I’m not going to include Frightened Rabbit, Broken Records or the Twilight Sad in this list because I think that they have already fully established themselves as 3 of Scotland’s leading artists. No, this list will simply be a list of the top 10 Scottish bands that I hope will go on to bigger and better things next year and really capture the attention of not only the Scottish music scene but the wider world too. So, in no particular order:
2. Withered Hand
4. Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
5. Sparrow and the Workshop
6. Team Turnip
8. Y’all Is Fantasy Island (if they still exist)
9. Small Town Boredom
10. The Kays Lavelle – yes, fuck it. Jamie from Broken Records gave me a pep talk (a fairly drunken pep talk) at Matthew songbytoad’s Christmas party on Saturday night. So for once in my life I’m going to push my own band forward. Not that I agree with everything that Jamie said on Saturday. I guess I’m just not the type of person to push myself on people and no matter what he said I’m not going to change myself or my opinions. I kind of like the feeling of being discovered to be honest. People finding us is kind of cool. I also in no way agree that music should be a competition. It’s an art form, and whilst I want to be the best I can be, I will never compare myself to other artists and think – ‘I’m better than you’. It’s everything that is wrong about T-Break and all other music competitions and exactly the reason I would never enter the Kays in a music competition. I don’t want to be a part of that atmosphere or really believe that art in any form should be about competition. It’s about creating and sharing for me and if it became anything else I’d want to walk away from it all. However, that said, I do agree with him and others who have told me to push the band more. So yes, number 10 is The Kays and the album will be out sometime next year. Got a few tracks underway and it’s sounding sweet so far. I’m pretty excited about it all. So keep an eye out for more information both on this page and the Kays myspace page.