Thanks to Scott of the always highly interesting Spool’s Paradise blog for alerting my attention to the fact that Alvvays will be playing in Glasgow early in the New Year as part of a European tour and not only that but their show’s on at King Tut’s, the best wee venue in the city, or, as NME once put it: ‘Quite possibly the finest small venue in the world’.
Should be one to brighten the mood of indie music fans during the generally dreich Scottish month of January.
Since first writing about the band a whole fortnight or so ago, I’ve discovered that singer Molly is the daughter and niece of members of The Rankin Family, a musical family collective from Nova Scotia, that have won shedloads of awards in Canada including the grand total of six Junos. Keri, like Molly, is a Nova Scotia gal and the three guys are from Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, although the quintet are, as I mentioned before, now based in Toronto.
Oh, and apparently, Molly is the first Rankin to ever say ‘fuck’ on a song – Ones Who You Love from their self-titled debut album if you’re wondering.
Just in case you’re still not convinced about them, try this, Adult Diversion:
Today’s second featured act, Chris Latham aka Oxford Coast, is already a big fan.
Chris, who hails from the east coast of Scotland, has been picking up an increasing number of positive reviews of late and it’s not difficult to see why. He mentioned being impressed by the passion and lyrics of The Crimea and Brand New when I asked him about influences on his own work and he also let me know that he’ll be posting a new song called Bad Desire online next week but before then thought I’d let you hear his first single from last month, Lone Wolf, which is available to download for free/name your price at oxfordcoast.bandcamp.com, along with the acoustic b-side, Push It.
If I happened to be a music supervisor tasked with finding some appropriate music for the scene after a relationship break-up in an indie film, this would be high on my shortlist of tracks for possible use – and I thought this before seeing the video incidentally. This is Lone Wolf:
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