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Bite, Scotland On Sunday, 31 January 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 31 January 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, Bite

Citing influences such as Orange Juice, The Birthday Party and The Pop Group Glasgow-based BITE create a spikey rock sound which has resulted in plays on 6 Music and support slots with UTR favourites, Catholic Action and Honeyblood.

The four piece, which comprises an archivist, a postman, a printmaker and erstwhile crofter, formed in 2013 following a discussion about Glam Rock. And on 21 February they release their debut EP, Parasite, with a launch gig at Glasgow’s Hug And Pint venue. Recorded at the Green Door Studios, it features a generous six tracks, which are available via digital services [BandCamp below] and 50 hand-made limited edition CDs.

We recommend checking out the chaps at http://bitenoise.bandcamp.com and for those in the vicinity, getting along to their gig.

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music business night Born To Be Wide which celebrates its twelfth birthday this week. Their next event takes place in Edinburgh’s Electric Circus and features a self-help seminar for artists, labels and managers, focusing on promotion. Visit www.borntobewide.co.uk

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

Indigo Velvet, Scotland On Sunday, 24 January 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 24 January 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, Indigo Velvet

INDIGO VELVET are a young band from Edinburgh who’ve been on our radar this past year.

To date, they’ve gained support from Jim Gellatly via his XFM Scotland and Amazing Radio shows, been broadcast on STV and their music has been synced to a Visit Scotland advertising campaign. The quartet have also supported the likes of Model Aeroplanes, Honeyblood, The LaFontaines and performed at Electric Fields Festival

Their indie/pop sound is like a perfect Summer soundtrack, colourful, upbeat and catchy, and having released single ‘Blue’ late last year, with sell out shows, [last week at King Tuts being the most recent], their profile and popularity is on an upwards trajectory and 2016 looks set to be their breakthrough year.

The band tour the UK supporting Newcastle band Lisbon 3-6 February visiting Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leeds.

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/indigovelvet

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar and social evenings Born To Be Wide visit www.borntobewide.co.uk

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