The Deadline Shakes and Their New Single, “Boy”

After a relatively small amount of live appearances, Iain McKinstry (vocals/guitar), Martin McLeod (bass), Tom Booth (drums), and Greg Dingwall (lead vocals/guitar) will be working overtime, keeping up with the international interest blooming for their Glasgow-based project, The Deadline Shakes.

The Deadline Shakes bring forth beautiful melodies upon a simple arrangement of acoustic instruments and playful vocal harmonies, as heard in their third and latest single, “Boy.” Each of their three singles was produced by Dingwall, whose tenor vocals fall somewhere between Gotye and James Mercer, and arise somewhere magical and unexpected, rubbing shoulders with raconteurs like Brendan Benson. The new single is full of sparkling melodies that repeatedly weave in and out and sweetly build during the chorus.

The band represents original pop-driven folk music from the U.K. Their first single, “Sweeten the Deal,” launched them into a whirlwind of press. Less than a year old, the success of the single prompts us to consider how the band will continue to grow in the coming months. Famous Scottish radio personality Vic Galloway selected The Deadline Shakes as one of his “Breakout Bands” on Radio Scotland, and Steve Lamacq (6 Music) and Jim Gellatly (In Demand show) both featured the band on their playlists.

The group’s label, Flowers In The Dustbin, which may have been named after the James Miller’s book “Flowers In The Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll,” has a growing roster of great artists that range from the aforementioned indie-pop Deadline Shakes to alternative grunge singing, but equally pleasant Mummy Short Arms. FITD’s spokeperson had this to say about their first encounter with the quartet: “It was really the demo of ‘Sweeten the Deal’ which inspired us in the first place. It just sounded like a timeless classic. It also epitomized what Flowers In The Dustbin is about: unheralded gems.”

Check out this charming video of a live acoustic performance of “Sweeten The Deal,” which the band officially released in November of 2012:


The Deadline Shakes still have quite a number of things on their to-do list (i.e. releasing their album and touring North America so we can see them too). According to their label, the demos are simply “inspirational” for the rest of what is sure to be a fantastic debut album, due out sometime later this year.


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