AS usual Tenement Trail, the spotlight is not only the touring acts making the journey to Glasgow, it’s on the local bands who are set to make waves at this year’s festival.
Glasgow’s own post-punk favourites are undoubtedly a set not to be missed at Tenement Trail this year. Their massive, dark, punk-driven sound is headed by gravely vocals and thunderous guitars. Their inventive and striking sound is no better witnessed than live.
One of the most exciting bands in Glasgow right now. SWAY’s guitar-based alternative sound demonstrates an idealistic blend of indie songwriting with pop sensibility. Their 2017 single ‘To Be a Man’ is undoubtedly one of their finest moments, a catchy, swooning sound with some incredibly clever and impressive songwriting.
Edinburgh-based folk artist Annie Booth will bring her unique sound to Glasgow. Seeking inspiration from not only the defining sounds of Scottish folk, but picking up elements of female-fronted alternative music such as Margaret Glaspy and Courtney Barnett. In a lineup packed with punch, her softer sound will undoubtedly be a Tenement Trail highlight.
FRANKY’S EVIL PARTY
Eccentric. Disco. Punchy. FRANKY’S EVIL PARTY boast a sound unlike many others in Scotland. Hailing from Dumfries, this Solway ‘sleazy disco’ outfit bring a sound that encompasses all that makes crowds want to dance, mixing funk with harsher sounds of industrial dance music.
Mixing heady and dreamy guitars with plaintive vocals, Home$lice produce a sound that bursts with upbeat, dance-friendly instrumentation, with a typically Scottish twang. Their indie-rock sound has gathered pace since the release of their debut album ‘Howdy’ earlier this year, and Tenement Trail will no doubt be one of their best gigs to date.
One of the latest bands to stab their flag into the surface of the Glasgow music scene, Honeyvale channel the sounds of some of the biggest indie-rock bands around to bring a punch-packing, anthemic sound. Their set at Tenement Trail CANNOT be missed, a chance to catch one of the most relentlessly-rising bands in the country.
With a sound that travels decades, Kitty’s blend of sixties soul and modern RnB makes her set at Tenement Trail one not to be missed. Heralded as one of the shining lights of the Glasgow music scene, after blessing the Royal Albert Hall with her unique take on what it means to be a female singer-songwriter, all eyes are now on her appearance at Tenement Trail.
Whether she is accompanied by her huge band, or taking centre stage in a stripped-back solo performance, Lizzie Reid’s strikingly brilliant songwriting continues to blow audiences away. Seeking inspiration from folk icons, she joins the next generation of folk musicians who are driving the genre to continuously push itself creatively, introducing new elements to a very traditional genre.
After meeting at an office Christmas party, this Glasgow-based duo have been churning out glittered-coated electronic pop of unrivalled and unwavering quality. An almost intoxicating sound, their sound drives audiences to dancing with smart instrumentation, paired perfectly with catchy lyricism that oozes pop sensibility.
Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves
From solo performer, to band leader, Mark Sharp has developed a HUGE and loyal following around Glasgow. Channeling the sound of both songwriting icons and stadium rockers, his indie-rock sound is one that has continuously impressed audiences while out supporting the likes of Lewis Capaldi and The View. Safe to say you’ll have to be down early to catch his no-doubt packed-out set at Tenement Trail.
Edinburgh’s Nasari will bring their catchy indie sound to Tenement Trail, set to make huge waves throughout the rest of 2018. With a live show that gets better and better every time they take to the stage, Nasari are not a band to be missed, gathering an ever-increasing loyal following, with headline shows and massive support slots under their belt already.
Pleasure Heads will provide some fuzzy fun at Tenement Trail 2018. Hailing from Falkirk, this punk-driven four piece have been heralded as one of the most talented bands in the flourishing Scottish scene right now. Their stream of singles shows no sign of relenting, providing an unrivalled punk sound, layered with clever and real songwriting, that is to an extent missing in music right now.
Part of Glasgow’s flourishing punk scene, four-piece noise machine SNASH have been causing raucous and riotous scenes at all of their live shows. Their debut single ‘White Out’ is a fast-paced, in your face anthem, driven by infectious guitars. Destined to join local music royalty, their Tenement Trail appearance is not one you can afford to miss.
Airdrie four-piece The Novacs have used their indie sound to gain a remarkable following in the Scottish scene. With some huge headline shows, one of which saw the singer’s father join them onstage to serenade, and propose to, his partner, The Novacs are relishing their growing crowds with every show that they play.
Since forming in 2016, The Patryns have picked up influences from the genre-defining royalty of modern indie music including Arctic Monkeys, Courteeners and Catfish and the Bottlemen to produce their own take on indie-rock. Their relentless work, churning out more and more songs, playing more shows then ever before has seen their following extend far beyond their hometown of Grangemouth, making a name for themselves all across the country.
Seeking inspiration from the likes of The Clash and The Libertines, you can hazard a guess that this Glasgow band have enjoyed their fair share of wild gigs, and Tenement Trail 2018 will be no different. Another of the Glasgow bands who blend punk sounds with indie songwriting, The Vanities have continuously proved themselves as being one of the most exciting bands in the country, with live shows testament to their quality.
Another of Glasgow’s thriving, underground punk scene, Gallus have risen to incredible popularity over a short stretch of time. From their debut single to their headline shows, their fast-paced sound demonstrates not only their ability to charge through tracks at 100mph, but also their ability to approach music in a clever, mature manner, demonstrating songwriting sensibility of post-punk revivalists.