FIRST LISTEN: NIEVES 'HERE'S TO YOU'

Glasgow rock quartet NIEVES return with brand new single 'Here's To You'. The band recently played on SAMAs stage at Xpo North, and what a treat that was. We're thrilled to be sharing their new material with you - enjoy this.

 

Take a listen now, and catch the band on the following dates.

6 August - Saint Luke’s All Dayer, Glasgow UK

1 - 2 September - Electric Fields Festival, Drumlanrig Castle 

For more information visit:

 https://www.facebook.com/NievesGlasgow/

NEW VIDEO: Mark W. Georgsson - A Banjo Lament

Watch exclusive new live video by singer songwriter Mark W. Georgsson.

'A Banjo Lament' is officially released this Friday (21st July), and is the third single from debut album, 'Faces And Places' which was released in January 2017 via Last Night From Glasgow. We've got an exclusive live video version of the track to share with you all! 

Scroll down, and enjoy!

Photography and artwork, by Brian Sweeney. Videography from Neil McKenzie (Keep It Creative).

Photography and artwork, by Brian Sweeney.

Videography from Neil McKenzie (Keep It Creative).

FACES AND PLACES, HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS TOUR

With very special guest

BARRIE-JAMES

July Tour Dates:

26th July - Braemar, Braemar Gallery
27th July - Inverness, The Spirit Level
28th July - Dornoch, The Eagle Hotel
29th July - Stornoway, The Crown Hotel
30th July - Portree, The Isles Inn

For more Mark W. Georgsson visit: https://www.facebook.com/markwgeorgsson/

For more Barrie-James: https://www.facebook.com/BarrieJamesONeillOfficial/ 

BABY STRANGE - EXTENDED PLAY

Glasgow punk trio Baby Strange return with their new EP 'Extended Play' on Glasgow indie label Public. The EP features single's 'Motormind' and 'Play me'. 

Turn this up!

Catch the band on their UK tour this September:

12 SEPT - Beat Generator Live, Dundee

13 SEPT - The Tunnels, Aberdeen

15 SEPT - The Garage, Glasgow

16 SEPT - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

17 SEPT - PJ Molloys, Dunfermilne

19 SEPT - The Cluny, Newcastle 

20 SEPT - Gulliver’s, Manchester

21 SEPT - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

23 SEPT - Headrow House, Leeds

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/babystrangemusic/

Catholic Action, Fauves, Ava Love and Dancing On Tables

Here’s a recap of this week’s most dynamic new Scottish releases including news of the debut album from Catholic Action as well as single releases from Fauves, Ava Love and Dancing On Tables: 

The first track from Catholic Action's debut album 'In Memory Of', due for release later this year, is new single Propaganda. Fuelled with anthemic charm, distant crowd roars are almost instilled in its very core amid every drum beat. The four-piece present a nonchalant defiance of the everyday mundane, whilst still embracing the euphoria of a disorientated mind. Howling chorus lines compliment the glistening resonance of their statement guitar riffs, it’s hard not to be completely compelled by the teasings of this (less than) two-minute track. For more: https://www.facebook.com/catholicactionband/

 

 

Despite their “newcomer” status to the local scene, Fauves are already creating a back catalogue of substantial hits, following on from recent their release Hit Like This, is a new single Afterglow. The track possesses a flirtatious flair achieved through heart-stopping drum beats and diversified breakdowns to back spirited vocal stylings. An instrumentally climactic track displaying pop sensibilities at their most bittersweet. For more: https://www.facebook.com/Fauvesband/

 

 

 

A track that wouldn’t seem out of place against the rolling credits of an 80’s blockbuster, Ava Love's Chophouse is a defiant yet buoyantly sleek anthem. Unrelenting and at points cutting, riffs masquerade an equally sharp vocal for a brilliantly grotesque, concise listen supported with a freeing use of lyricism. For more: https://www.facebook.com/avalovemusic/ 


Dunfermline based five-piece Dancing On Tables return with new single Tracey to offer a youth tinged embrace with this charming indie track. In classic DoT style, we’re given three minutes worth of punchy, panoramic riffs and catchy harmonies. Sentimental melodies make for a light as air listen, perfect for these carefree summer months. 

https://www.facebook.com/dancingontablesmusic/

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more SAMAs event announcements, and NEW MUSIC!

Thursday 12th October - main ceremony. Full details click here

Ayakara - 'Who Are You?'

Edinburgh five-piece release new single

FRESH off sets at Xpo North and Northern Roots Festival this week we feature Edinburgh five-piece Ayakara. Lots of groove and big hooks over here, this is their new single 'Who Are You?'.

Sit back and turn this one up.

Enjoy!

For more information and tour dates visit www.ayakaramusic.com

PREMIERE: Foreignfox - I Used To Be A Bellydancer EP

Jonny Watt & Fraser MacIntyre break down the EP for us track by track

Track by track notes by by Jonny Watt & Fraser MacIntyre.

 

Perfect Place To Start

The first song to be written and recorded for the EP. Sometimes it is necessary, though never easy, to tear down something bloated, be it legislation or tradition, in order to rebuild it from the ground up; stronger and more just. Perfect Place is a reminder to step back and think things through from more than one perspective. To see through the pressures and over-stimulus of modern society; avoiding complacency, intolerance, peer pressure, propaganda and greed. Striving to be compassionate, forward-thinking and courageous whenever possible.

 

Bonfire

We were long overdue an uplifting song. Bonfire began as a solo meditation on loss and letting go, but in our practise room, nothing is sacred. It didn't take long for us to throw arena drums, an outro & dazzling falsetto aerobics into the mix.

 

Monsoon

I could wax on about biblical overtones, embracing the unknown, having the strength to build a new dream when the old one proves to be hollow and so on and so forth, la dee da dee da etc etc etc.... BUT, I'm going to dial down the intellectual side here. This song has a big fuck-off chorus, and we like big fuck-off choruses. Expect many more big fuck-off choruses in future.

 

Lights Off, Carry Me Home

3 minutes and 47 seconds in the shoes of a man overwhelmed by his circumstances, drinking himself into a stupor only to find the loss of his inhibitions is no longer a joyous escape, but a stumble into the dark with disastrous consequences. Disillusionment, wounded pride and waning health all gnaw at his exhausted psyche, unable to co-exist, as his surroundings blur. Friends become enemies, and blind rage becomes the only engine through which he can find power in his helplessness. A warning note on the perils of self-medication.

 

I Used To Be A Bellydancer

Each track on the EP delves into the mindset of a different man or woman in crisis; questioning their faith, their role in society, their future, their government and the purity of their own hopes and actions. Bellydancer doesn’t offer the triumph of Monsoon or the catharsis of Bonfire. We chose to end the EP on this uncertain, apocalyptic note because resolution and safety are never guaranteed. The protagonist remains adrift, holding on to hope and little else. This happens - it’s happening all around us, close to home and far overseas, and it felt important to capture that in an honest, empathetic and undiluted manner.

 

'I Used To Be A Bellydancer' will be available on 12" vinyl as side A, with a re-mastered, re-issue of the band's 2014 debut 'We Float Like Sinking Ships' pressed on side B. 

Includes digital pre-order of I Used To Be A Bellydancer. The moment the album is released you'll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Available on Scottish Fiction here