For my first ‘band of the month’, it’s the Glasgow grunge quartet ‘CRYSTAL’. The band is formed of Anna Shields, Blair Crichton, Lizzie Reid and Aidan McAllister.
One of the best things about CRYSTAL is seeing them live. CRYSTAL’S set is consistently explosive, never gets tiring and keeps you on the edge, wondering what’s next. Despite only having two of their songs available online, they’re the two songs that showcase CRYSTAL as the grungy but polished band that they are. CRYSTAL serve 90’s grunge and punk vibes that are dark and intoxicating but you still can’t help but sing along to the catchy choruses particularly in ‘Heaven’. The band feel different, whilst they definitely have clear influences, they are a big step away from what a lot of their local music scene consists of. They have their own sound and they have certainly perfected it in the form of latest single ‘Sex Rich’.
They have this air of confidence and stand somewhat separate from the rest of the scene which adds to the mysterious and enigmatic vibe of the band, which I have nothing but praise for. Anna and Blair’s chemistry doesn’t go unnoticed and their vocals blend perfectly together above the jagged guitar riffs. How candid Anna is about gender balance and sexism in the music scene makes me appreciate the band even more as it’s not something often spoken about in the punk/male dominated Glasgow scene. I’m always excited to see what Crystal do next and look forward to seeing them blossom even more this year. CRYSTAL are seriously ones to watch in 2019 and you can catch them like at the SAMA takeover festival, The Tenement TV Discover tour and Stag and Dagger festival this spring.
Check out CRYSTAL on Spotify: here.
Follow CRYSTAL on Instagram (@crystalbandx) and on Facebook (CRYSTAL).
(Photo – James A. Grant)
Jonnie Wallace has made big leaps recently ever since his departure into a solo career.
The singer/songwriter has developed strongly, stepping away from the more rock inspired music of his past with former band Ayakara. He is also evolving, changing things up musically as going from previously being solely a drummer to writing his own guitar songs, his new single ‘You’ is released next month. ‘You’ is a charming and sentimental love song dedicated to an anonymous someone. The song is sweet and warm, featuring careful guitar work and well mixed soft vocals. The song features accompanying strings which build up the wooing romantic tone of the song. Jonnie Wallace sings from the heart with a tune that you can’t help but smile and hum along to. The multi-talented musician writes music that’s made for anyone and this song is perfect for easy listening. Jonnie Wallace is inspired by other acoustic songwriters such as Lewis Capaldi but keeps his songs largely personal and meaningful. ‘You’ is anonymous and lets you fill in the blanks for yourself, maybe even reminding you of who ‘you’ would be to you.
‘You’ is released on the 15th of March. Listen to the rest of Jonnie’s music here:
Catch Jonnie’s next gig on the ninth of March supporting Cloud of Starlings at The Hug and Pint.
Follow Jonnie on Facebook (Jonnie Wallace Music) and Instagram (@Jonnie_wallace_music)
Jonnie is also part of a three-piece rock band ‘Felix and the Sunsets’. A review of their upcoming single ‘Deja Vu’ can be found here.
Photo – Cameron Avery
Following the release of their debut EP ‘Don’t Sleep’, Felix And The Sunsets are back with a new brooding single. The Leith band consisting of Felix Christie, Lukas Christie and Jonnie Wallace take influence from Jack White and The Stooges, and their new single certainly shows this. The atmospheric track erupts into the typical garage rock sound Felix And The Sunsets are known for. The song carries the same heavy riff throughout that gives you a buzz from start to finish mixed with Felix’s unique voice and big energetic choruses made for being played live, and loud. The imaginative lyrics and punchy beat stay stuck in your brain long after you listen to it and leave you wanting more. ‘Déjà Vu’ is the bands best song yet, and another reminder Felix And The Sunsets are definitely ones to watch.
‘Déjà Vu’ is out on the 1st of March. Listen to the rest of the band’s music Here
Catch Felix And The Sunsets next gig at Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh) with This Feeling on the 23rd of March! Tickets here: Here
Follow the band on Instagram (@felixandthesunsets) and on Facebook (Felix And The Sunsets).
Photo by: Lensy Henry
What is there to say about Fiendz debut single Tesco Elvis that many scholars and poets already haven’t. The song is, to sum up in one word, mental. It paints a perfect picture of what Fiendz are all about. The song is incredibly catchy, the words ‘Tesco Elvis’ chanted over and over again won’t leave you. Instrumental work on the song is excellent from all sides. There’s a consistent thumping bass line that gets you in to the rage induced mindset of the song, powerful intricate drums and a cacophony of screeching guitar, all of which puts you in a place where you feel like if a bus hit you, it would simply just break in half because you’re just so powerful. The lyrics are just surreal and feel like a very personal vendetta against an unknown Tesco employee. The scary thing is that you can’t help but agree. The song is a perfect opener to explain what Fiendz are and what it’s like to see them live. It’s high energy, it’s easy to remember, the lyrics are hilarious but most importantly it’s a fantastic song. Fiendz are a band that leave your jaw on the floor and then near enough punch it off.
Listen to the single: here
Follow Fiendz on Instagram (@fiendz_yt) and on Facebook (Fiendz YT)
Catch their next gig at Broadcast on the 9th of March!