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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15

Apr

Music Alliance Pact – April 2015

BWANi

If I hadn’t forgotten to do an end-of-year rundown of my favourites songs of 2014 then you’d have found BWANi at the very top of that list. Quite how a band with such obvious appeal can make blistering pop singles like Make My Day and remain unsigned is a mystery.

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
BWANiMake My Day
BWANi first appeared on the Music Alliance Pact as Bwani Junction in November 2010 and released two albums under their old moniker. Conveniently, the rebranded version of the Edinburgh indie-rock band has coincided with their best work to date – the relentlessly anthemic single Make My Day (backed with a barnstorming video). Get addicted to this MAP exclusive free download before it inevitably appears on album number three.
April 24, The Garage, Glasgow

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