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WE know how hard it is to get your music heard. If you are unsigned, or releasing material on your own label or on a Scottish independent label, we want to hear it. Write to: Rick Fulton, Soundcheck, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA. Sorry, but we can only return demos that have a SAE.

Stuntman Mike Triangles THE Glasgow band are down to a trio but sounding huge on their debut album.

The fuzzy, glam stomp sounds like a cross between Placebo and Manic Street Preachers. The album starts with the quirky twister of Buffalo, which actually has lyrics. "Ride the buffalo" is when you jump on a pal for a piggy back.

Great Exploitations has a melodic crunch from Scott Hetherington (who the bumph says can run the 100m in less than 11 seconds) singing "stand up for mercy".

Promise begins with a cacophony of guitars and has the epic thud of the Manics, while We Say Fire has the stadium call of Kasabian, especially when Scott sings Fire. Solid work, too, from drummer Affy Ahmad (a black belt in karate) and guitarist Billy Mulholland, who we're told arranges holidays around fine wines, beer and cheese.

No heavy going towards the end of the album, like so many. Ashes is superb, while Roses and Razors has the jangly guitar of Postcard Records. Dare to try Stuntman Mike.

Triangles is out now.

www.stuntmanmike.co.uk Elephant Gerald Nighthawks and Early Birds ANOTHER Glasgow trio offer a much softer, laid-back sound. Frontman Alan Phillips, bassist Stu Greig and drummer Ben Feeney mix country and blues to freewheelin' rock.

Take It To The End has the big soundscape of The Band, on 50 Years Alan sounds like an in-tune Bob Geldof.

Creeping, Crawling, Believing is a fantastic love-lorn bluesy number.

Falling In Lifeboats is a slow, stunning slap in the chops as Alan sings "life's about consolidation, comfort in inebriation". Well said.

The album is out now.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Article Type:Sound recording review
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Date:Oct 11, 2013
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