The Wide Days Scottish Music Convention was held in Teviot on the 9th and 10th of April. The two days were filled with a series of talks and seminars on topics ranging from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, how to make it in Germany and the infamous A+R You Brave Enough?. Along with the seminars, Wide Days held four free gigs in various venues in Edinburgh showcasing the best in new Scottish talent. Opening the showcase at The Pleasance was Edinburgh duo The Jellyman’s Daughter. They brought their unique brand of acoustic cello-based folk. Their latest single ‘Honey’ was a particular highlight with perfect harmonies between Emily and Graham which were perfectly complimented by the haunting cello and surrounding of The Pleasance Theatre.
Model Aeroplanes were next to play at a sold out Sneaky Pete’s. Having recently been awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards this year, the Dundee band are one of the most fun new bands coming out of Scotland at the moment. Branding themselves as ‘fun, fresh and honest music that you can drink cocktails to’ their live performance was full of thoroughly enjoyable energetic indie pop music. The band delivered their set with the energy and enthusiasm you would expect from a young band, who were delighted to be playing a sold-out show. You can listen to their single ‘Crazy’ here:
Something entirely different yet equally excellent was the performance of Edinburgh-based LAW. Having built momentum for the past year with her first single ‘Hustle’ and working with Young Fathers, LAW delivered a haunting and captivating set at Sneaky’s. Playing most of the astounding ‘Haters and Gangsters’ E.P LAW’s performance was spell-binding and held the attention of everyone int he room. The rapper/singer’s intense stage prescence was perfect for the surroundings. With the ability to flawlessly blend hip hop and r&b influences into her own unique music style and songs such as ‘Haters’ and “Number One’ demonstrating her varying vocal talents, LAW is definitely one of the most intriguing artists in Scotland right now. You can download ‘Haters + Gangsters’ for free and listen to Haters here:
Next came a walk down to Electric Circus to see Lost Map’s newest sign, the Glasgow three-piece Tuff Love. Recently signed to Lost Map, Tuff Love are the epitome of fuzzy, lo-fi indie pop. They play a short but sweet set, having only a 5-track E.P under their belts, but it’s hard not to fall in love with how ace they are. The guitars are fierce and fuzzy with vocals miss so quietly it’s difficult to make out what is being said, but in a good way. Tuff Love are set for huge things and their sun-soaked grunge pop mixed with soft harmonies is sure to be the soundtrack to the summer, and every one after that hopefully. Junk E.P is out now on Lost Map Records on lovely white vinyl. Listen to Flamingo here: