New Artist of the Day – For Abel

Sometimes our New Artist of the Day isn’t so much new as just underrated (in our humble opinion) and so it is with today’s offering, For Abel.

Around since 2008 the Glasgow band have somehow managed to remain steadfastly below the radar. Here’s our view on why you should check them out.

Once in a while I come across a band that I like and feel that the amount of exposure they have compared to their talent doesn’t exactly weigh up. On the other hand you could get certain music magazines ramming bands down your throat that don’t deserve it.

Today I am going to let you hear about Glasgow’s best kept secret, For Abel. I say best kept secret as they have been on quite a journey since they formed in 2008, which many bands could only dream of. But due to reasons I can’t explain they still are not that well known south of the border.

For Abel started off in 2008 under the name Nacional. The members consist of Robert Vincent Armstrong on vocals, Colin Healy on guitar, Bass player Jonathon McGiffen and Darren Foy completing the line-up on drums. The band’s sound has been compared to legendary Manchester acts Joy Division and The Smiths with other comparisons ranging from The Wedding Present to The National. If you are a fan of indie then this is definitely a band for you.

Their first release was on Art/Goes/Pop records, a double A-sided-single “Telephone” and “Yorkshire”. This was a great introduction to the band and it certainly made me want to hear more after the first time I heard the songs.

These singles must have been good as they were invited to play the SXSW festival. Still under the name Nacional 2009 saw the release of the single “On TV” with the B-side “First Killing”.

With momentum gaining, Nacional was asked to change their name due to similarities with The National. And so they became For Abel. This did not stop the band, and they went on to record the album “Greater Inventions” which was released in 2011, now on the Flowers in the Dustbin inprint. The album is a solid debut, showcasing the bands talent, binding their influences to create their own unique sound.

So, here we are in 2012. The band has been working on their second album which will be named “Wildbeest”. This should hopefully be released in early 2013. But don’t worry a new single should be on its way late October.

Check them out!

All words by Sassan Tahbazian. You can read more from Sassan on LTW here.

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  1. We encourage everyone to get this album for free!! Maybe we can send LTW a free load of mp3’s for people to do so? New single from Wildebeest is out on Oct 29th but we want everyone to have our first album for free, let us know…


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