5 Edinburgh student bands you should know
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Edinburgh is clearly not Glasgow. There is no SECC, no Hydro, no O2 ABC or even King
Tut’s. However, you’d be surprised at the number of bands with Edinburgh roots that have since gone on to greatness. Honeyblood, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Young Fathers and Idlewild – all internationally renowned – call the Scottish capital their home.
Auld Reekie’s music scene is comparatively small, but it’s that inter-relatedness and lack of intimidation that fosters a diversity of up-and-coming acts. Without further ado, here are five that should be on your radar for 2019:
philosoraptor meme made rock music. Well, if you take the dated pop-culture reference but continued self-ironizing currency of the former and applied it to a band then you wouldn’t too far off what Dinosaur 94 are aiming at.
A four-piece punk outfit whose name originates from little more than a shared love of ‘terrible lizards’, Dinosaur 94 has a classic kind of sound. They’ve been able to flourish in the tight-knit Edinburgh scene where they might have been booted out in bigger cities, which has given them the confidence to say, “We know we’re sick.”
With an impressive array of decidedly lo-fi recordings available on Soundcloud with witty lyrics and interesting samples ('Elephant Dreams'), they’re certainly ones to catch if you’re a fan of authentic, unapologetic guitar bands.
The Motion Poets
pop rock at its best – the kind that’s not averse to a kazoo or two and doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can discern the Eels and Belle & Sebastian influence in the diverse and leftfield instrumental palate, which includes a healthy dose of saxophone. Below is the latest from side-project Deep Sea Creature.
Describing their distinctive sound as “trumpet-rock”, Spylaw already have one EP under their belt (2016’s I don’t think they had this in mind) and are looking to record and release another next year. Currently, they are looking to complete a permanent line-up with a drummer before embarking on a Scotland-wide tour and prospective summer festival slots.
Multi-instrumentalist Jon Owen and guitarist Rob Rannard are originally from Cheshire. They’ve been in various bands together since secondary school.
Image courtesy of Blind CircuitsWith the pair both embarking on higher education in Edinburgh, they quickly set about trying to work out how to gig within the limitations of a duo without sounding too stripped back. Their current set is a 50/50 mix of tastefully arranged pop covers and original material, which they hope to record and release in the new year. Blind Circuits are influenced by the bombastic riffs of artists such as Muse and Royal Blood but combine this with the pop sensibility of bands like Nothing But Thieves or Walk the Moon. Catch Jon behind a bulky Moog synthesiser and Rob laying down some accomplished licks with his signature white axe at ever-larger Edinburgh venues in the future. Dinosaur 94 Imagine if the
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Image courtesy of SpylawSpylaw plays an interesting fusion of hard rock and brass-band parping that defies ridicule for its audacious execution. Catch them at venues across Scotland in the new year.
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