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The discovery of new music has, for me, taken more of a nosedive than usual this year. A combination of ennui and financial paucity has meant gigs and records have been rather carefully selected and this has meant the tried and tested prevailing over anything new and risky. I leave the discovery of the next big things to young whippersnappers like my good friend Scott Hastie, a colleague from my HND in Radio days, who is doing great things in the radio world. This year he’s managed to unearth 365 albums worthy of our attention while my paltry offering numbered seven. (Two of my list actually made his!)

FAVOURITE NEW ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

My keen anticipation for the TeenCanteen album Say It All With a Kiss (Last Night From Glasgow) was previewed in last year’s music review. I hadn’t looked forward to a new/debut album since, I don’t know, the mid-eighties. In the interests of balance I should declare an interest. My daughter Felicity and I were one of a select number who performed handclaps on the track How We Met (Cherry Pie), which was recorded at the wrap party for the album. We also went on to appear in the video for the song. (Everyone was supposed to wear red but Flick went rogue and wore a yellow dress. You can spot her easily in the video).

The album’s heady mix of girl group harmonies, electropop glitter, bombastic glam rock and bloody good tunes was always going to be hard to beat as my album of 2016, even before it was released. Believe the hype kids.

The musical year began and ended for me with two very different offerings from Scottish bands. Dropkick‘s alt-country powerpop Balance the Light (Sound Asleep) continued the great work of their numerous previous albums. One day they’ll get the big break they deserve.  A late contender for my year-end list came from The Laynes, a freakbeat mod band based on the West Coast of Scotland. I’d been aware of their penchant for all things 60s and finally got to see them live in 2012 when they supported Secret Affair. While the headliners disappointed me I found The Laynes to be fabulously tight and energetic. The album Come On Board With The Laynes (KDBS) has been worth the wait and I hope I get to see them live again next year.

My other favoured new releases of the year come from old favourites. Teenage Fanclub continue to plough their own harmonious furrow and release wonderful music as and when their schedules allow. Here (PeMa) was every bit as good as I’d hoped and by the time their UK tour came around many of the tracks had already slotted into the set like old favourites. Another longtime love of mine is The Popguns. Simon and Wendy of the band – Mr and Mrs Pickles, if you’d rather – did their own thing with a side project called The Perfect English Weather. The resulting album Isobar Blues (Matinée) was another joyful pop collection and it continues to get regular airplay chez moi even during the festive period.

Ette, side project of TeenCanteen’s Carla Easton, ably accompanied by Joe Kane, released their Homemade Lemonade album on Olive Grove to much-deserved acclaim.

A special mention to psychedelic funsters The Spooks who released their long overdue second album, The All-Seeing Chelsea Boot, a mere quarter of a century – that’s 25 years in old money – since their fabulous debut With and Without. Never a dull moment with these chaps.

In terms of new singles/downloads, I very much enjoyed Foggy City Orphan‘s Rocket, Linden‘s double A-side Bones/Broken Glass, Jo Mango and FriendsWrack Lines EP on Olive Grove, The Smart Set‘s Together on the Moon, La Bella Luna‘s eponymous EP and, best of all, Ette‘s Attack of the Glam Soul Cheerleaders (parts 1 and 2), also on Olive Grove.

MUSIC REVISITED

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It’s not really surprising that this list exceeds the one above. I spent more time revisiting old favourites and records that had passed me by originally. Here’s some of them:

Squeeze – East Side Story (A&M 1981)
The Shadows – Greatest Hits (Columbia 1963)
Ultravox – The Collection (Chrysalis 1984)
Easterhouse – Contenders (Rough Trade 1985)
Associates – Sulk (WEA 1982)
Billy Bragg – Must I Paint You a Picture: The Essential Billy Bragg (Elektra 2003)
REM – The Best of REM (IRS 1991)
UB40 – Signing Off (Graduate 1980)
Kraftwerk – The Mix (KlingKlang/EMI 1991)
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84 (Virgin 1982)
Julian Cope – Floored Genius: The Best of Julian Cope and the Teardrop Explodes 1979-1991 (Island 1992)
Kate Bush – The Kick Inside (EMI 1978)
The Sundays – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (Rough Trade 1990)
Prefab Sprout – Swoon (Kitchenware 1984)
Dr Hook – Greatest Hits (Capitol 1980)
Psychedelic Furs – Greatest Hits (Columbia 2001)
Black – Wonderful Life (A&M 1987)
The Lotus Eaters – No Sense of Sin (Arista 1984)
Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’ (Fortuna Pop 2010)
Talk Talk – Natural History: The Very Best of Talk Talk (Parlophone 1990)
The Lemonheads – The Best of the Lemonheads: The Atlantic Years (Atlantic 1998)
Friends Again – Trapped and Unwrapped (Mercury 1984)

There would’ve been others too but these are the ones that stuck in my memory. For the first three months of the year Flick and I listened to nothing but David Bowie to the point where she knows the words better than I do.

COMPILATIONS

I do love a good compilation and here are some of the ones from this year that I really enjoyed.

Love and Affection: More Motown Girls (Ace)
John Savage’s 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded (Ace)
Where The Girls Are Volume 9 (Ace)
Toujours Chic! (Ace)
Love Hit Me: Decca Beat Girls 1962-1970 (Ace)
Scratch My Back!: Pye Beat Girls (Ace)
Here Today!: The Songs of Brian Wilson (Ace)

That’s a lot of Ace records. Literally.

GIGS/EVENTS

The financial constraints brought about by unemployment and no entitlement to any kind of benefits (thanks DWP) meant gigging, as well as record buying, was cut to a minimum this year.

Three trips to see TeenCanteen, including album launches at either end of the M8, brought my tally for seeing them to 16. They now lie third behind One Thousand Violins (21 gigs) and BMX Bandits (18, including Duglas solo). With BMX Bandits and TeenCanteen playing together in Paisley in January there’s a good chance that either or both will overtake the Violins at some point in 2017. They have been top of my gig-going pile since 1989.

My first gig of 2016 was Tom Hingley in the less than salubrious setting of a pub in Cowdenbeath. His two-set offering of Inspiral Carpets favourites proved what a great catalogue they had. He also threw in some blues covers, which seemed a bit out-of-place.

April saw Frightened Rabbit hit Dunfermline. I’m not particularly a fan but a friend had a spare ticket. It was okay and the assembled hordes loved them but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. As mentioned earlier Teenage Fanclub returned with a new album and did two tours in support of it. One small one with a handful of dates and then a larger one later in the year. The Edinburgh gig in September was the perfect time to take Felicity to her first proper sweaty club-type gig, with the Liquid Rooms having the honour. Such a shame it was so unbearably hot. Despite being in an airy part of the balcony it was absolutely boiling. It was an under 14s gig but at 5’6″ Flick enjoyed a rite of passage in getting in underage (my first proper gig was when I was 17). A proud moment. I also saw the Fannies later on in December with my friend Phil. The place was rammed and it was hit after hit after hit. Okay not ‘chart’ hits but you know what I mean. The place was crawling with old friends and you couldn’t move for indie pop stars.

In any other year the Fannies Barrowlands show would’ve been gig of the year. But there was one gig in August that would’ve taken some beating. It was also the first gig of the year that Felicity and I went to together. It was no ordinary gig and in no ordinary venue or country.

Felicity is goalkeeper for Bayside Girls and her team had been invited to take part in the Norway Cup in Oslo, the biggest children’s tournament in the world. As soon as we signed up in October for the tournament I checked the What’s On guides for Oslo to see if any other events were taking place during the week of the Norway Cup in August. There was one stand-out event or should I say eight. Kraftwerk had announced they were playing eight albums, over eight gigs, in four days and all in 3D. The venue was to be the Operahuset, a beautiful building which would be five minutes walk from our chosen hotel. Taking into account the days on which Flick would be playing football, as well as other planned activities and also which albums the band would be playing we plumped for The Mix, which was a kind of greatest hits and a good starting point for Flick to learn about the German electro giants. I was worried that Flick might not enjoy it or be bored or not ‘get it’ but I needn’t have because she said it was “amazing”. Robots was her particular favourite. When we got back to the hotel we FaceTimed my wife, pretending to be robots. I guess you had to be there.

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RADIO BROADCASTS

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The usual domestic commitments mean that I can’t listen to all of these shows every week/month etc but I enjoy them regularly enough to list them as amongst my best of the year.

Sound of the Sixties (Radio 2)
Andrew Collins’ Saturday Night at the Movies (Classic FM)
Lauree McArdle’s Spin Cycle (WERA-LP 97.6 FM Arlington, Virginia)
The Earl Okin Show
John Cavanagh’s Soundwave (Radio Six International)
Pete Paphides on Soho Radio
Forgotten 80s (Absolute 80s)
Paul Brown’s Curiosity Shoppe (Mixcloud)

The year ended with some good news for me in that I’ll be working part-time as a support worker for a blind radio producer/presenter so my foot will be back in the door of radio, albeit a toe at a time so no doubt I’ll be listening to more radio.

The only music televsion I watched regularly this year was the Top of the Pops repeats on BBC Four. Due to the issues surrounding the behaviour of certain presenters ‘back in the day’ many episodes have not been broadcast so the shows can jump leap ahead, missing out weeks. We still get to see messrs Read, Vance, Bates, Jensen and, unfortunately, Peter Powell, who was the Richard Madeley of the day. I dare you to watch one of the shows fronted by him and not shout obscenitites at the screen. Go on, try it. I should add the early broadcast of the show is edited so it’s best to watch the full length repeated edition, which goes out early in the morning. You should also watch them while following the @TOTPFacts on Twitter, which is a wonderful service by Ian Berriman providing all manner of facts about those performing on that week’s show. It isn’t just taken off Wikipedia. The shows also confirm, as if you didn’t know, that Modern Romance were crap.

So that was my musical 2016. A small and perfectly formed selection of where my musical head was at. I’ll have missed out some stuff and may add it in as and when it comes to me.

The main overriding musical talking point in 2016, however, was the loss of so much musical talent. Actually, that’s a major understatement. The list was endless… David Bowie, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Colin Vearncombe (aka Black), Signe Toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane), Terry Wogan, Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire), George Martin, Keith Emerson, Merle Haggard, Prince, Billy Paul, Guy Clark, Scotty Moore, Prince Buster, Pete Burns (Dead or Alive), Bobby Vee, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Greg Lake amongst others. God bless them all and thank you for the music.

Fatherson Open Book

Fatherson return with a new album on 3 June 2016. Released on the Easy Life/Sony Red label Open Book is the follow-up to 2014’s I Am An Island and will be available in several formats: signed CD, signed gatefold vinyl LP, signed CD with handwritten lyric book and signed gatefold vinyl LP with handwritten lyric book. You can pre-order the album HERE. You can also preview one of the tracks Little Lost Boys (Radio Edit) HERE.

Dropkick 2

I alluded to the release of this fine new record from Dropkick a couple of weeks ago and here, as if my magic, it now is (thanks guys!). It has, as the kids are wont to say, “dropped” but in my case it means from the letter box to the mat behind it. The most pleasing of sounds as I ingest bran flakes, banana and Homes Under The Hammer – thanks postie! A pleasing sound nonetheless, as is the album itself.

While the likes of Bowie were ever ch-ch-changing, Dropkick are very much a if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t fix-it kind of band and for that I love them. That’s not to say the album sounds like all their others (and there’s plenty of them) because it doesn’t. There’s still plenty of the melodic alt.country powerpop they’re known for while moving hither and thither in other musical directions. Not so much pushing the boundaries as giving them a little tickle under the chin.

I love album opener Save Myself because, rather ironically, it sounds like the kind of epic, leave-you-breathless track that could close an album and, after a brief pause, have you start the whole record again – “start afresh”. Maybe it’ll be a live set closer. It has that kind of feel about it.

It’s a mighty fine album and one I shall be embracing on a daily basis over the coming weeks and months, like a musical hot water bottle keeping me warm as winter bids farewell and ushers in the spring.

You can sample poptastic track Slow Down on YouTube.

Balance The Light is released on Sound Asleep/Rock Indiana on 25 March 2016 and available to pre-order NOW.

Contact:
Website: http://www.dropkickmusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dropkickmusic
Twitter: @dropkickmusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcockroach
Bandcamp: https://dropkickmusic.bandcamp.com/

Tuff Love Resort

My first musical hero was Roddy Frame (still is) and he shares, along with my mother, a birthday on 29 January. Coincidentally it will also be a cause for celebration in the Tuff Love household as they release Resort, a compilation of their first three EPs, on that day.
TYCI are hosting a launch in honour of this great occasion and what a multi-starred evening it promises to be. Not only will headliners Tuff Love be looking to shift some units, they’ll be ably supported by the ever well-groomed pottymouth Vaseline (seriously, mouth like a docker) Frances McKee. Bossy Love will also be putting their best foot forward, with TYCI spinning the platters that matter before and after each set.
The shenanigans take place at Stereo on Glasgow’s Renfield Street on Friday 5 February 2016. Tickets are a measly £10 and available HERE. Bargain!
While it is Tuff Love’s party and they cry if they want to, they’ll actually be on second, following on from Frances and setting a good example to Bossy Love.

Resort collects together the Junk, Dross and Dregs EPs, quite naturally in chronological order, in one handy CD-sized package, with vinyl version available for those who like that sort of thing. These formats are available in good record shops (and maybe some rubbish ones as well) but you can pre-order it HERE.

As well as hanging out in some homegrown haunts Tuff Love will be terrorising, in the nicest possible way, the nightspots of mainland Europe. Check out the order of play:

5th Feb 2016: Stereo, Glasgow (as annotated above) [TICKETS]

22nd Feb 2016: Summerhall, Edinburgh [TICKETS]
24th Feb 2016: Trades Club, Hebdon Bridge [TICKETS]

25th Feb 2016: London Fields Brewery, London [TICKETS]
21st Mar 2016: Berghain, Berlin, Germany [TICKETS]
22nd Mar 2016: Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany [TICKETS]
23rd Mar 2016: Eldorado, Zurich, Switzerland [TICKETS]
25th Mar 2016: La Parenthese, Nyon, Switzerland [FREE ENTRY]
29th Mar 2016: La Salle Du Grand Marais (LSFM Festival), Riorges, France [TICKETS]
1st Apr 2016: Le Divan Du Monde (LSFM Festival), Paris, France [TICKETS]
2nd Apr 2016: Les Trinitaires (LFSM Festival), Metz, France [TICKETS]
19th-21st May 2016: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton [TICKETS]

That’s your lot for now. Go on, shoo, beat it.

 

Lost Map Holwin' Fling 2016

Lost Map Records’ Howlin’ Fling returns this summer for a two-day extravaganza on the home of The Pictish Trail, namely the isle of Eigg.

The line-up remains more of a secret than a certain Colonel Sanders’ recipe but will be revealed in the fullness of time.

Tickets, priced at £110, will go on sale on Wednesday 10 February and for that princely sum – along with some wholesome musical entertainment – you get a place on the specially-chartered ferries and camping. This year’s Howlin’ Fling will be a more intimate stripped-back affair than usual so tickets will be rarer than rockin’ horse poo. Get the dates in the diary and your pennies in the piggy bank.

The rather superb poster was designed by Andrew Denholm.

Born To Be Wide

Born To Be Wide returns from a winter break to celebrate its 20th birthday. They’ll mark the occasion with a self-help seminar for managers, artists and record labels on Thursday 4 February at Electric Circus in Edinburgh.

“This seminar will help unlock the many techniques within everyone’s grasp,” explains Born To Be Wide founder Olaf Furniss, who will chair the evening. “We guarantee that anyone attending will increase their chances of being covered and do a better job than most PRs.”

The seminar will cover a number of music-related themes including “online promotion, social media, deadlines, creating an effective biography and how to get useable press photographs”.

Speakers:

James Bruce (Concert promoter),
Amy Ferguson* (BBC Radio Scotland producer),
Jannica Honey (photographer) and
Matthew Young (Song, By Toad records).

After the seminar, the panelists will be playing a selection of their favourite tunes as well as ‘working the room’ while ‘pressing the flesh’.

Tickets for Wide Days are priced at £5.50 (£4 for Musicians’ Union Members) and are available from the website.

The running order for the evening is:

1900 Doors Open
1930-2125 Self-Help Seminar
2115-late Guest DJ sets and socialising, mingling and schmoozing

* In 2012 Amy and I were in the team that won the Radio Academy (Scotland) quiz. How’d you like them apples?

 

 

BAMS2015

After much deliberation and polishing off of crusty Yule Logs and leftover turkey, the results are in for the 2015 Scottish BAMS Record of the Year.

The annual Scottish BAMS (Bloggers and Music Sites) poll to find the best album of 2015 has been decided by an esteemed group of Scottish music presenters, journalists and bloggers (listed below), including yours truly.

Anyway, enough preamble, the winner for 2015 is…*cue fanfare*…

KATHRYN JOSEPH for Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled.

On how she felt at winning the award a delighted Kathryn said, “It feels amazing! Thank so much!”. Her own favourite album of 2015 was five places below her in the poll, “Sufjan Stevens record is the most beautiful piece of music ever. For me that is the most beauiful record of last year”.

The Top 10 on the poll were as follows:

  1. Kathryn Joseph Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled
  2. Miaoux Miaoux School of Velocity
  3. C Duncan Architect
  4. Young Fathers White Men Are Black Men
  5. Chvrches Open Every Eye
  6. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
  7. Kendrick Lamarr To Pimp a Butterfly
  8. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  9. Wolf Alice My Love is Cool
  10. Public Service Broadcasting The Race for Space

For the record, my own votes were cast as follows:

1. Linden Rest and Be Thankful (AED)

2. Rozi Plain Friend (Lost Map)

3. Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders Chrome Cassettes

4. Boots For Dancing The Undisco Kidds (Athen of the North)

5. Randolph’s Leap Most Clunky (Lost Map)

6. Public Service Broadcasting The Race For Space (Test Card)

7. Young Fathers White Men Are Black Men (Ten Big Dada)

8. Robin Gibb Saved By The Bell (Rhino)

9. The Truth Who’s Wrong: Mod Bedlam 1965-1969 (RPM)

10. Bodyheat Bodyheat (Mini LP)

I was genuinely surprised that two of my selections made the Top 10. While dominated by Scottish acts, as you’d expect, the vote was open to any record and the bootm half of the Top 10 were taken over by international acts.

31 different writers voted for a total of 160 records, with 11 selecting Kathryn Joseph in their top 10s.

The 2015 BAMS were: Scottish Fiction, Jim Gellatly, Almost Predictable Almost, Vic Galloway, The Spill, For Malcontents, Netsounds , Is This Music?, Manic Pop Thrills, Last Year’s Girl, Tenement TV, 17 Seconds, Alan Morrison, Houdidontblog, Post Nothing, Glasgow Podcart, Everything Flows, Avalanche, The Skinny, Alive & Amplified, Jocknroll, Ski Pie Rage, Local Music Scene, Get Music, Ravechild and The (New) Vinyl Villain.

The 2015 BAMS were brought to you by Mike (Manic Pop Thrills), Neil (Scottish Fiction), Jamie (Netsounds Unsigned), Al (Houdidont), Stuart (Is This Music?) and Lloyd (Honorary Head BAM).

Past winners:
2009 The Phantom Band The Wants
2010 The National High Violet
2011 Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat Everyone’s Getting Older
2012 Meursault Something for the Weakened
2013 CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
2014 The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

Linden BonesBones/Broken Glass is the brand new single from Linden, nom de plume of ex-Superstar/BMX Bandit/Groovy Little Number Joe McAlinden. You can watch a trailer (such a tease) for the new video on YouTube HERE.

Joe and the band are busy, busy, busy and will be in session on Janice Forsyth’s Radio Scotland show this afternoon (Wednesday 20 January 2016). New single Bones also features rising stars JR Green and is released in the UK on 5 February on Edwyn Collins’ AED Records and in America on Slumberland Records.

You can also see Linden live at Celtic Connections on Wednesday 27 January 2016 (alongside ex-Silencers frontman J J Gilmour) at Oran Mor before venturing south of the border for the first time to the Trades Club at Hebden Bridge on 31 January 2016.

Contact:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linden.music
Twitter: @joemcalinden
Label: http://www.aedrecords.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ9rGFRFWXhYX0vVzhBFDaQ
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/joe-mcalinden

Mt Doubt
While I’ve been a fan of Joe McAlinden’s work for more years than I care to recall Mt Doubt are very new to me. My finger hasn’t been on the pulse of every thing happening musically in the nooks and crannies of scottish rock and pop so I’m always grateful when CDs or, as is the modern way, digital links are thrust into my email inbox.

While Linden takes the name of its frontman and songwriter, it has a regular carousel of band members to call upon. Mt Doubt is more of a one-man operation. Leo Bargery is the colonel-in-chief of Edinburgh-based Mt Doubt, who started life at the beginning of last year.

Debut album My Past is a Quiet Beast was released to great acclaim last year (I’m slow to catch on!) and the first two singles from it – Feathers and Asunder – garnered the right kind of attention from Messrs Gellatly and Galloway as well as XFM and Scottish Fiction. In fact Slick Vic declared Mt Doubt one of his 25 Scottish Artists to Watch in 2016.

Mt Doubt has a new single and album lined up for later in the year but in the meantime you can catch him (and band) at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh when he (they) support Edinburgh’s Bronston on 5 February 2016. In fact, it’s Bronston’s debut live performance, in support of their I Feel Safe single. Tickets available HERE.

I enjoyed the mood swings of My Past is a Quiet Beat. From quiet introspection to full-on sonic cathedrals of sound, there’s so much to hear in terms of atmospheric soundscapes. If you love a bit of quiet-loud-quiet tuneage then Mt Doubt should float your boat. The self-released album was produced by The Winter Tradition‘s Mark Morrow and is worthy of your attention.

Contact:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MtDoubt
Twitter: @MtDoubt
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOF4MNC7l_cJkYvogU-72Q
Bandcamp: https://mtdoubt.bandcamp.com/releases
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mtdoubt

 

ABCQuinn

It’s been a great start to 2016 for Glasgow artpop exponents and Jocknroll favourites A Band Called Quinn. On the back of two Art & Business Scotland nominations they’ve released a new single. The fabulous From The Gutter comes from their equally wonderful Biding Time (remix) album.

Tromolo Productions – for which lead singer/songwriter Louise Quinn is the Artistic Director – has been shortlisted in the International Award category for their collaboration with LaChunky Studios and the pair are also up for the Digital Innovation award. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday 3rd February. Good luck to Louise, Bal, Robert and Steven and the team at LaChunky, who sponsored the multimedia Biding Time (remix)‘s three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 as part of the Made in Scoland international showcase.

A Band Called Quinn are Louise Quinn (vocals/songs/guitar), Bal Cooke (drums/bleeps), Robert Henderson (trumpet/keyboards) and Steven Westwater (bass).

Contact:
Website: http://www.abandcalledquinn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abandcalledquinn
Twitter: @ABCQuinn
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/abandcalledquinn

Dropkick 2

Dropkick return – were they ever away? – with a brand new album Balance The Light released on their own Sound Asleep imprint as well as the Rock Indiana label.

The new record of alt.country, powerpop gems comes out on 25 March 2016 and will be available as a download, 180 gram vinyl and CD and will feature the mighty fine artwork of Edinburgh artist/designer Alan Lennon. Balance The Light will also be available via the usual online retailers. It can also be pre-ordered through the band’s shop with every pre-order receiving an immediate download of the album track Slow Down and you’ll also be emailed a link to download a bonus EP featuring 3 non-album tracks. Nice!

To celebrate the release the band are heading off to mainland Europe for their debut appearances in Germany, before returning homeward for shows in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

8th April 2016: Raumfahrtzentrum Saarner Kuppe, Mulheim, Germany
9th April 2016: Music Star, Norderstedt, Germany
21st April 2016: Clark’s, Dundee, Scotland
22nd April 2016: The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland
(double-bill show with the capital’s The Wynntown Marshals)
23rd April 2016: 13th Note, Glasgow, Scotland

Andy Tucker will support Dropkick at the three Scottish gigs with The Chinaskis joining the party at the 13th Note show.

The current line-up is: Andrew Taylor, Ian Grier, Scott Tobin, Mike Foy and Roy Taylor.

Contact:
Website: http://www.dropkickmusic.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dropkickmusic
Twitter: @dropkickmusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcockroach
Bandcamp: https://dropkickmusic.bandcamp.com/

Snowgoose

Snowgoose make a welcome return with their second album The Making of You, follow up to 2013’s very wonderful folksome pop of Harmony Springs. The album’s release is imminent and will be available on vinyl, CD and download formats.

You can hear songs from both albums at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on Friday 5 February 2016. Support comes from Mo Kenney. More ticket details and stage times HERE.

The live band will consist of Anna Sheard (vocals), Jim McCulloch (guitar), Stuart Kidd (drums), Raymond McGinley (guitar), Stevie Jones (bass) and Chris Geddes (keyboards).

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