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).


(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.

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


Track Review – ‘Keep Safe’ by Talk In Code

How to make a banger of a record: Take an extremely catchy guitar riff, lyrics which are easy to remember to sing along to, a passion for the music you’re playing and what do you have? Keep Safe by Talk In Code.

From the town of the famous Reading Festival, Talk In Code are:

Chris (Vocals and Guitar), Titch (Bass) and last but not least Sneds (Guitar, Synth and Programming.)

Anthemic, bright indie pop-rock is their aim and they tick all of the boxes when it comes to their brand new single. With a 1980’s meets The 1975 vibe, Keep Safe is the kind of song which will get your two feet moving in a packed festival crowd (even if you have two left feet!)

The build up to the guitar solo will keep fans on the edge of said feet before completely letting loose to the infectious groove of the song.

You cannot help but have a smile on your face when listening to Talk In Code, with songs catchier than the common cold and a style of music to easily fall in love with, you do not need to talk in any kind of code, a straight ‘I like these guys a lot’ is the only chat we will ever need to talk about. One big green TIC in our books.

Keep Safe is released on 15th May with 5 track EP Oxygen being released over the new few months.

Catch Talk In Code live:


26th – Lechlade Music Festival, Lechlade


28th – The Fleece, Bristol (Supporting Jesus Jones)


14th – 16th – Walled Garden Festival, Sussex
14th – 15th – Jurassic Fields Festival, Dorset


25th – 27th – Osfest Music Festival, Shropshire

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre