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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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Review: Keane Rating 55%

Review: Keane

If you’re British, it’s probably a no-brainer for you to predict the audience mixture flocking to Keane’s concert at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall: comfortable, marginally hip sexagenarians, with or without their late-30s children who might’ve brought their undergrad children along to a nice family trip-cum-gig. But for a Central European like myself, who has known Keane’s 2004 debut album Hopes and Fears as a popular companion to wistful teenage escapism, the demographic comes as a wee surprise (it’s a whole different world out there on the continent). Another surprise is that even though their newly released Cause and Effect follows a seven-year break, Keane can still pack a venue from top to bottom. Their supporting act Marie White, a fellow East Sussex export, opens the gig with an easy-breezy fusion of sunny R’n’B, emotional vocal flourishes, slightly generic piano chords and some snare drum embellishments for that extra hint of drama.

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Review: Big Thief – Two Hands Rating 88%

Review: Big Thief – Two Hands

This Friday sees the release of Big Thief’s Two Hands, their LP, hot off the release of U.F.O.F. Big Thief’s second release in 2019, Two Hands is compiled of Side A and Side B, reminiscent of listening to vinyl. Delicate and somewhat ethereal the album is a joy to listen from start to finish.

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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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Review: Dan Mangan and Murray A. Lightburn Rating 69%

Review: Dan Mangan and Murray A. Lightburn

Supported by The Dears frontman, the soulful Murray A. Lightburn, Dan Mangan was given the opportunity to please his loyal fans, and fellow Canadians with a gig in the West End of Glasgow. Following the release of his newest LP, More or Less, which came out late last year, Dan Mangan has been performing solo shows across the UK including Glasgow’s Hug and Pint.

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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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Review: Keane – Cause and Effect Rating 40%

Review: Keane – Cause and Effect

You’re probably thinking what we’re all thinking: Keane are still around? Indeed, the once wistful-eyed, award-raking synth pop rock boys from East Sussex, now all in their late 30s and 40s, hit the road again with their newest release Cause and Effect after a 7-year break. Stylistically, the album doesn’t mark new territory for the band but combines reliable Keane staples like Tom Chaplin’s emotionally stripped voice, catchy piano chords and radio potential with occasional X-Factor banality and some surprisingly moving gems. Warning to the musical snob: you’re about to read an analysis of new Keane songs. I warned you.

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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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Review: Moon Duo – Stars are the Light Rating 87%

Review: Moon Duo – Stars are the Light

Ethereal with soothing tinkles, and scattered synth, Stars Are the Light is a fantastic new offering from the American psych explorers Moon Duo, marking a progression into significantly new territory with this seventh LP. From a preoccupation with the transcendental and occult that informed Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada’s previous guitar-driven psych rock, Stars Are the Light sees the band morph the abstract and metaphysical with the otherworldly vibe, which they effectively establish on this eight-track album.

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