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17 Jun 16
The gist PAWS go for broke with their third LP The music PAWS return with a third album which sees them musically poppier and lyrically angrier. This is perhaps expected when you combine a young Glaswegian band with Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 (in on production duty), but what you get is a surprisingly cohesive album which is as direct and blunt as it is a complete blast. The band stick to their simple three piece punk aesthetic but everything sounds bigger and bolder.
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27 Oct 14
The gist The Twilight Sad pull one out of the bag, hopefully there'll be more to come The music On a recent trip to Glasgow I found myself singing songs in my head, a semi-regular occurrence for me, but on this occasion there was a difference, I was singing them in a ridiculous Glaswegian accent, attempting to sound like James Graham from The Twilight Sad. Luckily, I don't think any of this went anywhere outside of my head, otherwise I would have been severely punished by a Glasgow hard-case.
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06 Oct 14
The gist WWPJ recruit a new member, write some catchy tunes. The music This is the third album from We Were Promised Jetpacks, a band formed in Glasgow and subsequently signed to FatCat Records. It's a similar story to their peers The Twilight Sad, and to some extend it's a similar sound (both dabble in anthemic song progressions), but where The Twilight Sad use layered brute force to get their point across, WWPJ go for a more melodic approach.
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08 Sep 14
The gist British three-piece go to New York, get their gear nicked, get snowed into a studio and make a new record. The music For me, the most notable thing about Mazes' previous album Ores & Minerals is that it was, stylistically speaking, all over the place. A great record but not one that would pin down who Mazes were and what they were trying to do. From the outset, their follow-up Wooden Aquarium is more focused, the first two tracks blur seamlessly into one and they instantly set their tone.
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02 Jun 14
Around this time 2 years ago, PAWS were making an incredibly favourable first impression with their Misled Youth EP, shortly followed in autumn 2012 by the brilliant debut album Cokefloat. Like many before them they’ve toured and toured, seen the world, and found the hours somewhere to write and record this latest little bundle of wonder, Youth Culture Forever.
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26 May 14
The gist Gentle Friendly's second album, their first for FatCat, is named after the sad, sad story of a extinct Hawaiian bird...in case you were wondering The music It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that this album is a bit of a head-fuck. Going by previous form, and a pretty incomprehensible album title you'd put money on it. Casios, tapes, layers and layers of weird noises, drums and cataleptic vocals are the order of the day on an album which never really settles into any sort of routine.
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01 Apr 13
Dead gaze is the musical nom de guerre of Cole Furlow, Mississippi resident and member of the Cats Purring Art Collective - a slew of music-makers native to that locale. Active under the Dead Gaze name since 2009, Furlow is the owner of a prolific back catalogue, having released numerous cassettes and records across various labels – and this is the material from which the tracks on this eponymous compilation of an album are drawn (alongside some new unheard ones).
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08 Jan 13
The Growlers probably aren’t aware of their cross-culturally unfortunate choice of name, or at least weren’t when they chose it. They are however almost certainly aware of the music they make, and how to make it, such is the studied, measured, all-too retro sound they conjure.
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08 Oct 12
Cokefloat marks the first full-length outing for Glasgow-based 3-piece PAWS and, if that wasn’t fantastic news enough in its own right, it’s a frankly stunning opening gambit, a beguiling, infectious and winning adventure in alternative music making which flows from hook to catch with almost effortless sublimity.
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09 Jul 12
Mostly No is the second full length release by Milk Maid, the band founded and fronted by former Nine Black Alps bassist Martin Cohen. It Arrives hot on the heels of last year’s highly-regarded debut Yucca, possibly buoyed-on speedily by Cohen’s enthusiasm for wanting “to be a songwriter in a band” and perhaps by his desire for things to be less thought of as a solo endeavour.