Hard Jams: Greetings from Scotland!

Ok so the title of this is mostly a lie, as I am not even remotely close to being in Scotland. However, the jams we will be looking at today are, in fact, from Scotland. Now that that immaculate, genius, and obviously well-thought-out intro is out of the way lets just hit the jams.

History lesson time. To kick it off, bands like Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Travis, and others started to become more and more popular in the 90s. The more modern indie scene here comes in with bands like The Twilight Sad, who are one of my favorites out of this group. With pounding drums and constantly blasting guitar noise this band manages to create realistically sad landscapes as the singer wails over them with that thick Scottish accent. I do not understand how more people don’t love these guys. Here is “Cold Days from the Birdhouse” from their 2007 debut album Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters.

Next up is another newer band from this area called We Were Promised Jetpacks. Since I can’t think of any good jokes to make about their name we will just move right onto the music unless I make up a good one in the next few lines or so. Anyway, this band is just straight up indie rock. That is not so much as to say they aren’t special or anything, but more that they just bust out the guitars and jam away. Fun to listen to, fun to watch, and once in a while will come by with something that really makes me thing they’re a band to watch for in the future. Check out their song “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning” from their 2009 debut These Four Walls. Also: still no jokes, just gonna have to let this one go…

And now we come to my favorite band of the group, Frightened Rabbit. By far the most popular band of this group, they still have only released two albums. While the first album, The Midnight Organ Fight, was composed of sad, emotional music, I enjoyed their second album a little bit more because it was a little more diverse and fun. With big choruses, great lyrics, and plenty of lovely indie-folk-rock moments. Here is the music video for “The Loneliness & The Scream” from the 2010 album The Winter of Mixed Drinks. I’m sure the video means something really deep or whatever that I haven’t figured out yet.

Now, if I left your favorite Scottish indie band out of this it’s probably because I’m biased, but don’t come into the Hard Jams room expecting to hear about Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol. Now that I’ve opened and closed this article brilliantly I guess I’ll just leave it hanging here with this. Enjoy!


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