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razz pop: sound check.

Byline: Rick Fulton

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 which have an SAE.

The Leatherettes - Jet Black And Bleached

DUNDEE is on fire. The View, The Law and now The Leatherettes have arrived to burn holes in your brain.

The duo of Johnny Yen and singer Becca Bomb create stripped-backed fuzzed-up guitar noise. A mix of The Cramps and The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Leatherettes are everything we need in music.

Songs like Shoot To Thrill with Becca's voice sounding like it's been squeezed through a radio are simple psychobilly, just guitar and drum machine. But with lyrics such as "you've got a pistol/I've got a gun/you've got a 45/you're not the only one", Becca has as much attitude as Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie.

Jet Black And Bleached is out now. Their Johnny Thunders EP is also a free download from www.filthylittle

The Leatherettes play Box, Glasgow tonight and West Port Bar, Dundee, next Friday, June 29.

Yellow Bentines - Yellow Bentines

SKA is a dirty word when you put it into the same breath as The Ordinary Boys.

Thankfully, Scotland keeps Two-Tone music alive through bands such as The Amphetameanies and also the Yellow Bentines. The first three songs on the Glaswegian four-piece's album use the ska rhythm on Down And Up, Madness doing Oasissounding Francesca and The Bangles tinged And Then There's You, as well as at the end of the album on Anger!

But it's not all piano and trumpet that makes this album far more interesting. The Person You Want Me To Be has the melancholy of Athlete, while the band go all folky on Freelance Hippy Girl.

They play Hogshead, Shawlands, June 29, Not In The Park, Firewater, Glasgow, July 7, and King Tut's Glasgow on July 10.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 22, 2007
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