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Byline: Billy Sloan

Billy Sloan reveals the groups he will be listening to and watching in February

You wouldn't know rock singers Olly Knight and Gale Paridjanian if you passed them in the street. But I predict their new album Ether Song will take the charts by storm.The pair are better known as Turin Brakes and the CD is my hot tip this month.

On February 17, the pop duo release a single, Pain Killer, from the album. Ether Song - set for record stores on March 3 - is jammed with catchy melodic hooks and thought provoking lyrics. Don't miss Turin Brakes when they play live at Aberdeen Music Hall on February 24 and Glasgow Barrowland the following night.

Beg, steal or borrow a copy of the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Nocturama when it's released on February 3. Cave sounds like a tortured Scott Walker on stunning songs such as Wonderful Life and He Wants You. His duet with Chris Bailey - former singer of Aussie punks The Saints - on Bring It On is a cracker. This album features contributions from The Blockheads.

When Geoff Martyn was sacked from Travis by Fran Healy it could have been the end of his pop career. But it proved to be the spur he needed to get his own songs off the starting blocks. His debut album is a CD with a difference. It's called Something Good - and if ever an album lived up to its name this is it. It's a collection of 10 impressive acoustic songs recorded at The House Of Tea in Glasgow. Martyn's most impressive songs are Lost Without You, I Think It Must Be and Love (Makes Me Want To Die). Check him out at King Tut's in Glasgow on February 27.

Glasgow group The Goldenhour are poised to release their debut album Beyond The Beyond. The collection of razor guitars and driving bass has a real 1960s Mod feel. The group excel in short, sharp songs such as Until I See You Again and Tonight Becomes Tomorrow.

Teenage Fanclub are back in action this month with a greatest hits compilation and a trio of long-awaited Scottish dates. Led by singer Norman Blake, the Fannies appear live at Glasgow Barrowland on February 21, Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (23) and Aberdeen Lemon Tree (24). The gigs launch new CD 4766 Seconds, a collection of 18 jangly guitar pop classics - including three new compositions - which define the Scots band's sound. The hits are from albums such as A Catholic Education, Bandwagonesque and Songs From Northern Britain.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 26, 2003
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