, 47.

“Af­ter we got let down by our la­bel we got picked up by an­other Amer­i­can la­bel to put an al­bum out and that went t*** up, then we got picked up again but de­cided to change the name. So there was good luck as well as the bad for­tune in that we never re­ally ful­filled the po­ten­tial we had to reach a much larger au­di­ence.

“We wanted to have a bit of a nod to the past with Skulls be­cause it was the orig­i­nal four guys. A lot of the songs had been ly­ing about for years, whereas on this one the writ­ing’s hap­pened over the last cou­ple of years.”

Chris reck­ons the thought of be­ing among the elder states­men at Book Yer Ane Fest isn’t one to dwell on. “That doesn’t sit well,” he laughs. “It’s strange, as you start to age some­where in your head you’re still 25 or what­ever, but I’ll ad­mit be­fore we first had the idea of do­ing an­other Baby Chaos record we’d been asked to re­form to do a one-off gig and we were hes­i­tant.

“Then we got in re­hearsals and they went okay. We played the gig and it felt still quite vi­tal and vis­ceral and thought there might yet be some mileage in it.”

The new al­bum’s ti­tle Ape Con­fronts Cos­mos was in­spired by athe­ist Amer­i­can author and critic Sam Harris. “I lis­ten to his pod­cast quite a lot and it was just a re­sponse to some­thing some­one had said and I im­me­di­ately liked it,” ex­plains Chris.

“To me it con­jures that image of just look­ing up at the night sky and go­ing, ‘Holy f***, why are we here?’. It’s also about us as evolved apes try­ing to un­der­stand what’s go­ing on in the uni­verse.

“It kind of sums up the al­bum, es­pe­cially on the tracks where I was a lit­tle looser in let­ting the lyrics flow out and not be­ing tight with my sense of mean­ing.

“If it felt good I’d let it be and not feel I had to ex­plain ev­ery last syl­la­ble.”

Weekend tick­ets £30 from Grou­chos in Dundee and Make-that-a-take Records.

Scot­tish song­writ­ing leg­end Benny Gal­lagher steps out solo in Kin­ross tonight.

One half of 70s hit-mak­ers Gal­lagher and Lyle, the 73-year-old en­joys play­ing regularly across the UK de­spite hav­ing set­tled into semi-re­tire­ment in ru­ral West Mid­lands. The Ayr­shire duo were hired by The Bea­tles’ Ap­ple Records in 1968 and wrote for folk star Mary Hop­kin be­fore find­ing fame when their al­bum Break­away charted for 35 weeks in 1976.

Benny and Gra­ham Lyle – whose songs have been cov­ered by the likes of Bryan Ferry, Si­mon and Gar­funkel and Rita Coolidge – re­united in 2012 for their first tour in 34 years and also staged four sold-out Kin­ross gigs in 2016.

Green Ho­tel, tick­ets £21.50 via tick­etweb.co.uk.

Top trib­ute band The Phon­ics are at PJ Mol­loys tonight, with Oa­sis homage Stop The Clocks at the Dun­fermline venue to­mor­row. Tick­ets are £11.25, with dis­counted weekend passes at Tick­etweb.

Ed­in­burgh-based dark elec­tro ex­po­nent Krow is joined by In­ver­ness groove/ thrash out­fit Kry­ora and lo­cals Hou­dini Said No for a free gig at Con­roy’s Base­ment to­mor­row.

Czech hit-maker Thom Art­way plays Clarks On Lind­say Street on Wed­nes­day. Signed to Warner Mu­sic, Thom’s one of the most re­spected young mu­si­cians in his home­land. Tick­ets £6 from tick­et­mas­ter.co.uk.

It’s The DBS and Chain Gang live at Num­ber 57 this weekend.

Cov­ers combo Cherry Bombz play Mc­daniels (tonight), Boars Rock (to­mor­row) and Mon­trose’s Nep­tune Bar (Sun­day).

Baby Chaos are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in this year’s Book Yer Ane Fest.

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