Track Review – ‘Fake’ by Callum Ross

After only playing at his debut show supporting American singer Jake Miller last month in Glasgow, hometown talent Callum Ross is bringing something fresh to the Glasgow music scene with some Electronic Hip-Pop on his debut release Fake.

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With Ross’ influences including Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper and Frank OceanFake is a strong debut considering the song sounds like Ross has been in the game for a while. This song sounds like if The Chainsmokers and Troye Sivan were to collaborate and make a record and it would be an absolute hit. Fake‘s electronic aspect pulls you in makes you listen to what Ross has to say. A debut which is extremely superb, Fake is anything but fabricated. An extremely real, honest single which gets a big thumb up in our books.

You can catch Callum supporting fellow singer-songwriter Tom Walker at his gig at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on May 16th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Listen to Fake in full here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Biting Tongues’ by Electrical Love

Admitting that he danced to Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up long before it became a meme sensation, Edinburgh solo artist Electrical Love will release his debut single Biting Tongues and for a debut single, it’s very impressive!

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Confessing to listening to his Mother’s 80’s vinyl collection which consumed of The Eurhythmics, Aztec Camera with some Soft Cell and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark thrown in for equal measure, you can instantly suss out the influence behind his debut which is extremely synth-led with some powerful, heartfelt vocals adding into the overall theme of the song. Describing Biting Tongues as ‘the mistress to his previous band Return to the Sun’, Stephen wanted his chance at a solo career and it’s paid off! “The aforementioned is still true except, I left the wife for the mistress.” (His words, not mine!)

Over the next coming months, Stephen will be starting a weekly YouTube channel called The Pineapple Sessions which will feature sessions from Stephen as well as other musicians. It’ll be exciting to see who will be guesting on these sessions, we will be definitely be keeping a look out for these on a weekly basis. Guess I should learn how to play the keyboard and grab myself a glitter jacket… look out for my session in 2018. xo

Biting Tongues is out on May 5th.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Count Down From Ten’ by Oskar Braves

Fife lads David Stevens, Conor Young, Andrew Davidson, Connor Marnie and Grant Allan make up this wonderful five piece the Oskar Braves. We first saw them live when they were supporting Prides alongside Indigo Velvet at Dunfermline venue PJ Molloys (one of my favourite wee venues for live music) in December last year.

Oskar Braves have also supported bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blossoms and Embrace to name a few.

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Count Down From Ten is a rocky ballad on the subject of love/breaking up. Recorded and produced at Substation Studios by Michael Brennan Jnr and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Noel Gallagher), Count Down From Ten starts with a countdown from 10 to 1 which is poignant to the song.

With great lyrics and an epic chord combination and vocals, it’s a catchy wee number and I can see T and I belting out together in the front row as we do.

Have a listen on their Soundcloud here.

Oskar Braves have some shows coming up, you can see them live at:

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5th PJ Molloys, Dunfermline (Supporting Indigo Velvet) (Tickets)
6th – SEMi 2 Ginger Jesus Battle Of The Bands – Bar 15, Dundee (Tickets available from the band)

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

Track Review – ‘GO’ by Apache Darling

After being shortlisted for Hard Rock Cafe’s #HardRockRising, Glasgow’s very own Apache Darling make an entrance to 2017 with their first release of the year with the catchy new single GO

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Apache Darling are made up of:

Stefanie Lawrence – Vocals
Andrew Black – Keys/Vocals
Charlotte Printer – Bass/Vocals
Danny Kelly – Drums

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Produced by Paul Beard who has worked with artists such as Bryan Ferry and Robbie William, the Alt-Pop 4 piece have created something which is a league of their own, knowing their own niche and comfortably delivering a track worthy of a roaring success when released.

GO is about a previous band breakup and finding the good from an otherwise destructive situation which can be somewhat difficult these days however the positives outweigh the negatives in this situation, Lawrence’s vocals on GO outline the emotion, the realisation of dealing with what has happened and she is the sunshine brightening through the rain – one of the best female vocalists in Scotland, period.

The synth on this record is dark, edgy and hypnotisingly addictive. You can easily lose yourself in those 3 minutes and it will leave you craving more.

Their debut EP is being released this summer and if GO is anything to go *ahem* by, this EP will be one that you should be watching out for.

GO is released on May 3rd

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Electric Fields Excites Fans With Surprise Lineup Announcement!

Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Drumlangrig Castle in Thornhill, Scotland’s Five Star festival Electric Fields made a surprise announcement of the next wave of artists set to take Dumfries and Galloway by storm at the beginning of September.

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With an almighty bill with Frightened Rabbit, Dizzee Rascal, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nieves, Arab Strap and Crash Club to name a few, on Thursday 28th April, Team EF made the announcement on all their Facebook about the next set of names being added to an already epic lineup.

Coming to Drumlanrig on 1st – 2nd September are Foxygen, Fatherson, Temples, The Beat, Whyte Horses, PINS, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Edwin Organ!

Electric Fields is one of the exciting, upcoming festivals hosted in Scotland. Every year their lineup gets bigger, better and bolder, attracting major crowds from all over the country.

You can purchase tickets to Electric Fields here!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

 

Festival Preview – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow

Picture the scene, Glasgow, Bank Holiday weekend, live music, some of Glasgow’s finest venues, a buzzing music scene and an almighty hangover on Monday morning, that, my friends, is what’s waiting for you at Stag & Dagger this Sunday.

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Over 50 acts will grace the likes of The Art School Assembly Hall, Art School Vic Bar, Broadcast, CCA 5, O2 ABC, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s and The Priory Bar with 12 hours of non-stop banging tunes, sing-a-longs for days and a lineup worthy of an award, Stag & Dagger promises to be one a Bank Holiday worth spending your precious pennies on.

Acts confirmed to play S&D this year include Australian trio DMA’s, Kilmarnock’s hometown boys Fatherson, Dundee’s finest Model Aeroplanes, the stunning Kathryn Joseph, new era disco legends The Vegan Leather, hauntingly beautiful Let’s Eat Grandma, the ever so delightful Baby Strange and many more incredible artists thrown into the mix to create a wonderful platter served with high energy, creative performances which will leave you craving more.

Tickets for Stag & Dagger are £27.50 and can be purchased here. Grab them quick and have a Sunday Funday Bank Holiday to remember!

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Blessings’ by Tom Walker

It’s no secret that Tom Walker is one of my favourite live acts, he’s an absolute dream to see in the flesh. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester (the opposite to my father) he’s a recent signing to Sony’s Relentless Records.

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Tom’s guitar playing is proper ridiculous – as in toe-curlingly good! With a rock/reggae edge, Blessings is utterly flawless from Tom’s rich gravelly vocals, the chord combination, the beat, and the lyrics to this tune are so catchy it will cause an epidemic of awesomeness!

Blessings is about well, counting your blessings, and enjoying the little things in life with the people you love. The mention of FIFA and an ice cold beer put me in mind of many a Friday night with the lads at mine and made me smile at the memories. It’s already stuck in my head and we’ll be singing our wee hearts out when we see Tom at King Tuts next month!

Blessings is the first track from the Blessings EP which is available to pre- order right now on iTunes with a release date of the 12th May!

Pre-order here!

Catch Tom on his UK tour this May!

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11th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
12th – The Cellar, Oxford
13th – Studio 2, Liverpool
14th – Whelan’s, Dublin (Tickets)
16th – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (Tickets)
17th – The Bodega, Nottingham
23rd – Joiners, Southampton
24th – Omera, London

Tickets for all English dates here!

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar