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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Pinnacle of Hipster Bands, Holy Esque

The Scottish indie-rock band Holy Esque fulfills many of today’s hipster band clichés. The band has a trendy name and symbol, and the singer sounds like he’s searching for the latest cool way to sing. What is he saying? Is he an old man? Has he lost his breath? Does he smoke too much? Who […]