Young Aviators – Sober October – Video

The Scotland based electro-indie band Young Aviators last featured earlier this year and were introduced early in 2014.

Young Aviators - Sober October

Young Aviators

The sound of Young Aviators has evolved in the past approaching two years with an expanded line-up to a quartet adding electronics to the sound taking the sound from garage-rock to electro-indie and their latest song to be revealed Sober October, continues that journey.




The track has a more gentle flow of music, whilst lyrically loosing none of its punchiness. The guitar is still given to hurling fists, yet these are now encased in boxing gloves rather than bare-knuckle fighting, while the percussion and bass reflects more of the synth, giving them a less pugilistic stance.

You Aviators have managed to transition to more rounded sounds, whilst still retaining the core of what appealed on introduction and maintaining a natural connectivity between concept and delivery, that keeps the listener smiling.

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Universal Thee – Hounds – Audio

Originally introduced in 2013, the Scottish alt-rock band Universal Thee are scheduled to release the LP All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace on the 19th of February 2016.

Universal Thee - Hounds

Universal Thee




Since their introduction, whilst remaining a quintet, only two of the originating members remain with Robin Spivey (Guitar), Andrew Perrie (Bass) and Matt Grieve (Drums) joining the line-up.

The album marks the completion of the transition of Universal Thee from their folk-rock starting point, which for those who are new to the band is an almost unrecognisable element, to an alt-rock out-fit.

The penultimate of the ten tracks on All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving GraceHounds – discovers the band in mastery of their space, whilst retaining the strong cohesion between lyric and instrumental composition.

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The Dirty Blonde – Either Way – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock band The Dirty Blonde released the LP SugarMilk on the 6th.

The Dirty Blonde

The Dirty Blonde

The seventh of the eleven tracks on the album – Either Way is a piece which finds the quartet in a quieter moment and gives them an opportunity to showcase their technical abilities in a track demanding much of them, which they deliver successfully.

Introducing Either Way behind a skeletal guitar The Dirty Blonde are able to provide the audience with a building framework which as it progresses through the just under four minutes builds layer upon layer until the bare-bones are replete with living and breathing tissue and it is a testament to players they felt confident enough to demand the audience stay with them to discover the fulsome evolving storyline.

SugarMilk itself is a forty minute release (available on bandcamp) to add to the ‘hazy days’ playlist.

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Girobabies

Girobabies is the alt-rock project of Mark McGhee (Vocals), Robbie Gunn (Guitar), Gordy Duncan Jr (drums), Jess (Keys) and Jo D’Arc (Bass) from Glasgow in Scotland.

Girobabies - Who Took Utopia? - Vinyl

Girobabies – Who Took Utopia? – Vinyl

With a couple of releases behind them prior to the launch of the LP Who Took Utopia? Girobabies have established themselves in the live performance circuit. Established musicians with other vehicles this is reflected in the out-put which has a self-assured confidence as the quintet take the listener on a journey of different spaces.

Girobabies do not use volume or speed to create the impact of their material, rather the depth of textures which wrap themselves around the room like a bespoke pair of gloves and the listener finds themselves engrossed by the out-put.

Whilst the musicians paddle away busily to deliver the complex structures of sound they arrive to the ears with the elegance of a swan gliding across a still pond. The keys add a subtle layer of background from around which the guitar slithers its layering while percussion maintains an ever present sense of underlaying rising-panic giving the material its brooding, threatening presence whilst the superbly delivered vocals generate the context. As regular readers know my favoured section of a band is pretty well always the bass and the fact that it hasn’t been mentioned in the sound description rightly leads you to believe it needs its own commendation as it is wielded with undeniable ability ranging from hiding in the mix of sounds to standing like a gravestone to which the out-put pays homage.

Though the LP was released back in September it is also being released on the 18th as a limited edition coloured milky-vinyl through Grebo Records, whose limited run releases increasingly feature. Both the digital and vinyl versions of Who Took Utopia? are available on bandcamp – though there will only be 300 of the vinyl run.

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John Lemke – To Let It Go – Video

John Lemke is a Scottish ambient-mirage creator.

John Lemke - Nomad Frequencies - artwork

John Lemke – Nomad Frequencies – artwork

Inspired by a year of personal and global upheaval John Lemke found the elements to write the appropriately named LP Nomad Frequencies, which was released in September.

The eighth of the ten tracks – Let It Go, reflects on the ability to catch faint glimmers of light when all around appears forlorn in a track that undergoes a transition from a feeling of resigned abandonment to discovering vague hand-holds of purchase during the just under six minutes duration.

The electronics and subtle, signature, piano eerily scope out the room as though testing the mettle of the listener before melting into the marrow of the bones, creating a feeling of isolated pragmatism and leaving a sense of hope.

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Nomad Frequencies – John Lemke is available on iTunes.*

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