Autumn highlights: The best albums and gigs from Scottish bands
The Phantom Band, The Twilight Sad and Errors set for action
The Phantom Band
Chemikal Underground’s finest, most eclectic and most likely signings of recent years return with the follow-up to last year’s debut Checkmate Savage.
The Wants is released on Chemikal Underground, Mon 18 Oct.
The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
Among many other socially focused-music events, the annual Music Like a Vitamin returns for two shows (HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, Fri 1 Oct; O2 ABC, Glasgow, Sat 2 Oct) featuring new collaborative work from artists including James Graham (The Twilight Sad), Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Rod Jones (Idlewild), Emma Pollock, Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts and James Yorkston.
Various venues and times, Fri 1 Oct–Sun 24 Oct. See www.mhfestival.com for info.
British Sea Power, King Creosote, Silver Columns, Kompakt signees Walls, Darren Hayman (Hefner), Malcolm Middleton’s new project Human Don’t Be Angry and an array of Scotland’s finest export the atmosphere of Anstruther’s Fence Homegame to the Isle of Eigg. Sound good? All but the lucky few will have to imagine it fondly.
Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, Fri 24–Sat 25 Sep. SOLD OUT. www.fencerecords.com
The Twilight Sad and Errors
Two of Scotland’s finest bands come together for a co-headline tour. During the tour, ERRORS will be releasing a new remix LP Celebrity Come Down With Me on Mogwai’s Rock Action label – reworkings of Errors’ excellent Come Down With Me by Gold Panda, Mogwai, Dam Mantle and others.
Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Oct.
Come on Gang!
Edinburgh’s infectious one-girl, two-boy powerpop trio release their new single ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ with a party featuring local luminaries like FOUND and Jesus H Foxx, then follow it up with a Here We Go Magic support in Glasgow.
Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 10 Sep; Captains Rest, Glasgow, Tue 14 Sep.
Following the self-release of their ninth studio album Shadows earlier this year, their first in half a decade, Bellshill’s most lovable West Coast indie-rockers return to the live stage.
Barrowland, Glasgow, Sun 12 Dec.
Belle and Sebastian
It’s been four years since The Life Pursuit and ever since, spiritual West Enders with library cards and sensible footwear the world over have been adrift. But now the Belles are back with a new album and a three-night residency at Glasgow’s most iconic venue.
Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 19 Dec-Tue 21 Dec. Belle and Sebastian Write About Love is released on Mon 11 Oct. www.belleandsebastian.com
He’s been the frontman of The Beta Band and his own projects King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, but the new album under his own name Boys Outside has seen some of his best press yet.
Stereo, Glasgow, Sun 17 Oct.
Fresh from a couple of line-up changes, the Arcade Fire-alike Edinburgh indie orchestra release the follow-up album to Until the Earth Begins to Part on 4AD, with live dates no doubt following closely.
Let Me Come Home is out on Mon 25 Oct.
The Glasgow supergroup featuring members of Franz Ferdinand and The Royal We and Turner Prize winner Richard Wright make a one-off return at the launch of David Shrigley’s new book.
Mono, Glasgow, Thu 23 Sep.