Category Archives: Indie Rock

THE BATHERS-SUNPOWDER.

The Bathers-Sunpowder Label: Marina Records. Format: CD. With Chris Thompson at the helm, the The Bathers could’ve and should’ve, been one the biggest Scottish bands ever. Their music was articulate, beautiful, dramatic, ethereal, elegiac, emotive, languid, literate and melancholy. This is music for those that have loved, lost and survived to tell the tale. Sadly, …

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THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY.

The Bathers-Kelvingrove Baby. Label: Marina Records. Format: CD. The Bathers were formed in Glasgow, in 1985, by singer, songwriter and troubled troubadour Chris Thomson and released six albums between 1987 and 1999. Their fifth album was Kelvingrove Baby, which which was recently reissued by Marina Records is a a minor classic that’s one of the finest Scottish …

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THE BLUE NILE-HIGH

The Blue Nile-High.  Label: Confetti Records. Format: 2 CD Set. Release Date: ‘5th’ June 2020. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and …

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THE BLUE NILE-HIGH

The Blue Nile-High.  Label: Confetti Records. Format: Vinyl. Release Date: ‘5th’ June 2020. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph …

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CULT CLASSIC: TEENAGE FANCLUB- TALES FROM NORTHERN BRITAIN.

Cult Classic: Teenage Fanclub-Tales From Northern Britain. There aren’t many Scottish bands have enjoyed the longevity and commercial success that Teenage Fanclub have enjoyed over the past four decades. Scotland’s Kings of jangle pop have been together for thirty-one years, released ten albums and toured the world several times and are still going strong. However, like many bands before them, it took  a couple of albums …

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CULT CLASSIC: MOGWAI-COME ON DIE YOUNG.

Cult Classic: Mogwai-Come On Die Young. It’s hard to believe that twenty-one  years have passed since Mogwai released their sophomore album, Come On Die Young, in March 1999. Back then, Glasgow-based Mogwai were one of the best up-and-coming bands not just in Scotland, but Britain. Since then, Mogwai have established a reputation as one of Britain’s top bands. …

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THE BLUE NILE-HATS-VINYL EDITION.

The Blue Nile-Hats-Vinyl Edition. Label: Confetti Records. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, they’ve …

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CULT CLASSIC: THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY.

Cult Classic: The Bathers-Kelvingrove Baby. The Bathers were formed in Glasgow, in 1985, by singer, songwriter and troubled troubadour Chris Thomson and released six albums between 1987 and 1999. Their fifth album was Kelvingrove Baby, which is a a minor classic, that’s one of the finest Scottish albums ever released. Sadly, Kelvingrove Baby and The …

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CULT CLASSIC: TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE.

Cult Classic: Teenage Fanclub-Bandwagonesque. Hardly ever does commercial success and critical acclaim come overnight for a band. Instead, it often takes a couple of albums before a band hits their stride. That was the case with the Teenage Fanclub.  It wasn’t until the Teenage Fanclub released their third album Bandwagonesque in November 1991 that commercial …

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THE BLUE NILE-PEACE AT LAST.

The Blue Nile-Peace At Last. Label: Confetti Records. The Blue Nile were no ordinary band and did things their way. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe the Blue Nile, whose third album Peace At Last has just been reissued by Confetti Records on vinyl. It’s a welcome reissue of The Blue Nile’s third album. Originally, Peace At …

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IN 1984 THE BLUE NILE RELEASED A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS.

In 1984 The Blue Nile Released A Walk Across The Rooftops. Some albums are like old friends, and that is the case with The Blue Nile’s debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops. It’s an album I’ve treasured and loved for over three decades, and has I been a faithful companion in an ever-changing musical world. A Walk Across The Rooftops …

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LA TORRE IBIZA: VOLUMEN TRES.

La Torre Ibiza: Volumen Tres. Label: Hostal La Torre. The nineties and early noughties were the golden age for what was referred to as Balearic, chill out or downtempo  music.  Many of these lovingly curated  compilations were released on smaller independent labels and featured a mixture of the new and old, from familiar faces and new names. Some of these …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-1996-2016: THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS.

Belle and Sebastian-1996-2016: The First Twenty Years. Over the last fifty years, many bands have been formed at university or college.  Many of these bands went on to hone their sound on college and university circuit. However, only one of theses bands went on to release their debut single and album  on their college’s record label. This might sound fat …

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THE BLUE NILE-HATS

The Blue Nile-Hats. Label: Confetti Records. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, they’ve been …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TRASHCAN SINATRAS.

The Life and Times Of The Trashcan Sinatras. Nowadays, very few bands get to celebrate their tenth anniversary, never mind their twentieth or thirtieth. Especially bands formed in the eighties.  Many were short-lived affairs, who released a couple of albums, before calling it a day. Some crashed and burned amidst rancour and anger. Often, money was at …

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THE BLUE NILE-CONTRARIAN YET PERFECTION PERSONIFIED.

The Blue Nile-Contrarian Yet Perfection Personified. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, they’ve been …

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BIG STAR-PIONEERS OF POWER POP.

Big Star-Pioneers Of Power Pop. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t guarantee commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been one of the biggest bands in musical history. Alas, that wasn’t the case. Lady luck failed to smile on Big Star when they released a trio of albums between 1972 and 1978. Despite this,  Big Star …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF STEVE AND THE BOARD.

The Rise and Demise Of Steve and The Board. Although Steve and The Board were formed in Brisbane, Australia, in 1965, the story began 9,000 miles away in 1950. That was when  Steve Kipner, the founder of Steve and The Board was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. However, Steve Kipner didn’t spend much of his young life …

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PAUL BUCHANAN-FROM THE BLUE NILE AND BEYOND.

Paul Buchanan-From The Blue Nile and Beyond. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best describe The Blue Nile, who were the complete opposite to most bands. To say that The Blue Nile were publicity shy is something of an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and P.J. Moore formed the Blue Nile in 1981, …

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GOOSEBUMPS 25 YEARS OF MARINA RECORDS.

Goosebumps 25 Years Of Marina Records. Label: Marina Records Any indie label that has survived for the last twenty-five years is obviously doing something right. Especially given how challenging a market it has  been for both major and indie labels over the past twenty years. Everything from the death of vinyl and the introduction of …

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