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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

Greg Pearson, Scotland on Sunday, 12 July 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 12 July 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 12 July 2015, Greg Pearson

Edinburgh’s Greg Pearson has spent the past couple of years fine-tuning his pop songwriting skills while simultaneously working his live show. In April, his demo of the forthcoming digital single, These Walls [out on 24 July], was one of the few songs to get a universal thumbs up from the A&R listening panel at Wide Days – no mean feat given it included an X Factor scout and the owner of ultra-credible indie label Fat Cat Records

In an interesting move, Pearson has applied an approach more commonly favoured by dance acts, recording two different versions of the same song. The more upbeat rendition was produced by Garry Boyle in the same studio complex used by the likes of REM, Frightened Rabbit and The Proclaimers. For those who prefer their pop with strings and piano, we recommend the version recorded by David Whitmey. Both would fit very comfortably on daytime radio playlists, and if there is any justice, that is where they will end up.

Listen at http://bit.ly/1H305WG

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music business events visit www.borntobewide.co.uk For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon