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  1. Glasgow five-piece Slouch follow up last September's ‘Duplicity’, with new single ‘P.O.V’ - released last Friday - which was recorded with Jamie Holmes and Johnny Madden.

    Who are you?

    This is Daniel MacRae, guitarist/synths. The others in the band are Paul Burnett, vocals; Mark Hunter on guitars/synths; Ryan Smith, bass, and Div Anderson on drums.

    Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.

    We are all best friends from the same area in the Southside of Glasgow, and all of the band went to the same two schools in the area. We have always loved music and became friends through listening to bands together and going to gigs, so decided to start one ourselves. Originally we all played the same instruments so most of the band had to learn new instruments from scratch just so we could start a band and take our time learning how to play together, and eventually we were confident enough to start developing our own sound to make the music we wanted to make.

    Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

    We all have varied musical tastes but have a core of common influences we try and bring to the band like The Strokes, New Order, The Cure, Foals and Tame Impala. We try and use synths and guitars together in our music the same way a lot of New Wave bands of the 80s did as well as modern alternative bands. We also tend to merge this with an upbeat electronic indie influences in the rhythm section. Another influence we all share is strong melodic choruses from anything from Britpop to pop and we always try to incorporate that into our singles.

    Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

    The songs usually start by someone bringing a musical idea into rehearsals. This can sometimes just be a riff and some chords, or sometimes a more fully formed bedroom demo. We'll then work on this in the rehearsal studio and flesh it out and try different ideas until we have a structure we're happy with whilst Burnett adds melodies and lyrics.

    In the case of our new single, we took a fully formed song in to the studio but then from there we worked with producers Jamie Holmes and Johnny Madden to try a few different ideas. It was a really collaborative process and the single was all the better for it.

    Tell us a little about your new single.

    We recorded the single in 7 West Studios in Glasgow for the first time with Jamie and Johnny. We loved the experience working with them and had a lot of fun recording the single, as well as trying some really exciting ideas that made it into the final song.

    ‘P.O.V’ started with the main synth hook in the chorus and grew from there. Musically we spent a lot of time on the dancey-er rhythm section between the bass line and different drum beats, as well as the different layers of synths and guitars lines. The title 'P.O.V' is lifted from the 'point of view' lyric in the chorus, but also relates to the song as it's essentially a conversation with someone from the point of view of the singer.

    Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

    We have a couple of gigs lined up next month that we're really excited about. Our first gig is in Glasgow at The Garage Attic supporting The Peach Fuzz at a This Feeling gig on 7th March. They're a great band from Liverpool and This Feeling gigs are always class. We'll then be supporting Neon Waltz at Bakers in Kilmarnock on 28th March. This will be our first gig in Kilmarnock and Neon Waltz are one of the best bands in Scotland so we can't wait for that either.

    How's the first year of the new decade looking, plans-wise?

    We're really excited about the upcoming gigs we have booked and have some more plans later in the year to go back into the studio at 7 West. We're currently working hard on new music and can't wait to see what the year brings.

    Where can we hear more of your music?

    'P.O.V' is now on Spotify with our first two singles, 'In Your Mind' and 'Duplicity'. We also have a live session of a couple of our tracks on YouTube which was recorded at the end of last year.

    What social media platforms can we find you on?

    Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

  2. K-pop megastars BTS last night (February 24) appeared on the US TV show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

    The episode-length edition was given over to the South Korean seven-piece, who have just released their new album 'Map of the Soul: 7'.

    Watch them perform 'ON' from the album inside New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

    As part of their world tour, BTS play two UK dates, both at London's Twickenham Stadium on July 3 and 4.

  3. Words: Sam Geary 

    They dropped 'Thanks For Everything' back in January, and now Neon Waltz pull out a visual accompaniment for the single.

    The track's - from their forthcoming 'Huna' EP - disorientating monochrome video is cleverly done with the simple, DIY trickery that comes with the humble mirror.

    A further run of UK dates is also announced to coincide with the EP release on Friday March 27 on both vinyl and digital formats. Scroll down for list.

    Live dates

    28 Kilmarnock, Bakers
    29 Newcastle, Think Tank
    30 Nottingham, Bodega
    31 Birmingham, Dead Wax

    01 Leeds, Headrow House
    02 Brighton, Green Door Store
    04 London, Omeara
    05 Manchester, YES
    07 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
    08 Dundee, Beat Generator Live!

  4. Following the release of her debut album 'HiiDE' last year, Margate-based artist and producer BABii has announced a new EP, 'iii', will be released on March 27, and available on CD & DSPs. There will be three limited editon CD versions, with 50 of each, complete with artwork specific to each track.

    The first single from the record 'BEAST' can be heard below.

    "'BEAST' is about being far away in proximity from someone, but still feeling emotionally close to them," sgevsats, "and realising the opposite could be much worse, being in close proximity to someone but emotionally feeling distant from them."

    Live dates

    04 London, Lafayette supporting Grouplove
    05 Newcastle, Cobalt
    26-27 Lisbon, MIL Festival

    09 The Great Eastern Festival, Edinburgh

    20 Near Future Festival, Liverpool

  5. Words: Charlie Emmett

    Anthemic, singalong garage rock is what Scuttlers, the Manchester alt-rock with frontman Kaiden Nolan providing a punk persuasion vocal, are offering on new single 'Leaders of a Lost Generation'.

    Out this Friday (February 28), it follows the quartet's 2018 debut EP, ‘We Are Scuttlers’, and singles like last year's 'Lies In The Sky', and has already caught the ears of Radio X's esteemed John Kennedy. With its radio-friendly vibe you can surely expect to be hearing it on more stations across the airwaves in the coming weeks.

    Catch a live rendition when the boys play Night & Day Cafe, Manchester on March 21.