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.

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

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 – ‘Mona’ by Indigo Velvet

If you’re into the Scottish music scene and haven’t yet heard of Edinburgh based band Indigo Velvet well, where the hell have you been? Also you’re missing out on an absolute gem! These boys are T-A-L-E-N-T-E-D and make no mistake about that!

Indigo Velvet are: Guitarists Darren Barclay and Jason Tucker, Bass player Laurie Adam and Drummer Billy McMahon. Mona was released at midnight and already makes us want to book a summer holiday.

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From the first chord it’s uplifting, and immediately makes you feel like the sun is shining even on this dull dreich morning and the infectious beat has you bopping away and singing along to the lyrics. Known for their ‘TropPop’ sound, Indigo Velvet have a unique sound which is a desirable trait to have when it comes to finding their own sound in a very broad industry. WE absolutely LOVE it and it has ‘hit’ written all over it!

We’ve already added it to our summer playlists and cannot wait to hear it live.

Buy Mona on iTunes or alternatively you can stream the song here!

Catch Indigo Velvet on tour:

APRIL

30th – Stereofunk, Motherwell (Tickets)

MAY

4th – Mad Hatters, Inverness (Tickets)
5th – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline (Tickets)
6th – The Garage (Attic), Glasgow (Tickets)
25th – Knockengorroch Festival, Knockengorroch (Tickets)

JUNE

7th – 8th – XPO North, Inverness (Tickets)
18th – West End Festival, Glasgow (Tickets)
24th – Northern Roots, Inverness (Tickets)

JULY

21st – 23rd – Blackthorn Festival, Blackthorn (Tickets)

AUGUST

3rd – 5th – Belladrum Festival, Beauly (Tickets)
6th – Hope and Glory Festival, Liverpool (Tickets)
13th – Carnival Fifty Six, Dundee (Tickets)
16th – Head For The Hills Festival, Manchester (Tickets)

Words by Nicola Louise Ruzgar

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.

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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:

MAY

26th – Lechlade Music Festival, Lechlade

JUNE

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

JULY

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

AUGUST

25th – 27th – Osfest Music Festival, Shropshire

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘Control’ by Twin Wild

Fresh from supporting PRIDES on their UK tour last month, Twin Wild have been busy in the studio recording some tracks for impatient fans lusting after new music.

After streaming the My Heart EP for God knows how long, the London lads have returned with triumphant new single Control. A song about not having anyone take over the things in your life, Control features a very solid drumbeat which gets into your bones very quickly and had you moving along to the rhythm.

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Lead vocalist Richard sings loud and proud ‘Yeah I be who I want to be, you ain’t got no control on me’ which is relatable to people who feel as if people are running their lives that other people want for them and not necessarily themselves. Running in at 2 minutes and 53 seconds, Richard Hutchison, Imran Mair, David Cuzner, Edward Thomas still manages to get their message out that they are not taking any bullshit from anyone and they will do the things the TW way – and that’s a pretty awesome way of living their lives.

The song generates an overall positive vibe and if you feel like you’ve lost your way a little, turn this up to maximum volume and sing it from your heart.

The only control I have is to dictate how long I will be listening to the song on repeat for and my estimation is that it will be for at least for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Catch Twin Wild on their upcoming UK tour:

MAY

18th – Radar Love Club Night, Derby (Tickets)
19th – Kasbah, Coventry
21st – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
23rd – Adelphi, Hull
25th – The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent
26th – Also Known As, Banbury (FREE ENTRY)
27th – The Cellar, Oxford
29th – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tickets are available from here.

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre

Track Review – ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ by PRIDES

Let me guess, you have read the name of the song which is being reviewed and you’re thinking to yourself ‘Wait, didn’t Tina Turner sing that?’ I’ll answer your question for you – yes she did and the boys in PRIDES have turned it into something absolutely marvellous.

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With Callum taking the lead vocal on the song, the first chord of this piano-driven ballad is beautifully haunting in comparison to the upbeat tempo of Turner’s 1984 original. The raw emotion in Callum’s vocal can be heard throughout and entices you in, forgetting that this, in fact, a cover of a song however PRIDES have completely made it into their own.

The missing ‘WOAH’S’ before the first and second choruses which are meant to be sung creates a stunning silence yet makes you want to fill in the missing parts, harmonising with the upcoming choruses. The build up of piano toward the middle of the song featuring a key change and preparing for the heartful delivery of the bridge is exactly what is needed from an ultimate 21st-century power ballad.

The track is the polar opposite to what people will know of the original version, however, putting the ‘Brisey’ twist on the song really has paid off and it’s worth putting it on repeat.

You can listen to What’s Love Got To Do With It on Spotify.

Catch #PridesOnTour on the following dates

MAY

3rd – OffCamera Festival, Poland
4th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London*
5th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London*
8th – Trabendo, Paris*
10th – Melkweg, Berlin*
11th – Columbia Theatre, Amsterdam*
12th – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (Tickets)
13th – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (Tickets)

* Supporting PVRIS

JUNE

29th – 2nd July – Barn On The Farm, Over Farm, Gloucester

AUGUST

12th – Carnival Fifty Six, Camperdown Park, Dundee

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre