So I’ve been sitting on three things for a couple of weeks and shamefully have written nothing about them. Well, I try to be fair to everyone that gets in touch but some of these guys just sent me an email of links, some of them were way too far in advance and some of them were in Glasgow (which is cool, but I try and prioritise Edinburgh bands). This single post will go through all three in turn, so sorry for the deluge of embedded players.
So this band called Letters are releasing a single and going a-touring over Scotland pretty soon. I’ll admit, I skimmed over the email and forgot all about it until now, when, looking for something to write about that didn’t require any intensive listening as research, I read the email again. Turns out they’re only a goddamn cello band. That is the apex of cool.
Today’s Song of the Day, the first in a while, is Edinburgh five-piece Letters’ new single, Flash!lights.
You don’t want to hear me waffling on, so here’s what some other people have said:
“Flash! Lights’, to paraphrase one of the lyrics in the song, is about feeling dwarfed by the possibilities of time and the panic induced by fear of under achievement. It’s about trying to let go of your past and your vices in order that you embrace the things that truly inspire you and ultimately drive you forward, all the while recognising the complete hopelessness that neither of these aforementioned things can exist without the other. We wanted to write a song that put the fear of God in us, something that can be as scary as the subject matter and I think we’ve managed to achieve that.” – Letters
“The hottest new band in Scotland right now.” The Pop Cop
“It’s rare that such a new band sounds so close to the finished article…fans of acts such as Jimmy Eat World will find much to admire in the pedal-to-the-metal chorus, but there’s still plenty of musical meat on the bones.” Scotsman Radar
“An enthralling mix of Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild.” Faded Glamour
“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…They could have a very bright future indeed.” CMU