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Byline: RICK FULTON

The Twilight Sad Here, It Snowed. Afterwards It Did

A SIX song mini-album from the Glasgow band who sound like Billy Connolly while he was in the Humblebums screaming at the moon after 20 pints of lager.

Only they can create a beautiful blissed-out track Cold Days From The Birdhouse and have singer James Graham roaring: "Because I'm puttin' the boot in" spitting bile over a chilled-out soundscape.

The Glasgow band's music is utterly spellbinding - one moment Arcade Fire, then Joy Division then The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

Not since The Proclaimers sang in Scots accents in the 80s has a band using their own accents made you feel so proud.

Like a sonic Saltire they mix traditional Scots folk with art rock.

From the creepiness of Mapped By What Surrounded Them and its lyrics: "These walls are filled with blame" to the bitter bile of the title track and its nursery sounding glockenspiel, in Scotland only Glasvegas touch them for true originality.

The album is out on June 9 on digital and 12inch vinyl.

The band play ABC2, Glasgow, June 1 and Bongo Club, Edinburgh, June 15. www.myspace.com/thetwilightsad

Miyagi

Lucky Face

LUCKY face is the debut from another band who sound like people you've heard before but with a contemporary twist.

While mainly taking a lead from the old country-tinged rock bands like The Band, songs like Cry Cry Cry add garage surf rock to the mix. It adds to an album that excites with every new song.

The album kicks off with the country jug stomp of Dirty Little Monkey while in second song It's As Easy As Lying harmonies create a vibe that roars into life with a saxophone. Dead Man's Hand is cowboy bop and Dragonfly is a hippy shake on bad acid.

The band play Barrels Ale House, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, June 6, The Wickerman Festival, Dumfries, July 25 & 26, Belladrum Festival, Inverness, August 9. www.miyagimusic.com

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.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:May 30, 2008
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