If you’re looking for the next big thing to come out of Glasgow(as I always am), then you should definitely keep an eye out on WOMPS. The duo packs a huge punch musically, and it’s hard for me to imagine that all this great noise can only come from two people. Still, take a listen to this emphatic piece of rock n’ roll, and then add them to your list of bands you want to know more about. They’re coming to SXSW this year to spread their sound, and I’m hoping you’ll catch on. The band’s debut, Our Fertile Forever, will be released on June 10th via Displaced Records; it was produced by some dude named Steve Albini.
As many of you know, I’m awaiting the day all of you folks out there can hear this new Holy Esque album coming out in February. I was close to nominating it for our album’s of the year list but then had to remind myself that it’s not yet available to the public. So right now I’m saying the album will certainly be on my year end list for 2016. If you can find it, get it. Prior to the release, the band is offering up one more single as a preview. Find “Tear” below for your enjoyment.
At Hope’s Ravinewill be out on February 26th via Rough Trade Records.
Glasgow group Holy Esque has certainly seen many posts on this here website over the years, and rightfully so. Amazingly enough after several years of coverage on ATH the band is finally releasing a proper full LP after a couple of EPs to keep us happy. Below is a taste of the new album with new single “Hexx”. Old fans of the band will immediately recognize the distinct and powerful vocals of lead singer Pat Hynes. Let’s not forget the powerful rock sounds coming from the rest of the band who manage to compliment those vocals perfectly. Carry on.
At Hope’s Ravine will hit stores on February 26th via Beyond the Frequency.
We love to keep an eye on the Glasgow scene, mostly because we’ve got a few friends over there, not to mention that’s where one of our favorite bands was birthed. So, when I got this single from Womps, I was really impressed. It has that discordant feeling that puts it in the same vein of current stars like Wavves and what not, but production duties on their work has been handled by Steve Albini, so you know someone out there is going to be paying attention. Honestly, it’s the best 90s college rock nod I’ve heard in some time. This tune will appear on a 7″ on September 18th while the band wrap up their debut album.
As we carry on through our week, how about enjoying some throwback, 60s style pop music from Glasgow based Acting Strange? Yes, “Dreaming Away” is a breezy style of pop music sure to make your head sway as you get into the sounds. No one will be able to resist.
Stay tuned as we receive more information about this up and coming group.
Psychedelic? Rock? From Glasgow? Yup, you read it right and I was as pleasantly surprised as you are about to be. Trembling Bells are a five piece from the musical hub of Glasgow, but instead of the indie pop you’d expect from the Scottish city, they make funky psychedelic rock music. This track, “Killing Time In London Fields,” is taken from their newest and fifth LP, The Sovereign Self, which is set to be released through Tin Angel Records on June 30th. It’s a nice little blend of psych rock with folksier elements like the organ sounds throughout, but the lo fi production and vocals push it on the more psych side of things.
I’m not sure what’s going on with My Latest Novel, but for now, I can live in the world created by several of the members who’ve formed the new act, Alphabetical Order Orchestra. They’re working on releasing several EPs as the year goes forward, and this is one of the new tracks that will be featured on those releases. It’s got multiple stages, offering a mix between intimate moments and grandiose Scottish pop. It wears the mark of MLN, but you can also see them pushing in an entirely different direction that’s immediately more accessible. You can help them raise money for their EPs HERE.
I’ve been rather enjoying this great new track called “Tongues” by Glasgow band PAWS. When talking labels, I’d dare call this one an indie pop tune with a washed out, punk rock overtone. I find myself hitting play time and time again once the play meter hits the end. Great track.
New album, Youth Culture Forever, is due out June 2nd on Fat Cat Records.
The great thing about the Internet age is that it has made life easier, especially when it comes to intercontinental communication in regards to music. We’ve got a friend Mike in Glasgow, a hot bed of music, and he’s offered to let us see into his world and the underground scene they’ve got going on. We appreciate his time and we’ll feature more of his suggested acts in the coming weeks, months and so forth.
One of Glasgow’s best kept secrets and talented young musicians, Sonic Hearts Foundation, create dark, emotional, grand scale music with a real belief that only seems to come out of Glasgow, like Mogwai on steroids. Gaining infamy with guerilla concerts on rooftops of liquor stores, the four piece are currently unsigned; they are deep in the studio recording their first record. Check out “Northern Lights” off their Into Forever EP. Or the new track below. The guys hope to make it to the US soon![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Sonic-Hearts-Foundation-USA-01-USA.mp3]
Download: Sonic Hearts Foundation – USA [MP3]
Glasgow continues to be almost like an American version of Brooklyn with countless quality indie bands popping up what seems like daily. This new act to me, Yakuri Cable, is yet another band from the area that has perked up my ears today. Their sound immediately makes me think of fellow Scots My Latest Novel as the minimalistic and deep vocals could almost be the same lead singer. Is it? Things veer away from comparisons as the band add in some interesting synths in the back and give us a nice little pop rock out with this song “Line of Sight”.
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Download: Yakuri Cable – Line Of Sight [MP3]