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The Scotsman, Under the Radar, May 2013

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Published Thursday 2nd May 2013

Prides, The Scotsman Track of the Month, May 2013

FORMERLY called Midnight Lion, and recently renamed Prides our track of the month providers look poised for great things. Fellow Glaswegian electro-popsters Chvrches recently took to Facebook to promote the video of the band’s Out Of The Blue single and BBC Radio 1’s Ally McCrae liked them so much he decided to manage them – arguably the ultimate endorsement.
You can see Prides live at the Brew At The Bog festival this weekend, at Stag & Dagger in Glasgow on 18 May and at the closing party for the goNorth Festival on 6 June. In the meantime, check out their video here .

Among the other acts showcasing at goNORTH, which is billed as Scotland’s largest creative industries event, are numerous Under the Radar track of the month providers including Fat Goth, Casual Sex, Roman Nose, Garden of Elks and Homework, as well as newcomers like Saint Max and the Fanatics, Pronto Mama, Jemma Tweedie and Dylan Tierney. All the gigs are free and provide the public with a fantastic opportunity to experience some amazing new talent. Visit

The Scottish Album of the Year Award celebrates Scottish artists from all genres and will host an award ceremony at The Barrowland’s in Glasgow on 20 June, with the winner scooping a £20,000 prize and the remaining nine artists picking up £1,000 each. The longlist was revealed last week and throughout May all 20 albums can be streamed for free. A public vote will propel the highest-scoring artist onto the shortlist, with the rest being decided by a panel of judges. Included on the longlist are Under the Radar favourites Meursault, PAWS, Admiral Fallow and Stanley Odd, alongside megastars Calvin Harris and Emeli Sandé. To listen and vote visit

Stag & Dagger takes place on 18 May across seven Glasgow venues and includes performances from We Were Promised Jetpacks, Rachel Sermanni, Fatherson, Prides and Randolph’s Leap. One wristband accesses all venues and costs a most reasonable £21. For full line up and ticket details visit

Another city festival using the multi-venue format is Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender (31 May – 2 June). Among the acts on the bill are Fridge Magnets, The OK Social Club, Banana Sessions and Vigo Thieves. This year the event has added a third venue, catering specifically for an over-14s audience. Visit for details

Edinburgh act The Dark Jokes have put in some impressive performances at Scottish festivals over the past couple of years. This month they play several dates in preparation for a tour of Brazil, where they are booked to play a series of shows at a huge multi-arts event celebrating UK culture. Taking place in San Paolo, the inaccurately named Cultura Inglesa has previously hosted Franz Ferdinand and this year also features Scottish music industry legend Alan McGee.

Other talent from the capital picking up interest outside Scotland includes Bwani Junction and Delta Mainline. The former have released the track Civil War in advance of a European tour, see for details. Meanwhile, psychedelic rockers Delta Mainline are proving a favourite on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show with the track Misinformation picking up several plays. The band’s debut album Oh Enlightened, which took two years to record, is released on 20 May and has picked up well-deserved interest throughout the UK music press. Definitely worth checking out, this is a collection of songs which should be listened to at maximum volume,

Other releases on our radar are Fife-based Panda Su, whose new single Maps is out on her own Peter Panda Records and Stornoway’s The Boy Who Trapped The Sun. The latter has released his latest video, California ahead of his UK tour.
Visit for full details of live dates, which include a home town appearance at the Hebridean Celtic Festival on 20 July in Stornoway.

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Born To Be Wide and the annual Wide Days convention. The next event takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 30 May and features a discussion on how to prepare for goNorth. Find out how to get free tickets at

The Scotsman, Under the Radar, October 2012

The latest band to catch our attention is four-sometimes-five-piece alt-rock band, Fatherson from Kilmarnock with their song First Born:

They’ve just returned from a triumphant showcase in front of top music industry executives as part of the Yellow Phone conference in Milwaukee, USA and they embark on an extensive tour throughout October. With an explosive live show, excellent songwriting, plenty of know-how when it comes to selling gig tickets and clever social networking competitions to select bands to support them, Fatherson are showing plenty of promise in the ones to watch category. Plus, they share a manager with Idlewild. For more information, see

Taking place in Thurso from 25-28 October, Wave North is a cultural festival with a difference, not least for the brave move of outdoor film screenings at the harbour. Activities also include surfing lessons, skateboard workshops, comedy, storytelling and plenty live music. Some of the venues participating include Newmarket Bar, Skinandis Nightclub, Ynot Bar & Grill and Caithness Horizons. Artists performing include We Were Promised Jetpacks, Verse Metrics, James Mackenzie, Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders, Running With Scissors and our track of the month band Fatherson . Visit

It seems strange that somebody would live next door to several long-standing venues known for playing loud music and then complain about the noise. But in such cases, it always seems to be the venues and the music-loving public who lose out. The latest victim is Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s which has carved out a well-deserved reputation for promoting emerging talent. Due to noise complaints it will now have to make-do with acoustic gigs.

Fortunately, a new central Edinburgh location is now being used to host music events. The undercroft of St John’s Church on Lothian Road, which is run by Henderson’s vegetarian restaurant, will feature the monthly Bad Fun nights promoted by the city’s Song, By Toad label. The next event takes place on 26 October and includes a “supergroup” comprising James Yorkston, Rob St John and members of Broken Records, Sparrow & The Workshop and Meursault. See

Also providing a shot in the arm for the capital’s music scene is Haddowfest which features numerous acts previously mentioned in this column including Mass Concensus, Katie Sutherland, Meursault, Discopolis, the 1004s and numerous other artists. The multi-venue event takes place on October 28 and promises a great day out for lovers of emerging talent,

Reloaded Fest returns to Stirling’s premier music venue, The Tolbooth, from 5-6 October. Hosted by Jim Gellatly, the line up features Broken Records, Song of Return, Errors, Fatherson as well as The Mouse That Ate The Cat (with the former frontman of The Dykeenies), Six Storeys High and more. Visit

Fife-based duo Panda Su have landed another song on a Hollywood blockbuster. Alphabet Song features in House At The End of the Street which was released in cinemas worldwide recently. The official promotional video was shot in Lochee Laundrette in Dundee

Glasgow blog Peenko celebrates its fourth birthday with the release of a limited edition mini-album from Randolph’s Leap, out on Peenko Records. The news comes amid the official announcement the band have signed to Fence Records and will launch their new EP Hermit as part of Fence’s Buff Tracks EP series at the Glad Cafe in Shawlands on 26 October, with support from Fence Collective artists, visit

Although this column usually focuses on Scottish events, we are happy to bend the rules for Frontier Festival which takes place in Berwick-upon-Tweed from 9-14 October. Hosted by the musicians behind the Travelled Music label, it promises to provide an interesting snapshot of the diverse talent around the Borders, see

Finally, former track of the month band PAWS release their debut album Cokefloat on Fatcat Records next Monday. Their official launch party takes place tonight at the CCA in Glasgow, followed by a UK tour. Visit

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminars. The next event takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus tonight, with a panel in partnership with digital music distribution service EmuBands discussing everything you need to know about releasing your own music.