Singer’s use of social media propels her into limelight (Online Report)

Destined for the top

by Scott Thomson

Up and coming music artists are using social media as a stepping stone to bigger things. Local Edinburgh teenager Nina Nesbitt is just one of many artists using social media to reach a wider audience. Her YouTube Channel has attracted over 30,000 views while she also has a loyal Twitter following of over 2,000.
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Angus Council’s Survey Suggests More Cuts to Music Could Be on the Way

By Amy Louise Grant

More cuts to music education could be expected throughout Angus it has been announced. A recent survey published by the council asks the public whether they should cut the number of specialist visiting teachers to primary schools.

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Wild Beasts, Liquid Rooms

Wild Beasts are a band which I can’t quite fathom. Some of their songs are great, others not so, and i’m still trying to come to the conclusion whether I love them or hate them. No, hate is a bit harsh. The name has always circulated around my various music tastes, but I never had the patience to give them a listen, and with three albums down the line, I didn’t know where to start.

Seeing them live would clear this up. I’ll admit first off that the gig overall was enjoyable, if not outstanding. Crammed like standines into the hot and stuffy confines of The Liquid Room, the crowd waited patiently for the four-piece to take to the stage. They opened with the mellow, danceable ‘Bed of Nails’, and from the first hissing hi-hat I was a little daunted about whether frontman Hayden Thorpe’s operatic voice could cope in this tiny room. It was however, quite conventional, and not as theatrical or flamboyant as I expected. You could tell he was hitting all the right notes, but his voice was muffled slightly oweing to the great technitionship of the venue staff. But the crowd was well satisfied given the frontman’s likableness and his self-confessed infatuation with Edinburgh: “It has to be the most romantic city in Britain, after the Lake District,” he grinned, hinting at the band’s roots.

The band has two singers remember, and it was interesting hearing the two singers, baritone and counter-tenor, dual. The chiming, echoey guitars were equally captivating, and the drummer played spot on in time. Highlights included ‘We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues’ and ‘All The King’s Men’, which really got the crowd going, made evident by a few atonal Scots trying badly to sing along.

The band closed with a long, mysterious synth drone, which eventually broke into a song from their latest album. This was their finest in my opinion, as their other songs sounded a tad too familiar.

Not the best gig ever, but it certainly made the band more accessible.

Nirvana For Christmas Number 1?

by Christopher Martin

Almost two years ago the ‘Rage Against The Machine for Christmas No. 1’ campaign was launched on Facebook, aiming to prevent the winner of the X Factor (Joe McElderry) from achieving the Christmas number one slot and instead getting RATM’s ‘Killing In The Name Of” to be top of the charts. The Facebook campaign gathered momentum gradually, and after Simon Cowell denounced the campaign as “stupid” and “cynical” the group got more and more media attention, and gained widespread popularity. By December 15th 2010 the group had over 750, 000 members.

Sure enough Rage Against The Machine got to number 1, leaving X Factor winner McElderry second in the charts and Simon Cowell a bitter man. A lot of money was donated to the charity JustGiving thanks to the campaign, and RATM played a free thank you gig for 40, 000 fans in Finsbury Park. The Facebook campaign had been a success.

And aiming to emulate that triumph in 2011 is a new campaign on Facebook to get Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to the number 1 spot in time for Christmas. The campaign’s motivation is as follows, according to the page: Continue reading

Interview: Indie rock and traditional folk, nothing’s impossible for Scotsman Roddy Woomble.

Roddy Woomble’s solo music is a far distance from the sound and lifestyle of an indie-rock band such as Idlewild. The Impossible Song and Other Songs is his defining new album release and with no struggling attempts to establish himself musically, it is a folk album of mellow ease that reflects where he is in life.

‘Everything in my musical life has evolved naturally. At 18 I wasn’t interested in folk music but at 30 I wasn’t interested in noisy rock music. It all makes sense to me now. I couldn’t have imagined the future; no one can do that thankfully.’
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Apathetic complaining or just simple tradition?

The guitar has always been dead, that’s what makes it cool.

The idea of being a saviour and hero to a dying music scene is not something unfamiliar with guitarists and rock band members. Through every music generation, there have been bands striving on the hope or rather, the apathy that they will revolutionise a sound that already strives on its own prehensile complaints.
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Skippy Dyes: We Were Once Fiction

With a glimmer of early Biffy Clyro, Skippy Dyes are either happily angry or angrily happy. Continue reading