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

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:

MAY

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

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!

MAY

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

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