A couple of weeks back 3 local record labels, Circular Records, Draper Street Records & Digital Press Music, got together to showcase some of Scotlands best up and coming talent at Electric Circus in Edinburgh.
All Photos by Ian Schofield
First up was 19 year old Daniel Scott who is from the capital. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and no backing band Daniel didn’t take long to get the crowds away from the chit chat at the bar and focussed on the stage. I’ll be honest I hadn’t heard much of Daniel before tonight and before he started I expected another run of the mill acoustic performance from an up and coming song writer. I couldn’t have been more wrong. His Ska influenced summer up-beat music had me interested throughout. He reminded me a bit of Jack Johnson with a little flavour of Paolo Nutini thrown in for good measure. You can check out a load of Daniels music on his Soundcloud page. He will be recording his next single at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Next up were Dune Witch Trails. There aren’t many bands about who can squeeze around 15 songs into a 20 minute showcase slot but this lo-fi band from Glasgow did just that. Short, sharp and energetic they were perfect at keeping the crowd on their toes. They don’t have lot of music available online but the ‘Echo Park’ EP, available as a free download, on their Bandcamp page will certainly give you a feel of what they are about with 5 tracks in just over 7 minutes. The Glasgow duo have a tape coming out on Draper Street Records in July so keep an eye out for that.
Penultimate act of the evening was Edinburgh’s Greg Pearson. It’s great to see Greg back after a hiatus with a catalogue of tunes ready to go. He has great stage presence Backed by a cracking band Gregs music reminds me of Mylo Xyloto era Coldplay especially the stand out track of the evening for me ‘Heart Of A Lion’. Greg releases ‘These Walls’ on Circular Records on 24th July and will be sure to playing more live dates throughout the summer.
Headliners on the night were Redolent who are currently working on their debut Album with Kris Pohl. It’s already been a busy start to the summer for Redolent with a number gigs in Scotland including a slot at XPO North in Inverness. They came on stage to a well pumped up crowd and ended the night well with their poppy guitar driven sounds. These guy remind me of early Vampire Weeked or even Bwani if you like your comparisons closer to home. Their last single ‘Auburn & Lime’ was a free download and you can still get that at their Bandcamp page. It’s going to be a busy 2nd 6 months for these guys and I’m looking forward to hearing the album.