The release of the self-titled debut album by Edinburgh trio Miracle Glass Company is a big event for fledgling independent label VoxBox Records, which has grown out of their shop VoxBox Music in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge. Judging by the single T.R.O.U.B.L.E, they have got off to a flying start.
Miracle Glass Company consists of William Douglas (vocals & bass), Andy Duncan (vocals & drums) and Austen George (vocals & guitar). Earlier this year the guys were given a spot at the New Year’s Revolution Festival at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow; they’ve also performed at Alan McGee’s first Creation Sessions event in their home town and taken to the stage at a string of outdoor festivals including an acclaimed slot at the T Break stage at T in the Park. They’ve found an influential fan too in Vic Galloway, who has played the band on his BBC Radio Scotland show and booked the boys for a session in November.
The upcoming album has been produced by Owen Morris, who has previously worked on a number albums that you might just have heard of: Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, A Northern Soul by The Verve and Costello Music by The Fratellis and T.R.O.U.B.L.E, an irresistible swampy glam rock stomper, certainly has a touch of Fratellis style rock ‘n’ roll swagger about it.
Available in limited edition blue vinyl, as a CD or download, the album is launched on 14. Oct at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh. Upcoming dates in Glasgow include Nice N Sleazy on Saturday (8. Oct) as part of the Tenement Trail, and then on Nov 12, they’re at The Hug & Pint on Great Western Road.
Here is T.R.O.U.B.L.E live at Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh:
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Another week, another very fine release from Stereogram Recordings, the second Edinburgh based independent label featured this week.
The new single The Servant / Saturday by Those Unfortunates came out on Friday, hot on the heels of the London four-piece’s last effort, Letter Writing Man.
The Servant takes its inspiration from the 1963 British film of the same name that starred Dirk Bogarde and James Fox, and the band (Ben Brill, Magnus Alanko, Henry Bird & Seb Brennan) also cite a number of cult London authors such as Alexander Baron, Patrick Hamilton and Colin MacInnes as influences – and if you only know MacInnes through that dreadfully over-hyped Julien Temple adaptation from thirty years ago, don’t let that put you off his novels. They also, as you can see below, have a thing for Malcolm McDowell, the star of A Clockwork Orange and my probably my favourite ever British film, If.
Their songs has been aired on a bunch of BBC 6 Music shows, including Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson, the latter describing them as ‘daft and irresistible… [with] the lightness of touch and complete assurance found among all genuine Great British Eccentrics.’
Those Unfortunates aim for the wit and warmth of The Kinks, Television Personalities and Syd Barrett and they say of The Servant: ‘It’s three minutes of feedback, weirdy atmosphere and screaming… We are dead proud of it.’
So they should be.
There’s no video as yet for The Servant but here is a promo for Letter Writing Man, the third of their singles and their first on Stereogram. An album will follow in 2017.