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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.
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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
Ded Rabbit are four brothers from Yorkshire who moved to Edinburgh to hone their musical skills. With hints of the Housemartins and early Arctic Monkeys, infused with a twist of funk and original lyrics, they have created a distinctive and highly-listenable sound of their own.
We caught them on the Glasgow date of their current tour and were particularly impressed with frontman, Eugene Gaine, whose frenetic stage antics see him combine lead-vocal duties with turns at the guitar and saxophone.
Ded Rabbit’s EP, ‘Wake Up In A Dream’, was self-released on 7 February and recorded at Rocket Science Studios whose diverse range of credits include Texas, Dougie MacLean, Belle & Sebastian and the Walking With Dinosaurs soundtrack.
XFM’s Jim Gellatly promptly made its first song, Better On The Day, his breakout track of the week and there have been plays on Radio Scotland too. The attention is well-deserved. Ded Rabbit are great!
For more on Ded Rabbit visit www.ded-rabbit.com Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry and social events visit www.borntobewide.co.uk