A review of Red Ronson at Seedling Stage, Belladrum, 2nd of August, 2013.

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Another Bella debutant, the initial impression of Red Ronson is of a band with an inclination to the whimsy, yet scratch the surface and take a closer listen to the lyrics and you’ll quickly realise there’s more to them than that. ‘Supercute’ starts nicely enough but the lyrics quickly turn from ‘ you’re so cute’ to allege that the object of his affection dyes her hair and is for want of a better word, easy.

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‘Fallback’ includes the lyrics ‘you’re so cute, like a care bear on pills’. The songs might sound saccharine sweet but they have a fair dose of acerbic wit to keep things interesting.

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The songs themselves are simply arranged with no real frills, but the strength of songwriting includes some properly catchy hooks – I defy you to not sing along to the refrain ‘we’re not fucking about’ on their latest single ‘Paper Statues’. This song in particular led to a mass sing-along encouraged by the band. Lead singer Andrew Barnett attempted to temper the lyrics in deference to the kids in the audience but this was quickly vetoed by bassist Dave Ramsay  who shouted the ‘fuck’ with abandon!

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You can see the last time we spoke to Red Ronson, just before Easter.

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Photos by Roddy McKenzie

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I've always loved music and spent my late teens and early twenties playing guitar in various bands on Lewis and Aberdeen. Other than playing in some truly terrifying pubs in Aberdeen not much came of it and life became focused on family and having a 'proper' job. Inverness Gigs is an outlet for me to quell my inner frustrated musician and the caliber of local acts has even inspired me to take my own music more seriously again. Who knows, one day I might venture back on stage under the fierce scrutiny of an Inverness Gigs reviewer! You can contact Toby direct at Toby@Igi.gs