If you hadn't noticed I'm working with new Edinburgh band called Letters, their dark cello indie rock is enthralling me at the moment. Two bits of great new news surrounding the band at the moment, whose two tracks online are delighting those in the blogging and podcasting worlds, yesterday they were APPROVED by the music industry Bible CMU here's what they had to say
"Edinburgh five-piece Letters formed early last year, instantly marking their guitar pop sound out from the rest by adding a cellist to the line-up. This adds a darker element to their sound, which, coupled with their tendency to leap on the distortion pedal as songs draw to an end, and my weakness for vocals sung in a Scottish accent, it makes for a winning formula."
As if that wasn't enough Letters have been asked to support hot One Little Indian act Wild Palms at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on Friday the 4th of March! Let us know if you are in the area and would like to cover and preview the event!
Letters release their new double a sided single ‘Grand National/Pipe Dreams’ as a free to download single on the 16th February.If you could preview, review or play either of the tracks that would be great. Hit reply for interview requests and guestlists!
Check out both tracks below any feedback or potential coverage welcome!
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Letters release their new double a sided single ‘Grand National/Pipe Dreams’ as a free to download single on the 16th February.
Letters will launch their single at Henry’s Cellar bar, Edinburgh on the 16th February, Letters have also just been asked to support hot One Little Indian act Wild Palms at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on Friday the 4th of March!These dates will be followed by a full Scottish tour in March 2011, with a view to expanding into shows in the rest of the UK in April and May.
Letters’ new double a-sided single is the first addictive taste of material from this utterly compelling new Scottish act. Letters dark cello pop-noise emerges from lack of vitamin D, poorly heated flats and glittering pubs; underscored by a sharp wit, fierce intelligence and unabashed love for the frivolous decadence of great pop music.
Letters were born amidst the ruins of desolate Scottish fishing towns and Edinburgh city centre bohemia in the winter of 2010. Five strong, Mikey, Georgie, Dougie, Kerr and Ed occupy their ranks.
First single ‘The Grand National’ is propelled by an urgent rhythm section, sewn with distinctive cellos, elastic basslines, and threaded with Michael Ferguson’s evocative, twitching vocals that draw vivid pictures of a childhood spent growing up in a dead-end estate, shifting from Orwellian microcosms to late night conversations that go nowhere then diving head first into waves of guitars and life affirming chorus lines. While the flipside ‘Pipe Dreams’ is an all-together different animal, initially decidedly more stripped back its throbbing bass and stabbing cello notes are shot through wide screen ambition into entangled male/female melodies that build and crash into melancholic refrains, vocalising that endless yearning for unattainable dreams. (“I seem to bring you down/Pipe dreams to sink around the town”)
Keen to avoid the tired clichés that sway albatross like around the necks of their checkered clad peers, Letters speak with a unique voice and arresting intensity, shot through with verve only the fearlessness of youth and fear of age can generate. Reckless arrogance, failed dreams, desperate boredom and childhood nostalgia coalesce here, bound together by the philosophical glue of Moran, Izzard and Hicks.
Letters will follow up this debut digital single release with a full physical EP in April 2011.