"...off kilter indie pop laden with
"...infectious, reverb-strewn hooks..."
Edinburgh based artist Andy Thomson - aka Fuzzystar's latest album Telegraphing is out now via Satellite Sounds. You can buy physical copies through MusicGlue and Bandcamp, as well as download and stream on Spotify.
To celebrate the release, the album is also available to stream exclusively on Northern Transmissions now.
The video for Fuzzystar's latest single and title track Telegraphing premiered on The National and is also available to watch via Fuzzystar's YouTube channel.
Fuzzystar's video for previous single Angel Transported premiered on Gigslutz and is also available to watch on the band's YouTube channel.
Telegraphing flows with a rich narrative alongside scuzzy melodies and uptempo indie-rock beats. The album is full of catchy riffs akin to The Cribs but with the endearing emotion strewn delicacy of Sun Kil Moon. From the catchy hooks of Angel Transported to the twinkling melodies of emotive ballad Telegraphing, and the reflective and honest sense of fragility oozing from 'High Friends', the new album from Fuzzystar is sure to capture the hearts of many in no time.
Referring to the album’s title, Thomson explains that the songs are about a “mix of love, loss miscommunication, feelings of alienation or being disconnected. Telegraphing to communicate and also indicating something you may not already be aware of yourself, like the physical metaphor for it, often referred to in boxing.”
Andy Thomson has been playing solo and in various line-ups as Fuzzystar for years; starting in Edinburgh, with a stint in London, before returning to Scotland. The band name comes from an appreciation of the bands Big Star and Mazzy Star. Now, Fuzzystar is made up revolving cast of whoever is available at the time, hence the name - a star which looks like one star but is made of lots of other stars.
Catch Fuzzystar live at the following dates:
6th May - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh - Tickets
Fuzzystar's album Telegraphing is out now via Satellite Sounds. You can buy physical copies through MusicGlue and Bandcamp, as well as download and stream on Spotify.
"...a fusion of colours, tones, and textures that builds up towards something gently emphatic."
"...full of impassioned, strained vocals..."
- The Skinny
"...a richly textured collision of styles which fuses into a generally gorgeous listen."
- The List
Glasgow's ULTRAS have today released their self-tiled debut album via Hello Thor Records and Instinctive Racoon. The album is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
The brain child of multi-instrumentalist Gav Prentice ULTRAS exhibit wide ranging influences taking in elements of hip-hop and electronica to rock, pop and traditional Scottish folk music, styles that could be heard ahead of the release through Tenement TV's exclusive stream. This built upon an already impressive list of coverage ranging from Gideon Coe's BBC Radio 6 show to Clash Magazine and The List. The video for recent single release You’ve a Foul Mouth John Barleycorn, a track produced by Miaoux Miaoux’s Julian Corrie, was unveiled on The Skinny and is available to watch via the Hello Thor YouTube channel.
This followed the stream premiere on Gigslutz, who described it as "a racing, energy-fuelled electro-indie anthem.". Stream the track now via the ABoF Soundcloud page.
Previous single Napoleon, a track illustrating ULTRAS versatility as composers, was also recently picked up for airplay by BBC Radio 6's Steve Lamacq and the track is free to stream via the ULTRAS Soundcloud page.
ULTRAS’ eclectic take on modern pop music is as challenging as it is rewarding; a twelve track record that confronts the listener sonically and lyrically, resulting in the creation of a sound that has the ability to reach euphoric highs as well as melancholic lows.
Started on the back of the break of up of his former band, cult pop act Over the Wall, ULTRAS set about making a record with the help of six separate producers, an approach heavily inspired by Gav’s love of hip-hop mixtapes. This bold approach has helped to build a sound full of diversity, from the aforementioned You've a Foul Mouth John Barleycorn to the warm, emotional, mournful lament on Team Handed, which premiered on Clash and sees Gav reunited with former Over the Wall partner Ben Hillman. Odd-pop maestro Jonnie Common oversaw the chopped up samples and bass of Stepping Out, while on This Is Where I Fall and The Path To Getting Paid, we are hit with the big, alternative rock sounds and tight rhythms produced by Joe Cormack, renowned for his work with Pictish Trail. Here, ULTRAS have created a cacophony of rich soundscapes, emotionally demanding your attention throughout due to its rousing, passionate and, at times, witty take on modern life and culture.
Describing the project as “violent pop for the patronised” the ULTRAS live act sees Prentice (beats, guitar, keyboard, vocals), joined by Matt Clark (guitar, bass) and Roy Mohan Shearer (drums, keyboard). The project has already gained support from a number of notable music industry figures with coverage coming from Simon Raymonde and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio, Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show, Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland as well as Goldflakepaint, Song by Toad and Podcart. ULTRAS are currently arranging a tour for May 2017, following on from their successful appearances at The Great Escape, and Wickerman festival as well as supporting the likes of We Were Promised Jetpacks and Admiral Fallow.
ULTRAS self-titled album is out now via Hello Thor Records and Instinctive Racoon. and is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
"... fiery garage-rock filled with blistering guitar riffs and ground-shaking percussion..." - The Revue
Channelling the late 70s CBGB’s era of New York city’s punk rock scene, Glasgow two-piece Bad Mannequins are preparing to unveil their raucous sound to a new generation. Their debut EP Deny Til U Die Part I is set for release via Triple Denim on 2nd June 2017.
Ahead of the EP's release, Bad Mannequins have shared new track Buzz Killer Skinny Gene, which premiered on The Revue and is now available to stream via the band's Soundcloud page.
The first of a three part EP trilogy, Deny Til U Die Part I contains radio friendly tunes combined with a garage rock attitude, as Bad Mannequins press their steel toe capped boots firmly on the throats of modern music; melding an in your face punk rock sound with tongue in cheek lyrics, creating a fun, hook-laden four track record. Semi-autobiographical and aiming barbs at the music scene in general, Deny Til U Die Part I gives the sense of a band who don’t take themselves too seriously, without losing their ability to create highly technical garage rock tunes. Opening track and forthcoming single I Hate You, encapsulates everything that Bad Mannequins have to offer: killer riffs are accented by metronomic, pounding drum beats, fuzz-filled vocals are delivered at break neck speed and all rounded off neatly with the obligatory hand clap.
Comprised of Ross Hamilton (lead vocals, guitar) and Jamie McGrory (drums, vocals), the duo formed after having been in a previous band together. Combining their efforts to write songs collaboratively, they realised they were creating something that was a huge departure from what they had been used to, and they loved it. Taking inspiration from the likes of Electric Six, The Hives, Television, Ramones and B-52s, the second song they ever wrote was immediately picked up by US TV show Limitless with their track ‘No Easy Way Out’ being used in the opening moments of the first episode. Since then, the band have written a trilogy of EP’s, which they will release over the course of this year, with a number of gigs planned to coincide with each release.
Deny Til U Die Part I by Bad Mannequins is set for release on 2nd June 2017 via Triple Denim.