Sep 07, 2014 Web Exclusive

In this Scotland Week interview we talk to We Were Promised Jetpacks about their upcoming new album. Michael Palmer is enjoying the time off. For good reason. In a month, We Were Promised Jetpacks, for which he plays guitar, will be on another relentless touring season in support of their forthcoming third LP, Unravelling. 


Sep 07, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Francis McKee of Glasgow-based band The Vaselines. The Vaselines formed in 1986 and the indie pop duo also features Eugene Kelly. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was a big fan and described McKee and Kelly as his "favorite songwriters in the whole world." The band broke up in 1989, but reformed in 2006. In 2010 Sub Pop released the band's long-awaited sophomore full-length, Sex with an X. The Vaselines' third album, V For Vaselines, is due out on Rosary Music October 7. More

Sep 06, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Helen Marnie, lead vocalist for Ladytron. The band may have formed in Liverpool in 1999, but Marnie was born in Glasgow, where she grew up before going to the University of Liverpool to study music. Once there she met Liverpool producers/DJs Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu. Bulgarian co-vocalist Mira Aroyo then joined them to form Ladytron, named after the Roxy Music song. In 2013 Marnie released her debut solo album, Crystal World. More

Sep 06, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to James Graham, vocalist for Scottish trio The Twilight Sad. The band formed in Kilsyth in 2003 after its members (Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine) met in and around high school. Their debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, was released in 2007 by FatCat. The Twilight Sad's fourth full-length, Nobody Wants to Be Here, Nobody Wants to Leave, is due out on October 28 via FatCat. More

Sep 05, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian. One of the most iconic Scottish bands of the last two decades, the indie pop six-piece barely needs any introduction (especially to the readers of this website). Read on as Jackson discusses his favorite Scottish albums, bands, authors, and films, as well as his thoughts on the Scottish Independence Referendum. More

Sep 04, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Franz Ferdinand. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album, a record that was met with near universal critical acclaim and was also a commercial success in both the U.K. and the U.S., among other countries. Franz Ferdinand also won the coveted Mercury Prize in 2004, given annually to the best album by an artist from the United Kingdom.  More

Sep 04, 2014 Web Exclusive

For this Scotland Week interview we talk to Bis. The Glasgow-based band formed in 1994 when members Amanda MacKinnon (aka Manda Rin) and John Clark (aka John Disco) were still in secondary school (aka high school) and bandmate Steven Clark (aka Sci-fi Steven) had just graduated. Their songs and videos made fun of the music industry and John Hughes movies, among other things. 

Sep 04, 2014 Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

In honor of Scotland Week, for this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2009 article on the genesis of Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian's God Help the Girl project. This Friday God Help the Girl, the feature film writing and directing debut of frontman Stuart Murdoch, is released. But back in 2009 Murdoch had done things in reverse, recording the soundtrack to a film that didn't exist yet. With the film now finally being released we thought it would be interesting to revisit this article. Read on as Murdoch discusses how he was inspired to write a musical and the challenges of finding the right vocalist to realize his vision.   More

Sep 04, 2014 Winter 2006 - Belle and Sebastian

In honor of Scotland Week, for this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2006 cover story article on Belle and Sebastian, which was centered on The Life Pursuit. This Friday God Help the Girl, the feature film writing and directing debut of frontman Stuart Murdoch, is released. The band is also currently working on a new album. More