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

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