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Scottish Fiction Christmas Party with FOREIGNFOX, Mt. Doubt, ACRYLIC, wojtek the bear at The Hug and Pint, 22/12/17

Mulled Buckfast and Christmas cookies are the order of the day as things get warm and festive in the sold out Hug and Pint basement for the sold out Scottish Fiction Christmas party, which features pretty much the full roster of the former radio show, podcast, blog come record label and gives a delightful alternative to the big Honeyblood Christmas party happening across town.

Unluckily for us we don’t quite arrive in time to catch the delightful Annie Booth, but from a listen to her recently released album, An Unforgiving Light, we’ve missed something quite special, luckily there’s a couple more chances to catch Booth is action tonight although not performing her solo material.

Local four-piece wojtek the bear are tonight’s secret act and it come as no huge surprise when the cat is let out the bag that their upcoming debut album will be released via Scottish Fiction in 2018, this is the first time we’ve caught them live but we’ve become more than familiar with their melodic indie rock sound over the last twelve months or so.

The band delivers deep, yet sad tracks delivered in a reflective yet uplifting tilt that fills the basement with a warm sentiment.

Vocalist Tam Killean’s songs take a typically Scottish miserablist stance, setting a bar as he quips “if you thought Annie was sad then listen to this one”, before they move into another number that throws atmospheric post rock blankets over indie folk touched floorings, for a tasty ethereal pop edged picnic to be laid on top.

The band then call Annie Booth back on stage and give her another shot at putting her vocals centre stage on a stripped back, as yet unreleased number that hits the saddest spots, before they close on ‘Waves’, which brings back a welcome groove and ends on heart-warming note before we head off too sample the cookies on offer (Lori’s cookies were better, sorry Neil).

ACRYLIC is a name that has been banded about for a few years now, as the Edinburgh five-piece have teased us with a number of high quality atmospheric pop single since they came through the Hit the Road academy and the young lads, who are also set to release their debut album with Scottish Fiction in 2018, are quite probably the smoothest act on the bill.

They kick of with a number that harks back to New Romantics pop, it’s dark brooding yet sun kissed and they have a frontman with an undoubtable stage aura, as he hugs the mic with his soulful, brooding croon.

‘Coast’ takes the tempo up a notch blasting the basement with buoyant 80s sunshine from five guys that probably weren’t even born when that decade ended.

As their set progresses they keep getting better as they engulf us is soaring beauty; this is young band with bags of talent that look destined for a bright future.

Mt. Doubt is a band that have been biding their time, while being ultra productive over the last few years, two EPs in 2017 have seen them progress as a live act and be remarkably consistent in their recorded music.

Leo Bargery’s voice is booming beast that just levitates you to another realm, but it’s the innovative musicality that has progressed under the Scottish Fiction guide that has brought them to a position of one of the most promising acts in Scotland today; they’ve done the ground work, the future has something very positive around the corner.

Tonight they don’t even need to play their standout single ‘Soak’, from 2016’s In Awe of Nothing, to leave the busy basement in a gobsmacked silence.

Choosing a delicate closer that allows the raw strength of Bargery’s vocals and the angelic backing from Annie Booth, who’s back as part of the full band, to shine; it’s not the most pop you’ll hear from these guys but for pure beauty you’ll struggle to find better

As good as the this line-up is FOREIGNFOX were the only headliner, Johnny Watt’s vocals just soar over the crowd with his thick Scottish twang and powerhouse presence, while the band’s hugely uplifting sound drowns in as much misery as it does uplift to chant along anthems.

‘Light Off, Carry Me Home’ was the gem in this year’s I Used To Be A Belly Dancer EP and hits the roof in a live setting and is followed by new track entitled ‘Birthday Flowers’, which draws a hauntingly Scottish tone before hitting their groove in a more familiar fashion, while adding more electronic elements that may eventually be a path that this Dunfermline five-piece take to set them apart from their contemporaries.

On record they’ve always been an intriguing listen but in a live setting it’s Watt’s vocals that drive this band; so raw, so much feeling, so close to home, yet so uplifting that you can belt them back with vigour.

And they couldn’t leave us without a Christmas song, albeit possibly the dourest one you’ve ever hear, as ‘Driving Drunk for Christmas’ gets a deserved airing; as snow machine peppers the crowd you have that festive feeling in your stomach and we get ready for a wee dance as Scottish Fiction’s Neil Wilson gets set up for a wee DJ set with the ever delightful Wesley Shearer.

Words: Iain Dawson

Announcement: Scottish Fiction End of Year Show

2017 has been a really great special for Scottish Fiction as a label and they will close out the year with a belter of bill that brings together every act they’ve released this year plus one still to be announced special guest, and it’s our pleasure to announce the line up:

Annie Booth

An Unforgiving Light was a very special release indeed as Annie Booth shines outside of her role within Mt. Doubt, from which she has clearly learned a lot; expect puncturing melody and raw lyrics, marked by the contrasts of folk roots and alt-rock backing, with urgent instrumentation contrasted with introspective vocals.

Acrylic

Glasgow based quintet Acrylic create an atmosphere of 80’s gloom and welcome it to modernity, there is something electric about the pace them as a live act that comes with a hot tempered pace to it, with fantastic Mogwai-esque grinding build-ups and volcanic releases.

Mt. Doubt

With two EPs and two split singles 2017 has been a real year of growth for Edinburgh Mt. Doubt, producing what is their most collaborative work to date with plenty of meaty alt-rock sounds, inspired and darkly humorous musings and the irrespirable booming vocal from Leo Bargery; Mt. Doubt are a band that will keep you more than cosy and are a joy in live setting.

Foreignfox

Headlining the night are Dunfermline five-piece Foreignfox, whose chaotic yet awe-inspiring, sky soaring lives set have become a welcome staple for us at Rave Child, their alt-folk come post rock sound will have you revelling along, while Jonny Watt’s distinct Scottish emotive vocals will drag from near to tears to explosive sing-alongs; a powerful prospect.

Scottish Fiction

For the label, 2017 kicked off in April with a split 7″ from Foreignfox and Mt. Doubt, which was just the start as quite poignantly as it’s been a year of collaboration and growth for the label and acts involved.

The first of two EP’s from Mt. Doubt and an EP from Foreignfox quickly followed, before another split release this time from Acrylic and Mt. Doubt.

A full-length release from Annie Booth saw the label join forces with another highly active indie label, Last Night From Glasgow, before we an upcoming second EP from Mt. Doubt due in November.
Here’s what Scottish Fiction founder Neil Wilson had to say:
“It’s been a wave of highs for me and I’m really pleased with the music we’ve released.  I’d always envisaged doing split releases, so it was great to be able to team Mt. Doubt up with both Foreignfox and Acrylic for those.  As for Mt. Doubt’s EP’s, I think they represent a real step forward for the band, both in production and song-writing.  Annie’s album is just something special.  She’s such a talent, and it’s been a privilege to be involved in that.  And Foreignfox’s EP was a real delight.  We paired up the new EP, with a remastered version of their debut, and released both on 12″ vinyl, complete with stunning artwork.  It’s a triumph.”

The show takes place at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint on December 22, you can buy your tickets now from this link: https://scottishfiction.bandcamp.com/merch/scottish-fiction-presents-ticket

Acrylic – ‘Awake’

Glasgow based quintet Acrylic create an atmosphere of 80’s gloom and welcome it to modernity, with the release of their single ‘Awake’.

With brooding vocals, similar to Echo and the Bunnymen, I wonder if this style of vocals has a place in the fibre optic currency of today, but then again it will be a millennium until people stop listening to, dare I mention his name, Morrissey, so Acrylic may be on to something.

Give this track time to breath and you will not be disappointed, because Acrylic do something quite special; they make a melodramatic song uplifting.

There are layers of buoyant riffs and sincerely deep drum sections that get under your skin and create a climate of unison in which every band member gets their say.

There is absolutely no filler in this track, everything has purpose and because of this it packs a punch.

‘Awake’ is the perfect song to enjoy with a panoramic view and a glass of perspective or at one of their upcoming gigs.

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Words: Mhairi MacDonald

The Hearts, Enemies of the State, Acrylic, Sonic Templars at Tut’s, 3/5/15

With four relatively up and coming bands of varying styles and genres taking to the stage, tonight’s bill at King Tut’s is a busy one.

At gigs like this, playing first is always a tricky job, especially when half your audience is still downstairs chatting at the bar, however, naturally this doesn’t faze Sonic Templars, who storm the stage and perform with the conviction and confidence of a headline act.

Their growling riffs and fiery drum fills kick the night off to an electric start and as the set progresses finally the stragglers see sense and come upstairs for a lesson in weighty, meaty music.

It’s evident from the ease and technical sophistication with which they launch into their set that a lot has changed for Acrylic since they first appeared on our radar with the release of their debut EP just over a year ago.

This development is epitomised by upcoming single ‘Coast’, which places an instrumental track from their first record in the context of rich harmonies, a driving beat and intelligent yet memorable lyrics performed with their distinctive velvet vocals.

Above all, it’s thoroughly enjoyable to watch a band who, through their smooth musical transitions between songs and visible passion, demonstrates a sound understanding of the art of playing live.

Enemies of the State achieve an impressive feat by having a large section of the, now steadily growing crowd, chanting their name before they even play their first chord.

Following an atmospheric and tension building sci-fi style introduction, the band resume the rocky tone set by Sonic Templars and proceed to unleash their explosive sound of volcanic proportions.

Due to the contrast in styles between this set and tonight’s headliner, it would be fair to say that not everyone present is a fan of this kind of music, but it’s testament to their engaging performance that it’s not long before that famous King Tut’s floor is jumping in time with their rhythm.

Finally it’s time for The Hearts, a band hailing from Wales who specialise in creating stadium pop/rock with a depth generally not found within this genre – again, this is extremely different from each of the three other acts, but the accessibility of this music makes it impossible to resist dancing along regardless of personal preference.

This is particularly the case with ‘Lips’, a slick upbeat number with a strong essence of the 80s and enormous potential in terms of popularity.

On occasion, it could be said that their lyrics teeter on the verge of clichéd territory, but ultimately in a live setting this is equally a blessing, as the crowd are having no trouble singing along.

Euphoric Britpop-edged anthem ‘Celebrate’ is an apt conclusion to the evening, as the breadth of talent displayed tonight is most definitely a worthy cause for celebration.

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Words: Ellen Renton

Hit The Road Tour with Acrylic, Dirty Money Handlers, Beeches at Stereo, 12/4/15

On the last port of call on a whistle-stop tour of Scotland Beeches, Dirty Money Handlers and Acrylic seem at ease with their performances, each delivering an ambitious and distinct set from one another.

All three bands speak words of gratitude and regret at the closing of what has been a quick and intense weekend of gigging in Edinburgh, Ayr and Glasgow courtesy of Hit the Road Tours.

It’s clear that they’ve bonded very well; this gelling is apparent of the running of the sets too, each band bringing their own flavours to the table, there is no point at which one felt ideas were being repeated nor were there overlaps in style.

Beeches, ever light and extremely tight, have developed a lot since I last saw them at a busy EP launch at The Liquid Room in March last year.

You can’t help but feel that what they’re playing is folk music, but through a sort of ‘indie’ medium; their sound has deep natural allusions and lapses into maritime rhythms occasionally.

It’s level-headed and forward-thinking music; in all they put on a strong and thought-provoking opener to the show.

They have an affability on stage, which makes them instantly accessible and relaxing to listen to.

Being new to their music, Dirty Money Handlers made quite a first impression.

Their performance is full of a confident cynicism; an almost obsessive focus on institutionalisation runs through their fluent set.

The bold and outspoken vocals of bassist James Smith stand out as the highlight of a stirring and original performance with great use of discordant harmonies, with guitarist Connor Wells in places, and powerful build-up of tension.

There is something electric about the pace of Acrylic; the set they perform to round off the evening is almost entirely new, leaving out even their latest and successful release ‘I Know.’

You’d be pushed to find a young band that works as consistently as Acrylic do; they’re quick off the mark to produce new work to keep fans interested.

The set itself has a driving, hot tempered pace to it, with fantastic Mogwai-esque grinding build-ups and volcanic releases; this new style is darker than what they’d been used to producing, it’s engrossing and compelling.

It’s great to watch young bands progress and I’m certain that these are three a select group of Scottish bands bound for success; give ALL their Soundcloud’s a listen and spread the word about these mighty young talents.

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Words: Patrick McCafferty