In the past few years many of my favourite young bands have come from north of the boarder and especially in the indie rock genre. After years of having artists such as Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream but nobody following in their footsteps, suddenly there seems to be an influx of bands making an impact not just in their native nation but south of the border too.
The ones that gained my attention first were definitely The Snuts, after seeing them last year at Live At Leeds, one of many festival shows the band performed throughout The UK and further afield. Their riotous rock and roll mentality has led the quartet to gain 51,000 monthly listeners on Spotify with popular songs such as ‘Seasons’ and ‘Glasgow’ a homage to their home city. After a recent string of UK shows the band once again have a busy summer schedule littered with festival slots including, Reading & Leeds, Kendal Calling and TRNSMT. These guys potentially have a massive future ahead of them and can be the ones to fly the flag for Scottish guitar music.
A band formed in 2015 but that have risen through the ranks at an alarming rate in the past year or so are Edinburgh’s Retro Video Club. A band I am yet to see but after recently becoming the first band to sell out three consecutive nights at local venue Sneaky Pete’s and coming of their first trip to mainland Europe in support of Barns Courtney the band are finally hitting their groove. With catchy guitar rhythms and heavy drum beats, its easy to see why songs like ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Psycho’ have become popular with fans but their latest single ‘Addicted’ is on a totally new level of just that, addictive. From the first time hearing it I had it on repeat at least five times, probably more. It has everything an indie anthem needs and one the crowds will be seeing every word to I’m sure. Currently on another support tour this time in The UK with The Hunna, they head into summer by crossing Scotland to Glasgow and a slot at TRNSMT festival.
Continuing the tour of different Scottish cities this time hailing from Dunfermline, is Dancing On Tables, a five-piece pop-rock band. Named by Variety Magazine as one of ten British artists to watch in 2018 they marked that title with their first single release in 2018 ‘Missing’ accumulating over one million streams on Spotify. New single ‘Wonderland’ is released on April 12th, followed in late April when the band go on a mini Scottish tour hitting up Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow on the way before heading down to Liverpool to play Sound City Festival on May bank holiday weekend.
Shambolics, the final band on this list from Fife, tipped to be big in 2017 by This Feeling and Radio X, in October the same year were awarded ‘Best Rock / Alternative Act’ at the ‘Scottish Alternative Music Awards’. Are yet to fully hit the hype pilled onto them, especially south of the border. The rock but equally soft tones the band produce have the potential to make it big. This summer the band play a host of Scottish dates including a set at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Hopefully it won’t be long till we see them touring on a larger scale.