LIVE REVIEWS: Electrobuddha at Pivo Glasgow 2nd March 2014 It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to embrace Electrobudda's live performance again as it had been a year since Gobo had caught up with them in a live venue situation. We joined forces with them in early 2013 to photograph a live studio recording for their album ?Evolution? We noticed their bass player, Silja had been replaced, but apart from that solo transition, the band have been united on moving progressively forward with various radio play, playing gigs in and around the city, and receiving supportive complimentary reviews to boost their developments. To have them play a New Hellfire Showcase gave me a great opportunity to catch up with them and I thoroughly enjoyed their eclectic concoction that resonates as a distinctive sound. With diverse upbeat, quirky elements embedded within their lyrical content and instrumentation, their sound is hugely infectious and very uplifting to embrace. With a goodnatured approach to their style and a clear precise picture being painted lyrically Electrobudda's songs are endearing, upbeat and fun. Miff Morris, Gobo Photography and from same gig...

First up on the night were perfect openers for any good old fashioned rock night, the hard working guys from Electrobuddha! Influences from monsters of the genre such as The Stones are easy to hear from the outset, especially with the overall vibe of professionalism they give off during the live set, but over and above all that is the fact that these guys really are the finished article when it comes to a full-on live display, and the smoldering, electrified guitar licks and riffs hug singer Mark McCaffer's well executed vocals throughout every song. If you want to get the full Electrobuddha experience before you try them out live, then visit their page and wrap yer ears around the fantastic song that is She's Electric. If that song doesn't hook you, then there's something wrong with your ears. Jamie McDermid, New Hellfire Club.

Global Minorities Alliance Gig: by Chris Herron of Hellfire Club, Glasgow

Electrobuddha are described by the Glasgow Daily Record as The Beta Band meets Rolling Stones with Jimi Hendrix and James Brown on decks! Quite an accolade, and although their set was cut short by a limited amount of remaining time I can see why they are hailed so, they have a rock-sound for their backbone, and an electronic sort of overlay to the whole thing, Buddha means awakened one, and you will certainly be awakened by an Electrobuddha show as they pack a setlist that can pack a dance floor and you could tell by their momentum that they were building into a powerful force before being cut short. The singer has a strong, hearty singing voice, it's 'poppy', but with hardened edge, good upbeat drumming and a sort of Beatles influence, but that gets heavy, usually when you least expect it and they flit effortlessly between genres, pop, rock, indie, dance, blues even outright hippy music! Hippy Girl with the lyrics .Hippie Girl seeks Hippie Boy is a lovely rolling rock and roll ditty with amusing lyrics, a thoroughly enjoyable band to see live, check them out there on Soundcloud.

 

REVIEW OF 1ST ALBUM: BLEEP, WHIRR, DISCO! Electrobuddha is the creation of Mark McCaffer and this debut is a gloriously sexy, groove-scored cut. Bleep, Whirr, Disco is a subversive hybrid of the most eclectic mix. Imagine The Rolling Stones jamming with The Beta Band and you'll get an idea of where this album is coming from. Then add a packed Seventies disco with Jimi Hendrix and James Brown sharing DJ duties. Bizarrely, the vocals most closely call to mind Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy and it's mighty odd pairing, over the bleeping, whirring, psychedelic disco sound that Electrobuddha has created. If McCaffer can recreate this live, it will be one hell of a show. Catriona Killin. Catriona Killen - Daily Record, Glasgow, Scotland

Electrobuddha offers bright light with Shine Like the Sun

LOCAL man Mark McCaffer left Scotland for love but he never gave up his passion for music. The former Airdrie Academy pupil managed to stay involved in music as he started a new life in Sweden as a stagehand. Prior to leaving for Stockholm, the Coatbridge-born musician ? who was brought up in Glenmavis ? was part of a band that featured a few times in BBC Radio Scotland live sessions. The singer/songwriter, who produces music under the name of Electrobuddha, has now returned to Scotland. He explained: ?When I was at university I was part of a band, The Majestic Twelve. Another band called BIS were supposed to play a Radio Scotland session, they ended up pulling out so we got a call and played instead. ?We must have been alright and were asked back a couple of times.? Mark gave up the band and moved abroad but turned to going it alone musically, he revealed: ?I had a girlfriend in Sweden at the time and decided to move there, I got a job as a stagehand and still managed to play the odd solo gig.? Mark has produced two DIY solo albums, his latest offering was; Shine Like the Sun. He added: ?I do everything myself and use a program called 'Acid'. Some of the tracks are sampled and the rest I play myself. ?I still play solo gigs but when I do they are acoustic.? Catch Mark playing live tonight (Wednesday) at 9pm in 78 Bar in Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow. More information and downloads are available from his website at www.electrobuddha.co.uk Jun 8 2011 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge

' I wasn't sure what I was going to get. It was the band name that initially grabbed my attention. Stand out tracks for me were 'Space Race Junky' and 'Cecilia's Garden'. The music is a cross between 60's psychedelic pop/rock and disco music. An interesting sound and definitely catchy. A and R - Enraptured Records, London

 

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