Six new bands from Scotland

Colin Mcgregor hosts the online radio show Dogs Got A Bone – here he presents six new bands based in Scotland, and suggests that you may well fall in love with at least one of them…

I`ve always thought of myself as being on the ball when it comes to new music, but since I started doing a radio show playing a mix of oldies and unsigned/DIY label releases, I’ve discovered more great bands in the last six months than I had in five years.

Being based in Scotland, the majority of stuff I am sent is from these parts. The only other piece I have written for LTW focused on Edinburgh, but Glasgow has come back at me with so many great new bands. Glasgow label “Flowers in the Dustbin” has the potential to become one of those labels people talk about in 20/30 years time. Three bands on there just now have released fantastic singles this year. Mummy Short Arms, For Abel and Kick to Kill all sound so different from each other, if you don`t like all three, I guarantee you will fall in love with at least one of them.

Kick To Kill ”“ ‘Black Kisses’

For Abel ”“ ‘Yorkshire’

Mummy Short Arms ”“ ‘Change’

Another artist based in Glasgow is well travelled troubadour, Will Hanson. Will`s stuff has been compared to allsorts such as The Delgado`s, Portishead, Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley and Mazzy Star but my favourite quote has to be about him sounding like a young Leonard Cohen fronting Mogwai. If that quote doesn`t want to make you listen, nothing will. His album, “Moving a Body”, hasn`t been far from the top of my cd pile since it came out and the track, “The Bats”, is my favourite song of the year. The way he sings “I`ve changed my mind, fuck it, let`s kill them all” has me torn between putting a comforting arm round his shoulder and calling the police.

Will Hanson ”“ ‘The Bats’

Just over the border in Carlisle there`s a one man band called Fading Face producing genre spanning music. Luke Hobson should become a name you all know by this time next year as he writes some outstandingly original music without forgetting the importance of having an actual tune in there. His Soundcloud is full of free downloads; go make yourself a Fading Face album of your own.

Fading Face ”“ ‘The Seventh Level’

The seventh level by fADINGfACE

When I played a new song by a new band called Deathcapades on my show, I had so many chat boxes open up on Facebook asking who they were. I had little info about them and still don`t know too much. I was tipped off by fellow Psyche band, Helicon and fell for them straight away. The songs I have heard so far make me think of a more shoegazing style Verve and I genuinely believe these guys will be signed and making a name for themselves in 2012.

Deathcapades – ‘You’

My radio show details are here if you would like a listen or would like your music played

Judging by the Dogs Got A Bone end of year poll, you should be “googling” these bands too ”“ The Merrylees, Black Market Karma, Epsilon One, Teenage Mary, Frantic Chant, Automatiq, Dead Horse One, The Girobabies, Hurricane Heart Attacks, Laurence and the Slab Boys, My Electric Love Affair, Shambles Miller, The Moonlight Flitters and Cross Wires.

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