The Long Awaited Seal Of Disapproval | Local Music Scene: Issue #2

The Colour Line – The Long Awaited Seal Of Disapproval

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For several years now, Hull technical-hardcore band The Colour Line have established themselves as one of the hottest live acts in the UK’s underground music scene. But in between ALL that, they have had to endure a lot of difficulty and negative situations to keep themselves going.

But after fighting tooth and nail for so long and cementing a deal with Basick Records, they have at last been able to provide us with a record – The Long Awaited Seal Of Disapproval – and it is just as beautifully mental as we hoped it would be.

A bunch of immense, anarchic tracks teeming with all of the band’s trademarks – ferocious vocals, berserk riffs, hefty bass tones and senseless drumming – the concoction of all taking the listener on a insane, deranged ride with only the very brief moments of silence between each number giving them any opportunity for relief from the manic chaos.

Not much else we can say, we think it is pretty obvious The Colour Line are here to stay and swiftly on the way up. You can catch them on tour with F.O.E.S next month and experience their notorious live show for yourself:

  • Wed 23rd Mar | BASINGSTOKE – Sanctuary
  • Thu 24th Mar | DONCASTER – Vintage
  • Fri 25th Mar | CORBY – The Hut
  • Sat 26th Mar | PLYMOUTH – Underground
  • Mon 28th Mar | CAMDEN – Black Heart
  • Tue 29th Mar | MANCHESTER – A.A.T.M.A
  • Wed 30th Mar | LIVERPOOL – Baltic Social
  • Thu 31st Mar | HULL – O’Rileys
  • Fri 1st Apr | GLASGOW – Nice N Sleazy

 


Bad Sign – Rebuild

While on the subject of Basick Records, they recently just signed on one of our favourite British rock trios – Bad Sign – and man, what an addition to what is an already packed roster.

To mark the occasion, the guys have put out a new single for the first time in 2 years – Rebuild.

Although short, it is most definitely sweet. This is one hell of a heavy, heavy headbanger with a huge sound resonating with the sheer force of a mach truck.

Expect these guys to make waves within the next few years. Personally, we think it is overdue.


Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 – International Sex Hero

What can we say about Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 that has not already been said at this stage? They are far and beyond the most fun band in all of Scotland today, courtesy of their insanely entertaining tunes that traverse a variety of genres and unforgettable live shows, and once again they have provided us with something special.

Recently, the assemble got together with the country’s most seductive wrestling figure DCT and Yellow Movement patron Gavin Mitchell to shoot a video for, in our opinion, the best track off their record Party To Make Music To Party To Make Music – say that three times fast – International Sex Hero.

The song itself is an intoxicating number with the catchiest of beats and an underlying 80’s sound to it. But for sure the defining aspect is the writing, with the lyrics being especially memorable and you will be sure to pick them up within the first listen. Simple verses lead into bouncy choruses, and the track picks up in the second half before bursting into a frenzied chorus.

As for the accompanying video, it is just as amusing as you would expect, and you can see it for yourself above.

Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 play one of their biggest gigs to date this weekend, as they once again take over the prestigious Barrowland Ballroom; this time in aid of the Clutha Trust, with support from Yellow breatheren The Girobabies, Jamie & Shoony, Have Mercy Las Vegas and The Twistettes.

We, of course, will be in attendance, and we look forward to sharing another party-filled, road-crossing night with the group, and for a good cause too…


Jamie & Shoony – Who Are You

…and speaking of Jamie & Shoony, the 2015 Live Act Of The Year have just dished out a video of their own, for their catchy as hell debut single, Who Are You.

Shoony gets slapped in the face with a fish. We believe that is enough reason to watch it.


Armstrong – Bend, Buckle, Break

Glasgow rock band Armstrong have only been around for just over a year, but they have already established themselves as one of the city’s most promising young acts. Their self-titled debut EP blew us away, with lead single Thursday Night Club earning them a nomination for 2015 Scottish Track Of The Year.

Earlier this month, they continued into impress with the release of a new video for another significant highlight of their aforementioned EP – Bend, Buckle, Break.

In hindsight, this is a tune we have truly under-appreciated and have not given enough attention in the past, for there is truly a real passion behind it. The lyrics are provoking and the themes exhibited send us through a weave of emotions. In addition, the vocals as always are strong and the guitar work is superb.

For sure, a gripping number that is reflected perfectly in an equally strong video.


FYM – Lizards

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Just by the name alone, FYM sound like a very fun act, and that they are, having developed a reputation for their live antics and sick music.

After 6 years, the Coatbridge faction have at last treated us to a full-length record entitled Lizards.

The album is what we predicted it to be – a top-notch batch of exciting, rowdy tracks loaded with grimy riffs, delightfully filthy rhythms and more hilariously absurd and obscene lyrics you can shake a stick at; the highlights including FYM (a blatant loving tribute to Ghostbusters), Maze Of Haze, Always A F*cking Disaster and The Working Dead.

A heck of a wild, entertaining 45 minute ride, it has to be said, but we did not expect anything less from these lunatics.


As December Falls – When You Figure Out You’re Wrong, Get Back To Me

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As December Falls from Nottingham are back in business, as they present us with their latest EP – When You Figure Out You’re Wrong, Get Back To Me.

Each track on this record is a peppy, highly energetic pop-rock anthem defined by catchy, sprightly melodies, dazzling harmonies and quality writing, with Don’t Say A Word and Capture standing out as focal points.

Yet another solid effort from a flourishing act who only get better with time. It should not be long before they make a considerable impact in the British music scene.

 


 

The Blet Project – Mr David Harris

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There’s a fresh new electro-pop act on the scene. Their name is The Blet Project, and judging by their debut single, Mr David Harris, this is a group that deserve some attention.

On surface, it is a catchy track with a smooth, mellow sound to it, but looking deeper, the writing is very poignant, tackling subject matters reflective of modern times in a serious, thought-provoking manner.

An amazing first impression made here, and with their inaugural record on the horizon, this quartet may prove to be something special.


Greenmailer – Scattered On The Mile

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Wales and it’s vibrant music scene continue to impress us, with our latest discovery from the country coming in the form of Swansea trio Greenmailer, and boy did they ever catch our attention with what is a smashing debut record – Scattered On The Mile.

A dynamic compilation of electrifying rock tracks, each one just as memorable as the last, featuring collective vocals on top form throughout, guitar work that is devilishly good and plenty of pleasing bass lines to go around.

The highlights are too many to count, with the likes of lead single StaplePillow Biter and Copelandia just some of the most noteworthy picks.

We will certainly be keeping an eye on this group of gentlemen, because they are absolutely buzzing with potential.

 


 

Tupilomania – This Gilded Age

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From the far reaches of Philadelphia, Tulipomania are an act who are far too good to be as overshadowed as they are; their recently released fourth album This Gilded Age being decisive proof of that.

From top to bottom, they offer us enthralling, smooth tunes resounding with underlying ominous timbres which produce dark atmospheres that make for a captivating listening experience.

Top 50 Under-The-Radar Scottish Tracks

Jason Small, editor:

Man, how time flies. Today, 22nd February 2016, we celebrate the first anniversary of Local Music Scene.

It all began as a humble live blog covering the finest gigs in Glasgow, then not long after, record and single reviews were thrown in the mix, and then in time it grew into a multimedia brand also comprising of a podcast, annual awards and – now just on the horizon – an online session series.

In the last 12 months, the blog alone has amassed nearly 20,000 views and covered almost 300 bands and musicians from all over Scotland, the UK and around the world.

The growth that Local Music Scene has experienced in so little time has been overwhelming, to say the least. The fact I’ve been able to collaborate with so many bands, promoters, managers, PRs and many others not just in my own country, but across the globe, is mind-blowing.

But most of all, it’s been humbling to witness so much appreciation and gratitude from many of the acts I’ve helped promote. It honestly makes me proud of the work I do and makes it all worthwhile in the long run. And for that, I say thank you to all of you for the support you’ve shown in return.

Now, being the one year anniversary of the brand, I thought I’d do something a little different and compile a list of my top 50 all-time favourite tracks from Scotland’s finest under-the-radar bands.

I first got involved with local music in the summer of 2010, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to discover and become a fan of a huge, varied array of talented bands that have produced some incredible music.

The following 50 tracks on this list I do not only love, but they have stuck with me in one way or another since I listened to them for the very first time; some of these I give a spin on a very regular basis, sometimes even daily.

Now let me be clear, the order doesn’t necessarily reflect my preferences of the bands themselves and doesn’t say I like one band more than the others that they rank above on the list.

Furthermore, just because a band is not featured on the list, doesn’t mean I dislike them. I think it’s safe to say, this list was a difficult monster to put together, and the honourable mentions would be far too many to count.

Now, without further ado after that meaty introduction, let’s kick off the countdown…

 

#50 | The Northern – Living Free

#49 | Foxbeef – Meat & Bones

 

#48 | GoodCopGreatCop – Write On Me

 

#47 | Coeur – Love In Our Home Town

 

#46 | Life Model – Lilt

 

#45 | Milk – Hey Calamity

 

#44 | Bear Arms – Courage

 

#43 | Tongues – Religion

 

#42 | Suspire – Dodos

 

 

#41 | Indigo Velvet – Juicy

 

 

#40 | 7 of 7 – Conflicting Reasons

 

#39 | Atlas Empire – In The Arms Of The Abyss

 

#38 | Black & White Boy – Miss Complication

 

#37 | Splintered Halo – Evolution

 

#36 | The Belafonte – Human Hands

 

#35 | Sixclose – Dead

 

#34 | Sacre Noir – It’s Too Late Now

 

#33 | The Ciazarn Affair – You Can’t Call Me A Freak

 

#32 | Foreignfox – Frostbite

 

#31 | Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 – International Sex Hero

 

#30 | Megalomatic – Progress II

 

#29 | Akord – Carry The Sound

 

#28 | Altered Sky – Songbird

 

#27 | Bloodlines – Love The Taste

 

#26 | Armstrong – Thursday Night Club

 

#25 | Herculean – Red Weather

 

#24 | From Sorrow To Serenity – i9

 

#23 | Donnie Willow – Alice

 

#22 | Halo Tora – Under The Surface

 

#21 | Banshee – The Landing Strip

 

#20 | Return To The Sun – Freakshow

 

#19 | Colours To Shame – Chocomeegah

 

#18 | Enemies Of The State – No Tomorrow

 

#17 | Twin Heart – Ghosts

 

#16 | Baethos – Cowboy Doom

 

#15 | Toy Mountains – Suspended Animation

 

#14 | Huxtable – Regimental

 

#13 | True Arcadian – Sertraline

 

#12 | Mickey 9s – Find A Thing

 

#11 | The Van T’s – Fun Garcon

 

#10 | Carnivores – Scottish Football

 

#9 | Our Future Glory – Battleheart

 

 

#8 | Our Lucid Reality – Hy Brasil

 

#7 | Divides – Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

 

#6 | Emilio Largo – Control

 

 

#5 | Vukovi – Thick Skinned

 

#4 | We Came From Wolves – Away To Live Forever

 

#3 | Flood Of Red – Throw

 

#2 | Felix Champion – Ropes

 

#1 | United Fruit – Red Letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Beginning | Local Music Scene: Issue #1

Last Chance City – A New Beginning

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This time last week, we had never heard of Isle Of Wight alternative rock quartet Last Chance City, but by god, it did not take long at all for us to get hooked, for they immediately made us fans thanks to their latest EP – A New Beginning.

Just from the opening prelude, you know you’re in something special. They kick off in furious style with the high-adrenaline Life & Love, and from there the rest is an equally wild ride, with each track defined by a massive, out of this world sound that has our hairs standing on end.

The highlight for sure is the unforgettable Fire Your Guns, which leaves the lyrics ringing in our head long after it is finished.

Top it all off with slick vocals plus a combination of demanding riffs and electronics, this is a tremendous record. This is a band a heck of a lot more people need to discover, and whoever is reading this can make a start right now, as the EP is available to purchase from iTunes and other digital outlets!

 


 

Campfires (Self-Titled EP)

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It’s hard to think of a band as of late who have been so quick to make an impact, but that’s exactly the case with Campfires from Aberdeen, who recently put out their self-titled debut EP, and after listening to it ourselves, it’s no wonder these chaps are gaining a notable reputation in no time at all.

The record is a compilation of exciting, fast-paced numbers driven by highly addictive melodies, with the focal points being the catchy as hell Pure Gold and the well written Like A Cancer, plus the closing instrumental is a pretty sweet acoustic piece.

With material as good as this, Campfires are already cementing themselves as one of Scotland’s premier pop punk acts. The guys head out on a short tour later this month, and if you’re like us, you’ll be sure to get down to a show:

  • Tue 23rd Feb | DUNDEE – Buskers
  • Wed 24th Feb | GLASGOW – Flat 0/1
  • Thur 25th Feb | DUNFERMLINE – Montys Bar
  • Fri 4th March | ABERDEEN – Crash Live

 


 

Rory Indiana – Leave Me

Without a doubt, our favourite discovery of 2016 so far is alternative rock band Rory Indiana from Brighton.

We got quite the thrill out of their inaugural release, Empiricism, and now they are set to fire a new one onto the shelves on Friday 25th March entitled Ruling Class Crooks; available to pre-order now on iTunes.

Earlier this week, the guys released a music video for the lead single off the record – Leave Me – and let’s just say, as with the tune, it is really damn good stuff.

They will be touring the country next month in support of their new EP:

  • Mon 21st | CHELTENHAM – Frog & Fiddle
  • Tue 22nd | LONDON – The Garage
  • Wed 23rd  | CHESTER – The Live Rooms
  • Thu 24th  | LEEDS – Milo’s
  • Fri 25th  | SWANSEA – The Scene
  • Sat 26th | BRIGHTON – The Haunt (EP LAUNCH SHOW)
  • Thu 31st | TUNBRIDGE WELLS – The Forum

Admittedly, we did find the lack of a Glasgow show disturbing, but they do say they are working on booking some Scottish dates. Here’s hoping that is sooner than later.


For I Am King – We All Have Demons

If there’s one metal band out there that deserves way more attention in the spotlight, it’s For I Am King from Amsterdam.

We’ve been fans of the assemble since we unearthed their incredible Revengance EP last year, and they’ve impressed us yet again with their brand new single We All Have Demons.

Their latest offering is a seriously heavy, exhilarating headbanger loaded to the brim with formidable technical riffs, as well as featuring an imposing rhythm and fierce screams courtesy of frontwoman Alma.


Mint State – End Of An Error

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Now and again, we like to go for a magical mystery surf across social media in order to discover the finest music, and recently we came across an act that fits such a disposition – Long Island indie pop band Mint State, who caught our attention with their End Of An Error EP.

Melt Into The Ground is an energetic, bouncy opener built on the foundations of great guitar work. They then slow it down for the polished, emotion-fueled Annie, Keep Running which is notable for its memorable writing; a trend that continues into the smooth Attention.

The sublime Far Away is highlighted by a triumphant chorus, and in no time at all, they cap off in exciting fashion with a cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s Follow You Into The Dark.

 


 

Jamie Coleman (ft Toni Etherson) – That Goodnight Msg

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One singer-songwriter out there that we seriously do not give enough credit is Jamie Coleman, and lately he reminded us of his talents with the release of his new single That Goodnight Msgwith a little help from fellow acclaimed musician and partner in crime Toni Etherson.

This is an elegant number with a fluid melody which displays perfectly matched harmonies from both Jamie and Toni, splendid acoustics and striking lyrics.

Fans of folk music, we implore you to get this in all your ears now, it cannot afford to be missed.


Law Of The Chord – Cynical, Cynical World

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Meanwhile, all you indie rock enthusiasts out there can rejoice, for we also have you covered; presenting one of Aberfeldy’s leading bands, Law Of The Chord and their new record – Cynical, Cynical World.

They start in simple yet effective fashion with Summer Solitude, a solid little number with a memorable chorus. But as they fire into Please Don’t, they truly kick it into high gear, courtesy of an addictive rhythm and some groovy riffs.

They continue as such in the nifty closing track Broke And Beggin, which showcases some great lyrics as well as some awfully cool bass lines.

 

 

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REVIEW | Kloe: Teenage Craze

Ever since we launched this blog, we have reviewed a vast array of bands and musicians who display some incredible potential, but truth be told it is especially rare for us to cover an act who have their potential immediately realised and their talents showcased in full bloom. Kloe falls under that exclusive category.

The pop artist has spent much time slowly but surely building her craft whilst garnering acclaim left, right and centre and being heralded as the future of Scottish music.

With all that hype preceding her, she had a lot to prove with the release of her debut EP – Teenage Craze – but after only one listen, it was abundantly clear that all the praise was well deserved, because this record proved to be simply phenomenal.

The most prominent feature is the writing, which is some of the best we’ve heard in so long. This is more than a mere compilation of great songs, but a 4-chapter story based on real life experiences that Kloe has went through in the past few years and she passionately captures the emotion of these ordeals through her poignant lyrics, and her ability to enrapture the attention of the audience and keep them absorbed through every word is second to none.

Each tune is comprised of warm, placid verses which transition into electrifying, transcendent choruses courtesy of the expectional electronic instrumentals that perfectly compliment Kloe’s crisp, pitch perfect harmonies.

In particular, Grip sends chills down the spine with an eerie, breathtaking sound, whilst the title track captivates with a catchy, unforgettable hook.

In short, Teenage Craze is a flawless EP that is perfect in every aspect which will assuredly be the catalyst for Kloe’s imminent catapult to superstardom. It’s safe to say we have a game changer with this record right here.

 

REVIEW | Josef Van Wissem: When Shall This Bright Day Begin

For over 15 years now, Brooklyn-based Dutch minimalist composer Josef Van Wissem has been making his mark with limited yet remarkable compositions.

He has a multitude of albums under his belt as well as numerous, well-deserved accolades, most notably the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Soundtrack award courtesy of his acclaimed score for Only Lovers Left Alive.

Having been given the opportunity to hear his latest upcoming work – When Shall This Bright Day Begin – we dissected the record track by track in order to find out the secret behind his magic.

It’s all down to simplicity. Each song is very straight forward on the surface but ultimately that’s the charm. The fact that Josef is able to produce such memorable pieces with so very little is astonishing.

Not only that, but the atmospheres that they generate are breathtaking; this element being highlighted in the likes of To Lose Yourself ForeverDeath Of The Ego and Ruins, with the latter in particular inducing goosebumps, thanks in part to the haunting accompanying harmonies of Zola Jesus.

A unique and gratifying listening experience that is yet another successful result from one of the world’s most extraordinary experimental artists.

REVIEW | Mellor: Damage/Joy

It’s been a while since we last discovered a group who very much lived up to the hype that preceded them, but Reading indie pop-rock band Mellor done just that.

In their near 5 year tenure, the four-piece have impressed countless times with an array of great singles that have earned them positive reviews from the press, including the likes of NME and BBC 6 Music.

Now they put their talents to the ultimate test with the release of their new EP – Damage/Joy.

They fire out the gates with Win Me Over, a ridiculously catchy number defined by a mighty catchy rhythm that will have you struggling to resist the urge to get up and dance.

They then take it down a notch for the lead track Dolly Daydream which entertains with strong vocals and memorable lyrics that are accompanied by some pretty sweet piano work.

They continue to captivate with cracking bass lines in Going Nowhere, before charging to a roaring finish with the riff-loaded Schadenfreude.

An incredibly fun and engaging record that cements Mellor’s stance as one of the hottest up and coming acts in all of England.