New Artist of the Day – The Deadline Shakes

Emerging oddly fully-formed, The Deadline Shakes are Glasgow Situationist collective Flowers In The Dustbin‘s latest discovery.

First single, Sweeten The Deal is a summery, luscious slice of buoyant, breezy pop. Jangling guitars, glowing vocal harmonies and melodic, seductive shifts throughout, it’s gorgeous and uplifting.

They’ve only played a handful of gigs and garnered little press, but expect that to change.

Despite the rather weak production, the song shines like a beacon amongst the glut of Glasgow’s less-than-finest exports. Take note Belle-end And Sebastian (sic).

Glasgow has, for many years, absorbed the classic sounds from the other side of the Atlantic and regurgitated it into something new. I guess it’s something to do with our gazing from rainy climes to the sun-kissed shores of the West Coast USA with winsome want. Or the fact that the Scots who became immigrants in the USA actually invented country and rockabilly. Digest that for a second”¦.

The Deadline Shakes are most definitely one to watch. Taking their cues from 60’s West Coast baroque pop, their swoon-some, agreeably charming resonance suggests, at times, prime period Love.

Greg Dingwall and Iain McKinstry’s tighter-than-a-licked-fag-paper vocals and soaring guitars take flight through three and a bit minutes of perfect, chiming euphony.

I’ve played the single a couple of times today and it’s taken up permanent residence in my grey matter. Well, what little of it that’s left. Given that this is their first time sticking heads over the parapet, I suggest that you keep your ears peeled for these guys shaking it up near you sometime soon.

All words by Joe Whyte. You can read more from Joe on LTW here.

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Joe Whyte is guitarist with punk rockin' Johnny Cash tribute Jericho Hill and reformed 70's punks Reaction. He has formerly played with End Result, Reverend Snakehips Country Messiahs, God-Fearing Atheists and many, many other failed attempts at rock notoriety. Joe also writes for Vive Le Rock and Louder Than War magazine. He lives in Glasgow and in his other less glamorous life works in mental health.


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