Alive & Amplified rounds up the latest releases from Scotland.
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West – Useless
You wait ages for a bus and 2 turn up at the same time. Hot on the heels of releasing former A&A Track Of The Week ‘Nazi Boys’ Glasgow’s Declan Welsh and The Decadent West have released one of my favourite tracks of 2017 in ‘Useless’. I have heard a few people describing Welsh’s stage presence and swagger as Alex Turner-esque and you definitely get that feeling on this track. That is in no way a bad thing. This song has been on repeat for the last 5 days. 2018 is definitely going to be a year to keep an eye on Declan Welsh & The Decadent West.
ONR – 5 Years Time
Dumfries artist ONR started making waves after leaking demos through indie label Leftwing, before swiftly signing to Capitol Records in the US. His debut single ‘Jericho’ was released this summer, and has received early support from Spotify, and US stations KCRW, KCSN and Live 105. Early reviews have lauded the ‘supreme confidence’ of ONR.’s sound, drawing comparisons to Echo & The Bunnymen, 1975, Depeche Mode, Arcade Fire and David Bowie. ONR. is currently recording with producers Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag & Bone Man), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd) and legendary mixer Spike Stent. A run of UK dates this December (including three sold-out Scottish shows) leads into US dates confirmed for next year – including SXSW.
Fuzzystar – Superhero
Fuzzystar is Edinburgh based artist Andy Thomson. Taken from his latest album ‘Telegraphing’, ‘Superhero’ was written while Andy was going through a rough period, unsure of what the future held. He explains “Making this into a superhero story added a bit of distance to be able to write about it, rather than trying to tell it directly. It’s about trying to make the best of bad times and just getting through it, whilst being aware of your own flaws and failings.” The single is another infectious slice of indie-pop, filled with twinkling melodies and Andy’s signature colloquial vocal style, sounding akin to the likes of Big Star’s Chris Bell.
Wolfnote – Wolfnote
Amidst hiatus from The Dark Jokes, drummer and producer Paul Dennington has embarked on a new endeavour, developing his solo works in the form of Wolfnote. He certainly isn’t hanging about and the self-titled album is out now. Performing almost all the instruments himself, Paul has created a somewhat introspective journey through his life experiences thus far. With the help of Ruairidh Morrison (The Dark Jokes) on bass guitar, Rafa Godoi (recorded with the likes of Os Mutantes, Brazil) on trombone, and former Dark Joker Matthew Thornton on cello, the album was arranged and completed between Edinburgh and São Paulo, where Paul was living for a short period. The official launch of the album takes place in Edinburgh on 7th Dec. Details —> http://smarturl.it/wolfnotelaunch