A track by track guide to DMA’S ‘The Glow’

By Ryan McConnell Ever since I came across DMA’S in an issue of the NME around five years ago they have been ever-present on my playlists. First play, first listen – they instantly grasped my attention and that of many others. That whole feeling of hearing something familiar but at the same time distinctively differentContinue reading “A track by track guide to DMA’S ‘The Glow’”

Alex Ohm releases heartfelt track ‘Hours’ in aid of mental health charity – MIND

We all suffer from low points in life with our own mental states at one point or another – some more than others. Periods of self illusion lost within our own negative thoughts, feeling alone and distanced from those who care – self assuming that no one does. The biggest obstacle though is with howContinue reading “Alex Ohm releases heartfelt track ‘Hours’ in aid of mental health charity – MIND”

Single Review: Travis | A Ghost

By Ryan McConnell As the saying goes – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – which serves as the perfect adage when it comes to talking about one of Scotland’s finest products – Travis. The years pass by and times change as they go – but the one constant you can be assured ofContinue reading “Single Review: Travis | A Ghost”

Single Review: New Mode | Victim to the Culture

Elgin’s finest – New Mode are back with their latest fast paced and in your face single ‘Victim to the Culture’. The indie four piece are going from strength to strength with each new release and are beginning to build a fine body of work going forwards in their quest to break through in theContinue reading “Single Review: New Mode | Victim to the Culture”

Mansion Harlots | Happier Alone/Until We Work It Out Tomorrow (Live session)

By Ryan McConnell Mansion Harlots began life as an emerging act in England in the late 90’s – releasing two demo discs in 1997 and the latter in 1998, the group then disbanded the following year. Fast forward 20 years and a move across the pond to the USA the band are back with theirContinue reading “Mansion Harlots | Happier Alone/Until We Work It Out Tomorrow (Live session)”

Stone Dead John ‘Howling Vol I’ E.P.

By Ryan McConnell ‘Howling Vol I’ is the debut EP from blues-rock duo Stone Dead John and it comes with a whole load of swagger. Christopher Johnston and Shug McKay make up the group and on first listen you would be forgiven for thinking these lads were Stateside. With lead-singer Christopher’s strong blues-style vocals andContinue reading “Stone Dead John ‘Howling Vol I’ E.P.”

Single Review: Felix and The Sunsets | El Cubano

By Ryan McConnell Leith three-piece Felix And The Sunsets return with their latest dose of punk infused rock on the riff heavy ‘El Cubano’ and it is one of their finest offerings to date. The garage rockers have been making a name for themselves in the underground scene with performances at famed Edinburgh venues suchContinue reading “Single Review: Felix and The Sunsets | El Cubano”

Spotify Playlist: Writer’s Recommendations

By Ryan McConnell My round on the old playlist assembly. It’s a harder task than you’d think, man. Too many tunes floating around the old noodle. But I’ve managed to whittle it down to 22 of my most played songs throughout the past few weeks on house arrest. It’s a cracker, sure! I’ll talk youContinue reading “Spotify Playlist: Writer’s Recommendations”

Single Review: The Streets,Tame Impala | Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better

By Ryan McConnell If you were like me, scrolling endlessly down your Facebook news feed on the 1st of April, and had to halt your thumb to scroll back up thinking, “Did I just read that right!?..” “The Streets x Tame Impala”. You’d have been forgiven for thinking that it must’ve been an April fools.Continue reading “Single Review: The Streets,Tame Impala | Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better”