Waiting For | Local Music Scene: Issue #6

A Copy For Collapse: Waiting For

A Copy For Collapse - Waiting For (cover artwork)

A Copy For Collapse is the brainchild of Italian electronic musician Daniele, a very talented gentleman as evident from his most recent record, Waiting For. Over the course of 10 tracks, he brings us an assortment of incredibly polished, ambient tunes that each deliver their own qualities.

We have a blend of numbers very reminiscent of 80’s new wave including Alone, Dusk and Triangle; ones with very catchy, addictive beats such as the title track, Light and Grey Sunday, and those that have an exotic, not-of-this-world sound to them like Confusion, Another Chance and Lost In Decay.

On the whole, an excellent album from who may very well be the best electronic artist that Italy has to offer right now.


Kelvin: Punching Bag

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Glasgow band Kelvin haven’t been around long but damn, have they made an impact quickly, gaining quite the fanbase, in addition to garnering the attention of many big names, from radio DJ Jim Gellatly to the legendary Simple Minds. And judging by their debut single Punching Bag, it’s no surprise as to why they get lots of love.

After a slow building intro, it kicks up into what is a fantastic tune with a riveting melody which carries through the thrilling chorus and equally catchy verses loaded with memorable lyrics.

With slick vocals, great guitar work and neat drumming to boot, the hype behind this band is entirely justified and I can’t wait to hear more from them soon. Hopefully they have a debut record on the horizon…

Cats Park: Fall

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Hailing from Russia, trip-rock duo Cats Park have made quite the name for themselves, from performing a variety of major shows, to having their music licensed for a film, to having their album A Taste Of Heaven nominated for Grammy Awards. And there’s no better place to be given an introduction to these guys than through their latest single, Fall.

A mesmerizing number that has a different, move divergent quality to it compared to most music I’ve listened to these days. The vocal harmonies are terrifically avant-grande and the music itself is pretty peculiar, yet so deeply engaging, not to mention the captivating writing on top of all that.

The pair really stand out from the crowd, and I highly recommend them to all those who are wanting something more fresh and out there.

Parallel Redemption: Existence

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I’ve known Glasgow metalcore outfit Parallel Redemption for a number of years now, and every time I’ve seen them on stage they’ve killed it. But when it comes to their music, they’ve not had the best of luck. Their debut EP, Not Everything Not Yet, received a polarising response, and a big part of that was down to it’s not-so-hot production quality, which didn’t properly reflect the band’s talents.

After going quiet for a while, they have come back with a new single entitled Existence, and I’m happy to say that they have delivered big time with this one.

Aside from the obviously improved production quality, this is a rocking tune with a tight combination of cleans and screams, smashing riffs and a catchy, upbeat melody, as well as great lyrics and a neat breakdown at the 2 minute mark.

At last, music fans are presented with a song that properly represents the talents of one of the city’s most enjoyable up-and-coming bands in the metal scene, and personally I can’t wait to hear what’s next from these guys.

Velvetbomb: Bullet To The Brain

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Fresh on the Glaswegian music scene are rock and roll 2-piece Velvetbomb, who recently put out their debut single Bullet To The Brain.

A damn good number that excites with rousing vocals, memorable lyrics and a high octane rhythm built on the foundations of dynamic riffs and pulsating drum work.

The duo have made a hell of a first impression with their simple yet effective inaugural tune. Something tells me that these guys will be ones to watch in the coming months.

Black Cat Bone: Peace Of Mind

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Edinburgh rock band Black Cat Bone’s latest work comes in the form of a single entitled Peace Of Mind.

Simply put, this is a seriously groovy tune with a hell of a catchy rhythm. The song brings us superb vocals, straightforward yet delightful riffs and really cool harmonica work.

A nifty, toe-tapping number that features blues at it’s absolutely finest, and one that is sure to please any fan of the genre.

Mantis Toboggan: I’m Good

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Earlier this month, Mantis Toboggan made their live debut at Megalomatic’s 2nd anniversary show and they impressed with their enjoyably unorthodox performance.

Soon after, they released a tune for a limited time by the name of I’m Good and naturally I quickly bagged myself a digital copy, to find that it’s a pretty cracking tune. The vocal stylings are top notch, the dirty riffs are pleasing to the ears and the rhythm section is great.

With that solid combination, this is a really good debut that left me just as impressed as I was when I witnessed them live. These guys are set to make a name for themselves in the local scene.


Bellow Below – King Tuts | 22nd July 2015

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Last week, as part of the King Tuts Summer Nights 2015, I had the opportunity to see Ayrshire alternative rock band Bellow Below. I’ve been wanting to see these guys since I first discovered them via their Big Whoop EP last year. And after all this time, they sure didn’t disappoint.

They were really good from the off set, especially considering they played my favourite track of theirs, Ventura. They played a range of slick rock numbers, most of them from their EP including Adult Vegans and Belvedere, in addition to a couple of newer tracks.

Highlighted by outstanding guitar work combined with an equally strong rhythm section, they delivered a high quality performance. The long wait to witness them live was sure as hell worth it.

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