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Shambolics: We have to put the graft in and make it happen

Fife four-piece, Shambolics, have announced their signing to Scottish music mogul Alan McGee’s new label ‘Creation23’. Breaking out of the Fife scene and quickly accruing a burgeoning and passionately devoted fanbase across wider Scotland, the band scooped the 2017 SAMA Award for ‘Best Rock/Alternative Act’ and have continued on an upwards trajectory ever since. They have just released new single, Chasing A Disaster, which The Fountain spoke to the band about. They also spoke in more depth about their key highlight, being signed by Alan McGee.

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Tom Fleming: No dissonance between appreciating art and getting on it

Tom Fleming aka One True Pairing (formerly of the wonderful band Wild Beasts) is playing at Glasgow’s King Tuts on Monday 4th November. One True Pairing, self-titled, is an album shaped by class frustration and self-despair. There is also a continuation of the exploration of masculinity that made Wild Beasts so unique. Tom will be performing tracks from this new release, and spoke with The Fountain about the reception it has received as well as performing to a Glasgow crowd.

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Output 1:1:1: You can expect the songs to follow a similar anxiousness

Based in Toronto, musical project Output 1:1:1 creates a sonic representation of what truly makes us human: our complex emotions. Although his influences includelyricists Kendrick Lamar and Laura Marling as well as hometown heroes Broken Social Scene and rock band Radiohead, Output 1:1:1’s creator Daniel Janvier employs instinct and out of the box experimentation to take listeners beyond pre-existing genre lines, pushing boundaries and journeying into exciting new aural territory. He has just released new track, Issue at Track Level ahead of EP release in November, and spoke with The Fountain about both in more depth.

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Spinning Coin: Not A Dream is about wanting to drop away from the heavily prescribed topics of the day

Glasgow’s Spinning Coin recently released Not A Dream, the B-side to their upcoming single Vision At The Stars. The quartet made up of Sean Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Jack Mellin (vocals, guitar), Rachel Taylor (bass, vocals) and Chris White (drums) released their new 7” single on 30th August via The Pastels’ imprint Geographic Music. Sean spoke in more depth with The Fountain about working with Geographic Music as well as the new single.

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Emma Pollock: This gig will be all about bringing Gerry’s brilliant back catalogue to life

Paisley’s Spree Festival kicks off this week with a fine homage to one of Paisley’s favourite musical sons. The opening night, this Friday (Friday 11 October) sees a tribute to Gerry Rafferty, with a songbook of his work, featuring Roddy Hart, Emma Pollock and Rab Noakes. Emma spoke with The Fountain about the gig and what to expect as well as her own connection to his album, Night Owl.

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Mipso: It feels great to have crowds singing your songs back at you

People Change is the new track from Mipso’s recently released album Edges Run. No stranger to the live circuit, Mipso have also already performed extensively across globe at prestigious events such as Americanafest, Bourbon and Beyond and the Calgary Folk Festival. Now, Mipso continue the complex dance of looking back and moving forward with grace and beauty as they embark on their latest UK/EU tour. The band spoke with The Fountain about the new record as well as their anticipation at playing to Glasgow crowds for the first time.

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Waste of Paint: I just hope people look after each other and reach out when needed

Waste of Paint is named after a lyric from one of the masters of this craft Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes). The band, from its inception has always been an arts project, they just use sounds as their medium. Formed in Hull, Waste of Paint is an ever evolving door of creatives based around the songwriting duo of Adam Brodie and Dan Spooner. Typically Brodie is the wordsmith, and Spooner the producer, although they co-write and produce everything together. They have just released new track, Baudelaire Waltz, which they discussed with The Fountain in more depth.

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