Introducing: The Cliftons

There is no need to deny that Scotland produces some of the best talent which is out in the music industry, it’s just a well-known fact. Sometimes, you need to travel further than the central belt to find them. 150 miles north of Glasgow all the way to Aberdeen is where you will find these particular gems called The Cliftons.

Who are The Cliftons I hear you ask? Well, they are a Scottish alternative/indie rock band formed in 2013 in Aberdeen, managed by Kid A Music. Made up of members James Will (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Andrew Joseph (lead guitar and backing vocals), Keir Smith (bass guitar) & Bilal Benzahia (drums and backing vocals).

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(Photo credit to Issac Barnes)

Influenced by some of the best artists in the game just now such as Catfish And The Bottlemen, Scotland’s very own Fatherson, Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age and have supported bands like The Bluetones and The Lapelles, they were finalists in the “One To Watch” hosted by Original 106 FM, they were featured in Jim Gellatly’s Scottish Sun before having an extremely successful launch night of their latest EP Scarlett in Aberdeen’s iconic venue Tunnels earlier this year.

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With gripping guitar solos, drum beats for days and lyrics worthy of the main stage at festivals up and down the country, The Cliftons create something which can only be described as special and extremely relatable. Sometimes you do need to travel to find the gems which make the Scottish music scene such a thrill to be a part of, I predict big things for these guys and make sure you get to see them before you can’t get a ticket for love nor money.

The Cliftons are supporting Scottish synthpop legends Prides at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Saturday, 13th May. Pick up tickets from the band here.

Listen to Scarlett in its entirety here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

 

Introducing: KAZE

Quirky, unique and refreshing. If that’s what you look for in a band then allow me to introduce you to Manchester’s finest KAZE.

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Formed by Graham McCusker from Paisley and Amy Webber from Kent in February 2016, they formed the band shortly after Graham, originally from Paisley, was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

It’s all good news though while undergoing treatment, they had written 17 songs and after an extremely successful crowd-funder of over £3,000, the band travelled down to Kent to record their debut EP titled No Filter.

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With their influences including Fleetwood Mac, The Cardigans and The Beatles, you can notice the hints of these artists within their songs including their debut single Pinned On You.

Pinned On You starts with a fuzzy mixture of piano and guitar mixed together before the striking vocals of Webber, prime and proper yet mesmerising. One of those songs you don’t forget in a hurry, addictive, fresh and extremely different from what’s currently out there. Focusing on where to pin your hopes and dreams, in KAZE, that would be a good place to start.

No Filter was released on March 10th celebrating with a sold-out gig at The Castle in Manchester. Described as “pretty darn tasty”  by Jim Gellatly and A lovely, vibrant, edgy, unusual sound”  by Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6, KAZE are a recipe for sheer delight and just like a desert, there’s always room for more with this band.

Follow the band on their social media accounts.

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Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Announcement: King Tuts Summer Nights 2017

Those summer, niiiiights. If you weren’t thinking of that song then you’re lying to yourself.

Now running in its sixth year, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut proudly presents their Summer Nights 2017 lineup of over 70 incredible artists taking to the legendary stage where if you get to play King Tuts, you know you have made it.

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The festival runs from the 13th – 29th July during the height of Glasgow’s summer, where it becomes more acceptable for taps aff and a drink (or two) in hand.

Promising to bring the hottest talent to the one of the coolest festivals happening in Glasgow this summer, you can witness the talent of acts such as November Lights, Patersani, Vida, False Friends, Adam Ross Greene, Foreign Fox, Ava Love, Walt Disco, American Clay, Model Aeroplanes, Vistas, Fauves, Sway and loads more!

Better than Willy Wonka’s, there is a chance to access ALL the shows happening at the festival known as the Golden Ticket which is on sale just now for only £25 (LIMITED TIME ONLY) until it increases to the full price of £40 on May 18th which to be fair, that price for ALL those banging bands?! Absolute bargain!

Tickets for the festival can be purchased here.

Just because we can…

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Album Review – ‘Felt’ by Clean Cut Kid

Once it was clarified that the album is named after the emotion and not the fabric, Clean Cut Kid have FINALLY released their debut album after two years of hard work, determination and lots of love went into the production of ‘Felt.’


Liverpudlian four-piece made up of Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson create wonderous stories which last between 3-4 minutes long which are full of hope, love, feeling wanted and promoting a healthy dose of a certain vitamin. Shimmery, glistening and downright dazzling, the spellbinding vocals which are Mike and Evelyn Hall together prove that holy matrimony is much more than just marriage, the pair’s harmonies are such a divine dream to listen to, you will feel a warm little haze inside which is perfectly normal when listening to the record.

Now, the 5 F’s: The Forever Fangirl’s Favourites From ‘Felt’

Vitamin CThe song which made me realise how poignant this band are, the first ever song I heard by CCK, it holds a special place in my heart. Also, a subtle promotion for fruits and vegetables. 

We Used To Be In Love – A firm favourite among fans and so much so that it was covered on a PRIDES’ Mixtape, the chorus along will make you think of those nostalgic moments where you did love someone but you know what? You’re in a better place now, sing it out loud wherever you are!

Felt The title track of the album, this little piece of genius make you feel like floating around a wonderland garden. Taking a somewhat touchy subject of feeling brokenhearted and putting an upbeat twist using a bop-a-long guitar riff will make that heartache a little bit easier to deal with. As a friend of mine once said, dance like your heart is breaking.

Jean – A fitting tribute to his late Grandmother with lyrics such as ‘You’re in my seconds, in my minutes, in my hours, And not a single day you pass’ is completely relatable when thinking of someone you love who has passed. She would be proud of Mike’s accomplishments so far and what else has yet to come.

There are very few records which leave a lasting impression of amazement and make you feel precious, wanted and loved. Felt is one of those albums which welcomes you into Clean Cut Kid’s arms with fuzziness, a ray of light and facial hair galore. The overall question is how I felt after listening to it? A sense of belonging and at right at home.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘The Cure’ by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga needs no introduction Ms Stefani Joane Angelina Germanotta is quite simply music industry royalty and deservedly so.

The Cure is her latest offering and Little Monsters, what an offering you have! Let’s face it, Gaga can pretty much do no wrong she’s got the Midas touch and was writing for other artists long before launching her own pop career.

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In true Gaga fashion, this is an infectious little number with hooks that catch you like claws and melodies like lullabies. Slow dance with your other half, belt it out with your sisters on a night out, sing into your hairbrush and as we say in Scotland: ‘Goan yersel!’ This song is everything! I love it! The lyrics are pure perfection (Hey, I’m a fan girl what do you expect?)

Have a listen below:

She will play shows in England this Autumn:

OCTOBER

9th – O2 Arena, London
11th – O2 Arena, London
12th – Genting Arena, Birmingham
15th – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
17th – Manchester Arena, Manchester

Tickets are available here.

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

Track Review – ‘Chasing Shadows’ by The Sherlocks

With two sets of brothers hailing from Sheffield and one mammoth sound, The Sherlocks have released their new single Chasing Shadows and it has a lyric about being ‘out your tree.’ Any song which has this as a lyric is an instant winner!

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The Sherlocks are:

Kiaran Crook – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Josh Davidson – Lead Guitar
Andy Davidson – Bass
Brandon Crook – Drums

Chasing Shadows instantly brings three things to mind:

1. This is a summer anthem which should be played at the loudest volume you can get.
2. Picture the scene: summer festival, all your pals and complete strangers jumping around to this song on a nice summer’s day*
*even if it’s raining, you’ll still have a ball.
3. This would sound banging in a massive arena of 10,000 people screaming about chasing shadows and the ‘OH’s.’

Crook’s standout drum beat will immediately have you moving and grooving for 3 minutes and 48 seconds of pure indie delight before progressing into a chorus so rememberable you will be singing it for days on end, coming from personal experience.

Check out the video below:

Their debut album Live For The Moment is released on August 18th, pre-order the album here.

Catch The Sherlocks on their UK tour:

SEPTEMBER

14th – University, Newcastle
16th – Rock City, Nottingham
19th – O2 ABC, Glasgow
20th – SWX, Bristol
21st – The 1865, Southampton
22nd – Heaven, London

Tickets are available from here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre