New music’s everywhere you look in Glasgow and Edinburgh. David Pollock selects some of the best new bands to look out for, east or west


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Formed by members of the Low Miffs and, ahem, Kassidy, White are an unexpected revelation, a party- starting fusion of LCD Soundsystem

and fellow Glaswegians Franz

Ferdinand and Simple Minds. ‘Future

‘We try to play pop music,’ runs the slogan on the website of Edinburgh’s Spook School, although it’s tricky to just focus on that when singer Nye Todd is transgender and unafraid to explore issues around that in

Pleasures’ has so far been the eloquent, unabashed style. Rolling

unsung song of the year; expect to hear more of them in future. White Stone have already featured them, as much for the bloody great pop music

play the Tenement Trail, Glasgow, Sat as the essential discussion. See

Just…what a band. If there’s one thing (okay, one of many things) a proper music-loving student should do with their time in Glasgow, it’s see this enthrallingly wild sextet live. Their punk-disco beats have

been released on Optimo Music, but somehow they don’t quite measure up to the full live experience. See review, page 72.

3 Oct. review, page 70.


The son of two classical musicians who studied at the

Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, Chris Duncan is the latest in a line of Scots successes on FatCat (see: Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad, Honeyblood). His sun-kissed psychedelic beat-pop sounds like nothing else out there, so catch him

before copycats come along.

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A racket making Glasgow duo who conjure mental images of Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Evan Dando, Pinact are pleasingly DIY and have some i ne tunes. One of them is also in Catholic Action; consider

them recommended too. Pinact play Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Sun 13 Sep; Tenement Trail, Glasgow, Sat 3 Oct; Stereo, Glasgow, Thu 22 Oct.

KATHRYN JOSEPH The unexpected but very well-

deserved winner of this year’s Scottish

Album of the Year Award for Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled, Joseph is a singer-songwriter from Aberdeen with an impossibly

crystalline fragility to her voice. Kathryn Joseph plays Glad Café, Glasgow, Sun 6 Sep; Spree Festival, Paisley, Thu 15 Oct; Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Thu 22 Oct.



Grizzled and gothic Edinburgh Eighteen years old and with a mature

psych-rock duo have built a sound that’s at once fuzzy and perfectly tuned to its underlying current of pop choruses. The NME love them, which is always nice when you’re a band on the up, isn’t it? Listen to single ‘The Road’ on SoundCloud for a taste. Man of Moon support the Twilight

Sad at Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 12

pop sound which fuses R’n’B and breathy electro-swing balladry,

Glaswegian singer KLOË is already in the ‘bound to be famous soon’

category. Drawing comparisons with

Chvrches (see feature, page 24), she played her i rst gig at Glasgow’s Garage in February and her single

‘Grip’ was an instant online hit.

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