Band of the Month – December 2016 – Readers’ Choice

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White Bær - Band of the month December 2016

White Bær

As regular readers know – all articles are published by the Universal Computer time-zone and at 23:59 UTC on the 31st – time to reveal the Readers’ Choice for the band of the Month for December 2016.

From Scotland – White Bær.

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Park Planet – Collisions – Video

The Scottish nu-disco trio Park Planet are finalising details for the LP Rebel Rebel.

Park Planet - Rebel Rebel - artwork

Park Planet – Rebel Rebel – artwork

A band who have featured on the site from time to time since their introduction in 2012. Over the years their style has evolved and the newest track – Collisions – finds them delivering a piece which will have a natural home at an after-party.

A while in gestation, the album Rebel Rebel was signposted over a year ago, with Collisions being the first composition to come from the LP.  On the basis of the latest song -I reconfirm what I said in September 2015 – I look forward to hearing the full release.

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Ded Rabbit – Figurine – Single Review

The Scottish alt-rock quartet Ded Rabbit release the single Figurine on the 3rd of February.

Ded Rabbit

Ded Rabbit

Blasting out of the speakers Figurine feeds its way into the lymphatic system as the just under three minutes of crunchy rock clears away any toxins and hence any lethargy.  Ded Rabbit do not confuse creating music that resides immediately in the heart of the listener with any sense that to do so requires any extraneous superfluous moments as Figurine sticks to the basics. Resultantly the track is met by listeners fully engaged and quickly getting to grips with the lyric to join in with the pumping percussion and pulsing bass while the slight guitar distortion allows the quartet to create their own distinctive placement with vocals serving as the conductor for the audience chorale.

A successful live performance schedule in 2016 looks set to be followed by an even wider audience in 2017 with a South Western European tour already in the wings and Figurine can’t but help to grow the fan-base wider still.

There is little chance this wouldn’t have been a track I asked you to listen to, as longer stay readers will know That’s Life by Sham 69 – released in 1978 is in my view one of the most coherent LPs released and it isn’t since about two minutes and two seconds into Win Or Loose on that album  – almost identically time-wise – at two minutes in to this track a similar distortion technique has been deployed and used as effectively – though other than that – very different material.

Win Or Loose by Sham 69 – in this version the spoken interludes between each track – which gives the album its storyline is included – making the same idea appear at two and a half minutes in to the piece.

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Noah – Noticing The Space – Audio

Noah is an alt-folk creator from Scotland.



With roots set firmly in Americana – Kenneth-Noah Blair – is able to take a North Eastern Atlantic pall to the derivations and pull through the granite of Glasgow with a gritty realism and  a sound that would have been gladly chanted around the Gorbals in the days of the the Clelland Bar in the ’70s long after the doors were bolted on a Saturday night lock-in – as the vernacular blues stride across the room.

Turn up the volume and grind your heels in to the sawdust with Noticing The Space.

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UNDO – No Sense To Call – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock quartet Undo will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 24th of February.

UNDO - No Sense To Call


With a different emphasis to the music than when last reviewed back in July, in No Sense To Call, Undo deliver a track that has a dark undercurrent in which the listener gets the sense of brooding presence that captivates attention.

Tightly packed drumming and bass create the darkness while guitar creates the feeling of panicky urgency as the high notes spin in to the room whilst the dual vocals enables the voices to inflect emotional context.

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