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The Scotsman, Under the Radar, June 2014

Published In The Scotsman Newspaper: Monday 2nd June 2014 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Neon Waltz, The Scotsman Newspaper, Track of the Month, June 2014

Hailing from Wick, Neon Waltz are one of the most exciting bands in Scotland; their single Sombre Fayre is our track of the month. Recently signing a deal with Noel Gallagher’s manager and scoring airplay from Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 plus festival slots for T In The Park, Wickerman, Tramlines and Y Not Festivals, things are looking incredibly promising. We’ll be down the front for their showcase at this week’s goNORTH Festival (Hootannanys, Inverness, on Wednesday). Having been together for just one year, the Highland six-piece have been busy creating powerful psychedelic soundscapes in an isolated croft on the North Sea coast. With beautiful and haunting scenery in equal measure, the video below showcases the newcomers perfectly. Visit www.neonwaltz.com for more info.

Neon Waltz warmed up for their goNORTH appearance on Saturday night, when they supported Edinburgh band The Merrylees for the launch of their single Forever More. Produced by ace crooner and Mercury Prize nominee Richard Hawley, the band’s line up includes the son of Rab King, who fronted cult capital outfit The Scars in the eighties. The single is out today on Neu! Reekie! Records, which is the label launched by the duo behind the excellent cultural events of the same name. Their next bash takes place in the Scottish National Gallery on 13 June and includes Stanley Odd, Hollie McNish as well as Tam Dean Burn and Optimo’s JD Twitch. This will be followed on 29 June with a German-themed night in partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival at Summerhall. Visit www.facebook.com/neureekie

Also set to combine music with other art forms is a festival hosted by Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, titled Electric Nights, which takes place from 14-18 June. The varied programme includes electronic music, experimental folk and a whole array of art. Highlights include a SAY Award night on 16 June with RM Hubbard, Neil Pennycook from Meursault and the 2013 Arts Prize winner Gregor Morrison, plus a night dedicated to women in the arts with a mini art exhibition from musician Rachel Sermanni and photography from Jannica Honey on 17 June. Visit www.theelectriccircus.biz/live-music

Tenement TV films live music sessions from a tenement flat in Glasgow which it then broadcasts via YouTube. To date, it has had more than two million views, with early sessions from big stars like Bastille, Passenger and Jake Bugg as well as plenty of Scottish talent including; Model Aeroplanes, Prides, Fatherson, Nina Nesbitt and Admiral Fallow. The latest development is the announcement Tenement TV will be filming an eight-part music series to be broadcast on STV Glasgow, a new channel launching today. You can watch the series on Freeview channel 23, Sky (117) and Virgin (159) and also online by visiting www.tenementtv.com

This year’s T Break stage again looks set to provide a platform for some of Scotland’s most exciting new acts to perform at T In The Park and includes Model Aeroplanes, Birdhead, Tuff Love and Fat Goth, all showcased at our Wide Days event. We are also looking forward to seeing Naked and Teen Canteen, who release their single You’re Still Mine on 16 June. As in previous years, the festival organisers appear to have neglected to add the line up to the website, but anyone visiting www.tennents.com/tbreak an download a track by each act.

Finally, The East End Social celebrates Scottish culture in unusual locations in Glasgow’s East End during the Commonwealth Games. Running from June until August with artists like Casual Sex, the festival culminates with a performance from Mogwai in late August. See www.eastendsocial.com/events

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Scottish music industry social night, Born To Be Wide. The organisation will host a panel titled Building A Team, and a Q&A with musician turned film-maker Richard Jobson, at goNORTH in Inverness. On 28 June daytime youth music business event, Off The Record, takes place in Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre, and at Edinburgh’s Roxy Assembly the following day. See www.borntobewide.co.uk

The Scotsman, Under the Radar, February 2013

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Published Thursday 7th February 2013

Washington Irving, The Scotsman Track of the Month, February 2013

WASHINGTON IRVING were our highlight at last year’s Haddowfest in Edinburgh, having ditched the fiddles on their first album for a more guitar-driven sound. This week the band release the single Holy Company on their own Instinctive Raccoon label to coincide with their UK tour supporting Frightened Rabbit. We think it gives a perfect taste of their new musical direction guaranteed to appeal to both a young audience and those old enough to have been fans of Big Country many moons ago. Be prepared to see Washington Irving headlining festivals very soon. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/washirvband and see the video below:

With acts such as Kitty The Lion and Quickbeam on its roster, Scottish label Comets & Cartwheels recently announced a partnership which will allow it to provide great beer in addition to quality music. Thanks to teaming up with Brew Dog, the fledgling record company recently managed to get many of the nation’s music scenesters to abandon Celtic Connections for a tasting session which included several strong ales and the latest signing, Fake Major. In addition to free beer, Brew Dog will provide the label with PR and business support, as well as gigging opportunities at its expanding pub empire. Visit www.cometsandcartwheels.com for full details

We first encountered The Spook School, a 4-piece indie-pop band from Edinburgh via their involvement with Verden Studios DemoFund project (providing young bands with professional recording experience). Having released their first single on the ultra-cool Cloudberry Records they’ve just announced a new record deal with Fortuna Pop! – see http://thespookschool.com

The latest crop of artists to benefit from the same initiative will be performing a free (over-14s) showcase at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 27 February. They include: Megan D, Holly Wilson, Nic Tate and the Sharks, Mothertone, The Southpaws and Karmataus. Visit www.facebook.com/verdenstudios

Motherwell band The Banter Thiefs release their new single Swings and Roundabouts on 11 February. Lifelong supporters of Motherwell Football Club, they persuaded the club’s manager Stuart McCall to star in a teaser video for the single, http://youtu.be/Lu8Peu48Y80 which in turn has led to Norwegian side Aalesunds FK paying for the band to fly over and play at their Season opening party in March. The Banter Thiefs support The View on 16 February at UWS student Union in Paisley. Visit www.facebook.com/thebanterthiefs

Fort William’s Russian Ninjas released their debut single Brush Your Tongue at the start of the month and will be playing live across Scotland throughout February beginning in Ayr tomorrow (Friday). Visit www.facebook.com/RussianNinjas

The Glasgow Music and Film Festival is a strand of the Glasgow Film Festival, celebrating the relationship between music and cinema. Highlights include a screening of Whatever Gets You Through the Night (15 Feb), followed by live performances from artists featured in the film including Rachel Sermanni, Bigg Taj and Wounded Knee. Award winning folk trio Lau provide live accompaniment to the film Nevada followed by a 45-minute performance (also 15 Feb) Visit www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

Tenement TV is a company that films and broadcasts bands performing live sessions from their HQ – a tenement flat in Glasgow. The latest development is Tenement Trail, in which they have organised their own multi-venue festival on 9 March. The line-up boasts some excellent bands including Bwani Junction, Chasing Owls, Fat Goth, Hector Bizerk, Discopolis, The OK Social Club, Teen Canteen and plenty more. Visit www.tenementtv.com

Scotland’s largest creative industries festival goNORTH is now accepting applications via the free-to-use Bandwagon platform. The event takes place on 5 and 6 June across various venues in Inverness and offers a platform for both music and film. To apply visit www.gonorthfestival.co.uk

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry events. They celebrate the organisation’s ninth birthday on 9 February with a DJ appearance at Glasgow club Pretty Ugly, where they will play all-Scottish music, see www.prettyuglyclub.co.uk