The Kooshtie kick off new Herald Sessions

The Falkirk Herald’s brand new web-based music sessions went live this week with one of the town’s hottest bands kicking things off.

Fresh from a rocking gig at Behind the Wall, The Kooshtie agreed to be the first band to take part in the Herald Sessions, performing a stripped-down acoustic version of one of their songs for The Falkirk Herald’s website.

The sessions aim to get local bands’ music over to a wider audience in a simple, “sit-down and play yer song” style, with no fancy camera tricks or any post- production magic.

You won’t see a wailing banshee crashing through a house while riding a wrecking ball in a Herald Session.

To launch the new format The Kooshtie performed a bare bones take of their instant classic ‘Go-Get’er’ at the newspaper’s office on Monday afternoon, just a few days after their triumphant home town gig at Behind the Wall.

Frontman Oliver Kitchen said: “We were nervous about it, but it worked out quite well. We’ve not had much chance to practice like this as a four-piece.

“When you’re playing live and electric you’re trying to build up energy between you and the audience. When you’re playing acoustic there’s no place to hide, but this band has musicians who all contribute.”

The session featured new guitarist Jack Turner, who joined the band last month after original six-stringer George Phelan, Oliver’s cousin, parted company with the group over good old “musical differences”.

Joining Oliver and Jack for the first ever Herald Session were bass player Jen Innes and drummer Kieran McNiven, who raised a few eyebrows when he lugged his camouflage-covered drum kit into the office meeting room.

No one’s fools, The Kooshtie are taking a break from live gigs in April as they continue to rehearse with talented new axe man Jack and keep up their plans to release a single with an accompanying video every month in 2014.

They’ll be back in action at an all-day festival at Edinburgh’s Three Sisters on May 4. Visit www.falkirkherald.co.uk to see their Herald Session.