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January 8th, 2021
The first edition of The Weekly Broadcast from 2021 is here. As always we have selected some of the best new tunes for your listening pleasure.
Words by Selina Mclean & Callum Fergusson.
Black Honey – Believer
Another album is coming from the Brighton rockers, and with the latest teaser from what’s to come, it’s bound to a great album. The most recent release ‘Believer’ is exactly what you might expect from a Black Honey song with singer Izzy Phillips mesmeric voice hypnotising us
Shame – Nigel Hitter
Ahead of their new album, Nigel Hitter is the fourth single off their eagerly anticipated second LP. Whilst the three prior singles had been a breath of fresh air for Shame fans, the latest single could arguably have featured in their first album and has a familiar feel to it. With the new album only a week away we cannot wait to hear the full thing.
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Personal Trainer – Muscle Memory
From the get-go, it’s hard to predict where this song is going, until the chorus hits and it is increasingly evident that Personal Trainer have released a banger. The short two-and-a-half-minute tune may be over quickly, but with uneasy and menacing verses that blossom into a very catchy chorus, this release from the Dutch act will easily engrain itself on your memory.
Open Letter – Beafets
The East Kilbride four-piece return with yet another classic! Harking back with nostalgia to the guitar-led indie of your youth, there is sweet sentimentality to be found with this band amid sincere wordplay and catchy riffs.
Press Gang – TV Priest
TV Priest have released a thin slice of post-punk goodness into the world. The explosive chorus bursts into action grabbing the attention immediately with snarling vicious undertones apparent throughout. A gnarly driving bassline and uncaring vocals may have you expecting a full-on chorus, but when it hits – oh boy!
Repent – Saint Agnes
Taken from their upcoming mini-album due for release in March, the London four-piece return with an unrelenting heavy hitter of a track, switching seamlessly between harmonious and snarling vocal tones backed by piercing instrumentals for three minutes of gloriously intense chaos!
Kings of Leon – The Bandit
After a 5-year release hiatus, Kings of Leon return with a comforting and familiar indie rock song. It could be said that the Kings of Leon song formula has been in place since their 2008 release hit the mainstream, and they have barely wavered from that style that shot them into fame. Whilst The Bandit is no Use Somebody or Sex on Fire, it Is still a very strong song with a catchy hook and a memorable chorus.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – I Wanna Be Like You
Of course, you want to hear a children’s song covered by one of the best Psych bands around. PPC has covered possibly the catchiest Disney songs there is, and of course, with their own gritty take on things, you would be forgiven for thinking this was their latest original. The Aussies take no prisoners with an abundance of crazy guitar lines and wild drumming.
Fly Pan Am – Scanner
This slow burner fizzles and whirls for 3 and a half minutes of genius instrumental uneasiness. This would not be out of place in an eery sci-fi thriller movie, and whilst the song itself doesn’t develop past this sinister soundscape, having listened to it a couple of times, the shivers down your back keep coming back.
December 11th, 2020
16 new tunes this week but with a twist. This week’s playlist features 16 of the best artists from the 2021 Stag & Dagger lineup.
Featuring songs from Hotel Lux, PVA, Liz Lawrence, Dutch Wine, Just Mustard, and many more.
December 4th, 2020
Did you find out your embarrassing listening history on Spotify Wrapped this week? There is nothing wrong with loving a bit of Taylor Swift! What better to kick off the new Spotify year (that’s now a thing) than digging into 13 new tunes and make sure to follow the playlist.
Words by Selina McLean & Callum Fergusson
Calva Louise & Strange Bones – Nine Lives
This song is everything you would expect from a collab between these two hard-hitting indie punk rock bands. Calva Louise & Strange Bones have combined to bring this in your face and hostile tune to life distorted yet sweet merged with a little Latin in the bridge results in a song that will come in bash you around, yet leave you wanting more.
The Ninth Wave – Everything Will Be Fine
There’s no better way to end what has been a monumental year for the Glasgow four-piece than with an uncharacteristically optimistic burst of hopeful euphoria from the usually dour ensemble. Once again pairing the vulnerability of sincere wordplay with an industrial barrage of synth tones, for three minutes of glorious clarity.
Gallus – What Do I Know
Just a month after the previous release Marmalade – Gallus are back with another entertaining single. The typically off-beat drums united with crunchy guitar riffs throughout fits the Gallus template, and the chorus is irritatingly catchy with the relentless energy oozing out of every crevice possible.
Pelican Tusk – Not What You Meant
The long-awaited follow up to their EP “ Rhubarb’s House”, released at the start of the year is finally here, and oh my, was it worth the wait! Harmony can certainly be found amongst the chaos on this track, seamlessly blurring choppy guitar tones and harsh, jagged vocals with calming harmonies and smooth as silk basslines, effortlessly cool and shamelessly unafraid to experiment, can’t wait to hear more!
Greentea Peng – Spells
Psychedelic soul songstress Greentea Peng has released yet another majestically soothing track. Spells, the follow up to October’s Revolution, boasts a luscious combination of R’n’B and soul, that both complement each other so kindly allowing this song to glide by smoothly without missing a beat.
The Vegan Leather – Sanctum Sound
TVL returns with their friendly art-pop in their latest single Sanctum Sound, following up to last month’s‘ Gloaming’. There are no surprises here from The Vegan Leather, who are very good at what they do – funky basslines, glorious vocal harmonies, and an abundance of catchy hooks.
V.C.O – Halfway House
After a prolonged period out of the game, Glasgow act V.C.O are back with their second single ‘Halfway House’. After a slow start the song bursts into life, and seemingly picks up from where they left off with the first single, with large instrumental periods followed by punchy drumlines, a highly catchy chorus, and sprinkled on top some super snappy synth.
Goat Girl – The Crack
A return we loved to see this year was that of South London post-punks Goat Girl, as they share the second single of their upcoming album! This track lures you in with unrelenting synth and vocal tones, its cosmic undertones almost magnetising as they channel the idea of being on a post-apocalyptic planet untouched by humanity – almost blissful, definitely captivating on the ears!
Olivia Dean – What Am I Gonna Do On Sundays?
As the title track of her new EP, of the same name, Olivia shares an understated heartbreaker, her silky vocal tones quite literally do the talking on this break-up ballad, the soulful sound offering comfort in self-reflection and change, a truly gorgeous release from start to end.
Finnfm, Snedz – Won’t You Come Over
Drenched with youthful nostalgia, reminiscent of early 2000 classics you’d hear blaring from speakers in the height of Summer, sun on your back, can in hand – instantly taking you to good times – we can’t wait to see what’s next for the Mi Familia collective, but what’s for sure is there’s nothing but goodness coming from the east coast!
Shame – Snow Day
Shame meets Black Midi in the latest release from the English post-punk rockers. The second single from their upcoming album, Snow Day shows a different side to Shame’s musical ability with a dark and eery atmosphere emitted from the get-go, mixed with some monotonous talking and tuneful yelling. This single hypes up the anticipation for the album release.
Shredd – Flight of Stairs
The re-release of this hellraiser from Glasgow riff-rock band Shredd is a pleasant addition to the playlist this week. An everpresent in their live set this song pulls on the heartstrings a little, not the content of the song itself but more the longing to be thumped around in a mosh pit.
November 30th, 2020
Our pick for artist of the week this week is Paisley-based electronic pop duo Drift, who with their latest single release ‘The Isle Of, Pt.2″ are back in the foreground of the Glasgow music scene.
The band has released this song that is close to their hearts, having been written about a trip to the Isle of Arran for a friend’s birthday party, which seems like quite a foreign concept especially at the moment being firmly in the Covid era. One of their previous singles The Isle Of was Linzi’s tribute to the Isle of Arran whereas this time around Andrew wrote this song on their return from the party about “anxiety, ego, friendship, and self-belief. The feeling of being scared of acceptance by another group, throwing yourself into an experience, and having a great time.”
The Isle of, Pt.2 is the bands sixth single and is one that we are patiently waiting to see live. Have a listen below:
November 27th, 2020
Our pick of the best new songs released today from around the globe. This week’s edition comes in at just over half an hour but covers an eclectic mix of music. Read on below to see our thoughts.
Words by Selina Mclean & Callum Fergusson
Fiendz YT – Reptile Child
This predictably in your face and aggressive song from Glasgow hard-hitters Fiendz YT enhances their reputation as one of the angriest and punchy punk bands in the Glasgow scene. The chaos is thrown in your face from the get-go, and the two-minute unrelenting whirlwind flies by and doesn’t let up, whipping up a frenzy until Prince Andrew admits to having a sweating problem.
Anabel Allum – Standing In The Way Of Control
Annabel has created her own stripped-back spin of this classic and even more impressive is the fact this song is almost unrecognisable from the original song by Gossip. She sculpts an uneasy and slow-building atmosphere in this song, one that grows progressively more eery, and only when the words in the repetitive chorus sink in do you realise this is a cover.
Conor Heafey – None of That Matters
This new song from Glasgow based singer/songwriter Conor Heafey brings in a lovely jangly guitar riff which transgresses right into the catchy chorus. Conor, who is no stranger to releasing calming and smooth singles, brings an upbeat addition to this week’s playlist with this majestic indie-pop song.
Joshua Grant – Lay Me Down
Edinburgh singer/songwriter is aiming for the stars and with his latest song it’s clear to his intentions are legit. The young artist who is clearly capable of writing a catchy chorus, and who supported Tom Walker last year, has released Lay Me Down which is a great addition to his growing collection of acoustic bops.
Sam Fender – Winter Song
Sam Fender’s take on the Lindisfarne ‘Winter Song’ is a beautiful new release from the Geordie man. His first release for a few months makes up for the lack of music and also tackles the poignant issue of homelessness this Christmas. We hope it’s not too long until Sam is back with more of his own music, but this certainly will make the wait easier.
Liam Gallagher – All You’re Dreaming Of
With all proceeds of this track going to Action For Children, not only does this serve as a festive treat to the ears but also supports a very worthy cause! The Oasis legend needs no introduction and neither does this lovely Christmas ballad!
Will Joseph Cook – Something To Feel Good About
Consistency is key with this indie sensation, hitting it out the park yet again with this delicious, infectious slice of pop! Following on from 2018’s “Sweet Dreamer” the tricky second album need not be a worry for Will. A coming of age chronicle covering everything from breakups to growing up, spun into feel-good classics!
DRIFT – The Isle of, Pt 2
You could never tire of the Paisley duo’s trademark hazy euphoric synth stylings, least not on this track serving as a mesmerising dedication to friendship and the Isle of Arran. The merging of vocals against harsh disjointed synth tones marry well for another stunning single from the two-piece.
Phoebe Bridgers – If We Make It Through December
Phoebe Bridgers and Christmas covers are a match made in heaven and her 2020 offering is no exception! This year sees her take on a classic hit from the late, great Merle Haggard, with proceeds going to Downtown Women’s Centre. For three minutes of holiday-tinged melancholy, allow yourself this moment of calm.
Arlo Parks – Caroline
Another beautiful ballad taken from her upcoming debut album, due for release in 2021, “Caroline” pairs the sweet soul stylings of her ever-heartbreaking lyrical storytelling and eased vocal for an understated classic which remains in your head long after it’s been played.
November 23rd, 2020
Having made their grand return last week after some time away, Codist are back with the first offering of their second album “A Dream Is Just A Big Thought” due for release in January 2021, and we can’t get enough!
Nearly five years on from their debut “Nuclear Family ” the Glasgow four-piece have rid any angst-driven stylings that once trademarked their sound on the new track “Carrying the Milk Around”. This has been replaced instead with infectiously catchy melodies and meaty guitar parts evolving into a brighter version of a once very grunge heavy sound, while still keeping hold of the lyrical sincerity which makes them so endearing!
The latest single paves the way for a promising new era for one of the city’s most underrated bands! For further listening, this quartet are filled to the brim with side projects deserving of extra attention:
November 20th, 2020
It’s Friday! The weekend is here, so it’s time to relax. Why not stick on the playlist and chill out. 12 new belters ready to be gobbled up. Have a wee read below to see our thoughts on the tracks this week.
Words by Selina Mclean & Callum Fergusson
Russell Stewart – Citrus
Russell Stewart has done it again. The follow up to Midsummer just oozes that jazzy vibe that fans of Russell’s music will be aware of, culminating in a snappy and boppy chorus. All over the track you’ll hear wavy synth and loose drums that very much have the ability to get hips swaying. If we had gigs – this would be one to dance to!
Spyres – I Don’t Care
Spyres are back and what a tune this is. I Don’t Care feels like another step in the right direction for the young Glasgow band, with a more mature feel to this song yet with that familiar catchy chorus. This single has an almost calming presence throughout, yet when the chorus rolls into town you know that the indie rockers have not lost their touch. Spyres have come on leaps and bounds in their first year and it is exciting to see where they go next.
Shame – Water in the Well
Those mighty London post-punks returned this week to deliver the second single from their long-awaited next album “Drunk Tank Pink” due for release in January! Water in the Well explores the self-awareness silence brings when the music stops – no doubt sprung from having to take a break from a rigorous touring schedule the band has undertaken in recent years! We can expect a far more experimental side to their instrumentation, citing the likes of Talking Heads and ESG as inspiration, you can definitely hear that shine through!
Pretty Preachers Club – Nothing Revealed / Everything Denied
If this latest offering from the Glasgow duo is anything to go by we can’t wait to hear the EP also due for release next month! Despite simplistically angelic in composition, their raw wordplay packs quite the punch – can’t wait to hear more!
Codist – Carrying the Milk Around
Whilst Carrying the Milk Around is quite a niche song topic, the song itself from Glasgow rockers Codist hits the spot. This promising first single from a new album coming in January establishes the mood of what is to come, and going off what we have from the album so far it is one to look forward to.
Shygirl – TASTY
Despite only being her second EP, it’s clear Shygirl has a knack for producing cohesive, multidimensional bodies of work, and so much can be said for the range shown in each of these six tracks. Audibly industrial while lyrically empowering is a mix well made.
Amie Huckstep – Butter Could Melt
Butter could most definitely melt into the warmth of Amie’s vocal, this serene offering from the Glasgow singer/songwriter will ease you into the bleakness of any winter’s day – a truly calming listen.
MarthaGunn – Nowhere to Run
Nowhere to Run is a little more laidback than some of the songs found on the Caught Up & Confused EP from earlier in the year. That being said this slower and steady approach from MarthaGunn works well and this song proves that the band have not lost their ability to craft a proper hook.
Bad Nerves – Terminal Boy
Terminal Boy – the new single from Bad Nerves – is an energetic mess and very much akin to the bands other releases, being fast, aggressive and over in a flash. Coming in at just under 2 and a half minutes, you’ll need to play it back a few times just to get your fix of this stormy song.
PVA – Talks
The London three-piece have just released their EP “Toner” and it’s a total binder! Synth-driven groove beats backed by the warming crooning of vocalist Josh makes for a self-assured debut that longs to be enjoyed live!
Julien Baker – A Dreamer’s Holiday
Julien has covered the festive classic as part of Spotify’s holiday collection, as expected delivering a beautifully dreamy rendition! Acoustically paired down allowing for the mesmerising vocal and cosmic lyricism to be truly appreciated!
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Automation
Automation is the eery new single from Aussie psych-rock band King Gizzard. Right from the get-go the guitar riff feels a little uneasy but is extremely memorable and seems to power the song right through to the end. The monotonous repetition of Automation in the chorus acts as a release of tension built up in the verses. The single from their brand-new album K.G. sets the tone nicely.
Check back next week for some more of the best new songs.
November 16th, 2020
This week’s artist of the week is none other than Paisley-based act The Vegan Leather. The VL, who established themselves on the Scottish music scene a few years back and have been everpresent at the forefront of the Glasgow scene since have just released their first single since they released their debut album ‘Poor Girls / Broken Boys’ into the world last year.
The Paisley art-pop quartet have made a welcome return over the past couple of weeks not only with new single “Gloaming” but also with its incredible accompanying visuals! We caught up with bassist Matt to see what they’ve been up to:
So, what have you been up to since we last heard from you?
“We literally just went straight back to recording and writing. The majority of the music created for the album was formed about a year prior before the release of the album, so we had more or less a good 6 months without writing anything new. So, we had tons of pent up ideas and energy that we had to get down.”
What made you return with “Gloaming” any particular meanings behind this track?
“We returned with Gloaming I think because of how different it sounded to the stuff on the album. The way its mixed, the timbre of the instruments and also our whole ethic in creating the song was different. We weren’t being too precious like we have been in the past, it was a case of just throwing everything at the track and seeing what sticks, and if something sounded bad out it went. In terms of the meaning of the song we started with the music first and it sounded mysterious and dark which is vibes we haven’t really played around with before. When it came to the lyrics the vibe of the song reminded Marie of the atmosphere set in the moors of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. A big part of the book is set in wild and untamed landscapes and that inspired the meaning behind the song. It became a monologue of enticing someone into the wilderness with you.”
How was the creative process with “Gloaming” was it much different to producing the album? “Nothing has really changed in our process in writing in terms of the formation of the track. We still work the same way post Covid-19, as we always were a band that more or less functioned on cloud-based sharing of ideas and using good ol dropbox. One thing that did changed that I mentioned before is we did say to ourselves to be more fearless in our writing and not be too precious with our ideas.”
How did you maintain motivation with the band over lockdown – any recommendations of things that helped get you through?
“We were constantly writing over lockdown. Weighing up mixes, coming up with new ideas. We were quite lucky in that we managed to get into a studio the day before the first lockdown came into play and get a good bit of content to mull over during lockdown. In terms of new inspirations, I got really into Always Sunny in Philadelphia which I don’t know if it has directly influenced our music but has always made me think if things are going bad for me at least my life is not as shit as the characters’ in that show. Also discovered I really like toast with peanut butter with maple syrup during lockdown which personally helped me a lot during the Covid madness with keeping me sane. Lots of fibre, lots of sugar!! Very nice! Good for the belly good for the soul.”
Check out their new single “Gloaming” now, we can’t wait to hear more!
November 13th, 2020
This weeks playlist is filled with some absolute crackers, read on to find out a little more about each track.
Alfie Templeman – Shady
The new Alfie Templeman song may not be as boppy as his more recent releases, but he falls back into familiar territory releasing this vibey chill indie tune. The follow up to Forever Isn’t Long Enough still has the usual catchy guitar hooks throughout, and he manages to generate this upbeat song without having a mega catchy chorus. It’s a toe-tapper.
Django Django – Glowing in the Dark
As the title track to their next album due for release in February, the electronica four-piece have created an electrifying introduction for what’s to come, naming this, “a creative rebirth for the band of sorts.” Despite themes of escapism, they have managed to stay true to the genre-defying electro-rock stylings they’ve grown synonymous with, making for a very welcome return!
Ruby Gaines – Without a Gun
Ruby Gaines has released her follow up to last month’s debut single Cardamom with this energetic bop. The sophomore single recorded in Galashiels at the infamous MacArts centre, has the same big room sound that featured in the previous single, and the song never stops for a breath with Ruby’s vocals piercing through the music and creates an almost eery vibe. We are excited to hear what comes next from one of Glagsow’s most revered, reinvented singer songwriters.
Do Nothing – Glueland
Instrumentally raucous yet lyrically sincere a balance tipped perfectly by these Nottingham punks. The four-piece continue to find calm in the chaos, this time producing an ode to the in-between, perfectly fitting for the current climate where feeling a bit stuck is known all too well!
Lizzie Reid – Always Lovely
The third release from the Glasgow based singer/songwriter is equally as comforting as the previous two singles. Lizzies mesmeric voice carries the song, and three minutes fly by as you become engrossed in the angelic energy emitted from her airy vocals. The soft nature of Lizzie’s music is there to be heard and whilst the first three singles have been released in a quick blast, we are already eagerly awaiting her next song.
Fauves – Spaced Out Face
Consistency is key with this six-piece, producing yet another funk-infused dreamscape with the blissful croonings of vocalist Ryan on the helm. With every release the group cement a truly anthemic back catalogue which deserves to be experienced live to fully appreciate the wonders of their musicality, hopefully soon!
Saint Raymond – Solid Gold
Callum Burrows or better known as Saint Raymond has released yet another soft indie banger. The latest single in a flurry of releases follows the indie template found in his other tunes with catchy choruses and chill verses and this song once again hits the spot. The chorus is memorable and will get your head nodding along to the beat in no time.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – The Terrors
The Aussies are back with a vengeance. The psych rock act never releases tame songs and this one is no different. There is an almost OOMPA feel about this ever-present in this rambunctious mess, and as with most Crumpets songs you get rolled over from the get-go with a fireball of energy roaring right through to the end. The fourth single from their eagerly anticipated fourth album suggests that the album will be worth the wait.
Marika Hackman – Pink Light
Marika Hackman’s covers album is out today and she manages to put her own sad indie spin on all of the songs. Pink Light originally written by LA trio MUNA does just that, with Marika’s slow energetic vocals layered on top of airy atmospheric piano which allows the song to have an air of originality despite being a cover.
Wasuremono – Big Big Smiles
Taken from their new album, “Let’s Talk” due for release next year, this track is obscurely delicious in its guilt-free pop styling. Infectious hooks teamed with a wildly addictive chorus line, no doubt stuck in your head for days!
ADULTING – Plummet
We can’t wait to hear more from these Glasgow up-and-comer’s, instrumentally unrelenting kept driven by an angsty but engaging vocal that’ll hit repeat in your mind long after listening, a nice wee slice of post-punk!
Haim – Feel The Thunder
The legendary Haim sisters can truly do no wrong, returning with what should be nothing more than a feature on the soundtrack for a family friendly flick, instead produces a fierce glam rock inspired anthem, packed with shredding guitar solos and animalisitc vocal tones!