Louise McVey & Cracks in the Concrete

Louise McVey & Cracks in the Concrete

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR

"There's a colly, cold gothic element to these tracks. Think the soundtrack to a David Lynch film, set in Glasgow. Think Tori Amos, without the histrionics, or the kind of goddess that Florence and the Machine can only dream of being."
EP review


Louise McVey and Cracks in the Concrete

Vocalist Louise McVey and guitarist/noisemaker Graeme Miller met in a basement in 2009. Their shared passion for dark unexplored musical territory has made for a highly fruitful period; exploring dusty pianos, scuttling guitars, sonorous vocals and selective percussion. As the sounds and ideas grew, drummer Gordon MacPherson, pianist Jimmy O'Donnell, bassist Garry Freckleton and violinist Kathy Boyd joined up to create a stark haunting backdrop for Louise's vocals.

In 2010 they performed live in amongst others Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Berlin to rave reviews and played support slots with Pete Molinari and She Keeps Bees. They played a well-received Radio 1 live session for Vic Galloway in the Summer.

The band released their self-titled debut EP digitally through the hugely auspicious Optimo Music in Autumn 2009, which later appeared on 7" white vinyl through Metropolicana. Their debut album is approaching completion and the band will continue to seek out the darker corners.


"There's a colly, cold gothic element to these four songs. Don't think freezing your butt off at a Sisters or Nephilim gig, think the soundtrack to a David Lynch film, set in Glasgow. Think Tori Amos, without the histrionics, or the kind of goddess that Florence and the Machine can only dream of being."

"Louise and her band give the label four tracks of gorgeously refined gothic pop/rock noir strongly reminding of prime PJ Harvey backed by a band of whisky-worn players with a penchant for David Lynch scores. It's their grasp of darkly-tinted experimentation, and the vintage classicism of McVey crushed velvet vocals that should make this a must check release for fans of well matured rock like Dirty Three or PJ Harvey".

"So, we live in a world of near instant stardom created on a whim by our King of Saturday night music with everything packaged with computer precision under the bright stage lights. Then you look into the twilight and that's where you will find Louise McVey & Cracks in the Concrete."

"Atop a handful of skeletal, unnerving, horror movie-soundtrack compositions.
It's frightfully good stuff at times, eerie and engaging - and a perfect foundation for a full album." read the whole review


"Time for the slow burn of the Torch Song in central Edinburgh. Ms McVey doesn't have to try too hard to weave a spell. Reverbed guitar is a trebly crutch, poking the ribs as the gentle female whisper consistently pushes towards the ominous. The occasional surge threatens in a well-drilled set of blues in the key of burlesque. This is the anti-Indie, the real pulse of what goes on."

"Imagine yourself in a small, darkened room. There are 5 tables in the place and a lonely bartender polishes glasses beside a less than varied stock of old alcohol bottles. You might be sipping a whisky in candle light, you might be smoking a cigarette. You might be nursing a broken heart, or putting off a long walk home in the rain.
Louise's voice certainly made the hair's stand up. Their experimentation with violin bow's on electric guitars, to FM radio interference came totally out of left field. Definitely try and catch these artists if you can..."




"Louise McVey & Cracks in the Concrete" E.P. 2009 (Digital distribution) Optimo Music & 2010 release White vinyl with Metropolicana records.

"Live in Stereo" digital distribution 2012

(Debut album expected April 2012)