Student Guide 2015: Best new Scottish bands
- David Pollock
- 2 September 2015
New music's everywhere you look in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We select some of the best new bands to look out for, east or west
Formed by members of The Low Miffs and, ahem, Kassidy, White are an unexpected revelation, a party-starting fusion of LCD Soundsystem and fellow Glaswegians Franz Ferdinand and Simple Minds. ‘Future Pleasures’ has so far been the unsung song of the year; expect to hear more of them in future.
White play the Tenement Trail, Glasgow, Sat 3 Oct.
The Spook School
‘We try to play pop music,’ runs the slogan on the website of Edinburgh’s Spook School, although it’s tricky to just focus on that when singer Nye Todd is transgender and unafraid to explore issues around that in eloquent, unabashed and amusing style within the band’s lyrics. Rolling Stone have already featured them, as much for the bloody great pop music as the essential discussion.
Just… what a band. If there’s one thing (okay, one of many things) a proper music-loving student should do with their time in Glasgow, it’s see this enthrallingly wild sextet live. Their punk-disco beats have been released on Optimo Music, but somehow they don’t quite measure up to the full live experience.
The son of two classical musicians who studied at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, Chris Duncan is the latest in a line of Scots successes on FatCat (see: Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad, Honeyblood). His sun-kissed psychedelic beat-pop sounds like nothing else out there.
A racket-making Glasgow duo who conjure mental images of Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Evan Dando, Pinact are pleasingly DIY and possessed of some fine tunes. One of them is also in Catholic Action; consider them recommended too.
Pinact play Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Sun 13 Sep; Tenement Trail, Glasgow, Sat 3 Oct; Stereo, Glasgow, Thu 22 Oct.
The unexpected but very well-deserved winner of this year’s SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award for Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled – following in the footsteps of Young Fathers last year – Kathryn Joseph is a singer-songwriter from Aberdeen with an impossible crystalline fragility to her voice and compositions.
Kathryn Joseph plays Glad Café, Glasgow, Sun 6 Sep; Spree Festival, Paisley, Thu 15 Oct; Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Thu 22 Oct.
Man of Moon
Grizzled and gothic Edinburgh psych-rock duo have built a sound that’s at once fuzzy and perfectly tuned to its underlying current of pop choruses. The NME love them, which is always nice.
Man of Moon support the Twilight Sad at Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 12 Dec.
Eighteen years old and with a mature pop sound which fuses R’n’B and breathy electro-swing balladry, Glaswegian singer Kloe is already in the ‘bound to be famous soon’ category.