Tuesday, September 6, 2011
New Sounds of Scotland-Part 26: Natalie Pryce; The Last September; Aggie Doom
As I was listening to the various Natalie Pryce tracks available on Soundcloud, I was musing about how to describe a band that has been described (according to their own Facebook page) as 'a tirade of obscene poetry', 'more psychotic than pornographic', and 'Bosch meets Kafka at a crack party in Islington'. And then I realized that listening to Glasgow's Natalie Pryce in 2011 is like listening to the Monks of the 1960s, if the latter band had grown up in this century and resolved that Velvet Underground nihilism was a more comfortable artistic voice than proto-punk. So there you have it. The band is comprised of Mark (Misc), Greg (Guitars), Litts (Bass), and Stephen Coleman (Drums).
Natalie Pryce by Natalie Pryce
Edinburgh band The Last September is taking an unconventional approach to potential success. After their first album, Vagrant Song, they put the band on the shelf for five years. Now they are back with their second album, As the Crow Flies. The band's sound is indie rock with a folk edge, and is distinguished by beautiful songs. The band consists of Pete Deane, Dave Bishop, Calum MacLeod, Jos Collins, Ali Petrie, Poppy Ackroyd, and they have no label at this point.
The Last September has released the following two-track single, "Precious Time", comprised of songs from their new album:
Glasgow band Aggi Doom plays music they call darkwave, which seems to be a somewhat more darker version of '80s new wave. I say it "seems to be" rather than it "is" because I don't have much of a musical record for evaluating the band. However, what I've heard is good and interesting. The band members are Claudia Nova (vocals, keyboard), Hillary Van Scoy (vocals, guitar), Joan Sweeney (vocals, bass), and Scott Caruth (vocals, drums).