The Sound of Young Scotland – Mini-Festival Preview

There are so many new bands around at the moment that it becomes hard to keep a track of whose who, so for the second year running The Cool Cat Club have put together a mini-festival or extended play show if you prefer featuring no less than seven up and coming Scottish bands. The Sound Of Young Scotland borrows (okay steals) the Postcard Records line and takes it from the eighties into the noughties for an evening of fun ‘n’ frenzy filled rock ‘n’ roll fun.

Headlining the event are Glasgow band Rascalton. The raucous four piece have taken the spirit and energy of Punk and gave it a modern twist with their high octane, catchy songs. Formed initially as four friends having fun, playing gigs, Rascalton have supported Baby Strange on tour and signed to 13 Artists, home to Blossoms and Royal Blood. They recently made their first visit to Dundee opening for Baby Strange at Beat Generator Live! and proved to be a thrilling and intense live act.

Here’s the video for their limited edition 7” single, ‘Lust’.

Sahara are no strangers to The Cool Cat Club having supported Vladimir and Neon Waltz prior to headlining their own show in support of their rather splendid debut E.P. With a bit of a lineup change the Dundee quartet are back with a bang, preceding this show with their first gig of the year in Glasgow. They have a new single due for release on Friday and it sounds like they are in even better form than before. Last year saw the Dundee band play their first festivals and hopefully 2018 will be their year. They have a cracking line in melodic, guitar pop and a number of fine songs under their youthful belts.

‘Blind’ featured on the debut E.P. Here’s a live in the studio version:

The Dunts also hail from Glasgow and are a fairly new band for me. However, any band with a title as cool as ‘Not Working Is Class’ gets a thumbs up from me. The E.P. was produced by Johnny Madden of Baby Strange and The Dunts share similar influences with Baby Strange and Rascalton. The lead track from the aforementioned E.P. ‘Dimitri’ gives a pretty good idea of what to expect from The Dunts. Energy, tunes and fun.

Pleasure Heads hail from Falkirk. Taking their name from a Birthday Party song, Pleasure Heads Must Burn’ the band’s sound is more measured but on the basis of a few tracks they sound pretty damn intense and have drawn comparisons from Interpol to The Walkmen. While their profile is smaller than that of several of their contemporaries, those in the know who have caught them live have been singing their praises.

‘Concrete Lips’ is an excellent taster of what to expect.

The Roques are hometown lads on a mission. This will be their second gig. Ever. Don’t let their youth deceive you though as they sound wise beyond their years on the catchy ‘Day By Day’ which has a lovely feel to it.

Altinak formed in Linlithgow in 2015 while still at school and released the excellent ‘Long Way Home’ E.P. last year. The five songs on the E.P. sound fresh and wonderful and have helped the quartet reach a wider audience and radio play. Altinak’s songs shift from the gentle to the rowdy, none more so than ‘Kick Off’ which packs a real punch. Fine stuff.


Shiva are from Falkirk, They describe themselves a garage-punk band which is a good start but there’s also a raw, psychedelic punk feel to their songs. There seems to be a bit of a thriving scene of bands in Falkirk.

Check out ‘Lost Tape’ here:

And that’s the line-up for you. Seven bands for eight of your Scottish pounds. I’m quite proud at the way we’ve pulled together a quality show. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the first act on about 5:30.

Tickets are available in person from Groucho’s, Dundee or online from Tickets Scotland

Check out the event page for more details and updates.