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Scumpulse, Scotland On Sunday, 27 March 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 27 March 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, 27 March, Scumpulse

The casual observer of Scotland’s music scene could easily be forgiven for thinking that when it comes to rock and metal, things don’t get any more raucous than Biffy Clyro and their many copyists. However, Edinburgh band Scumpulse are living proof that a parallel universe exists in which every song goes up to 11.

Describing their sound as “punk-infused black metal,” the four-piece released their debut single Broken Reflection last autumn. It incorporates guitar skills last heard during the golden age of axemanship in the 1980s, while introducing social commentary to an oeuvre usually associated with other lyrical themes.

Scumpulse are about to embark on their third UK tour, which begins on 1 April at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth, where they will be headlining the nine-act bill at Vomfest, a festival they founded two years ago.

For those that can’t make it, they also play a mini set at our Wide Days festival on 22 April at The Electric Circus [click for FREE tickets]

Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/scumpulse

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run run Scotland’s music convention, Wide Days, which takes place from 22-23 April in Edinburgh. See www.widedays.com

* For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

The Spook School, Scotland On Sunday, 18 October 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 18 October 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 18 October 2015, The Spook School

Hailing from Edinburgh, DIY-punk-pop quartet The Spook School’s second album, Try To Be Hopeful, was released via Fortuna POP! last week.

The LP is bursting full of triumphant, fun and upbeat songs about gender and identity, with songwriter Nye Todd’s lyrics exploring a personal journey as a transgender front-person, which became the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary earlier this year when the band toured North America.

Their music is the theme tune for BBC 3 comedy series Badults and members Anna Cory, Niall McCamley and Adam Todd moonlight as stand-up comedians.

Catch them live at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth 26 [now Sold Out] and 27 October for the official album launch, followed by London 29 October, Glasgow’s the Hug and Pint 30 October [Sold Out] and an extensive tour throughout the UK in November.

Watch VIDEO for excellent single Binary directed by Nathan Griffin of label mates Martha at https://youtu.be/pNkxOOIDcCQ or press play below:

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar evenings Born To Be Wide their next event takes place on Thursday 5 November at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh.

** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon