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The Scotsman, Under The Radar, April 2013

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Published Thursday 4th April 2013

Casual Sex, The Scotsman Track of the Month, April 2013

THE hard-to-Google Glasgow band CASUAL SEX provide our track of the month. Already garnering a great deal of attention, including a live session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show, the single Stroh 80 / Soft School was released as a 7” vinyl and download on the ultra cool Moshi Moshi Singles Club on 1 April. You can catch them at Glasgow’s Nice ‘N’ Sleazy tomorrow, 5 April. Visit

Edinburgh’s innovative Song By Toad Records launch their Beer vs Records experiment as part of Record Store Day on 20 April. The label will release eight songs on vinyl, while microbrewery Barney’s Beer will release another eight songs (by the same artists) via a four-pack of custom-made beer which comes with download codes. Will music lovers prefer a beautiful musical memento or opt for MP3s and some beer? Visit for more info

On the same day, one of city’s newest record stores, Voxbox Music in Stockbridge, will host a day of free live performances including Honeyblood, Mike Heron Band, Adam Stafford, eagleowl, Wounded Knee, Rob St. John, Magic Eye and the girls from Kid Canaveral. Visit

Outer Hebrides musician Charlie Clark (now based in LA) was a founder of Astrid, a former member of Scottish supergroup The Reindeer Section and in 2008 provided our track of the month with his band Our Lunar Activities. Clark’s debut solo album, the gentle Feel Something, is released on 29 April on Edwyn Collins’ record label AED. Listen here:

Now in its fourth year, HaddowFest follows the multi-venue festival format and takes place throughout Edinburgh each year. The festival is branching out with the launch of a monthly showcase night titled HaddowFest Presents starting on 26 April at the Liquid Rooms, with the magnificent Meursault. Host for the evening will be BBC Radio 1’s Ally McCrae and the next instalment features the 10:04s on 24 May. Visit

The impressive rise of Glasgow electro-pop act CHVRCHES continued at the world’s largest music industry convention, SXSW in Texas last month, where the trio won the Developing Non-US Act gong for the first ever Grulke Prize, launched in memory of the event’s late creative director, Brent Grulke. After recently playing to a sold-out audience at Canadian Music Week, the band return for a UK tour this month. Visit

Fence Records will host Gnomegame, a smaller version of the acclaimed Home Game, on 6 and 7 April in Anstruther (see feature, pages 2-3). Tickets were snapped up through a lottery system in under a day, despite the line-up remaining under wraps. Other Fence- related news includes a new signing, Monoganon, as well as the release of new albums by Kid Canaveral and eagleowl.

The Big Beach Ball returns to Aberdeen’s The Beach Ballroom on 5 May after last year’s inaugural festival. It features local heroes The Xcerts and The Little Kicks, who share the bill with We Were Promised Jetpacks, Three Blind Wolves, Randolph’s Leap and Miaoux Miaoux. The event also includes food stalls, stand-up comedy and live visuals to accompany DJ sets from S-Type, Jackmaster and Mungo’s Hi-Fi.

Hosted by the BBC’s Vic Galloway and Ally McCrae, Brew At The Bog festival returns to Bogbain Farm on the outskirts of Inverness on 4 May. The line-up features a wide mix of bands, acoustic acts and singer-songwriters including; Fatherson, Discopolis, Homework, FOUND, Kitty The Lion, United Fruit, The Stagger Rats, James Mackenzie, Michael Cassidy, Verse Metrics, Fake Major, Three Blind Wolves and plenty more. Visit

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Born To Be Wide, which hosts the annual Wide Days convention in Edinburgh on 10-11 April. This year’s event includes seminars on indie promoters, streaming, music publishing and music photography, as well as free showcases featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting new talent.

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, January 2013

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Published Thursday 3rd January 2013

Artwork by Adam Smith
Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5, The Scotsman Track of the Month, January 2013

Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 are an alternative/comedy/dance/rock group from Glasgow who specialise in tongue-in-cheek social commentary. Taken from their second EP – a double-A-side out on Traffic Cone Records on 21st January – our track of the month Gay Icon, couldn’t be more appropriate given the time of year: it was inspired by a night out during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay where the Colonel was embraced by the gay community. A pro-equal-marriage, disco/dance anthem, it has been endorsed by Stephen Fry, human rights activist Peter Tatchell and River City actor Gary Lamont who is set to star in the bands video.
Live, the band deliver on every level – energetic, engaging, funny and slightly ridiculous with a variety of musical styles – from country-tinged spaghetti westerns, rock ‘n’ roll protest songs to party anthems. You can see them perform at London’s Dublin Castle on 18th January and in Glasgow at The Riding Rooms on 23rd January. Listen to Gay Icon here

Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival gets under way on 17th January and runs until 3rd February with the usual smorgasboard of world-class artists, workshops and free events. The talent on offer ranges from homegrown acts like Rachel Sermanni, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Lau and Roddy Hart to international acts like Martha Wainwright. Some of the Scottish highlights we’d recommend include Washington Irving and Olympic Swimmers at Oran Mor on 19th January, The Pictish Trail and Rozi Plain at Glasgow Art Club on 24th January, Three Blind Wolves at ABC on 2nd February and Sorren Maclean at The Mitchell Library on 3rd February. Visit for full details

Edinburgh hip-hop collective, Stanley Odd have just enjoyed a very successful year. They performed at most of the summer festivals, wrote the sound track for an animated advert promoting Edinburgh in the lead up to Christmas and Hogmanay, and will begin 2013 with a special collaborative performance at Celtic Connections with the intriguing Electric String Orchestra on 23rd January at the Old Fruit Market. Most recently the band won the Big Apple Award, organised by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland and they fly out to New York city to perform at the Bowery Ballroom on 7th April as part of the Scotland Week celebrations. Visit

King Tut’s New Years Revolution festival returns from the 3-17 January and features over 50 Scottish bands. Highlights include; Honeyblood, Miaoux Miaoux, Fat Goth, Fatherson (acoustic), Michael Cassidy, Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher, Little Eye and plenty more, visit for full info

Meanwhile over on the East coast, Edinburgh’s 10:04s have had their song SOS included on the soundtrack for a worldwide feature about Edinburgh on the influential US network CNN. The track was given away for free along with latest single Lights Out which was added to a promotional bundle to coincide with the first airing of the CNN special on 12th December. The programme is still available to view online, visit

Song By Toad Records host another fantastic label night at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh on 19th January. The Yawns are headlining, with support from last month’s track of the month artist Garden of Elks and Edinburgh’s Plastic Animals. Tickets and event info are available from

Highland-born rock ‘n’ roll/punk trio and former track of the month act Cuddly Shark release their new album The Road To Ugly on 28th January via Armellodie Records. Check out the video for their hilarious single Body Mass Index here:

and for full details and live outings.

• 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 is in February. Visit for full info