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Nero, Maple, 13th Note, Glasgow

Posted: December 4th, 2001, by Marceline Smith

I went out in the cold and the wind and the rain last night to support both the 13th Note and also the musical rock scene of Aberdeen. Really good turnout I thought even with headliners Purple Munkie having to cancel. So we were left with Nero and Maple. I was keen to see both as it’s been well over a year since I saw either of them, seeing as I moved to Glasgow and that.

So, Nero. I remember being pretty horrible about them the first time I saw them but damn me if they weren’t great this time. They had pop tunes, rock guitar, three-way singing, jokes, charm and dance routines. they were pretty much all over the place really but tremendous fun to watch, especially since the singer reminded me a bit of John from the Yummy Fur with his geeky looks and jerky dancing. but the songs are the main thing and Nero’s are stupidly infectious, or maybe infectiously stupid. the kids should love them.

Nero had reminded me how funny and crazy Maple were so I was all excited. there was something different going on though. Maple have really grown up in the last year and they’ve now got this serious practiced edge. the riffs are solid and loud, the vocals have lost the overt crazyness and it was all just sounding, well, professional. it took me about four songs to start getting to grips with this new version of Maple and then they only played maybe one more song and just stopped. so I hope they come back soon so I can give it another go.

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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