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FOUR piece indie outfit Altinak released current EP, Long Way Home, in August last year, amongst an array of shows and festival performances. The Linlithgow band have already caught the attention of Jim Gellatly with the fantastic song, Winter, being played on Amazing Radio.

However, the first song on the EP, Australia, is also a standout; traced with beautiful guitar melodies and solos, bringing a subtle lift to the song. The harmonies and backing vocals are very prominent throughout, as are the lyrics that stick in your head long after the song has finished. Next Time is an upbeat affair, with a catchy chorus that is surely a favourite with fans when playing live.

Fall has an incredible build up and the maturity and intelligence behind the lyrics make Altinak one to watch in 2017. Very reminiscent of Wolf Alice in both lyrics and music, Hard to Love is well positioned on the EP, with the drum intro and pace showcasing yet another side to the band. Definitely one of the highlights. Winter is a fine ending to Long Way Home. The guitar very much leading the piece with some fantastic solos, and partnered with the drums and bass in the bridge, take it to a great finale.

What’s most noticeable is the outstanding talent from all musicians in the band. They have a clear idea of the sound and direction they’re taking, which leads to a very well produced, polished EP.

Interview: Elvira Stitt

We talk to singer-songwriter Elvira Stitt, on the eve of the launch of her first solo EP, The Transparent Man.

Can you tell us a bit about how you came to choose the stage name Elvira Stitt?
I got the name from a psychological thriller film from the early sixties named Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. Funny thing is Elvira Stitt is actually the maid who gets killed by getting hit over the head. I feel I can relate to the film in a lot ways. It’s fairly personal. I was hoping to use the name Baby Jane however it was already the name of a band.

Your new EP The Transparent Man is being launched tomorrow night, how does it feel getting an EP out?
Last year I brought out an E.P with the band Evora. I wrote the music and had great fun releasing it. However, I’m really excited about the release of my solo E.P because I feel more comfortable being on stage myself. It’s a really good feeling releasing an E.P and I’m hoping to get this one on Itunes, Spotify etc.

What was the recording process like?
It was quite a stressful experience when I had to book in recording slots for Cumbernauld College as many people wanted them for graded purposes. This is where I recorded a track off the E.P named Woodland Pillow. This meant that I could use it for personal music ideas as well as for my graded unit folio in college. I also recorded with my friend Dennis at his grandmothers house which was great fun. He’s a very talented sound engineer and piano player and it was great that I could finally get the idea’s I had in my head fully recorded to a track.

Elvira will be performing at her EP launch in 13th Note tomorrow night.

Elvira will be performing at her EP launch in 13th Note tomorrow night.

You’ve also released your first single from the EP, the brilliant Headstrong (Under the Weather) – what was the inspiration behind this song?
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that – To be honest, Headstrong was one of the first tracks I have wrote in a while that was done really quickly.. I wrote that song in ten minutes! The recording of it was made to sound like an old vinyl record. The song is for anyone who has been in a situation with someone who is tearing them down and who doesn’t appreciate them as a person but goes back to them. It’s about putting your everything into something and getting nothing in return. The chorus is basically saying that at times in the situation you may feel positive but you’re ignoring the fact you’re “under the weather” and that you would “pay your ways” to be unappreciated by them because that’s all there is to be offered.

In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
It would have to be my guitar. I could whap the zombie over the head with the guitar body then quickly write a song on it. Fast thinking!

Elvira will be launching her new EP at 13th Note in Glasgow tomorrow night (29th April) with support from Ryan Morcombe and Neil James Parkinson. Tickets are £5 and the doors open at 8pm. Be sure to go along and check her out!

Sonic ReducersEarlier on this week I interviewed Daniel Cairney and Chris Roarty from awesome local punk band Sonic Reducers, talking about the future of anarchy, words like “hypersonic”, and the promise of a new EP.

How long have you guys been together?
Daniel:
This current line-up has been together since June 2011, but the band started as Delgado in September 2010.

Your first album’s out, N.F.I.A. (No Future In Anarchy) why did you decide on this as your album’s title?
Daniel: The album was originally going to be titled Punkeye (an in joke between the band and some friends) but it was later realized that the title was a bit too silly and would probably lose it’s humour the more people asked about it! So, the song No Future In Anarchy existed already, and I always just liked the title because it expresses discontent with a lot of the people who think it’s still 1977 and don’t really translate their punk spirit into the modern world, as the Sex Pistols’ idea of Anarchy was cool at the time, but it’s not really done anything since then, and we’re all about moving forward!

If you could describe your band in 3 words, what would they be?
Daniel: Loud, Fast, Fun.
Chris: Maniacal, Hypersonic and Humorous.

You have a song called Punk Rock Band – what would be your advice to any people wanting to start their own punk rock band?
Daniel: My main piece of advice in starting a punk rock band is just to be yourself. When you think about it, all the punk bands, whose music has stood the test of time, have done so because they all had unique sounding music, which has been imitated a lot, but never really matched.
Chris: Personally, I think musicianship is the most important. Whenever Daniel comes in with a song, say Young Blood, it’s usually just a basic structure that could still pass off as a song, though just before we recorded the album we added more parts like a reggae section and a breakdown. We did the same with Going Back. One of our newer songs, Unscathed, which can be heard on our Soundcloud, has been greatly sharpened recently with a few changes. I’m excited for releasing that song particularly. Things like that wouldn’t happen if we didn’t get a say. I also think that being musically versatile can help, for instance, fusing styles together. It also makes things sound cooler!

What are your plans for this year?
Daniel: This year, we plan to do a lot of new stuff! With a new EP and hopefully a concept album, so it should be interesting! Most of the songs for the EP are ready, but the concept album is still early doors, so we can’t really guarantee it will be done this year but here’s hoping!
Chris: Basically what Daniel said, but I’m probably going to work on getting my drums sounding tighter for the remainder of the year, and throw some things I’ve not really done in there too for a challenge.

Check out Sonic Reducers’ current EP, N.F.I.A, right here on Bandcamp! http://www.sonicreducersuk.bandcamp.com