TRADEMARK – Venue, Edinburgh 1988

Trademark are by no means the most essential or inventive band I’ve ever seen and they are not setting new standards in image, but they do have some pretty nifty songs.

Sounding at limes like Heart, they reach peaks with ‘Who Pays For Love’, ‘Take It To The Limit’ and ‘Crying In The Dust’, though some songs could do with more space as the intensity of most of them tends to be constant. A bit of light and shade is vital and would allow Dave Webb (guitar) and Mike Arthur (keyboards) to exhibit their talents.


SHELLSHOCK FESTIVAL – Glen Pavillion 1988

The bands certainly gave value for money, starting with Sidewinder who played a sharp set dominated by covers but delivered with guts and ability. They really should forget the covers and concentrate on their original stuff which sounded pretty impressive.

Lothian suffered from a messy sound which blurred any subtlety their material may have had. Despite working in a new bassist and being severely displeased by the reaction from the docile punters they worked hard and revealed some encouraging new songs in a short set.

Probably not the best gig they’ve played but certainly not the worst.

The real action began with Ransom. a young Edinburgh outfit who look and sound like real contenders. Ransom are a bit like Dokken, with guitarist lain Gordon a bit of a Lynch-man but topless frontman Brian Tait looking much more comfortable than Don Dokken onstage.

With songs like ‘Dirty Dealin” (Or was that ‘Dirty Squealin”) ‘Get Down’. ‘Little Angel’, ‘Explode On Impact’ and Def Leppard’s ‘Woman’, Ransom provided many of the evening’s highlights and deserved more than the mildly appreciative response they got.

By the way did you know Ransom bassist Dave Leslie appeared in the last Heavy Pettin’ line-up?

What any crowd needs to shake off rigor mortis symptoms is a blast from Trident

These guys are just crazy, chasing around the stage and audience like Tigertailz on heat while continuously pumping out bouncy rock ‘n’ boogie in the ZZ/DC meets Status Cult mode.

Fresh from headlining Radio Clyde’s Kelvingrove Festival in Glasgow, Trident have an infectious spirit and humour which earned them a wild reaction from the mental Moshers down the front,

I’ve seen Trident several times now, often in oppressive circumstances but on every occasion they’ve managed to raise a cheer.

Trademark had the good fortune to be local and thus received an enthusiastic reception despite arriving onstage at an unholy hour.

Looking confident and sounding like Pat Benatar jamming with Bonnie Tyler, they have two best shots: several good songs and female vocalist Yvonne Morrison.

Personally, I find Trademark’s Americanised keyboard rock a bit tame but they’re beginning to look like they could do something given suitable guidance.


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