Student Guide 2016: New Scottish Music

New bands, acts, singers and artists to discover

Student Guide 2016: New Scottish Music

Catholic Action

You're at a party, the Spotify playlist is being compiled, and someone asks if you've heard any decent new music recently. Don't panic: just consult this handy list of top tune-makers. Whether or not you take the credit for discovering these wonderful acts is entirely up to you

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Lush, lo-fi indie rock from Glasgow, with roots in other well-loved bands from the city like Casual Sex and Pinact. They released their debut LUV this year.

Continental DIY pop from songwriter Manuela Gernedel and her husband Nick McCarthy, a sometime member of Franz Ferdinand and FFS. Released on the Isle of Eigg's mighty cottage label Lost Map.

Anna Meredith
The multi-talented winner of this year's Scottish Album of the Year Award, for her gorgeously eclectic album Varmints, has also composed for the BBC Proms.

Founded by Carla Easton of Scots indie-poppers TeenCanteen and Joe Kane, Ette's Homemade Lemonade (on Olive Grove Records) is an album filled with big sounds and sharp hooks.

We have no idea how to pronounce it (Deathpoodle?), but DTHPDL make some great, arcing rock with hints of shoegaze and grunge on the much-respected label, Song, by Toad.

Theo Kottis
The Edinburgh-raised and based DJ, producer and sometime Sub Club resident is a favourite of Pete Tong, having released tracks on Anjunadeep, Moda Black and Sasha's Last Night on Earth, and recently remixed Jake Bugg.

Recently relocated to London from Edinburgh, but still released by the LuckyMe collective, Naked make dark, experimental electronic pop with a feminist edge.

Mt Doubt
A band formed around Edinburgh songwriter and musician Leo Bargery, Mt Doubt add an electronic edge to the warm expansiveness of Arcade Fire and the National. There's little doubt they'll be big, alright.

Modern Studies
Based in Glasgow, recorded in Perthshire and released on Edinburgh's Song, by Toad label, Modern Studies are Emily Scott, Rob St John, Joe Smillie and Pete Harvey, and they make folksy chamber pop.

Self-confessed lovers of Hot Chip, Alt-J and James Blake, the Glasgow quartet make pristine, contemporary synth-pop music, and have already earned a place on the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park. Think synths, subs and vocoders.

Mt Doubt

Dark pop and alt.rock noises from Mt Doubt.

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Thu 15 Dec

£5 / 0131 226 4224

With Redolent and Rebel Westerns.

The Tooth & Claw, Inverness

Fri 18 Nov


  • 21:00 Mt Doubt The Tooth & Claw, Inverness

The Vestry, Dundee

Fri 25 Nov

£5 / 01382 226451

  • 19:00 – 23:00 Mt Doubt The Vestry, Dundee

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno

Composer Anna Meredith condenses Vivaldi's Four Seasons into one work, interspersed with new material, with visuals by Eleanor Meredith.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 13 Nov

£11.42–£18.42 / 0131 473 2000

Tramway, Glasgow

Thu 10 Nov

£17 (Students £10; unwaged £5; under 16s one free per paying adult, £5 thereafter) / 0845 330 3501

Fri 11 Nov

£17 (Students £10; unwaged £5; under 16s one free per paying adult, £5 thereafter) / 0845 330 3501

Synergy Concerts Present !! Anna Meredith

Scottish Album of the Year Award Winner 2016 Anna Meredith plays CCA on Wed 2 November 2016. Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘maximalist’ ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the different worlds of…

CCA, Glasgow

Wed 2 Nov


£12.50 £1 booking fee / 0141 352 4900

Sat 4 Feb 2017


£12.50 £1 booking fee / 0141 352 4900

Catholic Action

Retro indie rock.


'Brutal' experimental pop duo Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston signed to LuckyMe.


NAKED are Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston and their debut album ZONE is a brutal and distorted experimental pop vision out September 30 th worldwide. Reflecting a disenchanted youth's masochism of digital-overloading, the young band explore themes of human isolation and the contorted nature of sex and…

Theo Kottis + Concrete Music

The Scottish producer steps up to the headline slot. His music is sometimes dark, sometimes uplifting but always emotive.


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