Sleep-hiking Bastard Mountain

Traveling to Edinburgh for just a few days, it was hard to imagine that the namesake for the group Bastard Mountain wasn’t in fact Arthur’s Seat, the city’s highest crag with a patchwork of yellow wild flowers and spotted with bunnies darting from stone staircases, behind broken fences and into the bushes. Or to imagine that […]

Warmth in Winter with Scotland’s Deathcats

The ultimate fraught of stereotypes isn’t how often inaccurate they are, but how quickly we instinctively launch to them. Think of a place like Scotland, long typecasted for forever rains, beautiful hillsides, and rocky coasts. And while the travel brochure for Scotland kindly reinforces that, it doesn’t do service to what wholly unsuspecting things come […]

CMJ FOTOS: Kid Karate, Prides, Orbits, The History of Apple Pie, Islands

It can be easy to become lost in the wave of CMJ Music Marathon concerts that filled venues across New York City from October 15-19, challenging both audiences and performers alike to the ultimate endurance test. It is titled Marathon, after all. But more often than not, becoming “lost” is only part of the experience […]

TBJ Interviews Holy Esque’s Manager, Matt Sadowski

It is a small world and an even smaller music industry. Back in April 2012 THE BOMBER JACKET covered a Scottish band, Holy Esque. Admittedly a bit embarrassingly irritated by how the band seemed to bleed “hipness,” the writer (it was me, haha) presented a conflicted view of the band and its music (yes, they […]

Introducing Scotland’s Washington Irving

Every year there’s a small group of Scottish musicians that emerge in the United States at international festivals, or they join fellow homeland bands for opening slots on U.S. tours. Successful names that have grown into their own and returned for tours consistently year after year include Belle and Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised […]

Celtic, Afro-beat Guitar Pop from Scotland: Bwani Junction

Some musicians claim to have been “catapulted” to stardom. But for the Scottish band Bwani Junction, the road to success has been a slow-maturing and a moderate unfolding. It took a few years for the four members, Rory Fairweather, Jack Fotheringham, Dan Muir, and Fergus Robson, to create and publish their debut album that they recorded […]

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, […]

Difficult Listening: Associates

For the past eleven years, Seattle’s EMP Museum has hosted the Pop Conference: an annual meeting of music industry professionals, scholars, and fans like you and me. Musicians give keynote speeches, academics and critics discuss everything from hip-hop to K-pop, and best of all, registration is free. Perhaps that’s why this year’s conference, held in NYU in […]

Gerry Loves Records and We Like Gerry A Lot

Last issue we had a guest article from Adam Piggot of Scotland’s web-based music database, Touch Sensitive. In the article, Piggot lists a group of Scottish labels that he recommends. One of the labels is Gerry Loves Records: A fairly new and independent label based in Edinburgh, Scotland. After perusing the GLR website and listening […]

A New Web-Based Music Directory from Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland’s Adam Piggot is the head of Touch Sensitive: a new online directory of underground and alternative music from Scotland, Spain and around the world. Piggot discovered THE BOMBER JACKET through a Spanish artist we covered. We got talking and decided it would be a good idea for Piggot to write a guest article […]