Jealous of the folks going to Edinburgh Festival this year – so we’re compensating with a list. 9 Scottish Bands You Need To Know:

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1. Django Django

Robbed of the Mercury Music Prize by Alt-J and by RM Hubbert for Scottish Album of the Year – we’re making it all better by putting them at the top of our (in no particular order) list.

This is “Storm”, from their self-titled 2012 album:

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2. Admiral Fallow

Beautiful indie chamber-folk based in Glasgow – they’ve been around for a while, forming in 2007, and released latest album Tree Bursts In Snow in May last year. Playing Edinburgh Fringe next week – so catch them if you can.

Chatting with WaffleTV at Wickerman Festival in July:

and here live on Seattle’s KEXP:

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3. Frightened Rabbit

Scotland-bred anthemic indie rock formed in Glasgow, they’ve just announced they’ll be touring the UK & Ireland this October – back to our smaller venues after a raft of festivals over Summer. Here’s an old favourite, “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms” from back in 2007.

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4. Biffy Clyro

Gone are the days of support slots for Muse…this band have their own headline tour to worry about over the next few months, interspersed with some of Europe’s biggest Festivals – including Sziget, Lowlands and the UK’s very own Reading/Leeds. We’ve gone for classic Biffy here too. From their 2007 album, Puzzle, and the first hint at the massive mainstream success to follow, “Saturday Superhouse”:

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Heading towards the electro-synthpop with CHVRCHES – currently trading on EPs alone, their debut full-length album The Bones Of What You Believe is out September 23rd in the UK. “This is electro-pop that shimmers only when the tears are washed from its speaker cones.” says BBC Sound of 2013. Um…ok. Just listen:

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6. Fridge Magnets

Something a bit more electro-club from “Scotland’s buzziest/drunkest band” NME (Radar) – they’ve already supported the likes of Calvin Harris and Japanese Popstars and featured on Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust playlist.

This is “Death of Rock n’ Roll”:

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7. We Were Promised Jetpacks

Initially thought this band name was a reference to everyone’s favourite childhood cartoon family, the Jetsons until we realised we’re still about 50 years away from their time….We Were Promised Jetpacks make solid, intense indie rock. Their last album was released in 2011, In the Pit of the Stomach, on FatCat Records and this is “Medicine”:

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PAWS are another band on FatCat Records, and they’re actually quite alt-rocky for a British band but with hints of fuzz and garage-punk. Check out “Sore Tummy ft. Alice Costelloe” – Alice Costelloe from Big Deal. It sounds “up” but it’s actually “angry”. We love.

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9. Young Fathers

We’re leaving you with a curveball. Have you ever heard any Scottish Hip Hop bands? Hit play.

You have now.

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Ukraine, Spain…and now Scotland. Where do we go next?


Your responses to this post over on facebook are inspired! So we wanted to add a few more bands to the list, all coincidentally from Glasgow except one, which takes the total to 14 – thanks to those of you who’ve been suggesting your picks.

10. Three Blind Wolves

Thanks to Sarah for this one – they’re a four-piece who create folk-tinged psychedelic blues-rock that’s sometimes a little bit country. Three Blind Wolves released their debut full-length album this February past…if rousing guitar riffs and heartfelt lyrics are what you’re after, this is a band for you.

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11. Twin Atlantic

Another four-piece, this time some rock thanks to Ieva. Twin Atlantic’ll be playing Reading and Leeds this weekend if you’re one of the lucky ones heading to either of those Festivals, and have also supported the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Gaslight Anthem and Funeral For A Friend. If that doesn’t give you an idea of their sound, here’s “Free”:

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12. Mogwai

Mogwai – how could we forget Mogwai! Thanks Joanna for the nudge. Their 2013 album of the same name provides the eerie and somewhat sinister soundtrack to French zombie TV series, Les Revenants, but they’ve been around since the mid-nineties. From their 5th album, Mr. Beast, here’s the beautifully epic “Auto Rock”:

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13. The Twilight Sad

“Scottish band who enjoy drinking & making miserable music” (thanks Mikahil) – we wanted to find the most apt example of this description from the band’s 10-year history of EPs and studio albums…so we picked out this live at Avalanche version of “That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy”. Any other contenders?

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14. Olympic Swimmers

And finally…a tip from Chris, representing the indie contingent – Olympic Swimmers released their debut album No Flags Will Fly in June last year, which is available to stream in full on their bandcamp. Female-fronted and shoegazey, this is “Knots”.

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Thanks again to all of you for your tips – a couple more stops on our musical travels coming up…