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Zed Penguin, Scotland On Sunday, 24 December 2017

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 24 December 2017 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss. Read on Scotsman.com [in association with Off Axis]

ZED PENGUIN Artist of the Week in Scotland On Sunday

Scotland On Sunday, 24 December 2017, Zed Penguin

Australian-born songwriter Matthew Winter made Scotland his home after an ill-fated attempt to get a job on an Eyemouth fishing trawler. Settling in Edinburgh, he played numerous gigs using a home-made amp which eventually led to him coming into contact with local musicians and forming the band Zed Penguin.

However, after putting out a 12” on Song, By Toad Records five years ago, his plans to follow up with an album were delayed after he suffered a serious accident. Now recovered, Winter went to finish the job at the Edinburgh Recording Company, an analogue studio housed in a church.

The result, A Ghost, A Beast is released on Song, By Toad in late February and is promising to be a musical highlight of 2018. In the meantime, the video to the single Wandering [ see link http://bit.ly/UTRZP gives listeners a taste of what is to come.

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide www.borntobewide.co.uk

Under the Radar is in association with Off Axis, a touring and gig swapping network enabling artists to play successful shows and festivals, in over 75 towns and cities across the UK register at https://whatisoffaxis.com

Images: Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling featuring Jamie & Shoony, Indigo Velvet and Ded Rabbit

Off Axis sponsors Scotland On Sunday Indigo Velvet on Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling Jamie & Shoony on Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling Ded Rabbit on Off Axis stage at Kendal Calling

* For consideration as our Artist of the Week please click HERE scroll to the bottom and review checklist of what we NEED in order to feature bands in Scotland On Sunday. Then email: Derick Mackinnon with all the info

Halfrican, Scotland on Sunday, 3 May 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 3 May 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 3 May 2015, Halfrican

Glasgow-based trio Halfrican are as intriguing and captivating as their name and tongue-in-cheek photo suggest. The multi-international band consists of songwriter / guitarist Sancho Büna, drummer ‘Jet’ Jackson Marlette and bassist Choi Paul.

Their sound is genuinely original; an amalgamation of punk, garage, surf and 60s rock and roll influences which combine to produce some brash but brilliant DIY guitar driven noise-pop.

Double AA side ‘Life Is Hard’ / ‘He’s Around’ is released tomorrow on 7” vinyl and digital download via Glasgow’s El Rancho Records

You can see Halfrican play a free entry live show curated by innovative Edinburgh label/blogger/promoter Song, By Toad this Wednesday at Paradise Palms near Bristo Square in Edinburgh, followed by gigs in London, Paris and Rotterdam. Summer festivals at home include Doune The Rabbit Hole and The Wickerman Festival.

Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/elrancho

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