No. 10 – Farewell Singapore
Farewell Singapore are a 4 piece powerpop band hailing from the mighty Elgin in Morayshire Scotland. 2009 was a busy year for the band, seeing them tour continuously throughout Scotland, as well as releasing their debut single as a free download. “Tim Burton”, is a foot stompingly, perfect pop rock single, with lead singer Becky Addison’s vocals almost haunting at times as the band race and roll through just under three and a half minutes of highland aggression. With a spate of dates already announced, 2010 looks like it could well be the year that everyone says Farewell Singapore.
No. 9 – He Slept on 57
Hailing from Inverness, He Slept On 57 are a three-piece alternative rock band with a big, big sound. I’m thinking early Biffy, with some Idlewild and new day Xcerts/Twin Atlantic thrown in for good measure. 2009 saw the band make their name, supporting the likes of Twin and Dananananakyroyd, as well as winning the Battle for Bella contest which resulted in the band opening the Saturday of Belladrum Festival. With tour dates coming thick and fast for this band, and with reviews already appearing in the likes of Rocksound magazine, He Slept On 57 could well be doing anything but sleeping in 2010.
No. 8 – Boycotts
Clothes. Check. Hair cut. Check. Tunes. Check.
Boycotts are a four piece, indie-pop band from Edinburgh. Fronted by the charismatic and delightfully named Stina Twee, the relatively young group are almost unnaturally well formed, with a distinctive, frantic indie sound that’s surely only a spit shine away from being chart ready. Debut E.P, ”Start A Boycott”, is full of energy and lively pop guitars with Twee’s vocals providing the perfect backdrop for some of the most exciting modern day love songs to come out of Scotland for a long time.
No.7 –Bronto Skylift
I first saw this band at Belladrum Music Festival this Summer and was immediately taken a back by the raw energy of their live performance. With a live show consisting of one guitarist and one drummer almost battling for supremacy, Bronto Skylift are definately one of the loudest bands Scotland has produced in recent years. Currently armed with a brand new E.P, “The bearded fish and the jackalope”, Bronto have already played shows in Norway, Scotland and a support slot with Twin Atlantic to name but a few. Expect loud noises coming your way from this band in 2010.
No. 6 –The Whisky Works
With a blend of distorted pop and searing melody, Glasgow five-piece The Whisky Works are ready and waiting to take 2010 by storm. With a debut album, mixed by noneother than Iain Cook of Aereogramme fame ready for release, the band appear willing to take the crown of one of Scotland’s best new alternative rock bands. Think Funeral for a Friend merged with that distinctive Scottish twang and punky alternative roots that so many have come to love over the last few years, The Whisky Works could well be the toast of 2010.
No.5 – Copy Haho
Flares n Seagulls favourite Copy Haho make spiky and skewed melodic indie pop and are often found playing around Glasgow with musical comrades Dananananaykroyd and Errors. The band, argueably the finest think to come out of Stonehaven, are off on tour of Scotland and Europe with buddies Los Campesinos!, all within the first couple of months of what is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Scottish music. IF you haven’t heard this band yet, download debut E.P, “Bred for Skills and Magic”, from i-Tunes now! You heard it here first.
No.4 –Cast of the Capital
Aberdeen band, Cast Of The Capital have had quite a year. From playing Rockness and Belladrum, to being Steve Lamacq’s (Fucking STEVE LAMACQ’S!!) band of the week on the old wireless, COTC have made huge waves for a band that have only recently came to the attention of people in Aberdeen, let alone to people further afield in this fine nation. September has seen the next big step in the bright future of this band, with the release of brilliant debut E.P, “Rotten Kids and Haversacks” which has firmly cemented the band as one to watch in 2010. Cast Of The Capital are going places and are without a shadow of a doubt a welcome addition to the Aberdeen music scene.
LightGuides (formerly WeHungYourLeader) are a three piece pop band from Glasgow. Taking influences from bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, Mogwai and Four Year Strong, LightGuides blend intertwining guitars, with thrashing drums and melodic vocals that has resulted in them becoming one of the finest and freshest new talents to hit the Scottish band scene this year. 2009 saw the release of their debut E.P which first alerted me to their two stand out tracks, “Traditionalists Take A Seat”, and “Swizzlestick”. With University studies now complete and with a focus stronger ever, expect big things from this band in 2010.
No.2 –The Xcerts
Aberdonian favourites, “The Xcerts”, made great waves in 2009 with the release of their debut album, “In the Cold Wind We Smile”, through Xtra Mile (Reuben, Million Dead, Frank Turner) and King Tuts Recordings (The Dykeenies, Twin Atlantic). Now located in Brighton, the, “distorted pop”, band are looking forward in 2010 with a new album expected later on this year. After already bagging tour slots with Idlewild and Funeral for a Friend and with a tour with Fightstar already announced for this year, could ’10 finally be the year we see a band from Aberdeen crack the mainstream? Here’s hoping.
No.1 –Twin Atlantic
This is a band that I have been getting very excited about for quite a while now. Twin Atlantic are an alternative rock band based in Glasgow. After constantly touring for two years, opening for bands such as Biffy Clyro, The Smashing Pumpkins and Lostprophets, their time has finally come in the shape of debut mini album, “Vivarium”, which was released in September last year on Red Bull Records. The band, already with tours with rock giants Taking Back Sunday and The Fall of Troy under their belts, have been receiving a lot of favourable press from mega music magazines such as Rocksound and Kerrang. With a sold out date at Glasgow’s ABC being the final stop off of a whole February tour, 2010 is set up to be Twin’s year.