A bit of context before I start this blog post. I’ve been writing music reviews and other articles for nearly 2 years now. Something I started off as just a passtime has become a big part of my life and now that I’m studying journalism in Glasgow, I’ve managed to improve my articles dramatically (if you’re able to find my review on Mumford from 2013 then avoid it at all costs). I’ve spent a huge chunk of time reviewing big bands and now that I’ve managed to get some attention from my blog, I thought it would be silly not to shed some light on the new and upcoming artists that I think are bound for success. Although my word will not magically transform them into the next Biffy or Bowie, if even one person gives these artists some attention then I’ll have did my bit. Moving on, here’s the first installment in a series of posts about the bands and individuals who deserve your attention:
The rise of acoustic guitar wielding teens has been nothing short of amazing, being inspired by a lot of musicians who had the same origins as them such as some of Scotland’s finest like Paolo Nutini. However with Amy, her exposure to older music has had an impact on her music even if it’s not been easy to detect so far. “The music my dad showed me had a big effect on me such as Fleetwood Mac and Big Country” she said when we were talking about her music which includes her upcoming debut album Her Imagination where she’ll be showing the creativity that her influencers had in bucketloads. ” It’s gonna feature a whole lot of instruments that I’ve never used in past works hidden in there is some violin , electric guitar , banjo , and even a kazoo line!”. Anyone who’s interested in hearing more from her will be happy to know her new single Problems (She Wants To Be A Marine Biologist) is released on the 20th of June so there’s not much longer to go to experience some pop folk goodness.
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Just one listen to this 5 piece indie band’s latest single How You Feel and you’ll know why Sweet White are worth your attention. “Catchy as funk, sharp indie rock numbers guided by pop sensibilities” it says on the Peterhead boy’s site and they’re not wrong with the tracks reeking of psychedelic sounds. The interesting thing about the band is how important every member is to the works. Whereas many bands have one or two members whose abilities help to shoot the band into stardom, Sweet White have 5. With Kyle Drysdale and Ruairidh Sandison on guitar alongside James Butcher on Bass, the band are able to craft some insanely addictive riffs and melodies, Flesh ‘N’ Blood on their 2013 Eponymously titled EP being vaguely reminiscent to the likes of Foals in various ways with a hint of Peace’s Bloodshake for good measure. Not only that but frontman Jake Cordiner is gifted with a flexible yet powerful voice that manages to impress just as much in live performances as it does recorded, possessing the same scottish tang in his singing voice that people associate with the likes of Simon Neil and Scott Hutchison. Last but certainly not least, Shaun Wilson’s drum playing is essential to the band’s funky rhythm that’ll have you coming back time and time again and from their performance I saw back in April, he and his bandmates look natural on stage, looking relaxed and never faltering. If you live near Glasgow and have no plans for tonight, or even if you do have some, get over to Nice N Sleazy tonight for 8PM to witness the guys in action alongside Codist for £2, you won’t regret it.
Starting off life as Floorboards before changing to Cheapside, this Glasgow 4 piece pop punk band are sort of a rarity at the moment. When I was talking to drummer Josh, he praised the Glasgow music scene for its diversity, calling it absolutely incredible. However pop punk is a genre that seems to be less apparent in the music scene with the likes of indie rock bands and solo acts taking up a large chunk of the scene. You’d think for a band that’s genre is usually full of pessimistic attitudes that it would put them off but Josh thinks differently. Unlike artists such as Noel Gallagher who constantly slate the state of music nowadays, Josh said it was in pretty good condition and any musician with a positive attitude towards music is one to keep an eye on. Not only did he have a positive attitude but when asked if Danny DeVito was to be a member of the band, he said he’d offer him his place on drums, manners and everything. As he listed off his influences, it wasn’t that difficult to see how much of an impact they had on him and the band as a whole. “The first sort of rock music I got into was blink-182, biffy clyro and the foo fighters so just listening to Travis Barker, Ben Johnston and Taylor Hawkins made me want to be in a band.” From the demos alone, Cheapside have the rawness and untidiness of early biffy ,helped by both Josh on drums and Ian Gordon & Dan Drennan on guitar, which is strangely appealing to the ears alongside a Tom Delonge-esque delivery from John Sim. The band are currently looking for a bass player so if you think you’ve got what it takes then don’t hesitate to contact the band because from what’s been hinted at so far, there’s something special bound to be crafted.
So that’s the first entry in what I’m hoping will be a weekly sort of series. If you want to be considered for it then don’t hesitate to contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by twitter (@blogclyro)!