Family tree: Scotland's indie-pop scene

Family tree: Scotland's indie-pop scene

Featuring Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura, BMX Bandits,The Vaselines, The Pastels and Franz Ferdinand. Mapping out the local music scene in Scotland, one sub-genre at a time

Scottish indie-pop scene-makers Belle and Sebastian continue to keep an active profile 18 years after their inception, with individual members (and former members) cropping up to perform DJ sets or solo engagements fairly frequently. They’re one of many Scottish acts with fingers in many musical pies, sharing their talents among various projects (Camera Obscura, Withered Hand, The Vaselines to name a few.) But do you ever find this musical bed-hopping hard to follow? As part of a new regular thing, we’re mapping out the local music scene, one sub-genre at a time, to show the cross-pollination and collaborations at work. We continue with the ever-morphing world of Scotland's twee-pop, C86 and melodic rock acts.

(NB: Space doesn’t allow this to be 100% comprehensive, but feel free to add your comments in the section below, about any omissions, personnel changes, web links, new side-projects etc. It's also worth noting that, due to their collaboration-friendly nature, some artists will also link in with other instalments in the Music Family Tree series, so you should check those out too.)

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6. Charlie Friel5 May 2014, 2:21pm Report

No mention of The Reindeer Section which included Colin McIntyre, some B & S to name but a few.

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9. Stewart Smith10 May 2014, 1:11pm Report

It would be nice to do more historical family trees, tracing the roots back to the '80s, but you'd need a book for that, or at least a very large piece of paper. As we only have half a magazine page and limited time we decided to restrict these to active bands (hence no Arab Strap, Yummy Fur, Reindeer Selection etc), in order to show the collaborations and cross-fertilisation that's going on now. And even then, we don't have space for everything. As noted above this is one of a series, so check out the other ones.

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