15

Jul

Music Alliance Pact – July 2015

Broken Boy

Festival season is in full swing and this month’s Music Alliance Pact pick for Scotland is a band perfectly suited for field-rock. Broken Boy certainly looked and sounded the part at last month’s XpoNorth Scottish Bloggers’ Showcase and I’m lucky enough to be sharing a bill with them for their next live outing.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 16-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Broken BoyJust To Leave You
St Andrews isn’t just about its university and golf, you know. The town can also boast a hugely promising young three-piece in Broken Boy, led by brothers Cameron and Stewart Black up front, with Fraser Laing on drums. MAP exclusive download Just To Leave You (see video) typifies the sort of radio-ready guitar-pop music they specialise in. They play fast and tight, ooze presence on stage and know how to write songs that crackle with energy. Broken Boy are going places for sure.
July 23: King Tut’s, Glasgow (King Tut’s Summer Night gig with Made Of Mannequins, Poor Frisco, Saint Secaire, Foreignfox and The Pop Cop DJ set)

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15

Jun

Music Alliance Pact – June 2015

The Van T's

From the city of Glasgow we bring you The Van T’s and their thrilling grunge-rock stomp Growler, one of 20 tracks handpicked from bloggers around the world in this month’s Music Alliance Pact.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 20-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
The Van T’sGrowler
The Van T’s, led by grunge-loving twins Chloe and Hannah Van Thompson, might just take the Scottish festival scene by storm this summer. Since forming as a harmony-driven acoustic-folk duo, The Van T’s have undergone a radical evolution. They’re now a much noisier proposition with lashings of reverb and a Pixies-esque appreciation of pop distortion. The awesome Growler is taken from their debut EP.
June 25, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow
July 12, T in the Park, Strathallan Castle, Perthshire
July 17, King Tut’s, Glasgow (downstairs bar, free)
September 18, Art School, Glasgow (supporting Honeyblood)

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15

May

Music Alliance Pact – May 2015

The Great Albatross

I discovered the wonder of this month’s MAP pick, The Great Albatross, after helping to judge the music submissions for the upcoming XpoNorth festival in Inverness. There’s an exclusive free download below, but check out more of their songs on SoundCloud.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 19-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
The Great AlbatrossRighteous Man
Every so often you come across a new song that’s so obviously better than anything you’ve heard in months that it stops you in your tracks and makes you realise how much better life is to have it in it. For me, that special something is Righteous Man by The Great Albatross. The creator of this exceptional acoustic heartbreak is A. Wesley Chung, an American based in Glasgow. Righteous Man (video here) is taken from recent EP Roots, which features Avi Zahner-Isenberg from Avi Buffalo – he and Wesley are former bandmates.
May 30: Stereo, Glasgow (Independent Record Label Market – free)
June 10/11: XpoNorth, Inverness (free)
August 2: Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie (supporting Martin Stephenson)
August 22: Audio, Glasgow (supporting Tigers Jaw and Foxing)

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