A selection of the best new artists to play at the annual GoNorth festival and conference taking place in Scotland on June 5-6.
Prides / Out Of The BlueLABEL: / CONTACT:
One of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish scene in recent years, Glasgow based trio Prides merge cutting hooks with memorable, honest lyrics- aspiring to create a more substantial kind of pop.
Homework / All I SeeLABEL: / CONTACT:
Homework’s combination of immediately infectious hooks, acutely observed lyrics and sharp synth breaks has seen them be compared to the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk, Errors and Health. Having formed in the Scottish capital in 2009, Homework released their debut album 13 Towers in March this year. Listen to All I See live here.
Casual Sex / Soft SchoolLABEL: / CONTACT:
B-Side to recent single ‘Stroh 80’, released on Moshi Moshi Singles Club, ‘Soft School’ is a sublime amalgam of proto-punk angularity and seventies influenced androgyny from this exciting Glasgow based four-piece.
Garden of Elks / Contended ContenderLABEL: / CONTACT:
Garden Of Elks are the product of a promise and an over-active imagination, a combination which led to three bodies converging in a practice room as the days of 2012 grew shorter than the nights.Hatching two singles and an EP, the turbulent noise pop which followed has scored an enthusiastic rampage through the Scottish music scene. Listen to Contended Contender here.
Fake Major / FictionLABEL: / CONTACT:
Though Fake Major’s list of band members is only two names strong, their music sounds like anything but the work of a four-armed singer songwriter. Having garnered international media support for their debut EP ,‘Have Plenty of Fun’, the Glasgow duo are developing a strong audience for their beautifully crafted pop offerings.
Mike Nisbet / Not LongLABEL: / CONTACT:
Mike Nisbet is a Scottish singer-songwriter, now based in London; a deeply engaging live prospect, Nisbet has built a rapidly growing audience for his bold narratives on lost love, homelessness, family and the blues. A Diving Bell Production, Nisbet’s Debut album ‘Vagrant’ was recorded in Glasgows Diving Bell Lounge in by Marcus Mackay (Snow Patrol, Frightened Rabbit) and is Out Now.
Kobi / All The WayLABEL: / CONTACT:
Steadily developing a reputation for their charged live outings, KOBI’s live CV already includes Main Stage performances at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and RockNess. All The Way' is their debut single was produced by Grammy award winning producer Steve Orchard (Travis, Noel Gallagher).
Protection Patrol Pinkerton / The Future=Our HomeLABEL: / CONTACT:
‘The Future=Our Home’ is the new single from Ghent based quintet Protection Patrol Pinkerton; citing a diverse range of influences including The Strokes, Los Campesinos and Perfume Genius, they will make their UK debut at goNORTH 2013.
Friends in America / Quietly, QuietlyLABEL: / CONTACT:
Hamish Black, Liam Chapman, Scott Duffy and Matthew Rawlings are Glasgow based 'Friends in America'. With influences ranging from Radiohead to Simon & Garfunkel, their atmospheric dream-pop is driven by Rawlings' bold lyrics and heartfelt vocal performances. Notable live outings include support slots with Admiral Fallow, Withered Hand and King Creosote, and the band are gearing up to release their anticipated debut record, ‘What It Is To Be’. Visit their Soundcloud page here.
The Boy Who Trapped The Sun / CaliforniaLABEL: / CONTACT:
'California' is a new song by Colin Macleod (The Boy Who Trapped The Sun), and is the first fresh material since his acclaimed debut album 'Fireplace' was released through Geffen in 2010. Colin is currently recording a new E.P. and playing selected shows throughout the summer. Listen to California here.
Hector Bizerk / OrchestrateLABEL: / CONTACT:
Hector Bizerk is a hip-hop duo comprising the creative, versatile drumming of Audrey Tait and the poetic social commentaries of Glaswegian rapper Louie. Debut album 'Drums.Rap.Yes' received glowing reviews and serves as an apt title, capturing their unique approach to making maximum noise using minimal instrumentation. Storming performances at Wickerman, and T In The Park have elevated Hector Bizerk's reputation as one of the most exciting, diverse and original live acts in Scotland.
The Layabouts / Here With YouLABEL: / CONTACT:
Here With You see’s The Layabouts turn up the pressure with a beautiful collaboration with one of the darling’s of the UK’s urban scene- former Mercury Prize nominee and Def Jam artist, Terri Walker.