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 […]

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 […]

Chasing Owls All the Way to Edinburgh

It’s a clear day in Edinburgh, Scotland and Ben Sunderland is sitting atop the rich-green Calton Hill, piecing together lyrics for a new song. The view from the hill provides a vast panorama of the entire city, its ruins, its bustling coffee shops, the ocean… Edinburgh is known for its beauty and history, but not […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scottish Pop with Emeli Sande

One of our German writers, Elisabeth Hergt, reviews a major label favorite of hers, Emeli Sandé. The musician’s album, Our Version of Events, is out March 9 in Germany. Scottish singer Emeli Sandé, who started out as a songwriter for artists like Chipmunk, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd and Tinie Tempah, is releasing her debut […]