Category Archives: record review

Pronto Mama – ‘Cold Arab Spring’ [Electric Honey]

Latest single ‘Cold Arab Spring’ from Glaswegian six-piece Pronto Mama is taken from the band's debut album Any Joy. A compelling chunk of binge-y pop, laced with percussive brilliance throughout; an effortless sustain of syncopated harmony. Opening with light cymbals and a melodic guitar run whilst the second guitar subtly plays the harmony; before you know it the intro/verse begins … Continue Reading ››

Tenements – ‘Silhouettes’ [Flare and Flame]

Released via Flare and Flame Records, ‘Silhouettes’ is the debut single from Tenements. Classically characteristic of bands such as Coheed and Cambria or The Used, Tenements bring a Glaswegian twist to this genre. There are moments of power chords, metal and punk, but the message is clear; these guys are not willing to be “treated like a … Continue Reading ››

Foreignfox – I Used To Be A Bellydancer [Scottish Fiction]

Adding another branch to their EP bough, Foreignfox are set to release I Used To Be A Bellydancer through Scottish Fiction Records. Staying true to their style of burly Scottish accents and deep-seated, emotive melodies, Foreignfox bring another robust set of tunes to the scene. ‘Perfect Place To Start’ is big; a well-equipped opening track with an … Continue Reading ››

Swamp Sounds / Uncle Pops and the Dumbloods – Swamp Sounds / Uncle Pops and the Dumbloods [Bearsuit]

A split album is a curious creature; to the listener, it can be two-bands-for-the-price-of-one, a sweeping intro to a genre, decade or scene or an interesting exercise in drawing out common themes. Sometimes, as on this split from experimental electronic musician Swamp Sounds and equally out there Dundonian Uncle Pops & the Dumbloods, it can be … Continue Reading ››

CHUMP – ‘At Least We Got a Song Out of It’ [Gerry Loves]

The A-side – ‘At Least We Got a Song Out of It - is rhythmically hypnotic and oozes professionalism and poise as well as laid-back resignation; it’s vocally endearing and musically explorative, well engineered and beautifully recorded. The wash of the cymbals is well placed and overlays the other instruments with a sense of distance. The name … Continue Reading ››