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DTHPDL, Scotland On Sunday, 3 April 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 3 April 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

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

HAILING from Edinburgh, DTH PDL (Deathpodal) is the solo project of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and soundtrack artist Alastair J Chivers.

Live, the band swells to a four-piece, with a sound that combines synth-soundscapes, squealing indie guitar licks, weird pop vocal melodies plus a dose of punk and grunge.

The band have just completed a tour across Scotland and are being championed by a growing list of music industry tastemakers. Their latest EP, The Future is released on the retro cassette format and digital download via Edinburgh’s excellent Song, By Toad Records on 18 April. The official EP launch party takes place at Leith Depot on 22 April, followed by an appearance at the inaugural Restless Natives Festival in Glasgow’s East End on 10 May. Listen to The Future at: https://dthpdl.bandcamp.com/album/the-future

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

Under The Radar new music column is in association with Lindisfarne Festival for more information on Lindisfarne Festival visit www.lindisfarnefestival.com

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

Garden of Elks, Scotland On Sunday, 6 September

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 6 September 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 6 September 2015, Garden of Elks

To readers of this column in its previous incarnation, Highland act Garden Of Elks will be a familiar name, having featured regularly since the band’s inception three years ago.

April saw the release of the release of their debut album, A Distorted Sigh, on Edinburgh’s Song By Toad label, which was produced by Marcus Mackay [the creative other half of SAY Award winner, Kathryn Joseph]. Around the same time, frontman Niall Strachen downsized to performing solo, a move partly brought about by drummer Paul Bannon taking up a job on a cruise ship.

The frenetic, fuzz laden single, I Hid Inside , is sure to appeal to fans of The Pixies and The Jesus and Mary Chain and a live appearance at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus is in the diary for 13 September.

Strachen, who has an archive of 250 unreleased songs, then heads over to New York, to play the prestigious CMJ showcase festival. Despite the new slimline-up, Garden Of Elks’ sound remains decidedly beefy! Listen Garden Of Elks

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