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The Scotsman, Under The Radar, July 2013

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Published Monday 1st June 2013

Carnivores, The Scotsman Track of the Month, July 2013

Paisley has consistently punched above its weight when it comes to supplying the nation with pop talent, which over the decades has included everyone from disco artiste Kelly Marie to Stealers Wheel and Paolo Nutini. Now a substantially louder offering is emerging as a standard bearer of the city’s scene, in the form of Carnivores. The trio were one of our highlights at the goNorth Festival last month, boasting a ferocious live show and an audience to match. Our track of the month, Scottish Football http://carnivores1.bandcamp.com/track/scottish-football-3 is a hugely enjoyable musical rage complemented by suitably angry lyrics and a very meaty sound.

At the other end of the genre spectrum, but also a goNorth highlight, is Jemma Tweedie. The 20-year-old from Nairn, has been performing for less than a year, but has played at Rockness, supported Charlotte Church, and received spins on both BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. The young singer finishes an extensive UK tour on 4th July, which saw her play over 41 shows in 20 days at Caffe Nero shops. You can see her at The Wickerman Festival on the goNORTH Festival stage on 27th July. Visit www.jemmatweedie.com

Other emerging acts to look out for at Wickerman Festival, which takes place in Dundrennan on 26th and 27th July include Flutes, Roman Nose, Siobhan Wilson, Saint Max & The Fanatics, Honeyblood, Fat Goth, Casual Sex, Prides, Hector Bizerk, Be Like Pablo, Friends In America, MAASK, Book Group, Willie Campbell and GARDEN OF ELKS. Visit www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

For those heading along to T In The Park earlier in the month, there is no shortage of excellent new talent to check out between 12-14 July. In addition to the 16 acts performing on the T Break tent www.tennents.com/tbreak – these include Arches, Hector Bizerk, Honeyblood, Fake Major, Poor Things, Pronto Mama, Michael Cassidy, The Velveteen Saints, The Merrylees – the BBC Introducing stage also promises to supply some extremely good acts. We recommend looking out for Roman Nose, PAWS and the young Dundonians, Model Aeroplanes visit www.bbc.co.uk/events/egfrbp/stages/s5qwrz

And for anyone who prefers smaller and more intimate festivals, we strongly recommend Kelburn Garden Party [July 6-7], a mere £5 taxi ride from Largs. Not only does it boast a stunning location and the most diverse range of genres [including electronica, folk, classical, blues and rock], its organiser has gone to the trouble of making a mix tape featuring many of the the artists performing this year. Highlights for us are likely to include Tinderbox Orchestra, Hidden Orchestra, Hector Bizerk, Poppy Ackroyd and Roy’s Iron DNA. www.kelburngardenparty.com/programme

Innovative new Glasgow record label East 52nd Records is set to launch an online competition called Do The Right Thing, designed to raise money to help get young people get involved in music. For a donation of £1 aspiring artists are able to download a hip-hop or pop backing track and are then invited to add their own lyrics and melody which they upload to Youtube. The competition will run for 5 weeks, with East 52nd Records and partners selecting the winners. Prizes include JBL Speakers, HP tablets and clothing, full info visit www.east52nd.com/competition

Meanwhile, up in Ullapool, Middle of Nowhere Records, founded up by music entrepreneur Rob Hicks to release Rachel Sermanni’s music, has announced the addition of Colin Macleod, (best known under the moniker The Boy Who Trapped The Sun) to their growing roster. Already confirmed for the Belladrum and Wickerman Festivals, as well as a host of European dates, an EP is scheduled for release later this year visit www.monr.co.uk for details

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Born To Be Wide music industry evenings, which take place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. The next event is the annual BTBW Edinburgh Night featuring ten acts performing during the Fringe playing ten-minute ‘taster’ sets, interspersed with DJs spinning their favourite four tracks by acts from the capital. Find out more at www.borntobewide.co.uk

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, March 2013

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Published Thursday 7th March 2013

Roman Nose, The Scotsman Track of the Month, March 2013

Glasgow-based techno trio ROMAN NOSE burst into the collective consciousness at last year’s T In The Park when their T Break appearance had to be cancelled after a pint was spilled on the sound desk.
However, the band were later upgraded to a slot in a packed King Tut’s tent, where their ferociously excellent combination of screaming synths and bass-heavy beats, combined with a penchant for scary masks, went down a storm. Last month Roman Nose self-released their fantastic debut EP, Youthclubbed, which has picked up much-deserved airplay on Ally McCrae’s BBC Radio 1 show and Jim Gellatly’s In:Demand Uncut. They will be appearing live at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (officialsama.co.uk) at Glasgow’s Garage tomorrow night, where they are also nominated for the Best Electronic Act gong. Listen here: www.soundcloud.com/roman-nose-1

Returning to the subject of T Break, applications are now open for Scottish bands to perform at T In The Park. Submissions from all genres are invited and acts should send links to 3 of their strongest songs, which will be considered by a panel of music industry judges. The deadline is 29 March, apply at www.tennents.com/tbreak

Two years ago RockNess co-founder Robert Hicks withdrew from the festival to concentrate on managing Rachel Sermanni, who is released on his label Middle Of Nowhere Records. The label is now set to expand its roster with Pete Roe, who is closely involved with the Communion/Mumford & Sons scene which helped Sermanni early in her career. Full details www.monr.co.uk

Glasgow promoters A Quiet Night In launch their first Mini-Take Over Festival in a multi-venue format on 6 April at ABC, Broadcast, The Art School and Nice ‘N’ Sleazy. The line up features Capitals, The Little Kicks, Lady North, Song of Return, Campfires In Winter plus track of the month artist Roman Nose at Flat 0/1 for the official after-party alongside Milk DJs. Full details and ticket info from www.facebook.com/aquietnightin

Former track of the month artist Garden of Elks release their second single Floaty on 18 March, which was recorded by Matthew Scott from fellow Highlands act PAWS. Tonight sees them support Campfires In Winter at Nice ‘N’ Sleazy where there will be limited-edition cassette singles available. Listen here https://soundcloud.com/gardenofelks/floaty/s-57rTn

Good news for Dundee’s music scene. The Doghouse will reopen this month under the new name 20 Rocks, with Dougie Black continuing as the venue’s live booker.

And still in the City Of Discovery, local act Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher recently collaborated with Scottish folk legend Dougie MacLean to record a new version of Caledonia. The song was originally popularised when Frankie Millar’s cover was used in a commercial for cooking lager 20 years ago. So, it seems fitting that the Dundonians’ rendition was used for another beer commercial. Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher go on tour in April and will share a bill with MacLean [who also has a limited-edition malt whisky named in his honour] and Van Morrisson at the Hebridean Celtic Festival on Stornoway in the summer. www.facebook.com/AndersonMcGintyWebsterWardandFisher

Homework www.wearehomework.com who boast one of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring drummers, release their lead single It’s All Over on 25 March and will perform a live session on Vic Galloway’s Radio Scotland show that same evening. The band will also be playing several dates across Scotland in the run-up to the release of their debut album 13 Towers in May and they are promising some interesting surprises for its launch.

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminars, which take place on the first Thursday of the month at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. The next event takes place tonight and is titled Stage Craft. It focuses on putting on a quality live show. www.borntobewide.co.uk