Originally a four piece comprising Viv Strachan (vocals), Gordon McIntyre (guitar), Nick Reynolds (bass), and Alexis Beattie (drums), ballboy played gigs around Edinburgh, UK for a few years, and recorded tracks for the Edinburgh indie compilation it's a life sentence..., released by the newly formed SL Records label in 1997. By 1999 Gordon, the band's main songwriter, had taken over vocal duties. Katie Griffiths had joined on keyboards and Gary Morgan had taken over the drums.
Sergeant are a 4-piece indie rock band from Glenrothes in Fife, Scotland. In 2007 they recently signed a contract with Mercury Records. The band played both 2007 T in the Park and Glastonbury festivals and have attracted a fanbase and media attention extending well outside their Scottish base. Xfm Scotland's Jim Gellatly has marked the band as one of his favourites for 2007 and they have recently drawn further praise from former Creation Records boss Alan McGee.
q without u are an indie-pop band from Glasgow who have been described in the following manner: "the tunes are great, the lyrics are hilarious and if you don
How to Swim are an eleven piece pop band from Glasgow. Previous releases include the long-player "Start Life in 2D," the well-received "It Stings When I" EP and the mini-album "The Littlest Orgasm," released through Stow College’s Electric Honey label. Their next album, "Retina (or More Fun Than a Vat of Love)" will be released in early 2009. The album is preceded by the double A-side single "Genesis P and Me / From Here to Dundee Slash Eternity", released in September 2008.
The Yummy Fur were an art rock/indie rock band which formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1992. The band's only constant member was singer/guitarist John McKeown. After the band split in 1999, McKeown drifted through several short lived bands before forming the successful indie rock band 1990s in 2006, and two former members - Paul Thomson and Alex Kapranos formed the popular alternative rock band Franz Ferdinand. In 2009, it was announced that John McKeown, Paul Thomson and Brian McDougall would reunite The Yummy Fur for a brief tour in 2010.
The A Forest formed in Dundee, UK in 2003. Between them, Cat Lee-Marr, Chris Lee-Marr, Eilidh Glynn, Ewan Morrison, George Burton and Michael Lambert play bass guitar, cello, drums, electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizer and voice. During their most active period, the band played shows accross Scotland with other like-minded sorts such as the Zephyrs, De Rosa, Copy Haho, Viking Moses, Misty’s Big Adventure, Mountain Men Anonymous and the Cranebuilders. They also organised a fringe event for BBC Radio 1’s One Big Weekend in Dundee and played the 2007 Fence Homegame.
Alasdair White born in 1983 on the Isle of Lewis is already well known as Battlefield Band’s virtuoso fiddle player joining the band in 2001. In these past years, his musicianship and tune making have had a great influence on the bands repertoire and continuing success, and playing with Battlefield Band has given him that wider audience that his music deserves. Having been highly regarded and talked about since his early teens, An Clàr Geal is his first solo album in 2006
The Barents Sea is a part of the Arctic Ocean located north of Norway and Russia, The Barents Sea is also the coming together of Scottish musicians writing and recording songs.
Young Scottish singer/songwriter Esther O’Connor, who signed her first record contract with music colossus EMI aged 17, is now writing and releasing music under her own steam. She runs her own record label, the aptly-named Redhead Records, with husband Tim O’Connor, who also accompanies her on stage with his guitar. Esther’s new album Right Here, despite not having the backing of a major label, has been causing a stir the length and breadth of the country.