There has been a spate of great new singles released by a few excellent Scottish bands recently, so to help you navigate your way to them, I thought I'd do a Singles Review section rather than the usual thing focusing on one band only. So here we go.
TUFF LOVE - JUNK EP
Tuff Love are a Glasgow based three piece who make summery sounding almost lo fi in places guitar pop that instantly catches and burrows into your brain from where you'll struggle to remove it. Imagine if the Pixies had let Kim Deal sing more or if REM had managed to fuse the jangle of their Fables era to the amps they discovered they had around Monster time and you'll get part of the story here. All 5 songs on this e.p. are wroth your time. This is a hugely promising debut release and whats more it's available on a rather lovely 10" white vinyl from the marvellous Lost Map records.
Tuff Love Faebook page https://www.facebook.com/ReallyTuffLove
Lost Map band page http://lostmap.com/tuff-love/
CAMPFIRES IN WINTER - WE'LL EXIST
Campfires In Winter are one of the most exciting bands around on the Glasgow, or more precisely Croy, scene at the moment. Their new single We'll Exist is an absolute cracker and, frankly, you're letting yourself down if you don't get it. I heard it live a few weeks ago at the Call To Mind album release show and loved it from the off. It is an example of the power and just general genius of Campfires In Winter and from May 12th you can own it. Here's the video in the meantime
Campfires In Winter webiste http://www.campfiresinwinter.com/
Campfires In Winter Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CampfiresInWinter?fref=ts
FRIENDS IN AMERICA - THE MORE I HAVE THE LESS I OWN THE MORE LEARN THE LESS I KNOW
It's lucky people don't copy songs onto tape anymore (ask your parents) as writing that on an inlay card would be a nightmare. Thankfully, that's the only quibble I have with this single which is another first class release from Friends In America. Carrying on from their impressive debut album What It Is To Be, the band again show why they are one to watch with another fantastic combination of guitar pop and thought provoking lyrics. The single release party is on 15 May at Nice N Sleazy's and you can get tickets and the single form the link below
Friends In America single party info https://friendsinamericamusic.bandcamp.com/merch/ticket-to-friends-in-america-the-more-i-single-launch-may-15th-with-free-single-download-a-week-early
Friends In American Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FriendsInAmerica?fref=ts
PREHISTORIC FRIENDS - BERMUDA TRIANGLE
Prehistoric Friends first came to my attention at the Call To Mind album release show and I was impressed from the off. Their debut single Bermuda Triangle was one of the highlights of an excellent set and you can watch the video, which is currently streaming on The Skinny, below. The band are an intriguing mix of synth pop, lo fi and much more and you should really investigate them.
Prehistoric Friends Facebook https://www.facebook.com/prehistoricfriends?fref=ts
So there you are. Four Scottish bands, four new things for you to get. Do try and check them all out