We highlighted young Paisley singer songwriter Lisa Kowalski last year as one to watch following the release of her four track EP, ‘Free Spirits’. It’s good to see her back with her recently released single ‘I Do.’
A raw and honest account of love gone wrong, the singers plaintive voice is complimented well by pianist Mark Bovee and Tim Allen on mandolin. Emma Durkan’s fiddle playing cranks up the emotional impact of the song rather nicely, particularly as the track nears the end. It’s another well delivered piece from this hard working young artist, both heartbreaking and beautiful. Still only 18, Lisa Kowalski continues to impress.
You can find out more about Lisa Kowalski by visiting her Facebook page here.
Or catch her latest tweets here.
‘I Do’ is available on all the usual platforms. I’d urge you to go and check it out and while you are at it give last year ‘Free Spirits’ EP a listen.
It was way back in June that I managed to catch Little Love and the Friendly Vibes doing their stuff at a sun kissed Leith festival. They delivered a cracking set that day with one of the highlights being their single Italian Leather jacket. The recent release of a fun to watch video to accompany that song certainly brightens up the dull October days we find ourselves in now.
The opening scene sees frontman Euan Weddell buying a leather jacket from a charity shop, the garment instantly transforming him in to a man confident enough to dance down Leith walk wearing flares. (And that has to be one the benchmark measures of just how high confidence levels can reach.) The video is a total blast as passers-by swoon over him and join him on his journey.
There is so much here to make the watcher smile and at times laugh out loud. Leonora Winstanley apparently wrote the Italian lyrics using Google translate. La consegna è eccellente. Bass player Steve Little’s appearance half way though proceedings provides another wonderful moment. It’s hard not to smile as he tells us that he’s ‘had a lot of fun in the back of a van.’
Video director Graham Bodenham, the band’s drummer, has delivered the perfect accompaniment to what is a rather splendid rhythm driven song. Watch it and you will be left feeling a lot of love for Little Love and the Friendly Vibes. You may also find yourself driven towards the local charity shop in search of an Italian leather jacket of your own.
Find out more by visiting the bands Facebook and Twitter pages.
Catch the video below.
With their latest release, The Hector Collectors waste no time at all in getting down to business with the album title itself aping the plethora of click bait headlines that litter the internet.
‘Remember the Hector Collectors?…you won’t believe what they sound like now’ serves up twelve tracks of instantly likeable indie pop, packed full of humour and smart observation. There are several laugh out loud moments, more than a few serious points made and most importantly, some damn fine tunes.
An early highlight is the wonderfully titled ‘It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a 25 Minute Response Video to DESTROY your Argument.’ With a catchy chorus and clever lyrics taking a swipe at internet behaviour it sets the template for much of what follows.
‘Bullies’ provides real food for thought, the breezy soundtrack allowing the message to get through without ever appearing preachy. ‘Just Lovely’ is a fun list of things that may or may not be lovely. The singers reaction to his wife getting tickets to see Sarah Millican is one of the best gags on the album, one of many great one liners on this track alone.
‘Overton Window’ takes a wry look at today’s confusing political scene with the singer initially celebrating how the slightly bonkers has now become mainstream before bemoaning the fact that everything has moved to an even crazier place than even he had imagined.
‘Edgelords’ was released as a single a couple of months back, a great choice as it served as the perfect pointer to an album which simply doesn’t have a bad track on it. Things are brought to a conclusion with the enjoyably odd ‘Leeson Windfarm.’ Unlike the rest of the album it is a rather dark affair but it works wonderfully as a full stop to what has gone before.
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Check out the video for Edgelords below.
Released today, ‘Bored and Lonely’ is the new single from Edinburgh quartet OceanCode. Whilst the band describe themselves as servers of folk pop tunes this offering is a thoroughly tasty slice of pure pop. It does everything a good pop song should. With its strong melodies and catchy chorus ‘Bored and Lonely’ packs in plenty to love during its classic three minute length. Things blend together perfectly here with the band providing the perfect backdrop for singer Ruth Gillies to deliver a thoroughly endearing vocal performance.
‘Bored and Lonely’ is accompanied by two bonus tracks. These are no throwaway extras though. ‘Devil’s in the Detail’ is another well crafted tune. Whilst it doesn’t hook you in as instantly as the lead song it’s a track that definitely rewards repeat plays.
The final track, ‘Brave Face’, slows things down a bit. With much more of a country folk vibe, the sparse musical accompaniment to Ruth Gillies plaintive delivery of the lyrics produces something that is genuinely moving.
OceanCode will be launching their single at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on the 11th of October. With tickets only costing a fiver why not get yourself along, it promises to be a cracking night out.
OceanCode are vocalist/guitarist Ruth Gillies, bassist Morgan Smith, Peter Wall on guitar and vocals and David Burns on drums.
Find out more by visiting oceancode.co.uk
You can also find the band on Twitter.
Released back in May, Control Social Club is the rather fine debut EP from Glasgow punk band Rascalton. With a total running time of less than ten minutes the four songs here provide the perfect adrenaline fuelled antidote to the approaching gloom of winter.
The band don’t hang about on opening track ‘Told you So.’ Imagine early Libertines colliding head on with The Strokes and you would have a fair idea of what’s served up here. Short, sharp and seasoned with wit it’s a great attention grabber.
‘Police’ is a frenetic punk anthem that will leave you breathless. With its punchy verses and super catchy chorus this is surely the pick of the tracks here. Things don’t let up though as ‘Lonely Faces’ maintains the high energy level of the previous two tracks.
Things are slowed down ever so slightly on closing track ‘Lost Generation’. Still full of energy this is a more melodic affair with a couple of pleasing changes in tempo. It’s a strong ending to a short yet highly satisfying collection.
You can catch up with all thing Rascalton on Facebook here.
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You can find Rascalton’s EP at all the usual places but why not treat yourself and buy it on vinyl here.
It’s been around since the end of May but if you still haven’t heard Tigerblood, the latest single form Edinburgh band Vistas then trust me, it’s about time you did,
The band have been producing wonderfully infectious chorus driven indie tunes for a couple of years now. Tracks such as Calm and Retrospect were clear statements of intent, the melodic singalong choruses designed to be real crowd pleasers.
Tigerblood takes that to the next level, It is just impossible to stay still whilst listening to it. Be careful though. It’s one of those tracks that somehow induces a heavy right foot if played in the car. You may be driving sedately as it kicks off. As it ends don’t be surprised to see flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror as you subconsciously press harder on the gas pedal in an attempt to keep up with the sonic storm blasting out of the speakers.
This is a band that demands to be seen live. For details of where they are playing in the coming months check out their website.
They’re also on Twitter and Facebook .
Last year’s EP from Betty and the Bass, Bad Magic Tricks Part 1, was one of my favourite releases of the year. So it was a real pleasure to catch them live at the Leith Festival at the start of June. It may have been a short appearance but there were plenty of highlights as this talented trio served up a tasty wee set. Singer Lyndsey Craig exuded bags of attitude as she fronted the band with effortless cool whilst the interplay between bassist and drummer demonstrated just how tight a gang this group are.
A hefty swig by the singer from a bottle of a well-known tonic wine served as an introduction to new track Monk’s Blood. Released on video at the start of May it’s another piece of indie magic from the band. A gentle start soon gives way to a livelier ska infused vibe as the track progresses towards a riotous conclusion. The accompanying video of the band goofing around in various places in Leith only adds to the fun. It comes at a surprise to see that the track runs for nearly five minutes as it really flies by.
Check out the video and add it to your summer playlist now, you won’t regret it.
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Catch the video on YouTube below.
Released on the 1st of June, Loose End is the new single from Me for Queen. The title track from an album due later in the year, Loose End deserves to be a part of everyone’s summer soundtrack.
Me for Queen is the alter ego of Mary Erskine. Raised in Fife with a blues guitarist Father and herself classically trained it’s perhaps no surprise that her music can’t easily be slotted in to any musical pigeon hole.
Loose End dispenses with an intro, the vocal kicking in straight away, the warm soulful folky vibe proving to be utterly captivating from start to finish. There are several neat changes of pace here and the chorus is an absolute delight. If this song is a sign of things to come then the album is going to be an absolute belter.
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The sun was shining down on Leith festival as Little Love and the Friendly Vibes prepared to deliver their set. Looking like they had just rolled out of Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine their laid back demeanour disappeared as soon the opening chords of first song Fictional Girls rang out. It looked like co-vocalist Leonora Winstanley had been plugged in to the mains along with the amps as she was instantly transformed in to a vigorous ball of energy.
Sounding like a cross between the Buzzcocks and The B52’s, their enthusiasm was impossible to resist from the start. High Maintenance, a song from their album ‘The Same…..Only Worse’ proved to be even better than the rather excellent studio version. . Heads Down, Thumbs Up saw Leonora make one of many forays in to the crowd, the stage proving too small to contain her remarkable energy. The bands certainly weren’t taking themselves too seriously. Guitarist and lead vocalist Euan Weddel’s occasional guitar hero antics in front of the stage were tremendous fun to watch, one of many things about the groups’ performance that left all those watching smiling broadly.
New single Italian Leather Jacket was possibly the high point of their afternoon as the band really got in to their groove. Things were brought to an all too early finish with a storming version of Banter Enhancer. They are appearing at Edinburgh’s Canal festival on the 16th June. Get yourself there if you can, you are guaranteed to have a good time.
Find out more at Little Love and the Friendly Vibes Facebook page.
And why not follow them on Twitter?
If you only go to one gig this month then do yourself a huge favour and catch Voicex making their live debut at the Voodoo rooms in Edinburgh on the 18th of May. Made up of former members of The Scars and Boots for Dancing we are talking Scottish post punk royalty at work here. Add performance poet and Fistymuffs member Suky Goodfellow on voice and things become a bit more than simply interesting
On songs such as The Immortals and Never the band deliver a rich sonic canvas for Goodfellow to paint over with her distinctive strong, direct vocal delivery. The results are powerful, passionate and at times slightly unhinged. In other words the noise they make is simply irresistible.
Support comes from The Ferramoans and The Fakes. And all for only £7. Bargain.
You can buy tickets by clicking here.
Voicex are on Twitter and Facebook.
Checkout the video for Never below.