Scotland

Happy Halloween from Scotland’s, Eugene Twist: “Halloween Drama Queen”

Eugene Twist is already known in Glasgow, Scotland for his talent as a “narrative songwriter” and he has come to us this October with a Halloween-themed single. The track titled, “Halloween Drama Queen”, showcases his poetic and theatric abilities. The music video perfectly captures the details in Eugene’s story, the images bouncing between black and white and color. It is a story of a man who loses his lover on Halloween, forced to spend the night alone.

 

 

Eugene Twist is schedule to release a new record called, The Stuntman, early in 2017. Stay tuned and check him out live if you’re in the area:

 

Nov 3rd – Record Factory, Glasgow

Nov 26th – Strange Behaviors Festival,

Stirling Tollbooth

Album Review: “New Cells” by Dead Boy Robotics

Dead Boy Robotics, a quickly moving electro-rock dark wave group from Edinburgh, Scotland, is the work of Gregor McMillan, Mike Bryant, and Paul Bannon. After releasing their self-titled debut EP back in 2011, the boys have laid down the synths and software that carried their first record so heavily. In exchange, they’ve picked up more tangible instruments, which in this day and age is becoming rarer. Their new record, New Cells, is defined by rich and charred bass and rhythm guitar lines, weighty drum riffs, and soaring vocals that deliver the lyrics with true conviction.

On this record the band explores introspection, fear, mistrust and end of the world all the while maintaining an incredibly unique punk-infused electro-rock dark wave sound. Each track gushes effortlessly into the next.

The opening cut, “Lost”, introduces itself initially as something the record is not. The first 35 seconds of “Lost” sound like the beginnings of an electronic record when all of a sudden the listener is launched onto the fast track to the heart of Dead Boy Robotics. From this point on, the record never looks back.

“Echo” maintains that tight grip, beginning with the darkest, roughest most unforgiving bass line. In fact, it’s refreshing how decadent and imperative the bass guitar is on this record. The bass guitar isn’t just offering cadence, tempo and rhythm, it’s directing the melody. Check out “Echo”:

 

The title track, “New Cells”, plays tricks on the ears and is one of my favorites. It is the perfect quantity of restraint and calm mixed with just the right amount of darkness, intimidation and volume. When listening on a good pair of headphones, the sounds bounce from ear to ear and slightly distorted vocals and a gentle rhythmic heartbeat lure you in until the song explodes.

The most passive track on the record is the track, “Spells”, which only appears subdued when compared to the rest of the album. It still upholds the intensity established at the start of New Cells. The concluding track, “Ships”, teases the listener with calm, echoing instrumentals and distant vocals but as is the Dead Boy Robotics’ way, these sonic ideas are fused with pounding drums and gritty guitars that leave the listener anything but bored.

New Cells and Dead Boy Robotics’ debut self-titled record are both available on iTunes. New Cells was recorded in Edinburgh at Tape, mastered in New York City and released on the label, Brothers Grimm.

New single from Glasgow band, Broken Boy: “Ready”

Brothers Cam and Stewart Black are well versed in songwriting so much so that they decided to take a step back and quit worrying about how exactly they wanted their music to sound and focused primarily on what music came to them organically. From this ideology was born their latest single, “Ready” an optimistic and confidence-inducing track that urges one to welcome change and move forward to higher ground. The uptempo rock track is both triumphant and empowering. Check it out:

 

Broken Boy is Cameron Black, brother, Stewart Black and Fraser Laing.

New track from Scottish four piece, Cherri Fosphate: “Auf Wiedersehen”

The name of this Scottish four piece’s band, Cherri Fosphate, is as confusingly delicious as is their music, without the confusing part, it’s just delicious! Back in 2012, this foursome decided they wanted to keep their rock and roll t’s crossed and dot their i’s but get rid of the frills and flourishes, and bring the stripped back n’ raw sound of New York rock to their homeland of Scotland. They have clearly accomplished just that. They’ve developed a simple sound that makes listeners happy in all the right ways, without overstimulating as a lot of rock music and do these days.

Cherri Fosphate is Jonny Sharpe (vocals & guitar), Alan Robinson (lead guitar), Jordan Lannigan (bass) and Sonny Kainth (drums) and back in 2013 they released their debut EP Burning Youth. This EP was very well received and since then have been playing shows with the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Honeyblood and others and playing festivals like Brew at the Bog and Belladrum.

They just premiered a new single/download in Clash Magazine called “Auf Wiedersehen” which is an upbeat garage indie rock track with an irresistible chorus.

Look for the new full length that includes “Auf Wiedersehen”, We Didn’t Come Here to Say Goodbye, which will be out late November. For more on Cherri Fosphate, check out their Facebook page and official website.