REVIEW | Siamese – Shameless


Hailing from Denmark, Siamese first came to our attention when they supported FOES on a UK tour last autumn, and they certainly left an impression on us with a superb live show. Lately, they popped back under our radar as they released a new album by the name of Shameless.

They immediately knock the socks off with Ablaze, undoubtedly one of the most staggering openers we have heard all year, giving us a massive chorus and hooking lyrics.

The momentum roars on with Tunnel Vision, where the harmonies are vast and the guys continue to deliver in the writing department; the latter remaining a recurring factor in the likes of the catchy Soul & Chemicalsthe riff-infested Brother and the melodic Make It Out.

One Night Thing is smooth-pacedwhilst My Turn dons a blistering, pulse-racing sound fitting of any arena. The electronics are off the chain in The Promise, and soon they cap off with the epic-level Cities, in which the guitars go out in full force.

Shameless has left us absolutely speechless. This album is such a kinetic rollercoaster that gets the blood rushing like few other rock records have in recent memory, and it has truly established Siamese as one of the most exciting assembles in all of mainland Europe. For those who like their music loud and large, we beg you to not pass this one up.


REVIEW | The Snuts – The Matador

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West Lothian quartet The Snuts have not been around for long, but they have been swift in establishing themselves as one of the brightest commodities in the Scottish indie rock scene.

Following a line of successful singles, the band have at last put out their debut EP – The Matador – and it is insanely good stuff.

They kick off with the title number, and right off the bat, the vocals from Jack Cochrane are just superb and something to behold. The song is also spotlighted by some mightily sweet bass lines. A combination of great riffs and drumming and an infectious chorus are the highlights of the latching What’s Going On?

Mixer commences on a mellow note, but it is not long before they jump up a gear with quite an enjoyable beat, and towards the end they take off with an awesome blast of energy. They soon finish on a high with Summertime, donning some stand out writing, a top notch harmonic performance and another satisfying build to a fervent climax before simmering nicely to a close.

From top to bottom, an incredibly tight record that perfectly showcases an act who are brimming with a lot of potential and are surely destined for greater things sooner than later.


The Snuts’ next live performance will be at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Saturday 22nd July, supporting The Ranzas alongside IBG and Ayakara as part of the venue’s 2017 Summer Nights festival.


REVIEW | ESPRIT D’AIR – Constellations


Following a three year hiatus, London J-rockers Esprit D’Air reformed last year and have not wasted any time achieving many great things since then, with the latest of these being the release of their hotly anticipated new album – Constellations.

We get a first taste of their grandiose electronic-based sound with Ignition, carried by an exciting swift melody and polished riffs. After the solid Rebirth, we have Guiding Light which impresses with a good chorus and some neat piano thrown into play.

The Hunter is a rough and gruff banger, while subsequent tracks Starstorm and The Awakening are dynamic rushes of energy where the vocals are on top form and the guitars truly get to shine.

Reminisce is above and beyond the stand out of the entire record, courtesy of incredible synths and tender harmonies, before Versus provides a decent conclusion.

While admittedly taking a couple of listens to fully appreciate and bullseyes are not always hit, the positive elements outweigh any negatives that are there to give us quite the entertaining auditory ride fueled by constant adrenaline.


The band will embark on a UK tour in February 2018 in support of Constellations.


REVIEW | Foreignfox – I Used To Be A Bellydancer


In any conversation regarding the best rock acts that Scotland currently has to offer, it would be insane to not consider Foreignfox.

Since emerging in late 2013, the Dunfermline foursome have went from strength to strength, churning out an excellent debut EP in the form of We Float Like Sinking Ships and a range of cracking singles including Frostbite and Driving Drunk For Christmas. Top it off with a number of sizable gig opportunities, and there appears to be no signs of the quartet slowing down.

This brings us to their latest release – I Used To Be A Bellydancer – in which the guys had a tough test to further validate themselves and extend what has been thus far a clean streak.

They open us promisingly with Perfect Place To Start, where steady building verses ultimately launch into passionate choruses, but then it all quiets down as they transition into Bonfire; initially defined by gentle chords and a chilling background ambience. Trumpets soon become present and drums enter the fray as the tune gradually elevates, before bursting into a supreme climax where frontman Jonny Watt sings his heart out.

But it does not stop there with Monsoon, in which the vocals continue to be fervent and the great guitar and bass work helps to create a huge, hair-raising sound. Afterwards, the melodic, high-octane Lights Off, Carry Me Home delivers again on all aspects. The pace is quelled as they prepare to wrap up with the title track, a spectacular eight minute piece that displays engaging lyrics, fierce emotion and sheer power.

There are no two ways about it, Foreignfox have accomplished something immensely special with this; a record that is built on the foundations of not only raw talent, but a real sense of spirit and devotion, with tonnes of effort clearly squeezed into every last ounce. A damn near perfect EP from an act who are quickly cementing their name as one of the elites in this country.


Foreignfox headline King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Thursday 20th July as part of the venue’s 2017 Summer Nights festival, with support from Drowned Out, This Familiar Smile and Crystal.