With T In The Park putting the musical world's focus on Scotland this weekend (6-8 July), Eoin Smith picks ten Scottish bands ready to follow the footsteps of the likes of Primal Scream, Mogwai, Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit and more.
Specialising in carefree guitar pop, Stonehaven's Copy Haho (above) released their self-titled debut album last summer. Personifying summer, Copy Haho's songs are perfect to sip cool beer in the sun to. Despite band members now being spread across Scotland, they still find the time to gig regularly both around the UK and abroad.
IndianRedLopez are a force to be reckoned with. Live, their electronic indie is combined with striking visuals projected onto big screens to create an enthralling, immersive experience. On record, it becomes a subtler beast, but still retains all the undulating charm of the band's intricate musicianship.
The Little Kicks
The Little Kicks play upbeat indie music. Packed full of guitars and, more recently, vintage synths, their recent second album was lauded by critics and fans alike. With a string of live appearances coming up over summer, The Little Kicks could well be one of the next big indie-pop bands.
No two Meursault records sound the same. That's definitely part of the appeal of the electronic-indie-folk outfit fronted by Neil Pennycook. Constantly evolving their sound, Meursault's approach to music making has provided them with a strong reputation and a legion of fans eager to hear the next, different again album.
Singer-songwriter Panda Su blends rich vocals with stripped back instrumentation to create a mesmerising sound. Having been invited to play at last year's unveiling of the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, and with track Eric Is Dead featured on the soundtrack for Skins, Panda Su is definitely one to watch.
Glasgow-based PAWS have perfected an infectious lo-fi garage pop-rock sound, which has seen them play anywhere and everywhere, from the top deck of an open-topped double-decker bus, to T In The Park, to someone's bathroom (really). Their debut album is due out later this year on FatCat Records.
Indie band Pensioner are, without a doubt, the kings of the outro. Very often bearing little or no resemblance to the rest of the song, many of their tracks descend into awesome jams with crushing riffs. Pensioner are another band that really have to be caught live, although their album Yearlings - which comes wrapped in brown paper and string - is truly epic.
Undoubtedly one of the most inventive bands to emerge from Aberdeen's often-underestimated music scene, Stanley are named after their film hero Stan Laurel. The band's sound begins with a standard band set-up before slabs of vibraphone, brass and samples are liberally layered on.
Fronted by JP Reid, who you might know as The Dragon from Biffy Clyro side project Marmaduke Duke, Sucioperro are a band dedicated to music in every way. With three albums under their collective belt, the band successfully blend the harder and poppier sides of rock, and keep getting better and better. Their fourth album is due in August.
We Are The Physics
Exponents of the entirely fictional "mutant science punk rock", in reality We Are The Physics peddle a punchy brand of indie-punk. Recently seen supporting Johnny Foreigner on their UK tour, We Are The Physics' live performances are a whirlwind of jarring guitars, 3D glasses and synchronized pointing. Throughout their travels around the UK and further afield, the eight-legged quartet have picked up a strong cult-like, cult following.
Eoin Smith @eoinsmith
2:23 PM | 06/07/2012
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