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 – ‘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.

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:


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 – ‘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.

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


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


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


12th – Carnival Fifty Six, Camperdown Park, Dundee

Words by Tracey Faye McIntyre